2014 CALENDAR OF LOCAL EVENTS  

This page includes current local events for southern Maine,  

from Kittery to Scarborough. Listings are updated weekly in season. 

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19

 

Sanford Art Association invites you

to their Affordable Holiday Gifts showcase in downtown Sanford.

Above, pottery by Kathleen King.

Maine-Made, Affordable Holiday Gifts, Holiday hours Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 AM to 5 PM, Saturdays, 10 AM to 2 PM, Sanford Art Association, 917 Main St., Sanford. Cards, original art, photography, jewelry, pottery, woodworking and more. Parking in rear of building.

 

Planting Seeds and Laying Down Roots, 6:30 to 8 PM, Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St., Springvale. Talk by Kristine Jenkins, coordinating director of Partners for a Hunger-Free York County, sponsored by the York County Extension Association. Public invited; free event; refreshments served. FMI 324-2814 or rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu.

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Free Film Series, Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time, 11 AM, River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Kennebunk Lower Village. Facilitated by documentarian Thomas Riedelsheimer. FMI 967-9120.

 

Harvest Cafe, 5:30 PM, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Storer St., Kennebunk. Join Community Harvest for Harvest Cafe, monthly complimentary dinner for the community which takes place on the third Thursday of every month.

 

Pecha Kucha Night, 6:30 PM, River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Kennebunk Lower Village. Story telling in a rapid fire format – 20 images, 20 seconds each. Admission $5. Beer and wine available. FMI 967-9120 or to be a presenter, leward@roadrunner.com.

 

James Sullivan: the Forgotten Founder, 7:30 PM, Berwick Academy, South Berwick. Daniel L. Breen will discuss Sullivan as an economic visionary, an early supporter of religious freedom, the first Jeffersonian governor of Massachusetts, and his significance in the politics of the early republic. Presented by Old Berwick Historical Society. FMI 207-384-0000 or www.oldberwick.org.

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21

 

Pecha Kucha is an informal, fun gathering for creative people to share ideas, work and thoughts in rapid-pace presentations.

Mockingjay Release Party, 2 PM, Wells Public Library, 1434 Post Rd., Wells. Free event for teens and school age children, sponsored by the Friends of the WPL. FMI  646-8181 or cmayes@wellstown.org.

 

Artists’ Opening Reception: “Art is Community V,5 to 8 PM, Saco River Theatre, Salmon Falls Rd., Bar Mills. Show is juried and sponsored by the Saco River Art League. Continues on Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM, Saturdays through December 13 from 3 to 7:30 PM or by appointment. FMI 207-929-6472.

 

“Whooo’s There,6 to 7:30 PM, Center for Wildlife Pavillion, 385 Mountain Rd., Cape Neddick. Presentation on owl ecology, natural history and the struggles of native owls. A trail walk  follows the program to listen for owl’s calling in the night. Reservations required. Suggested donation $5. Also on December 5 and January 2. FMI 361-1400 or info@yorkcenterforwildlife.org.

 

“Endangered Canyons of Utah” slide show, 7 PM, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 114 Main St., Kennebunk. Presented by the Sierra Club, Maine Chapter with photography by Harvey Halpern. Co-sponsored by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and the FPUU Social Justice Committee. Free. FMI 985-37100.

 

 

The play Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

is being presented at the Kennebunk

High School, Fletcher St., Kennebunk,

on Friday, November 21 to Sunday, November 23.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, presented by the Kennebunk High School Visual and Performing Arts Department, 7 PM, Alexander Economos Auditorium, Kennebunk High School, Fletcher St., Kennebunk. Continues on November 22 at 7 PM and November 23 at 2 PM. Tickets, $8 available at the door.

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Winter Gateway Farmers’ Market, 9 AM to noon, American Legion (next to Hannaford), Rte. 1, York. Continues on December 6 and 20, January 3 and 17, February 7 and 21, March 7, 21 and  26. FMI www.gatewayfarmersmarket.com.

 

Saco River Winter Market, 9 AM to 12:30 PM, Saturdays through mid-April, 110 Main St. (Saco Island), Saco. FMI www.sacoriverwintermarket.blogspot.com.

 

Annual Yuletide Fair, 9 AM to 2 PM, York-Ogunquit United Methodist Church. Homemade crafts, a silent auction, country store, Christmas and jewelry items, baked goods and a Cookie Walk. Lunch will be available, 1026 Rte. 1, York. FMI call 207-363-2749. 

