Alumni and Friends

Tentative Schedule; Subject to Change Weekly

Friday, September 19, 2014
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM Scarecrow Decorating Contest...Enter now!!
Location: Scarecrow Festival Event Listing for Community Members
The Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce want to challenge area businesses to decorate their business with a “Scarecrow Festival” theme in the front of their building. Your imagination is your only limitation! The more color in town the better. I hope all of you will participate. Fill out an application from the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce by stopping by the office. The application needs to be returned to the Chamber office by Wednesday, September 17 before 3 p.m.

Judging will be done by a panel of three and points will be based on: Spirit, Creativity, Color Scheme, Theme, and Dress. Judging will take place on Friday, September 19.

Once filled, you may mail (PO Box 430, Fort Kent, ME 04743) , e-mail ( ) or fax ( 207) 834-7551) the application. For more information, please contact the Chamber office at 834-5354.

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM "Eye to Eye" Exhibit by Lulu Pelletier
Location: Blake Library Gallery
The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Gallery will host exhibit "Eye to Eye" by Artist Lulu Pelletier. The exhibit will be on display from Friday, August 15 through Friday, September 26, 2014 during regular library hours:

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The exhibit, “Eye to Eye,” is a collection of portraits depicting animals and people in a realistic style. Pelletier says, “I remember my earliest paintings were of people and animals, funny that I am still drawn to these subjects…”

Pelletier, born and raised in Fort Kent, has had a calling throughout her life to create. She says she was drawing, painting, or making art out of any object for as long as she can remember. Pelletier, taught herself early on; reading books about artists and their form of medium. Her first formal art education was in high school when she attended classes given by Claude Picard, a Canadian artist. Across the years, Pelletier continued her studies under other art professors gaining knowledge and experience in her work.

Pelletier tried a variety of mediums, such as oil paints, pastels, and colored pencils, learning how she could manipulate them to achieve the results she wanted. She found that the colored pencils worked best for very detailed realistic drawings. She says, “Each medium was very different, but at the same time gratifying in its own way. “

When discussing her career path, Pelletier says, “… I always told people that I would do my artwork as a profession when the time was right.” Evidently, the time was right.

Pelletier owns her own studio named “Portraits by Lulu.” The studio is located on Market Street in Fort Kent, Maine.

Finally, Pelletier says she has been busy filling commissions ever since opening her studio. She says, “I am living my dream….”

The exhibit may be viewed during regular Blake Library hours. For more information, please contact Gallery Curator Sofia Birden at (207) 834-7527.

To view the library's website go to:

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM KDP and KDP Family Reunion
As a part of the annual “Homecoming” activities the brothers of Rho and the sisters of Kappa Rho have planned a few special events to tie into this year's festivities at UMFK. Kappa Delta Phi established Rho chapter at UMFK in the spring of 1966, and many things have happened since then. The brothers are looking to reunite with alumni. Kappa Rho was re-established in 1985 and has seen a renewed focus on campus during the past few years. They look forward to reconnecting with alumni, new and old. Spouses and significant others may attend all events, with exception to the alumni meetings.

For more information on the weekend, please contact Ray Phinney at 834-7562.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 175th Anniversary of the Fort Kent Blockhouse
Location: Fort Kent Blockhouse
The blockhouse in Fort Kent was built in 1839 to defend the area against the British during the conflict called the "Aroostook War." It will be open for on-site tours throughout the weekend from 1 to 4 p.m.. The Fort Kent Blockhouse is located on Blockhouse Road.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Fort Kent Historical Society Tours
Location: Fort Kent Historical Society Buildings
Tour the Train Station, Barn, Dube House, School House, and the new Visitors’ Center (contains art work by Gilbert O. Roy). The pubic is encouraged to attend.

Tours will be given throughout the weekend from 1 to 4 p.m.

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Wagon Rides by John Babin
Location: Nowland Hall Parking Lot Area
John and Ann Babin, owners of Flat Mountain Horse Ranch, will be giving free wagon rides to community members at the parking lot area near the cafeteria (Nowland Hall). Please come by UMFK and enjoy this wonderful event sponsored by the UMFK and the Alumni Association.

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Lady Bengals' Volleyball Game versus the University of Maine at Machias
Location: UMFK Sports Center, School St, Fort Kent, ME, United States
Home Game Tri Match with UMM Lady Clippers.

