"Things We Keep: Kennebunk Collections" is now open at the Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk.
New Exhibit – Things We Keep: Kennebunk Collections is now open, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. Contact the BSM to share your own collections in the museum's virtual exhibition. Continues through March 29. FMI 985-4802 or www.brickstoremuseum.org.
One-Room Schoolhouse Re-Enactment, 10:45 AM, South Berwick Senior Center, Norton St., South Berwick. Participants will go back to the basics of reading, writing and 'rithmetic as they use materials of the 1850s, including slates and early readers. The public is invited. FMI 384-0000 or email@example.com.
Gray Whale Migration, 12 to 1 PM, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd,, Wells. Presenter Scott Mercer, owner of New England Whale Watch, will discuss basic gray whale ecology and efforts to obtain data on other marine mammals living along the Pacific coast. Suggested donation $2. Bring a bag lunch. FMI 646-1555 or www.wellsreserve.org.
Fall Prevention Discussion, 3:30 PM, Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Dee Dee Grantz of Amedisys Home Health Care will facilitate. Event is free and open to the public. FMI 985-5866.
13th Annual Holiday Auction, 7 PM, Camden National Bank, 65 Portland Rd., Kennebunk. Sponsored by the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce. FMI 967-0857 or www.gokennebunks.com.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Jazz Concert with Ethan Stone, 2 PM, Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Happy hour and appetizers to follow. FMI and RSVP 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.
Color Me Calm, 6 PM, Graves Library, 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport. Stress reliever for adults. Supplies provided. FMI 967-2778.
The Morrison Center in Wells is selling wreaths, poinsettias and baked goods.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Author Talk with Jeanne Demers, 6 PM, Springvale Library, 443 Main St., Springvale. Demers will read from her new book FLAWD: How to Stop Hating on Yourself, Others, and the Things That Make You Who You Are. FMI 324-4624.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Benefit Breakfast Saturdays, 7:30 to 10 AM, Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Series to support local nonprofit organizations. The November 21 breakfast benefits Community Outreach Services of the Kennebunks. Adults $15.95; children 12 and under $7.95; children 2 and under free. FMI 967-4050.
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.
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 December 12, January 9 and 23, February 6 and 20, March 5 and 19 and April 2. FMI www.gatewaytomaine.org/farmersmarket.
Annual Yuletide Fair, 9 AM to 1 PM, York-Ogunquit United Methodist Church. Homemade crafts, a silent auction, country store, Christmas and jewelry items, baked goods and a Cookie Walk. Lunch will be available, 1026 Rte. 1, York. FMI call 207-363-2749.
My Big Fat Greek Bazaar, 9 AM to 2 PM, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 186 Bradley St. (Rte. 5), Saco. A large assortment of authentic Greek pastries for sale along with other homemade delicacies. Greek luncheon from 11 AM to 1:30 PM. For pre-orders of Greek pastries, appetizers and Greek specialties call 207-499-2017. To benefit the St. Fotini Ladies Society of the church. FMI 207-730-0826 or 207-937-2057.
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church,
Saco, is selling authentic Greek pastries for sale along with other homemade delicacies. There will also be a Greek luncheon.
Holiday Fair, 9 AM to 2 PM, Toddle Inn, 8 Independence Dr., Kennebunk. Ornament making, Santa, raffles, crafts and more. FMI 467-9068.
Christmas Fair and Yard Sale, 10 AM to 3 PM, the Grange building, 168 North St., Saco. Features wreaths, poinsettias, a silent auction with gift cards and other items, a bake sale, $1 table, "New 2 You" table, collectibles, Christmas items, ornaments and much more. The event is sponsored by St. Augustine of Canterbury Church in Old Orchard. FMI 229-8700.
Guided Historic Houses Tours, 10 AM to 2 PM, Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Adults $15, children 5 to 17 years $10, children under 5 free. Continues November 22 and November 27-29. FMI 603-433-1100.
Exploring Pastels with Anne Gable Allaire, 10 AM to 4 PM, River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Kennebunk Lower Village. Explore the tools and techniques of this medium. Materials list provided at registration. All levels welcome. $90 members/$100 nonmembers. FMI 967-9120.
Holiday Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, Pallian & Company, 2049 Rte. 1, Wells. Seasonal sweets and savories. Continues on Sunday, November 22, 11 AM to 4 PM. FMI 646-1600.
Open House, 10 AM to 5:30 PM, Dannah's Gifts, 123 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Continues on Sunday, November 22. FMI 967-8640.
Community Animal Watch Holiday Fair, 3 to 7 PM, The Brunswick Hotel, Old Orchard Beach. Holiday items for sale, raffles, accepting pet food and gift certificates. FMI Debbie Anischik 205-7521 or Beverly Russell 289-5002.
The Peter and Will Anderson Trio
will perform in a jazz concert, 7:30 PM,
at Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon
Falls Rd., Buxton.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wesley McNair, Maine's Poet Laureate: An Evening of Thanks, 7 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd., York. Presented by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance in celebration of its 40th anniversary. FMI 363-2818.
