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November 2017

Saturday November 04, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Take Pride in Acadia Day | Each fall, hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers descend upon Acadia’s historic carriage roads to rake leaves and clear drainage ditches from miles of carriage roads in preparation for winter. The well-coordinated volunteer effort, now in its twenty-sixth year, focuses on areas where clogged drainage ditches and culverts could result in significant damage to road surfaces during the freeze-and-thaw cycles of a coastal Maine winter. Perhaps the most important volunteer event of the year in Acadia, Take Pride in Acadia Day is key to the park’s ability to maintain the carriage roads in pristine condition. . After the morning’s work, crews return to park headquarters for a hot lunch—the event’s traditional “CCC” meal of chili, cornbread, and cider (plus an extra “C” of cake). Learn more

November 9 – 12, 2017  from 9:30 am to 5 pm at the Maine Maritime Museum, in Bath, ME | Annual Fall Book and Store Sale | You look forward to it every year – Great deals on antique nautical books and periodicals, museum store clearance items, and close-outs. Remember: admission is never required to shop the museum store! Learn more

November 13, 2017  from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the Colonial Theatre, in Belfast, ME | Screening of “The Home Road” – Benefit event for PMM | The Penobscot Marine Museum is excited to bring Portland based filmmaker Tonya Shevenell to the Colonial theatre to screen her film The Home Road. In 1845, 19-year-old Israel Shevenell left his home in Canada and walked nearly 200 miles to Biddeford, Maine. He found work and built a new life in an American boomtown being transformed by the Industrial Revolution, and is recognized as the city’s first permanent French-Canadian settler and French voter. In 2015, his 74-year-old great-great-grandson, Ray Shevenell, retraced the pioneering journey, walking from Compton, Quebec to Biddeford. Learn more

November 16, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Maine Maritime Museum, in Bath, ME |  The Restoration of the Schooner Mary E with Andros Kypragoras (Lecture) | Built on the banks of the Kennebec River in Bath in 1906, Mary E was restored on the grounds of what is now Maine Maritime Museum in 1965 by William Donnell and again in 2017 by Andros Kypragoras.  Join Andros as he discusses the restoration process, what’s been done to preserve the vessel and lessons learned along the way. Members $5; nonmembers $7. Learn more

November 17 through December 31, 2017, Boothbay Harbor | GARDENS AGLOW AT THE COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS | The largest light show in Maine! See hundreds of thousands of lights, strung through the upper gardens in a beautiful display. Gardens Aglow is a ticketed event that delights people of all ages.  In addition to dramatic lighting, visitors will enjoy special food and beverage options in the Kitchen Garden Café and holiday shopping in the Gardens Gift Shop. Grab a friend, enjoy appetizers or a cocktail, and then experience an enchanting evening of festive lights and displays. Gardens Aglow is a ticketed event that delights people of all ages. Thursdays through Sundays, 4-9 p.m. (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve). Learn more

Friday November 24 – Sunday November 26, 2017, Rockland Maine | Festival of Light in Rockland | 12:00 PM Santa arrives by Coast Guard Boat at Buoy Park/ Middle Pier greets the kids and parades to his workshop in Mildred Merrill Park near the Lobster Trap Tree. Other event throughout the afternoon. 6PM Lobster Trap Tree Lighting ! Santa arrives to Light the Trap Tree and greet the kids! Enjoy cocoa, cookies and holiday music under the tent! Learn more

November 30, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Maine Maritime Museum, in Bath, ME |  “Bath Never Saw Such Times As These:” The Housing Boom of WWI (Lecture) | Robin Hayes will discuss the remarkable boom in housing construction in response to the increased amount of shipbuilding caused by the first World War. Before the widespread ownership of cars, shipyard workers needed to live locally, resulting in a near doubling of Bath’s population during the war years. Members $5; nonmembers $7. Learn more

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December 2017

Through December 31, 2017, Boothbay Harbor | GARDENS AGLOW AT THE COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS | The largest light show in Maine! See hundreds of thousands of lights, strung through the upper gardens in a beautiful display. Gardens Aglow is a ticketed event that delights people of all ages.  In addition to dramatic lighting, visitors will enjoy special food and beverage options in the Kitchen Garden Café and holiday shopping in the Gardens Gift Shop. Grab a friend, enjoy appetizers or a cocktail, and then experience an enchanting evening of festive lights and displays. Gardens Aglow is a ticketed event that delights people of all ages. Thursdays through Sundays, 4-9 p.m. (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve). Learn more

Friday, December 1 – Sunday, December 3, 2017, Camden, ME | Christmas by the Sea | Christmas by the Sea is a December tradition in Camden, Lincolnville and Rockport that kicks off the holiday season, eagerly anticipated by families near and far. This year is no exception. The schedule includes carriage rides through downtown, a holiday parade, stores open late with ongoing sales, cookie decorating, a tree-lighting in Harbor Park, carolers, Santa Claus, and many craft shows, holiday fairs and activities throughout three communities. Make your plans to visit the Midcoast during this special weekend to kick off your holiday preparations and celebrations. Learn more

