Host Community Updates: More News from the Communities You’ll Call Home for a Night

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Over the past couple of months you’ve received information about each host community via the BikeMaine Newsletter’s Host Community Series. As testament to their eagerness to see you pedal in and setup your tent, these communities still have more information to share. In order of appearance on your ride itinerary, here are the most current schedules of events and a few last minute updates and reminders.

Click here for more information on the host communities.

Orono: Saturday, 9/7 – Orono is one of Maine’s iconic destinations boasting 1,200 acres of bicycle and pedestrian trails, a vibrant downtown and Maine’s largest university separated by the spectacular waters of the Penobscot River.  As the first host community for our inaugural ride, Orono is looking forward to rolling out the red carpet for all of us.  We will be welcomed on Orono’s Festival Day, full of activities, entertainment and local food.  Be sure to come prepared for a ride in a 12-man war canoe on the river, a trail hike or a winning ride on a heavy duty trike!


Saturday, September 7


Grounds open, check-in begins
Orono High School, 14 Goodridge Rd., Orono


Festival Day with 5k road race, street vendors, live music, and activities for all ages including:

War canoes (12-person canoes) on the river

Guided trail hikes

Heavy duty trike races for adults

Full Schedule of Events


Beer Garden in Municipal Parking Lot hosted by the Family Dog and serving a beer brewed specially for BikeMaine by the Black Bear Brewery

2:00  Music by The Crown Vics
5:30  Music by Stream Reggae


Lasagna dinner in front of Asa Adams Elementary School with BikeMaine welcome beginning at 6:45PM


Orono Welcomes BikeMaine
Music and beer garden in the Municipal Parking Lot
8:00 Music by The Gawler Family Band

Sunday, September 8


Scrambled veggie eggs breakfast at the high school cafeteria


Dover-Foxcroft: Sunday, 9/8 – 
The town of Dover-Foxcroft is excited to be hosting you during the inaugural BikeMaine ride on September 8th. During your stay in Dover-Foxcroft, you’ll enjoy meals featuring seasonal local foods and local entertainment which highlight the character of the community. Most of the activities are free but there are extra amenities available for a small fee (indicated by an asterisk). During your stay in Dover-Foxcroft, you will discover all the wonderful amenities, character, personality, and great people which make “Shiretown” a truly special place!

Here is a list of events and amenities that you can expect during your stay in Dover-Foxcroft:

  • A warm and friendly welcome!
  • Massages for achy muscles*
  • Charging stations for electronics*
  • Snacks*
  • Beer & Wine Tent*
  • Open house of the local Historical Society
  • Informal discussions, lead by the Nature Conservancy and Appalachian Mountain Club
  • Informational kiosks
  • International hors d’oeuvres
  • Venison or lentil stew dinner
  • Musical entertainment from some local bands
  • Comedian: Willey Phinedit “Unofficial Maine Guide” from the Maine Storytellers Association
  • Clean campsite next to a stream and small pond
  • Grab ‘n Go Breakfast for riders looking for something light
  • Full breakfast for riders looking to seriously fuel up
  • Shuttle service to transport cyclists to different parts of the community
  • An inviting and pleasant experience


Here is the timeline . . . for those who like to plan their activities in advance:


Sunday, September 8

1:00-3:30 pm

Cyclists arrive in Dover-Foxcroft

2:00-5:00 pm

BikeMaine Village Activities

2-3pm: Beer tent set up with live entertainment in camp site.  Winterport Winery and Penobscot Bay Brewery will be the suppliers.2-5:30pm: Snack/beverage vendor set up in camp site (Kiwanis).  Smoothies will be sold by the Swim Club2-4pm: Music (will take breaks to allow speakers to talk)3-3:20pm: Appalachian Mountain Club speaker will be invited to talk with bikers about the trails, waterfalls, and hiking in the Dover-Foxcroft area.3:30-4pm: Bucky Owen, from the Nature Conservancy, will talk about the Penobscot River Restoration, the Bald Eagle Restoration, the Maine Island Sea Birds, and the American Chestnut Restoration (30 minutes, at camp site)4-4:20pm: Game Warden talks

3-5pm: YMCA pool open

3:30-4:30: Massage & Yoga (in YMCA)

3-7pm: Cell Phone Charging (in YMCA)

