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 (AVA #193)



1983 -2018

35 years



Southern Maine Volkssport Association sponsors non-competitive, self-paced walks.

We are a member of the American Volkssport Association (AVA) and the

International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV).

Fun – Fitness - Friendship

We are Walking Maine 2018








Southern Maine Volkssport Association invites members and friends to our


Annual   Holiday Celebration.  Bring a friend or two and enjoy:



DATE:  Saturday, December 15, 2018           

TIME:  12:30 to 3:00 pm.  Enjoy soup and dessert (and everything in between) followed by fun and the Yankee Swap.  If you would like to participate in the Yankee Swap, please bring a gift in the $5 to $10 range.  Drop-in anytime – pot luck starts at 12:30pm but latecomers welcomed.

PLACE:  Hosted by Toni and Dave Irish at One Walcott Ave, Falmouth, ME 04105

Please bring something that will go with soup and salad.  Desserts are always welcomed! If you would like to share your recipes, that would be great! 

Please RSVP by December 8.  Please contact:

Sondra Taylor at  or (207) 856-6464

Denise Macaronas at or (207) 774-3415 ____________________________________________________________________________



Start the New Year off on the right foot (left foot too!)  SMVA’s annual group walk in Portland will start from Hannafords, 295 Forest Ave.  The walk will start at 10:00 am with a choice of a 5K or 10K route.  Besides Fun, Friendship and Fitness, this walk usually includes Food too! All are welcome to join in the fun. Pre-registration not required.  Paid SMVA members pay only $2 for credit walks.  FMI, please contact POC Sondra Taylor at or leave a message at (207) 856-6464

Hope to hear from you - Take care.


Denise Macaronas, President

Southern Maine Volkssport Association



Reminder:  2019 dues are being accepted now - $12 for an individual and $15 for a family

Please complete the membership form and bring with you to the Pot Luck, the New Year’s Day walk or mail it back to

SMVA, Attn: Sondra Taylor, PO Box 722, Westbrook, ME   04098-0722

SMVA membership benefit:  pay just $2 (not $3) for credit when walking our year-round/seasonal walks

At this time, there are no discounts for traditional walks



Below is a tentative listing of program ideas for 2019.  We hope to have meetings quarterly which may include a guest speaker and/or a group activity.  Please use SMVA’s email address to share your ideas and thoughts.  Looking forward to hearing from you.


PLANNING FOR THE YEAR AHEAD:  Proposed Activities for 2019

Please let us know when is a good time for you to meet for a meeting or activity.  Our aim for 2019 is to  schedule these meetings at different times of the day as well as different days of the week in hopes to attract more people to our programs.  Be part of this decision-making:  what works best for you? Possibilities include mid-week evening, mid-week daytime and Saturday during the day.

Speakers who have been contacted include:

Dr. Stacey Cantrell, Falmouth chiropractor – Wednesday, February 27* at 7:00 pm, Location TBD       Topic:  Good walking practices   This 30 minute presentation will be followed by questions and answers. Dr. Cantrell will also share her experiences working oversees with children.                   *Snow date: March 6

A meteorologist to explain what goes into forecasting the weather (date/time/location TBD)

A guided walk along the Eastern Trail (hopefully a Saturday in early Spring)

Traditional one-day walk:  Tentatively planning a walk in August to include Scarborough Marsh                                                Let’s celebrate Snowy Egret Day with our friends from Maine Audubon and Eastern Trail.

Remember our Portland walk is available year-round and seasonal walks in Augusta, Brunswick, Kennebunk and South Portland all run from April 1 to October 31.                                                                          New routes are being developed for these walks.  Hope to see you often in 2019!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SMVA is looking for volunteers to help out as       Secretary, Membership Chair and Publicity Chair – greeters and bakers too


FMI:  Denise at 207-774-3415 or



Sponsored by So. ME Volkssport Association


links to

Northeast Region AVA Calendar of Events

Walk N’ Eat schedule

We are on Facebook

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History of SMVA:


In the fall of 1983, four faculty members from Westbrook High School formed a volkssport club and sought membership in the American Volkssport Association.  That was the beginning of the Southern Maine Volkssport Association.  Plans were immediately set forth to hold their first walk in the spring of 1984.

In the early years, SMVA had the distinction of hosting a single event with the most walkers - 3500 walkers for the Eastern Prom/Peaks Island walk.  SMVA was also honored with having one of the top ten walks in the United States - the Lighthouse Walk in South Portland in 1996.  That walk still exists today and is enjoyed by many new walkers as well as repeat walkers.



Walk, talk, laugh, eat...the possibilities for fun are endless! 

For more information, please contact SMVA at P.O. Box 722, Westbrook, ME  04098, or check our website




Our Mission

Volkssport events are organized to entice people of every age and all levels of athletic prowess to exercise outdoors at their own pace. ("Volkssport" is intended to mean "sport of the people".)  These non-competitive events may be walks, bikes, swims, or cross-country skis.  Most popular, however, are the walks - usually 10 or 5 kilometers on a well-marked trail with directions and a map to get you back where you started.

Walks are designed to include historic sites, scenic vistas, downtown areas, woodland trails, parks, or other points of interest.  Each walk is free.  However, those wishing to pay a $3.00 registration fee can participate in an international organization's achievement award program, which may provide some additional incentive for reluctant walkers to get out and exercise.  For an additional fee, those who finish may take home a small memento of their accomplishment.

In addition to exercise, these events provide a family-oriented social environment in which participants share the spirit of walking - meeting friends, walking scenic trails, and improving mental, as well as physical health, with a natural, accessible, low-stress activity.



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Club Profile

Acting President:  Denise Marcaronas

Vice-President: Ken Jackson

Secretary:  Sondra Taylor

Treasurer:   Sondra Taylor

Webmaster: Don Bolin

Contact Information

Telephone: 207-632-3978


Postal address:

Southern Maine Volkssport Association

P. O. Box 722

Westbrook, Maine 04098-0722


Electronic mail

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