Community Climate Conversation: Modernizing Our Buildings

BELFAST — Thursday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m.: The public is invited to a community climate conversation about modernizing Belfast’s buildings for energy efficiency and cost savings and to help reduce greenhouse gasses. The event is co-sponsored by All of Belfast Climate Dialogues, a project of the Belfast Free Library and the city of Belfast Climate Crisis Committee, will take place in the library’s Abbott Room. A hybrid Zoom option is available. To register, go to belfastlibrary.org/abcd-events/.

‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

BELFAST — Dec. 9, 10 and 11: Belfast Maskers present the hilarious Christmas classic written by Barbara Robinson and directed by Emily LeBlanc-McConnell. A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — probably the most inventively awful kids in history.

Holiday Open House

CASTINE — Thursday, Dec. 8, 4-6 p.m.: Join Castine Historical Society and Wilson Museum for a free event at the society’s 1850 Grindle House, 13 School St., and the Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins St. Light refreshments, outdoor fire pits; enter to win a gift basket. Visitors encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for donation to H.O.M.E. Inc. of Orland.

Community Climate Conversation

BELFAST — Thursday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m.: Community conversation  about modernizing Belfast’s buildings for energy efficiency and cost savings and to help reduce greenhouse gases. The event, co-sponsored by All of Belfast Climate Dialogues, a project of the Belfast Free Library and the city of Belfast Climate Crisis Committee, will take place in the Abbott Room of the library. A hybrid Zoom option is available. To register, go to belfastlibrary.org/abcd-events/.

Community Christmas Sing

SEARSPORT — Thursday, Dec. 8, 5 p.m.: First Congregational Church of Searsport, 8 Church St.

Downtown Storywalk

SEARSPORT — Starting Friday, Dec. 9: “One Maine Christmas Eve” by Douglas Coffin is hung in downtown storefront windows this December. Families will find pages of this story about farm animals coming to the rescue when Santa’s sick reindeer ground his flight. Just in time for the Searsport Tree Lighting. In partnership with local businesses. FMI: carverlibrary.org.

Carols in the Round

BELFAST — Friday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.: Choral Conductor Jacob Davenport and the Mount View Chamber Singers concert at The First Church in Belfast, UCC, sanctuary, 104 Church St. The maximum number for the sanctuary is 260 people; for safety reasons, once that number has been reached, no more will be allowed in.

A December sunrise on the beach. Courtesy of Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition

Walk on the Beach

BELFAST — Saturday, Dec. 10, 6 a.m.: Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition invites the public to a Sunrise Walk on Belfast Beach. Meet at the Belfast Boathouse at 6 a.m. and carpool to City Park to start this meditative ramble looking eastward into the sunrise, ending at the Boathouse, a distance of ¾ mile. The walk back to City Park will total 1.5 miles. Wear warm layers and shoes for the rocky beach.  FMI: 338-1147.

Bird Watch

BELFAST — Saturday, Dec. 10, 8:30-10 a.m.: Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition’s monthly winter Harbor Bird Watch at the Belfast footbridge. Ron Harrell and Gary Gulezian will be at the footbridge with their telescopes to show people whatever birds are in the harbor area and answer questions about them.  Bring personal binoculars and dress appropriately for the weather.

Free rabies clinic

LINCOLNVILLE — Saturday, Dec. 10, 9-11 a.m.: Waldo County Humane Society is hosting its last Rabies Clinic of the year at Lincolnville Fire Station on Camden Road. Dogs on leash, cats in carrier. Bring proof of previous rabies vaccination for a three-year shot. Dr. Erin Rollins of Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital will be the attending veterinarian. Vaccines are free to Waldo County residents and $7 for out-of-county residents.

Holiday on the Harbor

BELFAST — Saturday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Steamboat Landing Park: Santa arrives at 11 a.m. for photos until noon and again from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Holiday book drive, ornament and cookie decorating, storywalk, caroling, horse-drawn family wagon rides, hot chocolate and popcorn.