Bluegrass Acoustic Concert, 7 PM, Wells Activity Center, 113 Sanford Rd. (Rte. 109), Wells. Benefits the Acitvity Center. Features Blistered Fingers and Zink & Co. Tickets $15; seating limited; advance ticket purchase recommended. FMI and tickets 776-4188.
The Peter and Will Anderson Trio Jazz Concert, 7:30 PM, Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. Adults $23; students and seniors $20. FMI and reservations 929-6472 or www.sacorivertheatre.org.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Holiday Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, Cole's Corner, 2232 Post Rd. (Rte. 1), Wells. Hourly door prizes, refreshments and sales. FMI 646-3466.
Celtic Music Concert with "Windsrum" and vocalist Mary Kennedy, 2 PM, Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Light refreshments to follow. FMI 985-5866.
Vintage Country Concert, 3 PM, United Methodist Church, 160 Alfred Rd., West Kennebunk. Features guitarist/vocalist Jim Prendergast and fiddler Ellen Carlson. Suggested donation $15, $10 seniors and kids under 18, family rate $35. FMI 985-2831.
Pride, 3 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd., York. Fall Film Series, U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. Rated R for language and brief sexual content. FMI 363-2818.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Several local churches are offering Thanksgiving dinner and meal delivery service on the holiday.
10th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner and Delivery Service, 11:30 AM to 2 PM, United Methodist Church, Washington Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Meals free; ride to site or meal delivery available; volunteers needed; financial donations accepted. FMI 934-5553 or email@example.com.
Thanksgiving Dinner presented by the West Kennebunk Village Committee, noon to 2 PM, Dorothy Stevens Community Center, 80 Thompson Rd., West Kennebunk. Take-out meals available. This complimentary dinner is open to the public. Reservations are welcome but not necessary. FMI or to make reservations, please call either Barbara at 985-2272 or Carol at 985-4571.
17th 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 27
Home for the Holidays Juried 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 28 from 9 AM to 4 PM. Drawing to win a basket of items donated by the crafters. Free admission and ample parking.
“Home for the Holidays: 11th Annual Festival of Trees” opens with tree lighting and ribbon-cutting ceremony, music and hot chocolate, 5 PM, Saco Museum, Rte. 1, Saco. Continues to December 31; Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, noon to 5 PM; Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 8 PM (Friday, November 28, 5 to 8 PM); Saturdays, 10 AM to 5 PM; closed Mondays and December 24 and 25. Free admission.
Tree alight at the Saco Museum
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Designing Women Fine Art and Craft Show, 9 AM to 4 PM, Frank Jones Center, 400 Rte.1 Bypass, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. More than 30 artists and craftswomen from Maine and New Hampshire will display their handcrafted pottery, handbags, glasswork, handwoven clothing, home accents, stained glass and sculptural ceramic art. Suggested donation is $2. Proceeds benefit a local nonprofit organization.
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 nonperishable food item for the food pantry. Presented by York Rotary Club and York Parks and Recreation Department. FMI 363-1040.
Home for the Holidays Open House, 11 AM to 4 PM. show of pottery, jewelry, gifts and more, The Red Door Pottery Studio, 44 Government St., Kittery. Continues November 29; also December 5 and 12, 10 AM to 4 PM. FMI 439-5671.
32nd Annual Christmas in Kennebunk, 5:30 PM, downtown plaza, Main St., Kennebunk. Tree lighting, caroling, Santa and free refreshments. Hosted by Downtown Committee.
Skate with Santa Party, following tree lighting, 5:30 PM, Waterhouse Center, 51 Main St., Kennebunk. FMI firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 $15. FMI and reservations 929-6472 or www.sacorivertheatre.org.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29
The Nubble Lighthouse is lit up
for the holiday season.
Lunch with Santa at various eateries in downtown Kennebunk. Hosted by Downtown Committee.
Lyric and Poetry Concert with Carolyn Currie, 2 PM, Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Light refreshments to follow. FMI 985-5866.
Square Dance with Mainstream & Plus, early rounds at 7:15 and dancing from 8 to 9:30 PM, Wells Activity Center, Rte. 109, Wells. Presented by Nubble Lighthouse Keepers. Admission is $6. Also on December 6 and 13. FMI 608-1333.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30 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.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1 Super Bowl Memorabilia Raffle Drawing, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. Collector Donald Crisman has donated two Super Bowl programs from his own collection. The first is an authenticated official 2002 Super Bowl XXXVI Program signed by New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri. The second is an unopened stadium program from Super Bowl XLIX, between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. Tickets are $5 and are available at the museum and online. Proceeds benefit BSM. FMI 985-4802 or www.brickstoremuseum.org.
Enjoy Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection in concert, 7:30 PM,
Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon
Falls Rd., in Buxton.
Holiday Book and Bake Sale, 9:30 AM to 5 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Library staff and volunteers will choose the best in books, CDs and DVDs all suitable for gift-giving. Each day new selections will be added to the sale. Continues through December 12. The Bake Sale runs from December 2 through 5 with personalized gingerbread people; Gingerbread house raffle; wrapping station for a small donation. FMI 207-985-2173.
