hosts Home for the Holidays, a show of locally made crafts and curiosities.
Home for the Holidays, a show of local crafts and curiosities, The Red Door Pottery Studio, 44 Government St., Kittery Show continues through December 15.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 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.
“The French and Wabanaki in Maine: The View from Norridgewock,” presented by Dr. Ellen Cowie, 7:30 PM, Berwick Academy, South Berwick. Dr. Cowie will discuss the French in Maine during the 16th to 18th centuries with a particular emphasis on the Wabanaki village of Norridgewock. The archaeological information from this site has provided rich insight into the history of one Native American community located on the embattled frontier of French, English and Wabanaki colonial America. Presented by Old Berwick Historical Society. FMI 384-0000 or www.oldberwick.org.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 The Children’s Hour presented by the Kennebunk High School Visual and Performing Arts Department opens, 7:30 PM, Alexander Economos Auditorium, Kennebunk High School, Fletcher St., Kennebunk. Continues on November 23 at 7:30 PM and November 24 at 2 PM. All tickets are $9 at the door.
The Kennebunk High School Visual
and Performing Arts Department
presents The Children’s Hour
at the Kennebunk High School.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Saco River Winter Market, 9 AM to 12:30 PM, Saturdays through mid-April, 110 Main St. (Saco Island), Saco. FMI www.sacoriverwintermarket.blogspot.com.
Winter Gateway (York) Farmers’ Market, 9 AM to noon, American Legion (next to Hannaford), Rte. 1, York. Continues on December 7 and 21, January 4 and 18, February 1 and 15, March 1, 15 and 29. FMI www.gatewayfarmersmarket.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 Debbie, 499-2017. To benefit the St. Fotini Ladies Society of the church. FMI 646-4916 or 508-410-0746.
Yuletide Fair, 9 AM to 3 PM, York-Ogunquit Methodist Church, 1026 Rte. 1, York.
Holiday Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, Beach Grass, Port Walk, Dock Square, Kennebunkport. Continues on November 24.
Multi-Artisan Open House, featuring paintings, jewelry, baskets, purses and more, 10 AM to 4 PM, Santora Fine Art, 23 Fletcher St., Kennebunk. FMI 985-2830.
Artist Carol Santora hosts
a multi-artisan open house in her studio in Kennebunk. The show includes art and crafts, such as this basket by Kathryn Polletto.
Open House and Signing, 11 AM to 1 PM, Keys to the Kitchen, Firehouse Place, 155 Port Rd. (Rte. 35), Kennebunk Lower Village. Nick Alfiero from Harbor Fish Market will sign his new cookbook, Harbor Fish Market. On November 24 from 11 AM to 2 PM, Wicked Sharp will be sharpening knives. FMI 207-967-4904.
Holiday Open House, with hourly door prizes, refreshments and sales, 10 AM to 5 PM, Cole’s Corner, Rte. 1, Wells. Continues on November 24.
Holiday Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, Pallian and Company, Rte. 1 at Drakes Island Rd., Wells. Refreshments. Continues on November 24, 11 AM to 4 PM. Book signing with Kathleen Alfiero, co-author of Harbor Fish Market, on November 23 from 11 AM to 1 PM.
Open House, Dannah, 123 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Annual Christmas Open House will present glittering shelves of jewels, Christmas ornaments and decorations, and wonderful gifts and festive beverages and sweet and savory treats to enjoy. Continues on November 24.
Art on the Hill Art Walk, 11 AM to 4 PM, The Red Door Pottery Studio, 44 Government St., Kittery. Continues on November 24. FMI email@example.com, 207 439-5671, www.reddoorpottery.com.
The Gala, 6 to 9 PM, Saco Museum, Rte. 1, Saco. Holiday treats, decorations, music and the culmination of the raffle. Tickets are $20; space is limited. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Dyer Library or Saco Museum. FMI 283-3861.
