The Town that Moved a Mountain
The Town that Moved a Mountain

(and then forgot they did it)

a film by Rick Groleau

Oil painting of the original Spruce Mountain. c. 1959. Artist: Fonnie Austin

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DESCRIPTION

In the late 1950s a group of ski enthusiasts in Maine built a ski area on Spruce Mountain in North Jay -- they cleared trails, bought and installed a rope tow, built a warm-up hut, and sold tickets. It was a great little slope, and lots of people came to ski, but it turned out that access to the area was difficult, so after two short seasons they decided to move the entire operation to a hilly cow pasture, closer to town. They even moved the name of the area -- Spruce Mountain in North Jay was still Spruce Mountain, but the new ski area was also called Spruce Mountain. Interestingly, today most people in the towns of Livermore Falls and Jay don't know that the original Spruce Mountain exists, even though it's the only actual mountain in the two towns.

 

More than just a quirky tale of memories lost, The Town that Moved a Mountain is a story of how three rope tows and the dedication of a group of volunteers brought together a community and made a positive impact that carries on to this day.

 

"The Town that Moved a Mountain" is directed by Rick Groleau, a Boston-based multimedia producer from Livermore Falls, Maine.

 

Running time: full version: 53:30 / shorter version: 45:57

George Baston and Frank Austin at the top of Spruce Mountain. c. 1958. Photo by Bill Mitchell.

FILM FESTIVALS and SCREENINGS

Officers of the Spruce Mountain Ski Club. c. 1958.

PAST

Spruce Mountain Fundraiser

DogLegs

Maple Lane Golf Course, Livermore, Maine

Nov. 4, 2017 -- 3:00 and 6:00

Adirondack Film Festival

Crandall Library

Glens Falls, NY

Oct 21, 2017 -- 11:45am

Oct 22, 2017 -- 1:45pm

Sanford International Film Festival

Sanford-Springvale Historical Society

Sanford, Maine

Oct 19, 2017 -- 5:00

Maine Outdoor Film Festival

Rangeley Lakeside Theatre

Rangeley, Maine

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Gem Theatre

Bethel, Maine

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Special screenings for the Friends of Spruce Mountain

Fitness Stylz

17 Depot St, Livermore Falls, Maine

May 26, 2017 -- 5:30 and 7:00

Premiere: Emerge Film Festival

Franco Center

Lewiston, Maine

Friday, April 28, 2017

POSTER

Download the poster

18 x 24 inch [20 Mb]

27 x 40 inch [18 Mb]

PARTICIPANTS

 

Bill Mitchell

Arnold Sturtevant

Leda Sturtevant

George Morrill

Betty Mitchell

Clayton Wagner

David Dion

Jeff Meserve

Barry Wight

Denise Rodzen

Max Couture

Janet Ventrella

Mike Simoneau

Ronald Groleau

Dan Austin

Marthe Groleau

 

Dick Brophy

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