The 2017 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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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Harvest Cafe, 5:30 PM, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Storer St., Kennebunk. Monthly complimentary dinner for the community served the third Thursday of every month.

 

 

Ice skating at the Waterhouse Center

in Kennebunk is a great way

to warm up on a frosty day.

The Crucible, 6 PM, Kennebunk High School, Fletcher St., Kennebunk. Preview tickets for November 16 are $5. Continues with Opening Gala at 6:30 PM, November 17; performance 7:30 PM, November 18, 7:30 PM; 2 PM on November 19. Tickets online from www.cruciblekhs.brownpapertickets.com are $10. FMI 985-1110, ext. 1107.

 

Ice Skating, Waterhouse Center, 51 Main St., Kennebunk. Open 7 AM to 9 PM, Sundays through Thursdays; 7 AM to 10 PM, Fridays and Saturdays. 

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Mistletoe and Holly Holiday Artisan Sale, 10 AM to 4 PM, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland St., South Berwick. Handcrafted items made by regional artists and artisans, including pottery, handwovens, wood, jewelry, toys, clothing and more. Ample street parking nearby. FMI 384-2454.

 

York Art Association Holiday Fair, noon to 5 PM, York Art Association, 394 York St., York. Features fine crafted jewelry, pottery and art. Continues November 24, December 8, and December 15. FMI gallerymanager@yorkartassociation.com.

 

The Art of Dining: Soups and Baked Goods Event, 4 to 7 PM, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland St., South Berwick. Stock up with soup and baked goods donated by local community members. See the exhibition The Art of Dining and visit the museum store. Proceeds from the sale of soup and baked goods benefit Historic New England and SoBo Central’s Keep South Berwick Warm and Community Food Pantry. FMI 384-2454.

 

Art is Community VIII, 4 to 8 PM, Old White Church, 15 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. Reception with the artists. Continues Saturday, November 18 and Sunday November 19, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Sponsored by Saco River Art League, this juried show and sale of regional art and fine crafts includes paintings, sculptures and child-friendly interactive art-making during the opening weekend. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Open by appointment through December 11. Proceeds benefit the artists and Saco River Theatre. FMI or admission by appointment, call Pat Packard at 929-6472 or Susan Orfant at 642-4219.

 

Dual Exhibition Opening, 5 to 7 PM, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. "The Festival of Style" and "Golden Age of Radio" open with a celebration for supporters, member and corporate partners. RSVP and FMI 985-4802 or brickstoremuseum.org.

 

 

Dock Square, Kennebunkport,

with a huge tree and shops

alight for the holiday season.

Opening Night Gala, Kennebunk High School Theater, Fletcher St., Kennebunk. Hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, live music at 6:30 PM; opening night performance of The Crucible at 7:30 PM. Tickets $10. FMI tickets and reserved seating, www.cruciblekhs.brownpapertickets.com.

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18
Saco River Winter Market, 9 AM to 12:30 PM, Saturdays year round, 110 Main St. (Saco Island), Saco. FMI www.sacoriverwintermarket.blogspot.com.

 

Winter Gateway Farmers’ Market, 9 AM to 1 PM, First Parish Church, 180 York St., York. Continues on November 25, December 9, January 6 and 20, February 17, March 10 and 24. FMI www.gatewaytomaine.org/farmersmarket. 

 

St. Christopher's Holiday Faire, 8 AM to 3:30 PM, 4 Barrel Lane, York. Silent and live auctions, raffles, chowder, lobster rolls and more. FMI 363-1586.

 

Annual Pine Cone Holiday Fair, 9 AM to 2 PM, Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk. Art by Liz Roper,  handmade seashell clocks, knitted hats, scarves and mittens, pillows, cookie walk, food sale, an ornament tree, silent auction and more. Gramma's Attic of gently used items benefit Community Outreach Services' fuel assistance fund. Door prizes and refreshments. FMI 985-4494 or christchurchkbk@gmail.com.

 

My Big Fat Greek Bazaar, 9 AM to 3 PM, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 186 Bradley St. (Rte. 5), Saco. Authentic Greek pastries for sale along with other homemade delicacies. Greek luncheon from 11 AM to 2 PM. For pre-orders of Greek pastries, appetizers and Greek specialties call 207-954-2159 or email tspirounias@yahoo.com.  Proceeds benefit the St. Fotini Ladies Society of the church. FMI 207-730-0826 or 207-937-2057.

