Holiday Gift Guide and Seasonal Events

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Greater Portland

Fairs, Food, Fun

Thursday 11/17

Holiday Open Studio and Show, 5-8 p.m., Open Concept Artist Studio, 50 Cove St., Portland, FMI 400-6159.

Saturday 11/19

Breakfast with Santa and Craft Fair, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Pownal Elementary, 587 Elmwood Road, Pownal, $4 per person/$15 family, FMI

Christmas Craft Fair to benefit West Scarborough United Methodist Church, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., West Scarborough United Methodist Church, corner of Route 1 and Church St., FMI or 883-2814.

Craft Fair, Casco Bay High School and PATHS, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 196 Allen Ave., Portland, FMI

Back to the Land fine arts and crafts show, exhibit, sale and silent auction to benefit Skyline Farm. Runs through Dec. 11 at Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth. FMI Pamela 829-5708, or

Waynflete Holiday Artisan Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Waynflete School, 360 Spring St., Portland, FMI Kathy 774-5221 ext. 120.

Christmas Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., West Scarborough United Methodist Church, corner of Church St. and Rt. 1, FMI 883-2814.

Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m, Casco Bay High School, 196 Allen Ave., Portland.

Durham PTA Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Durham Community School, 654 Hallowell Road, FMI Laurel 522-1919.

Harvest Fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Mahoney Middle School, South Portland.

Holiday Craft Fair, Freeport Lioness-Lions 14th Annual, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Haraseeket Grange Hall, 13 Elm St., Freeport, FMI 751-3649.

Holiday Craft Fair and Chowdah Lunch, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Haraseeket Grange Hall, 13 Elm St., Freeport, FMI 865-6188.

Holly Days Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, FMI 781-3413.

Holly Daze Bazaar, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., First Congregational Church of South Portland, 301 Cottage Road, FMI 799-2235.

Riverton School Harvest Extravaganza, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Riverton School, 1600 Forest Ave., Portland, FMI 874-8210.

Santa’s Workshop Christmas Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth, FMI 829-3644 (mornings).

Sunday 11/20

Home at the Grange Craft Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., North Scarborough Grange #495, 56 County Road, Scarborough, FMI 642-3067.

Thursday 11/24

Thanksgiving Day Dinner, 12-3 p.m., V.F.W. Hall Post #832, Peary Terrace, South Portland, FMI and reservations 767-2575 (after 3 p.m.).

Thanksgiving Dinner, 12-2 p.m., Thatcher’s South Portland, 35 Foden Road, South Portland, FMI 253-1808.

Friday 11/25

Holiday Book Sale, 12-3 p.m., 25 authors will be on hand for book signings, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, FMI 228-8263.

Saturday 11/26

Harvest Dinner, 4:30-6 p.m., Christ Chapel, 37 Northern Pines Road, Raymond.

Saturday 12/3

Sparkles Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, FMI 781-3366.

Artisans at the Log Cabin, 9 a.m.-2p.m., 196 Main St., Yarmouth.

A Walnut Hill Christmas holiday gift show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., The Wescustogo Hall, Route 115, North Yarmouth.

Bradbury Mountain Arts show and sale, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Mallett Hall, 429 Hallowell Road, Pownal, MFI 688-2272.

Christmas Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 179 Ridgeland Ave., South Portland.

Christmas Fair, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Foreside Community Church, 340 Foreside Road, Falmouth.

Christmas Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., First Parish Congregational Church, Main St., Yarmouth

Christmas Fair to benefit the Root Cellar, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., First Baptist Church of Yarmouth, 346 Main St., Yarmouth, FMI 846-5814.

Steamed Clam Supper, 5-7 p.m., Freeport Masonic Lodge, Mallett Dr., $15 adults/$5 children, FMI 615-5640.

The Big Chill Arts, Crafts and Vintage Holiday Sale to benefit Mayo St. Arts Center, Mayo St. Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, FMI 615-3609.

Sunday 12/4

Bradbury Mountain Arts show and sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mallett Hall, 429 Hallowell Road, Pownal, MFI 688-2272.

Good Deeds

Wednesday 11/23

Blood Drive, in memory of Tom Bakker, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Road, South Portland, to make an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Saturday 12/3

Toys for Tots Drive, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Governor William King Lodge, 649 U.S. Rt. 1, Scarborough, FMI

Holiday Entertainment

Friday 11/18

L.L. Bean Tree Lighting, 6:45 p.m., L.L. Bean’s Discovery Park, Freeport.

Friday 11/25

Portland Tree Lighting, 5:30 p.m., Monument Square.

Saturday 11/26

“The Nutcracker” performed by the Maine State Ballet, runs through Dec. 4, Merrill Auditorium, 389 Congress St., Portland, for times call 781-7672, tickets available through or at Merrill Auditorium box office, FMI 874-8200.

Sunday 11/27

New Gloucester Tree Lighting, 4:30 p.m., New Gloucester Town Hall, Rt. 231, New Gloucester.

Friday 12/2

“Death in Venice,” a performance by Daponte String Quartet, St. Mary’s Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, FMI

Saturday 12/17

“Christmas with Renaissance Voices,” 8 p.m., additional 12/18 show at 2 p.m., Cathedral of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, $15 door/$12 advance, tickets available at Starbird Music or Longfellow Books, FMI 729-4958.

Mid Coast

Fairs, Food, Fun

Friday 11/18

The Little Elf Shop for children to buy gifts for family and friends, 5-9 p.m., prices start at $.50 and go up to $5, West Bath School, 126 New Meadows Road.

Saturday 11/19

Craft Fair, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Brunswick Visitor Center, FMI 789-5891.

Christmas Fair, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Brunswick United Methodist Church, Brunswick, FMI 721-0301.

Early Bird Downtown Sale Day, 7-11 a.m., Downtown Brunswick. FMI 729-4439.

Halls of Holly Church Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Pilgrim House, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick, FMI 729-7331.

Saturday 12/3

Holidays in Harpswell, runs Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11, tour through 25 area shops, restaurants and galleries, maps for the event available at the Brunswick Visitors Center and Five Rivers Alliance, FMI 833-6088.

Tree, Wreath, Poinsettias Sale, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Brunswick Junior High School, 45 Columbia Ave, Brunswick, FMI 725-9436.

Good Deeds

Patten Free Library Food for Fines, Nov. 15-Nov. 26. Patrons may pay overdue fines by donating food for the Bath Area Food Bank. Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. FMI 443-5141.

Saturday 11/19

Thanks for Giving Gala Charity Event, 6-10 p.m., Inn at Brunswick Station. Proceeds benefit the Dean Snell Cancer Foundation. FMI 789-5891.

Holiday Entertainment

Friday 11/25

Brunswick Tree Lighting, 4:30-8:29 p.m., Town Green, Brunswick.

Friday 12/9

“Miracles on School St.,” Dec. 9-11 and Dec. 16-18, Fri./Sat. shows 7:30 p.m. and Sun. shows 2 p.m., The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, suggested donation $12, FMI 729-8584.