Holiday Wreath Making Workshop, 6 to 8 PM, River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Kennebunk Lower Village. Supplies, examples and instruction provided. $25, or $45 for 2. Preregistration required. FMI 967-9120.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2
34th Annual Christmas Prelude begins. A magical season of shopping and special events in Kennebunkport, Cape Porpoise and surrounding communities. Continues through Sunday, December 13. Sponsored by the Kennebunkport Business Association. See schedule of events in the Tourist News in print.
The Sharpe Gallery open daily during Prelude, 21 Western Ave., Kennebunk Lower Village. Holiday refreshments will be served. FMI 967-6331 or www.TheSharpeGallery.com.
Dinner Theater, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, features scenes from the Nutcracker performed by young actors and actresses from River Tree Arts. . Reserved seating for dinner, dessert and play – $25 adult, $12 children; play and dessert only – $10 adult, $5 children; family maximum $25. Seating is limited. Reservations required. Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. FMI 967-4050.
THURSDAY, DECEMEBER 3
The hat parade is part of the festivities
during Kennebunkport's Prelude.
York Festival of Lights, Thursday to Sunday, December 3-6, with fairs, parades, caroling, Santa, church suppers, lighting of the village and more, Old York Historical Society, York Village. FMI 363-4974. See schedule in Tourist News in print.
Maine Foodie Tours. 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM – Taste your way through Prelude in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk Lower Village with an experienced guide. You will have award winning clam chowder, local craft beer, Maine artisan cheese, the "Official Maine Treat" and much more. Learn about the history of the area and the foods you are sampling, while checking out the sights on this easy 1/2 mile walk. $52 per person. FMI and reservations www.mainefoodietours.com or 233-7485 ext. 2. Tour begins at 2 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Continues December 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.
Prelude Ale Release Party, 4 to 6 PM, features live music, snacks, giveaways and, of course, Prelude Ale! Federal Jack's Brew Pub, 8 Western Ave., Lower Village. FMI 967-4322.
Maine Women in the Arts Pre-Prelude Show Opening, 5 to 7 PM, fine arts and crafts by MWA. Refreshments served. Masonic Lodge, 1 North St., Kennebunkport.
Beaded Snowflakes and Ornament Decorating, 6 to 8 PM, make your own beaded snowflakes and decorate glass ornaments. Instruction and ornament craft ideas provided. $25 for 1, $45 for 2 (BYOB). River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village. FMI and to register www.rivertreearts.org.
York Festival of Art Student Showcase Opening Reception, 6 to 7 PM. Holiday Showcase of student art from the York schools, grades K to 12, held at the York Art Association Gallery, on Rte. 1A, York Harbor. Showcase will be open through December, Noon to 5 PM.
Maine Women in the Arts hosts a fine arts and crafts show at the Masonic Hall in Kennebunkport, from Thursday evening through Sunday, during Prelude.
Songs of the Season, 7 to 8 PM, features faculty and student performers performing traditional songs of the season. There will be a brief holiday sing-along at the close of the concert. $5 suggested donation to benefit Performing Arts Department at RTA. River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village. FMI 967-9120.
Christmas Champagne and Ales at White Columns,7 to 9 PM, presented by the Kennebunkport Historical Society. $25 per person. Reservations limited. White Columns, 8 Maine St., Kennebunkport. FMI 967-2751.
Christmas Painting Party, 7 to 9 PM, follow step-by-step instructions to create a take-home Christmas inspired canvas, while enjoying cocktails with friends! Tickets must be purchased online at www.paintnite.com. No tickets available at the door; space is limited. Alisson's Restaurant, 11 Dock Square, Kennebunkport. Continues on December 10. FMI and tickets 967-4841.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 Christmas on the Harbor Open House, 9 AM to 5 PM, Country Peddler Shop, Harbor Rd., Wells. Continues on December 5 and 6. Then closing for the season; opening May 2016. FMI 646-6576.
Prelude Holiday Gift Show, 10 AM to 6 PM, includes pottery, jewelry, unique hand-woven items, artwork and more. River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village. Continues December 5, 9 AM to 6 PM; December 6, 10AM to 2 PM; December 7, 8, 9, 10, 10 AM to 5 PM; December 11 and 12, 10 AM to 6 PM; December 13, 10 AM to 2 PM. FMI 967-9120.
Maine Women in the Arts Prelude Show. 10 AM to 7 PM – Features original art, fine crafts and prints. Continues Saturday, December 5, 10 AM to 5 PM, Sunday, December 6, 10 AM to 4 PM. Free admission. Masonic Lodge, corner of Temple and North streets, Kennebunkport.
White Columns is open to visitors during Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude.
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 5, 11 and 12, 10 AM to 8 PM; December 7, 8, 9, 10, from 10 AM to 4 PM. White Columns, 8 Maine St., Kennebunkport. FMI www.kennebunkporthistoricalsociety.com.