Holiday House Tour

SEARSPORT — Saturday, Dec. 10, noon-4:30 p.m.: Searsport Historical Society is sponsoring a tour of six decorated homes, including the newly renovated Nichols Inn, the recently redecorated Homeport Inn and Tavern, several private homes with interesting collections, and two churches. The Methodist Church has a magnificent display of creches and the First Congregational Church will feature music from the newly created Bell Choir and others throughout the afternoon. Tickets are $15, available in advance from Karen Kelley at 548-2947 or at the Crary Carlin Coleman House on Sears Island Road the day of the tour.

Holiday Festival

STOCKTON SPRINGS — Because of last week’s rainy weather, the outdoor festival events are rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m.: Free; all ages welcome. FMI: sscommunitybuilders@gmail.com.

Holiday Lights Parade & Fireworks

BUCKSPORT — Saturday, Dec. 10, 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Seventh annual event. The parade route will start at the former Verso Paper Mill parking lot and head across Franklin Street, then down Mill Street and finally across Main Street, back to the former mill parking lot. Fireworks display from Fort Knox State Park in Prospect, which will begin at approximately 7 p.m. Roasted marshmallows, s’mores bar, Bixby chocolate peppermint bark and drinking chocolate at 96 Main St., Town Dock/Gazebo, presented by Main Street Bucksport and MacLeod’s Restaurant. $5 suggested donation to Main Street Bucksport.

‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’

SEARSPORT — Saturday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m.: Penobscot Bay Singers presents song and narration of this classic seasonal tale by Dylan Thomas at Searsport Congregational Church, 8 Church St. Directed by Richard Dostie, narrated by Deirdre Good and accompanied by Joani Mitchell. Suggested donation $15, children free. FMI: penobscotbaysingers.com.

Breakfast with Santa

BELFAST — Sunday, Dec. 11, 7:30-10 a.m.: Annual Lions Club event at Waldo County Shrine Club. Santa arrives at 8 a.m. Menu: bacon, eggs, sausage, homefries, made-to-order omelettes, coffee, orange juice and hot chocolate. Adults $8, kids $4.

Advent education series

BELFAST — Sundays through Dec. 18, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 95 Court St.: “Waiting with Expectation” sessions begin at 10:30 in the parish hall. No prior knowledge is required. Dec. 11, The Visitation with Barbara Briggs; Dec. 18, Signs of Hope.

Christmas tree train ride

UNITY — Sunday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m.: Ride the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad “over the river and through the woods” to hunt for a Christmas tree! Climb aboard at the Unity station for a 12-mile (round-trip) to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association station and choose from an assortment of Christmas trees. Santa Claus will accompany the train, and hot cocoa and cookies will be served. At the MOFGA  station, Santa will listen to kids’ wishes and present a special gift. Volunteers will load trees onto the train. Fare includes refreshment, snack and tree. Visit belfastandmooseheadlakerail.org for more info.

Wreaths Across America

Sunday, Dec. 11: The annual “Escort to Arlington,” a 12-truck convoy accompanied by other vehicles, the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit and local supporters, will travel along Route 1 and then Route 3 in Waldo County on its way to Arlington National Cemetery to deliver veterans wreaths to our nation’s interred veterans. The convoy is expected to leave Maine Coast Mall in Ellsworth at 10:45 a.m. It will follow Route 1 across the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and south through Prospect, Stockton Springs and Searsport, into Belfast, where it will turn onto Route 3. It is scheduled to arrive at Hannaford in China at 12:45 p.m.

Caroling for the homebound

STOCKTON SPRINGS — Sunday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m.: The congregation of The First Congregational Church of Sandy Point will sing Christmas carols to homebound neighbors starting in the church parking lot. Materials will be provided and everyone is invited to participate.

‘A Country Christmas Concert’

BROOKS — Sunday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m.: At Brooks Congregational Church, followed by a “Soups & Bread” supper at the Varney Memorial Building. The public is invited.

