2016 Festival Schedule
FRIDAYFri 7:00 AM - North Light Gallery "Paint-Out"Trails End Festival "Paint Out" sponsored by North Light Gallery. Come to the Katahdin region and and paint in the wilderness fro three days! Book a room early and stay for the weekend. Register after 7:00 am on Friday, morning, Sept. 16th at North Light Gallery, pick up a bag lunch and a partner and paint for the day at your choice of any number of places. You will receive a chart of 25 locations with maps if you are not familiar with the area. Return to the gallery anytime before 8:00pm on Friday and prepare your work for hanging in the gallery on Saturday, the 17th. Registration is $25 per person and interested artists should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Marsha at 207-723-4414 for registration form. Please register prior to September 9th. For lodging suggestions, from camping to plush contact the number above or the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce at 207-723-4443. Fri 7:00 AM - Hard Core ProjectA yearly Trails End Festival tradition and a way to give back to the Appalachian Trail. Work on the AT, earn a Trails End Hard Core patch then enjoy a Bar-B-Q at the AT Lodge. It is a hard day's work but a lot of fun!! To register call 723-4321.Fri 5:00 PM - WoodstoneJohn Robinson and Don Levesque "Woodstone" will entertain you with their unique and diverse vocal harmonies, instrumentals and creativity. They take their style form subtle traditional folk to compelling un-traditional arrangements with more depth and energy than is usual. Fri 5:30 PM - 4th Annual TEF Chili Cook OffYou be the judge!!! Taste all the chili and cast your vote for your favorite. The winner will receive a trophy to display in their business or organization for the year, along with bragging rights for the best chili in the area. Proceeds benefit the Trails End Festival. $5 per person
SATURDAYSat 9:00 AM - Canoe or Kayak TripMeet Greg Friel, Maine Registered Guide at Crandall Park at 9:00 am and join him along with other paddlers for a paddle on Millinocket Stream.The group will shuttle to the snowmobile bridge off the Stacyville Rd. and paddle back o the park. Equipment will be provided or you may bring your own.
Sat 10:00 AM - All Trails Lead to Katahdin ParadeJoin the parade and represent your favorite trail. Parade begins at 10:00 am from Stearns HS (line up at 9:30 am). The parade will go down Central St. to Penobscot Ave. to Veteran's Memorial Park. Everyone is welcome to participate in the parade. ATV's, Hikers, Walkers, "Paint Out" Artists, Children join in the fun iwth your bikes, wagons or scooters, Snowmobilers tow your sleds, water enthusiasts let's see those canoes, kayaks or white water rafts. We encourage all trails to be represented in the paradeSat 10:00 AM - North Light Gallery Open House"Paint Out" artists Open House at North Light Gallery from 10:00am to 6:00pm with light refreshments. Sat 10:45 AM - Local MusiciansLocal area musicians will perform at the bandstand on Saturday morning directly following the paradeSat 12:15 PM - Homemade Pie & Cake AuctionEach year local citizens and volunteers bake their best pies and donate them to the festival pie auction and local auctioneer, Kermit Cote, auctions them off. Join in the fun and soothe your sweet tooth with a homemade pie, cake or other goodies. Proceeds to benefit the Trails End Festival.
Submitting a pie or cake for the auction? Drop it off at Appalachian Trail Lodge by 10:00 am Sat 1:00 PM - Chris Ross and The NorthA Hancock County Maine native, Chris Ross has been writing and performing his songs for the better part of a decade. He mixes smokey folk with a rambling and witty poetry, which earned him the "Songwriter of the Year" award at the 2014 New England Music Awards. His music is simple yet rich, catchy yet worn at the edges. His new band, Chris Ross and the North, has taken the songs to another level. Their brand new album, "young Once" has been met with critical acclaim, featuring the songs "Annabelle", "The Long Way" and "When The Dark Allows"Sat 2:45 PM - Emily GuillowEmily Guillow is a true friend to the festival, she has performed here since her early teens. It has been fun watching her song styling and writing ability grow. Emily is a recent graduate of the University of Maine Orono. Sat 4:15 PM - Everett DumasBorn and raised in Millinocket, Everett performs everything from classic rock to country to blues to original music. Everett's soon to be released CD "Red Raindrops" features 10 down to earth songs about real life events and of course Love! Sat 7:00 PM - Trails End Festival Dance and Baxter Beer PromotionEnd this fun-filled day with dancing, music and a whole lot of cheer! The Trails End Festival presents it's first Dance and Baxter Beer Promotion at the Elks Lodge #1521 on Aroostook Ave. in Millinocket.
SUNDAYSun 9:30 AM - Hike the Bait HoleMeet at the bandstand in the park and join local trail expert Don Nodine for a hike on the Bait Hole Trail. This hike will last approximately 60-90 minutesSun 8:30 AM - PHNP Run/Walk 5KFREE Fun Run/Walk 5K sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthy Northern Penobscot that will be held on September 18th. Registration is 8:30AM. Race begins at 9:30AM in front of Pelletier’s restaurant. Route is:
Start on Penobscot in front of Pelletier’s Restaurant – go up Penobscot and cross Katahdin to Elm. Turn on to Oxford ( past VFW) and to Oak Street.
Up the gradual hill on Oak Street to Somerset. Follow Somerset to the intersection of Poplar ( Rideout's) then up Poplar to the Golden Road.
The run/walk will proceed about ¾ of a mile on the Golden Road – just past Maine Heritage – then turn around to head back to town- down Poplar and end by the Ice Cream truck near the bandstand.Sun 10:00 AM - Rubber Ducky RaceThe Duck Race is back for this year's Trails End Festival, Sept 16-18. Ducks will be on sale in Veteran's Park on the 4th of July, at the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce office through the summer and at the Trails End Festival. Ducks are up for adoption for $5.00 a piece or adopt a quackpack (3) for $12.00!
Prizes for 1st, 2nd ,3rd and last Duck over the finish line. The Ducks will take the plunge, Sunday, Sept. 18th at 10:00 am from the Central St. Bridge and race to Crandall Park. All proceeds benefit The Trails End Festival.Sun 12:00 AM - Rob Boyle & John HenryJohn Henry and Rob Boyle are Missouri-based songwriters with a taste for meaningful lyrics, strong harmonies and good times. Johnny is a St. Louis native with a long history in the music business. He was the front man in the band "Spur" for over 7 years and spent much of that time performing around the country alongside many of country music's greatest artists. Rob grew up in Millinocket and graduated from Stearns in 1986. Thirty years have passed since Rob left Millinocket but he still credits his hometown for giving him a lifetime of inspiration. Johnny and Rob met several years ago and immediately began a musical collaboration that resulted in their first album called One November Night--a live recording from the famed Sheldon Concert Hall. They continue to write, travel and perform together in venues from Chicago to Austin and from Phoenix to New York. We are very proud to welcome hometown musician Rob along with John Henry to the Trails End Festival this year.Sun 2:00 PM - The Mallett Brothers BandThe Mallett Brothers Band are an Alt/Rock/Country band from Portland, Maine by way of Sebec.