Maine Art Holiday Show. 10 AM to 8 PM – A selection of small works by Maine Art's artists will be available for purchase. Artist Reception, 5 to 8 PM during the Village Art Walk. Maine Art Painting and Sculpture, 14 Western Ave., Lower Village. Continues December 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 13, 10 AM to 5 PM; December 5, 11 and 12, 10 AM to 8 PM. FMI 967-2803.
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 5, 6, 12 and 13, from 10 AM to 3:30 PM; December 11. from 1 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 to Prelude at Snug Harbor Farm, 5 to 7:30 PM, a nibble, a sip and reception to meet the artists and shop the Pop-Up Prelude Barn Boutique. Snug Harbor Farm 87 Western Ave., Lower Village. Continues through December 13. FMI 967-2414.
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.
The PINE TREE STATEment Exhibition Opening, 5 to 8 PM, Engine, 128 Main St., Biddeford. FMI www.feedthe engine.org.
Biddeford Downtown Holiday Festival, opens 5 to 8 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. FMI 284-8520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo courtesy of Bob Dennis
Santa Claus and his helpers arrive
at Kennebunkport by boat for Prelude.
Ocean Fire Pottery Holiday Extravaganza, 5 to 8 PM, Ocean Fire Pottery, 23 Woodbridge Rd., York. Local artists will demonstrate their crafts and the public may participate. Activities, raffles, chair massages, refreshments and more. Admission and parking free. Continues December 5 and 6, from noon to 5 PM. FMI 371-3131 or www.oceanfirepottery.com.
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, directed by Nathan Menifield. Sponsored by Kennebunk Savings Bank.
Live Nativityat 6 PM. Right after the tree lighting, join the South Church Youth as they present a Nativity Tableau complete with live animals. Front steps of South Congregational Church, Temple St., Kennebunkport.
Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree Lighting, 7 PM, Kennebunkport‘s most original holiday tree will be lit in Cape Porpoise Square. Caroling with the Church on the Cape Choir. Refreshments served at Cape Porpoise Fire Station, compliments of Bradbury Bros. Market.
Bonfire, 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.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 7:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 2 PM Sundays, City Theater, 205 Main St., Biddeford. Tickets $20. Continues through December 13. FMI and tickets www.citytheater.org or 282-0849.
The Originals' 25th Anniversary Holiday Celebration 7:30 PM, Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. Features Jennifer Porter and other artists who have worked with the Originals. Adults $20; students and seniors $15. Also on Saturday, December 5, 7:30 PM. FMI and reservations 929-6472 or www.sacorivertheatre.org.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 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.” FMI Saco Spirit 286-3546.
photo by C.A. Smith Photography
Ogunquit main street is decked out
in festive lights for the town's
Christmas by the Sea celebration.
All Member Holiday Show, Kittery Art Association, 8 Coleman Ave., Kittery Point. Continues December 6, 12, 13. FMI www.kitteryartassociation.org.
Atlantic Hall Prelude Fair, 7:45 AM to 2:30 PM, features crafts and collectibles by local artists including photography, jewelry, quilts, antiques, oriental rugs, silent auction. Atlantic Hall, Cape Porpoise Square.
Church on the Cape Annual Christmas Fair, 8 AM to Noon, baked goods, craft tables, cookie exchange, homemade items and decorations. Cargo Shop open. Church on the Cape, 3 Langsford, Rd., Cape Porpoise.
American Legion Christmas Craft Fair. 8 AM to 3 PM – Crafts by Maine artisans, gift baskets, baked goods, raffles, silent auction and more. Continues December 6 from 9 AM to 2 PM. Presented by the American Legion Kennebunkport Memorial Post #159, at the Legion Hall, 102 Main St. (Rte. 9), across from the Kennebunkport Police Station. Continues December 6, 9 AM to 2 PM.
25th Annual Christmas Fair,9 AM to 2 PM, featuring balsam wreaths, swags, and sprays with hand-tied bows, boxwood trees, decorative centerpieces and an array of Christmas items at the Senior Center at Lower Village, 175 Port Rd., Lower Village. FMI 967-8514.
Holiday Crafts Fair,9 AM to 3 PM, at Consolidated School, 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 12.
“Mainely Unique” Annual Craft Fair, 9 AM to 4 PM, at the Community House, 8 Temple St. (opposite the Kennebunkport Post Office). Presented by the Women’s Association of South Congregational Church. Continues December 12, from 9 AM to 3 PM.
Holly-Day Fair, 9 AM to 1 PM, Goodwins Mills, United Methodist Church, 55 Church St. (just off Rte. 35), Lyman. Gifts, Christmas crafts, baked goods, silent auction and luncheon. FMI 207-499-7438.
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 Wreath Sale, 9 AM to 2 PM, Morrison Center, 60 Chamberlain Rd., Scarborough. There will be 35+ local crafters, a visit from Santa, raffle, bake sale, homemade luncheon and more. The greenhouses will be open and stocked with poinsettias, wreaths, and other plants. This festive, family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Proceeds benefit programs and activities of the center. FMI 207-883-6680.
Wells-Ogunquit Music Boosters Craft Fair, 9 AM to 3 PM, Wells Junior High School, Rte. 1, Wells.
