GREENE — Multimedia producer Rick Groleau will present his film, “The Town that Moved a Mountain,” at 2 and 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Sawyer Memorial.

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.

Shows will be at the Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial, 371 Sawyer Road. Admission is free. FMI call 207-946-5311, visit or

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