Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells; across the snow. The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. Alfred Lord Tennyson

A Maine winter has its own beauty. The winter beauty belongs to us who live, battle or enjoy a world created by cold days, ice and snow. Other seasons never hold winter treasures or offer such gift-wrapped artistry.

As I look out my kitchen window it is a wondrous sight to see as snowflakes dress the barren trees. So let winter wreak its fury blowing its icy chill piling snow high upon my windowsill and dressing bush and shrub in capes of white. “Oh, the snow is stopping.” The clouds breakup and part overhead lightening the gray winter sky to crystal blue.

I find happiness in the change as I feel the warmth of the winter sun on my face. There is a magic transformation to winter’s gift of sparkling whiteness tied with Jack Frost’s lace.

Winter holds such different opportunities. Our community, with fresh vison, and full of promise comes together with contributions and a great strength of support building favorite winter traditions.

It carries the message of a Maine winter to your family and future generations. Biddeford Winter Fest is a time for building memories as the city celebrates winter with a weekend of great events.

Winter Fest 2018 will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 2, 2018 and at 5 p.m. Feb. 4. Details are coming together for another exciting weekend of snow-related fun ( plus great indoor events for those who might prefer the warmth.)

Initiated by Mayor Alan Casavant, this is a community related event with something for everyone during one great weekend of winter fun.

The festival sponsors are Biddeford Savings, Saco and Biddeford Savings, Bangor Savings Bank and Heart of Biddeford.

We have great appreciation and send many thanks to the Biddeford and Saco Departments of Public Works and Police for their support.

It reads like a unique time coming up at the Last Blast Old Orchard Beach New Year’s Eve Beach Party. Time is 4:30 p.m. in the Town Square and on the beach oob365.com New Year seem to be the real end of the Christmas Season.

Old Orchard Beach helps it residents out by letting them throw their trees into a massive beach bonfire.

If a flaming mountain of Christmas trees isn’t enough to get you out of the house, then how about hot cocoa, kettle corn, marshmallow roasting station, dancing with beats by D.J. Joeyoke, a carousel ride at Palace Playground and fireworks at 7 p.m.?

Old Orchard Beach knows how to bring in the New Year, right?

Wishing everyone a healthy, successful and happy New Year.  

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