Erica Brown’s Bluegrass Connection, 7:30 PM, Saco River Theatre, Salmon Falls Rd., Bar Mills. $16 adults; $14 students and seniors. Reservations advised. FMI 207-929-6472.
Erica Brown’s Bluegrass Connection
performs on Saturday, November 23,
at Saco River Theatre,
Salmon Falls Rd., Bar Mills.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Holiday Craft Fair, 9 AM to 2 PM, American Legion, 14 Imperial St., Old Orchard Beach.
Fall Film Festival presents Amour, 3 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd., York.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Ecumenical Thanksgiving Concert with organists Wendell Scott Purrington and Mark Thallander, 7 PM, First Parish Church, 180 York St., York. FMI 363-3758.
Annual Kennebunkport/Kennebunk/Arundel All Faith Thanksgiving Service, 7 PM, Church on the Cape, 3 Langsford Rd., Cape Porpoise. Transcending theological divides, people of all faiths gather to give thanks for the harvest. FMI 967-5787.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28 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. Traditional turkey dinner, including beverage and dessert. This complimentary dinner is open to the public. Reservations are welcome but not necessary. FMI or to make reservations, please call either Barbara at 985-2272 or Carol at 985-4571.
15th 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 29
Tree alight at the Saco Museum
Home for the Holidays Craft Show presented by the Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen, 10 AM to 4 PM, Scarborough High School, 20 Gorham Rd. (off Rte. 1), Scarborough. Continues on November 30 from 9 AM to 4 PM. Free admission.
“The Holly and the Ivy: 9th 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 29; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, noon to 5 PM (Friday, November 29, 5 to 8 PM); Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM; closed Mondays and December 24 and 25. Free admission.
Rhythm Future Quartet performing gypsy jazz, standards and original music, 7 PM, Atlantic Hall, Cape Porpoise Square, Cape Porpoise. Benefit concert for Atlantic Hall. Preferred seating $30; general admission $20. FMI and for tickets and reservations, call 967-5852.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Designing Women Fine Art and Craft Show, 9 AM to 4 PM, Frank Jones Center, 400 Rte.1 Bypass, Portsmouth, New Hampsire. More than 30 artists and craftswomen from Maine and New Hampshire will display their handcrafted pottery, handbags, glasswork, handwoven clothing and accessories, home accents, stained glass and sculptural ceramic art. Suggested donation at the door is $2. Proceeds benefit A Safe Place, which provides free shelter and support services.
Annual Turkey Trot, a 5K race and walk, check-in and registration begins at 9:30 with race at 11 AM, York Village Elementary School, York. Proceeds benefit York Food Pantry. Bring a nonperishable food item for the York County Food Pantry. Presented by York Rotary Club and York Parks and Recreation Department. FMI 363-1040 or www.parksandrec.yorkmaine.org.
“Naked Shrubs,” 10 AM to 2 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Find out from shrub expert “Boot” Boutwell how to use branching patterns, bud and bark characteristics, habitat, persistent fruits and other features to identify shrubs in winter. A short indoor session will be followed by field work for a close-up look at more than 15 native New England shrubs plus a couple of non-native invasive species. Program wraps up indoors with a quiz and cup of something hot. Bring a lunch and a hand lens if you have one and dress for the weather. For ages 16 and older; space is limited. $25 nonmember; $20 member. Reservations required. FMI 646-1555, www.wellsreserve.org.
The Nubble Lighthouse is lit up
for the holiday season.
Book Signing with Elizabeth Lydia Bodner, author of Seven Women in Maine, 11 AM, Nonesuch Books, Shops at Biddeford Crossing, Rte. 111, Biddeford.
Holiday Bazaar, noon to 4 PM, Center for Wildlife, 385 Mountain Rd., York. Continues on December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22. Proceeds benefit programs at the center.
29th Annual Christmas in Kennebunk, 4:30 PM, downtown plaza, Main St., Kennebunk. Tree lighting, caroling, Santa and free refreshments.