 

 

Holiday Wreath Sale, 9 AM to 2 PM, Morrison Center, 526 Post Rd., Wells. Maine balsam wreaths, poinsettias and home baked goods. Proceeds benefit programs and activities of the center. FMI 207-883-6680.

 

My Big Fat Greek Bazaar, 9 AM to 2 PM, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 186 Bradley St. (Rte. 5), Saco. A large assortment of authentic Greek pastries for sale along with other homemade delicacies. Greek luncheon from 11 AM to 1:30 PM. For pre-orders of Greek pastries, appetizers and Greek specialties call 207-499-2017. To benefit the St. Fotini Ladies Society of the church. FMI 207-646-4916 or 508-410-0746.

 

 

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church,

Saco, is hosting their Big Fat Greek Bazaar,

with Greek pastries for sale.

Christmas Fair and Yard Sale, 10 AM to 3 PM, St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, 168 North St., Saco. Features baked goods, $1 table, new-to-you table, ceramic dolls, hand-made crafts, attic treasures, raffles, light luncheon of hot dogs, chips and dessert for purchase and more. FMI 229-8700.

 

Craft Fair, Rochambeau Club, 329 South St., Biddeford. Indoors and out, benefits York County Toys for Tots. Bring an unwrapped toy or book to donate. Activities include Santa visit, gift wrapping, face painting and ornament making for kids. FMI 423-5551.

 

Guided Historic Houses Tours, 10 AM to 2 PM, Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Adults $15, children 5 to 17 years $10, children under 5 free. Continues November 23 and Friday, November 28. FMI 603-433-1100.

 

Holiday Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, Beach Grass, Port Walk, Dock Square, Kennebunkport. Continues through November. Open every day except Thanksgiving Day.

 

Holiday Open House, with hourly door prizes, refreshments and sales, 10 AM to 5 PM, Cole’s Corner, Rte. 1, Wells. Continues on November 23.

 

 

Visit Dannah on Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport for some holiday cheer and the chance to shop for special gifts.

Holiday Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, Pallian and Company, Rte. 1 at Drakes Island Rd., Wells. Refreshments. Continues November 23, 11 AM to 4 PM. FMI 646-1600.

 

Reader’s Best Friend, 10:30 AM, Wells Public Library, 1434 Post Rd., Wells. For children of all ages. Read to therapy dog Trace. Free event, sponsored by the Friends of the WPL. FMI  646-8181 cmayes@wellstown.org.

 

Open House, Dannah, 123 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Continues on November 23.

 

Open Studio Weekend, noon to 5 PM, Wade Zahares, 314 Alewive Rd., Lyman. Features his newest book, Frosty the Snowman with a three-song CD, original art, chidren’s picture books, prints, house clocks, holiday cards, puzzles and more. FMI 499-2485 or www.zahares.com.

 

“A Russian Point of View” lecture with Valery Kostin, International Cultural Exchange expert, 1 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Kostin will share his views on the past and present dealings of the country, business opportunities, government, Russian-US relationships, the Ukraine situation and the daily lives of its citizens. Free admission. FMI 985-2173 or www.kennebunklibrary.org.

 

An Evening with Bob Dylan Songs, Volume 2, 7:30 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church, 114 Main St., Kennebunk. Monica Grabin and Dana Pearson have arranged a new set list spanning the 50+ year career of the legend from Hibbing, Minnesota. $5 cover. FMI 985-3700.

 

 

Francesca Anderegg, violinist, will give a concert from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, at the Saco River Theatre, Salmon Falls Rd., Bar Mills

Francesca Anderegg: Violinist, 7:30 to 9:30 PM, Saco River Theatre, Salmon Falls Rd., Bar Mills. Accompanying on piano is her father David Anderegg. $20 pay what you can. Reservations advised. FMI 207-929-6472.

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23
Three Hills Hike, 9 AM to 3 PM, Mt. Agamenticus, York. (Rescheduled from November 2.) Explore Mt. A’s three hills and trail network. Meet in the Learning Lodge on top of Mt. A to preview the hike with a 3-D model. Hike length is about 7 miles; moderate difficulty. Number of participants is limited; reservations required. Call 207-646-3604. This is a Gateway to Maine: Outside event; free to members of partner organizations. Suggested donation $5 ($10/family) for nonmembers.

 

”The Maestro and his Ladies” Concert, 2 PM, Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk. Features pianist Warren King, violinist Margaret Hopkins and flutist Diana McNulty playing classical to humorous music. Adults $10; children and seniors $7. FMI 985-4494 or www.christchurchkennebunk.org.

