Festival of Lights activities set in Rockland

Posted Nov. 06, 2010, at 3:13 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 10, 2010, at 3:16 p.m.

For the coming Thanksgiving holiday weekend there are many activities planned in the region that you can enjoy with family, friends and visitors. The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its 31st annual Festival of Lights Craft Fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. Admission is $3, free to children under 12. The Knox County Ballroom and The State of Maine Hall will be filled with more than 50 artisans and craftspeople selling authentic Maine-made items. This year there are new craftspeople to be discovered.

Ride the All Aboard Trolley from the Chamber of Commerce at One Park Drive to the Samoset Resort between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For information, contact Tiffany Strong at the Chamber office, 596-0376, ext. 24, or tiffany@therealmaine.com.

There will be a fun-filled Festival of Lights Celebration from Friday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 28, in downtown Rockland. The schedule is as follows and also online at www.rocklandmainstreet.com:

Friday, Nov. 26

• Noon, Santa arrives by Coast Guard boat at the Public Landing.

ä 12:30-3 p.m., Santa is at his workshop greeting children near TradeWinds (Main Street and Park Avenue).

• 12:30-4 p.m., free horse-drawn carriage rides (leaving from the driveway between Rustica and Key Bank on Main Street).

• 6 p.m., lobster trap tree lighting ceremony, Mildred Merrill Park (Main and Myrtle streets). Cocoa and cookies, holiday music.

• Enjoy dining and strolling on Main Street.

Saturday, Nov. 27

• 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Festival of Lights Craft and Gift Market at the Samoset Resort, $3.

• 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free trolley rides between the Samoset, Harbor Plaza, and Downtown Rockland, 30-minute loop, provided by All Aboard Trolley.

• 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Share the Wonder Holiday Celebration, Farnsworth Art Museum.

• Noon-3 p.m., Santa will be at his workshop greeting children near Tradewinds, (Main Street and Park Avenue).

• Noon-4 p.m., free horse-drawn carriage rides (leaving from the driveway between Rustica and Key Bank on Main Street).

• 1-3 p.m., Eat Drink & Be Merry, at Main Street eateries, a benefit tasting for AIO Food Pantry in Rockland. Tour and taste and donate for a good cause.

• 1-5 p.m., Historic Inns and Friends of the Rockland Public Library Holiday Open House and Festival of Trees: Silent auction, self-guided tour of four historic inns of Rockland and six decorated neighborhood homes, ending at 4 p.m. with Festival of Trees Silent Auction, refreshments at the Library. $10.

• 6-8 p.m., Festival of Lights Parade on Main Street. New parade route: Parade will form at Harbor Park and end on Main Street. Stay on Main Street and vote for People’s Choice float with canned food and new toys on Main Street. Benefits Salvation Army for Rockland families. Cocoa stations on Main Street, donations to benefit local nonprofits.

• New for 2010, gingerbread houses on Main Street.

Sunday, Nov. 28

• 9-11 a.m., Festive Family Pancake Breakfast with Santa at The Tradewinds, Red Jacket Restaurant: $2 kids, $5 adults. Breakfast is sponsored by The Tradewinds and their breakfast suppliers, served by Camden National Bank employees. Benefits Rockland Main Street Inc.

Shari Closter is the interim executive director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. For information, call 596-0376, e-mail shari@

therealmaine.com or visit www.TheRealMaine.com.

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