WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 "The Art of the Pencil" Exhibit, during regular hours, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St, Kennebunk. The exhibit features the pencil drawings of John W. Forssen. Open to the public. Continues through November. FMI 207-985-2173.
Art is Community VI, which raises money for the Saco River Theatre, takes place at the Old White Church in Buxton.
"Mountains" Art Show, Sanford Art Association, 927 Main St. Gallery hours Wednesday through Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM; Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM. Continues through December 3. FMI 490- 0543.
The Thanksgiving Table, 6 PM, lecture followed by supper of colonial foods, Old York Historical Society, Jefferds Tavern, 3 Lindsay Rd., York. Lecture by Kathleen Curtin, food historian, author and Portsmouth history teacher. $18/$15 members, reservations required. FMI 363-1756 or oldyork.org/events.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Horseshoe Crabs Live, 2 PM, Atria, 1 Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Hands-on experience with Carol Steingart. FMI 985-5866.
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.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Art is Community VII, 4 to 8 PM, Old White Church, 15 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. Reception with the artists. Continues Saturday, November 19 and Sunday November 20, 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 for visitors during the opening weekend. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated but not required. The show remains hanging through December 4. 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.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Benefit Breakfast Saturdays, 7:30 to 10 AM, Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Series to support local nonprofit organizations. Adults $16.95; children 12 and under $6.95; children 2 and under free. Continues November 26. FMI 967-4050.
Enchanted Kings and Faerie Women – Lesser Known Stories of the Round Table, 7:30 to 9 PM, River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Kennebunk Lower Village. $20/$35 for two, children 12 and under $10. FMI and reservations, 967-9120 or rivertreearts.org.
Saco River Winter Market, 9 AM to 12:30 PM, Saturdays year round, 110 Main St. (Saco Island), Saco. FMI www.sacoriverwintermarket.blogspot.com.
"Guided Historic Houses Three Centuries of Thanksgiving" tours take place at Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Winter Gateway Farmers’ Market, 9 AM to 1 PM, First Parish Church, 180 York St., York. Continues on December 10, January 7 and 21, February 4 and 18, March 4 and 18. FMI www.gatewaytomaine.org/farmersmarket.
Annual Yuletide Fair, 9 AM to 1 PM, York-Ogunquit United Methodist Church. Homemade crafts, a silent auction, Christmas items and jewelry, baked goods and a Cookie Walk. Lunch will be available. 1026 Rte. 1, York. FMI call 207-363-2749.
St. Christopher's Holiday Faire, 9 AM to 2 PM, 4 Barrel Lane, York. Silent and live auctions, raffles and more. FMI Jcronin2@maine.rr.com.
My Big Fat Greek Bazaar, 9 AM to 3 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 2 PM. For pre-orders of Greek pastries, appetizers and Greek specialties call 207-954-2159 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To 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, uses among ancient people and benefits to wildlife. $7/$5 or $15/family. Registration required. FMI 646-1555 wellsreserve.org.
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 20 and November 25, 26, 27. FMI 603-433-1100.
Holiday Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, Pallian & Company, 2049 Rte. 1, Wells. Trunk show of accessories by Paisley Road. Refreshments. Continues on Sunday, November 20, 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 20. FMI 646-3466.
Open House, 10 AM to 5:30 PM, Dannah's Gifts, 123 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Continues on Sunday, November 20. FMI 207-967-8640.
Historical Fiction Author, Christopher Morin, 1 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Morin will discuss his books, A Tale of Life and War and The Rebel’s Wrath as well as his short story The Besieged. The program is free and handicap accessible. FMI 985-2173.
Vocalists Monica Grabin and Dana Pearson along with keyboardist Mark Gunter
and percussionist Jim O'Neil will perform
Elvis Presley songs at the Unitarian Church
Portland Trumpet Ensemble, 3 PM, Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk. Suggested donation for the concert is $15, $10 for seniors and students, or what one can give. Children under 12 years old are free. Proceeds benefit the missions of Christ Church. Neither the church nor the artists can accept credit cards, Please bring cash or checks for admission and potential purchases. FMI 985-4494.
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 email@example.com.
Bluegrass Acoustic Concert, 7 PM, Wells Activity Center, 113 Sanford Rd. (Rte. 109), Wells. Benefits the Activity Center. Features Seth Sawyer Band and Zink & Co. $18. FMI and tickets, 251-0881.
Joe Arsenault, classical piano with commentary, 7:30 PM, Old White Church, Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. Tickets $20/$18. FMI and tickets sacorivertheatre.org.
First Person Plural Meets the King Concert, 7:30 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church at 114 Main St., Kennebunk. Vocalists Monica Grabin and Dana Pearson along with keyboardist Mark Gunter and percussionist Jim O'Neil will perform Elvis Presley songs. Admission $10 at the door.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 4th Annual Benefit Brunch, Silent Auction and Raffle, 10 AM to 4 PM, The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Event benefits Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center, a nonprofit in Biddeford that offers meals, clothing, job search assistance and nutrition/wellness programs. Raffle tickets are $25 or $175 for a table for 8. Purchase online at seedsofhopebrunch.brownpapertickets.com or at the door. FMI 207-283-1783.