 

Peter Mezoian: Banjo, 3:30 to 5:30 PM, Saco River Theatre, Salmon Falls Rd., Bar Mills. $20 pay what you can.  Reservations advised. FMI 207-929-6472.

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Ecumenical Thanksgiving Concert, 7 PM, First Parish Church, 180 York St., York. FMI 363-3758.

Annual Inter-faith Community Thanksgiving Service, 7 PM, Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk. Offering benefits local community food panty and related programs. FMI 207-967-5787.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Pizza with Pets, 9 AM to 1 PM, Animal Welfare Society, Holland Rd., West Kennebunk. Children ages 6 to 10 will spend time with adoptable pets, create a craft and enjoy a pizza party. Fee is $30; space is limited; registration required. FMI 985-3244 or meganc@animalwelfaresociety.org.

 

 

Visit the Sarah Orne Jewett House

in South Berwick to enjoy their holiday program for all ages.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27
10th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner and Delivery Service, 11:30 AM to 2 PM, United Methodist Church, Washington Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Meals free; ride to site or meal delivery available; volunteers needed; financial donations accepted. FMI 934-5553 or info@oosbumchurch.org.  

 

Thanksgiving Dinner presented by the West Kennebunk Village Committee, noon to 2 PM, Dorothy Stevens Community Center, 80 Thompson Rd., West Kennebunk. Take-out meals available. This complimentary dinner is open to the public. Reservations are welcome but not necessary. FMI or to make reservations, please call either Barbara at 985-2272 or Carol at 985-4571.

 

16th Annual Project Pilgrim, a complimentary Thanksgiving dinner, noon to 1:30 PM, St. Martha’s Parish, Rte. 1, Kennebunk. For reservations, to volunteer or to request delivery of a meal, call 967-1911. Presented by Community Harvest. Monetary donations appreciated.

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28
Holiday Mitten Tree, Graves Library, 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport. Bring new (handmade or purchased, children through adult) mittens, gloves, scarves and hats to decorate the tree. Donations accepted through Friday, December 19. Items will be donated to the York County Family Shelter serving all of York County. FMI 967-2778.

 

 

Tree alight at the Saco Museum

Home for the Holidays Craft Show presented by the Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen, 10 AM to 4 PM, Scarborough High School, 20 Gorham Rd. (off Rte. 1), Scarborough. Continues on November 29 from 9 AM to 4 PM. Free admission.

 

“The Holly and the Ivy: 10th Annual Festival of Trees” opens with tree lighting and ribbon-cutting ceremony, music and hot chocolate, 5 PM, Saco Museum, Rte. 1, Saco. Continues to December 31; Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, noon to 5 PM; Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 8 PM (Friday, November 28, 5 to 8 PM); Saturdays, 10 AM to 5 PM; closed Mondays and December 24 and 25. Free admission.

 

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Designing Women Fine Art and Craft Show, 9 AM to 4 PM, Frank Jones Center, 400 Rte.1 Bypass, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. More than 30 artists and craftswomen from Maine and New Hampshire will display their handcrafted pottery, handbags, glasswork, handwoven clothing, home accents, stained glass and sculptural ceramic art. Suggested donation is $2. Proceeds benefit A Safe Place, free shelter and support services.

 

Annual Turkey Trot, a 5K race and walk, check-in and registration begins at 9:30 with race at 11 AM, York Village Elementary School, York. Proceeds benefit York Food Pantry. Bring a nonperishable food item for the food pantry. Presented by York Rotary Club and York Parks and Recreation Department. FMI 207-363-1040.

 

Holiday Open House, 10 AM show of local crafts and curiosities, The Red Door Pottery Studio, 44 Government St., Kittery Show continues November 30. FMI 439-5671.

 

31st Annual Christmas in Kennebunk, 4:30 PM, downtown plaza, Main St., Kennebunk. Tree lighting, caroling, Santa and free refreshments. Skating party at the Waterhouse Center; bring your skates.

 

The Nubble Lighthouse is lit up

for the holiday season.

 

Lighting of the Nubble Lighthouse, with cookies, hot chocolate, music and Santa, 5 to 7 PM, Cape Neddick. Shuttle service from Ellis Park at Short Sands Beach. FMI 363-1040.

