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Read the 2018 FAll/Winter Rec Newsletter: Play Mascoma Valley!

To have your local organization or community event added to the next newsletter, please email: mvalleyrec@gmail.com. Our goal is to provide the community with a comprehensive guide of all the great activities and events happening in the Mascoma Valley.

To learn more about local events and attractions, go to the VISIT CANAAN Page.



Regional Recreation Updates: November



river paintingPainting Classes



Wildlife: Sunday, September 16
Wildlife: Sunday, September 23
Landscape: Friday, October 5
Landscape: Saturday, October 6
Landscape: Friday, October 12
Landscape: Saturday, October 20
Landscape: Friday, November 16
Landscape: Saturday, November 17

Register Online - Class space is limited so register early: https://mvpr.recdesk.com/Community/Home

river paintingClass description:
Use the Bob Ross style wet-on-wet technique to create enchanting landscapes. In this 3-hour class that inlcudes a break, you will learn how to paint beautiful landscapes in oil like those featureed in Bob Ross “The Joy of Painting”. This class is for all skill levels! Leave with a completed painting at the end of each class.

Paintings: Check out our Facebook page to see the actual paintings - tps://www.facebook.com/mvalleyrec

There are several available classes, you can sign up for one or more. Each class is only $45, and all supplies and materials are included in this price. And you take home your completed painting at the end of each class!

Cost: $45.00/class
Includes: all supplies needed to complete a painting
Location: Enfield Community Building

About Your Instructor:
Mary Bakker RN, Artist and Yoga Instructor
Fog, rocky terrain, seasonal streams, scenic lakes, quiet ponds - I pull from these backgrounds as well as life experience and experimentation in my work and instruction. Having graduated with a BA in Art Education, I have worked in various media such as photography, graphic arts, fiber, oil and acrylic. I love the process! Besides creating I also have a passion for teaching.




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Canaan Afterschool Program 2018-2019



CASP provides a structured environment for kindergarten through fourth grade students to be active, safe and to have fun after their school day at Canaan Elementary School. Homework will also be supported by CASP staff at parent’s request. Children will participate in outdoor/indoor play, arts and crafts, games and special activities.

CASP is not in session during school closings or snow days.
Monday – Friday, 3:15 – 6:00 pm
Cost: $10:00 day for regular school days Early Release Day Charge: $15:00


Drop-In Policy: Parents may request afterschool care for an unexpected need. Student must be already registered and there must be available space.


You can download a Canaan Afterschool Program Application on here. You can also pick up an application at Canaan Elementary School or at the Canaan Town Office.


Contact the program diretor, Tammy Daley, at tdaley@mvrsd.org for more information.






Ongoing Programs:

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Recreation Commission 2017 Report



The Canaan Recreation Commission continues to provide programs for youth during the school year as well as during the summer.

  • Canaan Afterschool Program
  • Canaan Street Beach and Swim Program
  • Canaan Summer Camp


The Canaan Recreation Commission provides afterschool care for students K through 5th grade at the Canaan Elementary School. A site supervisor and staff provide care for 22 – 28 children Monday through Friday during the school year. Our afterschool program is currently at capacity and has a wait list for requests for care. We are looking at ways to accommodate these requests for care by looking at other possible sites outside of the Canaan Elementary School. The Commission also is exploring the feasibility of providing ways to support youth academically through tutoring and study groups.

children at crafts table

The Canaan Recreation Commission along with the invaluable support of Town Maintenance and the Canaan Street Lake Association provided a safe, well maintained beach front and bath house for the public. Swim lessons were also provided for over 40 area children by two Red Cross certified swim instructors.

children in swim lessonsA special thanks to Christina Jones who took on the job of Beach Supervisor; overseeing life guards, swim instructors and the daily maintenance of the beach and bath house providing a safe and well maintained waterfront. Thanks to Kati Jopek, Canaan and Enfield youth interested in maintaining their current guarding and swim instruction certifications or youth interested in pursuing first time certifications were able to take advantage of classes at Colby Sawyer College in the spring.

Working closely with Lenny Angelli, lifeguards participated in trainings to refresh their skills and knowledge in First Aid and CPR along with trainings to update current practices in water safety. The commission purchased a new rescue/backboard, along with safety rescue tubes. We had a well maintained waterfront supervised by a trained and professional staff!!

Canaan Recreation offered many youth afterschool activities for children, kindergarten through fourth grade; Chess Club, Fall Arts and Crafts, Holiday Arts and Crafts. Game Club, and sewing. We are always looking for adults interested in offering students opportunities to try something new, classes usually run from four to six weeks, one day a week from 3:15 until 4:30. Many children have expressed an interest in a lego club, photography, and outdoor games. Let us know if you are interested in running a class!

children working in gardenThe Canaan Recreation Commission provided a summer camp for 40 area youth, kindergarten through 5th grade this summer, our fourth year housing our camp at Canaan Elementary School. We were able to rent a 10 passenger van in order to bus camp kids to swimming lessons and to provide opportunities for afternoon swimming. Once a week we were able to use the Town Meeting House as a base camp and spend the day up on Canaan Street offering arts and crafts, outdoor play and of course, plenty of swimming and digging in the sand at Canaan Street Beach! Campers used the Canaan library every week selecting books for quiet reading or for whole group reading. We are currently reaching our capacity to house Canaan Summer Camp at the Elementary School. We are looking at other sites to support the growing numbers of requests for camp opportunities for children. We would also like to expand our camps to include middle school aged children.

children playing on beach children creating bean trellis

The Canaan Recreation Commission continues to support Finding Our Stride, a running program for boys and girls at Canaan Elementary School, theater Camp which is organized and run by Katie Jopek and Christmas in Canaan. Marcia Littlefield stepped down as the Chairman of Canaan Recreation at the end of the year. We would like to thank her for her years of service on the Canaan Recreation Commission.

Marcia LittlefieldMarcia was vital in helping to revive Canaan Street Beach Programs and the Canaan Summer Camp. Marcia planned, supported and directed many community events recruiting Honor Society students to support these event.

She worked hard to make the Williams Field playground a reality. Marcia was also instrumental in organizing the recreation non-lapsing account to fund recreation through user fees. She has a great love of community and dedicated many hours toward bringing people of all ages together.

We are still in need of members for our commission. Our meetings are every third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 at the Selectman’s Conference Room. Please contact Bev Chapman if interested in supporting recreation: Bev Chapman at bchpmn@msn.com

Sincerely, Canaan Recreation Commission