Community Turkey Dinner, 1 to 5 PM, American Legion Hall, 14 Imperial St., Old Orchard Beach. All are welcome to this free event. "Fixings" include homemade bread, stuffing, vegetables, mashed potatoes and dessert. FMI or to bring something, call Sharri MacDonald 590-4201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contemporary Classics with John D'Ambrosio, 2 PM, Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Light refreshments to follow. FMI 985-5866.
Concert, 3 PM, United Methodist Church, 160 Alfred Rd., West Kennebunk. Features Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz. FMI 985-2831.
Join in the fun square dances at the
Wells Activity Center. Everyone is invited
to try square dancing with the Nubble
Lighthouse Keepers Square Dance Club.
45 Years, 3 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd., York. Fall Film Series. Rated R for language and brief sexual content. FMI 363-2818.
Thanksgiving Festival Concert, 6 PM, Salvation Army Pavilion, 1 Church St., Old Orchard Beach. Features the Salvation Army Band. Bring non-perishable donations for food baskets.
Square Dance, 7 to 9 PM, Wells Activity Center, Rte. 109, Wells. Presented by Nubble Lighthouse Keepers. Admission is $6. Also on November 27, December 4 and 11. FMI 608-1333.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Maine Crime Writers Kate Flora and Bruce Robert Coffin, 6 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Co-sponsored with Mainely Murders Bookstore. Free admission. Books will be available for purchase and signing. FMI 985-2173.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 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. To register and FMI 985-3244 or animalwelfaresociety.org.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 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.
Tree alight at the Saco Museum
18th 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 25 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 26.
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.
“Home for the Holidays: 12th 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, 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 26 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 with race at 11 AM, York Village Elementary School, 124 York St., York. Proceeds benefit 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 363-1040.
Etsy Maine Team Artisan Fair, 2 to 5 PM, Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. Admission is free. Visitors can also view museum exhibits. FMI 985-4802 or brickstoremuseum.org
33rd Annual Christmas in Kennebunk, 5:30 PM, downtown plaza, Main St., Kennebunk. Tree lighting, caroling, Santa and free refreshments. Hosted by Downtown Committee.
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 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 27 Lunch with Santa, 11:30 AM to 2 PM, at various eateries in downtown Kennebunk. Hosted by Downtown Committee. FMI kennebunkmaine.us.
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.
Pianist Rob Robbins, 2 PM, Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Light refreshments to follow. FMI 985-5866.
The Fits, 3 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd., York. Fall Film Series. An 11-year-old girl's struggle for acceptance. PG-13. FMI 363-2818.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Special Guests Day, 10 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 email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Brave New Sea: Marine Biodiversity in the Levant, noon to 1 PM, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Dr. Jason Goldstein will speak about his work in coastal areas of the Levant, including Israel, to assess the diversity of marine plankton, create a baseline for future comparisons and build knowledge on the role of Marine Protected Areas in conserving significant species. $2 suggested donation. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.
Beauty and the Beast, presented by Ogunquit Playhouse at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Continues to December 18. FMI, tickets and show times ogunquitplayhouse.org.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 35th Annual Christmas Prelude begins. A magical season of shopping and special events in Kennebunkport, Cape Porpoise and surrounding communities. Continues through Sunday, December 11. Sponsored by the Kennebunkport Business Association.
Maine Women in the Arts Prelude Show, earlybird opening reception, 5 to 7 PM. Features original art, fine crafts and prints. Continues December 2, 3 and 4. Masonic Lodge, corner of Temple and North streets, Kennebunkport.
White Columns is open to visitors during Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude.
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.
Songs of the Season Concert by the Chamber Singers from York High School, 7 PM, York-Ogunquit United Methodist Church, 1026 Rte. 1, York. Free admission. Hot cider and cookies will be served following the concert.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 Festival of Lights, York Village. Features annual holiday parade December 3, fairs, caroling, Santa Claus, church suppers and more. Continues through December 4. FMI 363-1040 or yorkparksandrec.org.
Christmas on the Harbor Open House, 9 AM to 5 PM, Country Peddler Shop, Harbor Rd., Wells. Refreshments to sample and sip. Continues on December 3 and 4. Then closing for the season. FMI 646-6576.
Maine Women in the Arts Prelude Show, 10 AM to 7 PM. Features original art, fine crafts and prints. Continues December 3, 10 AM to 5 PM, December 4, 10 AM to 4 PM. Masonic Lodge, corner of Temple and North streets, Kennebunkport.
Tours of White Columns, 10 AM to 8 PM. Tours leave on the hour. Admission is $10 (which includes admission to the First Families Museum). Continues December 3, 10 AM to 4 PM; December 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 from 10 AM to 4 PM. White Columns, 8 Maine St., Kennebunkport. FMI www.kennebunkporthistoricalsociety.com.
The Seashore Trolley Museum offers scenic rides during Christmas Prelude.
Seashore Trolley Holiday Rides, 1 to 3:30 PM. Ride the rails on heated streetcars festooned with fresh greenery through the Maine woods. $6 per person. Continues December 3 and 4, 10 AM to 3:30 PM; December 9, 1 to 3:30 PM; December 10 and 11, 10 AM to 3:30 PM. Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Rd. (three miles north of Dock Square), Kennebunkport. FMI 967-2800, www.trolleymuseum.org.