Maine Women in the Arts Prelude Show. 10 AM to 5 PM – Features original art, fine crafts and prints. Continues Sunday, December 6, 10 AM to 4 PM. Free admission. Masonic Lodge, corner of Temple and North streets, Kennebunkport.
Polar Express Party, 10 to 11 AM, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. Children and parents invited to wear pajamas to hear a reading of The Polar Express. Includes hot chocolate and a take-home craft. Free with $10 family admission to the museum. Registration required. Continues Saturday, December 12. FMI or to register 985-4802 or www.brickstoremuseum.org.
Getting ready for the fair at the Shaker Village in New Gloucester.
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.
Lobster Buoy Workshop, 10 AM to 3 PM, Decorate an authentic, full-size lobster buoy to keep or give as a gift. $20 per buoy to benefit RTA programs. River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village.
5th Annual Christmas Tree Tour,10 AM to 5 PM, Experience the holiday season in six area homes featuring rees decorated by local artists and designers. Start at 10 AM at the Sugar Shack, Lower Village, where maps will be available until 3 PM. $20 in advance, $25 on day of event. Houses open until 5 PM for tours. FMI www.christmastreetour.weebly.com or 272-7927. Presented by Kennebunk High School Class of 2016.
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 6. FMI 985-8356.
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, "Visions of Sugar Plums," 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. Admission $10, $5 for children 5 to 14 years. FMI call 363-4974.
Classic Film Series: A Child’s Christmas in Wales, 2 PM, Dunaway Center, School St., Ogunquit. In this prose work by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, an old man shares his heartwarming memories of Christmases past with his grandson. Admission, holiday treats and parking are free. FMI 646-6170.
Langdon House Book Sale and Open House, 2 to 5 PM, Governor John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Find a gift for bibliophiles on your list. Enjoy free tours of the house and refreshments. Illuminated Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting immediately following in Market Square. FMI 603-436-3205.
Find a gift for bibliophiles on your list at the Langdon House Book Sale and Open House. Governor John Langdon House is located at 143 Pleasant St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Story Time with Mrs. Claus, 2 PM, join Mrs. Claus at White Columns while she reads to all the little children who visit with her. Continues December 12. 8 Maine St., Kennebunkport. Sponsored by the Kennebunkport Historical Society.
10th 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. Sponsored by The Best of Everything.
Wine Tasting, 3 to 6 PM, Perkins & Perkins, 478 Main St. (Rte. 1), Ogunquit. Continues on Saturday, December 12, 2 to 5 PM, with wines for your holiday table and for gift giving.
Prelude Art Show Opening and Reception, 4 to 7 PM, unique and handmade gifts by local artists and artisans. Meet the artists and enjoy wine and cheese. Special guest artists in galleries 4 and 5. Galleries at Morning Walk, 135 Port Rd., Lower Village.
34th Annual Firehouse Lobster Bake, 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.
Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,4:45 to 6 PM, family-friendly after-dark ride in a heated trolley car; music, food, non-alcoholic beverages and games back at the Visitor's Center. $25 per person includes ride and party. Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Rd., Kennebunkport. FMI and reservations
This is the season for viewing tree lightings, singing carols, taking horse-drawn
wagon rides, drinking hot cocoa
and visiting with Santa.
967-2800 or www.trolleymuseum.org. Continues December 12.
36th Annual Candlelight Stroll, December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, Strawbery Banke, Hancock St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Saturdays from 5 to 9 PM and Sundays from 4 to 8 PM. Bring the whole family for a wholesome stroll through the sights, sounds and smells of New England’s favorite holiday season. Tickets are $22 for adults; kids 5 to 17 are $12.50; 4 and under are free. Family rate (2 adults and your children ages 17 and under) is $60.
Tree Lighting and Christmas Stroll at Lower Village, 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, directed by Nathan Menifield. Following the lighting, enjoy the traditional stroll to the Franciscan Monastery. Sponsored by People's United Bank.
Tree Lighting, 6 PM, Dorothy Stevens 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 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. Enjoy chestnuts roasting on an open fire at the gates to the Monastery. No parking on the property. Sponsored by the White Barn Inn.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, 7:30 PM, directed by George Hosker-Bouley, production by Parks and Recreation, York High School, 1 Robert Stevens Dr., York. Tickets are $5; children under age 5 free. Continues December 6, at 7:30 PM.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
23rd Annual Celebrate the Season by the Sea, Old Orchard Beach, 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. Parade starts at 1 PM on Old Orchard St. FMI 934-2500.
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on a fire engine for Old Orchard Beach's Annual
Celebrate the Season by the Sea.
Breakfast with Mrs. Claus and Elves,8 to 11 AM, at the Nonantum Resort. Bring your child for a special holiday breakfast hosted by our visitors from the North Pole. Enjoy the extensive buffet with hot and cold items. Adults $20; under 12 $10. Reservations requested for groups of six or more. Souvenir photo included. Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Continues Sunday, December 13.
Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Open House, 10 AM to 4 PM, Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Rd., Brownfield. Free admission. Features fine artists and crafters, Santa, bar in the barn for Christmas cheer and food available from the SMAC kitchen. Admission $3; children under 12 free. FMI 935-7292.