Carols in the Round

STOCKTON SPRINGS — Sunday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m.: Mount View Chamber Singers perform at Stockton Springs Community Church, 20 Church St.

Carver Memorial Library Book Club

SEARSPORT — Monday, Dec. 12, 1 p.m.: “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin is this month’s book at Carver Memorial Library Reading Room, 12 Union St. All welcome! Discuss or just listen in. FMI: carverlibrary.org.

Animé Your Way

BELFAST — Wednesday, Dec. 14, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Former “The Simpsons” artist Carlos Nieto III teaches participants how to create and modify an animé character from scratch, no matter what your drawing level, at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. All materials provided, just show up. Free and open to all ages. FMI: belfastlibrary.org; 338-3884, ext. 26.

Gift Basket Silent Auction

SEARSPORT — Through Thursday, Dec 15, at 4:45 p.m.: Bid during Carver Memorial Library’s open hours at 12 Union St. and by phone at 207-548-2303. Festive baskets with themes such as tea, food, crafts and many more. All proceeds benefit the library. FMI: carverlibrary.org.

Sip & Splurge

BELFAST — Thursday, Dec. 15, 5 to 8 p.m.: Downtown businesses will stay open late for a night of festive shopping. Registration begins at 5 p.m. at Delvino’s. $10 for appetizers, a cup for sipping, and a bag for splurging, with a list of participating businesses as well as a “wish list” you can fill out and give your loved ones.

Waldo GOP supports Zoe

BELFAST — Thursday, Dec. 15, 6 p.m., 230 Searsport Ave.: The Waldo County Republican Committee will hold a short business meeting with desserts. Attendees are asked to bring disposable baby diapers for holiday donation to Zoe, A Women’s Center in Rockport. FMI: 992-3172.

Spice Club

SEARSPORT — Friday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.: December’s spice is cinnamon and kits are available beginning the third Friday of the month at Carver Memorial Library, 12 Union St. Try new flavors, explore new recipes, or just get out of a cooking rut. Enjoy at your own pace. FMI: carverlibrary.org.

‘Nutcracker’

BELFAST — Friday-Sunday, Dec. 16 (6 p.m.), 17 (11 a.m.) & 18 (11 a.m.) at the Crosby Center: A holiday event for the whole family.

Repair Café

BELFAST — Saturday, Dec. 17, 9 a.m. to noon at the Waldo YMCA: It’s holiday time! Light up your lights, toast your toast and wind up the toys. And if they don’t work bring them to us to try to fix and there it’s free. (Bring replacement parts, please.) Fix your favorite sweater and sew up holes in your clothes. Keep stuff out of dump and save some $.

Festival of Trees

SEARSPORT — Saturday, Dec. 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, and Sunday, Dec. 18, 9 a.m. to noon: The Searsport District High School holds its annual Festival of Trees. Sponsors and companies may bring their tree and/or donations on the 16th from 3 to 6 p.m.

Solstice Art Showcase

MONTVILLE — Saturday, Dec. 17, 4 to 8 p.m.: Maine Makers Society, 804 Acadia Highway, hosts this celebration of the season and local creators. Bundle up for winter fun in the old 10-4 Dance Hall! Art show and sale featuring visual artists Christina Barr, Kimba Cseh, Meghan Duncan and Colette Shumate-Smith. Gallery opens at 4 p.m. Live music by Cliff Gelina from 5 to 8 p.m. Also craft stations, bonfire and hot cocoa. Suggested $5 donation at the door. FMI: mainemakerssociety.com.

Special Music Sunday

STOCKTON SPRINGS — Sunday, Dec. 18, 9:30 a.m.: Sunday School children at The First Congregational Church of Sandy Point will singing several songs, and other musicians and singers will play and sing Christmas music.

Children’s Christmas Pageant

BELFAST – Sunday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m.: First Church in Belfast, UCC Children’s Christmas Pageant on the fourth Sunday of Advent.

