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I’m one of those people who refuse to decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but I am starting to get into the “holiday spirit.” I ran out of lights last year; I made sure to purchase some new ones a couple of weeks ago.

As many of you may already know, Tracy Knight’s wife Debbie passed away recently after a lengthy illness. Tracy is Ed and Beverly Knight’s son. The Eastern Star Chapter, Josiah H. Drummond 91, in conjunction with Star in the West Lodge 85, will hold a public benefit spaghetti supper at the Masonic Hall in Unity on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. Donations are suggested at $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Dinner will consist of spaghetti with your choice of meat or meatless sauce, garlic bread, salad, coffee, cold drinks and dessert.

The second annual Unity “Get Lit!” competition, sponsored by the Town Office, is coming right up. Like last year, decorate your house for Christmas and post the picture to the CommUnity OpportUnity Facebook page and you’ll be entered into a drawing for one of three $50 gift certificates from local businesses: Amish Community Market, Unity Flower Shop, and Unity Shop ‘n’ Save. Unity residents only. If you’re not on Facebook, you can have a friend or neighbor post it for you.

Lots of happenings in town the weekend of Dec. 3-4. “Christmas at the Farm” Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. Honey Wilde Farm on Cross Road in Unity will host a Pop-Up holiday market with The Market of Unity, local crafters, small businesses, and other vendors!

The annual Parade of Lights will be held Dec. 4. This will coincide with the 7th annual Yuletide celebration from 3 to 7 p.m. at the corner of Main and Depot streets. The Market of Unity will be there along with Santa. Caroling, led by students of the Ecology Learning Center, will take place just before the trees are lit and Santa arrives via fire truck.

At 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 you can enjoy the Mount View Chamber Singers’ “Carols in the Round” at the Unity Union Church.

On Sunday, Dec. 4, at noon, spend time with family and friends at Holler Soap making your own 12-inch, double-sided, mixed greens wreath with pine cones, a bow and decorations. Please call or text 207-233-7995 or swing into the Holler to reserve a spot. $25.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Troy Ladies Fire Department Auxiliary is offering fresh-cut, local, natural grown Christmas trees (not from a tree farm). Held at the Troy Fire Department on Bangor Road. Prices range from $10 to $30.

Sunday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m.: It is now Christmas tree hunting season in Waldo County, and the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad can take you to the Christmas trees! Climb aboard for a 12-mile round-trip from Unity and travel “over the river and through the woods” on its way to the MOFGA station where you will find an assortment of Christmas trees to choose from. Santa Claus will accompany the train, and hot cocoa and cookies will be served! Once you reach the MOFGA station, Santa will listen to kids’ wishes, and present a special gift! Volunteers will load your chosen tree onto the train. Fare includes refreshment, snack and the Christmas tree.

A Toys for Tots box is located at the Unity Town Office. When you do your Christmas shopping, if you are able and so inclined, please donate a new, unwrapped toy. We’ve received some presents already. I was just kidding about my wanting to play with them, but we’ve gotten My Little Pony and a tractor-trailer hauling two racecars playsets!

Many thanks to the Unity Fire Department for delivering 57 Thanksgiving boxes to local families. It is with much gratitude we also recognize the good people at The Open Door who gave up their Thanksgiving to prepare meals for others.

There’s an online auction to benefit the Unity Public Library running through Dec. 20. Over 130 great items are up for bid. Visit biddingowl.com/UnityPublicLibrary.

Happy birthday to one of my oldest (in the figurative term) friends, Donyse Babin!

Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Alice Gordon, who was Unity’s Boston Post Cane holder.

 

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