2:00-5:00 pm

Community Activities

3:30-5pm: Movie at Center Theatre: In the Blood, an historical documentary that illustrates the life, skills & character of the turn-of-the-century Maine lumbermen & river drivers.3-5pm: Open House at Historical Society; provide walking tour information

5:30-6:45 pm

International hors d’oeuvres and dinner served at Foxcroft Academy

7:00 – 8:15 pm

Comedian: Willey Phinedit “Unofficial Maine Guide” at campsite

8:30- 9:30 pm

Live music at campsite

Monday, September 9


Grab n’ Go continental breakfast at the Piscataquis Regional YMCAPancake breakfast at the Congregational Church

Belfast: Monday, 9/9 – 
Named one of the coolest small towns in America by USA Today, Belfast sits on a hill overlooking the breathtaking waters of Penobscot Bay, a great location to rest tired muscles and let the spectacular views recharge our energy supplies.  Belfast will greet us with its dynamic working waterfront, an historic and architecturally rich downtown and more art galleries than any city its size in the state.  Plenty to explore here!



Camp site opens
The Juice Cellar will be on site selling smoothies


3Tides Beer Garden open


Paddle boards for rent with instruction.


Chicken BBQ or Veggie Burgerdinner at the Boathouse


Downtown Art Walk and street musicians, ghost tours

Tuesday, September 10


Grab & Go breakfast at the Boathouse


Castine: Tuesday, 9/10 –
 Day 4 of the BikeMaine ride takes you from Belfast to Castine, where you will be greeted by the kids from Adams School, some of whom are planning to ride their own bikes into town with you!  After you’ve set up your tent and freshened up, the hunger pangs will kick in.  Have no fear . . . the Castine Women’s Club will be selling afternoon snacks and beverages, so you won’t be hungry for long!

There will be much to see and do in this classic New England coastal town.  Here is a list of the Tuesday afternoon events:

  • Blacksmithing and Woodturning Demonstrations at Wilson Museum
  • Historical Society Tour
  • Ship Simulator Tours
  • T/V State of Maine Tours
  • Schooner Bowdoin Tours
  • Sea Kayak Tour (2pm-4pm):  Advance signup preferred or call that afternoon for availability, $45 per person
  • John Sowles, talking about the Gulf of Maine and the Nature Conservancy’s efforts to restore ground fish stocks and near shore habitat, stream connectivity, and sustainable fishing gear and practices
  • “Afternoon Tea on the Porch” at the award winning Pentagoet Inn (2pm-4pm): Includes tea sandwiches, scones, cookies and tarts, fruit, jams and clotted cream; advance reservations needed; call 207-326-8616

After a hearty New England Boiled Dinner or Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Dinner at Maine Maritime Academy, Danny and the Bluetones will entertain you with some “blues tunes” throughout the evening.   Or, enjoy a bioluminescent-Moonset Night Paddle from 7:30-10 p.m. with Castine Kayak Adventures ($55, advanced reservations recommended).

Cell phone need charging?  The local Girl Scout Troop will be pleased to offer charging for a nominal fee.  Please plan to stop by and support this worthwhile organization.

Wednesday morning, breakfast will be served at Maine Maritime Academy, after which you’ll say good-bye to this lovely historic town.



  • Blacksmithing and Woodturning Demonstrations at Wilson Museum
  • Historical Society Tour
  • Ship Simulator Tours
  • T/V State of Maine Tours
  • Schooner Bowdoin Tours
  • Sea Kayak Tour (2pm-4pm) – advance signup preferred or call that afternoon for availability, $45 per person
  • John Sowles, Nature Conservancy, to talk about the Gulf of Maine (topics relating to restoring ground fish stocks, restoring near shore habitat, stream connectivity, sustainable fishing gear and practices, etc) – Emerson Hall 1st floor meeting room  (4:30)
  • “Afternoon Tea on the Porch” at the Pentagoet Inn & Restaurant (2:00-4:00):  Tea Sandwiches, Scones, Cookies and Tarts, Fruit, Jams and Clotted Cream; advance reservations needed; call 207-326-8616


NE Boiled Dinner or Stuffed Portobello Mushroomat Maine Maritime Academy


Danny and the Bluetones, a local blues band


Bioluminescent-Moonset Night Paddle – advance signup preferred or call that afternoon for availability, $55 per person — 207-866-3506]