Prelude Holiday Gift Market, 3:30 to 5:30 PM. Includes pottery, jewelry, unique hand-woven items, artwork and more. River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village. Continues December 3, 10 AM to 5 PM; December 4, 10 AM to 2 PM; December 9, 3 to 7 PM; December 10, 10 AM to 4 PM; December 11, 10 AM to 2 PM. FMI 967-9120.
Golden Chariot Trolley Ride and Cocktail Party, 5 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 9, 5 PM; .Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Rd. (three miles north of Dock Square). FMI 967-2800, www.trolleymuseum.org.
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 7 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. Continues December 3. FMI 284-8520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Sarah Orne Jewett House
in South Berwick to enjoy
their holiday program for all ages.
8th 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 3, and Sunday, December 4, 10 AM to 5 PM.
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square, Kennebunkport, at 5:30 PM, officially begins the season. Join in Christmas caroling with the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir.
Tree Lighting Dinner, 5:30–9 PM. Enjoy a special holiday menu and live entertainment following tree lighting in Dock Square, 95 Ocean, Nonantum Resort, Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport.
"Light up the Tree" Refreshments, 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Enjoy hot chocolate and mulled cider before, during and after the Lobster Trap Tree lighting, Cape Porpoise Kitchen, Cape Porpoise Square. FMI 207-967-1150.
Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree will be lighted in Cape Porpoise Square at 7 PM, accompanied by Christmas caroling led by the Church on the Cape Choir. Refreshments served at the Cape Porpoise Fire Station.
Bonfire at 7 PM. Warm yourself by the fire while singing Christmas carols and sipping hot chocolate behind Washington Hose Fire Company Station, Rte. 35, Lower Village. Presented by the Washington Hose Fire Co.
A Christmas Survival Guide: A Miniature Christmas Spectacular, 7:30 PM, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 PM Sundays, City Theater, 205 Main St., Biddeford. Tickets $20. Continues through December 18 (no performance Sunday, December 4). FMI and tickets www.citytheater.org or 282-0849.
The Daytime Players Present The Mennonite and the Bartender, 7:30 PM, Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. Tickets $10. Matinees, 2:30 PM, December 3 and 4. FMI and reservations 929-6472 or www.sacorivertheatre.org.
Christmas Karaoke & DJ, 10:30 PM. Sing along, Alisson’s Restaurant, Dock Square. Continues December 3, 9 and 10.
Live Music at Federal Jack's Brew Pub, 8 Western Ave., Lower Village, at 10:30 PM. FMI 967-4322. Continues December 3, 9 and 10.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 All Member Holiday Show, Kittery Art Association, 8 Coleman Ave., Kittery Point. Continues December 4, 10, 11. FMI www.kitteryartassociation.org.
Atlantic Hall Prelude Fair, 7:45 AM–2:30 PM, with crafts and work by local artists – photography, jewelry and paintings. Also collectibles, quilts, antiques, oriental rugs and a silent auction. Lunch menu includes chowder and lobster rolls. Cape Porpoise Square. Proceeds benefit Atlantic Hall.
Wreaths, poinsettias and bake sale to benefit the Morrison Center for People
with Disabilities, during the 8th Annual Holiday Wreath Sale.
American Legion Christmas Crafts Fair, 8 AM–3 PM. Crafts by Maine artisans, gift baskets, baked goods, raffles, silent auction and more. Continues on Sunday, December 4, from 9 AM to 2 PM. Presented by the American Legion Kennebunkport Post #159, at the Legion Hall, 102 Main St. (Rte. 9), across from the Kennebunkport Police Station.
Holiday Book and Bake Sale, 8:30 AM to 1 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Library staff and volunteers will choose books, CDs and DVDs suitable for gift-giving. FMI 207-985-2173.
Annual Christmas Marketplace 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Bar Mills Community Church, 13 Hermit Thrush Drive, Buxton. Handmade items and homemade jellies and baked goods. Lunch served at 11:30 AM. FMI www.barmillscommunitychurch.org.
Holly Day Fair, 9 AM to 2 PM, Goodwins Mills, United Methodist Church, 55 Church St. (just off Rte. 35), Lyman. Gifts, Christmas crafts, baked goods, silent auction and luncheon. FMI 207-499-7438.
8th 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.
8th 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 www.morrison-maine.org or Meghan 883-6680.
Holiday Fair, 9 AM to 2 PM, Senior Center, 175 Port Rd., Kennebunk. Features decorated swags, wreaths and other holiday greens and baubles. FMI 967-8514 or www.seniorcenterkennebunk.org.
Holiday Crafts Fair at Consolidated School, 9 AM to 3 PM, a tradition for almost 30 years. This fair features a wide variety of crafts by local artisans. School St., Rte. 9 east, Kennebunkport. Presented by Kennebunkport Parks and Recreation. $1 donation benefits area children. Continues December 10, 9 AM to 3 PM.
Wells-Ogunquit Music Boosters Craft Fair, 9 AM to 3 PM, Wells Junior High School, Rte. 1, Wells.
A Taste of Maine at Christmas, Cape Porpoise Kitchen, 10 AM to 1 PM. Meet Kelts Gordon, chef/founder of Kennebunkport Sauce Company, a purveyor of locally made Wild Maine Blueberry Sauces and Condiments. Sample grilled meats and fresh seafood seasoned for the holidays with a taste of wild Maine blueberries.
The Shaker Village Christmas Fair in New Gloucester includes Shaker baked goods, gifts and holiday items such as herbs,
The Night Before Christmas Reading, 10 to 11 AM, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. Children and parents are 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.
