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Halloween in Kennebunk & Kennebunkport Maine 2016

Halloween in Kennebunk & Kennebunkport Maine 2016

Halloween in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk is freakishly fun, for kids and for kids that never grew up. Just drive around town and see the crazy, scary, silly scarecrows for a hint of how spirited the Kennebunks can be. If you’ve never seen Summer Street decorated in the dark on Hallow Eve you’re in for a treat or trick.

Here are some haunted happenings in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk this Halloween 2016:

For Families: Oct 16 Sunday is the 7th annual Wicked 5k Fun Run/Walk– costumes are encouraged for this fun run through the streets of Kennebunkport. Open to everyone, with amazing prizes and give-a-ways, most everyone leaves with something. Entry fee is $25 in advance, there is even a Kids popular 1K Fun Run for $5. The Wicked 5k benefits the Animal Welfare Shelter.

For Adults:

Oct 20 Thursday is the GHOST SHIP party on board the Spirit. Your $30 admission is for a spooky spirited night of chilling tales, creepy decorations, costumes, and wicked cocktails. Two signature cocktails and appetizers are included for each admission, 6-9pm

Old Vines Wine Bar is celebrating Halloweekend October 28 – 30 with spooky drink specials and craft cocktails plus Old Vines Dress Up and Drink Party. So trick or drink people, get your boo’s on at Old Vines this weekend.

Thursday Oct 27 is Local Dish’s Halloween Party at One Dock Prime, Kennebunkport Inn – 7-10pm Costumes are encouraged during this fun night of music with Ocean Ave band featuring our local starlet Lisa Mills. This ghoulish good time includes happy hour prices, monster mashing and prizes for best costumes!

The Kennebunk Farmers Market on Halloween Weekend Saturday so get your pumpkins, ghourds and squash, plus farm raised fresh produce, harvest veggies, organic beef, and homemade goodies!
Halloween weekend is Mabel’s Lobster Claw last hurrah ~that’s not a Halloween event per se but its frightening that they won’t be open again till spring, so get your Lobster Savannah ~ bwah ha ha.

For the Kids:

Kennebunks’ Chamber invites kids to Trick-or-Treat in downtown Kennebunk, Lower Village and Kennebunkport Dock Square businesses Oct 31 from 4 -6 pm. Participating shops and businesses will have a pumpkin sign on their door or window indicating they welcome trick or treaters. Be sure to thank these local business for having your little ghosts and goblins for a fun safe candy spree!

Halloween Night – Summer Street
is the scariest place to be. Residents of the historic Victorian homes and mansions decorate with spider webs, ghosts and graveyards, strobe lights and scary skeletons to see if your kids are brave enough to beg for candy. Summer Street trick or treating is a spooky spectacular not to be missed. Rumor is many of these centuries old homes are haunted. Halloween is certainly wicked popular here!

Sunday November 6 is the Nonantum Wedding Show – that’s awkward, but one man’s wedding is another‘s nightmare, lol. Nonantum’s Wedding Show is 11-4 with free admission, prizes, tastings and music with over 30 vendors from caterers to cakes, tents to flowers, djs to photographers.

Sunday November 6 is also time to Fall Back, set your clock back an hour for Daylight Savings at 2am…enjoy that extra hour of sleep cause its going to be dark when you wake.

Wishing all the little ghouls and goblins a spirited, spooky but safe Halloween in Kennebunkport &Kennebunk Maine!

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Wells, ME Annual Chili Fest Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Wells, ME Annual Chili Fest Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

The Annual Wells Chili-Fest takes place on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Wells Junior High School on U.S. Route 1, Wells, Maine from 11 am until 3 pm. We will have the Maine State Cook-Off this year. Our event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society and winners in various categories (Chili, Chili Verde, and Salsa) may qualify to advance to the World Chili Championship Cook-Offs at a date and location TBA. Contestants for these cook-offs must be ICS members. However, we also will have an open cook-off for the People’s Choice prize. Have a look at our fact sheet and contest forms for more details.

If you would like to become one of our sponsors, we have several levels of sponsorship from which you may choose. Please visit our Sponsorship page for more details.

If you are a food vendor and want to sell your products at our event, please go to our Vendors page for more information.

How good is your chili?

Why not find out at the Wells Chili-Fest? Even if you are not an ICS member you may still enter your chili or salsa into the People’s Choice Chili Cook-Off.

You might also want to consider joining the International Chili Society. Please visit their web site for more information. Why not take your chili or salsa to the World Chili Championship Cook-Off someday?