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.
The Rhythm Future Quartet, with gypsy jazz standards and original compositions, 7:30 PM, Saco River Theatre, Salmon Falls Rd., Bar Mills. Adults $16; $14 students and seniors. Reservations advised. FMI 929-6472.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 Fall in Love Wedding Showcase, 10 AM to 2 PM, Union Bluff Meeting House, 4 Beach St., York Beach. Complimentary champagne toast, a sampling of flavors and a cash bar. FMI www.gatewaytomaine.org or 363-4422.
DaPonte String Quartet performs
a Prelude concert at the Church
on the Cape in Cape Porpoise.
Antiques Road Show, 10 AM to 3 PM, Hurlbutt Designs, 53 Western Ave. (Rte. 9), Kennebunk Lower Village.
Straight Lace Christmas Concert, 1:30 PM, Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Presented by the Senior Center at Lower Village. Tickets $5 at the door and at the Senior Center, 175 Port Rd., Kennebunk Lower Village; free for members. FMI 967-8514.
Concert by the DaPonte String Quartet, 2 PM, Church on the Cape, 3 Langsford Rd., Cape Porpoise. Tickets are $12; $10 in advance. To reserve, call 207-529-4555.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4 The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods, 6 to 7 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Using a range of historical and ecological evidence, Dr. Drew Barton will describe 15,000 years of natural and human-caused change in the Maine woods and assess how key ecological forces such as climate change, insects, disease, non-native organisms and changing land use are likely to alter the forests of Maine. Free admission. FMI 646-1555, www.wellsreserve.org.
“An Evening with Charles
Dickens” will be presented
at Clay Hill Farm, Ogunquit,
featuring actor Kirk Simpson.
Dinner with Dickens, 6 to 8 PM, Clay Hill Farm, 220 Clay Hill Rd., Cape Neddick. Charles Dickens has arrived to present “A Christmas Carol”with dinner, stories, music and more. Continues on Wednesdays to December 18; Sunday matinees at 2 PM on December 8 and 15. FMI 361-2272 or www.clayhillfarm.com.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 32nd Annual Christmas Prelude, a magical season of shopping and special events in Kennebunkport, Cape Porpoise and surrounding communities. Sponsored by the Kennebunkport Business Association.
Langdon House Holiday Sale, 4 to 7 PM, Governor John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire. During this holiday open house, Historic New England and the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation partner to offer a selection of gift items. Enjoy free tours of the house and refreshments. Continues on December 7, noon to 4 PM. FMI 603-436-3205.
Early Bird Reception for Art and Crafts Show presented by Maine Women in the Arts, 5 to 7 PM, Masonic Hall, Temple St., Kennebunkport. Show hours: Friday, December 6, 10 AM to 7 PM; Saturday, December 7, 10 AM to 6 PM; Sunday, December 8, 10 AM to 4 PM.
Christmas at White Columns, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, White Columns, 8 Maine St., Kennebunkport. Champagne reception and preview of the third annual Holiday Treescapes on display at the decorated White Columns (the Nott House). Ticket price includes reception, one complimentary ticket to White Columns and the Historic Village Walking Tour Presented by the Kennebunkport Historical Society. FMI 967-2751.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 Annual Christmas Craft Fair, First Congregational Church, Kittery Point. In honor of the church’s 300th anniversary, a historical calendar featuring the church and an anniversary cookbook will be for sale.
Visit the Sarah Orne Jewett House
in South Berwick to enjoy
a holiday program for all ages.
Holiday Open House, 9 AM to 5 PM, Country Peddlar Shop, Harbor Rd., Wells. Continues on December 7 and 8, 9 AM to 5 PM.
Sarah Orne Jewett Holiday Open House, 5 to 8 PM, Sarah Orne Jewett House, 5 Portland St., South Berwick. Enjoy live music, a display of Jewett and Eastman family Christmas cards and have your silhouette portrait cut by artist Leona Hosack. Women’s Holiday Art Sale and tours of Jewett House continue on Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM. Free admission. FMI 384-2454.