 

Cranberry Hike, 10 AM to noon, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Take a guided hike along the Muskie Trail to discover what cranberries need to grow, how they are used, where they thrive, their medicinal properties and benefits to wildlife. $7/$5 or $15/family. Registration required. FMI 646-1555 wellsreserve.org.

 

 

Visit Pallian & Co. in Wells for

refreshments during the open house

on Saturday, November 18.

Guided Historic Houses Three Centuries of Thanksgiving 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 19 and November 24, 25, 26,. FMI 603-433-1100.

 

Christmas Craft Fair, 10 AM to 2 PM, Duffy's Restaurant, Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Proceeds benefit the OOB Community Food Pantry. Table rentals still available. FMI 206-2451.

 

Holiday Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, Pallian & Company, 2049 Rte. 1, Wells. Refreshments. Continues on Sunday, November 19, 11 AM to 4 PM. FMI 646-1600.

 

Holiday Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, Cole's Corner, 2232 Post Rd. (Rte. 1), Wells. Hourly door prizes, refreshments and sales. Continues November 19. FMI 646-3466.

 

Open House, 10 AM to 5:30 PM, Dannahs Gifts, 123 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Continues on Sunday, November 19. FMI 207-967-8640.

 

Artist Reception, 5 to 7 PM, with Paul Bonneau, the Wright Gallery, 5 Pier Rd., Cape Porpoise. Cheese, crackers, wine and juice served. FMI 967-5053 or thewrightgallery.com.

 

Holiday Gala, 6 to 9 PM, Saco Museum, 371 Main St., Saco. Enjoy wine and holiday refreshments; purchase raffle tickets before the drawing at the Gala. Admission $20 in advance or at the door. FMI and to purchase tickets 283-3861 ext. 113 or croy@sacomuseum.org.

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Family Breakfast Buffet, 8 AM to noon, St. Mary's Church Hall, 236 Eldridge Rd., Wells. Adults $8; children 6 to 10 years $5; preschoolers free. Menu: pancakes, eggs, toast, potatoes, sausage, bacon, fresh fruit, juice, milk, tea and coffee. Continues the third Sunday of each month. FMI 646-5605 or holyspiritme.org.

 

Bake Sale, 9:30 AM to Noon, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2 Lord St., Kennebunk. FMI 985-4803.

 

5th Annual Benefit Brunch, Silent Auction and Raffle, 10 AM to 2 PM, The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Benefits Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center, a nonprofit in Biddeford that offers meals, clothing, job search assistance and nutrition/wellness programs. Tickets are $30 or $210 for a table for 8. Purchase at seedsofhopebrunch.brownpapertickets.com or at the door. FMI 207-283-1783.

 

Harvest Festival, all day, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 114 Main St., Kennebunk. FMI 985-3700.

 

Their Finest, 3 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd., York. Fall Film Series. Rated R. FMI 363-2818.

 

Square Dance, 7:30 to 9:30 PM, Wells Activity Center, Rte. 109, Wells. Presented by Nubble Lighthouse Keepers. Admission is $6. Also on December 3, 10, 17 and January 7. FMI 608-1333.

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20
American Red Cross Bus Blood Drive, 10 AM to 3 PM, York Region Chamber of Commerce, 1 Stonewall Lane, York. Every donor will receive a complimentary 6-inch sub from the Route 1 Subway and/or a beverage from Aroma Joe's on Rte. 236.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Pizza with Pets, 9 AM to 1 PM, Animal Welfare Society, 46 Holland Rd., West Kennebunk. Humane education program for children 6 to 10 years old. Continues Fridays November 24, and December 22,  same time. To register and FMI 985-3244 or animalwelfaresociety.org.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23
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, call Barbara at 985-2272 or Carol at 985-4571.

 

 

'Tis the season for holiday fairs, big and small, all around southern Maine.

19th 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 24
Christmas in the Country Craft Fair, 9 AM to 4 PM; Saturday, 9 AM to 3 PM, Bonny Eagle High School, Buxton. Handmade crafts including jewelry, ceramics, stained glass, paintings, ornaments, candles, quilts, specialty foods and more. Continues November 25.