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A special thanks to all our sponsors. See you at Chili-Fest.

Behind the Scenes Refuge Tour of Parker River NWR Various Dates in February

Behind the Scenes Refuge Tour of Parker River NWR Various Dates in February

Behind the Scenes Refuge Tour of Parker River NWR
Held on the following days:
Saturday, February 20th @9:30 am Sunday, February 21st @ 1:00 pm,
Thursday, February 25th, @ 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 27th @ 9:30 am
and Sunday, February 28th @ 1:00 pm.
Join a refuge ranger for a behind the scenes tour of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Tour will be
conducted via refuge van, with several brief “drive by” stops along the way. The tour will present an “up
close and personal” look at the refuge thro
ugh the multiple lenses of the cultural history of Plum Island
and the Great Marsh, native wildlife and their habitats, and the role of refuge management in the
conservation of these precious natural resources. Participants may be driven along areas on the
otherwise closed to the public. This guided two hour program is most appropriate for older teens and
adults. Binoculars and/or a camera are recommended, but not required. Meet the ranger in the lobby of
the Refuge visitor center 15 minutes prior to the program start time. Each session is limited to 14 participants; no more than 4 individuals per sign up. Again, this is a vehicle based tour, with limited
stops on the Refuge. Advance registration is required for this program, as enrollment is limited. Be
advised that individual tours may be subject to cancellation. *Please note: Those who call and leave
messages after hours, your registration is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation call from a
refuge staff member. Please call (978) 465-5753; to register for this program. Those who call after business hours, please leave a message. You are not registered until you receive a confirmation from us.

St. Patrick’s Gala Dinner-Dance at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Wells

St. Patrick’s Gala Dinner-Dance at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Wells

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St. Patrick’s Gala Dinner-Dance at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Wells

March 19

St. Patrick’s Gala Dinner-Dance Benefit On Saturday, March 19th, the annual St. Patrick’s Dinner-Dance will be held at St. Mary’s Church on Eldridge Road, Wells. The Knights of Columbus, Rev. William J. Kelly Council hosts this event to a sell-out crowd, to provide charities with needed funds. This year, the funds from the traditional corned beef, or ham, and cabbage with root vegetables dinner will be donated to St. Andre’s Home and the Parish Youth Ministry (Jamaica Project). The dinner-dance starts with a “social” from 5:30-6:00 pm, with dinner to follow. After dinner, music for dancing will be provided by Tom Pomeroy, a much enjoyed DJ. Several door prizes will also be awarded to the attendees. The dinner-dance tickets are $25 per person (BYOB), and can be purchased during weekend services at St. Mary’s Church or by calling 251-4009 or 850-6488. Tickets must be purchased in advance by March 13th. Donations for the charities are accepted from those people unable to attend the event. To download and print poster “Click Here”.


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Kennebunkport’s Annual Christmas Prelude

Kennebunkport’s Annual Christmas Prelude

December 2nd through December 13th, 2015
This weeklong event has something for everyone, everyday.
Too numerous to list here, from trolley rides and snowfalke making to craft fairs and signature events, this is a wonderful fun filled week of holiday cheer!
Visit for a detailed schedule.

Happy Holidays!

Saco Fesitval of Trees – A month FULL of activities

Saco Fesitval of Trees – A month FULL of activities

11th Annual Festival of Trees

“Home for the Holidays”
November 27th – December 31, 2015
Closed December 24th and 25th

Join us for the 11th annual Festival of Trees!

Saturday, November 21, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Get gussied up and bring your friends for an evening of holiday cheer.
$20 tickets available in advance or at the door. Call 207-283-3861 ext 113 or email croy for reservations.

Friday, November 27 5:00 p.m.
Be the first to see this year’s dazzling exhibit of trees and wreaths. Buy raffle tickets for your favorite, tree, wreath or raffle item and win big!

Monday, November 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Email zoebthomas to arrange for your group to come visit on this groups only day.

Saturday, December 5, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Calling all children to the Dyer Library to make holiday decorations for your tree and home.

Saturday, December 12, Seatings at 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Call 283-3861 x102 to reserve a spot for you and your favorite child.

VISIT WITH SANTA and “Merry Moosey Christmas” Reading Sunday, December 13, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Children, grab your parents and come tell Santa your wishes of hope and love for Christmas. While at the museum enjoy a reading by author Lynn Plourde of her new book “Merry Moosey Christmas” published by Island Port Press. Meet the illustrator, Russ Cox, and watch him bring the book to life though a drawing demo. Create a moose puppet to take home! And get your copy of this new book signed by both author and illustrator to give to your best friend for Christmas.