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 email@example.com.
Christmas Open House Celebration, 10 AM to 5 PM, Americana Workshop, 111 York St., (Rte. 1), Kennebunk. Serving wine, homemade hors d'oeuvres and sweets. Great discounts. Continues on Sunday, December 4. FMI 985-8356.
Book Signing, 11 AM, Shell Shack, 28 Dock Square, Kennebunkport. Sports writer and author Carl Johnson will sign his books on the Boston Red Sox. FMI 967-0068.
Animal Welfare Society Open House, 10 AM to noon, West Kennebunk. Enjoy some holiday treats, have your pet’s photo taken with Santa and do some holiday shopping. Due to construction at AWS, this year the open house will be held at the West Kennebunk Masonic Lodge at 159 Alfred Road, across the street from the West Kennebunk Post Office.
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 festively decorated colonial tavern. Admission $10, $5 for children 5 to 14 years. FMI call 363-4974.
23rd Annual Prelude Open House, noon to 5 PM, P. DeSantis Gallery, 77 North St., Kennebunkport. Continues on Sunday, December 4, noon to 4 PM. FMI 207-967-5215. The gallery is open daily year-round.
Wine Tasting, 1 to 5 PM. Holiday wines to sample with professional sommeliers; commemorative wine glass available for purchase. Down East Wine Imports, 13 Western Ave., Lower Village. Continues December 12.
Story Time with Mrs. Claus at 2 PM. Join Mrs. Claus at White Columns while she reads to all the little children who visit with her. 8 Maine St., Kennebunkport. Sponsored by the Kennebunkport Historical Society.
The hat parade is part of the festivities
during Kennebunkport's Prelude.
11th 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. Parade through Dock Square and over the bridge to The Best of Everything where prizes will be awarded for various creative categories.
Christmas Cookie Decorating, 3 to 5 PM, with Caroline Rhea, actress/comedian who plays Witch Hilda on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Advance registration required. Call 408-2236. Galleries at Morning Walk, Rte. 35, Lower Village.
”The Sounds of Christmas” at 3 PM, by the Senior Choir at Church on the Cape, 163 Langsford Rd., Cape Porpoise.
The Patriot Fife and Drum Duo will stroll through the Dock Square and Lower Village shopping areas for your holiday entertainment, 3:30 to 5 PM. Continues December 12.
35th Annual Firehouse Lobster Supper, 4:30 to 9 PM. Enjoy your choice of lobsters, steamers, hamburgers or hot dogs with the crew of the Washington Hose Fire Station, Rte. 35, Lower Village. Proceeds help to support scholarships, training and equipment for the volunteer fire company.
Autus Collective Exhibit Opening, 5 to 8 PM, Engine, 128 Main St., Biddeford. FMI 370-9130 or autuscollective.com.
37th 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.
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 286-3546.
Tree Lighting and Christmas Stroll at Lower Village at 5:30 PM. Join us at the corner of Christensen Lane and Rte. 35 for the lighting of the Lower Village Tree with carols by the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir. Then join the traditional stroll to the Franciscan Monastery. for carol singing by candlelight.
Sing along to Christmas carols at St. Anthony's Monastery on Saturday, December 3, as part of Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport.
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.
Candlelight Caroling, 6:30 PM, at St. Anthony’s Monastery, 28 Beach St., Lower Village. Sing along to Christmas carols presented along with the story of the birth of Jesus. Presented by St. Anthony's Monastery and the Secular Franciscans in front of a manger scene set up on the steps of Our Lady of Lourdes shrine. No parking on the property.
"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 4, 2:30 PM, North Parish Congregational Church, 895 Main St., Sanford. Tickets are $15; $12/senior and student. FMI 985-8747 or Seaglass@gwi.net.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4
Breakfast with Mrs. Claus and Elves at the Nonantum Resort, 8 to 11 AM. Bring your child for a special holiday breakfast hosted by our visitors from the North Pole. Adults $20; under 12 $10. Reservations requested for groups of six or more. Souvenir photo included. Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport.
Meet "Dogs of the Kennebunks" calendar creator Annie Watts, 10 AM to 1 PM. Profits from sale of calendars benefits Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk. Continues December 11, 10 AM to 1 PM.
Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Open House, 10 AM to 3 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.
Trust in Prelude, 11 AM to 3 PM. Features Christmas carols by a roaring fire, complimentary refreshments, shopping with local crafters, a cookie and ornament decorating station for the kids and the chance to explore the trails at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust's headquarters on the Emmons Preserve, 57 Gravelly Brook Rd., Kennebunkport. Free admission.
Prelude Open House at the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport, 1 to 3 PM. Enjoy the decorations and refreshments at: 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., Lower Village. $10 suggested donation with proceeds benefiting the local food bank.
Middle School of the Kennebunks Choir, 1:30 to 2 PM. Enjoy the songs of the season while awaiting Santa’s arrival. Union Square, Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport.
Photo courtesy of Bob Dennis
Santa Claus and his helpers arrive
at Kennebunkport by boat for Prelude.
Santa Arrives by Lobster Boat at David’s KPT, 2 PM. After docking, follow Santa and his lobster elves through Dock Square to the Community House on Temple St. for photos. (There may be a wait while all children and families have their special time with Santa.)