 

Home for the Holidays Craft Show, 10 AM to 4 PM, Scarborough High School, 20 Gorham Rd., Scarborough. Juried show features 90 artists and crafters. Drawing for a free gift basket filled with donated items from the artisans. Free admission and ample parking. Continues Saturday, 9 AM to 4 PM. FMI fairsandfestivals.net.

 

Prelude to Prelude Open House, 11 AM to 7 PM, Art House Gallery, with light refreshments. Behind Mornings in Paris, Rte. 35, Kennebunk Lower Village.

 

Holiday Bazaar, 1 to 4 PM, The Center for Wildlife, 3844 Mountain Rd., Cape Neddick. Nature-inspired gifts for purchase. Meet wildlife ambassadors and tour the facilities. Proceeds benefit the Center. FMI 361-1400.

 

Light the House, 4 to 7 PM, Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Social hour with hot cocoa, lighting of the Nonantum Resort’s lighthouse, Christmas carols by River Tree Arts performers and entertainment. Comfort food and special pub menu available after the lighting. FMI 967-4050.

 

"Winter Celebrations: 13th 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 30; Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, noon to 5 PM; Fridays, noon to 8 PM (Friday, November 26, 5 to 8 PM); Saturdays, 10 AM to 5 PM; closed Mondays and December 23 to 25. Free admission.

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Pajama Shopping Sales, small business Saturday, throughout the Kennebunks and Arundel.

 

Annual Turkey Trot, a 5K race and walk. Check-in and registration begins at 9:30 AM with race at 11 AM, York Village Elementary School, 124 York St., York. Proceeds benefit the York Food Pantry. Bring a non-perishable food item for the food pantry. Presented by York Rotary Club and York Parks and Recreation Department. FMI 207-363-1040.

 

Tree Lighting Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, Brick Store Museum. 117 Main St., Kennebunk. Free admission and refreshments. FMI 985-4802 or brickstoremuseum.org.

 

Holiday Open Studio Show and Sale, 10 AM to 5 PM, Red Door Pottery Studio, 44 Government St., Kittery. Pottery by Elaine Xenelis Fuller and Hilary Rousselle and other guests. Demonstrations ongoing. Refreshments served. Continues Sunday, November 26, 11 AM to 4 PM. FMI 439-5671.

 

 

White Christmas, the Musical,

presented by Ogunquit Playhouse,

opens at the Music Hall

in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Continues to December 17.

Nonantum Craft Fair, 11 AM to 3 PM, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. FMI 967-4050.

 

The Dance Annex Presents The Nutcracker, 1 and 6 PM, Star Theater, 120 Rogers Rd., Kittery. Tickets $24/$20 for seniors and 10 and under.  Continues November 26, noon and 4 PM. FMI and tickets kitteryhcommunitycenter.org or 439-3800. 

 

34th Annual Christmas in Kennebunk, 5 PM, downtown plaza, Main St., Kennebunk. Tree lighting at 5:30 PM, caroling, Santa and free refreshments. FMI kennebunkmaine.us.

 

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. Visit York Beach businesses to shop and dine with special discounts at Lobster Cove Restaurant and Ro's Shirts by the Shore. FMI 363-1040.

 

Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection Concert, 7:30 PM, Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. Adults $20; students and seniors $18. FMI and reservations 929-6472 or www.sacorivertheatre.org.
  
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Our Lady of the Angels Penny Sale Fair, 10:30 AM Noble Middle School, 46 Cranberry Meadow Rd., Berwick. All donations of new items for raffle, crafts, and gift assortments for theme baskets are welcome. Drawings and auction at 3:30 PM. Benefits church building fund. FMI 384-7006.

 

Under the Covers: A Look at Beds in Maine 1730–1830, 3 PM, dessert and lecture with Natalie Larson, historic textile reproduction specialist and scholar based in Williamsburg, Virginia. $18/$15 members, reservations required. FMI 363-1756 or oldyork.org/events.

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Special Guests Day, 9 AM to 4 PM, Saco Museum, Rte. 1, Saco. Private showing of the Home for the Holidays Festival for local retirement and extended care facilities. FMI and to reserve your time, email zoebthomas@sacomuseum.org.

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28
Story Hour, 10:30 to 11:30 AM, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Learn about animals through a storybook reading, a short trail walk, and a related craft project. This month's book is Giving Thanks by Jonathan London. For children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers. Free. 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29

 

36th Annual Christmas Prelude begins. A magical season of shopping and special events in Kennebunkport, Cape Porpoise and surrounding communities. Continues through Sunday, December 10.

