February 2, 2022

Wilderness Lodges in Maine

Appalachian Mountain Club’s Medawisla Lodge

Maine’s wilderness lodges are a great way to get away from it all in winter. At Unity College: Sky Lodge, there is direct trail access for snowmobiles, on-site cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, and plenty of room to roam. Situated on 150+ acres of land, it’s a perfect winter wilderness paradise. Located just north of Jackman, Sky Lodge offers lodge rooms, small cabins, and full-size rental homes far enough out of town to enjoy the quiet and close enough for convenience. Northern Outdoors is located in The Forks, the center of Maine’s 14,000 mile snowmobile trail network. The resort is home to a main lodge, private cabins and the Kennebec River Pub & Brewery. They offer snowmobile rentals and guided snowmobile tours in the heart of the Maine wilderness. The New England Outdoor Center is located on Millinocket Lake, with direct views of Katahdin, Maine’s highest mountain. It offers snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross country skiing and cabins for rent. Dedicated cross country skiers and snowshoers head to the three Appalachian Mountain Club lodges east of Moosehead Lake. There are trails surrounding Gorman Chairback, Little Lyford and Medawisla lodges, which offer lodges for dining and socializing, and the intrepid can arrange to ski between them. Some of Maine’s best sporting camps, such as Libby Camps, are also open for ice fishing and backcountry snowmobiling. For more info, go to Visit Maine.


Portland Museum of Art Gifted More Than 600 Photographs

Portland Museum of Art

The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) has announced that Judy Glickman Lauder—photographer, collector, humanitarian, advocate, philanthropist, and community builder—has made a monumental gift of more than 600 works of art to the museum through a Promised Gift, immediately transforming and cementing the PMA as an international destination for photography.

Anchored by works from some of the most beloved and influential photographers of the 20th century, including Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Margaret Bourke-White, Danny Lyon, Sally Mann, Gordon Parks, and James Van Der Zee, the gift will become the center of a photographic collection at the Portland Museum of Art that will thrill audiences from around the world.

The PMA envisions the collection’s impact to serve as a keystone for the next great chapter in the museum’s 140-year history. Visitors to the PMA will get their first look into the collection in October 2022 when selections will be on view as part of the major exhibition Presence: The Photography Collection of Judy Glickman Lauder. Visit PMA.

Norway Snowshoe Festival

Recognized in 2012 by the Maine Downtown Center as a uniquely Maine festival, the Norway Snowshoe Festival returns for its seventh year to celebrate Norway’s rich cultural heritage of the arts and crafts. The Snowshoe Festival will feature snowshoe walks, 2k, 5k and 10k snowshoe races, snowshoe games for the whole family, and a Valentine’s Day Dance featuring musicians Bill Olsen and Pam Weeks.

Norway, once self-proclaimed as “The Snowshoe Town of America” was home to four major snowshoe industries between 1850 and 1980: Snowcraft, Tubbs, H.H.Hosmer and Dunham.  Mellie Dunham was the first commercial snowshoe maker in town, outfitting Admiral Peary’s expedition to the North Pole, he was also a renowned fiddler who was commissioned by Henry Ford to play traditional fiddle music across the country. It’s why the Norway Snowshoe Festival always involves a contra dance in addition to athletic and family-related outdoor snowshoe events.

This festival receives support from Norway Downtown, Healthy Oxford Hills, the Western Foothills Land Trust, and the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. Visit Norway Snowshoe Festival for more info.