 

Erica Brown and her Bluegrass Band, 7:30 to 9:30 PM, Saco River Theatre, Salmon Falls Rd., Bar Mills. $20 pay what you can.  Reservations advised. FMI 207-929-6472.

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Fall in Love Wedding Showcase, 10 AM to 2 PM,  Union Bluff Meeting House, 4 Beach St., York Beach. Complimentary champagne toast, a sampling of flavors and a cash bar. FMI www.gatewaytomaine.org or 363-4422.

 

Straight Lace Christmas Concert, 1:30 PM, Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Presented by the Senior Center at Lower Village. Tickets $5 at the door and at the Senior Center, 175 Port Rd., Kennebunk Lower Village; free for members. FMI 967-8514.

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 1
Book Talk and Signing, 6:30 PM, Springvale Library, 443 Main St., Springvale. Retired game warden John Ford, author of Suddenly the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good and former state trooper Mark Nickerson, author of Blue Lights in the Night will share stories about the more colorful side of Maine life. Books available for signing and purchase. FMI 324-4624 or www.springvalelibrary.org.

 

Photo courtesy of Bob Dennis 

A Christmas tree is lit in a festive ceremony in Kennebunkport's

Dock Square.

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2
Festival of Trees Designer and Sponsor Reception, 5 to 7 PM, Saco Museum, 371 Main St., Saco. Sponsor a tree, wreath or raffle item and join us for this special seasonal reception. FMI 283-3861.

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3

33rd Annual Christmas Prelude begins. A magical season of shopping and special events in Kennebunkport, Cape Porpoise and surrounding communities. Continues through Sunday, December 14. Sponsored by the Kennebunkport Business Association. See schedule of events in the Tourist News in print.

 

Lunch and Learn: Healthy Rivers with Jacob Aman, noon to 1 PM, Wells Reserve, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Aman will discuss efforts to measure water quality in the Mousam and Kennebunk rivers. Admission $2. FMI 646-1555 or www.wellsreserve.org.

 

Dinner with Dickens, A New Musical Tale, 6 to 8 PM, Clay Hill Farm, 220 Clay Hill Rd., Ogunquit/York line. Kirk Simpson and Nancy Day perform this theater dining event, an original musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Continues on Wednesdays to December 17;  Friday, December 12 and 19;  Saturday, December 6 and 13 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, December 14, 1 PM . Tickets $20 plus å la carte menu.  FMI 207-361-2272 or www.clayhillfarm.com.

 

 

“An Evening with Charles Dickens”

will be presented at Clay Hill Farm, Ogunquit, featuring actor

Kirk Simpson.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4
Holiday Book and Bake Sale with a Twist. 10 AM to 5 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Library staff and volunteers will choose the best in books, CDs and DVDs all suitable for gift-giving. Each day new selections will be added to the sale as wells as baked goodies and personalized gingerbread people; Gingerbread house raffle; wrapping station for a small donation. Continues through December 6. FMI 207-985-2173.

 

Christmas at White Columns, 5 to 7 PM, White Columns, 8 Maine St., Kennebunkport. Champagne reception and preview of the third annual Holiday Treescapes on display at the decorated White Columns (the Nott House). Ticket price ($50) includes reception, one complimentary ticket to White Columns and the Historic Village Walking Tour. Presented by the Kennebunkport Historical Society. FMI 967-2751.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5
28th Annual Christmas by the Sea celebration begins in Ogunquit. Events continue on December 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14. See complete schedule of events in the Tourist News in print.

 

Holiday Open House, 9 AM to 5 PM, Country Peddlar Shop, Harbor Rd., Wells. Continues on December 6 and 7, 9 AM to 5 PM.

 

Dulse and Rugosa will be at Keys to the Kitchen, Firehouse Place, 155 Port Rd. (Rte. 35), Kennebunk Lower Village, 11 AM to 4 PM, with samples of products from their farm on Gott's Island. Their personal care products for skin, hair and bath are made from seaweeds and botanicals. FMI 207-967-4904.

 

Christmas Fair, sponsored by Community Animal Watch, 3 to 9 PM, Elks Club, 68 Ocean Park Rd., Saco. Tables available to rent at $15. FMI Beverly Russell, 934-1677.

 

Sarah Orne Jewett Holiday Open House, 5 to 8 PM, Sarah Orne Jewett House, 5 Portland St., South Berwick, welcomes the season with walk-throughs of historic rooms, a display of family Christmas cards, DIY Victorian toy and ornament making, Jewett Christmas tree decorating, silhouette portraits cut by Leona Hosack, and Sarah Orne Jewett stories read aloud during South Berwick’s Home for the Holidays event. Free admission. FMI 384-2454.