Home for the Holidays, 5 to 8 PM, Main St., South Berwick. Kids visit with Santa, make crafts, decorate holiday cookies, take a pony ride and more. Plus shopping at the Woman’s Holiday Art Sale and the Jewett House museum shop. Also musical performances and opportunities to sample food and spirits.
Biddeford Downtown Holiday Festival, with arrival of Santa and tree lighting plus holiday music, ice carving and community booths, 5 to 7 PM, City Square, Biddeford.
Tree Lighting with caroling, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, cookies and hot cocoa, photos with Santa and more, 6 PM, Arundel Fire Station-Town Hall, corner of Limerick and Mountain roads, Arundel. Presented by Arundel Recreation Department. FMI 207-286-9241.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 Christmas by the Sea celebration begins in Ogunquit. Events continue on Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14. See complete schedule of events in the Tourist News in print.
photo by C.A. Smith Photography
Ogunquit main street is decked out
in festive lights for the town's
Christmas by the Sea celebration.
Saco Spirit’s Holiday Festival and Parade of Lights, downtown Saco. Features a “Cookie Walk,” visit with Santa at the beautifully decorated historic City Hall, horse and wagon rides, cookie decorating, wishing tree and tree lighting, caroling and Toys for Tots bean supper. In the evening enjoy “Saco Spirit Parade of Lights.”
Holiday Fair, 8 AM to 4 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church, 60 School St., Saco. FMI 282-0062 or www.uuchurchsacobiddeford.com.
Book Sale, 8:30 AM to 2 PM, Hank’s Room, Kennebunk Free Library, Main St., Kennebunk. FMI 985-2173 or www.kennebunklibrary.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, luncheon. FMI 207-499-7438.
22nd Annual Christmas Fair, 9 AM to 2 PM, Senior Center at Lower Village, 175 Port Rd., Kennebunk Lower Village. Features a wide variety of fresh greens: balsam wreaths with hand-tied bows, boxwood trees, decorative candle centerpieces, ornaments, gift items and other Christmas decorations. FMI 967-8514.
Wells-Ogunquit Music Boosters Craft Fair, 9 AM to 3 PM, Wells Junior High School, Rte. 1, Wells.
Children’s Crafts Day, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Deering Room, Dyer Library, Rte. 1, Saco. Visit the Festival of Trees at the Saco Museum and make your own holiday craft at the library. Open to kids from preschool through elementary school. Free admission.
Holiday Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, The Red Door Pottery Studio, 44 Government St., Kittery. Continues on December 14. FMI firstname.lastname@example.org, 207 439-5671, www.reddoorpottery.com.
The hat parade is part of the festivities
during Kennebunkport's Prelude.
Prelude Events include Christmas card workshop, Prelude parade hat-making workshop, lobster buoy workshop, carolers, music and lobster stew and Flatbread Pizza Co. luncheon, River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave. (Rte. 9), Kennebunk Lower Village.
Anti-Freeze Arts and Crafts Fair, 10 AM to 4 PM, downtown Biddeford. Shop Mom and Pop Day and visit stores for special promotions and find locally made gifts plus family holiday movies at City Theater beginning at 1 PM.
Craft Fair, 10 AM to 3 PM, Pasco Center, Kennebunkport Historical Society, 125 North St., Kennebunkport. Continues on Saturday, December 14, same hours.
Christmas Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, Americana Workshop, York St. (Rte. 1 south), Kennebunk. Storewide 20 percent off sale. Continues on Sunday, December 8, same hours.
Festival of Gingerbread Houses begins and continues through December 19, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road, York.
