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Maine Events - December 2008

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Dahlov Ipcar book cover
December 5, 7, 14, 2008: Freeport, Brunswick, Portland Maine Artist, Dahlov Ipcar Book Signing Famed artist, Dahlov Ipcar, will appear four times this holiday season to celebrate the reissue of her book "My Wonderful Christmas Tree". This special, redesigned hardcover edition of Ipcar's delightful holiday classic will be officially released by Islandport Press on November 28. The book depicts, with signature Ipcar style, the colorful and curious creatures that live in the New England forest at Christmastime. From the one shining star that graces the top of the living outdoor Christmas tree to the black bears, snowy owls, happy chipmunks and other woodland inhabitants that visit the tree, the book is an inspired celebration of nature and the holiday season. It follows the release of "The Little Fisherman" earlier this spring, a long-lost title that was originally issued in 1941. It was illustrated by Ipcar and written by famed children's author Margaret Wise Brown. Dahlov's scheduled appearances are L.L. Bean retail store, Freeport, Saturday Nov. 29, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, Friday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Borders Books & Music, Brunswick, Sunday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Sunday, Dec. 14, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Islandport Press at 207-846-3344 or visit www.islandportpress.com. This month:
Animal Rescue League
December 4, 2008: Rockport "Ornaments for Animals" to benefit the Camden–Rockport Animal Rescue League and pet photos with Santa The annual "Ornaments for Animals" event and silent auction will be held at Prism Glass Gallery's open house. Enjoy free refreshments while browsing the items to be offered for the silent auction. An assortment of donated homemade cookies will be for sale with all proceeds benefiting the shelter. Prism will also be selling hand blown glass Christmas ornaments with a portion of the proceeds going to the shelter. Come by Prism Glass from 4 - 8 pm on Thurday, Dec. 4, at 297 Commercial St. For all you pet-owners out there, mark your calendars for a pet picture with Santa on Sunday, Nov. 30. Photographer Mark Haskell will be taking photos of your pet with Santa at Critter Outfitters on Elm Street in Camden from 10 am - 2 pm. Wouldn't it be fun to send out your pet's photo in a Christmas card this year? A large turn-out is anticipated, so please call the shelter at 236-8702 and make an appointment for a specific time. As always, the shelter has lots of animals looking for a loving home - stop in for a visit, Wed. through Sun. 11 am - 3 pm, 146 Camden St. in Rockport. 207-236-8702; www.crarl.org
Kennebunk Christmas Prelude
December 5 - 14, 2008: Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Christmas Prelude in Kennbunkport is a magical season of shopping and special events including a champagne reception, community candlelight caroling, tree lighting, arts and crafts shows, pancake breakfast, lobster bake, the arrival of Santa by lobster boat and much more - a wonderful holiday celebration with something for everyone. 207-967-0857; www.christmasprelude.com December 5, 2008: Southwest Harbor Christmas Celebration in Southwest Harbor Santa Claus comes to Southwest Harbor on the first Friday in December to bring festive tidings to the locals of Southwest Harbor. The evening begins with the lighting of the Town's Christmas tree followed by a bonfire and tractor rides starting at the Post Office parking area. There will be refreshments provided and children will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa upstairs at the Harbor House. Stick around town for special business hours to kick off your holiday shopping. 207-244-3713; www.acadiachamber.com December 5, 2008: Biddeford Heart of Biddeford HolidayFest Heart of Biddeford HolidayFest celebrates the season with sleigh rides, pictures with Santa, caroling at the tree lighting, cookie decorating and a showing of "The Polar Express" at City Theater. 5 - 8:30 pm. 207-284-8520; www.heartofbiddeford.org
Wood Box Gifts
December 5, 2008 - February 13, 2009: Rockport In the Palm of Your Hand: Exquisite Gifts Curated by Jacques Vesery, this exhibit accentuates the added sense of beauty an object possesses when it can be held in the palm of one's hand - celebrating the scale which makes these objects so valued and admired. The opening reception will be held on Friday, December 5th, 5 - 7 pm. Located at 25 Mill Street, the Messler Gallery at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship can be accessed either from Mill Street or from Route 90. 207-594-5611; www.woodschool.org
Dahlov Ipcar book cover
December 5, 7, 14, 2008: Freeport, Brunswick, Portland Maine Artist, Dahlov Ipcar Book Signing Famed artist, Dahlov Ipcar, will appear four times this holiday season to celebrate the reissue of her book "My Wonderful Christmas Tree". This special, redesigned hardcover edition of Ipcar's delightful holiday classic will be officially released by Islandport Press on November 28. The book depicts, with signature Ipcar style, the colorful and curious creatures that live in the New England forest at Christmastime. From the one shining star that graces the top of the living outdoor Christmas tree to the black bears, snowy owls, happy chipmunks and other woodland inhabitants that visit the tree, the book is an inspired celebration of nature and the holiday season. It follows the release of "The Little Fisherman" earlier this spring, a long-lost title that was originally issued in 1941. It was illustrated by Ipcar and written by famed children's author Margaret Wise Brown. Dahlov's scheduled appearances are L.L. Bean retail store, Freeport, Saturday Nov. 29, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, Friday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Borders Books & Music, Brunswick, Sunday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Sunday, Dec. 14, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Islandport Press at 207-846-3344 or visit www.islandportpress.com.
