Tree-lightings, fruit sale on tap in Cumberland, North Yarmouth

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CUMBERLAND — The town’s Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, a 35-year tradition, will be held Sunday, Nov. 30.

Meanwhile, the Cumberland/North Yarmouth Lions Club is also holding a tree lighting that night in North Yarmouth, and is raising scholarship funds through its annual holiday citrus sale.

Participants can gather in the Congregational Church sanctuary, 282 Main St., at 4:30 p.m. to hear a concert by The Cumberland Band. The event then moves to the church’s front steps at 5:15 p.m. for a Christmas carol performance by the Greely High School Madrigals.

Santa will arrive by fire engine at 5:30 p.m. to light the tree. Refreshments and a family craft-making event will follow in the church parish hall.

The Lions Club, Cumberland Fire Department, Cumberland/North Yarmouth Community Recreation and the Cumberland’s Congregational Church are supporting the events.

The same evening, from 6-8 p.m., North Yarmouth will also hold a holiday tree lighting at the town’s Village Green on Route 115. Carols will be sung around the tree, after which cookies and refreshments will be offered at the neighboring fire station.

Santa, able to appear at many places at once, will also be in North Yarmouth to greet children young and old.

Citrus sale

The 19th annual Lions Club citrus sale benefits scholarships for School Administrative District 51 students.

Three variations of the 20-pound citrus boxes are available: all oranges, all grapefruits, or half and half. Orders are due by Dec. 1, and delivery to  Cumberland and North Yarmouth homes takes place around Dec. 21. The cost, including delivery, is $25 each.

Customers can also have the fruit delivered to area food pantries.

All proceeds go to Greely High School’s senior class through college scholarships, and in support of Project Graduation. The club’s annual effort has raised more than $200,000.

Orders can be placed online, at cnylions.org, or by calling 829-5063.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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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.