Author Events with Chris Van Dusen of If I Built a House at 10:30 AM; Marilyn and Steve Carter, No Fret Cooking, and Elizabeth Lydia Bodner, Seven Women in Maine, from 1 to 3 PM; and a Poetry Presentation: Preston Hood, George Van Deventer, Pam Burr Smith and Bob McLaughlin at 4:30 PM, Kennebooks, 149 Port Rd. (Rte. 35), Kennebunk Lower Village. FMI 967-6136 or www.kennebooks.com.
York Pond and Rocky Hills Hike, 11 AM to 2 PM, Old Punkintown Road, South Berwick. Explore Rocky Hills property and then follow historic Punkintown Road through Eliot’s Town Forest to York and Bartlett Milll ponds. Reservations required. FMI www.gwrlt.org.
Festival of Gingerbread Houses begins on Saturday, December 7,
at the York Public Library,
15 Long Sands Road, York.
Festival of Lights, with fairs, parades, caroling, Santa, church suppers, lighting of the village and more, Old York Historical Society, York Village. FMI 363-4974.
Annual Open House, noon to 3 PM, Animal Welfare Society, Holland Rd., West Kennebunk. Enjoy some holiday treats, have your pet’s photo taken with Santa, do some holiday shopping and celebrate another amazing year with the staff and volunteers from AWS.
Annual Old York Christmas Tea, noon to 4 PM, Jefferds’ Tavern, Museums of Old York, Lindsay Rd., York. Enjoy an afternoon of tea and homemade festive desserts by local bakers in the beautifully decorated colonial tavern. Last sitting at 3:30. FMI call 363-4974.
20th Annual Prelude Open House, 1 to 5 PM, P. DeSantis Gallery and Studio, 77 North St., Kennebunkport.
Free Wine Tasting, 1 to 6 PM, Down East Wine Imports, 13 Western Ave. (Rte. 9), Kennebunk Lower Village. Continues on December 14, 1 to 6 PM.
St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble, a cappella quartet with traditional and contemporary Russian songs, 2 PM, Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk. Admission $10; $7 seniors and children. FMI 985-4494.
Free Wine Tasting featuring wines for the holiday table and gift giving, 3 to 6 PM, Perkins & Perkins, 478 Main St. (Rte. 1), Ogunquit. Continues on Saturday, December 14, 3 to 6 PM, with wines from Washington state.
Pan Fried Steel Drum Band,
steel drum band with a Caribbean
holiday concert at Saco River Theatre,
Salmon Falls Rd., Bar Mills.
34th Annual Candlelight Stroll, December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 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 $20 for adults; kids 5 to 17 $10; 4 and under free. Family rate (2 adults and your children ages 17 and under) $50.
Tree Lighting, 6 PM, Community Center, 80 Thompson Rd., West Kennebunk. Welcome Santa, help light the tree, plus carol singing, entertainment and refreshments. Santa will visit with the children, so be sure to bring your camera. Presented by the West Kennebunk Village Committee. FMI, call either Barbara at 985-2272 or Carol at 207-985-4571.
Music for a Winter Wonderland, highlights from Handel’s Messiah presented by Seaglass Chorale, 7 PM, South Congregational Church, Temple St., Kennebunkport.
Pan Fried Steel Drum Band, steel drum band with a Caribbean holiday concert, 7:30 PM, Saco River Theatre, Salmon Falls Rd., Bar Mills. Admission $16; $14 students and seniors. Call 207-929-6472 for reservations.
Annual Christmas Concert by the Community Chorus at South Berwick, 7:30 PM, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 22 Fox Run Rd., Newington, New Hampshire. FMI www.ccsb-sing.org or 384-7059.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on a fire engine for Old Orchard Beach's Annual
Celebrate the Season by the Sea.
21st Annual Celebrate the Season by the Sea, with annual tree lighting, horse-drawn wagon and trolley rides, face painting, entertainment, hot chocolate and food and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who arrive on a fire engine, Old Orchard Beach. Parade starts at 1 PM on Old Orchard St. FMI 934-2500.
9th 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.