 

Biddeford Downtown Holiday Festival, with arrival of Santa and tree lighting plus holiday music, ice carving and community booths, 5 to 8 PM, City Square, Biddeford. 

 

 

Local craftspeople show their creative works during the Ocean Fire Pottery Holiday Extravaganza in York. Pottery shown by Patrick MacNamara.

Ocean Fire Pottery Holiday Extravaganza, 5 to 8 PM, Ocean Fire Pottery, 23 Woodbridge Rd., York. Local artists will demonstrate their crafts and the public may participate. Activities, raffles and refreshments. Admission and parking free. Continues December 6 and 7, from noon to 5 PM. FMI 371-3131 or www.oceanfirepottery.com.  

     

Tree Lighting, 5:40 PM at Mildred L. Day School. Caroling, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, cookies and hot cocoa, photos with Santa and more, 6 PM, Arundel Fire Station-Town Hall, corner of Limerick and Mountain roads, Arundel. Presented by Arundel Recreation Department. FMI 207-286-9241.

 

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, Maine premier, 7:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 2 PM Sundays, City Theater, 205 Main St., Biddeford. Tickets $20. FMI and tickets www.citytheater.org or 282-0849.



SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6
Saco Spirit’s Holiday Festival and Parade of Lights, downtown Saco. Features a “Cookie Walk,” visit with Santa at the beautifully decorated historic City Hall, horse and wagon rides, cookie decorating, wishing tree and tree lighting, caroling and Toys for Tots bean supper. In the evening enjoy “Saco Spirit Parade of Lights.”

 

Holly-Day Fair, 9 AM to 1 PM, Goodwins Mills, United Methodist Church, 55 Church St. (just off Rte. 35), Lyman. Gifts, Christmas crafts, baked goods, luncheon. FMI 207-499-7438.

 

Wells-Ogunquit Music Boosters Craft Fair, 9 AM to 3 PM, Wells Junior High School, Rte. 1, Wells.

 

Children’s Crafts Day, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Deering Room, Dyer Library, Rte. 1, Saco. Visit the Festival of Trees at the Saco Museum and make your own holiday craft at the library. Open to kids from preschool through elementary school. Free admission.

 

Christmas Fair and Chowder Lunch, 10 AM to 1:30 PM, First Congregational Church, North St., Kennebunkport. Features raffles, lobster roll luncheon  and more. Presented by the Ladies’ Society.

 

 

Prelude events in Kennebunkport include a hat parade and a pooch parade.

Sarah Orne Jewett Home for the Holidays, 10 AM to 2 PM, Sarah Orne Jewett House, 5 Portland St., South Berwick. Guided tours depart on the hour from the visitor center. Suggested donation $5. FMI 384-2454.

 

Shaker Village Christmas Fair, 10 AM to 3 PM, 707 Shaker Rd., New Gloucester. Includes Shaker baked goods, gifts and holiday items such as herbs, teas, pickles, jellies, candy, biscuit and pancake mixes, maple syrup, cheese, woodenware, antiques, baskets knit goods, toys, ornaments fresh-cut Christmas trees, decorated wreaths and more. Lunch plates available. Proceeds from the White Elephant Room benefit local food pantries. FMI 926-4597 or usshakers@aol.com.

 

Craft Fair, 10 AM to 3 PM, Pasco Center, Kennebunkport Historical Society, 125 North St., Kennebunkport. Continues on Saturday, December 13, same hours.

 

Holiday Festival and Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk, 5 to 8 PM (Santa 5 to 7 PM), various downtown venues.

Holiday Open House, 10 AM to 4 PM, The Red Door Pottery Studio, 44 Government St., Kittery. Continues on December 13. FMI reddoorpottery@gmail.com, 207 439-5671, www.reddoorpottery.com.

 

Artist Reception and Show, 11 AM, Wells Public Library,  1434 Post Rd., Wells. The artist will be on hand to answer questions; refreshments will be served. Oil painter Karen Gosselin-Diebolt’s exhibit entitled “Nature at its Best” will be on display through December. FMI 646-8181 or cmayes@wellstown.org.

 

Festival of Lights, with fairs, parades, caroling, Santa, church suppers, lighting of the village and more, Old York Historical Society, York Village. FMI 363-4974.

