Rangeley Outdor Sporting Museum 2016 Events

2016 OSHM Calendar

May 2016

May 4 – Opening Day…OSHM Opens New Watercraft Exhibit in our Main Gallery
Two beautiful vintage watercraft are featured in a brand new exhibit at OSHM. Come see a rare 1904 Carleton Canoe that was passed down and used by the Bonney Family of Long Lake right here in Rangeley for the past 111 years! This beautiful canoe has all its original gear allowing it to be sailed, rowed or paddled. The canoe was made in Bangor Maine by Carleton Canoe Co. that was purchased by Old Town in 1904. Carleton was originally started as a birch bark canoe building company. Also on display is a beautiful vintage "Eggshell" one-person custom fishing boat once used at Upper Dam. These nautical works of art are wonderful additions to our Main Gallery. Come see for yourself. Open 10-4PM Weds. - Sun.

May 14 – “Maine’s Gunsmiths Who Made Fishing Tackle” opens
Before 1835, fishing tackle was generally imported from England to the United States. After the Civil War and with the start of the Industrial Revolution, came some leisure time. The popularity of hunting and fishing increased and gunsmiths who produced arms for necessities tuned to making sporting guns and improving or inventing fishing tackle. This exciting exhibit features vintage “Kentucky” style firearms and fishing tackle sharing the innovation and craftsmanship of the legendary makers Charles Wheeler, H. L. Leonard and other 19th Maine gunsmiths who became well known for their fine cane fly rods and fishing equipment.

May 21 – OSHM Spring Volunteer Day
Museum Volunteer Day...come help support the preservation and sharing of our region's rich heritage by volunteering in "Spring Cleaning" and exhibit projects at the museum. If unavailable on that day and you wish to help at another time please call Bill Pierce at 491-4771 for more information.

May 28 –Rapid River & Lower Dam Exhibit opens

June 2016

June 3 – CFR Cocktail Party at OSHM 4:30 PM

June 22- Weds. June 22nd -RLRHS Potluck Supper & Presentation
TBD- 6pm in the Undercroft of the Episcopal Church (Public invited)
June 25 – Oquossoc Lupine Festival
11 AM Paleo Native American Cache Dedication. We will dedicate our newest exterior exhibit on the grounds of the museum as part of the Lupine Festival.   The public is invited to attend the 11 AM dedication, enjoy cake and lemonade refreshments and all visitors may visit the museum free of charge from 10 AM until 12 noon in celebration of this important artifact from our region’s significant outdoor history.  From 11-2pm IFW Commissioner Chan Woodcock will be on hand to demonstrate his fly tying skills and chat with visitors to the museum. Come meet the man charged with caring for Maine’s fish and wildlife resources as he shares some of his fly tying secrets from 11-2PM. And Woodcarver Sol Fast- Solomon Fast Sol’s father is a wood worker so the carving came natural, but his true passion for fish and fishing is what drives him to create these recreations and welcoming decorations. His admiration for fish taught him about colorations and anatomy of fish, but he was also given many tips by his inspirations, David Footer, Gene Bahr, and Ashley Gray. One of his strong statements is to conserve the fisheries while being able to Conserve the Memory through catch and release carvings. Carving is a work of art that will last a life time and should never lose value. Sol Fast will consider any commission imaginable such as catch and release carvings, wildlife art, and even the fish of your Dreams.

July 2016

July 2 - Wildlife Artist Terri Mason & Fly Tier Scott Broomhall
Terri is an accomplished artist and has been painting on various mediums including natural wood, moose antlers, rocks, and metal for over 22 years. A prolific and talented tier Scott Broomhall ties flies that have caught fish in the waters of western Maine for the past five decades. 

July 2 - Paul Doiron the Edgar Award Winning Author of 7 novels including the “The Poachers Son” will be on hand to sign all his books & debut his latest in the series: “The Widowmaker “that hasseveral Rangeley references!