Author Events with Toni Buzzeo of Lighthouse Christmas and Wade Zahares, Frosty the Snowman, from 1 to 3 PM, Kennebooks, 149 Port Rd. (Rte. 35), Kennebunk Lower Village. FMI 967-6136 or www.kennebooks.com.
Christmas Concert and Sing-Along Carols, 2 PM, Old Orchard Beach Methodist Church, Washington St., Old Orchard Beach. Free-will offering to support their food bank.
Classic Film Series features White Christmas, 2 PM, Dunaway Center, School St., Ogunquit. Includes discussion about the film and the actors led by members of Ogunquit Performing Arts. Admission and parking are free. FMI 646-6170.
10th Annual Holiday Tea, 3 to 5 PM, 1834 Captain George Lord House, Summer St., Kennebunk. Presented by the Brick Store Museum. Learn a bit about tea, etiquette customs and the storied history of the residence, while enjoying hot tea and treats. Space is limited, and advance reservations are required by December 4. Cost is $20 for adults ($15 for museum members) and $7.50 for children 14 and under; kids age 4 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the museum’s programs and exhibitions. For tickets, call the museum, 985-4802.
Celebrate Christmas in the Stable
at Ever After Mustang Rescue
Annual Christmas Concert by the Community Chorus at South Berwick, 3 PM, Wesley Kennedy Performing Arts Center, Marshwood High School, Rte. 236, South Berwick. FMI www.ccsb-sing.org or 207-384-7059.
Music for a Winter Wonderland, highlights from Handel’s Messiah presented by Seaglass Chorale, 3 PM, North Parish Church, 895 Main St., Sanford. FMI www.seaglassperformingarts.org, 985-8747 or email email@example.com.
1854 Hook Organ Candlelight Concert, 4 PM, Christmas music with a medley of musicians, First Congregational Church, 141 North St., Kennebunkport. Program features the church’s 1854 Hook organ played by a true classical professional trained on Hook organs, Nelda Clelland. A free-will donation per person is requested. A portion of the proceeds will go to the church’s fund which assists with local community needs. A reception with refreshments follows the concert. FMI 207-967-3897.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 Festival of Trees begins and continues through December 14, Bar Mills Community Church, 13 Hermit Thrush Rd., Bar Mills. Events include a “‘Twas the Night before Christmas” tea on December 14, a bluegrass concert, cookie and gingerbread house decorating, breakfast and tree display. FMI 929-8283.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 Wassailing for Wildlife, 4 to 5:30 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. An evening of caroling by moonlight on the wooded trails of the reserve. For added (and optional) fun, come dressed in costume as your most beloved wildlife critter. Bring a thermos filled with your favorite warm winter drink, and we will provide snacks to go along. Free admission. Registration required; please call 207-646-1555.
Photo courtesy of C.A. Smith Photography
Santa Claus and his helpers arrive
in Kennebunkport for Prelude.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 Senior Moments Concert, 4 PM, Church on the Cape, 3 Langsford Rd., Cape Porpoise. Free admission.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 Trekking through the Everest Region of Nepal, noon to 1 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Roland Moore, retired teacher, Maine Guide and outdoor enthusiast, shares stories from his hiking trip to Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal. $2 suggested donation. FMI 646-1555, www.wellsreserve.org.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 27th Annual Christmas-by-the-Sea in Ogunquit includes tree lightings, caroling, chowder, chocolate fest, bonfire, entertainment and visits from Santa; continues on December 14 and 15. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. FMI 646-2939 or www.visitogunquit.org.
Christmas Tea, 1 to 4 PM, Harbor Inn, 90 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Historical Victorian inn decked out for the holidays. Homemade scones, tea sandwiches, cookies and candies; $19 per person. By reservation, call 967-2074. A portion of proceeds benefits Kennebunkport Fuel Fund. Continues December 14 and 15.
Mosaic Performs Songs of the Season, 7 PM, River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave. (Rte. 9), Kennebunk Lower Village. FMI 967-9120.
