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




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.


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

Maine Public Television

Jan. 17, 2019 -- 10:00 pm

Jan. 19, 2019 -- 11:00 am

Sawyer Foundation

Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial Building

371 Sawyer Road, Greene, Maine

Sept 28, 2018 -- 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Maine Public Television

Broadcast Premiere

Jan. 25, 2018 -- 10:00 pm

Jan. 27, 2018 -- 11:00 am

Spruce Mountain Fundraiser


Maple Lane Golf Course, Livermore, Maine

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

Adirondack Film Festival

Crandall Library

Glens Falls, NY

Oct 21, 2017 -- 11:45 am

Oct 22, 2017 -- 1:45 pm

Sanford International Film Festival

Sanford-Springvale Historical Society

Sanford, Maine

Oct 19, 2017 -- 5:00 pm

Maine Outdoor Film Festival

Winner, Best of Festival; Best Feature Film

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 pm and 7:00 pm

Emerge Film Festival

World Premiere

Franco Center

Lewiston, Maine

Friday, April 28, 2017


Download the poster

18 x 24 inch [20 Mb]

27 x 40 inch [18 Mb]




Here's a sampling of the music used in the film...

Pleasant Grove

The Black and White Years

Harmony Rockets

Papa B Blu

Mrs Magician

Josh Woodward

Forget the Whale

Muddy Marsh Ramblers



Bill Mitchell

Betty Mitchell

Denise Rodzen

Arnold Sturtevant

Clayton Wagner

Max Couture

Dan Austin

Leda Sturtevant

David Dion

Janet Ventrella

George Morrill

Jeff Meserve

Mike Simoneau

Marthe Groleau

Barry Wight

Ronald Groleau


Dick Brophy


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Thank you for your interest in the film!

                                                                                          - Rick Groleau

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