December 1 – 23, 2017, Ellsworth, ME | Christmas at Woodlawn | Tour Woodlawn and see splendid decorations while hearing a special audio tour presentation on the history of Christmas at Woodlawn and in New England. Tours are available 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. Christmas at Woodlawn tours are $5 for adults and $1 for children. Tickets can be purchased when you visit. Learn more

(Date still TBD – early December) Searsport, ME | Victorian Christmas at the Penobscot Marine Museum | Want to see more historic houses decorated for the holidays? The Sea Captain’s House is part of the Holiday Open House sponsored by the Searsport Historical Society on Saturday, December 3 from 1-4pm. Tickets are available beforehand and the day of the tour at the Searsport Antique Mall, at 149 East Main Street, as well as at the Crary Carlin Coleman House, at 4 Sears Island Road, on the day of the tour. For $10, tour seven historic homes that day. Learn more

December 2, 2017, Boothbay Harbor, ME | 32nd ANNUAL HARBOR LIGHTS FESTIVAL | With a distinctly nautical flavor, this festival is fun for the entire family and will help to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Festival highlights include Santa and Mrs. Claus and a whole cast of characters including elves, moose, lobsters and more arriving in grand style…by boat, of course! There are horse drawn carriage rides, the festival of trees, a craft show, story time, tree lighting, and caroling. The evening concludes with the lighted boat parade, where local captains deck their hulls with twinkling lights for a festive spin around the Harbor. A warm sight on a chilly December night! Learn More

December 6 & 7, 2017 from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Maine Maritime Museum, in Bath, ME | Boatshop Workshop: Shaker Box Making | The Shakers are famous for their simple and elegant designs, and the shaker oval box is no exception. Copper nails dress up the swallowtail joints that hold the boxes together. Boatbuilding techniques such as clinch nailing and steam bending are employed, although no woodworking experience is necessary. Each participant builds three nesting oval boxes made from cherry and cedar. Members $75; nonmembers $94. Learn more

Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Maine Maritime Museum, in Bath, ME | Jolly Family Jamboree | Bring the whole family to celebrate the holiday SEA-son at our annual Jolly Family Jamboree! From 10 am to 3 pm, explore the museum, snap a pic in front of the lobster trap tree, enjoy holiday crafts, activities, live music, and of course, a visit from Santa and his pirate friend Captain Christmas. Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers will present two special performances (10:30 am and 1 pm) featuring everyone’s favorite holiday character, the Grinch! Tickets include all activities and admission to one performance of The Grinch. Seating is limited; book your tickets early. Members $13; nonmembers $14; children under 3 free. Learn more

Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm at the Maine Maritime Museum, in Bath, ME | Mixers and Merriment at Maine Maritime Museum | A Spirited Celebration of Maine Craft Cocktails. Back for a second year, celebrate the season with a toast to Maine’s incredible craft distilleries! Join us for this popular evening of festive fun, and sample specialty cocktails from Maine’s artisan spirit makers. Tickets include samplings of unique elixirs featuring Maine ingredients, and guests will vote to crown the people’s choice best cocktail of the night. A festive soundtrack will keep the holiday spirits high! Members $40; nonmembers $50. Learn more

Saturday, December 9 & 10, 2017, Westbrook, ME | Tate House Museum | A Tate House Colonial Christmas | Stroudwater’s historic Tate House Museum is hosting a Colonial Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, from noon until 4:00 pm. Come and see how an affluent mast agent’s family may have celebrated the holidays in the 18th century. Learn more

Saturday, December 9 at 12 AM – 10 PM, Rockport, ME | Holiday on the Harbor | Rockport’s annual Holiday on the Harbor takes place Saturday, December 10 throughout the village of Rockport. Wine tasting, tree lighting, fireworks, Bay Chamber Concerts presents A Broadway Christmas, Picture with Santa, Fiddlers, and more. Learn more

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 6 pm, Machias, ME | CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL PARADE | Machias will host their annual Christmas Festival Parade on Saturday, December 9 at 6pm. Learn more

Saturday, December 16th, 2017 Portland Harbor, ME | Christmas Boat Parade of Lights | Parade starts at 4:45 pm | Tickets are $10 (Children under 5 ride free). To register a boat in the Parade, contact Caity at 207-774-7873 or caityb@cascobaylines.com. Learn more

December 31, 2016, all day events, Machias, ME | DOWNEAST LOBSTAH DROP | The 3rd Annual Downeast Lobstah Drop will be held on Sunday, December 31 with festivities all day including a crazy hat parade, tacky sweater fun run, magic and science shows, fireworks and more. For more information, call (207) 974-9694. Learn more

December 31, 2017 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm, in Eastport, ME | New Year’s Eve Sardine & Maple Leaf Drop | Join us for the 12th annual New Year’s Eve Great Sardine and Maple Leaf Drop in Bank Square, downtown Eastport. From the third story of the Tides Institute & Museum of Art, a giant red maple leaf will be lowered to commemorate the Canadian new year at midnight, Atlantic time (11 pm ET), while the New Year’s Eve Brass Band will play a rousing “O Canada,” (singing along is encouraged). At midnight Eastern time, an 8-foot sardine will take the plunge, as the brass band plays “Auld Lang Syne.” The Freemont Street String Band will play their unique blend of folk and bluegrass music from 9 pm until just before midnight. Don’t forget to kiss the sardine for luck in the year ahead! Learn more

 

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