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

Rich has compiled a great deal of information about World War II, including memorabilia, books and magazines,and has written a memoir of his experience.

Following the presentation, refreshments will be served in the church fellowship hall.

For more details, call 785-5444 and leave a message, or go to


Christmas past at Norlands

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center will open for an interactive Christmas celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 290 Norlands Road, recreating an 1870s Christmas at Norlands.

Activities include wagon rides, period crafts in the one-room schoolhouse, story-telling, parlor games, cooking in the farmer’s cottage, and tours of the simply-decorated Washburn family mansion.

A piano performance will be given by Kimberly Fleury and Jenavieve Feith, and a Christmas carol sing-along also will be held.

Soup, cider and cornbread will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $5 and attendees can fill a bag with homemade cookies to take home.

Handmade aprons from vintage fabrics will be sold, with proceeds benefiting Norlands’ “Raise the Barn: Rebuild the Magic” fund.

The gift shop will be open.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and younger and $25 for families.

For more details, call 897-4366 or go to


How’s your gingerbread?

Penobscot Marine Museum will kick off its annual Gingerbread Christmas By the Sea gingerbread house competition the week.

Children and adults can bring their creations to the Museum Shop and Framer at 40 East Main St. by Thursday.

The public is invited to vote for its favorite gingerbread house during the opening party for the winter exhibit “Underfoot” from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.

The Searsport Christmas Tree Lighting is planned for 4 p.m. Friday. Children are invited to come and hang their handmade decorations on the tree.

After Saturday, the gingerbread houses may be entered in the annual Chocolate Drop Shoppe Gingerbread House competition; a representative from Chocolate Drop Shoppe will be at Penobscot Marine Museum on Friday with registration forms.

The entry fee is $5, with proceeds benefiting the Belfast Rotary 100 Fund, which provides holiday gifts for struggling families in Waldo County.

For more details, call Lin Calista at 548-0334 or 338-0566.


Barbershop chorus concert

The Downeasters Barbershop Chorus will give a concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the First Parish Church, 12 Beach St.

Admission is by donation of cash or a nonperishable food item.

For more details, call 370-8181.

Holiday fair at UU church

The Holiday Cheer Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 60 School St.

It will include a bake sale, jewelry, Grannie’s Attic, collectibles, crafts, Country Treasures, plants, live green arrangements, a children’s table and holiday music.

Cafe brunch and lunch items will be available for purchase, as well as take-out foods.

For more details, call 282-0062.

Saco Spirit festival Saturday

The 2013 Saco Spirit Holiday Festival will unfold in the downtown area beginning at noon Saturday.

Highlights include a cookie walk from noon to 4 p.m, horse-drawn hayrides at 2 p.m., visits with Santa at City Hall from 2 to 4 p.m., Christmas tree lighting and caroling from 4 to 4:30 p.m., a Toys for Tots Benefit Baked Bean Supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the Parade of Lights at 6:30 p.m.

Parade participants will assemble at C.K. Burns School at 5:30 p.m. for the march down Main Street to Pepperell Square at 6:30 p.m.

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