White Christmas, the Musical, presented by Ogunquit Playhouse, opens at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Continues to December 17. FMI tickets and show times ogunquitplayhouse.org or themusichall.org or call the Music Hall box office at 603-436-2400.

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30
36th Annual Christmas Prelude begins. A magical season of shopping and special events in Kennebunkport, Cape Porpoise and surrounding communities. Continues through Sunday, December 10. Sponsored by the Kennebunkport Business Association. See schedule of events on page 6 of the PDF at this site, or in the print version.

 

Our Changing Bay, noon to 1 PM, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Ivy Frignoca, Casco Baykeeper will speak about what can be done to eliminate or reduce problems in the bay. $2 suggested donation. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

5 to 7 PM – Maine Women in the Arts Prelude Show Opening. Fine arts and crafts by MWA. Raffle basket of art and crafts. Masonic Lodge, 1 North St., Kennebunkport. Continues December 1, 10 AM to 7 PM; December 2, 10 AM to 5 PM; and December 3, 10 AM to 4 PM.

 

Craft Night, 6 to 8 PM, River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Kennebunk Lower Village. Handmade wrapping paper and gift bags. $30/$25. Continues Thursday, December 7. 6 to 8 PM. FMI and to register, 967-9120 or rivertreearts.org.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1
Holiday Open House, 9 AM to 5 PM, Country Peddler Shop, Harbor Rd., Wells. Refreshments to sample and sip. Continues on December 2 and 3, then closing for the season. FMI 646-6576.

 

Sarah Orne Jewett Home for the Holidays, 5 to 8 PM, Sarah Orne Jewett House, 5 Portland St., South Berwick, welcomes the season with an open house and traditional holiday crafts during South Berwick's Home for the Holidays event. Event is free. FMI 384-2454.

 

Biddeford Downtown Holiday Festival, opens 5 to 6:30 PM, with arrival of Santa and tree lighting plus holiday music, ice carving, family photos with Santa and community booths. City Square, Biddeford. Event hosted by Heart of Biddeford in partnership with the City of Biddeford, area businesses, property owners and residents. Special Holiday ArtWalk, 5 to 8 PM, with pop-up shops and more. FMI 284-8520 or director@heartofbiddeford.org. 

 

Annual Christmas Marketplace, 4 to 7 PM, Bar Mills Community Church, 13 Hermit Thrush Drive, Buxton. Handmade items and homemade jellies and baked goods. Continues Saturday, 8:30 AM to 2 PM with  brunch served from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. FMI 929-5555 or barmillscommunitychurch.org.

Holly Daze Parade, 5:30 PM, Main St., Sanford. Sponsored by Sanford Parks and Rec Department which is looking for participants and spectators. Theme is anything that evokes the holiday season. Route travels down Main St. by the Dairy Queen and ends at the Mid-town Mall. After the parade the city's Christmas tree will be lighted in Central Park. FMI 324-9130 or sanfordmaine.org.

 

 

Golden Chariot Trolley Ride and Cocktail Party. Friday, December 1, 5 to 6:30 PM. After-dark ride in the museum’s historic open car through the Maine woods. Bundle up for a unique and nostalgic experience.

Golden Chariot Trolley Ride and Cocktail Party. 5 to 6:30 PM. After-dark ride in the museum’s historic open car through the Maine woods. Bundle up for a unique and nostalgic experience. Weather permitting. $25 per person includes ride, two drinks and appetizers. Continues December 8, 5 to 6:30 PM; .Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Rd. (three miles north of Dock Square). FMI 967-2800, www.trolleymuseum.org.

 

9th Annual Holiday Extravaganza 5 to 8 PM, at Ocean Fire Pottery, 23 Woodbridge Road, York. Handmade gifts including jewelry, candles, note cards and body scrubs and a chance to try the pottery wheel. Raffles and refreshments. Continues on Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3, 10 AM to 5 PM.

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas, 7:30 PM, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 PM Sundays, City Theater, 205 Main St., Biddeford. Tickets $20. Continues through December 17. FMI and tickets www.citytheater.org or 282-0849.

