Christmas by the Sea: by day

By Susan Mustapich | Dec 03, 2017
Photo by: Susan Mustapich A rip roaring bonfire at Lincolnville Beach Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m. kicked off the town's Christmas By the Sea celebration.

ROCKPORT, CAMDEN, LINCONVILLE — Families and folks of all ages enjoyed Santa, song, craft fairs and more during Christmas by the Sea in Rockport, Camden and Lincolnville Dec. 2.

Santa arrived on calm seas at Rockport Marine Saturday morning, and was greeted by a huge group of waiting children excited to see the jolly man up close. After he boarded the float and walked up the incline to dry land, the little ones, accompanied by parents and grandparents lined up for photos inside with Santa and Elf.

At noon, Santa arrived in Camden Harbor by sea, read stories to children at the Camden Public Library, and later, headed up to Lincolnville Beach in a firetruck. Hopefully, he had a good night's rest after all of that activity.

In Camden, the Town Office opened its doors for cookie decorating, with gingerbread Christmas trees and holiday stars baked by Red Barn Baking Co., fluffy white icing from French & Brawn Marketplace, and candy decorations from Uncle Willy's Candy Shoppe. Marlene Libby, deputy finance director, and Cory Raymond, custodian, hosted, and the children did the rest. Don't tell, but nearly as many cookies were eaten as decorated.

Across the street, the Midcoast Community Chorus gathered to sing carols and holiday favorites on the Village Green. Steve Weston led the chorus. Harmonious sounds and good spirits filled the historic center of town.

The Lincolnville community and visitors enjoyed an enormous bonfire, hot chocolate and caroling, led by Richard Grant, at Lincolnville Beach. The bonfire construction got started much earlier in the day, and was a pyrotechnic wonder. With many firemen present, all who gathered could relax and enjoy.

Many local businesses, and countless volunteers, make all of this fun possible. Rockport Marine delivered Santa safely to Rockport Harbor. Camden Coast Real Estate and Mark Haskell sponsored the free photos with Santa. Lyman Morse brought Santa ashore in Camden Harbor, and Lincolnville Communications sponsored the cookie decorating.

Santa arrives on a crowded float in Rockport Harbor Dec. 2, and waves to the children and families waiting to greet him. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Little ones are drawn to follow Santa as he heads up to Rockport Marine for photographs. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
A friendly group, known as "the harbor crew" gather around Santa at Rockport Marine Dec. 2. They are, from front row left, Brennan Wright, Marylou Mayhorn, Oakley Pulmiters, Wesley Mayhorn, Jack Pulmiters and Lydia Kell; back row, from left, Julian Mayhorn and Adelaide Kelly. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Decorating cookies at the Camden Town Office Dec. 2 are, front right, Rachel McCormick, with sons Saben and Zachary. In the background, behind the table, are Marlene Libby and Corey Raymond from the Camden Town Office. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Max Blazek was pleased that he decorated his snowman cookie just right. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
The Midcoast Community Chorus, led by Steve Weston, filled the Camden Village Green with harmonious sounds Dec. 2. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
The bonfire, hot chocolate and caroling at Lincolnville Beach Dec. 2 drew lots of locals and travelers. The arrival of Santa in a firetruck, and a party with Santa photos at the Lincolnville Improvement Association building followed. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Volunteers tended the bonfire at Lincolnville Beach Dec. 2. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Lincolnville Beach carries forward the holiday tradition of a good bonfire. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Dec 03, 2017 15:31

Good to see Steve Weston leading the chorus. Merry Christmas to all and especially Steve!

Mary "Mickey" (Brown) McKeever

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