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ANNUAL MEMORIAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: The Annual Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Newport Cultural Center will take place on Friday, December 5th at 6 PM. The lighting of the Memorial Christmas Tree on the lawn of the Newport Cultural Center kicks off the holiday season each year. The tree lighting will feature a winter hayride, cocoa and cookies, carolers, and holiday music by Bruce Brown. And of course, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance.
The Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony is a chance for you and your family to pay tribute to loved ones who are no longer with us, or honor a loved one who is currently serving in the military or who may be away this holiday season. You can sponsor a light in honor or memory of a loved one for $5 each. The names of those for whom lights have been sponsored will be read during the lighting ceremony. If you would like to add a light to the Memorial Tree in memory or honor of someone, stop by the Cultural Center at 154 Main Street in Newport and add your loved one’s name to the Memorial List. For additional information, please call 368-5074.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT AUCTION: The Pittsfield ARTS (Always Ready to Serve) Club will host their annual Christmas Craft Auction Sunday, December 7th at the First Congregational Church Memorial Hall in Pittsfield at 2 PM. A great selection of items including baked goods, candy, crafts, and many other gift items will be available. The ARTS club will use the money raised toward worthwhile projects throughout the community. The public is welcome to attend and do some early Christmas shopping. The Hall is located at 132 Somerset Avenue.
CHRISTMAS HOME TOURS: The Sebasticook Valley Health (SVH) Auxiliary is featuring five homes and a specially decorated space in Pittsfield and Hartland during its third annual Christmas Home Tours, which is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th from 10 AM to 2 PM.
Booklet holders can visit any of the participating locations between 10 AM and 2 PM for $15. Members of the SVH Auxiliary are selling tour booklets that include a map and directions to each home, as well as other interesting information about the location and how these places are decorated for the holidays. Throughout the event, refreshments will be provided at the Pittsfield Public Library, which will be decorated for the holidays by area community organizations.
To purchase a tour booklet or for more information, please contact any member of the SVH Auxiliary or the Auxiliary Liaison, Sandi Delano at 487-4000. Booklets can also be purchased at the main lobby of the hospital.
The SVH Auxiliary continues to be a vital force at the hospital. The SVH Auxiliary focuses on various fundraising and awareness-building activities throughout the year. For more information, please contact Sandi Delano at 487-4088.
KRIS KRINGLE’S MARKET: Monson’s 30th Annual Kris Kringle’s Market will be held on Saturday, December 6th at the Monson Gym from 9 AM to 3 PM. Crafters will be selling jewelry, fabric items, folk-art, wreaths, wooden items, ornaments, homemade food and more. The market committee will be serving lunch starting at 11 AM, featuring soups, sandwiches and dessert. Santa Claus will arrive at 1 PM to listen to the wishes of each child and those who are young at heart.
There will be a new competition this year, the Christmas Tree Challenge. The trees in this challenge must be made from recyclable/reusable materials, such as cardboard, plastics, paper, old car parts, aluminum cans, pipes, scrap metal, glass, egg cartons, or anything you can think of to construct a five to six foot tree. The trees should be delivered to the Monson Gym on Saturday, December 6th between 8 and 9 AM where they will remain on display until 3 PM that day. The public will be able to cast their votes for the most creative trees by placing a $1 donation in a container in front of each tree. All donations will go to the Kris Kringle's Market fund to purchase winter clothing for local children in need.
The Kris Kringle committee will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets and door prizes will be awarded hourly. For further information, call Annalee Libby at 997-3268 or 827-4857, the Monson Town Office at 997-3641 or visit the town of Monson's website.
TSHTHOHRHA TREE FESTIVAL: MidMaine Lacrosse is sponsoring a Tshthohrha Tree festival on Saturday, December 7th from 4 to 7 PM at the Palmyra Community center.
There will be Music, food, and elf parade and holiday entertainment with special guests Dexter Brass. Take a stroll down Main Street inside the warm gym. Purchase a raffle ticket and perhaps win your holiday tree. Area youth and community groups will compete for decorating prizes. Donations are welcome. The Community Center is located at 4 Madawaska Road in Palmyra.
CHRISTMAS FAIR: St. Martin’s Gala Christmas Fair is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th from 9 AM to 2 PM. Crafters and vendors will offer a wide variety of wares plus a parish bake table and luncheon will be available. For additional information, call 938-2806. The church is located at 900 Main Street in Palmyra.
A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM: The Canaan Calvary Church on Route 2 in Canaan will present a Night in Bethlehem from Friday, December 5th through Sunday, December 7th from 6 to 8 PM. The event will feature real life shepherds and animals. Bring your family and friends to the little town of Bethlehem for an evening full of crafts, shops, food and fun. For more information, call Naomi at 314-4542 or Judi at 474-3995.
