Light a candle festival planned in Bar Harbor

Posted Nov. 30, 2009, at 9:10 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:53 a.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — A holiday festival that will help support local nonprofit organizations is being planned for this weekend.

United World Citizens’ Light a Candle Holiday Festival is scheduled to be held at the local municipal building on Cottage Street on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

The event will include live entertainment, a silent auction, face painting, ornament making and food contests. Items from Global Mamas, a nonprofit fair trade organization that markets and sells products made by West African women, will be for sale at the festival. All proceeds from the sale of Global Mamas products go to the women and the nonprofit programs that help them pursue sustainable livelihoods and achieve economic independence.

Live entertainment will include music, magic by Dr. Wilson’s Theater of Marvels, belly dancing and scenes from Acadia Community Theater’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Food contests will include competitions for best soup or chowder, best dip or bagel spread, and best cookie or dessert bar.

Admission to the festival is free, but there will be a charge for the contest-oriented meals, $7 for lunch, $8 for dinner. Donations will be accepted.

The festival is the biggest annual fundraiser for United World Citizens, which supports overseas nonprofit organizations such as Women In Progress, which supports the Global Mamas program, Doctors Without Borders, and the Wat Opot AIDS Orphanage project in Cambodia.

The Bar Harbor festival also will help raise funds for local groups such as Island Connections, Faith in Action, the Maine Sea Coast Mission, Community Campfire Coalition and the Mount Desert Island YWCA.

Information is available from Bobbie Lynn Hutchins, executive director of United World Citizens, at 266-0674 or blhutchins@myfairpoint.net.

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