Fun Day

The Bear Pond Improvement Association will sponsor Bear Pond Community Fun Day* from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday July 22, 2017.  Events will be held at the boat launch picnic area on 65 Berry Road in Turner.

Boat LaunchKids games and activities are planned throughout the day under the direction of Gretchen Kimball including a Coloring Contest with Natalie Pilsbury and Face Painting with Connie Bilodeau . Prizes will be awarded.  A lunch of Burgers and Hot Dogs will be provided free to all attendees from 11:30 to 12:30.

Guest Speaker, humorist and historian Lawrence “Punk” House will tell stories beginning at 12:30 about some of the Founding Association Members from 1958. That Membership list consisted of 42 families who will be recognized.

BPIA annual dues are $25 for 2017 and can be paid at the Membership table.  Over the past three decades the family memberships have reached a high number of 141.  Let’s try for a new record.  Our Pond Depends On It!!


2017 Fundraiser MugBeautiful stainless steel cold or hot beverage mugs with the Bear Pond logo will be on sale during Fun Day.  They are $10.00.  The first 36 sold out in ten minutes at the last meeting. If you cannot attend, call Mary Wallace at 224-7198 and arrange to get yours. These mugs are being made at cost by the company owned by Pete Pilsbury’s son. The funds raised support the many projects of BPIA.


Those attending should plan to bring their own chairs. Cottage Families are encouraged to arrive by boat, if possible. No alcohol, swimming or dogs are allowed at the Bear Pond Community Fun Day event.

BPIA is a volunteer based nonprofit organization of nearly 150 member families whose purpose is to oversee the well-being of Big Bear and Little Bear ponds and the surrounding watershed in Turner and Hartford, Maine.  Its goals are to maintain the health and beauty of Bear Pond for the benefit of all human and wildlife residents.


The following two events are planned to coincide with the Fun Day activities:
Fishing Derby

A Fishing Derby for youth ages 15 years and younger will be held all day Friday July 21st thru noon Saturday the 22nd on Big and Little Bear Pond. Bring your catch to the camp of Kent Mitchell at 41 Jones Road on Little Bear (207)778-1445 for measurement and a photo.  Trophies will be awarded at Fun Day. Catch and release is encouraged.

Poker Run*

A Poker Run is scheduled for Friday evening, July 21st and Saturday July 22nd at Fun Day up until the drawing time.  Cards are $2.00 each.  The winning hand will be drawn around 1:00 p.m. at Fun Day; winner receives half of the money taken in.   Stop in by water or by land to each host camp family to purchase your cards (posters will mark the stops).  This year’s hosts are:

July 21st

Card #1:  6:00 p.m.-ish;  The Cormiers | 95 West Cove Drive, Hartford

Card #2:  6:30 p.m.-ish;  The Greens | 56 McSherry Lane, Hartford

Card #3:  7:00 p.m.-ish;  The Johnsons | 44 Garden Drive, Hartford

Card #4:  7:30 p.m.-ish; The Pikes | 77 Berry Road, Turner

July 22nd

Card #5:  11:30 a.m.-until the Drawing @ Fun Day | Boat Launch Field

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 Contact Pete Angell at 207-225-3737 for information on the poker run.


*All activities, other than the poker run, are being sponsored by BPIA at no cost to attendees.