 

The Originals Present Forever...Patsy Cline, 7:30 PM, Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. Tickets $10. Continues 2, 7, 8, 9. Tickets $25/$22. FMI and reservations 929-5412 or www.sacorivertheatre.org.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2
Annual Prelude Fair, 7:45 AM to 2:30 PM, Atlantic Hall, 173 Main St., Cape Porpoise. Custom jewelry, nautical items, antiques, photography, art work, holiday items and more. Silent Auction, baked goods and luncheon with clam chowder and lobster rolls. FMI 710-3560.

 

Season of Giving Arts Sale, all day, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. The museum will highlight local arts and entrepreneurs with a pop-up shop at the Program Center on Dane St.. Free admission. Continues weekends December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17. Special evening shopping event, Friday, December 8, 5 to 7 PM. FMI 985-4802 or brickstoremuseum.org.

 

Annual Holiday Wreath Sale, 9 AM to noon, Morrison Center, 526 Post Rd., Wells. Wreaths, poinsettias and bake sale to benefit the Morrison Center for People with Disabilities. FMI www.morrison-maine.org or Meghan 883-6680.

 

9th Annual Holiday Craft Fair, Poinsettia, and Wreath Sale, 9 AM to 2 PM, Morrison Center, 60 Chamberlain Rd., Scarborough. Fair includes 40 local crafters, a visit from Santa, raffles, bake sale, homemade lunch and more. The greenhouses will be open and stocked with poinsettias, wreaths, and other plants. To benefit the Morrison Center for People with Disabilities. FMI morrison-maine.org or Meghan 883-6680.

 

The 27th Annual Holiday Fair

at the Senior Center, 175 Port Rd.,

Kennebunk, features decorated swags,

wreaths and other holiday greens,

handmade boxwood trees, baked goods,

hostess gifts and more.

 

27th Annual Holiday Fair, 9 AM to 2 PM, Senior Center, 175 Port Rd., Kennebunk. Features decorated swags, wreaths and other holiday greens, handmade boxwood trees, baked goods, hostess gifts and more. FMI 967-8514 or  www.seniorcenterkennebunk.org.

 

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.

 

31st Anniversary Sale, 10 AM to 5 PM, Cole's Corner, 2232 Post Rd. (Rte. 1), Wells. Discounts in most shops.  Continues December 3. FMI 646-3466.

 

Christmas Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, Americana Workshop, 111 York St. (Rte. 1), Kennebunk. Storewide sale at 20% off. Refreshments and wine served. Continues December 3, same time. FMI 985-8356.

 

Boat Rides on the Nor'easter, an authentic Maine fishing boat. Rides every half hour from 10 AM to 4 PM, Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3, and December 9 and 10. Board the boat behind the Pilot House Restaurant in Lower Village or at the Nonantum Resort for a round trip.The boat has a covered and heated wheelhouse and bathroom onboard. Christmas characters will be making appearances on the boat throughout the weekend and Santa Claus himself will be onboard in the afternoon on Sunday of the second weekend! A portion of all the proceeds raised from the boat trolley will benefit a Maine Maritime Academy student. $10 per person for a round-trip boat ride; the pass is good all day. Reserve in advance by calling 207-450-1831 or email tomlis@gwi.net.

 

Book Signing, 11 AM to 2 PM, Nonantum Resort, Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. John Burns will sign The Call of Patriotism: The Words and Legacy of George H. W. Bush. Continues Sunday, December 3, 2 to 4 PM, H. B. Provisions, 15 Western Ave., Kennebunk Lower Village.

 

12th Annual Hat Parade, 3 PM, a parade of holiday hats for children and adults led by the Patriot Fife and Drum Duo. All hat wearers welcome. Gather at the town parking lot behind Dock Square by 2:45 PM. Parade through Dock Square and over the bridge to The Best of Everything where prizes will be awarded for various creative categories.

 

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 holiday desserts by local bakers in the festively decorated colonial tavern. Admission $10, $5 for children 5 to 14 years. FMI call 363-4974.

 

Bean Supper, 4 PM, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2 Lord St., Kennebunk.Menu is baked beans, cole slaw, hot dogs, a variety of breads and a large selection of pies. Free. Continues Saturday, January 6, 4 PM. FMI 985-4803.

 

Festival of Lights, York Village. Annual holiday parade at 4:30, fairs, caroling, Santa Claus, church suppers and more. Continues through December 3. FMI 363-1040 or yorkparksandrec.org..

 

 

Saco Spirit's Holiday Festival and Parade of Lights features visits with Santa, caroling, cookies, and lots of lights.

