May 3 – Outdoor Heritage Museum opens for season The Museum recognized by Yankee Magazine a the “Best Outdoor Museum in New England” opens for its ninth season of sharing the iconic history of the region! The museum will premiere four new exhibits and numerous new additional artifacts. The exhibits featuring legends such as Fly Rod Crosby, Carrie Stevens, Herb Welch and the Rangeley Boat will have new additions. New Exhibits will open throughout the spring featuring a collection of Rangeley artifacts on loan from the Maine State Museum. We will have “Stanley” the 19th century mount of the Largest Brook Trout ever caught in the U.S. and right here in Rangeley Lake! We will have a new exhibit about the history of our friends at Rangeley Guides and Sportsman’s Assoc. as well as an exhibit on the 19th Century “Infernal Contraptions” …Spring Hooks which were so controversial that they are now illegal! And that is just a small sample of what we have in store for the upcoming season! Numerous events will feature fun activities, off site historic tours, social events with live music, speakers, artists and more! Admission is $5.00 per person. Members may bring two guests free of charge on any visit. Active duty and retired military service members and children 12 and under are always admitted free of charge.
Sat. May 11 “The Life and Adventures of Buckskin Sam” Opens at Outdoor Heritage Museum -Have you ever heard of “Buckskin” Sam Noble? This Maine Guide, professional hunter, soldier and scout left home at age 10 for a world-wide adventure. He was a chief cook & bottle washer on a Damariscotta schooner, was captured and lived with Indians in Patagonia, was Shanghaied into the British Army and traveled on a journey from Egypt to India, fought bears in Maine and Confederates as George Armstrong Custer’s cavalry scout in the Civil War. And believe it or not…there is more! This exhibit will run throughout the 2019 Season.
May 23 5:30 PM – RLHS Community Supper featuring the Sandy River Ramblers at Bald Mountain Camps Featuring the Sandy River Ramblers at Bald Mountain Camps. Come help us celebrate the start of another great season with the Rangeley Lakes Historical Society! This special evening of fun will Feature the great Bluegrass stylings of the Sandy River Ramblers! There will be a hearty meal of ham, baked beans, hot dogs, biscuits, and coleslaw. Seniors are invited to attend free of charge. Donations in support are welcome. The evening will also feature a Silent auction, Cash bar & Potluck Dessert. Bring a favorite dessert to share! Social Hour starts at 5:30pm. Please RSVP by May 20th at firstname.lastname@example.org
June 22 10-4PM - Lupine Festival Art and Antiques Show at OHM - The grounds of the popular museum in Oquossoc will be filled with over 35 vendor booths offering art, antiques and crafts for this fun-filled day. is sponsored by the Outdoor Heritage Museum (OHM) and the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held at the museum in Oquossoc, Maine on Saturday, June 22nd from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
June 28 – Rangeley History Museum (RHM) Opens for Weekend 11-4 pm collections highlight the history of our; founding families, early pioneers, local industries, logging, agriculture, railroad, steamship, sporting camp, grand hotel, transportation and the “Gilded Age” are just some of the histories featured at RHM. This landmark was Rangeley first brick structure and served as the town jail at one time. The vintage lock-up is now an exhibit. The museum offers free admission and is centrally located on Main Street in downtown Rangeley. Museum Summer Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11-4pm & Sundays 12-4pm.
July 5 5pm – Herb Welch Fly Fishing Classic at Kennebago Lake July 5 4pm – “The Inaugural Black Ghost Classic ” The Outdoor Heritage Museum will host a Catch and Release Fly Fishing Tourney at Kennebago Lake on Friday night, July 5th at 4:00 pm. Two-Angler teams will gather at Grant’s Kennebago Camps to compete for Prizes in the following categories; Best Trout Photo, Best Salmon Photo (Bigger Fish will receive special consideration from the judges) and Best Scenic Photo. All participants will receive complimentary beverages and hors d'oeurves at the reception, an embroidered “The Inaugural Black Ghost Classic” T-shirt commemorating the event, automatic entry into a prize raffle featuring fishing artwork and gear. All participants will receive free tickets to the International Fly Fishing Film Festival event on Saturday night at 7pm in Rangeley. The fishing will begin at 5:15and end by 9PM. Dry fly hatch cannot be guaranteed but an evening on Kennebago in early July can be quite productive and sometimes spectacular! There are spaces for just 5, Two-angler teams in supplied classic Rangeley Boat for a donation of $500.00 per team, in support of the museum. Kennebago owners and guests with boats/access to the Lake, may enter for a donation of $400.00 per team . The competition will end at 8:45PM. The Award Ceremony will take place at the Herb Welch Festival Event at the Outdoor Heritage Museum the following Day at 2pm. The Inaugural Black Ghost Classic is hosted and sponsored by our friends at Grant's Kennebago Camps.
July 6-8 Herb Welch Festival at Outdoor Heritage Museum -After the Weekend kicks of at Kennebago with the Black Ghost Classic, The Herb Welch Festival kicks into gear at the Outdoor Heritage museum with a the premiere of our new exhibit highlighting the exploits, art and genius of the legendary Herb Welch! Graydon and Les Hilyard will be on hand to personally sign their recently released book on the MAN himself; "Herbert L. Welch: Black Ghosts and Art in a Maine Guide's Wilderness". Other features of the day will be demonstrations, instruction and flies offered for sale by famous contemporary tiers; Justin Crouse, Peter Simonson & Les Hilyard. Focus will be on the original streamer patterns developed by Welch such as the famous Black Ghost, Welch Rarebit and Cupsuptic. At 2pm Qualifying for the famous "100-Footers Club" will take place on Oquossoc Cove. Caster may use their own flyrod of any weight (sorry no two handed/Spey Rods) to attempt to cast 100 feet. Welch was a member of this long ago disbanded club. We are bringing it back and successful entries ($20.00 donation in support of OHM) will receive a "100 Footers" Patch and join the legend in this elite fraternity! Start practicing. The event continues on Sunday the 7th with Special Tours and a Talk at Herb's Home on Bald Mountain Road hourly from 12 to 3pm by reservation in advance at 864-3091 as well Fly tying and book signing until 2pm at the Museum.
