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The shortest day of the year is finally within sight with the winter solstice on Dec. 21. Daylight stays for longer hours every day after that! To celebrate this lunar and calendar landmark, the Friends of Sears Island will be hosting “Solstice by the Sea” on the 21st from 4 to 6 p.m. Come celebrate with a walk past hundreds of luminaries on the path with an illuminated StoryWalk, free cookies, cocoa and recorded music.

A decorated tree will look over donations of nonperishable food items and toiletries for the Congregational Methodist Food Cupboard in Searsport. What an appropriate way to start the Christmas season!

A downtown StoryWalk will be mounted in Searsport for the holidays.  The book, “One Maine Christmas Eve” by Stockton Springs author Douglas Coffin, will fill the windows of downtown businesses. The story is about farm animals coming to the rescue when Santa’s reindeer get sick and ground the flight.

The StoryWalk project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and developed through the collaboration of the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Carver Library’s Spice Club is featuring cinnamon for the month of December. Learn something of the history, try new flavors, and explore new recipes. Spice Club introduces a new spice every third Friday of the month. It is always free and available to all patrons.

On Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m., teens will be constructing Cone Gnomes. They will create these unique decorations using paper, glue and colored pens. These activities are geared for teens and preteens from 11 to 19 and free to all.

Don’t forget the library is closed from Saturday, Dec. 24, to Monday, Dec. 26, and again on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023.

Reminder: Crafters will be offering their wares at Mermaid Plaza from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. Antique jewelry and handsewn items are the highlights.

The First Congregational Church of Searsport will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Dec. 24 at 7 p.m.