NOTEWORTHY

TUESDAY, NOV. 29:

-Civil War Presentation at Belfast Free Library, 6:30 p.m. Authors Diane Monroe Smith and Ned Smith will share the results of their research into the lives of Civil War veterans from Belfast. The free presentation will take place in the library’s Abbott Room. Diane Smith is the author of Washington Roebling’s Civil War (2019), Fanny and Joshua, Chamberlain at Petersburg, and Command Conflicts in Grant’s Overland Campaign. Ned Smith’s books are unit histories on the 22nd Maine and the 2nd Maine Cavalry. In 2020, when the pandemic canceled all book tours and travel, the Smiths started visiting cemeteries in central and coastal Maine, finding veterans’ resting places and then researching their histories.

-PFAS: Forever Chemicals, at 7 p.m. via Zoom, in Herring Gut Coastal Science Center’s Learn-Discover-Grow Series. PFAS are chemicals used in a wide range of applications. From firefighting to waterproofing, these chemicals are called forever chemicals because of their extreme persistence and ability to last for thousands of years in the environment. Speakers Heather Spalding from Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and Ed Friedman from the Friends of Merrymeeting Bay will describe how these chemicals affect watersheds and human health. Register for the free program at herringgut.org/current-offerings.

THURSDAY, DEC. 1:

-World Aids Day Annual Candlelight Vigil, from 4:30 to 5 p.m. at Post Office Square in Belfast, to honor all who live with HIV/AIDS and remember those we have lost.

-Tinsel & Tails Holiday Gala & Silent Auction, 5:30 p.m. Join PAWS at 16 Bay View in Camden for a holiday celebration with wine, heavy appetizers, music, and a silent auction. Tickets are $100 and limited to 75. Learn more at pawsadoption.org. Meanwhile, the PAWS 50/50 Raffle for the Animals is under way and will close on Dec. 7, awarding one winner with a jackpot worth 50% of the total amount raised.

-“Beyond Supply Chains – America’s Changing Economic and Trade Policy,” 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. The Camden Conference and the library present Bill Hall in a free talk open to all. It will also be available on Zoom. Email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov to receive the Zoom link. Hall ponders global supply chains and how they were affected by the pandemic. He asks whether the Biden administration’s new approach to international trade – and the actions being taken or considered by other countries – will have profound effects on globalization and whether those developments would be good or bad for U.S. prosperity. For information on the 36th annual Camden Conference – Global Trade and Politics: Managing Turbulence – February 17-19, visit camdenconference.org.

FRIDAY, DEC. 2:

-Knox Museum Preview Party, 6 p.m. Be among the first to view the Thomaston house museum’s decorated unique and grand rooms. With cocktails, tables laden with savories and sweets, and music by the Bill Barnes Trio. Montpelier, home of the museum, is at 30 High Street in Thomaston. Tickets are $75 at the door; members $60.

-36th Annual Christmas by the Sea Weekend, kicks off with a holiday parade in downtown Camden on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by the lighting of a Christmas tree in Harbor Park, with Santa presiding over both events. Those wishing to participate in the Christmas by the Sea parade should contact Holly Anderson at handerson@camdensnowbowl.com to receive a participation form. On Saturday at 9 a.m., Santa will arrive by boat at the Camden Public Landing, where he’ll have time to greet children before he heads to the Camden Snow Bowl for another official entrance and his traditional reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” at 10 a.m. Photos with Santa and Elf Ellen will take place after story time, between 10:30 a.m. and noon. On Saturday at 5 p.m., Santa will make an appearance at the Lincolnville Beach bonfire before retiring for the evening. Throughout the weekend, in Camden, Lincolnville and Rockport, events will include horse-and-carriage rides, cookie decorating for all ages, the CBTS Storefront Treasure Hunt, a traditional Christmas Market, holiday craft fairs, Beltie Holiday, a Walk Through Bethlehem, musical performances, and more. For all the details, pick up a Christmas by the Sea events brochure at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce office (2 Public Landing, Camden) or visit the Christmas by the Sea page on Facebook.

-Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest, this Friday to Sunday. Seasonal activities throughout Wiscasset village include visits with Santa, a petting zoo, carolers, historic house tours and horse-drawn wagon rides. Throughout the weekend, the historic and seasonally decorated Nickels-Sortwell House offers self-guided tours with knowledgeable docents nearby. For details and a schedule of activities, visit wiscassetholidaymarketfest.com.

-Belfast Maskers Present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, at Basil Burwell Community Theater, 17 Court Street in Belfast, this weekend and next, with shows at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and matinees at 2 p.m. Sundays. In this Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman children – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. Tix are available at belfastmaskers.com and in the lobby a half-hour before each performance. General admission $18, with a $3 discount for students and seniors. The first Friday show has a Preview Night price of $10 for all ages. A discount of 15% applies to orders of six or more tickets purchased on the website.

SATURDAY, DEC. 3:

-Beltie Holiday at Aldermere Farm, 20 Russell Avenue in Rockport, from 9 a.m. to noon. Celebrate the holidays at Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s farm that’s home to Belted Galloway cattle. Activities include a photo-booth with Beltie calves, free Beltie-ornament-making kits, 4-H Club bake sale, balsam fir wreaths sale by Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool, and free hot cocoa. In lieu of admission, donations will be accepted to fund supplying beef to food pantries. For more info, call 236-2739 or visit aldermere.org.

-Downtown Christmas Festival in Thomaston, from 2 to 4 p.m. A host of family-friendly events is planned, primarily on downtown Main Street. From 2:00 to 3:30, visitors are invited to view and vote on their favorite downtown window displays, stop by RisingTide Boxing (144 Main Street) to make wildlife-friendly decorations to hang on the town Christmas tree, and head over to Watts Hall (174 Main Street) to write letters to Santa and partake of complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. At 3:30 attendees can parade to the Town Mall and sing Christmas carols led by pastor JB Usher of Solid Rock Church. At the mall, children will decorate the town Christmas tree with their handmade ornaments and Santa Claus will be on hand to light the tree. The Downtown Christmas Festival coincides with other events in town, including the first day of Knox Museum’s Holiday Open House at Montpelier and the second night of Watts Hall Community Arts’ presentation of “Walkin’ the Line – A Tribute to Johnny Cash.” More information and a breakdown of events can be found on Thomaston Main Street’s Facebook page.

-Atlantic Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker” at Camden Opera House, this Saturday and Sunday, with both performances at 3 p.m. ABC’s guest artist, Cristian Laverde Koenig, will travel from New York City to perform with the large cast of characters. Tickets are $16 and $20, available at Planet Toys in Camden and the Grasshopper Shops in Belfast and Rockland and online at buynutcrackertickets.com.

MUSIC

FRIDAY, DEC. 2:

-Lunchtime Concert at First Congregational Church of Camden, at noon. Holiday selections for piano, organ, voice, mandolin, a dramatic reading and more, led by Director of Music Matthew Mainster. This concert will be presented free of charge courtesy of First Congregational Church’s Friends of Music program. Donations will be taken in support of the Friends of Music program.

-Tom DiMenna Sings the Songs of Gordon Lightfoot at Waldo Theatre, in Waldoboro, at 7 p.m. The Maine singer-songwriter delivers a show packed with nostalgia, storytelling and music. Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance and $20 day of the show. Assistive listening devices are available at the box office. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions (including beer and wine) will be available for purchase. For more information visit thewaldotheatre.org.

-Novel Jazz at Skidompha Public Library, 184 Main Street in Damariscotta, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The group will play jazz out of the Great American Songbook. The musicians of Novel Jazz are Herb Maine (bass), Mickey Felder (piano), David Clark (Guitar), David Harris (alto), Michael Mitchell (trumpet), Barney Balch (trombone) and guest Tom Oldakowski (drums). All are welcome. The library requests that you consider bringing a financial donation for the library or food or personal hygiene items for its Little Food Pantry. Pantry items must not be expired and must be unopened. Admission is free of charge and a donation is not required for attendance. Parents are encouraged to bring their children.

