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Have you noticed that the evergreens and winter berries are in the window boxes in the center of the city? Thanks to the HOBBA group of companies, it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas!

We’ll be diving into the holiday events next week, starting with a tree lighting event on Saturday, December 3 at 6pm at the Penobscot “Crescent” Marine Museum. This year the decorated tree will be placed in a peapod-style boat and lit while carols are sung. Across the street, in the Granite Grange courtyard next to the Methodist Church, hot chocolate and cookies will be available. A very nice way to start the holidays! Thanks to the Events Committee for organizing this.

On Sunday, December 4 at 3 pm, the First Congregational Church will present a Christmas Concert with pianist Paul Sullivan. Admission is by donation. On Thursday, December 8, the church will present a community carol sung indoors.

On Saturday, December 10, the Searsport Historical Society will sponsor its annual vacation home tour from noon to 4:30 p.m. , now under new owners, the Keith and Dawn Ritchie house, the Phyllis Gaul house, the “Old Vestry” of the Penobscot Museum and two churches. First Congregational Church will feature its newly organized Bell Choir and other musical groups throughout the afternoon. The Methodist Church will have their wonderful nursery on display. Tickets are $15 per person and are available by calling Karen Kelley at 548-2947 or pick them up at Crary Carlin Colman’s house on the day of the tour, where refreshments will also be served. All proceeds benefit the Searsport Historical Society.

The Friends of Sears Island is offering a “Share the Light” take-along activity kit for kids this month that will focus on the winter solstice and make the darkest, coldest days of the year less dreary. The kit will include materials to make homemade lighters to warm up cold winter nights, gold foil to make star decorations, a solstice wreath, a kindness calendar and ideas to help animals in winter. The kits are free and are intended for children ages 5-12.

To order a kit, email [email protected] When you receive a confirmation email, families can pick up the kit at the Carver Memorial Library until December 2. Quantities are limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Donations are always appreciated to offer these projects at no cost.

And finally, the Carver Library Holiday Gift Basket Silent Auction is in full swing! Baskets are available for bidding through December 15 at 5 pm Visit the library and see what people have made this year. There are usually chocolates, toys, pet supplies, and lots of imaginative things stuffed into one basket!

In the meantime, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend!

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