Artists’ Reception for Annual Christmas Show, 5 to 7 PM, Sanford/Springvale Art Association, 917 Main St., Sanford. Exhibit up from December 5 to 29. Gallery hours are Monday 10 AM to 2 PM; Tuesday through Friday 9 AM to 4 PM; and Saturday 9 AM to 1 PM. FMI 207-490-0543 or www.sanfordspringvaleart.org.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
The School Around Us hosts
its 2nd Annual Prelude Craft Fair
2nd Annual Prelude Craft Fair, 9 AM to 4 PM, American Legion Hall, Rte. 9, Cape Porpoise. Featuring over 30 artists and artisans, raffle prizes and homemade food. Presented by the School Around Us. FMI 967-3143, www.schoolaroundus.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Member Holiday Show, Kittery Art Association, 8 Coleman Ave., Kittery Point. Continues to December 22. FMI www.kitteryartassociation.org.
Tea with Mrs. Claus, seatings at 1 and 2:30 PM, Deering Room, Dyer Library, Rte. 1, Saco. Ages three to eight are invited to share afternoon “tea,” a craft and a story with the lady who makes it all happen. Free admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required; space limited. FMI 283-3861, ext. 102.
Author Events: Sarah Thomson, Cub’s Big World; Donna Seim, Charley, Mimi Gregoire Carpenter, Henry and the Harbor Seal, 1 to 3 PM, Kennebooks, 149 Port Rd. (Rte. 35), Kennebunk Lower Village. FMI 967-6136 or www.kennebooks.com.
Christmas Book Signing with Wade Zahares, Matt Tavares and Chris Van Dusen, 2 PM, River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave. (Rte. 9), Kennebunk Lower Village.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas, with favorite Christmas songs, 2 and 7:30 PM, City Theater, 205 Main St., Biddeford. Continues on December 15 at 2 PM. Admission is $10 at the door.
Winter Dance Recital, 4 PM, Kennebunk Town Hall, corner of routes 1 and 35, Kennebunk. Presented by River Tree Arts. Admission $5.
The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England, 4:30 to 5:30 PM, Sarah Orne Jewett House, 5 Portland St., South Berwick. Illustrated lecture traces the development of the celebration of Christmas, from when it was outlawed in 17th century New England through the beginning of the 20th century. Kenneth C. Turino, manager of community engagement and exhibitions at Historic New England, looks at how Christmas was transformed from a rowdy celebration to a family-centered event. Nonmembers $5; free for Historic New England members. Registration is recommended. FMI 384-2454.
The 29th Annual Southern Maine
Christmas Parade begins at 2 PM,
at the Wells Plaza Shopping Center,
Rte. 1, Wells.
Annual Whiskey Tasting, Jefferds Tavern, Museums of Old York, 3 Lindsay Rd., York. Join our whisky connoisseur to learn about the differences in a variety of single malt Scotch whiskeys and enjoy accompaniments in the tavern decorated for the holiday season. Reservation required. FYI e-mail email@example.com.
Christmas with Renaissance Voices, 7:30 PM, Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum, 505 Main St., Springvale. For ticket reservations, call 324-2797.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 Visits with Santa Claus, noon to 3 PM, Saco Museum, Main St., Saco. Free admission.
Open House Book Signing with Joyce Butler, Kennebunkport: The Evolution of an American Town, Volumes 1 and 2 and earlier works, 1 to 3 PM, Kennebooks, 149 Port Rd. (Rte. 35), Kennebunk Lower Village. FMI 967-6136 or www.kennebooks.com.
29th Annual Southern Maine Christmas Parade, 2 PM, Wells Plaza Shopping Center, Rte. 1, Wells. Sponsored by the Wells Chamber of Commerce. FMI 646-2451 or www.wellschamber.org.
Christmas Music and Sing-along Carols, 2 PM, Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk. Admission $10; $7 seniors and children. FMI 985-4494.