-“Walkin’ the Line – A Tribute to Johnny Cash,” this Friday and Saturday, at 7 p.m. both nights, in the upstairs auditorium of Watts Hall, 174 Main Street in Thomaston. The live show stars Scott Moreau as The Man in Black, backed by a band of local musicians. Moreau, a native of Litchfield, has traveled the world performing as Johnny Cash for more than a decade. Ten years ago, he wrote “Walkin’ the Line” based on interviews, anecdotes and portions of the autobiography Cash and featuring more than 25 of Cash’s best loved songs. He’s also toured as Cash in Million Dollar Quartet, including a run at Maine State Music Theatre. “Walkin’ the Line” runs two hours and includes an intermission. The nearby Block Saloon will provide a cash bar, and concessions will be available by donation. Seating is general admission; doors open at 6:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $35 in advance through noon on the day of each show via EventBrite, linked at wattshallthomaston.com. If available, tickets at the door will be $40.

SATURDAY, DEC. 3:

-Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra Holiday Concert in Camden, 2 p.m. at John Street United Methodist Church, 98 John Street. The 18-piece big band, also known as MoJO, will play a mix of modern and traditional jazz and holiday favorites. All ages welcome, with donations in support of the church’s mission requested.

-16th Annual Ringing in the Season Handbell Concert, 4 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Camden. This year’s concert will feature Choral Bells of the First Congregational Church of Camden, Penobscot Bay Ringers, also of Camden, and handbell soloist Debra Hall of Rockport. This concert is free of charge, with donations taken in support of St. Bernard Soup Kitchen in Rockland. Seating will begin at 3 p.m., and attendees will be treated to pre-concert music by cellist Kay Allan of Thomaston starting at 3:40 p.m.

-Sheepscot Valley Chorus “Handel and Christmas Pops!” Concerts, this Saturday and Sunday, at 3 p.m. both days, at Boothbay Harbor Congregational Church. Handel’s Messiah will be performed with professional soloists and chamber orchestra. Holiday pops favorites will round out the second half of the program. A highlight will be one of Robert Shaw’s arrangements of Christmas carols, The Many Moods of Christmas, Suite IV. Tickets are available at purplepass.com/sheepscotchorusmessiah2022. For more information, email info@sheepscotvalleychorus.org, or visit facebook.com/sheepscotchorus and sheepscotvalleychorus.org.

SUNDAY, DEC. 4:

-All That Jazz at Hope Library, 2 p.m. The community is invited for an afternoon of light refreshments and the musical stylings of All That Jazz, a quartet offering favorites for the holiday season. This is a free event. All That Jazz is comprised of Bill Hahn, piano and vocals; Susan Davenport, vocals; Renny Stackpole, bass and vocals; and Hank Lunn, percussion and vocals. All That Jazz plays jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as R&B, Latin and rock ’n’ roll. Raffle tickets for a $100 gift certificate to the Hope General Store will be sold; the winner will be drawn at 3:30 p.m. You need not be present to win. Hope Library, located at the Hope Town Office at 443 Camden Road, can be reached by email at hopelibrary04847@gmail.com.

-DaPonte String Quartet Chamber Music Performance, 3 p.m., at Union Hall, 24 Central Street in Rockport. Concert Series I will consist of the Mozart String Duo in B flat Major for Violin and Viola, Dohnanyi Serenade for String Trio, Op. 10, and Beethoven String Trio in C minor, Op. 9 no. 3. Tickets may be reserved for $25 or pay what you wish at the door.

-Paul Sullivan and Friends in Concert, 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Searsport. Doors will open at 2:30. The church is located at 8 Church Street. The concert will feature selections from Sullivan’s Christmas in Maine CD and a few new pieces not heard before by local audiences. Admission is by donation to support the church and its community music programs.

