North Yarmouth welcomes Christmas with potluck, tree lighting

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NORTH YARMOUTH — The town will bask in the Yuletide spirit this weekend with its annual potluck supper and Christmas tree lighting.

The “beloved tradition” has run at least a dozen years, according to Katie Murphy, member of North Yarmouth’s Events Committee.

“We keep it very simple,” Murphy said. “People always bring wonderful potluck contributions.”

The event will be held at Wescustogo Hall on Route 115 on Sunday, Dec. 2. The supper begins at 5 p.m., and participants are asked to bring a side dish, entree or drink to share. After an hour, the tables will be cleared and carols will be sung before the group heads outside to light the tree.

The North Yarmouth Community Band will lend its music to the festivities.

After the tree lighting, drinks and cookies will be served.

“We always say, if everybody’s good, Santa might make an appearance, and he hasn’t failed yet,” Murphy said.

The event – which has been a collaborative effort of the Walnut Hill Garden Club, the Events Committee and the North Yarmouth Historical Society – also includes several raffles of Christmas stockings and baskets. Proceeds go toward the town’s heating fund, aiding residents who cannot afford to pay their oil bills.

Admission is free, and the food is promised to be plentiful.

“It never fails that we have a bountiful feast,” Murphy said. “Nobody has to pay anything, and everyone has a wonderful treat for the evening and a little bit of Norman Rockwell, I guess you could say.”

Call Town Hall at 829-3705 for more information.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.