Christmas By The Sea
December 5 - 7, 2008: Camden 22nd Annual Christmas By The Sea A weekend celebration of the holiday season with shopping, musical entertainment, a parade, community tree lighting ceremony, and horse-drawn wagon rides, as well as a Holiday House Inn Tour, holiday sales and dining specials. Families will especially enjoy photos and children's story hour with Santa, who arrives by boat. Also, The 1st Annual Frozen 5K Road Race begins at 8:30 am, on Saturday the 6th, atop Mt. Battie, dropping more than 770 feet, continuing to Camden Harbor - sure to make for an interesting and fast-paced race. Come for the race, then stay and enjoy all of the fun and festive activities all weekend. First 50 entries get a t-shirt, $15 entry fee until 12/1, $20 after that. Registrations will be accepted day of the race. Sponsored by the Camden Rockport Lincolnville Chamber, West Bay Rotary and Puma. Please e-mail tomchester@tidewater.net or call 207-975-0134. For more information contact Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce 207-236-4404. www.VisitCamden.com
Camden Snow Bowl
December 5 - 6, 2008: Camden Let it Snow Gift Fair at the Camden Snow Bowl This year's free event will be a classic, indoor holiday gift fair featuring quality local products just for children. Enjoy holiday treats as juried vendors sell gorgeous, whimsical, decorative, and practical gifts of all kinds, as well as great stocking stuffer gift certificates for all of your favorite Snow Bowl activities. Don't miss the raffle for a one-of-a-kind gingerbread Snow Bowl lodge. The Fair will open Friday and Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm. The ski season is upon us and Camden Snow Bowl is slated to open on December 20th. For updated info on the slopes, visit www.camdensnowbowl.com. For info about the gift fair visit www.rocknakdesign.com/letitsnow or email asr@rocknakdesign.com. December 6, 2008: Presque Isle Annual Holiday Light Parade This community's annual holiday parade, always on the first Saturday of December, starts at 7 pm at North Street and continues down Main Street to the University of Maine at Presque Isle campus where refreshments will be served at the President's house. For more information contact the Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce at 207-764-6561. www.pichamber.com
Boston Brass Big Band
December 6, 2008: Rockport Boston Brass Big Band Celebrate the holidays with big band brass versions of your favorite seasonal classics, as Boston Brass, one of America's most accomplished quintets, teams with an all-star ensemble for a concert of holiday arrangements made famous by the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Selections will include God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Greensleeves, O Holy Night, Adeste Fideles, Motown Jingle Bells and many more. 7:00 pm, Strom Auditorium. www.baychamberconcerts.org December 8, 2008: Farmington Chester Greenwood Day Chester Greenwood Day is the annual celebration of the famous inventor of the earmuff, Farmington's own, Chester Greenwood, with a parade through downtown at 11 am with cash prizes for winning floats, chili contest, Flag Raising, and the Rotary Club's Annual Festival of Trees with an auction of the trees taking place that evening. Farmington Historical Society will display vintage Greenwood items at the Titcomb House, as well as selling holiday wreaths. The Polar Bear Club members' annual dip into frigid Clearwater Lake will take place at 3 pm, and as always, a crowd pleaser. 207-778-4215; www.farmingtonchamber.org
Portland Symphony Orchestra presents Magic of Christmas