-Midcoast Community Band Holiday Concerts, with one this Sunday, Dec. 4, at 1:30 p.m. at the St. George Odd Fellows Hall, 7 Elementary School Road in St George, and one next Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4:30 p.m. at Thomaston Baptist Church, 212 Main Street in Thomaston. The Midcoast Community Band has been performing in the midcoast for more than 30 years with Jo Anne Parker as leader/conductor. Their holiday concerts will feature traditional Christmas arrangements, seasonal band music and a carol sing-along, accompanied by the full band. They are suitable for all ages. Both concerts are free of charge. Donations will be taken, especially for the band’s flatbed repair fund. Email midcoastcommunityband@gmail.com for more information.

MONDAY, DEC. 5:

-The Wiley Family Presents “Handel’s Halleluyah,” at the Dec. meeting of Warren Historical Society, at 7 p.m. at the Old Brick Community Center, 44 School St. The program will feature multiple musicians singing and playing a variety of instruments, plus some audience sing-along time to well-known Christmas carols and songs. All are welcome.

TUESDAY, DEC. 6:

-Seacoast Community Orchestras Free Fall Concert, 7 p.m. at Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta. The family-friendly concert will feature local musicians of all ages. Among the pieces performed will be the “Mandalorian Star Wars Theme,” “A Knight’s Quest” and “Iditarod” by Soon Hee Newbold, Concerto Grosso by Francesco Geminiani, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Capriol Suite for Strings by Peter Warlock. All are welcome. Donations will be taken.

FILM

THURSDAY, DEC. 1:

-Captured-Live Production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” at the Strand Theatre in downtown Rockland, with showtimes at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Strand’s series of captured-live high-definition broadcasts from London’s National Theatre continues with the production featuring Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) and John Heffernan (Dracula) leading the cast in Shakespeare’s romcom of sun, sea and mistaken identity. Running time is 2 hours 30 minutes, including one intermission. Tickets are $15 general admission, $13 Strand members. To buy tickets, or for more information, visit rocklandstrand.com or call 594-0070.

SATURDAY, DEC. 3:

-Holiday Family Movie Series at the Rockport Opera House: Elf, 3:30 p.m. Celebrate Christmas by the Sea with a screening of the popular 2003 Christmas comedy starring Will Ferrell as a human raised by Santa’s elves. Everyone is welcome to participate in an Elf Yourself activity before the movie starts at 4 p.m. Free and open to all. Register online at rockportoperahouse.org or call 691-7388. The family series continues Saturday, Dec. 10, at 3:30 p.m. with The Grinch, and Saturday, Dec. 17, at 3:30 p.m. with It’s a Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.

ARTS

THURSDAY, DEC. 1:

-BiblioQuilts, an exhibit of mixed-media works by Larry Clifford, will be on display in the Kramer Gallery of the Belfast Free Library from Dec. 1 to 31. The gallery is on the ground floor of the library, located at 106 High Street. Clifford’s mixed-media work is a celebration of books, booklovers, libraries, and bookstores. His BiblioQuilt series was created using discarded books salvaged from basements, barns, attics and public libraries. For more information, visit Clifford’s website, flyleafgallery.com.

-Salvage Sculptures by André Benoit at Rockport Public Library, during the month of Dec.. The display will showcase Benoit’s signature human and animal forms and iconic motifs created with repurposed wooden remnants. The exhibit will be located on the “Art Wall” in the library’s lower level.

SUNDAY, DEC. 4:

-Artist’s Reception and Coffee for Sophie Cangelosi, at the Good Tern Café, 750 Main St., Rockland, at 10 a.m. She is the café’s current featured artist.

-Artist’s Reception for Cynthia Motian McGuirl, and her show of paintings, Family Tree, at Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, Washington. The reception is from 2 to 4 p.m. and she’ll give a talk at 2:30 p.m. The show hangs through Dec. 31.

-The Poets Corner Hosts “Celebrating Rilke on His Birthday,” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Register at thepoetscorner.org/events. Camden resident Mark S. Burrows returns to The Poets Corner. Burrows, an award-winning Rilke translator, poet and scholar of historical theology, will lead a conversation with Irish poet Pádraig Ó Tuama, host of the podcast “Poetry Unbound,” and award-winning author Barbara Mahany, who was a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune for 30 years and an author, most recently, of Motherprayer: Lessons in Loving.

