For the 48th year, members of the community, along with six local churches, are coming together to present the Winterport Live Nativity, a 12-minute outdoor play that will performed the weekend before Christmas in front of the historic Union Meeting House on Main Street/Route 1A.

The event’s planning meeting is set for Sunday, Oct. 25, at 2:30 p.m. at the home of Dean and Lynda El-Hajj. Discussed will be the following tentative dates: role assignment/practice, Nov. 14 or 15, 2:30 p.m. at location TBD; Union Meeting House hill practice, Dec. 12 or 13, 2:30 p.m.; creche construction, Dec. 12 or 13, 4 p.m. at Union Meeting House hill; pageant set up, Dec. 18, 3 p.m. on the hill (this will require adults with an interest in understanding the lighting system);  and the pageant itself, Dec. 18 and 19, at 7 p.m.

The streetlights are turned off and Route 1A traffic is diverted for the pageant, performed by the children of Winterport and surrounding communities. The only speaking part is the Narrator, an adult, and the play involves live animals.

Organizers are looking for donations of three choir robes, preferably a color other than black or white, as replacements for the kings’ costumes; and also could use adult volunteers to help take down the lights following the second performance.

“We would like the community to know that our family is committed to organizing this event through 2017, its 50th year. We need enthusiastic, committed volunteers to insure its success for another 50, said the El-Hajjs in their announcement.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.