December 12 - 14 & 18 - 21, 2008: Portland Portland Symphony Orchestra presents "Magic of Christmas" Don't miss Magic's "original" conductor, Bruce Hangen, leading this year's Magic of Christmas. Honoring the beginnings of this beloved tradition, that now extends through three generations of New Englanders, is a wonderful way to celebrate the season. This year's show features principal dancers from Maine State Ballet and Portland Ballet, the talented young singers of the Windham Chamber Singers, and of course the Magic of Christmas Chorus. Organ Prelude Concert takes place an hour prior to each performance. Magic of Christmas is perfect for office parties, family celebrations, organized tours and more. www.portlandsymphony.com December 21, 2008: Camden Holiday Pops at the Camden Opera House Ring in the Winter Solstice with Janna Hymes conducting the Maine Pro Musica Orchestra at the first annual Holiday Concert, presented by the Camden Opera House. Thanks to the generosity of The Messler Family Foundation and local businesses, concert-goers will be treated to performances by soloist Kelly Cae Hogan from the Metropolitan Opera, Tenor Joel Weiss, Holiday Pops Chorus under the direction of Kim Murphy, Penobscot Bay Five Octave Ringers, Santa and more. 3:00 pm. Tickets available online. www.camdenoperahouse.com through December 24, 2008: Bethel County Christmas County Christmas in Bethel encompasses the Taste of Bethel, a themed Wreath Silent Auction, as well as a Christmas tree lighting and the arrival of Santa at 5 pm, on December 6th. Enjoy free horse-drawn wagon rides from 2 to 4 pm on most Saturdays, along with shopping specials and open houses. 207-824-2282 December 31, 2008: Eastport Sardine and Maple Leaf Drop New Year's Eve is happening in Eastport and the city will celebrate the New Year with the annual Sardine and Maple Leaf Drop from the Tides Institute and Museum of Art building at the heart of the downtown's new public space, Bank Square. The 'Sardine' will be lowered at midnight Eastern Time. A 'Maple Leaf' will be lowered at midnight Atlantic Time (or 11 pm Eastern) as Eastport is poised just west of the Atlantic time zone with the Canadian islands of Deer Island and Campobello located just off shore in Passamaqoddy Bay. Last year a crowed of more than 300 revelers came to celebrate - twice - making it that much more fun. 207-853-4047 December 31, 2008: Belfast 12th Annual New Year’s by the Bay Celebration One button admits attendees to all activities (except food) during this annual chem-free celebration of New Year's Eve. New Year’s By the Bay is cultural and family-oriented, with events held at many venues throughout the city. Multiple musical performances will include the David Dodson Trio; Tango; Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm; Ferg N Sons; the Ave Maris Stella Vocal Ensemble, Ameranouche!; the Katahdin Valley Boys, and Full Contact Kitty . There will also be magic and illusion, storytelling, mime, face painting, caricatures, poetry and more. Eateries will be selling hearty food including chili, lasagna, soups, stews, popovers, desserts, espresso, and hot drinks. The fun begins early in the afternoon Wednesday, Dec. 31, and concludes with a bonfire on the waterfront. Buttons — $15 for adults and $5 for children— are available while they last on the day of at any venue, or in advance at Belfast Co-op, Fertile Mind Book Shop, Parent Gallery, Mr. Paperback, Hannaford, Belfast Harbour Inn, the Comfort Inn at Ocean’s Edge, and Bennett's Gems & Jewelry. Volunteers are needed for 2.5-hour shifts from 3 p.m. to midnight at the venues where the event performances take place. Volunteering is indoors work; each volunteer receives a free NYBB admission button. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to contact Mary Mortier at mmortier@midcoast.com. For more information about the event, call 338-5870. A full schedule of events is available at www.nybb.org. --- Events compiled by Nadine Gallagher. To send us details on an event for possible inclusion, e-mail a short description to: events@maineboats.com. Submissions may be edited for length and clarity.