Dyer Library, Saco Museum, 371 Main Street, Saco, ME, 207.283.3861

Saco Main Street Toys for Tots and Parade of lights

Saco Main Street Toys for Tots and Parade of lights

SACO MAIN STREET & TOYS FOR TOTS 5th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights Sat., Dec. 5, 2015 6:30 pm on Saco’s Main Street

In 2011, Saco Spirit & Toys for Tots started a wonderful new tradition–the Holiday Parade of Lights. Our first four parades were really successful, and we invite you to participate in the 2015 parade. It’s a great time of year to join together and show our community spirit. All area schools, businesses, churches, municipalities, organizations, families and just plain folks are invited to join the fun with a float, car, walking unit, band, horses, dogs or other appropriate entry. We have no theme– just
use lots of lights
and come ready to have a blast! Space is limited, so register early. Parade entry is
to everyone; there are no fees. Please
read the Parade Rules
sign the attached application
and return it (preferably via e- mail) with insurance information (to be forwarded shortly) by
Wed., December 2
The parade assembles at 5-5:30 pm on Middle St. Ext. at Burns School/Dyer Library area & starts promptly at 6:30 pm, proceeding down Main St. from Beach St to Pepperell Square. At Pepperell Square, you will to turn either left through Pepperell Square or right down Water St.
ll e-mail you with more info a few days before the parade, including your position in the parade and exactly where to line up. Please remember:
in the parade, & that includes Mrs. Santa. Be creative, have fun
be sure to use

For more info, contact: Nancy Tripp – 284-6997 – ntripp or Linda Edgerton – 286-3546 – sacomainstreet

York’s annual Festival of Lights December 5th, 2015

York’s annual Festival of Lights December 5th, 2015

Get Ready – The Festival of Lights is coming!

The Town of York’s Festival of Lights committee will be coordinating the Festival of Lights Parade again this year. “All entries will be judged between 3:30 and 4:00 pm. Categories for this years event will be: Best Children’s Float, Best Antique Car, Most Original, Most Traditional, Best use of Lights, Most Musical and Best Business Float. The Festival of Lights” holiday parade is held to celebrate the season and we would very much like your organization or club to participate in this celebration.

The parade will consist of marching bands, floats, clowns, antique cars, public service organizations, business establishments and much more.

This year, due to safety regulations, we are unable to allow parade participants to distribute candy, whether you are walking or on a float. We will however have many adult elves along the route distributing candy to the spectators. Please read safety guidelines attached in order to avoid disappointment the day of the parade.

The date of this event is Saturday, December 5th, 2015 at 4:30 pm. As this parade is in the evening, we ask all participants to have their cars, floats etc., illuminated in the spirit of the holidays. Enclosed you will find a copy of the parade route, as well as an entry form, and parade safety guidelines for your review (please email below for a packet).

Should you wish to enter, please fill out the attached form, along with a brief description of your entry and return it to the York Parks and Recreation Department.

Many other events, sponsored by the Festival of Lights committee, such as caroling, the lighting of the village square, a Christmas tea at Jefferds Tavern, and the play “A Christmas Carol,” will be a part of this celebration.

We hope to make this parade and evening a special time for the entire community of York. Please join us!

We look forward to receiving your entry and we greatly appreciate your support.

15th Annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival Saturday October 24, 2015

15th Annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival Saturday October 24, 2015

15th Annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival
Saturday October 24, 2015

Our Pumpkin Harvest Festival is one of Saco’s most popular events. Keep checking back as we continue to add to the day.
9:00am – 12:30pm

  • Bring your pumpkin and decorate it here
  • Face Painting

1:00pm – 5:00pm

  • Hayrides
  • Add your own decorated/carved pumpkin to our “Pumpkin Patch”
  • Pumpkin Golf, Candy Corn Bowling, Bean Bag Toss & MORE!
  • Cornhusk Doll Making and other crafts
  • Small wildlife exhibit
  • Face Painting
  • Live Performances (including YOU!)
  • Local Food
  • Storefront Decorating Contest Winners announced
  • MUSIC w/DJ Dr. Dave…
  • GRAND FINALE at 5pm:

Costume Parade for kids of all ages down Main Street
You won’t want to miss this one!

If you would like to join the organizing committee for the 2015 festival, please call 286-3546 or email sacomainstreet.