Wednesday, September 11


Breakfast at MMC



Bar Harbor: Wednesday & Thursday, 9/11 & 9/12 – With a well-timed layover day in Bar Harbor, everyone will have the opportunity to explore Acadia National Park, one of the truly special places in the United States.  Be one of the first people on the Atlantic seaboard to see the sun come up at the top of Cadillac Mountain.  Explore some of the 120 miles of hiking trails, 50 miles of carriage trails or the 27-mile paved scenic Park Loop Road.  And save time for whale watching, sea kayaking or some of the many other delights Bar Harbor has to offer.  We will conclude our stay here with a traditional Maine lobster bake (or vegetarian chili) provided by the local Rotary Club at the stunning Maine Sea Coast Mission.  An amazing feast at an amazing place! 


Wednesday, September 11


Camp site opens


Activities and dinner on own

Library –‘Bicycles in Advertising” program at 7:00.

Thursday, September 12


Pre-breakfast bagels and fruit.

Full breakfast on own


Activities on own:

  • A ride up Cadillac Mountain for sunrise
  • 3 daytime rides  (cue cards available but no SAG support)
  • Discounted bike rentals
  • Discounted ferry to Winter Harbor
  • Jackson Labs tour

Many other options outlined in June newsletter article


Beer Garden at Maine Sea Coast Mission


Lobster Bake or Vegetarian Chili at Maine Sea Coast Mission


Steve Sampson, a local pianist, will provide music from 5:00 – 8:15.  He takes requests of all sorts and is very versatile.

Night sky program —  30 minutes beginning at 8:15.

Friday, September 13


Pancake breakfast at the camp site.




Camp Jordan: Friday, 9/13 – Wanna be a kid again?  Day 6 of the BikeMaine Inaugural Ride takes you from Bar Harbor to Bangor YMCA’s Camp Jordan on beautiful Branch Lake in Ellsworth, Maine, where you CAN be a kid again!  Go swimming, paddle a canoe, take a hike . . . or take a nap.  Pick your pleasure!  For those interested in learning more about Maine’s climate change, adaptation and mitigation strategies, join George Jacobson from the Nature Conservancy, who will be hosting an informal discussion.  After a traditional baked bean and ham “suppa”, the Jason Spooner Band will be our entertainment for the evening.  Then gather around the campfire, tell tales of the week’s ride, and roast s’mores over the open fire.  Get a good night’s sleep . . . there’s only one more day of the BikeMaine Inaugural Ride!


Friday, September 13


Camp site opens




Telephone Museum on access road prior to entrance to Camp Jordan

Snacks available

Waterfront activities (swimming, canoeing, kayaking)

George Jacobson, Nature Conservancy, to talk about Climate Change,

Adaptation and  Mitigation Strategies, Carbon Offset Projects, etc.

Beer Garden (sponsored by Gritty’s)


Baked bean and ham dinner



Jason Spooner Band

Campfire, with s’mores

Saturday, September 14



Orono: Saturday, 9/14 – BikeMaine’s inaugural ride will conclude on the University of Maine campus in a truly unique fashion – a first in the world of bicycle rides. You’ll have to ride through it to believe it! After a shower, we look forward to all riders and volunteers joining together with members of the local community for a harvest stew lunch full of delicious local produce along with a slideshow full of memorable moments, people and scenery from the past week’s wonderful ride. Stay for a University of Maine football game or the Natalie Stovall concert on campus. Begin your Fall in truly memorable style! Please email Zach by September 7th if you would like to reserve football tickets at the discounted rate of $5 per person.


Saturday, September 14


Cyclists begin their arrival on the UMaine campus

A shuttle will run between finish line / lunch area and the week-long
parking lot.
Showers will be available near the lunch area.



Burgers and harvest stew lunch with the students will be held at the
Wells Conference Center, a great facility and very well located.

 Bring your Gear Drop Bag and load up on parting gifts.  Check out the streaming photo summary of the Inaugural BikeMaine.

Show your BikeMaine wrist band for access to the University of Maine’s New Balance Recreation Center


UMaine vs. Bryant Football: Go Maine!


Performance by Natalie Stovall in the parking lot

As you head home from your BikeMaine experience, we hope you will take a lifetime of special Maine-based memories with you!


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