38th Annual Candlelight Stroll, December 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 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 $25 for adults; kids 5 to 17 are $12.50; 4 and under are free. Family rate (2 adults and your children ages 17 and under) is $60. Continues December 3.

 

Saco Spirit’s Holiday Festival and Parade of Lights, 5:30 to 7 PM, 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. Watch the “Saco Spirit Parade of Lights” featuring over 50 floats. FMI Saco Spirit at 286-3546.

 

Annual West Kennebunk Tree Lighting, 6 PM, Fire Station, 80 Thompson Rd., West Kennebunk. Santa will arrive by fire truck and be available for photos, Kennebunk Twirlers, refreshments and caroling. Presented by the West Kennebunk Village Committee. FMI call either Barbara at 985-2272 or Carol at 985-4571.

 

"A Celtic Christmas" Holiday Concert, 7 PM, South Congregational Church, Temple St., Kennebunkport. Presented by Seaglass Performing Arts under the direction of Jean Strazdes. Continues December 3, 3 PM, Holy Family Parish, 66 North Ave., Sanford. Tickets are $15; $12/senior and student. Donations of a non-perishable food item for the food bank are encouraged. FMI 985-8747 or Seaglass@gwi.net.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3
Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Open House, 10 AM to 2 PM, Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Rd., Brownfield. $5 at the door; kids under 12 free. Features fine artists and crafters, Santa, bar in the barn for Christmas cheer and food available from the SMAC kitchen. FMI 935-7292.

 

The Beguiled, 3 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd., York. Fall Film Series. Rated R. FMI 363-2818.

 

Demonstration and Excerpts from The Victorian Nutcracker by the Portland Ballet, 3 PM, Dunaway Center, 23 School St., Ogunquit. Tickets $5 at the door. A reception with refreshments will follow the performance. FMI www.ogunquitperformingarts.org.

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4
Holiday Book and Bake Sale, 10 AM to 5 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Library staff and volunteers will choose books, CDs and DVDs suitable for gift-giving. Continues through December 6. FMI 207-985-2173.

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5
Candlelight Tours of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport, 4 to 6 PM. Features Captain Lord Mansion, 6 Pleasant St., Kennebunkport; Captain Jefferds Inn, 5 Pearl St., Kennebunkport; Maine Stay Inn, 34 Maine St., Kennebunkport; 1802 House, 15 Locke St., Kennebunkport and The Inn at English Meadows, 141 Port Rd., Kennebunk Lower Village. $5 suggested donation; proceeds benefit the local food pantry. Continues December 6 and 7.

 

 

31st Annual Christmas-by-the-Sea in Ogunquit includes tree lightings, caroling, chowder, chocolate fest, bonfire, entertainment and visits from Santa; continues to December 10.

The 12 Beers of Prelude Tap Takeover, 5 to 8 PM, at Alisson's Restaurant in Dock Square, featuring Barreled Souls and Foulmouthed Brewing. Enjoy 12 taps of specially selected rare and seasonal beers (including a collaboration) from two of Maine's most innovative new craft breweries. Meet the brewers. Check Alisson's Facebook events for the tap lineup as the date draws near. No cover. No tickets. Space is limited.

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7
Wabanaki Wonderings, Noon to 1 PM, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Linda Littlefield Grenfell explores thoughts and stories about the First Peoples who lived in this area. Participants will taste samples. Suggested donation $2. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

The Vietnam War, Public Screening, noon to 2 PM, Hank's Room, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. The library was selected by the American Library Association and WETA, Washington, DC to receive this programming kit. Please note that this documentary is rated TV-MA and contains profanity, brief nudity and graphic violence.  Excerpts may trigger anxiety or anger, especially for those with PTSD.  Information and resources about PTSD will be available. Also shown on Thursday, December 21, noon to 2 PM. Program is free. FMI 985-2173 or kennebunklibrary.org.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8
31st Annual Christmas-by-the-Sea in Ogunquit includes tree lightings, caroling, chowder, chocolate fest, bonfire, entertainment and visits from Santa; continues to December 10. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. See events schedule on page 34. FMI 646-2939 or www.visitogunquit.org.

 

Artist's Reception, 5 to 7 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. The exhibition is entitled "Keepsakes by Kate: Reminds You That Art is Suitable for Soul." Continues through December during library hours. FMI 985-2173.

