Penobscot Marine Museum will be the center of activities during Yule Revel, Searsport’s holiday celebration on Friday, Dec. 9. A holiday tree lighting and caroling are planned, along with a multiple-author book signing, free refreshments and more. The event runs 4:30-7:15 p.m.

The town’s official holiday tree will be lit on The Crescent (the museum’s front lawn on Main Street) to the sound of caroling. Holidaymakers can warm up in the museum’s admission center with hot chocolate, cider and cookies donated by Bangor Savings Bank, and preview the museum’s winter exhibit, “The Circus Comes to Town,” featuring circus art, photography, memorabilia, and the Bex Brothers Circus collection of scale circus models.

Also in the museum’s admission center will be a multi-author book signing, featuring nine Maine authors:

• Gerry Boyle, “Port City Black and White” and “Port City Shakedown” (mystery)

• Nancy Griffin, “Making Whoopies” (cookbook)

• Fran Hodgkins, “Andre the Famous Harbor Seal” and “Between the Tides” (juvenile)

• Loretta Krupinski, “Looking Astern: An Artist’s View of Maine’s Historic Working Waterfront” (nonfiction/art)

• Eva Murray, “Well Out to Sea” (essays)

• Jim Nichols, “Hull Creek” (fiction)

• Angeli Perrow, “Captain’s Castaway” and “Lighthouse Dog to the Rescue” (juvenile)

• Ann Williamson, “Maine Windjammer Cruises Cookbook” (cookbook)

• Capt. Ray Williamson, “Keeping the Tradition Alive” (nonfiction/sailing)

Downtown retailers are expected to remain open late. At 7 p.m., the Penobscot Bay Singers will perform a Christmas concert in the Searsport Congregational Church at 8 Church St.

Maine’s first maritime museum, Penobscot Marine Museum is home to outstanding collections of marine art and artifacts, small craft, ship models and historic photography. The admission center is at 40 E. Main St. (U.S. Route 1) in Searsport. More information is available at:, or call 548-2529.