The Bushytails Book Signing,11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, with Heather Bruhl. River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village FMI 967-9120.
Trust in Prelude,noon to 4 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.
The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport are hosting a Prelude Open House.
Santa Arrives by Lobster Boat,2 PM, at David’s KPT. 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.) Sponsored by Kennebunkport Resort Collection.
Guitarist Rob Duquette Concert, 2 PM, Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Light refreshments to follow. FMI 985-5866.
Demonstration and Excerpts from The Nutcracker by the Portland Ballet, 3 PM, Dunaway Center, 23 School St., Ogunquit. Tickets $15 in advance; $18 at the door; $5 students. FMI and tickets www.ogunquitperformingarts.org.
Annual Christmas Concert by the Community Chorus at South Berwick, 3 PM, Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, 160 Agamenticus Rd., South Berwick. FMI 384-7059.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 7 Festival of Trees begins and continues through December 27, Bar Mills Community Church, 13 Hermit Thrush Rd., Bar Mills. Events include: December 7, 7 PM, floral arrangements; December 12, children's event The Grinch Who Stole Christmas; December 17, take out/eat in lunch, reservations required; December 24 , 7 PM, Christmas Eve service. FMI and complete schedule of events, 929-5555.
Pianist Dave Hollis Concert, 2 PM, Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Features patriotic and WWII songs to honor all veterans and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Light refreshments to follow. FMI 985-5866.
Photo courtesy of C.A. Smith Photography
Santa Claus and his helpers arrive in Kennebunkport for Prelude.
"A Quiet Hour" Writers Group, 6 to 7:30 PM, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland St., South Berwick. Following Jewett's advice to fellow writer Willa Cather, the group will help writers of all levels to "mature your force ...with time and quiet to perfect your work." Facilitated by former poet laureate of Hampshire County, U.K., Brian Evans-Jones. Continues first Mondays through May; $4 members; $5 nonmembers; drop-ins welcome. FMI 384-2454 or www.historicnewengland.org.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8 The American Eel, 12 to 1 PM, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd, Wells. Presenter Alyson Eberhardt, a coastal ecosystems specialist for New Hampshire Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension, will describe her research on eels and what we can do to ensure that salt marshes continue to support American eel populations. $2 suggested donation. Bring a bag lunch. FMI 646-1555 or www.wellsreserve.org.
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., Lower Village. $5 suggested donation; proceeds benefit the local food bank. Continues December 9, 10.
Ugly Sweater Contest, 5 to 6 PM, come dressed in your favorite ugly holiday sweater! Prizes for ugliest, most original and judges' choice. Stripers Waterside Restaurant, 133 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. FMI 967-3118.
St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble a cappella quartet, 7 PM, Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk. Features Russian traditional, folk, contemporary and liturgical music. Adults $12, children and seniors $8. FMI 985-4494.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9 Holiday Stress and Depression Discussion, 3:30 PM, Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Dee Dee Grantz of Amedisys Home Health Care will facilitate. Event is free and open to the public. FMI 985-5866.
The York Art Association is having a holiday gallery gift shop sale, featuring jewelry, pottery and art.
Holiday Season Trivia Night,6 to 8 PM, enjoy seasonal cocktails and food. Keep warm by the fire while we ask you questions about songs, dates, events and movies of the holiday season. Stripers Waterside Restaurant, 133 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. FMI 967-3118.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10 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.
York Art Association Holiday Gallery and Gift Shop Sale, Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 5 PM, York Art Association, 394 York St., York. Features fine crafted jewelry, pottery and art. Continues through December 20. FMI firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Skating Party and Christmas Market, Waterhouse Center, 51 Main St., Kennebunk. Skate under cover while the band True North performs live. Free for all. Holiday shop at Christmas Market. Refreshments available. Sponsored by Kennebunk/Kennebunkport/Arundel Chamber of Commerce, Town of Kennebunk and York County Coast Star. FMI www.gokennebunks.com.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 29th Annual Christmas-by-the-Sea in Ogunquit includes tree lightings, caroling, chowder, chocolate fest, bonfire, entertainment and visits from Santa; continues to December 13. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. See events schedule in the Tourist News in print. FMI 646-2939 or www.visitogunquit.org.
Crafting and Mitten Tree at Graves Library, 10 AM to 6 PM, Make a winter craft. Holiday music, hot chocolate and cookies. All ages welcome. Bring a pair of mittens (children or adult size) to decorate the Annual Mitten Tree. All mittens will be donated to the York County Family Shelter a few days before Christmas. Last year residents, visitors and Kennebunk High School students donated 92 pairs of handmade mittens, scarves and hats, as well as 85 store bought items. Graves Library, 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport. FMI 967-2778.
Hot Chocolate and Cookies, 3 to 6 PM, gourmet hot chocolate and cookies. Auntie's House Bakery and Gift Shop, 155 Port Rd., Lower Village. Continues December 12, from 3 to 6 PM, with special guest, local artist Thomas K. Merriam, FMI 204-0338.