TUESDAY, DEC. 6:

-Auditions for Watts Hall Community Players’ Production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!” Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 6 and 7, starting at 6:30 p.m. at St John’s Episcopal Church, 200 Main Street, Thomaston. This production calls for an adult cast of three to four men and three to four women in their late teens to late 30s. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing a song, preferably from the show, and read from small sections of the script. Performances will be the last weekend in February and the first in March. If you plan on auditioning or if you are interested but unable to attend auditions on either night, or if you would like further information, contact darylhahn@gmail.com.

COMING UP:

-Sally Loughridge Show at Rutherford Library in South Bristol, throughout Dec., with a public reception on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This exhibit shares local images as well as others along the coast and from Monhegan Island, where she has painted annually for over 15 years with a group of artist friends. The exhibit includes both oil and soft pastel works, all of which are for sale.

HOME & GARDEN

COMING UP:

-Advanced Training in Sediment and Erosion Control: Winter Best Management Practices Certification Course, on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 8 a.m. to noon at Wiscasset Parks and Recreation, 242 Gardiner Road in Wiscasset. Registration deadline is Dec. 9. John Maclaine of Maine DEP and Louisa Crane of Knox-Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District lead the class where participants will be exposed to concepts for controlling erosion on residential sites, learn about regulations and permits required when disturbing soil near natural resources, discuss the importance of selecting and installing appropriate vegetation for a site, and explore other tools available for creating long-term resilient residential landscapes. The fee is $95. Register online at knox-lincoln.org. For more information, contact Knox-Lincoln SWCD office at 596-2040 or julie@knox-lincoln.org.

FOOD & DRINK

SATURDAY, DEC. 3:

-Public “Waffles with Santa” Breakfast in Washington, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Lodge. Served will be waffles, bacon, juice and coffee. Free photo with Santa for children. Adults, $8; children under 8 years old, $4. Located a quarter mile north of Washington village on Route 220.

KIDS & PARENTS

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30:

-Bear Hunt Storytime at Rockland Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Kids are invited to bring their stuffed bears (or other stuffies) and join Miss Katie for a bear-themed story time. Enjoy bear books and songs, then join Miss Katie in a bear parade, followed by a bear scavenger hunt around the library.

-Breastfeeding Support Group, 11 a.m. to noon at Beebe Health Center, 15 Anchor Drive, Rockport. This informal support group for breastfeeding families provides interaction as well as individual assistance when needed. Women wanting more information about breastfeeding are also welcome. Facilitated by a lactation consultant from the Women and Infants unit. Because of room occupancy constraints, the meeting is limited to a maximum of seven moms with babies in arms. Siblings will not be allowed at this time. Call 301-8337 for more information. This group is free to attend but registration is required at journeytohealth.coursestorm.com.

THURSDAY, DEC. 1:

-Story Walk at Erickson Fields Preserve, 10:30 a.m. Families are invited to join Rockport Public Library Youth Services Librarian Stephanie Miller for a story walk through the Rockport preserve. Miller will be reading aloud from the book Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. The book tells the story of a young girl and her father who go “owling” late on a winter night. This free program is presented by the Rockport Public Library and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

-Family Program on Mammals of Maine, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. at Coastal Rivers’ Salt Bay Farm, in Damariscotta. Naturalist Angela DesVeaux will provide a brief introduction to local mammals and lead a short, gentle hike to look for tracks and signs. Following the hike, participants will make a small craft to take home. The program is designed for ages 3 to 7, though all ages are welcome. There is no cost to participate. Registration is required at coastalrivers.org/events.

SATURDAY, DEC. 3:

-Stockton Springs Community Library Hosts Story Hour First Saturdays, starting this Saturday, from 10 to 11 a.m., for children of all ages. The program will continue on the first Saturday of each month. In addition to the story, there will be snacks and an activity.

