Ski Museum’s Skee Spree Jan. 17

The first annual Skee Spree, a celebration of Maine’s skiing heritage and auction to benefit the Ski Museum of Maine, is set for Saturday, Jan. 17, at the White Cap Lodge at Sunday River Resort, according to a press release. The event showcases Maine’s ski history and features photos, memorabilia, and historic equipment that have been acquired in large part through the generosity of private donations from the collections of long-time Maine residents.

Beginning at noon, the museum will be displaying artifacts, photos, and memorabilia from its collection. At 2 p.m., Scott Andrews, the Ski Museum’s historian, will present a fireside chat “Down-Mountain and Cross-Country: 145 Years of Skiing in Maine.” This slideshow is an overview that covers all facets of skiing over the entire time period, from the arrival of Scandinavian immigrants in 1870 to the present.

The benefit silent and live auctions will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 at the upper level of the White Cap Lodge. Auction items include lodging and dining certificates, antique and new ski equipment, ski passes, food baskets, artisan crafts, summer golf and fishing expeditions, a snowmobile tour, First Tracks at Sunday River and a “season’s” dining pass for 100 of Sunday River’s famously delicious cinnamon buns.

Skee Spree Schedule all to take place at Sunday River’s White Cap Lodge: 12 to4:30 p.m., Ski Memorabilia Display in the White Cap Lodge; 2 to 3 p.m., Fireside Chat: Down-Mountain and Cross-Country: 145 Years of Skiing in Maine; 4 to 6:30 p.m., Reception at the White Cap; 4 to 5:30 p.m., Silent and Live Auctions.

The Skee Spree event derives its name from Theo Johnsen’s 1905 book The Winter Sport of Skeeing. The current spelling of the word “ski” did not come into use until the 1920s. The word “spree” refers to both the unrestrained outburst of activity as well as “Ski-Spree” a unique wax for P-tex based skis. The wax was developed in the 1950s by Gorham resident Ray Letarte.

Founded in 1995, the Ski Museum of Maine was established with the mission to celebrate and preserve the history and heritage of Maine skiing. The Museum exhibits artifacts, photographs, artworks, and documents at its location in Kingfield, conducts educational programs to ski clubs, schools, libraries, historical and civic organizations, and hosts social events and activities. For more go to www.skimuseumofmaine.org.