 

Annual Old York Christmas Tea, noon to 4 PM, Jefferds’ Tavern, Museums of Old York, Lindsay Rd., York. Enjoy an afternoon of tea and homemade festive desserts by local bakers in the beautifully decorated colonial tavern. Last sitting at 3:30. Admission $10, $5 for children 5 to 14 years. FMI call 363-4974.

 

 

White Columns, also known as

the Nott House, is open to visitors during Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude.

Storytime with Mrs. Claus, 2 to 4 PM, White Columns, Temple St., Kennebunkport. Same hours on Saturday, December 13.

 

Wine Tasting, 2 to 5 PM, Village Food Market, 230 Main St., Ogunquit. Continues December 13, from 2 to 5 PM.

 

Langdon House Book Sale and Open House, 2 to 5 PM, Governor John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Find a gift for bibliophiles on your list. Enjoy free tours of the house and refreshments. Illuminated Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting immediately following in Market Square. FMI 603-436-3205.

 

Wine Tasting featuring wines from Cellardoor Vineyard and Maine cheeses, 3 to 6 PM, Perkins & Perkins, 478 Main St. (Rte. 1), Ogunquit. Continues on Saturday, December 13, 3 to 6 PM, with wines for the holiday table and gift giving.

 

35th  Annual Candlelight Stroll, December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, Strawbery Banke, Hancock St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Saturdays from 5 to 9  PM and Sundays from 4 to 8 PM. Bring the whole family for a wholesome stroll through the sights, sounds and smells of New England’s favorite holiday season. Tickets are $22 for adults; kids 5 to 17 $11; 4 and under free. Family rate (2 adults and your children ages 17 and under) $55.

 

Tree Lighting, 6 PM, Community Center, 80 Thompson Rd., West Kennebunk. Welcome Santa, help light the tree, plus carol singing, entertainment and refreshments. Santa will visit with the children, so be sure to bring your camera. Presented by the West Kennebunk Village Committee. FMI, call either Barbara at 985-2272 or Carol at 207-985-4571.

 

James Cotton: Blues and Rock and Roll, 7:30 to 9:30 PM, Saco River Theatre, Salmon Falls Rd., Bar Mills. $40.  Reservations advised. FMI 207-929-6472.

Annual Christmas Concert by the Community Chorus at South Berwick, 7:30 PM, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 22 Fox Run Rd., Newington, New Hampshire. FMI www.ccsb-sing.org or 384-7059.

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7

 

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on a fire engine for Old Orchard Beach's Annual

Celebrate the Season by the Sea.

22nd Annual Celebrate the Season by the Sea, with annual tree lighting, horse-drawn wagon and trolley rides, face painting, entertainment, hot chocolate and food and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who arrive on a fire engine, Old Orchard Beach. Parade starts at 1 PM on Old Orchard St. FMI 934-2500.

 

Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Open House, 10 AM to 4 PM, Stone Mountain Arts Center 695 Dugway Rd., Brownfield. Free admission. Features fine artists and crafters, Santa, bar in the barn for Christmas cheer and food available from the SMAC kitchen. FMI 935-7292.

 

Annual Christmas Concert  by the Community Chorus at South Berwick, 3 PM, Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, 160 Agamenticus Rd., South Berwick. FMI www.ccsb-sing.org or 207-384-7059.

 

1854 Hook Organ Candlelight Concert, 4 PM, Christmas music with a medley of musicians, First Congregational Church, 141 North St., Kennebunkport. Program features the church’s Hook organ played by Nelda Clelland, a classical organist trained on Hook organs. A free-will donation is requested. A portion of the proceeds will go to the church’s fund for community needs. A reception with refreshments follows the concert. FMI 207-967-3897.

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 8
Festival of Trees begins and continues through December 13, Bar Mills Community Church, 13 Hermit Thrush Rd., Bar Mills. Events include a free "Fabulous Frozen Festival” on December 13, community carol sing, cookie and gingerbread house decorating, breakfast and tree display. FMI and complete schedule of events 929-5555.

 

This girl is decorating a gingerbread house at one of the area's many festivities designed with kids in mind.

 

St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble a cappella quartet, 7 PM, Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk. Features Russian traditional, folk, contemporary and liturgical music. Adults $10, children and seniors $7. FMI 985-4494.

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9
”Winter Preparations of Native Americans” with Dana Bemmer. 7 PM. Kittery Historical and Naval Museum, 200 Rogers Rd., Ext., Kittery. FMI 439-3080.