 

Art Trail of the Kennebunks, 5 to 7 PM, participating galleries in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk Lower Village. FMI 967- 0857 or gokennebunks.com

 

 

Sample several varieties of whisky at the 6th Annual Holiday Whisky Tasting, 6 PM, Jefferds Tavern, Museums of Old York, Lindsay Rd., York.

6th Annual Holiday Whisky Tasting, 6 PM, Jefferds Tavern, Museums of Old York, Lindsay Rd., York. Sample several varieties of whisky. Admission $45; $40 members. Advance reservations required; 207-363-1756.

 

Russian Art and Music Exhibition, 6 PM, Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk. Concert at 7 PM, the St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble, an a cappella quartet will perform traditional Russian music and popular Christmas songs. Suggested donation $15, $10 for seniors and students, children under 12, free. Proceeds benefit the missions of Christ Church. Cash or checks only for purchases. FMI 985-4494 or christchurchkennebunk.org.

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9
Animal Welfare Society Holiday Open House, time TBA, 46 Holland Rd., West Kennebunk. Kid’s crafts, holiday snacks and beverages, pet-themed crafts and gifts, raffle baskets, adoptable pets and pet pictures with Santa. FMI 985-3244.

 

All Member Holiday Show, Kittery Art Association, 8 Coleman Ave., Kittery Point. Continues December 10, 16 and 17. FMI www.kitteryartassociation.org.

Holiday Open House, 9 AM to 5 PM, Renee's Cat and Dog Gift Shop, 21 South St. (off Rte 1, near the IGA), Wells. Pet items and gifts, clothing, jewelry, nautical candles and antiques. Refreshments served. FMI reneescatanddoggiftshop.com.

 

Polar Express Party and Reading, 10 to 11 AM, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. Children and parents  invited to wear pajamas. Includes hot chocolate and a take-home craft. Free event. Registration required. FMI or to register 985-4802 or www.brickstoremuseum.org.

 

History Games and Do It Yourself Gifts, 10 AM to 1 PM, Meetinghouse Museum , 938 Post Rd., Wells. $3 per family. Sponsored by Crickets Corner Toys and Kites, Ogunquit. FMI 646-4775.

 

Boat Rides on the Nor'easter, an authentic Maine fishing boat. Rides every half hour from 10 AM to 4 PM, Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10. Board the boat behind the Pilot House Restaurant in Lower Village or at the Nonantum Resort for a round trip.The boat has a covered and heated wheelhouse and bathroom onboard. Christmas characters will be making appearances on the boat throughout the weekend and Santa Claus himself will be onboard in the afternoon on Sunday of the second weekend! A portion of all the proceeds raised from the boat trolley will benefit a Maine Maritime Academy student. $10 per person for a round-trip boat ride; the pass is good all day. Reserve in advance by calling 207-450-1831 or email tomlis@gwi.net.

 

Celebration by the Sea, 1 to 4:30 PM, Old Orchard Beach. Event is sponsored by Saco Biddeford Savings Bank and the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce. Free refreshments, a visit and pictures with Santa Claus, local choirs, and much more. This community event is open to the public and all are welcome to join in on the holiday fun.

 

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. Reservations required for child and adult. FMI 283-3861.

 

32nd Annual Southern Maine Christmas Parade, 2 to 4 PM, Rte. 1, Wells Plaza north to Wells Junior High School. Sponsored by the Wells Chamber of Commerce. Theme: “A Christmas Wish.” FMI 646-2451 or www.wellschristmasparade.com.

 

7:30 PM   Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, directed by George Hosker-Bouley, production by Parks and Recreation, York High School Auditorium, York. Continues December Sunday, 10, 2 PM. Tickets are $7; children under age 5 free. FMI 363-1040.

 

 

Enjoy a performance of

A Christmas Carol at Clay Hill Farm

Restaurant in Cape Neddick.

Pianist Bathsheba Marcus Concert, 2 PM, St. David's Episcopal Church, 138 York St. (Rte. 1), Kennebunk. The program includes pieces influenced by folk tunes and popular music by Mozart, Bolcom and Ginastera as well as Schubert's Impromptus, Op. 42. FMI 985-3073 or  cathy@stdavidskennebunk.org.

