Community Open House

Saturday, October 6, from 1:00pm

2018 Friends of Great Hosmer Paddle Results

As part of our Fall Fest Weekend celebration, we want to invite all of Craftsbury and the greater community to the Outdoor Center on Saturday afternoon, October 6, 2018, for our second annual Community Open House. We'll be providing free clinics in biathlon, as well as mini mountain bike clinics with free rentals, COC facilities and energy tours, and cheese and cider tastings. There will be clinics going on all day, so if you stop by any time between 1-4:00pm, you're sure to catch an opportunity for a cool clinic for you or your kids.

During our Open House, we are excited to host the Friends of Great Hosmer Paddling Event on Great Hosmer Pond starting at 2:00pm. Participants should bring watercraft of their choosing, a paddle and PFD - canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and more. The Center will also provide a limited number of recreational watercraft, as well as electric launches for safety. There will be a timed 5K course for canoe, kayak, and SUP classes, an open touring class and tours of the pond led by the Friends. Registration starts at 2:00pm and the race at 3:00pm. It’s a free event, just show up and be ready to paddle! 

As part of the Open House, from 2:30-6:30pm, the Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club (our junior/BKL ski program) will be hosting a silent auction to benefit the Kathy Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund helps make outdoor sports like cross-country skiing and mountain biking accessible to families in northern Vermont by helping kids get involved in the sport at an affordable rate and helping them get to Junior Nationals and elite training camps.

Finally, but perhaps most importantly, we are very excited to have the Gillespie Girls - Ade's Ice Cream and Ella's Granola on-site during the Open House. They'll be offering maple walnut and vanilla flavors, at $4 a scoop, cash only. They use all local ingredients, and everything is homemade. The Gillespie Girls will be serving from 2-5:15pm on the AC porch. Also, the COC will be raffling off two free ice creams every half hour between 3-5:00pm to Silent Auction bidders.

Schedule of Events:


Open House Begins


Cider Making Starts


Bike Shop Open for Free 45 Min Rentals


Mini Mountain Bike Clinic #1


Novice Biathlon Clinic #1


Friends of Great Hosmer Paddling Event


Mini Mountain Bike Clinic #2


Gillespie Girls Ice Cream Goes on Sale


Novice Biathlon Clinic #2


Silent Auction Begins


Ice Cream Raffle Begins


Mini Mountain Bike Clinic #3


Novice Biathlon Clinic #3


End of the Open House, all bikes must be returned


Silent Auction Closes

 Other Weekend Activities and Lodging

The Community Open House is just one of the activities at Craftsbury October 6 & 7 - come on up and make a weekend of it! Saturday the 6th will be a busy day, starting out with the Singletrack Shootout, a running/biking biathlon race that is open to novices and biathlon experts alike. Later that afternoon the Outdoor Center will host a silent auction to benefit the Kathy Wright Scholarship Fund and then a fall-themed Harvest Dinner. Sunday the 7th, the Center will host a running Orienteering Race.

Lodging at the Center is available both Friday and Saturday nights starting at $95 per person per night double occupancy, and includes race entries and all your meals. Call 802-586-7767 to make your reservation.