May 1st 2020– Outdoor Heritage Museum opens for season The Museum recognized by Yankee Magazine a the “Best Outdoor Museum in New England” opens for its tenth season of sharing the iconic history of the region! The museum will premiere four new exhibits and numerous new additional artifacts. New Exhibits will open throughout the spring featuring a collection of Rangeley artifacts on loan from the Maine State Museum. 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.
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 11 - International Fly Fishing Film Festival at Returns with an all new show at Lakeside Theatre in Rangeley - Time and more details will be posted soon!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.
More events for 2020 to be posted soon!