Ukulele and Banjo Concert with Rob Duquette, 2 PM, Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Light refreshments to follow. FMI 985-5866.
Annual Celebrate the Season by the Sea, 2:30 to 4:30 PM, Old Orchard Beach. Activities at the Chamber of Commerce include face painting, choral music, refreshments, children's games, crafts and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There are also trolley rides. The event concludes at the Town Square with the tree lighting. Everything is free. FMI 207-934-2500.
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 5 "A Writer's Circle" Writers Group, 6 to 8 PM, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland St., South Berwick. Facilitated by former poet laureate of Hampshire County, U.K., Brian Evans-Jones. Continues first Mondays through February; $4 members; $5 nonmembers; drop-ins welcome. FMI 384-2454 or www.historicnewengland.org.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 York Art Association Holiday Gallery and Gift Shop Sale, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 AM to 5 PM, York Art Association, 394 York St., York. Features fine crafted jewelry, pottery and art. Continues through January 7. FMI firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concert with Contemporary Pianist Rob Robbins, 2 PM, Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Event is free and open to the public. FMI 985-5866.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 "Symphony in White" Art Show, Sanford Art Association, 927 Main St. Gallery hours Wednesday through Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM. Continues through December 31. FMI 490- 0543.
Is Kelp the New Kale?, Noon to 1 PM, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Tara Treichel of SeaMade Seaweed Company will present facts about kelp and other marine algae. Participants will taste samples. Suggested donation $2. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9
photo by C.A. Smith Photography
Ogunquit main street is decked out
in festive lights for the town's
Christmas by the Sea celebration.
30th Annual Christmas-by-the-Sea in Ogunquit includes tree lightings, caroling, chowder, chocolate fest, bonfire, entertainment and visits from Santa; continues to December 11. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. FMI 646-2939 or www.visitogunquit.org.
Holiday Art Show and Sale Opening Reception, 5 to 7 PM, York Art Association, 394 York St., York. Sale includes artwork, metal arts, calendars, jewelry, sculptures, fiber art, original art work, wood items and cards. Cookies and hot chocolate served. Continues through January 7, from 10 AM to 5 PM. FMI 363-4049.
Opening Reception for an exhibit of art by Eloise and Marguerite Genest, 5 to 7 PM, at River Tree Arts, Rte. 35, Lower Village.
Fire and Ice Night, 5 to 10 PM. Blazing bonfires, ice bars and sculptures, food and live music. Adults only, 21+. Tickets $30 pp. Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. FMI fireandicekport.com.
Fireworks Viewing Party at 5:15 PM, with hot drinks and buffet, Federal Jack's Brew Pub, 8 Western Ave., Lower Village. Adults $15; children $10.
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square, 5:30 PM. Join in Christmas caroling to begin the second weekend of festivities as Christmas Prelude 2016 continues. After the tree lighting, gather in the municipal parking lot behind Alisson’s, or in the surrounding area to view the annual Prelude fireworks display.
Holiday Whisky Tasting, 6 PM, Jefferds Tavern, Museums of Old York, Lindsay Rd., York. Sample several varieties of whisky. Admission $40; $35 members. Advance reservations required; 207-363-1756.
Christmas Prelude Fireworks Display at 6:15 PM. Enjoy the Prelude extravaganza that will take place in the cove. Viewing from the bridge and surrounding areas.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 Christmas in the Shire, Gallery on the Green, Oak St. (Rte. 202), Alfred. Features the gallery and other local business of Alfred. Continues December 11. FMI thegalleryonthegreen.com.
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. Homemade Greek Pastries available for the holidays, pet items and gifts, clothing, jewelry, nautical candles and antiques. Refreshments served. Continues December 11. FMI reneescatanddoggiftshop.com.
The Polar Expess reading and party at the Brick Store Museum includes hot chocolate and a take-home craft.
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.
Santa Comes to the Village, 10 AM to 2 PM, Mail-It Unlimited, Shoppers Village, 45 Portland Rd. (Rte. 1), Kennebunk. Coloring contest; forms are available at all Shoppers Village businesses. Entries must be received by December 8 to be posted for public voting. Toys for Tots is the featured charity. There will be a table with information and a donation box for the Community Outreach Services Fuel Assistance Program. Event is sponsored by Bates Realty.
Under the Tent Hands-on Tidal Pool, 10 AM to 2 PM. “Coastal Carol” Steingart of Coast Encounters will introduce tide-pool exploration. Visitors can roll up their sleeves and learn about the diverse ecosystem complete withlive sea creatures. Fun for all ages. White Columns, 8 Maine St., Kennebunkport.
Live Caricature Drawing with local artist Steve Hrehovcik, 10 AM to 2 PM. $15 per person. River Tree Arts, Rte. 9, Lower Village. Continues December 10, 10 AM to 2 PM.
11th 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. Continues on December 11.
The Walk to Bethlehem includes a procession, hymns, carols and scripture readings followed by hot chocolate and cookies. Begins at the top of the River Green in front of the Captain Lord Mansion off Ocean Ave.
Handcraft Workshops, 10 AM to 3 PM, includes decorating clay ornaments ($5 to $10 fee) and painting Mason jar mugs and wine glasses ($10 per glass). River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village. FMI www.rivertreearts.org.
