December 2, 2013


By Deborah Sayer
News Assistant

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Music director Harry Moon, far right, leads members of the Community Chorus at South Berwick through a dress rehearsal in advance of two planned concerts this week. The chorus will perform two concerts of “A Boy Was Born” this weekend in South Berwick and Newington, N.H., offering a selection of music spotlighting modern choral composers.

Photo courtesy Gail Kelley

The downtown revitalization organization Heart of Biddeford announces more unique twists for this year’s Downtown Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting on Friday.

A live ice-carving show, storytellers, musicians and maybe even dancing vegetables will entertain from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Square, off Main Street.

Santa will travel by horse-drawn sleigh to City Square to light the tree at 5:30 p.m.

The evening also will include photos with Santa at Joseph McKenney Photography Studio (photos by donation), free horse-drawn sleigh rides, cookie decorating at Reilly’s bakery, and concessions provided by La Kermesse. While downtown, visitors will be invited to take a walk through time to visit “The Holidays through the Ages,” window lighting displays in vacant windows, each showing holiday treasures from a different decade over the last century.

A “Shop Mom & Pop Day” shopping event will offer special promotions at participating local small businesses.

Holiday short movies will be shown for free in City Theater from 1 to 3 p.m.

Musicians and performers will include Wicked Good Ice’s on-stage speed carving show; a McArthur Library recitation of “The Night Before Christmas,” the University of New England’s TABS a cappella singers, Biddeford Intermediate School Choir and The Easy Money Band playing holiday favorites!

For a complete schedule, call Delilah Poupore at 284-8520 or email


Holiday at a historic house

The Pejepscot Historical Society will sponsor a visit with Santa Claus from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the parlor of the historic Skolfield-Whittier House, 161 Park Row.

Guests are invited to take guided tours of the house at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., and Bowdoin College’s a cappella group Miscellania will be on hand to provide musical entertainment.

Next door, at the Pejepscot Museum, PHS will offer refreshments, holiday shopping and a viewing of the new exhibit “Books, Boots & Beyond: Shopping in Brunswick, 1889-1969,” and Brunswick resident George Tetu’s stained-glass holiday village, featuring local landmarks such as the Chamberlain Museum and the old Town Hall.

Among the items for sale are 2014 calendars featuring vintage images of “Bygone Brunswick,” greeting cards, and ornaments.

Admission to this event is free.

Families are asked to bring their own cameras to photograph their children’s visit with Santa.

For more details, call 729-6606.

St. Paul’s Christmas Fair

The 77th annual Christmas Fair at St. Paul’s Church will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 27 Pleasant St.

The event will feature treasures and antiques, handmade Christmas items and gifts, jewelry, fine art, knitted goods, holiday greens, a country store with ornaments, pet stockings, homemade salsas, pickles, free pictures and face painting with Santa. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All proceeds benefit St. Paul’s Outreach Programs.

For more details, call 725-5342 or email


Presentation by WWII veteran

Union Historical Society will host a talk with Society member Walter Rich at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary of the People’s United Methodist Church, 21 Depot Street, just off Union Common.

Rich will give an illustrated presentation on “Reminiscences of World War II.”

In 1942 Rich enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was assigned to the 8th Air Force, 96th Bomb Group in England, where he served as a ball turret gunner aboard B-17 bombers, flying 15 missions.

He will talk about his experiences of being captured and of being repatriated to the U.S. on a Liberty ship.

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