Carols in the Round

LINCOLNVILLE CENTER — Sunday, Dec. 18, 3 p.m.:  Mount View High School Chamber Singers perform in the Meeting House, home of the United Christian Church (UCC), 18 Searsmont Road, Route 173. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.  The Meeting House, built in 1821, is the perfect venue for this candlelit concert. Masks are recommended.  FMI: 763-3800.

Menorah lighting

BELFAST — Sunday, Dec. 18, 4 p.m.: The annual menorah lighting will take place at sundown on the first night of Hanukkah. The community celebrates with music and readings. An additional candle will be lit each night of Hanukkah.

Children’s Quilt Raffle

SEARSPORT — Ends Monday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m.: Carver Memorial Library, 12 Union St., is raffling off a beautiful and nostalgic quilt featuring Liberty Graphics children’s book images. Handmade by local quilter Louise Seekins. Proceeds will benefit children’s materials and programs. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and are available at the front desk. Come see the quilt on display in the Reading Room.

Teens Create: Paper Cone Gnomes

SEARSPORT — Tuesday, Dec. 20, 3 p.m. (third Tuesdays): Create and decorate your own unique gnome using paper and other art supplies at Carver Memorial Library, 12 Union St. If you want, bring your favorite wrapping paper to use as decoration. For teens and preteens ages 11-19. FMI: carverlibrary.org.

Solstice by the Sea Storywalk

SEARSPORT — Wednesday, Dec. 21, 4-6 p.m.: Part of the Friends of Sears Island’s Solstice by the Sea celebration. The featured book is “The Shortest Day” by Susan Cooper, illustrated by Carson Ellis. FMI: carverlibrary.org.

Christmas Eve at Sandy Point

STOCKTON SPRINGS — Saturday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m.: The Christmas Eve service at The First Congregational Church of Sandy Point will end with an outdoor circle around a fire pit to sing “Silent Night” if the weather is fine.  There will be no service Sunday morning, Dec. 25.

Christmas Eve service

STOCKTON SPRINGS — Saturday, Dec. 24, 6:30 p.m.: Service at Stockton Springs Community Church, 20 Church St.

Candlelight service

BELFAST — Saturday, Dec. 24, 7 p.m.: First Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in the First Church sanctuary, 104 Church St.

Christmas Eve service

SEARSPORT — Saturday, Dec. 24, 7 p.m.: First Congregational Church of Searsport, 8 Church St., service with music.

Family Christmas Eve service

FRANKFORT — Saturday, Dec. 24, 7 p.m.: Frankfort Congregational Church welcomes all to a community event. The service will feature old, beloved carols, with accompanying scripture readings, from an initial overview and through the scriptures to the birth of Christ. This service is both stirring and uplifting, a joyous, colorful time. Also featured are a solo vocalist and other, special music.

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist

BELFAST — Saturday, Dec. 24, 8 p.m.: St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 95 Court St., Holy Eucharist with choir in the church.

Come as You Are

BELFAST — Sunday, Dec. 25, 9:30 a.m.: Christmas Day “Come as You Are” Holy Eucharist in St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 95 Court St. An all-request Christmas carol service you can attend in your pajamas.

Carol Sing

BELFAST — Sunday, Dec. 25, 10 a.m.: Christmas Day Carol Sing in the First Church sanctuary, 104 Church St.

Free Community Meal

BELFAST — Sunday, Dec. 25: First Church Christmas Community Meal, free for everyone, begins at noon in the Parish House Fellowship Hall (55 Spring St. entrance).

New Year’s worship

BELFAST — Sunday, Jan. 1, 10 a.m.: First Church in Belfast, UCC New Year’s Day Worship in the First Church sanctuary, 104 Church St.

ONGOING …

Prayer meetings

SEARSMONT — Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.: Searsmont United Methodist Church (located next to Fraternity Village General Store) is planning to offer weekly prayer meetings at the church, with coffee and light refreshments. All in the community are welcome. Feeling stressed? Can’t sleep? Want to learn the Breath Prayer? Need someone to listen and pray with you? Their doors and their hearts are open. Questions? Call the pastor: 785-4140.

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