KRIS KRINGLE KOFFEE: The Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church Women’s Fellowship will be holding their annual Kris Kringle Koffee on Saturday, December 6th from 9 to 11 AM. The ladies will offer decorated swags for sale, which they make themselves. These will feature Christmas bows and cones and are modestly priced. Craft items made by the women of the church as well as “Precious Treasures” will also be available for purchase.
CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP: Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church will have a Christmas Eve worship service at 7 PM on Wednesday, December 24th. The service will be a family service with a candle lighting. There will not be a later service. The church is located at 156 East Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft.
CHRISTMAS SING-A-LONG: The Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church will have a Christmas sing-a-long on Saturday, November 29th at 7 PM. The Yesteryear Music Makers will present songs of Christmas to put you in the mood for the season. Come and enjoy the old familiar standards that you hear in the stores, on the radio, and on TV until Christmas Day. Coffee, punch and cookies will be served at the conclusion of the program. Donations received at this program will benefit the "Pay it Forward" thrift shops located at the church. The church is located at 156 East Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft. For more information, contact Lew Dow at 564-8013 or
HOLIDAY STORE: The Hartland Consolidated School is getting ready for their Holiday Store. The store provides an opportunity for students to buy inexpensive gifts for family members. Parent volunteers operate the store and help the children wrap the gifts. The store will be open Friday, December 12th in the gymnasium. They are currently accepting donations of new or “gently used” items that will be purchased as gifts for all ages. The items will be priced from 25¢ to $1. They are also in need of gift-wrap, gift bags, gift tags, etc. You may drop off your donations at The Hartland Consolidated School, located at 62 Elm Street in Hartland, during regular school hours.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: The Hartland Children’s Holiday Fund Group is hosting the 34th Annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, December 6th from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Irving Tanning Community Center. For a table, call 938-2813. Admission is free. A bake sale and lunch will be available. The Community Center is located at 62 Elm Street in Hartland across from Family Dollar.
KID’S CHRISTMAS PARTY: The Parkman Grange is having their kid's Christmas party on Saturday, December 13th from 1 to 4 PM at the hall at the 4 corners of Parkman. Santa will be visiting and taking pictures and giving gifts to each child. He's setting up his workshop so each little child can make presents to give to family members and friends. Christmas cookies, hot cocoa and spiced cider will be served. The Grange gives this party, free of charge to all who believe in Santa.
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING: Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus are coming to the Night Drifters Snowmobile Club on the Troy Road in Detroit on Saturday, December 6th from 2 to 4 PM. Bring a gift to exchange. For more information, call 355-5392. The Snowmobile Club is located on Route 220 in Detroit.
PROCRASTINATORS HOLIDAY FAIR: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Sangerville and Dover-Foxcroft will hold its 12th annual Procrastinators Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 13th from 9 AM to 1 PM. This is an opportunity to shop locally for quality handcrafted and homegrown gift items while enjoying live holiday music and good food for breakfast and lunch. Featured this year is a raffle for a signed print by local artist Alan Bray. The church is located on Main Street in Sangerville.
CHRISTMAS PLAY: The Levi Stewart Community Theater will present a Christmas play entitled Virgil’s Christmas Catch by Eddie McPherson on Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th at 7 PM. Admission is $6 per person, or $20 for a family of four or more from the same household.
The play is produced by special arrangement with Heuer Publishing LLC of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The theater is located at the Stewart Library building at 8 Levi Stewart Drive in Corinna.
SANTA’S BREAKFAST: The Etna-Dixmont Parent Teacher Fellowship will have their Annual Santa's Breakfast on Saturday, December 6th from 7 to 11 AM in the Etna-Dixmont School gym. The fee for a table is $10 or an unwrapped gift/donation to the Giving Tree. Anyone interested in having a table, please contact Christie Harmon at 269-2610 by Friday, November 28th. The school is located at 2100 Dixmont Road in Etna.
COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING: The Simpson Memorial Library in Carmel Village will hold its annual community tree lighting on Sunday, December 7th. They are pleased to have the members of the John Bapst Concert Choir, a 50-member auditioned group, join again this year. The choir will sing carols starting at 3:30 PM. At 4 PM the tree will be illuminated and the choir will join the community in caroling. The John Bapst Concert Choir has participated in many festivals and competitions and, in 2011, received a Gold rating in a national competition in Boston. This year's tree is donated by Piper Mountain Christmas Tree Farm.
After the lighting, everyone is invited to follow the luminaries to the Historical Society next door to the library and to the Masonic Hall, across the street from the library, for socialization and refreshments.