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10
Traversing the Gaspé, noon to 1 PM, Mather Auditorium, Wells Reserve, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Watch documentary by  the Reserve’s Stewardship Coordinator Tin Smith. Bring your own bag lunch. Suggested donation $2.

 

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11

 

The School Around Us hosts

its 2nd Annual Prelude Craft Fair

in Kennebunkport.

York Art Association Holiday Gallery and Gift Shop Sale, Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 5 PM, York Art Association, 394 York St.,  York. Features fine crafted jewelry, pottery and art. Continues through December 22. FMI gallerymanager@yorkartassociation.com.

 

Book Talk – A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience, 6:30 PM, Dyer Library, 371 Main St., Saco. Free admission. FMI 283-3861.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12
28th Annual Christmas-by-the-Sea in Ogunquit includes tree lightings, caroling, chowder, chocolate fest, bonfire, entertainment and visits from Santa; continues on December 13 and 14. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. FMI 646-2939 or www.visitogunquit.org.

 

Holiday Whisky Tasting, Jefferds’ Tavern, Museums of Old York, Lindsay Rd., York. Sample several varieties of whisky. Admission $35; $30 members. Advance reservations required; 207-363-1756.

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13
Annual School Around Us Prelude Craft Fair, 9 AM to 4 PM, Atlantic Hall, 173 Main St., Cape Porpoise. (Note new venue.) Featuring over 30 artists and artisans, raffle prizes and homemade food. Benefits School Around Us, providing holistic K-8 education in southern Maine for over 40 years. FMI 967-3143.

 

 

 

The hat parade is part of the festivities

during Kennebunkport's Prelude.

10th Annual Christmas by the Sea Arts and Crafts Show, 10 AM to 3 PM, Ogunquit Fire and Rescue Department, 15 School St., Ogunquit. Features handmade products made by New England artisans including watercolors, birdhouses, jewelry, pottery, gourmet food, clay ornaments, hats and accessories, hand-woven baskets and more. Free admission. Proceeds benefit the Ogunquit Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.

 

All Member Holiday Show, Kittery Art Association, 8 Coleman Ave., Kittery Point. Continues to December 21. FMI www.kitteryartassociation.org.

 

Mrs. Claus’s Gingerbread Tea, seatings at noon and 1:30 PM, Deering Room, Dyer Library, Rte. 1, Saco. Ages three to eight are invited to share afternoon “tea,” a craft and a story with Mrs. Claus. Free admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required; space limited. FMI 283-3861, ext. 102.

 

Annual Open House, noon to 3 PM, Animal Welfare Society, Holland Rd., West Kennebunk. Enjoy some holiday treats, have your pet’s photo taken with Santa, do some holiday shopping and celebrate another amazing year with the staff and volunteers from AWS.

 

Wine Reception, Artist Talk and Demonstration, 3 PM, River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Kennebunk Lower Village. Mimi Gregoire Carpenter will discuss her painting style  – “opaque watercolors ofwhat the sea left behind,” and her recently published book. Free. FMI 967-9120 or www.rivertreearts.org.

 

 

Seaglass Chorale Holiday Concerts, “To Drive Away the Winter Cold,” takes place at 7 PM, South Congregational Church, Temple St., Kennebunkport.

The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England, 4:30 to 5:30 PM, Sarah Orne Jewett House, 5 Portland St., South Berwick. Illustrated lecture traces the development of the celebration of Christmas.Learn how Christmas was transformed from a rowdy celebration to a family-centered event.

Nonmembers $5; free for Historic New England members. Registration is recommended. FMI 207-384-2454.

 

Seaglass Chorale Holiday Concerts, “To Drive Away the Winter Cold,” 7 PM, South Congregational Church, Temple St., Kennebunkport. Features three pieces for flute with soloist Stephanie Sanders, choral selections and a holiday carol sing-along. Continues on December at North Parish Congregational Church, 894 Main St., Sanford. FMI and tickets 985-8747 or seaglass@gwi.net.

 

Chris Thomas King: “King of 21st Century Blues, 7:30 to 9:30 PM, Saco River Theatre, Salmon Falls Rd., Bar Mills. $30. Reservations advised. FMI 207-929-6472.

Christmas with Renaissance Voices, 7:30 PM, Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum, 505 Main St., Springvale. FMI and tickets 324-2797.

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14

 

Photo courtesy of C.A. Smith Photography 

Santa Claus and his helpers arrive in Kennebunkport for Prelude.