SUNDAY, DEC. 4:

-Free Holiday Fun at Owls Head Transportation Museum, in Owls Head. Staff and volunteers have planned a day full of fun with demonstrations, programs, and crafts. Children can explore the museum using a passport to collect a stamp at each station and receive a prize. Santa will be on-site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults in the family are encouraged to don their favorite “ugly sweater.” Festivities end at 1 p.m., but the museum will remain open until 4 p.m.

-Midcoast Nursing Circle Monthly Meeting, 2 to 3 p.m. at the Good Tern Cafe, 750 Main Street in Rockland. The group welcomes expectant and nursing families of all stripes with their nurslings of all ages, bottle- and/or breastfed. Light refreshments will be provided. The gathering is facilitated by Lulu Churchill (CLC) with occasional input from other experts. For more information, contact Heather Hynd, 594-8822.

MISCELLANEOUS

-2022 Adopt-A-Family Program, Knox County Homeless Coalition invites people to bring joy to midcoast families. If you are interested in adopting a family, order from the online Amazon wishlist at amzn.to/3SFnlVZ and have the items shipped directly to KCHC, where “elves” will wrap and deliver the gifts. To make a monetary donation, go to homehelphope.org/donate-now and choose “Adopt-A-Family” from the drop-down menu. Sign up to volunteer to be a wrapper by emailing adoptafamily@homehelphope.org to get on the schedule.-Puppy Raisers Wanted, by the Maine Region of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which is looking for people in the midcoast willing to take in a puppy for 14 to 16 months to teach it basic skills and socialization. Puppy classes are held in Belfast. Raisers receive ongoing, local support every step of the way and free veterinary care. Email for details: maineregion@guidingeyes.net.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30:

-Take a Break with Guided Meditation, online from noon to 12:30 p.m. Find a quiet spot and sign in for as much of this short meditation break as you can. The class will begin with a guided meditation, followed by silent meditation and a brief time for reflections/questions. This class is free. Visit journeytohealth.coursestorm.com or call 301-3950 to register.

-“Helping to Calm Strong Emotions with Resonant Language,” a three-day online workshop in the University of Maine Hutchinson Center’s professional development program, on Wednesdays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 and 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. via Zoom. Participants will learn practical strategies for helping calm strong emotions in themselves and others. These techniques can be employed to mitigate conflict between students, dispel tension during customer service interactions, reduce workplace friction, and minimize stress with family and friends. The cost is $175 per person. More information is available on the Hutchinson Center website.

THURSDAY, DEC. 1:

-Happy Wanderers Hike at Stover Preserve in Belfast, with Coastal Mountains and Journey to Health, at 10 a.m. This trail is an easy .9-mile hike that meanders along the Passagassawakeag River. After finishing this loop, you are welcome to cross the road to the Head of Tide Preserve, where the group will do an additional mile on moderate terrain. Hunter orange is suggested for hiking safety. Parking will be at Head of Tide Preserve, across the street from Stover Preserve. A Coastal Mountains staffer will direct parking. Directions: From downtown Belfast, take Main Street west and immediately turn right onto Waldo Avenue. In 1.5 miles, turn right onto Doak Road. Parking area is on the left immediately after Doak’s Machine Shop. Happy Wanderers meet on the first Thursday of each month. The hikes range in location from Rockport to Stockton Springs. Each outing is led by a Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Journey to Health staff member. Go to journeytohealth.coursestorm.com to register for this hike.

FRIDAY, DEC. 2:

-Book Sale at Rockport Public Library, this Friday and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Rockport Room in the library’s lower level will be filled with gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and puzzles for all ages and tastes. Volunteers from the Friends of the Rockport Public Library will keep book tables stocked full of fiction, nonfiction, mystery, Maine-themed, specials, and more. Annual Friends members will receive 10% off purchases. Only cash or checks will be accepted. Contact the library at 236-3642 if you would like to volunteer at the sale. Assistance is needed with set-up and breakdown (moving tables and books) and cashiering. Volunteers will have access to free books.