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10
Breakfast Buffet, 8 to 11 AM, Mike's Clam Shack, 1150 Post Rd., Wells. Menu: prime rib hash, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and ham, pancakes and waffles, biscuits and gravy, French toast, baked beans, bagels and muffins, homemade doughnuts, assorted pastries, cereal, fruit, toast and more. Adults $10, kids 12 and under $6. Sponsored by Congdon's Doughnuts and Mike's Clam Shack  with all proceeds benefiting Wells Project Graduation 2018. FMI 646-5999.

 

A Christmas Carol, 2 PM, Clay Hill Farm, 220 Clay Hill Rd., Cape Neddick. Continues Friday, December 15, Thursday, December 21 and Saturday, December 23, 7 PM; Sunday, December 17, 2 PM.  Tickets $22 plus the cost of dinner. Limited seating, reservations required. FMI 361-2272.

 

Visits with Santa Claus, noon to 3 PM, Deering Room, Dyer Library, Rte. 1, Saco. Must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required; space limited. FMI 283-3861, ext. 102.

32nd Annual Wells Maine Christmas Parade, step-off 2 PM, Wells Plaza (Rte. 1), north to Wells Junior High School. Theme is "A Christmas Wish." Sponsored by Wells Chamber of Commerce. FMI 646-2451.

 

Classic Film Series: The Shop Around the Corner, 2 PM, Dunaway Center, School St., Ogunquit. Admission, popcorn and parking are free. FMI 646-6170.

 

A Christmas Carol, 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM, Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Bar Mills. Tickets $20/$28. FMI and reservations 929-6476 or sacorivertheatre.org.

 

A Quiet Passion, 3 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd., York. Fall Film Series. Rated PG-13. FMI 363-2818.

 

14th 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 $30 for adults ($25 for museum members) and $7.50 for children 14 and under; kids age 4 and under are free. After November 26: $35/30. Proceeds will benefit the museum’s programs and exhibitions. For tickets, call 207-985-4802.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11
BlixxHorses Holiday Open Barn, 5 Portage Way, West Kennebunk. Horses, holiday music and refreshments. FMI blixxhorses.org.

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14
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.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15
Great Bay Sailor Yuletide Concert, 7 PM, Jefferds Tavern, 3 Lindsay Rd., York. FMI 363-4974 or www.oldyork.org.

 

Holiday Concert, 7 PM, Meetinghouse Museum, 938 Post Rd., Wells. Russ Markgren Productions will present "A  Christmas Choral Evening. Free/donations accepted. FMI 646-4775.

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16
Walk with Naturalists, 10 AM to noon, Kennebunk Land Trust's newest 111-acre property, The For All Forever Preserve, Webber Hill Rd. (Rte. 99), across from the intersection of Rte. 99 and Wakefield Rd. Off-street parking available at the site. FMI 985-8734.

 

Holiday Share Party, 5:30 to 8 PM, Ferry Beach Park Association, 5 Morris Ave., Saco. Tickets $35 include hors d’ouevres, a holiday theme buffet including salad, pasta dishes, a carving station, beverages and assorted desserts in our spacious dining center.. All proceeds will help build a new ADA compliant boardwalk to the beach. FMI 282-4489.

 

 

Dress up warmly and celebrate

Christmas in the Stable with the horses

at Ever After Mustang Rescue

on West St., in Biddeford.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17
Frantz, 3 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd., York. Fall Film Series. Rated PG-13. FMI 363-2818.

 

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.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22
Holiday Open House, 4 to 7 PM, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. Enjoy exhibits, holiday music and refreshments. Free admission. FMI 985-4802 or brickstoremuseum.org.

 

TUESDAY, 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; family rate $40. Continues to December 31. FMI 603-433-1100.

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31
New Year's Eve Kennebunk, 6 PM to midnight, Main Street. The town of Kennebunk is celebrating New Year's Eve with a Wild Blueberry Drop. Ice skating at the Waterhouse Center, 6:30 to 11:30 PM (with DJ until 8:30 PM); games, dancing and music at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church starting at 7:30 PM; late-night warm up at the Brick Store Museum, 9 to 11 PM); kids ball drop at the church at 9 PM; Wild Blueberry Drop at midnight. Free admission for all. FMI facebook.com/NYEKBK.

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 1
28th Annual Lobster Dip, noon to 2 PM, The Brunswick Hotel, 39 West Grand Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Maine. FMI www.specialolympicsmaine.org.

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