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Hypnotist Paul Ramsey
Location: Fox Auditorium, University Dr, Fort Kent, ME, United States
Paul Ramsay is a wildly popular entertainer. Since 2004, Paul Ramsay has entertained sell-out crowds as a stage hypnotist. Paul’s exclusive interactive stage show, Mind Games, is the first truly interactive stage hypnotism show in the world. Mind Games breaks the mold of traditional stage hypnotism by letting the audience control the show with remote controls and polling software. Ramsay makes audience members the stars of the show. Everyone participates! Volunteers are hypnotized while still sitting in the audience, providing an up-close-and-personal experience for all those in attendance. The volunteer stage performers react to Ramsay’s hilarious scenarios created to be fun, draw laughter, and engage the crowd.

The event is open to the public. Free admission for UMFK students (valid ID), faculty and staff. General Admission to the public is $5. For more information, please contact the UMFK student activities office at 834-7850 (Theresa Biggs).

UMFK students' Passport category: i-Attend

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Lady Bengals' Volleyball Game versus the University of Maine at Machias
Location: UMFK Sports Center, School St, Fort Kent, ME, United States
Home Game Tri Match with UMM Lady Clippers.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM KDP and KDP NAS Annual "Breakfast at Rock's Diner"
Location: Rock's Diner
This is a chance to meeting the active members and get reacquainted with alumni from days past.

FMI: contact Ray Phinney at 834-7562.

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 5th Annual Classic & Custom Car Show
Location: University of Maine at Fort Kent Campus (parking area in front of the Blake Library)
The event is free of charge to the public. The car show will be an informal gathering of people who enjoy classic and customized vehicles. UMFK invites all classic and custom vehicle owners from the area to bring their classic or custom cars, trucks, motorcycles, or sport utility vehicles to campus to display them. Valley Motors, in Fort Kent, will provide awards for the judged classes. Vehicle owner may register the morning of the show.The classic and custom car show also will include onsite food vendors, face painting by Gert Thibodeau (donations accepted), entertainment by Steve Doucette, and plenty of fun for the whole family. If there are any questions, please call (207) 834-7557 or by e-mail at:

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Homecoming /Scarecrow Festival Parade
Location: Fort Kent Court House on Market Street
The parade line-up begins at 10 a.m at the Fort Kent Court House parking area. The parade will have a "Go Green" and a "Scarecrow" themes this year. The parade will proceed through Market street, East Main, and up through Pleasant Street, in front of the UMFK President's residence, where the trophies will be given out. If you would like to participate in the parade, please contact Susan Tardie, at the UMFK (Madawaska House) to pick-up an application, or call the office at 834-7557. Application can also be picked-up at the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce office, located on West Main (across from Circle K). Deadline to participate is Friday, September 12.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Kappa Delta Phi & Kappa Delta Phi NAS Alumni Meeting
Location: Bengal Lair
The annual meeting welcomes alumni sorority and fraternity of UMFK. FMI: Ray Phinney at 834-7562.

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM UMFK Alumni & Friends Banguet
Location: 6 p.m. Social at the Bengal's Lair and 7 p.m. Dinner and Ceremony at Nowland Hall
The UMFK Alumni Association will honor the Outstanding Alumnus, the Outstanding Young Alumnus and the Outstanding Future Alumnus. The following classes will be honored: 1934, 1944, 1954, 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994, 2004. The ceremony also awards the James “Pop” Hoyt recipient that evening.

Tickets for the banquet are $25.00 per person. Call Susan Tardie, UMFK alumni affairs office at 834-7557 to reserve your ticket today. The Alumni & Friends Banquet is open to community members.

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM KDP and KDP NAS Family Reunion Bonfire
Location: Crocker Beach
Fun for the whole family.

9:00 PM - 12:00 AM Live Band Performance by French Toast
Location: Bengal's Lair
The performance is free to UMFK students (valid Id), faculty and staff. General Admission for community members: $5 per person. For more information contact UMFK student activities office at 834-7850.

UMFK students' Passport category: i-Attend

Sunday, September 21, 2014
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Scarecrow Festival Luncheon
Location: Fort Kent Senior Center (located at 20 Pine Street)
Enjoy a nice hearty meal for only $7. Bring your friends and family. Open to community members. FMI: 834-6627

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Lady Bengals' Soccer Game vs. Fisher College Ladies
Location: UMFK Alumni Memorial Field
See you at the soccer game. Support your team. Go Bengals!!!

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Bengal Men's Soccer Game vs. Fisher College Men
Location: UMFK Alumni Memorial Field
Come by and see the game. Support your team. Go Bengals!!!

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