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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 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.
HOLIDAY CRAFT AND VENDOR FAIR: Maine Central Institute will host a Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair on Saturday, November 22nd from 9 AM to 2 PM in Wright Gymnasium on MCI's campus. The fair will feature a food court as well as offerings such as homemade jewelry, homemade candles, greenery displays, gems and minerals. Admission is free and there will be door prize raffles with drawings every 15 minutes. Proceeds from this fair will benefit MCI student clubs and activities. For more information, please call 207-487-5915. MCI is located at 295 Main Street in Pittsfield.
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.
CANDY CANE FAIR: The Clinton Methodist Church is having a Candy Cane Fair on Saturday, November 22nd from 9 AM to 1 PM. There will be morning refreshments at Grandma's Kitchen and lunch will be available from 11 AM to 12 PM. At Grandma's the pantry is full of homemade cakes, cookies, pies, breads, fudge and candy and the attic is full with treasurers for all ages. Grandma’s also features homemade novelties, tree trims, knits and sewing gifts for every shopper. The church is located on Church Street in Clinton. For more information, call 426-2671 or email
HOLIDAY CONCERT: The Sixth Annual Holiday Concert in St. Albans will be held on Friday, November 21st. Meet at the St. Albans Union Church for Christmas Caroling at 5:30 PM. Sing Christmas songs as you walk to the dam where Santa will be waiting. The concert will begin at 6:30 PM at the St. Albans Town Hall.
Performers at the concert include Grace Linn Bell Ringers, Directed by Lance Schanck; The Augmented Six from Nokomis Regional High, Directed by Josh Johnson, Burleigh Raven on Accordion; the MCI Chamber Choir, Directed by Gary Wright; Linda Humphry on Trumpet, Elmer Littlefield on the Saxophone, Brent Mower on Drums, Mychaela Denbow on the Piano and Margo Reiss. Lance Schanck will lead the Star Spangled Banner.
The event will also have door prize drawings. All donations from tonight’s show will benefit the continued renovations of the Town Hall and Summerfest fireworks.
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. 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.
HOLLY BERRY CHRISTMAS FAIR: The Unity Union United Methodist Church is having a Holly Berry Christmas Fair on Saturday, November 22nd from 9:30 AM to 1 PM. The fair will include wreaths, crafts, gifts and a cookie walk. A luncheon will be held from 11:30 AM to 1 PM and a pie auction will take place at 1:30 PM. The church is located at 13 Depot Street in Unity.
CHRISTMAS SING-A-LONG: Everyone is invited to a Christmas sing-a-long at the Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church 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
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: SeDoMoCha Middle School is hosting the 37th Annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, November 22nd from 9 AM to 3 PM. Admission is free. Over 90 crafters will be attendance. Refreshments will be for sale. For more information, call 876-3436. SeDoMoCha Middle School is located at 63 Harrison Avenue, Suite A in Dover-Foxcroft.
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.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FAIR: The Dixmont Gold Crest Riders Snowmobile Club will hold their 40th Annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, November 22nd from 9 AM to 4 PM and Sunday, November 23rd from 10 AM to 3 PM. The fair will be held at their Clubhouse on the Cates Road in Dixmont.
A wide variety of gift items, Christmas decorations, needlework, crafts, naked food and candy will be on sale. Several individuals and organizations will be selling their wares, which include jewelry, Rada knives, quilting, soaps, toys, nuts, honey, jams and jellies, knit and crocheted items, pillows, candles and woodworking.
The club kitchen will be open, not only serving lunches, snacks and hot coffee, but baking fresh breads, cinnamon rolls, doughnuts and pies to sell. Hunters are welcome.
GIVING TREE: The Corinna United Methodist Church is coordinating the Corinna Giving Tree again this year. The service assists low-income families in providing Christmas gifts for their children. Those who qualify for town assistance and would like help are asked to contact Carol at 278-7952 or Mary at 278-4180. Calls for help should be received prior to Friday, December 5th to ensure a donor can be found in time for Christmas delivery. Those interested in supporting the Corinna Giving Tree with gifts or monetary donations should call either of the above numbers.