Goose Rocks Beach Holiday Pot Luck, 3 to 5 PM, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, Gravelly Brook Rd., Kennebunkport. Last names A to J, please bring an appetizer and K to Z, please bring a dessert. FMI and to RSVP email GRBgatherings@gmail.com.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 16
Christmas Bird Counts, York County today, and Biddeford/Kennebunkport, on Saturday, December 28. Each count covers the area within a designated 15-mile diameter circle. Teams of birders search sections of the circle area tallying the total number of birds and species seen within the circle. Free admission. Followed by a compilation and supper. FMI Pat Moynahan at 207-284-5487 for the York County Count and Marie Jordan at 207-799-1408 for the Biddeford/Kennebunkport Count, www.yorkcountyaudubon.org or www.National Audubon.org and choose Christmas Counts.
The Church on the Cape in Cape Porpoise hosts the Chris Humphrey Jazz
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 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.
“The Spirit of Christmas” Concert with the Alumni Band, 7 PM, City Theater, 205 Main St., Biddeford. Features the St. James Chkoir, Santa and Dennis the Elf and comedian Randy Judkins. FMI www.citytheater.org. Continues on December 21.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 4th Annual Christmas Concert with the Boston String Quartet, 7 PM, Saint David’s Episcopal Church, 138 York Street (Rte. 1 south), Kennebunk. FMI 985-3073.
Winter Solstice Celebration, 7 PM, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 114 Main St., Kennebunk. FMI 985-3700, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.uukennebunk.org.
Chris Humphrey Jazz Christmas Concert, 7 PM, Church on the Cape, 3 Langsford Rd., Cape Porpoise. Admission by donation.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22
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.
Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen Christmas Concert, 6 PM, Parsons Center, Museums of Old York, Lindsay Rd., York.
Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen perform a Christmas Concert
at the Parsons Center,
Museums of Old York, in York.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24 “A Christmas Carol,” 4 PM, Church on the Cape, 3 Langsford Rd., Cape Porpoise. Free admission.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25 Annual Noel Dinner, a complimentary Christmas dinner, 2 to 4 PM, St. Martha’s Parish, Rte. 1, Kennebunk. Open to all; reservations are suggested but not required. Presented by Community Harvest. Volunteers and monetary donations needed. FMI or reservations, 207- 967-1911.
THURSDAY, 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 offered on the hour. Adults $15; children 5 to 17 $10; children under 5 free. Continues to December 30. FMI 603-433-1100.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28 Christmas Bird Counts, Biddeford/Kennebunkport. Each count covers the area within a designated 15-mile diameter circle. Teams of birders search sections of the circle area tallying the total number of birds and species seen within the circle. Free admission. Followed by a compilation and supper. FMI Pat Moynahan at 207-284-5487 for the York County Count and Marie Jordan at 207-799-1408 for the Biddeford/Kennebunkport Count, www.yorkcountyaudubon.org or www.National Audubon.org and choose Christmas Counts.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31
Join in the square dancing
on New Year's Eve
at the Wells Activity Center.
New Year’s Eve Square Dance with Mainstream and Plus, early rounds at 7 and dancing from 7:30 to 10 PM, Wells Activity Center, Rte. 109, Wells. Presented by Nubble Lighthouse Keepers. Admission is $6. FMI 608-1333.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1 26th Annual Lobster Dip, noon, The Brunswick, 39 West Grand Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Maine. FMI http://www.specialolympicsmaine.org.
13th Annual Atlantic Plunge, check-in at 10:30 AM, plunge at 11, Gooch’s Beach, Kennebunk. Proceeds benefit Caring Unlimited. FMI www.caring-unlimited.org.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 9th Annual 12th Night Celebration, 7 PM, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust Headquarters, 57 Gravelly Brook Rd., Kennebunkport. Public is welcome. Admission charged. FMI 207-967-3465.
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