North Star Adventures invites one and all to its official launch party Saturday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. The afternoon will include opportunities to meet the North Star Adventure team and, beginning 2 p.m., participate in various outdoor, weather permitting.

Activities will include snow kitchens (learn to bake with Dutch ovens and fry bakes), s'mores and hot drinks. There will be ice skating on the public rink and, at 4 p.m., an Almost Full Moon snowshoe trek.

The newly created adventure-based enterprise is the vision of outdoor enthusiast and professional Nancy Zane of Unity, who has 25 years experience in numerous outdoor recreational fields. Her various credentials include certification as a Wilderness EMT, Leave No Trace Master Educator, Maine Recreational Guide and Maine Sea Kayak Guide. Her personal achievements include completing a cross-country bicycle trip and rock climbing throughout the United States, sea kayaking the Everglades and backcountry ski touring on the Gaspe Peninsula.

North Star Adventures will sponsor numerous year-round programs designed to inspire personal growth, self-awareness, creativity and wellness through outdoor experiences. Adventures in Art programs will allow participants to cultivate an artistic skill (led by nationally-recognized artists) while experiencing an authentic outdoor adventure.

Writing, printmaking, drawing, painting, woodworking, movement and dance are just some of the artistic endeavors to be offered this upcoming year. While integrating art and adventure, the program settings will inspire the participant with beautiful Maine settings such as Acadia National Park, the Rangeley Lakes Region, Maine’s Bold Coast, Gulf Hagas and more.

North Star Adventures will also offer numerous outdoor certification opportunities. These include courses and training in Wilderness First Aid, Leave No Trace, Maine Recreational Guide and more. Also on the slate for the upcoming year are leadership retreats, outdoor skill workshops and programs specifically designed for women. For more information, email; call 692-3138; and visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or