Fireworks Party, 5 to 7 PM, come watch the “works” from the best seat in the ‘Port. Admission $10, kids $5, includes one “Hot Drink“ ticket and a buffet. Federal Jack’s Brew Pub, 8 Western Ave., Lower Village.
Holiday Art Show Reception during the Village Art Walk, 5 to 8 PM, a selection of small works by Maine Art's artists. Show continues through Prelude. Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, 14 Western Ave., Kennebunk Lower Village. FMI 967-2803.
6th Annual Fire and Ice, 5 to 10 PM, festivities inside and out at the Nonantum Resort annual Fire and Ice gala – ice bars and ice sculptures, food by local restaurants, live entertainment, fireside seating and more. Features the Tony Boffa Band. Admission $25. Purchase in advance online. This is a 21-and-over event. A portion of proceeds will benefit Make a Wish Foundation and the Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel. Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. www.nonantumresort.com. (Complimentary trolley service.) Continues on December 12.
Photo courtesy of Bob Dennis
There will be fireworks over Dock Square on Friday, December 11.
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square, 5:30 PM, join in Christmas caroling with music by True North to begin the second weekend of festivities as Christmas Prelude 2015 continues. After the tree lighting, gather in the municipal parking lot behind Alisson’s, huddle on the causeway or the surrounding area to view the annual Prelude fireworks display. Sponsored by Alisson's Restaurant.
5th Annual Christmas Fireworks Display, 6:15 PM, enjoy the Prelude extravaganza that will take place in the cove and can be viewed from the bridge and surrounding areas. Hats off to Steve Pelkey, Atlas Pyrotechnics of Jaffrey, New Hampshire, and all the KBA members who contributed to make this event possible.
Town Tree Lighting, 7 PM, Veterans Park, 1 Beach Street, Ogunquit. Caroling, warm drinks and cookies. Weather permitting.
Concert,7:30 to 8:30 PM, Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road, Ogunquit. Performers TBA. Free admission. Continues December 12, 7 to 8 PM. FMI www.visitogunquit.org.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 Visit With Santa, 9:30 to 11 AM, upstairs at the Fire Station, 13 School Street, Ogunquit. Come before 9:30 to see Santa arrive by fire engine. Have your photo taken with Santa and pick it up later at Ogunquit Camera Shop. One photo per family.
10th Annual Christmas by the Sea Arts and Crafts Show, 10 AM to 3 PM, Ogunquit Fire and Rescue Department, 15 School St., Ogunquit. Features handmade products made by New England artisans including watercolors, birdhouses, jewelry, pottery, gourmet food, clay ornaments, hats and accessories, hand-woven baskets and more. Free admission. Proceeds benefit the Ogunquit Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.
Taste the Season, 11 AM to 1:30 PM, upstairs at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street, Ogunquit. Taste a variety of foods (including lots of chowder) from local dining establishments. Beer and wine tastings, too. Bring a donation for the local food pantry or animal shelter. VIP early admission at 11am: $15. Regular admission beginning at 11:45am: $10. For updates on participants, www. visitogunquit.org.
Ogunquit Ocean Rescue Polar Plunge, noon, at the Main Beach, Ogunquit. Support Toys for Tots and cheer on the Ogunquit Ocean Rescue Service as they brave the wintry elements. Members will plunge into the ocean in Polar Bear fashion with the hopes of ensuring a Merry Christmas for all. Please bring unwrapped toys, donations and plenty of good cheer. Please note – due to property safety concerns, parking will not be available in the Main Beach Parking Lot after noon on Saturday. Parking will be available at the Lower Lot, on River Road.
Join the candlelight procession that follows Mary and Joseph in the Walk to Bethlehem.
Mrs. Claus’s Gingerbread Tea, seatings at noon and 1:30 PM, Deering Room, Dyer Library, Rte. 1, Saco. Ages three to eight are invited to share afternoon “tea,” a craft and a story with Mrs. Claus. Free admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required; space limited. FMI 283-3861, ext. 102.
Free Wine and Food Samplings, 2 to 5 PM, Village Food Market, 230 Main St., Ogunquit. Continues on Saturday, December 19, and Wednesday, December 23, from 2 to 5 PM.
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.
Seaglass Performing Arts "Carols and Lullabies" concert, 7 PM, under the direction of Jean Strazdes, will perform selections by Conrad Susa followed by a holiday sing-along. South Congregational Church, Temple St. (next to Post Office), Kennebunkport. Adults $15; students and seniors $12. Tickets available online or at the door. FMI 985-8747 or www.seaglassperformingarts.org.
Doggies decked out for Kennebunkport's Pooch Parade.
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.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 8 to 11 AM – Bring your child for a special holiday feast hosted by the jolly old man himself. Souvenir photo included. Extensive buffet with specialty treats. Adults $22, under 12 $10. Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport.
Fifth Annual Pooch Parade. 11 AM – Follow the LL Bean Boot and The Sea Dogs Mascot Slugger with your pooches in their best holiday attire. Parade begins at Consolidated School, School St./Rte. 9 heads to Dock Square via Ocean Ave. and finishes at White Columns, 8 Maine St., Kennebunkport. Sponsored by Scalawags Pet Boutique.
