Winterberry Fair in Union

The People’s United Methodist Church announces the Winterberry Fair will return this year Saturday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Winterberry Fair had been an annual event for 27 years, but last year the Fair was cancelled because of COVID-19.

The Fair will be back this year for its 28th event. Covid precautions will be in place and masks will be required to enter the building.

Come to the fair and enjoy selecting delightful offerings from the bake table, pick up something from the craft table, browse the book rooms — where you will find a variety of books and puzzles — order your holiday wreath from a well known local vendor, and when you are through shopping, you can get a takeout breakfast snack and cup of coffee or tea, as well as get some lunch to go. The lunch includes, a delicious cup of soup with a slice of cornbread or a biscuit from Lois’ Takeout Café.

Proceeds from this event are used to fund the operation of the church. People’s United Methodist Church is located at 21 Depot St. in Union.

Holiday Craft Fair

The 19th annual Holiday Craft Fair at Pioneer Grange in east Union takes place Friday, Nov.5 and Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The list of fair items includes:

Jeannie Harkins — Collectibles.

Sally Larson — Dog coats & miscellaneous crafts.

Amy Lowe — Wall quilts, kintted hats and scarfs cloth buckets,
placemats, baby quilts, balsam pillows, lavender sachets and aprons.

Tammy Black — Jams and jellies, bags, candles, jewelry and Almond Joys and fudge.

Bill Jackson — Jewelry scarf clips, necklaces and small wooden buoys.

Heather Laukka — Essential oil products.

Stephen Tofield — Wooden bowls.

Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers workshop

The Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers will be hosting a workshop at the Morris Farm conference room on Sunday, Nov. 7, from 1-3 p.m., on preparing bee hives for successful overwintering.

Jane Dunstan, past president of the club, will present an illustrated discussion of the anatomy and behavior of winter bee clusters. Examples of hive wrapping materials and other optional equipment will be on hand, along with door prizes and plenty of free advice from experienced beekeepers.

Healing Begins with Truth

On Friday, Nov. 5, from 6-8 p.m., Wabanaki REACH will be offering a community program titled, “Healing Begins with Truth: Understanding Colonization,” via Zoom. The program is hosted by The Dancing Elephant, and open to the public by donation.

In this two-hour educational experience, participants explore the differences between the worldview and culture of Indigenous peoples and settlers — and their descendants. Using historical and present day examples, participants will examine the deliberate strategies of colonization and resulting impacts on Indigenous people, land, and culture, including the domination culture that maintains systemic racism and oppression. This program is intended to serve as a safe space for participants to join with peers and identify strategies to support healing in relation to each other and to the land. Everyone is welcome.

Map of Wabanaki territory.

“Today we are creating a community together,” a statement from Wabanaki REACH said. “We are not experts, you are not experts. We will learn from the materials we experience together and from what we share with each other about our own experiences and thoughts.”

Registration is required to receive Zoom link. To register, email rachel@rocklandyoga.com, call 207-594-1694 or registration can be found at www.rocklandyoga.com/upcoming-events,

The mission of Wabanaki REACH is to support the self-determination of Wabanaki people through education, truth-telling, restorative justice, and restorative practices in Wabanaki and Maine communities. For more information, visit www.mainewabanakireach.org.

Rockland’s Festival of Lights and Community Menorah 

This holiday season, Rockland Main Street seeks donations to light up our downtown, including Rockland’s first ever electric menorah.

Rockland is a proud community with longstanding traditions, and when it comes to the holidays, the annual Festival of Lights, Christmas Parade and Lobster Trap Tree lighting bring hundreds of residents and businesses together.

We’re raising money to purchase a community menorah to be lit each year alongside the Lobster Trap Tree. This menorah will bring together a community of all faiths, connecting neighbors and creating a more welcoming and festive holiday spirit.

Our aim is to raise $3,600 this Holiday Season to purchase an outdoor menorah, which we will use to mark the first ever Rockland Menorah Lighting in December 2021. Your contribution will help us create a new tradition in Rockland — one that unites us in common holiday spirit, and builds lasting bonds between neighbors of all faiths.

The fundraiser can be found at https://gofund.me/22da7791.

All proceeds will go towards raising money for the menorah, which will be installed at Buoy Park. Roughly $3,600 will be needed to produce and install the menorah, pay for electricity of the menorah and lobster trap tree. The rest of the proceeds that will be raised will go into a fund to be used for additional lights and installation, maintenance, storing, repairs and disassembly of the menorah and lobster trap tree for years to come.

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