November 29, 2012

Kennebunkport all decked out for Christmas Prelude

Everything from tours, caroling and kids’ crafts to the swanky, crowd-pleasing and very adult Fire and Ice Bar await participants at the annual holiday extravaganza.

By Avery Yale Kamila akamila@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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CHRISTMAS PRELUDE

WHEN: Thursday to Sunday and Dec. 7-9

WHERE: Dock Square, Lower Village and Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport

HOW MUCH: Prices vary; many events are free

INFO & FULL SCHEDULE: christmasprelude.com

WHAT ELSE: Parking and shuttle services available

The celebration kicks off Thursday night with two foodie parties: A release party for Shipyard's Prelude Ale at Federal Jack's Brew Pub and a Champagne Reception at White Columns, followed by a prix fixe dinner at On the Marsh Bistro.

The reception and dinner are a benefit for the Kennebunkport Historical Society. This is the first year the Champagne Reception takes place in White Columns. Built in 1853, the Greek Revival home contains period antiques and wallpapers.

"The house will be completely decorated by a team of designers," said Susan Edwards, executive director of the historical society. "This year, they're using primarily natural greens and fruits, so it's very traditional."

In addition to sipping sparkling wine, guests at the party will be the first to see the Treescapes exhibition.

"Two years ago, we initiated a new event called Treescapes," Edwards said. "This year, they will be mostly table-top trees made by different decorators, designers and volunteers with design expertise. We expect to have close to 20 wreaths and trees (for sale)."

Each day of Prelude offers plenty of festive fare, including hot chocolate, eggnog, mulled cider, fish chowder suppers, chili luncheons, lobster stew fundraisers, outdoor barbecues, lobster bakes, wine tastings, blueberry pancake breakfasts and a cookie tasting contest.

There will even be a cookbook signing with Michael Sanders, author of "Fresh from Maine," at Keys to the Kitchen at 10 a.m. Saturday. During the event, chef Joshua Mather of Joshua's Restaurant will serve finger foods.

The highlight of the final weekend is the Fire and Ice Bar at the Nonantum Resort on Dec. 7-8. Nonantum general manager Tina Hewett-Gordon said the response to the two-night party, now in its third year, has been "beyond our expectations."

Last year, the outdoor event attracted 1,000 people; Hewett-Gordon said ticket sales are on track to double that this year.

The party features three carved ice bars -- one with a shot luge, one devoted to beer and a third featuring champagne -- paired with a bonfire, individual fire pits and ice sculptures placed throughout the property.

Foods from local restaurants will accompany all the drinks, and should guests need to warm up, they can head inside the resort, where there will be live music. Tickets to the 21-plus event cost $20 each.

"It's the perfect ending to Christmas Prelude," Hewett-Gordon said. "It sets the tone for community and thankfulness and being together, with a whole lot of Christmas spirit."

Staff Writer Avery Yale Kamila can be contacted at 791-6297 or at:

akamila@pressherald.com

Twitter: AveryYaleKamila

 

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... and a candle-toting caroler.

 


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