Monday, December 5, 2016

The Christmas Holiday Season

The Christmas Holiday Season is upon us. Erin and I visited Gardens A Glow in Boothbay Harbor about an hour south of us. It is a must for visitors to the Mid-Coast region. The Coastal Botanical Gardens are transformed to a magical. colorful lighted Winter Wonderland. more than 360,000 lights adorn the plants, trees, bushes, and structures. Visitors are guided along various pathways.Be on the lookout for Fairies and there houses on the walkways. Food stops offer hot chocolate and coffee, homemade kettlecorn, pizza, and a variety of sandwiches. Upon you arrival or on your way out, a gift shop with everything MAINE, provides many ideas for gifts during this holiday season.

Festivities for "Christmas by the Sea" occurred throughout the Rockland, Rockport, Camden, and Lincolnville corridor during the weekend of December 2-4, 2016. Wreaths lit the roadways in downtown Camden and Lincolnville Beach. A holiday concert, a parade with floats, carriage rides throughout town, and the community tree lighting kicked of the events in Camden on Friday. A silent auction benefiting PAWS animal shelter was held at the Samoset Resort in Rockland. On Saturday, in Rockport, Santa arrived by boat. Holiday cookie decorating took place at the Rockport YMCA. Santa later arrived by boat in Camden Harbor,followed by storytime with Santa, and photos with Santa.
Later in the afternoon, the tradition bonfire was lit at Lincolnville Beach with a large crowd keeping warm and singing Christmas Carols. Guess Who arrived by Firetruck at the beach and greeted the children? Yes...Santa. Residents of Lincolnville then gathered at the Schoolhouse Museum/LIA Building to take pictures with Santa, listen to Santa tells stories, and best of all, feast on homemade cookies. Concluding the evening the Lincolnville Community Social was held at the UCC at Lincolnville Center. All who attended agree it was a huge success from the silent auction to the fun dancing and listening to the music. The Ho Ho Holiday Book Fair at the Camden Library and the Nutcracker performing at the Camden Opera House concluded the events for this year's "Christmas by the Sea". You can start planning and set aside that first weekend in December for next year's festivities by going online and booking your room at Spouter Inn B&B for December 2017.

Wreaths Across America will be rolling through Lincolnville on Sunday, December 11 this year sometime between 1:30 and 2:30. Wreaths will be placed in the brook and carried out to the bay, symbolic of those who gave their lives to protect our freedom here in America. Check out the website....

Finally, Spouter Inn B&B will be open until 12 noon on December 24, 2016. We will reopen on December 30 getting ready for New Years Eve. Book your stay here at Spouter Inn B&B as we partner with local restaurants helping you to ring in the New Year 2017. Check us out at...