Christmas by the Sea under way

Dec 02, 2011

Camden —  

 

Christmas by the Sea schedule

 

Thursday, Dec. 1

4 to 8 p.m. — Ornaments for Animals fundraiser at Prism Restaurant and Gallery. Twenty-five percent of all ornament sales and all proceeds from the silent auction and other happenings will be donated to the Camden- Rockport-Animal Rescue League. 297 Commercial St.

Friday, Dec. 2

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. —Windsor Chairmakers Holiday Open House and Sale. US Route 1, Lincolnville, six miles north of Camden.

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. — Open House at Schultz Financial Services. Stop by for snacks and refreshments. 16 Tanner Lane, Suite 13, Camden.

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Camden Merchants’ Co-operative Holiday Open House. 10 Mechanic St., Camden.

Noon to 1 p.m. — Baroque Orchestra of Maine (BOOM) concert. This Maine-based quartet will perform on period instruments, set up in the baroque style. This is a free concert presented by The Friends of Music at The First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm Street; a free-will offering will support a newly established music scholarship fund.

4:30 to 5:15 p.m. — Santa arrives in West Rockport at Midcoast Recreation Center, Route 90, W. Rockport.

5 to 6:30 p.m. — Opening Reception, Camden Public Library. Holiday selections performed by Camden Hills Regional High School vocal and instrumental students. Bring new or like new hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves to decorate the Hat & Mitten Tree.

5 to 7 p.m. —“Maine Wood 2012” biennial exhibition opening reception. Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, 25 Mill St., Rockport,

5:30 to 8 p.m. —Thomas Michaels Designers will be hosting a Holiday Wine & Cheese Pairing in the gallery. Come view beautiful gemstones specimens and new pieces in time for the holidays. Thomas Michaels Designers, Elm St., Camden.

6 p.m. — Christmas by the Sea Parade. Begins on Union Street, Camden.

6 to 8 p.m. — Holiday Open House at Camden National Bank with horse and carriage rides at the Chestnut Street entrance. Warm up inside with cookies & hot cocoa and holiday music by the Windjammer Barber Shop Chorus. Camden National Bank, 2 Elm St., Camden

6:30 to 9 p.m. — A Walk Through Bethlehem, Chestnut Street Baptist Church, Camden. Experience the First Christmas. Walk the streets of Bethlehem, listen to the characters’ stories, and visit the stable where Christ was born.

6:45 p.m. — Santa presides at the Community Tree-Lighting Ceremony in Harbor Park.

Immediately following Tree Lighting — 25th Anniversary Celebration Fireworks display over Camden Harbor.

7:30 p.m. — "The Nutcracker." Atlantic Ballet Company’s full-length version of this magical Holiday production. Tickets $20 adults, $14 children 12 & under/seniors. Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., Camden.

Saturday, Dec. 3

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Rockport Garden Club Holly Berry Fair, Rockport Opera House, Lower Level. Offering beautifully decorated gingerbread houses, hand-painted lobster buoys and mussel shell trees and more.

9 a.m. — 3rd Annual Thomas F. Chester Frozen 5K Road Race. The race takes place during the annual Christmas by the Sea celebration in the Camden area.

9 a.m. to noon — Beltie Holiday at Aldermere Farm. Don’t miss this chance to pet a real Beltie calf and have pictures taken with one (bring your camera!).

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Holiday Craft Market & Open House at Windward Gardens. 105 Mechanic St., Camden.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 5th Annual Holiday Craft Fair at Merry Gardens Estates. 87 John St., Camden.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — St. Thomas’ Christmas Fair, 33 Chestnut St., Camden. A unique array of holiday handcrafted items and decorations, tasty sweets, jewelry, Granny’s Attic, and a scrumptious soup luncheon. Proceeds to benefit St. Thomas’ Family Services.

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Indulge in the sights and smells of Christmas at the Hoboken Gardens Annual Holiday Open House in Rockport.

9:30 a.m. — Santa arrives by boat at Rockport Harbor. Free photos with Santa at Rockport Marine made possible by photographer Mark Haskell.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Holiday Bazaar at Merryspring. A variety of plants, greens, wreaths, live arrangements and lots of gifts for holiday giving and decorating.