Gingerbread House Making, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Children and adults can build their own gingerbread house. Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Admission $2, free for children under age 2. A portion ofproceeds benefits a local charity. Reservations requested. Free Trolley Shuttle to/from Dock Square 10 AM to 5 PM. Call 207-967-4050.
Skate Swap, 11 AM to noon (swap only); noon to 1 PM (swap or purchase), Waterhouse Center, Main St., Kennebunk. $10 donation, one pair of skates per person, priority given to children. FMI 985-2102.
Wine Tasting, 1 to 5 PM. Holiday wines to sample with professional sommeliers; commemorative wine glass available for purchase. Down East Wine Imports, 13 Western Ave., Lower Village.
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.
Story Time with Mrs. Claus at 2 PM. Join Mrs. Claus at White Columns while she reads to all the little children who visit with her. 8 Maine St., Kennebunkport.
Create Holiday Flower Infused Bath Salts, 3 to 6 PM, at Salty Girls Boutique, Gallery 6, Galleries at Morning Walk, Rte. 35, Lower Village.
The 31st Annual Southern Maine
Christmas Parade begins at noon
at the Wells Plaza Shopping Center,
Rte. 1, Wells.
31st Annual Southern Maine Christmas Parade, noon to 4 PM, Rte. 1, Wells Plaza north to Wells Junior High School. Sponsored by the Wells Chamber of Commerce. Theme: “Christmas Fun for Everyone.” FMI 646-2451 or www.wellschristmasparade.com.
The Walk to Bethlehem, 4:30 PM. Join the candlelight procession that follows Mary and Joseph as they seek shelter at three historic inns only to be turned away and finally shown to a manger. Hymns, carols and scripture readings followed by hot chocolate and cookies. Procession begins at the top of the River Green in front of the Captain Lord Mansion off Ocean Ave. Sponsored by Historic Inns of Kennebunkport.
Fire and Ice Night, 5 to 10 PM. Blazing bonfires, ice bars and sculptures, food and live music. Adults only, 21+. Tickets $30 pp. Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. FMI fireandicekport.com.
Holiday Concert, 7:30 PM. An evening of seasonal carols along with selections from the winter concert program performed by the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir, directed by Nathan Menifield, at the Village Baptist Church, Maine St., Kennebunkport. Sponsored by the Kennebunkport Business Association.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol,7:30 PM, directed by George Hosker-Bouley, production by Parks and Recreation, Fosters Clambake, 5 Axholme Rd., York. Performances at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $7; children under age 5 free. Continues December 11. FMI 363-1040.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 8 to 11 AM. Bring your child for a special holiday feast. Souvenir photo included. Extensive buffet with specialty treats. Adults $22; children under age 12, $10. Reservations appreciated for parties of six or more. Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport.
Don't miss the annual Pooch Parade in Kennebunkport, where people and their furry friends are all decked out for the holidays.
Annual Pooch Parade takes place at 11 AM. Dress your pooches in their best holiday attire and gather at Consolidated School. Then follow the Portland Sea Dogs Mascot Slugger down School St. (Rte. 9) to Dock Square via Ocean Ave.. The parade concludes at White Columns, 8 Maine St., Kennebunkport.
Christmas at the Beach, 11 AM to 3:30 PM, American Legion Hall, 14 Imperial St., Old Orchard Beach. This family friendly event features kids games, pictures with Santa, a kids shop with elves, paint-your-own Christmas ball, hot cocoa, Christmas cookies and more. FMI or to be a crafter, call Sharri MacDonald, 590-4201.
Pooch Parade After Pawty, Noon to 2 PM. Refreshments with author Susan Rogers and Posh. Shop for your pet presents. Scalawags, 3 Dock Square, Kennebunkport.
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.
Classic Film Series: A Christmas Memory, 2 PM, Dunaway Center, School St., Ogunquit. Admission, popcorn and parking are free. FMI 646-6170.
Santa Arrives by Fire Engine in Cape Porpoise Square at 2 PM. Meet Santa at Cape Porpoise Kitchen, Cape Porpoise Square. Photos for children of all ages. Hot chocolate and candy canes.
Seacoast Men of Harmony Holiday Concert, 3 PM, Historic Meeting House, 938 Post Rd. (Rte. 1), Wells. The Chorus is affiliated with the Northeastern District Barbershop Harmony Society. The concert is free, thanks to the sponsorship of Congdon's Donuts and Oceanside Rubbish. FMI 646-4775 or email@example.com.
Ray Colabro and Kit the Bass Concert, 2 PM, Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Light refreshments served. FMI 985-5866.
2nd Annual Holiday Open House, 2:30 to 4:30 PM, BlixxHorses, 5 Portage Way, West Kennebunk. Horses, holiday music and refreshments. FMI blixxhorses.org.
Suffragette, 3 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd., York. Fall Film Series. Rated PG-13. FMI 363-2818.
The Brick Store Museum hosts
their annual fundraising tea
at an historic home in Kennebunk.
13th 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. Proceeds will benefit the museum’s programs and exhibitions. For tickets, call 207-985-4802.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12 Christmas Bell Ringing Show, 2 PM, Atria, 1 Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Public invited. FMI 985-5866.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15 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 16 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.