July 6 - 6:30 pm International Fly Fishing Film Festival at 6:30 PM July 6th at Lakeside Theatre in Rangeley - This is the oldest and most acclaimed edition of an annual film competition which features the best short films from destinations around the world.
You don't have to be an angler to enjoy this collection of short films and their breath taking cinematography. However, you may want to become a flyfisher after you see them! This is not the film series shared at Railroad Cinema in Brunswick. This event will also feature a Raffle and Silent Auction at offering art, gear, trips and more! Adult refreshments and Theatre Munchies will be available at the concession stand in support of Rangeley Friends of the Arts. Come support two great non-profits. Tickets sales support the museum & are $12.00 in advance at Outdoor Heritage Museum in Oquossoc & Lakeside Theatre on June 1st. To purchase tickets today online: click here: https://www.showclix.com/event/if42019rangeleyme?fbclid=IwAR06qpQTTtGQGpN8nkozjouam_lU3WesiLSlXh87ToclSvAE8wdCSxBOakA
This event is part of the Herb Welch Festival Weekend at Outdoor Heritage Museum (July 5-7)
July 12 6PM -RLHS Annual Meeting & Program at Lakeside Theatre - A gathering of the members of the Rangeley Lakes Historical Society will be held at 6 PM at Lakeside Theater. Updates on the status of our efforts and the election of officers. All are welcome. A Live Presentation of "Rangeley's First Settlers" featuring Jude Lamb to follow immediately after the meeting.
July 12 7pm - A Live performance of: "Rangeley's First Settlers - In 1817 Eunice and Luther Hoar walked, with their nine children (ages one to fourteen), from Phillips below Rangeley, to what became Rangeley Lake. They hauled all their worldly possessions on moose sleds, over the late winter snow, mostly uphill for 18 to 20 miles. In the process the baby, who was bundled into the large family dough bowl and tied to the top of a loaded moose sled, went missing. Join ‘Eunice Hoar’, masterfully portrayed by Jude Lamb, as she tells her version of the family’s twenty-mile winter hike over the mountains to become Rangeley's first white settlers. Jude Lamb is a Maine storyteller, artist, and writer. She holds a degree in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. Don’t miss this entertaining show performed by a brilliant and knowledgeable artist! Tickets are $5.00 and available at the Outdoor Heritage Museum in advance our at the door at 6:30 pm OR ..Attend the Annual Meeting at 6 PM and become a new member and you and your family will be admitted free of charge.
July 13 10-3pm - "Fly Fishing Treasures" Author Steve Woit and Featured Fly Tier Nate Wight at the Outdoor Heritage Museum - Steve will be on hand to sign copies of his new book that has an entire chapter on OHM! Nate Wight of North Woods Fly Co. is an am innovative fly tier that is sure to amaze as he shares some of his techniques that really catch fish! Check out his FB page: https://www.facebook.com/n.w.flyco/
July 19 7PM – Rangeley in 3D & Vintage Film at Lakeside Theatre - You’ll view actual 19th Century Stereoview Photographs of the region, not featured in previous presentations, on the Big Screen using 3D glasses. These are entirely different vintage images not shared in previous showings! We’ll also share some rare 1930 vintage film of a family’s cane camping trip from Richardson to Kennebago. Vintage 3D Stereographs & Silent Film
All with Narration by Historical Society Executive Director, Bill Pierce & Live Musical Accompaniment by the Sandy River Ramblers.
Step back in time to View the Rangeley Region as seen in the 19th Century with modern large screen projection and 3D glasses!
Two Shows at Lakeside Theatre this Summer: July 19th with an Encore performance on August 9th
Both Performances start at 7pm.
Snack Bar & Cash Bar to benefit the RFA. Raffle.
All seats $10.00 & available at Outdoor Heritage Museum in Oquossoc (after June 1st) or at the Door. Last Year’s event was a sellout!
July 27 10AM – RLHS Float in Logging Festival Parade plus Vendor & Demo TBD at Rangeley History Museum
August 3 10-3pm - Join Accomplished Author Lou Zambello and Fly Tying Expert Ed "Muzzy" Muzzeroll for a great day off Fly Fishing Talk and Art as the talents and works of both these terrific guys will be on display at the Outdoor Heritage Museum! Lou will have his new book on hand to sign; " In Pursuit of Trophy Brook Trout and Ed will be sharing his vast knowledge in the art of tying beautiful presentation quality flies.
August 9 7PM – Rangeley in 3D & Vintage Film at Lakeside Theatre (Encore Presentation -Please see description for July 19 performance above)
August 17 10-4PM – Oquossoc Day at OHM- Over 30 Vendors will populate the grounds of the museum offering Antiques, Art & Craft for Sale. The Museum is also sponsoring the 1st Ever Oquossoc Day Challenge Cup Races featuring teams of regional first responders battling for the cup in Kayak Relay, Blind Canoe and Crew Style Rowing Races in the Museum's fleet of Vintage Rangeley Boats! This is all part of the large roster events on the Lake (Check Chamber of Commerce Schedule for a complete listing for this fun filled day!
Sept. 27 10-5:30 PM – The 5th Annual Rangeley Regatta-