Holiday happenings are in full swing now! Here’s a quick recap of this weekend’s events in case you missed last week’s column:

First there is the Community Tree Lighting on the Penobscot Marine Museum Crescent on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. Then a Christmas Concert at First Congregational Church on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. with Paul Sullivan, pianist. On Thursday, Dec. 8, there will be an indoor Community Carol Sing at First Congregational Church at 5 p.m.

Music news

The First Congregational Church has a new associate minister of music. Dionne Haase began her duties Nov. 1 and will serve as choral director, assisting Carolyn Maunz, minister of music, with all church and community music programs. Dionne brings broad experience and knowledge of music, as well as experience serving as a full-time music teacher, a church choral director, and an accompanist in Colorado.

Skating rink

There’s big news at Mosman Park. After nearly 30 years, a 40-by-50-foot ice rink will be erected on the basketball court in December. Although the park is privately owned by the Mosman Park Association, the rink will be open to the public. The Recreation Department will fund and manage the rink.

Steven Shea, Searsport’s Recreation director, raised $1,500 from local businesses, and that, plus funding from his Recreation Department budget, contributed to purchasing a 2,000-square-foot foam rink, lumber, lighting and a homemade “Zamboni” for maintenance.

The plan is that the Recreation Department will bring in the Fire Department’s water truck to fill the rink with 4 to 10 inches of water within the next few weeks. If the weather stays consistently cold, Shea is hoping the rink will be up and running by January. The goal is that kids and families will spend more time outdoors with more community winter activities.

Christmas party

The Historical Society will be meeting at the Crary/Carlin/Coleman House Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. for its annual Christmas party. All are invited to see the beautifully decorated house and enjoy a “sweet and savory” buffet provided by the directors. They are asking you to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to the “Christmas for Searsport Kids” program. There will be caroling, door prizes and good fun!

Baskets and a quilt on display for bidding at Carver Memorial Library. Courtesy of Carver Memorial Library

Gift Basket Silent Auction

Remember that Carver Memorial Library has a gift basket fundraiser running through Dec. 15 at 4:45 p.m. The baskets have themes — tea, crafts, cooking, kids, quilts, and more, thanks to donations from community members and local businesses including Coastal Café, Dragonfly Quilting, Frame By Frame, Friends of Sears Island and Coastal Mountains Land Trust. You can bid during library hours, in person or by phone. Check them out at carverlibrary.org/baskets.html. For phone bidding, call 548-2303 during library hours, and tell staff which basket you want to bid on.

Gift baskets displayed at Carver Memorial Library in fundraiser. Courtesy of Carver Memorial Library