Great Bay Sailor Yuletide Concert, 7 PM, Jefferds Tavern, 3 Lindsay Rd., York. FMI 363-4974 or www.oldyork.org.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 Celebrate the Winter Solstice, 2 to 4 PM, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Naturalist “Boot” Boutwell will mix history, folklore, poetry and a solstice story with plant identification and natural history. Children ages 10 and up welcome if accompanied by an adult. $7/$5 or $15 per family. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.
Enjoy Christmas in the Stable at
Ever After Mustang Rescue
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.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 Treble G Concert, 2 PM, Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Light refreshments served. FMI 985-5866.
Carols on Ice, a Sing-along and Skating Party, 2 to 4 PM, Waterhouse Center, 51 Main St., Kennebunk. Join local musicians and choral groups for an afternoon of holiday music, including a sing-a-long to favorite Christmas carols. Free. Refreshments available.
Sunset Song, 3 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd., York. Fall Film Series. Rated R. FMI 363-2818.
Christmas Cantata entitled "Behold That Star," 4 PM, the Bar Mills Community Church,13 Hermit Thrush Drive, Buxton. Free admission.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 19 Slips, Trips and Falls In-service and Screenings, 3:30 PM Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Led by Barbra Domijan from Kindred at Home for a Vestibular In-service. Light refreshments. FMI 985-5866.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21 Alzheimer's Support Group, 1 PM Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Led by the Life Guidance Director. Light refreshments served. FMI and RSVP 985-5866
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22 Pianist Dave Hollis Concert, 2 PM, Atria, 1 Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Public invited. FMI 985-5866.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 Ogunquit Baptist Church Christmas Eve Musical Service, 157 Shore Rd., Ogunquit. FMI 646-2160.
New Year's Eve festivities in Kennebunk include ice skating at the Waterhouse Center until 11:30 PM. Make sure to stay up for the Wild Blueberry Drop at mindnight!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 Music of the Ages with Dave Ernst Holiday Concert,
MONDAY, 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.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 New Year's Eve Kennebunk, 6 to midnight, Main St. Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Waterhouse Center (ice skating from 6 to 11:30 PM; DJ from 6:30- to 8:30 PM); games, dancing and music at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church starting at 7:30 PM; a late-night warm up at the Brick Store Museum from 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/NYEKB.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 1 16th 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.
27th Annual Lobster Dip, noon, The Brunswick Hotel, 39 West Grand Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Maine. FMI www.specialolympicsmaine.org.
Winter in Maine is a great time to visit
local farms that offer cross-country skiing,
sleigh rides and locally made goods.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 6 Epiphany Concert, 3 PM, Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk. Concert features Christmas favorites and sing-along caroling with organist/pianist Warren King, flutist Rachael Barter, violinist Margaret Hopkins and trumpeter Thomas Kremser. Suggested donation adults $12; seniors and students $8; children under 12 free.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 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.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 Second Sunday Concert with Organist Frederick MacArthur and tenor Neal Ferreira, 2:30 PM, First Congregational Church, 141 North St., Kennebunkport. Highlights the Organ Restoration Project. FMI 967-3897.
CONTINUING ACBL-Sanctioned Duplicate Bridge, Wells–Ogunquit Senior Center, 300 Post Rd. (Rte. 1), Moody, Tuesdays, noon. A partner is promised if you arrive 15 prior to start time. FMI 646-7775.
Alfred Shaker Museum, 118 Shaker Hill Rd., Alfred. Museum hours are 1 to 4 PM, every Wednesday and Saturday through November. FMI alfredshakermuseum.org.
Beginner astronomy classes are held
on the first Friday of the month,
Astronomical Society of Northern New
England (ASNNE), at the New School,
38 York St., Kennebunk.
Animal Welfare Society Preschool Programs, "Furry Tales, Stories and Adventure Hour," Thursdays, 10 to 11 AM, Humane Education Room, 46 Holland Rd., West Kennebunk. Free admission, donations accepted. FMI 985- 3244 or www.animalwelfaresociety.org.
Astronomy Classes, beginner classes at 6:45 PM with regular meeting at 7:30 on the first Friday of the month, Astronomical Society of Northern New England (ASNNE), at the New School, 38 York St. (Rte. 1 south), Kennebunk. Meetings are free and open to the public, $5 for nonmembers if there is a special guest speaker. FMI asnne.org.
Beach Plum Farm, Rte. 1, Ogunquit, features the Roby Littlefield Museum and the farmhouse and barn of a traditional saltwater farm with 22 acres stretching down to the Ogunquit River. It is the home of the Great Works Regional Land Trust. Open dawn to dusk; free admission. FMI 646-3604.
Bingo, 9:30 to 11 AM, fourth Tuesday, September 27 through April 25, Kennebunk Town Hall, 3rd floor, room 306. For ages 50+. Admission is free. Coffee, donuts, small prizes. FMI 604-1335 or kennebunkrec.com.
Bingo, Wednesdays, doors open at 4:30 PM, bingo starts at 6 PM. Food available. Senior Center, 300 Post Rd., Wells. Must be over 16 to play. FMI 207-646-7775.
Bingo, 6 PM, every Wednesday, Ramsdell Rogers American Legion Post, 75 Cape Neddick Rd. (Rte. 1A), York. All welcome. FMI 363-9827.
Biddeford + Saco ArtWalk takes place on the last
Friday of each month through October.
Bird Walks weekly; days, times and locations vary. Sponsored by York County Audubon. Free and open to the public. Bring your own binoculars. For updates and details, visit York County Audubon Facebook page. Continues year-round. FMI 207-604-8618.
