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Calendar of events - 2015

Last Updated 09/28/2015  

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Board Meetings - 2015

Board Meetings - First Thursday of alternate months unless otherwise noted. (January 8, March 5, May 7, no meeting in July, September 3, November 5). All are welcome. January, March and May board meetings at Ashby Public Library, Ashby, MA, September and November meetings at Shieling Forest Barn in Peterborough, NH,. 7:00 PM. Send us an email to confirm location.

Annual Meeting 2015

Saturday, October 24, 1PM: Annual Meeting. Town Meeting House, Rte. 123,  Sharon, NH.

Featured Guest Speaker:
 Mike Beebe: “My Cathedral, Temple Mountain; The skiing adventures of Rope Tow Charlie and the Beebe Family at Temple Mountain”

Join us for a entertaining and informative presentation by Mike Beebe at our Annual Meeting! Mike will share his personal memories and stories about growing up at Temple Mountain Ski Area and the early days of skiing and hiking along the Wapack Trail. His stories will reflect the extensive ski history of the area including the early days of ski touring along the Wapack Trail, the arrival of the Boston snow trains in 1932, the founding of Temple Mt. Ski area by his parents, Charlie and Lucie Beebe in 1937, the “Temptic” Ski Touring Club, and the fun and challenges of running a ski area in the early years of the sport.

Mike will also provide a preview of his new book, “My Cathedral, Temple Mountain; the skiing adventures of Rope Tow Charlie and the Beebe Family at Temple Mountain.”

This is a must for fans of the former ski area and for anyone interested in the history of skiing in New England and the early days of the Wapack Trail. Everyone is welcome!

- Mike Beebe has been skiing for 71 years, and still competes in the New England Masters ski race. He owned and managed Temple Mt. Ski Area from 1965 until 1984.

9:00 AM Hike (optional). Temple Mt. State Reservation / Beebe Trail. Join us on a morning loop hike through the former Temple Mt. Ski Area on the Wapack Trail and the Beebe Trail! Meet at the Temple Mt. State Reservation parking lot on Route 101 in Peterborough, NH at 9:00AM. For details contact Lee Baker (603) 525-5262 or email .

Noon: Informal “bring-your-own” lunch at Sharon Meeting House. The Friends will provide beverages and light desserts. Bring a dessert to share if you like.

1:00PM: Featured Speaker Mike Beebe, followed by Friends of the Wapack, Inc., business meeting with highlights from this year  and election of officers.

Download the 2015 Annual Meeting flyer with directions here.

 For questions regarding our annual meeting, please send an email to

Trail Work Days 2015

 All workdays start at 8:30 AM and typically wind down around 3:00 or 4:00 in the afternoon. Bring lunch, water, work clothes, and enthusiasm. We supply the tools and encouragement.  Call Mike Przybyla for details 603-878-3350.

Saturday May 16, 2015 – Windblown XC Ski Area
The first workday will be on May 16th and will concentrate on improving drainage along the section of the trail through the Windblown XC ski area. We will be installing water bars on the upper section of the trail on Barrett Mtn. If time permits we will do general trail maintenance and drainage work on the section south of Windblown. Meet at 8:30 AM at the Windblown Ski area parking lot.

Saturday July 18, 2015 - New Hampshire Trails Day, Temple Mt. State Reservation
Come participate in NH Trails Day with us at a work day to install bog bridges on the new Beebe Trail at Temple Mountain State Reservation. Meet at 8:30 AM at the Temple Mountain State Reservation parking lot on Route 101 in Peterborough.

Saturday September 26, 2015— Raymond Trail - Bridge building
Join us for our third workday of 2015 on September 26 on the Raymond Trail in Peterborough.
We will construct a new foot bridge over a stream on the Raymond Trail. A number of years ago we installed a log bridge to cross the the stream, but this has deteriorated and we will be installing a more permanent bridge built with 2x8 lumber and 3/4 inch decking. This will be a big improvement - wider, more stable, and longer lasting than the present two log bridge.

We will be carrying in lumber for the bridge, so make sure to wear gloves. It would help if you could bring a pack that you don't mind carrying wood in. This would help to carry in the 2 foot boards for decking.

The Raymond Trail has limited parking, so we will park at the Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail parking lot located approximately a quarter mile north of the Raymond Trail on East Mountain Road in Peterborough. We'll meet there at 8:30 AM.
Bring lunch, water, gloves. We'll provide the tools and encouragement.

Saturday October 17, 2015— New Ipswich to Sharon section
The final workday will be on October 17th and will concentrate on the section of the Wapack trail between Turnpike Road in New Ipswich and Nashua Road in Sharon. We haven't visited this section on a workday in quite a few years and will be doing general trail maintenance including drainage work, brush trimming, and blazing. Meet at the NewWest Mall on Turnpike Road in New Ipswich from which we will car pool over to the trailhead where there is limited parking.

These workdays are a good opportunity to contribute in direct way to the maintenance of the trail, learn some trail maintenance techniques, and have a good time. Hope to see you there.

To receive email reminders of our trail work days, sign up at our Join! page.

Hikes 2015

Saturday September 12 (New Date!), 2015: Wapack Trail End to End!:.
Hike the entire trail in one day! Group will meet at 6:00 AM at the trail head in Greenfield. Please call leader Tom Brumaghim to register and for details (603) 878-6167.

Saturday, October 24, 2015: Friends of the Wapack Annual Meeting Hike.
See Annual Meeting section above on this page. 

Please check back for any changes or additions to the hike schedule

Let us know if you would like someone from the Friends of the Wapack to lead a hike on the Wapack Trail for your group. Send us an email at

Friends of the Wapack hikes may also listed with the Harris Center for Conservation Education.
You can also hike the Wapack Trail with the Midstate Trail Committee.

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