Keywords: winter sports
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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Media: Photographic print
Contributed by: Fryeburg Historical Society
Date: circa 1937
Media: Ink on paper
The astronomical arrival of winter -- also known as the winter solstice -- marks the year's shortest day and the season of snow and cold. It usually arrives on December 21.
By the second half of the 20th century, skiing began to enjoy unprecedented popularity. Pleasant Mountain in Bridgton (later Shawnee Peak) was Maine's foremost place to join the fun in the 1950s and 1960s.
In the early 1600s, French explorers and colonizers in the New World quickly adopted a Native American mode of transportation to get around during the harsh winter months: the snowshoe. Most Northern societies had some form of snowshoe, but the Native Americans turned it into a highly functional item. French settlers named snowshoes "raquettes" because they resembled the tennis racket then in use.
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… be a time to find islanders joining in winter sports of an informal nature. There are three good size ponds on the island.
As far as sports were concerned, there was only softball after school between the kids that wanted to play.