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Hmm, mid-November, time to get those Thanksgiving plans in order. It might me a little or even very different holiday this year! Here is an idea:

Thanksgiving takeout

If you are alone or just can’t manage a traditional Thanksgiving meal, The Kindness Program is offering a free takeout dinner on Thursday, Nov. 26, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Searsport Congregational Church for pickup. Reservations are required as well as masks.

If you are driving, an attendant will get your name and bring your food to the car. If you are on foot, stop at the table and your food will be brought out to you. You, of course, know what is on the menu: turkey, stuffing, mashed potato, gravy, squash, turnip, corn, carrots, cranberry sauce and a homemade apple crisp for dessert. For reservations, call Jayne at 407-604-8733 or Sandra at 548-6530. You may miss a bit of the camaraderie of a traditional celebration, but this will embrace the spirit of thankfulness!

Make a fleece arm warmer

The library crafters are at it again with a new DIY kit. Pick up your kit with instructions at Carver Memorial Library and zoom into the Crafternoon site on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 3:30 p.m. to do the kit together or share your finished creation! For more information, check the website at carvermemoriallibrary.org, or call at 548-2303.

Bye, bye Grasshopper Shop

As most of you know by now, Laurie and Rick Schweikert will be retiring and closing a Searsport institution in just a few weeks, probably by Thanksgiving. The Grasshopper Shop on Main Street has been one of the mainstays of Searsport business for the last 17 years. You could always find a unique gift, card or clothing item there. Rick and Laurie have always prided themselves on providing a fun shopping experience with good customer service, free gift wrapping as well as support for the community.

They’ve been in the retail gift business 38 years, originally bringing unusual items like hand woven tapestries from the West Coast in 1975. When they moved into the building in Searsport in 2006, it needed a bit of TLC, as it had previously been a recycling center. Rick painted all the walls, put in a bathroom on the first floor, and now a new roof. They decided to keep the original wooden floor as Grasshopper shops always had a squeaky wooden floor as part of their appeal. Rick and Laurie’s niece, Sierra, will be carrying on the tradition with the Rockland store.

They plan to still live in Searsport and spend more time on hobbies like photography, birding, a bit of travel, but most of all, grandchildren! Rick and Laurie have enjoyed their store experience here and will miss seeing the customers and friends they have met over the years. We will miss them, too! Best of luck, Rick & Laurie!