Maine Coast Heritage Trust invites all ages to celebrate Beltie Holiday with the cows at the Aldermere Farm Preserve, 20 Russell Ave, Rockport, Saturday, Dec. 3.

Visitors are encouraged to don their most festive (or ugliest) holiday sweaters and have their photos taken with a Belted Galloway calf. There will be free take-home kits to make Beltie ornaments, a bake sale to support the Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club, handmade balsam fir wreaths for sale by Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool, and information about the youth agriculture programs hosted at MCHT’s Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields Preserves. Attendees will have the opportunity to enter their names in a raffle to win a wood toy barn. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn the following week.

Attendees will also learn about the Aldermere & Erickson Campaign, launched by Maine Coast Heritage Trust in May 2022, to raise more than $3 million for new infrastructure and equipment at Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields. “These improvements will enable us to better serve the Midcoast community for decades to come,” said Heidi Baker, general manager of Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields. “Because of the generosity of so many donors, we are nearly two-thirds of the way toward our goal.”

Under construction now at Aldermere Farm is a dual-purpose barn and visitor center with an accessible vestibule, grain room, washroom, storage areas, office, and balcony that will offer top-down viewing of the working barn below. Erickson Fields is undergoing trail upgrades and adding a new open-air barn to house equipment for programing, gardening, and food distribution. During Beltie Holiday, the public will have the opportunity to view the site where Aldermere’s new educational barn will be built.

In lieu of admission, attendees are invited to make a donation of any amount to fund the supply of Aldermere beef to hunger-relief agencies. Thanks to support from the community, Aldermere Farm was able to donate more than 1,000 pounds of beef to local food pantries last year.

After visiting Aldermere Farm, visitors may take a short drive to Erickson Fields Preserve,164 West St., Rockport, where they can stroll through the woods while reading pages of “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen and illustrated by John Schoenherr, posted along the 1.4-mile loop trail courtesy of the Rockport Public Library.

For more information, call 236-2739 or visit aldermere.org.