10 a.m. to noon — Holiday Ornament Workshop at Rockport Public Library, 1 Limerock St., Rockport.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Camden Merchants’ Co-operative Holiday Open House. 10 Mechanic St., Camden.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Windsor Chairmakers Holiday Open House and Sale. US Route 1, Lincolnville, six miles north of Camden.

11 a.m. — Hartstone Inn Brunch & Fashion Show, a sumptuous pairing of fashion and food. Exciting new collections by Leonard’s and brunch. Menu including Lemon Mousse Trifle, choice of three entrees and assorted desserts. Hartstone Inn, Elm St., Camden. FMI 236-4259, reservations required.

11:30 a.m. — Roving Carolers. Camden Hills Regional High School Carolers entertain while Santa Claus is welcomed to Camden.

Noon — Santa arrives by tugboat in Camden Harbor. Children’s Story Hour with Santa follows at the library.

12:30 p.m. — Roving Carolers. Camden Hills Regional High School Carolers entertain from the Village Green in Camden.

1 p.m. — Free photos with Santa at The RIG, 56A Elm St., Camden, made possible by photographer Mark Haskell.

3 p.m. — "The Nutcracker." Atlantic Ballet Company’s full-length version of this magical Holiday production. Tickets $20 adults, $14 children 12 & under/seniors. Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., Camden.

4 p.m. — Tree lighting, bonfire and sing along at Lincolnville Beach. All are welcome. Santa arrives by fire engine around 4:30 p.m.

4 to 7 p.m. — Holiday Wine Tasting. Come see the luminaries on Pascal Avenue and taste some fabulous wines in celebration of Rockport’s Holiday on the Harbor. RAYR—the wine shop, 67 Pascal Avenue, Rockport Village.

4 p.m. — Ringing in the Season. A Christmas Concert featuring Choral Bells and Penobscot Bay Ringers, Camden; Pine Tree Academy Bell Ringers, Freeport; Timbrel Ringers, Rockland; and a handbell soloist. First Congregational Church, 55 Elm St., Camden.

5 to 7 p.m. — Cookie Decorating. A Benefit for UMCC. Join us at the Rockport Opera House for cookie decorating and holiday music. A per person donation is asked, and all proceeds benefit United Mid-Coast Charities to help fund local agencies that assist our neighbors in need.

Sunset to 7:30 p.m. — Come experience Rockport’s Holiday on the Harbor, the inaugural luminary lighting of Pascal Avenue in Rockport, benefiting United Mid Coast Charities.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — A Walk Through Bethlehem, Chestnut Street Baptist Church, Camden. Experience the First Christmas. Walk the streets of Bethlehem, listen to the characters’ stories, and visit the stable where Christ was born.

Sunday, Dec. 4

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Holiday brunch at Prism Restaurant and Gallery. Special Holiday Selections. Last chance to bid on the “Ornaments for Animals” Silent Auction and buy ornaments that benefit the Camden- Rockport Animal Rescue League. 297 Commercial St. (Rt. 1), Rockport.

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Free horse and wagon rides in Camden, departing from the Camden Riverhouse on Tannery Lane.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Indulge in the sights and smells of Christmas at the Hoboken Gardens Annual Holiday Open House in Rockport.

3 p.m. — "The Nutcracker." Atlantic Ballet Company’s full-length version of this magical Holiday production. Tickets $20 adults, $14 children 12 & under/seniors. Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., Camden.

5 p.m. — Spaghetti Supper put on by the Rockport Masonic Center, also featuring a raffle & silent auction. Proceeds to benefit 63 Washington Street, Camden, an assisted living residence for people over 60. 361 Main Street, Rockport. Adults $7 & children under 10, $4.

6 p.m. — Christmas in the Country, tree lighting on the Union Common with Father Christmas, bonfire, singing carols, and most importantly free cookies and hot cocoa.

7 p.m. — 24th Annual Holiday Concert with Anne Dodson & Friends at the First Congregational Church Sanctuary, 55 Elm St., Camden. Tickets: In advance, $12 adults/$6 children 6–12 at Rock City in Rockland and Owl & Turtle in Camden. Suggested donation at the door, $14 adults/$7 children 6–12. Doors open at 6:30pm.

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