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by Anne Berleant
For the second holiday season, the Town of Castine is bringing some holiday spirit to Castine with Light Up Castine.
Trees will be lit and decorations hung along Main Street in early December, ushering in a season of festive music and community events.
“Our merchants, artisans and inns will be offering Christmas specials to Castine residents and surrounding towns during the holiday season, so please shop locally,” reads a press release sent by the nine members of Castine Community and Economic Development.
On Saturday, December 1, the Holly Berry Fair will be held at the Trinitarian Congregational Parish on Main Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On that same day, the Friends of Witherle Memorial Library will host a book sale on the town common from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Castine Historical Society opens its doors for an open house at the Abbott School from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Bicentennial Quilt will be displayed and the gift store open for holiday shopping. (The store is open weekdays by appointment throughout December.)
On Wednesday, December 5, the Castine Town Band performs its holiday concert at the Trinitarian Congregational Parish at 7 p.m., joined by Maine Maritime Academy students and musicians from throughout the area.
On Friday, December 7, the town Christmas Tree Lighting happens at 5 p.m. on the town common, with downtown shops staying open during the evening hours.
Monday, December 10, brings the “Castine Christmas” Children’s Concert to the Trinitarian Congregational Parish at 7 p.m.
And Santa will share a cookie with children of all ages—and listen to Christmas wish lists whispered into his ear—at the Compass Rose Bookstore on Saturday December 1, 8 and 15 from 12 to 2 p.m. Refreshments and photographs will be provided.