This year, send us your menfolk!
Home Remedies can keep your wishlist on file to make their last-minute shopping easier this holiday season. Just let us know what you’ve got your eye on in the store, and we’ll make sure to take note for when they realize that Christmas is in three days…!
Don’t forget to help them out by letting them know where you like to shop! (We’ll even do the wrapping for them!)
ENTERTAINING ITEMS FOR THE HOLIDAYS:
Whether you are hosting or attending, we have all the things you need to make any home more festive this season, and the perfect gifts for your favorite host!
“SHALL I CAMPARI TO A SUMMER’S DAY?”
Vintage and new barware, and creative cocktail books! Punny cocktail napkins and wine bags!
TEA TOWELS, SALT WELLS, AND CHEESE BOARDS, OH MY!
Beautiful wood salt and pepper dishes, soft linen tea towels, handmade charcuterie boards, and miracle flame-less candles!
THINGS TO DO TONIGHT IN MAINE:
TREE & MENORAH LIGHTING
5 to 8 p.m. Friday. City Square, Biddeford. heartofbiddeford.org
Biddeford will be all the more bright and beautiful as a Hanukkah Menorah will be lit, and Santa Claus will be stopping by in time to light the city’s Christmas tree.
You’ll hear music from Congregation Etz Chaim and the Salvation Army Brass Band. Sleigh rides will be happening throughout downtown until 8 p.m., and kids can snag the all-important Santa selfie.
Want to revel even earlier? From 3 to 5 p.m., Reilly’s Bakery on Main Street will be hosting free cookie decorating, and students from Biddeford Middle School’s seventh- and eighth-grade chorus will be singing carols.
Meanwhile, down the street at McArthur Library, there will be special crafts and activities in the children’s room.
Lastly, if you want to extend your time in the heart of Biddeford, keep in mind that City Theater’s production of “A Christmas Carol” is at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Dec. 16.
Photo by John Bubier
COPPER BEECH TREE LIGHTING
6 p.m. Friday. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square. portlandmuseum.org
Not only is it First Friday in downtown Portland, it’s also the magical night when the Portland Museum of Art lights its 100-year-old Copper Beech Tree.
Gather one and all in the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park along High Street where you’ll find Poet Laureate Linda Aldrich reciting seasonal poems and musicians from Yarmouth’s 317 Main Community Music Center performing holiday songs.
Festive treats will be available for purchase from Vagabond Coffee and Black Tie Catering. The tree will be lit promptly at 6:30 p.m., and you’ll then be invited inside the museum because it’s free on Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m.
Photo courtesy of the Portland Museum of Art
GOLDEN CHARIOT RIDE & COCKTAIL PARTY
5 p.m. Friday. Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road, Kennebunkport, $25. trolleymuseum.org
This is the kind of event you want to gather a gaggle of fun friends for. Seashore Trolley Museum is a cool place to visit any day, but they ratchet things up during the holidays and the Golden Chariot Ride and cocktail party is a unique way to ring in some holiday cheer.
You’ll take a ride on the antique trolley where the path will be lit by festive lights and hopefully someone will bust out with some spontaneous carols singing. The party also includes two signature cocktails (or beer or wine, if you prefer) and appetizers at the visitor’s center post-ride.
The Golden Chariot originally operated as a sight-seeing attraction in Montreal and is enjoying a happy retirement in Kennbunkport where it’s brought out only for special occasions.
Photo courtesy of the Seashore Trolley Museum