2012-01-21 / Front Page

Kick that cabin fever

From Staff Reports

Max Goodwin fires a shot to the net while informally practicing his hockey skills with his brother, Will, and father, Jeff, Monday at the West-Brook Skating Rink in Biddeford. (JEFF LAGASSE/Journal Tribune)

Cabin fever time is approaching, when we're all sick of being inside, so it is time to go out and do something.

“But what,” you say.

Well, we called some area municipal recreation offices, talked to a cross-country ski operator, some snowmobile clubs and mined our events calendar for ideas to help quell the winter blues and blahs. To learn about many of the winter activities York County has to offer, read on:

Ice Skating: In Biddeford, the city-owned West-Brook Skating Rink on Pool Street has been a fixture since 1921. Operated by Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Council 12941 and the Masons Dunlap Lodge, skating is Monday through Wednesday, 3-6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., and 6-9 p.m. for fundraisers; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $3 weekdays, $3.50 weekends and school vacation.

Bonny Eagle Pond, at the junction of routes 22 and 5 is a popular skating spot in Buxton, says Rec Director Tasha Pinkham.

In Sanford, Number One Pond will be plowed for skating when the ice is thick enough. Meanwhile, Number 2 Pond, near William Oscar Emery Drive, and Stump Pond, off Marginal Way in Springvale are popular.

Kennebunk has an ice skating rink at a former gas station lot on Main Street. Town Manager Barry Tibbetts said the rink gives Kennebunk's downtown a classic New England atmosphere.

Wells operates a rink at the Recreation Park at 412 Branch Road.

Ice Fishing: A couple of derbies are in the offing, including a county-wide derby Jan. 29, sponsored by the Springvale Fish and Game Club that benefits spina bifida. Folks can sign up at Lakeside Marina or Beadles Bait & Tackle in Shapleigh, Acton Trading Post or Iron Tails Saloon. There will be prizes, find information by calling 502-0520 or 608-5249 or on Facebook.

A children's derby in Alfred is set for Feb. 25.

Snowmobiling: Sanford-based Southern Maine Snogoers updates trail reports daily on its website at www.southernmainesnogoers.com.

In Waterboro, Ossipee Mountaineers President David Watson updates trail reports at www.ossipeemountaineers.com and on Facebook. On Thursday, Watson said another foot of snow is needed for good snowmobiling; Mother Nature obliged with about half of that Thursday night.

In Lyman, regular trail updates and membership applications are available at lymansnowmobileclub.com.

Sledding: Every town has a great hill or two. Here are a few: In Arundel, there's a popular sledding spot on Bergeron Drive; in Sanford, its Gowen Park, off Main Street; amd in Saco, the hill near the middle school fits the bill.

Cross-country skiing & Snowshoeing: In Lyman, Rec Director Lee Schatz recommends Bunganut Park. In Wells, trails at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm are open daily for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. In Buxton, Pleasant Point Park off Route 117 and Town Farm Park on Town Farm Road are popular. In Saco, the field behind Saco Middle School, Horton Woods on Route 112 and Foss Road are popular. In Dayton, Harris Farm at 280 Buzzell Road has 40 kilometers of cross-country ski trails.

Rent It: In Wells, folks can rent cross-country skis and showshoes ”“ $10/day, $20/weekend ”“ and skates ”“ $2/day ”“ from the rec department at 412 Branch Road, open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Special Events: In Waterboro, folks can bring a potluck dish and favorite board games to St. Stephen the Martyr Church, 424 Sokokis Trail (Route 5) Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. for Cabin Fever Saturday. RSVP at 247-6458 or 727-3228.

Sokokis Riders of Buxton hosts snowmobile ice drag races Feb. 9 on Long Plains Road. Information is available at www.sokokisriders.net or by calling 899-8794.

La Fete d'Hiver, a Franco-American-themed winter festival, takes place in downtown Biddeford and Saco, Feb. 10-12, and includes a snowpark with sledding, snow volleyball, a snowman contest and more. Schedules are on Facebook.

On Feb. 22, Wells Recreation Department hosts “Winter Family Fun Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 412 Branch Road. Skiing and snowshoeing clinics throughout the day. Call 646-5826 for information.

On Feb. 23, Wells Reserve, the Center for Wildlife and York County Audubon Society team up for a free Winter Wildlife Day with live animal presentations at 10 a.m. and noon, tracking walks at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and a wildlife project for children. Participants encouraged to bring skis, sleds and snowshoes.

In Sanford, the rec department offers indoor sports to beat the winter blues, including Pickleball, a cross between ping pong and tennis, aimed at senior citizens. Play 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays; noon to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at Nasson Community Center gym for $1 per week.

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