Christmas Bird Counts, York County and Biddeford/Kennebunkport, Each count covers the area within a designated 15-mile diameter circle. Teams of birders search sections of the circle area tallying the total number of birds and species seen. Free admission. Followed by a compilation and supper. Continues to January 5. FMI 207-284-5487 for the York County Count and 207-799-1408 for the Biddeford/Kennebunkport Count, www.yorkcountyaudubon.org or www.NationalAudubon.org and choose Christmas Counts.

 

Visits with Santa Claus, noon to 3 PM, Saco Museum, Main St., Saco. Free admission.

 

Classic Film Series features Die Fledermaus, 2 PM, Dunaway Center, School St., Ogunquit. Admission, holiday treats and parking are free. FMI 646-6170.

 

29th Annual Southern Maine Christmas Parade, 2 PM, Wells Plaza Shopping Center, Rte. 1, Wells. Sponsored by the Wells Chamber of Commerce. Theme: “A Storybook Christmas.” FMI 646-2451 or www.wellschamber.org.

 

11th Annual Holiday Tea, 3 to 5 PM, sponsored by the Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. Learn a bit about tea, etiquette customs and the history of the residence, while enjoying hot tea and treats at a historic home on Summer Street. Space is limited; reservations are required. Cost is $25 for adults ($20 for museum members) and $7.50 for children 14 and under; kids age 4 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the museum’s programs and exhibitions. For tickets, call 985-4802.

 

 

 

Don't miss the 29th Annual Southern Maine Christmas Parade, at 2 PM, Sunday, Dec. 14. Starts at the Wells Plaza Shopping Center, Rte. 1, Wells.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17
Watercolor Wednesday, 3 to 4 PM, Junior Room, Graves Library, 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport. Basic instruction in watercolors. Ages 8 and up. Pre-registration required. FMI and to register 967-2778.

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18
Holiday Tea, 11 AM to 4 PM, Springvale Library, 443 Main St., Springvale. Free tea and cookies. No registration required. FMI 324-4624 or www.springvalelibrary.org.

 

Make It/Take It Holiday Craft, anytime between 1 and 4 PM, Springvale Library, 443 Main St., Springvale. Children 6 to 13 years will make ornaments from old holiday. No registration required; materials provided. Younger children require adult supervision. FMI 324-4624 or www.springrvalelibrary.org.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19
Holiday Open House, 4 to 7 PM, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. Features music, holiday treats, holiday history and a cup of hot chocolate or a glass of wine (for adult visitors). Free admission.

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21

Christmas in the Stable, 6 PM, Ever After Mustang Rescue, 463 West St., Biddeford. Dress warmly, bring a chair and a flashlight. Light refreshments to follow in the indoor ring.

 

Winter Solstice Ceremony, 6:30 to 7:30 PM, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 114 Main St., Kennebunk. FMI 985-3700 or www.uukennebunk.org.

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25

 

Enjoy Christmas in the Stable at

Ever After Mustang Rescue

in Biddeford.

Annual Noel Dinner, 2 to 4 PM, St. Martha’s Parish, Rte. 1, Kennebunk. Complimentary Christmas dinner, open to all; reservations are suggested but not required. Presented by Community Harvest. Volunteers and monetary donations needed. FMI or reservations, 207- 967-1911.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26
Holiday House Tours, 10 AM to 2 PM, Strawbery Banke Museum, Hancock St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Guided tours of five decorated historic houses at Strawbery Banke Museum. Tours on the hour. Adults $15; children 5 to 17 $10; children under 5 free. Continues to December 30. FMI 603-433-1100.

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28
Square Dance with Mainstream & Plus, early rounds at 7 and dancing from 7:30 to 10 PM, Wells Activity Center, Rte. 109, Wells. Presented by Nubble Lighthouse Keepers. Admission is $6. FMI 608-1333.

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 1
26th Annual Lobster Dip, noon, The Brunswick Hotel, 39 West Grand Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Maine. FMI www.specialolympicsmaine.org.

 

13th Annual Atlantic Plunge, check-in at 10:30 AM, plunge at 11, Gooch’s Beach, Kennebunk. Proceeds benefit Caring Unlimited. FMI www.caring-unlimited.org.

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 10
9th Annual 12th Night Celebration, 7 PM, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust Headquarters, 57 Gravelly Brook Rd., Kennebunkport. Public is welcome. Admission charged. FMI 207-967-3465.

 

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