Book Discussion Group, second Thursday of every month at 9:45 AM, Graves Library, 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport. New members are always welcome. FMI 967-2778.
Book Discussion Group, last Thursday of every month at 6 PM, Graves Library, 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport. See listing above for details.
Book Sale, sponsored by Friends of the Wells Public Library, ongoing, 1434 Post Rd., Wells. Collection updated weekly; prices range from 25 cents to $5. FMI 646-8181.
Book Sale at the Book Shed of the Libby Memorial Library, 27 Staples St., Old Orchard Beach. Gently used books, DVDs, CDs and other items. Proceeds benefit library programs and acquisitions. Open 10 AM to 4 PM, Tuesday through Friday and 10 AM to 3 PM, Saturday. Sponsored by Friends of Libby Library.
Brewery Tours, see local ale being brewed, by appointment, preferably a day in advance, year-round, Kennebunkport Brewery, The Shipyard Shops, 8 Western Ave., Kennebunk Lower Village. FMI 967-1261.
Brick Store Museum, open Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM to 4:30 PM; Saturday, 10 AM to 1 PM, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. Admission to exhibits: adults $7.50, seniors $6, family $20, free to members. FMI 985-4802 or brickstoremuseum.org.
Cargo Shop at the Church on the Cape, 3 Langsford Rd., Cape Porpoise. Clothing for the whole family, household items, white-elephant articles, linens collectibles, books and games. Open Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 4 PM, April through November, and Saturday,10 AM to noon, June through November.
Conversational French Language Group, meets Thursdays, 6 PM, Wells Library, 1434 Post Road, Wells. Anyone with a French language interest is welcome to participate. FMI Kristi Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 646-8181.
Cribbage Club, 1 PM, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Graves Library, 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport. All ages and levels welcome. Bring your own boards. FMI 967-2778.
Ever After Mustang Rescue
in Biddeford welcomes visitors
Ever After Mustang Rescue, 463 West St., Biddeford, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and placing unwanted, neglected and abused mustangs brought to New England through the adopt-a-horse program. Volunteer training every Saturday between 9 AM and noon for anyone 15 years and older. Join us if you have 3 or more hours a week and would like to help care for these horses. Visitors welcome; call for hours at 207-284-7721.
Fiber Arts Group, 10:30 AM to noon, when the library is open; Wells Library, 1434 Post Rd., Wells. Open to any hand needle worker. All ages and ability levels welcome. FMI 646-8181 or email@example.com.
Franciscan Monastery gardens and trails along the Kennebunk River designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, Beach Ave., Kennebunk Beach. Open from sunrise to sunset. Free.
The Memory Cafe, 12:45 to 2 PM, alternating Saturdays every month, Bradford Common Bistro, Huntington Common, Huntington Common Dr., Kennebunk. Mary-Lou Boucouvalas, director Graves Library, Kennebunkport, will offer an afternoon of stories, games, music, art and activities to families dealing with memory loss. FMI 967-2778.
Ogunquit Fire Company Fire Museum, Firemen’s Park, corner of Shore Rd. and Cottage St., Ogunquit, open for viewing 24 hours a day. View the steam pumper and other fire memorabilia.
Pasco Exhibit Center, Kennebunkport Historical Society, 125-135 North St., Kennebunkport. Open year-round; Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 3 PM. Admission is $5; free for KHS members. FMI 207-967-2751.
PetanqueClub, Old Orchard Beach, meets at the courts at Veteran's Memorial Park, on Heath St., across from the train station. Tuesdays at 2 PM; Fridays at 6 PM. New members always welcome. FMI call Joe Leprohon, 207-937-2015, or Bob Quinn, 207-934-2648.
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge,
in Wells, offers an easy one-mile walking
trail with views of woods and marshes.
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Rte. 9, Wells. “Carson Trail,” a one-mile walking trail, is handicap accessible; open daily, dawn to dusk. Free and open to the public. Headquarters is open Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM. FMI 646-9226.
Saco Bay Artists invites local artists to their meetings and workshops, held the second Monday of each month. Meetings alternate between noon and 6:30 PM at the Pines in Ocean Park. FMI www.sacobayartists.org.
Saco Museum, 371 Main St. (Rte. 1), Saco. Open noon to 4 PM, Tuesday through Thursday; noon to 8 PM, Friday on (free admission after 4); 10 AM to 4 PM, Saturday; noon to 4 PM, Sunday, from June through December. Admission: $5 for adults; $3, seniors and students and $2 for children (7 to 18) and free for 6 and under. FMI www.dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org.
Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Restored houses, exhibits, historic landscapes and gardens and costumed role players. New exhibit "Game On! In the Pursuit of Play on Puddle Dock." Adults $20, children 5 to 17 years $10, family $50. Children under 5 and museum members, free. Open daily, May 1 to October 31 for self-guided visits, 10 AM to 5 PM. FMI 603-433-1100.
Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, seven miles of trails through fields, forests, marshlands and coast; open daily 7 AM to dusk. Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., off Rte. 1 north of Wells. FMI and schedules 207-646-1555.
Women and Horses Workshop, a hands-on learning experience with horses, Mondays from 6 to 7:30 PM, Ever After Mustang Rescue, 463 West St., Biddeford. $10 per session. FMI and to register 284-7721.
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