-Holiday Festival, this Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 32 Emery Lane in Boothbay Harbor. The annual Holiday Festival (formerly Festival of Trees) offers holiday floral arrangements, table décor, handmade gifts from nature, baked goods, and a new Dinner’s Ready section, with members’ favorite meals frozen and ready to take home. Trees, gift baskets, wreaths and gift certificates will also be available for sale. Proceeds support scholarships and environmental and community projects. Cash or check only.

-Marketfest Holiday Gift Shop in Wiscasset, a pop-up in the Nickels-Sortwell House barn on Federal Street, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. More than 20 vendors, all from Maine, offer artisan wares such as wreaths, baskets, jackets, jewelry, home accessories, honey, syrups, signs, and small-batch chocolates.

-Pop Up Holiday Shop at Steel House South, 639 Main Street in Rockland. There will be an opening reception this Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m. The shop will be open this Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The opening reception is free and open to the public. The Pop-Up Shop will offer a selection of work from artists and makers working in the midcoast, from ceramics, felted wearables, metal tableware, sculpture and jewelry to upcycled art. The featured artists are Autumn Cipala, Elysa Rose-Coster, Emily Shaffer Studio, Erica Moody, Kim Bernard, Marcie Jan Bronstein and Susie Cooke.

SATURDAY, DEC. 3:

-Rockport Garden Club’s Holly Berry Fair, from 8 a.m. to noon, at a new location for the annual fair, West Rockport Baptist Church, 545 Park Street, near the intersection of Routes 90 and 17 in Rockport. Offerings will include homemade cakes, cookies, preserves and pies, vintage items, costume and new jewelry, decorated wreaths and trees, hand-painted furniture, hostess gifts, freshly decorated holiday greenery, Christmas ornaments, critter toys, gnomes, felted and wool ornaments, wool appliquéd Christmas pillows, knitted hats and scarves, and Cook’s Corner, featuring vintage china and glassware. The Holly Berry Fair is the club’s primary fundraiser for its scholarship program and to plant and maintain Rockport’s public gardens.

-29th Annual Winterberry Fair in Union, at People’s United Methodist Church, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The fair will be offering wreaths and bunches of winterberries, baked goods, crafts, and a room full of gently used books for children and adults, DVDs, puzzles and games. Everyone attending will receive a free ticket to enter the door-prize drawing. Lois’s Café will offer breakfast and brunch items, as well as hot coffee and tea. Cash and checks only. The church is located at 21 Depot Street.

-Christmas Bazaar in South Thomaston, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at People’s United Methodist Church, 13 Chapel Street. Handmade ornaments and crafts, bake sale with preserves, Christmas White Elephant tables, wreaths, and kids’ activities. Santa will be there to hear wishes and take photos. All proceeds will be used to support church and community programs.

-Holiday Craft Fair at First Congregational Church of Camden, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring a variety of fine crafts made by local artisans including jewelry, wood crafts, needle felting, wreaths, soaps, quilting, ornaments, knitted hats and mittens, pet gifts, holiday decorations, and more.

-Holiday Open House at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 9 Water Street, Rockland, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring home a mini seaweed press with seaweed to make a holiday card. Join an Arctic tern for a story about its long journey. Visit the art gallery filled with art of Heather Burgess and the late John Bisignano.

-Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County Offers Gift-Wrapping, Music and Treats, from 3 to 5 p.m. Anni and the Rainmakers will be playing in the vestry of Belfast First Baptist Church, 93 High Street, Belfast. The veterans of the summer’s Lobster Gala on the waterfront play a wide range of music, including dance tunes. While you listen to the music or dance to it, you can get your presents wrapped and/or purchase holiday treats. The event is free; donations will be accepted. Everyone is invited to stay for the whole two hours or drop by for a short time.

-Weekend Holiday Open Houses at Museum of Maritime Pets, 75 Mechanic Street in Rockland, featuring exhibits, a volunteer-opportunities showcase, and gift shopping for people and pets, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 24. More info: 390-5909, museumofmaritimepets.org.