Have an old-fashioned holiday next month, as the Woodlawn Museum in Ellsworth hosts its annual series of Holiday Teas, set for 3 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 13, 16 and 23. The museum will offer an array of holiday-themed baked goods and candies, paired with tea, for those looking for a quiet, festive, Victorian-style afternoon — perfect for mothers, grandmothers and daughters, or for friends looking for a few hours together. Different rooms at the museum were decorated by florists and designers from all over Hancock County, including Cullen Schneider from Fairwinds Florist in Blue Hill, Gail Royal from Westside Florist in Southwest Harbor, Liani Nutter from NewLand Florist in Ellsworth, and John Blake from M.M. Julz Christmas Shop. Members of the Ellsworth Garden Club and the Surry Garden Club also contributed. The teas cost $18 for members and $20 for nonmembers. As space is limited, reservations are required. The museum also hosts a holiday gift shop. For reservations and information, call 667-8671.
Cue the ‘cue. DennyMike’s ‘Cue Stuff, the Maine-based barbecue sauce and rub company, has earned two first-place medals at the 2010 Scovie Awards, held annually in Albuquerque, N.M. A contest for gourmet spicy foods and barbecue products, the Scovies are one of the most competitive in the industry, and are named for Wilbur Scoville, for whom the Scoville Unit, a measurement of spiciness, was named. DennyMike’s, operated by Dennis M. Sherman of York, took home first place in the Barbecue Sauce: All-Natural Hot category, and DennyMike’s Cow Bell Hell rub was awarded first place in the Dry Rub/All-Purpose category. DennyMike’s also took home awards at the National Barbecue Association’s annual confer-ence and exposition, and recipes from Sherman have been featured in the “America’s Best BBQ” cookbook. For more information, visit www.dennymikes.com.
Don’t want to cook for Thanksgiving? Unable to get to your family? Don’t want to go to all the trouble for just you and your spouse? There are a number of area restaurants open for business on Thanksgiving, serving both the traditional meal and regular menu offerings. For a good old-fashioned, home-cooked T-day, try any Governor’s location, as well as Dysart’s in Hermon. The Muddy Rudder in Brewer hosts Thanksgiving each year, and new to Bangor this year is Ipanema Bar & Grill and the Reverend Noble, both located in the same building in West Market Square in downtown Bangor. They will offer a full Thanksgiving menu as well as a full vegetarian meal — including Tofurkey — for a set price. More restaurants be-sides those listed are open, so call up your favorite place and see if they’re opening their doors to those not making turkey at home.
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