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Concerts, crafts herald the season at First Congregational Church

Dec 02, 2019
The 14th annual Ringing in the Season holiday handbell concert takes the stage at First Congregational Church of Camden on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. Free admission.

Camden — The First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm St., hosts several festive events Dec. 6 and 7 during Christmas by the Sea weekend.

On Friday, Dec. 6, at noon, the church kicks off Christmas by the Sea weekend with a fun and festive lunchtime concert of holiday selections for piano, organ, voice, chorus, accordion and more, lead 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 are welcomed in support of the program.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a Holiday Craft Fair will be held in the Pilgrim and Mayflower Rooms, featuring a variety of fine crafts made by local artisans. Come shop for jewelry, wood crafts, needle felting, wreaths, soaps, quilting, ornaments, knit hats and mittens, holiday decorations, and more!

Also on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m., the church hosts the 14th annual Ringing in the Season handbell concert. This year’s concert will feature Choral Bells of the First Congregational Church of Camden; Penobscot Bay Ringers, also of Camden; the Prescott Memorial School Chime Ensemble; handbell soloist Debra Hall of Rockport; and the Camden Hills Regional High School Chamber Singers. This concert is also free of charge, with donations welcomed in support of PAWS Animal Adoption Center of Camden and Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County in Thomaston. Seating for the handbell concert begins at 3 p.m., and attendees will be treated to pre-concert piano music by Matt Mainster starting at 3:40 p.m.

Come and enjoy the crafts, music, and holiday cheer in downtown Camden. For more information about these events, please call The First Congregational Church at 236-4821.

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