When Winter Is Your Favorite Season


Last week we mentioned new ski and board equipment. We also know that the acquisition of said equipment is not a whimsical matter for many of our readers. Budgets may have to be rearranged and items and errands may have to be pushed forward till next payday, simply in order to avoid embarrassment at our favorite stop, the glorified sawhorse we gear up next to outside the lodge. Well, have no fear. This is Maine, we are a chickadee if any bird, and we will not let you down.


Buy everything from hockey skates to monoboard bindings (and the regular stuff too) at the veritable cornucopia of winter-sports delights we call the Down East Ski Sale and Winter Sports Expo, to take place at The Portland Exposition Building (239 Park Ave) on Saturday, November 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no price at the door. You will find new and used equipment with tags on every item that will make you feel like you’ll probably be able to afford your CMP bill, too. Your eyes will be fluffy with dreams of foot-deep powder by the time you leave the building.


Or, if you choose to display your winter hardiness in a manner other than spending those small eternities in the exposed bitterness of a chairlift, wear your trunks under your street clothes and head down to the Second Annual Sunrise Swim at Willard Beach in South Portland on Tuesday the 28th at 7:30 a.m. That’s right, along with Don Perkins, the president of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and a throng of generously donating daredevils, you’ll enjoy some coffee and donuts before the aforementioned sunrise dip. Once the point has been proven, since these scientists are pragmatic people, participants will be welcome to a hot shower on location.


If you go to both events, say to yourself, “Dirigo again…”


Ski Sale: https://www.facebook.com/events/1938486656393069/


Sunrise Swim: https://www.facebook.com/events/291128228044630/


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