Visits with Santa Claus, noon to 3 PM, Saco Museum, Main St., Saco. Free admission.
Visit A Shingle-style Victorian By The Sea, noon to 6 PM, Rockmere Lodge, 150 Stearns Road, Ogunquit. See at least 15 different Christmas displays at the inn. Admission $5 per adult and $3 under 12. Proceeds go to Animal Welfare Society.
30th Annual Southern Maine Christmas Parade, 2 PM, Rte. 1, Wells Plaza north to Wells Junior High School. Sponsored by the Wells Chamber of Commerce. Theme: “Home for the Holidays.” FMI 646-2451 or www.wellschristmasparade.com.
The 29th Annual Southern Maine
Christmas Parade begins at 2 PM
at the Wells Plaza Shopping Center,
Rte. 1, Wells.
Santa Arrives by Fire Engine in Cape Porpoise Square. 2 PM – Meet him at Cape Porpoise Kitchen, Cape Porpoise Square. Photos for children of all ages. Hot chocolate and candy canes aplenty. Sponsored by Cape Porpoise Kitchen.
Pianist Rob Robbins Concert, 2 PM, Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Photography Exhibit and Sale, 2 to 4 PM, with resident Lee Wernick. Light refreshments served. FMI 985-5866.
12th 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 th residence, while enjoying hot tea and treats at a historic home on Summer Street. Space is limited; reservations are required. Cost is $25 for adults ($20 for museum members) and $7.50 for children 14 and under; kids age 4 and under are free. Proceeds will benefit the museum’s programs and exhibitions. For tickets, call 207-985-4802.
Seaglass Chorale Holiday Concert, “Christmas in the Southwest,” 3 PM, North Parish Congregational Church, 895 Main St., Sanford. Tickets are adults $15; seniors and student $12. FMI and tickets 207-985-8747 or email@example.com.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 14 Christmas Bird Counts, York County and Biddeford/Kennebunkport, Each count covers the area within a designated 15-mile diameter circle. Teams of birders search sections of the circle area tallying the total number of birds and species seen. Free admission. Followed by a compilation and supper. Continues to January 5. FMI 284-5487 for the York County Count and 799-1408 for the Biddeford/Kennebunkport Count, www.yorkcountyaudubon.org or www.NationalAudubon.org and choose Christmas Counts.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15 Classical Pianist Sherwin Day Concert, 2 PM, Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Free admission. Public welcome. FMI 985-5866.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16 Women of Note Annual Holiday Concert, 6:30 PM, Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Light refreshments served. FMI 985-5866.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18 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 is having a yuletide concert at Jefferds Tavern in York.
Great Bay Sailor's Yuletide Concert, 7 PM, Jefferd's Tavern, 3 Lindsay Rd., York. FMI 363-4974 or www.oldyork.org.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20 Singer/Song Writer Gary Whitner 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. FMI 604-1335.
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.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22 Winter Solstice Celebration, 7 PM, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 114 Main St., Kennebunk. Drumming, singing and dancing. Percussion instruments welcome. Please bring finger food to share and items for the local food pantry. FMI 985-3700 or www.uukennebunk.org.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25 Annual Noel Dinner, 2 PM, St. Martha’s Parish, Rte. 1, Kennebunk. Complimentary Christmas dinner, open to all; reservations are suggested but not required. Presented by Community Harvest. Volunteers and monetary donations needed. FMI or reservations, 207- 967-1911.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25 Pianist Kelia Ingraham Christmas Concert, 2 PM, Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Homemade eggnog and gingerbread cookies served. FMI 985-5866.
SATURDAY, 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 30. FMI 603-433-1100.
Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is offering tours of their historic houses, alight for the holidays.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27 October Road Holiday Concert, 2 PM, Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Light refreshments served. FMI 985-5866.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29 Vestibular Health Seminar, 2 PM Atria, One Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Led by Tatum Cyr of Gentiva. Open to health professionals and those seeking information about vestibular health. FMI and RSVP 985-5866.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31 New Year's Eve Celebration, 8 to 12:30 PM, Waterhouse Center, 51 Main St., Kennebunk. Ring in the new year with a skating party, music, refreshments, watch the ball drop on the big screen. FMI 604-1335.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 1 26th Annual Lobster Dip, noon, The Brunswick Hotel, 39 West Grand Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Maine. FMI www.specialolympicsmaine.org.
13th Annual Atlantic Plunge, check-in at 10:30 AM, plunge at 11, Gooch’s Beach, Kennebunk. Proceeds benefit Caring Unlimited. FMI www.caring-unlimited.org.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 Classic Film Series features Once More, with Feeling, 2 PM, Dunaway Center, School St., Ogunquit. Admission and parking are free. FMI 646-6170.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 9 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. FMI 985-4494.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 10 9th Annual 12th Night Celebration, 7 PM, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust Headquarters, 57 Gravelly Brook Rd., Kennebunkport. Public is welcome. Admission charged. FMI 207-967-3465.
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