Rockport readies for Holiday on the Harbor

By Dwight Collins | Dec 12, 2013

Rockport — The third annual Holiday on the Harbor is slated for Saturday, Dec.14, in Rockport Village with activities designed to celebrate the spirit of the holidays and bring friends and family together.

Luminaria, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, cupcakes and hot chocolate are just some of the things planned for this year’s event.

From the intersection of West Street and Pascal Avenue to Goose River Bridge will be closed to through automobile traffic starting at 6 p.m. and the street will be lined with more than 1,000 lighted luminaria to guide attendees to special events, local stores and the views of the village.

“This year is different then the last two because the community and local business really got together and are working hard to make it a success,” said Rockport Select Board Chairman William Chapman. “Having some nice, clean, wholesome family fun singing songs and talking with neighbors is just what this town needs to bring us together.”

Chapman said local businesses have really taken the reins this year and it feels great that everyone is working together the way communities should.

Complimentary horse carriage rides will be available to carry people along the route and to Harbor Park where hot chocolate, hot cider and cupcakes provided by Laugh loud, Smile big will be served.

The traditional tree lighting along with caroling and fireworks will take place at the public landing beginning at 5 p.m.

Parking is available at Hoboken Gardens, the former Rockport Elementary School, behind Shepherd's Pie and Saltwater Farm and on West Street.

The schedule is as follows:

1 to 3 p.m. — cookies, cider and children's activities at Rockport Public Library

2 to 5 p.m. — wine tasting at RAYR

3 p.m. — Bay Chamber Concerts presents Songs of Solomon Gospel Choir from Harlem at Rockport Opera House

4 to 6 p.m. — Pictures with Santa and free Center for Maine Contemporary Art art lab at Union Hall

4 to 7 p.m. — Happy Hour at Salt Water Farm

5 p.m. — Tree lighting, fireworks and caroling at Harbor Park

Participating businesses include: Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School, Chatfield Design, CMCA, Embody, Hoboken Gardens, Barbara Jackson Gallery, Leonard's, Maine Media Workshops and College, On the Water in Maine, Pascal Hall, Ralston Gallery, RAYR — the wine shop, Rockport Marine, Rockport Properties, Rockport Public Library, Rokai, Salt Water Farm, Shepherd's Pie, town of Rockport, Wallwork the Gallery.

 

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