July 9 – Master Carver Gene Bahr and Watercolorist Donna Kantor-Gower Two great artists
Plus talented Bamboo Fly Rod Maker Fred Kretchman & Casting Lessons w/ IFFF Certified Instructor Mark Foley ...come cast a bamboo rod all at OSHM 11-3pm

July 12 – Richardson Historical Cruise

July 14 – Strawberry Festival
One dollar of all admissions will be donated in support of Rangeley Guides and Sportsman's Association, plus Gift Shop Sale with tables featuring new and used items on the porch! 10-4 PM

July 16 – “Maine’s Eagles and Loons”
Program with IFW Natural Science Educator Lisa Kane…Learn all about these fascinating birds in a presentation at OSHM at 10AM, then meet at Bald Mt. Camps and purchase a delicious lunch. We’ll then depart BMC’s dock for a guided tour with Lisa in search of live loons and eagles aboard the Gray Ghost with Capt. Kevin Sinnett. rangeleycruises@gmail.com or 207-670-8391 Also at OSHM Wildlife Carver John Hooper and Fly Tier Nancy Taylor…these two talented artists are sure to impress!

July 20- RLRHS Annual Meeting at OSHM in Oquossoc featuring
University of Maine Prof. Emeritus, William Krohn with a presentation on the amazing Billy Hill
. Hill who as a young man, was the head clerk at the Rangeley House, an active member of the Rangeley Shooting Club, and the only person to have out-shot Annie Oakley. Hill was also a close friend of Fly Rod Crosby and the New England representative for Remington Arms.

July 28 – Starr Bus Tour

July 30 – Fly Tier Sam Kenney

August 2016

August 4 - Art in the Park
(OSHM event TBD Something Outside to draw attention plus Dollar off admission to support RFA)

August 6 – Tying Carrie Stevens Streamers with Selenne Dumaine / Book Signing and Presentation with Author Rob Romano Selene Dumaine, born the year Carrie Stevens died, is an accomplished fly tyer dedicated to practicing traditional methods of fly tying, as well as originating new patterns to closely replicate the naturals found on her home waters of Maine.

Selene has dedicated herself to mastering Carrie’s unique tying techniques of tying flies in her hands without the aid of a vise, which results in a perfectly balanced and durable fly. Selene takes care to use as many authentic materials as are available including native wood duck feathers, jungle cock and silk floss. Maintaining the integrity of Carrie’s craft is Selene’s primary concern. Carrie’s mark of distinction on her flies was a red band on the head of the fly. Selene has chosen, out of respect for Carrie, not to include this band on her fly reproductions. Instead, her trade-mark on presentation flies is three tiny jungle cock feathers found near her signature.  Selene is an award winning fly tyer that lives with her husband and three great kids in Readfield, Maine.

“Western Maine is not like the rest of America… The area maintains its own flavor, accents and attitudes. Bob Romano captures it all with rare acuity. A Romano novel is like a vacation. You can smell the pine needles on every page.” –  Tucker Carlson, political news correspondent, commentator for Fox News 

August 9 - Rangeley Guides and Sportsmen’s Association’s Outdoor Sporting Heritage Day at the Clubhouse on Old Skiway Rd. Stop by this great event to get a dollar off admission coupon to visit OSHM to support RRG&SA and complete a great day celebrating the region’s heritage!

August 13 - Free Fly casting instruction with LL Bean Instructor Bob Dionne
Wildlife Artist Georgette Kannach  Her artwork spans the range from two-dimensional paintings to relief carving,  air brushing and jewelry making.  She works with natural mediums such as wood, antler, feathers and eggs as well as glass, metal, and automobiles, not to mention conventional paintings in oils and acrylics.

August 16 - “Richardson Lakes Historical Field Trip & Cruise”
For Reservations and information: rangeleycruises@gmail.com or 207-670-8391

August 17- RLRHS Historical Program at Rangeley School 7pm
August 20 Oquossoc Day – North Woods Law Wardens,
Come meet the stars of NWL & a great day festivities, events and fun at OSHM. PLUS the amazing paintings of artist A.L. Poland
August 27 - Fly-tier Ed Muzeroll has created fly patterns

September 2016

September 16 - Rangeley Regatta

For more information or to make a reservation please contact Bill Pierce at 207-491-4771 or by email at wapierce1@gmail.com



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