Calendar of Events

Sat., Dec. 1: This Wiscasset tradition - the lighting of the tree and singing carols - marks the beginning of the Christmas season! (Bob Bond photos)

Sat., Dec. 1: This Wiscasset tradition - the lighting of the tree and singing carols - marks the beginning of the Christmas season! (Bob Bond photos)

saturday, december 1, 2018

Christmas Tree Lighting on Wiscasset Common

The Wiscasset Community gathered together for Christmas carols and a visit from Santa on the historic Wiscasset Common. As the darkness descended, many voices sang to celebrate the season and the lighting of the town Christmas tree. Followed with hot cocoa and lots of neighborly good cheer.


Sun., Dec. 2: Making crafts and other Christmas goodies at the Congregational Church!

Sun., Dec. 2: Making crafts and other Christmas goodies at the Congregational Church!

sunday, december 2, 2018

advent craft workshop, First Congregational Church, noon-2pm, 28 High St.

As we journey toward Christmas, friends and visitors joined together for some seasonal fun at the Advent Workshop: making Christmas cards, gingerbread houses, tree ornaments, table decorations, holiday hors d’oeuvres, and decorating cookies. Participants were able to take home or eat on site whatever they made! Dr. Jeff Grosser played Christmas carols during the workshop. This is an annual event and free to the public. In early December 2019, just drop in and enjoy!  


Santa made a visit to the Creamery Pier on Thurs. evening from 5-7pm.

Santa made a visit to the Creamery Pier on Thurs. evening from 5-7pm.

thursday, december 6, 2018

Light up Wiscasset on the creamery pier (Rte. 1 bridge)

  • FIREWORKS at 6pm

  • Santa visits 5-7pm

  • Caroling, 5-6pm

  • Hot Chocolate and seasonal treats in the Chamber's Info. booth on the pier

     

Holiday marketfest shopping! 10am to 6pm and later.

Enjoy browsing through the stunning collection of specialty shops in Wiscasset Village.  Knowledgable owners on site can help you select just the right gifts for loved ones. 


Beelicious offers everything honey, honey! 60 Main St.

Beelicious offers everything honey, honey! 60 Main St.

Moulinette specializes in joyful things for everyone's Christmas stocking! 60 Main St.

Moulinette specializes in joyful things for everyone's Christmas stocking! 60 Main St.

Sarah’s Cafe is one of many locations offering special prices on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018!

Sarah’s Cafe is one of many locations offering special prices on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018!

Bluebird by photog. Keith Dirago at Sarah’s Cafe, 11am to 2pm.

Bluebird by photog. Keith Dirago at Sarah’s Cafe, 11am to 2pm.

Maine Craft Emporium offers cozy and chic at the Maine-made Crafts pop-up, 10am-4pm

Maine Craft Emporium offers cozy and chic at the Maine-made Crafts pop-up, 10am-4pm

Mindful Gardens’ sold beautiful pine cone wreaths at Farm & Garden Shop, Nickels Sortwell barn on Federal St., Fri. to Sun.

Mindful Gardens’ sold beautiful pine cone wreaths at Farm & Garden Shop, Nickels Sortwell barn on Federal St., Fri. to Sun.

Sheila Sawyer, Carl Larrabee Insurance Agency, took part in the Wreaths Around the Holidays exhibit in the Nickels-Sortwell barn.

Sheila Sawyer, Carl Larrabee Insurance Agency, took part in the Wreaths Around the Holidays exhibit in the Nickels-Sortwell barn.

Tamara Lily and Julie Nakadai from Burgess Technology Services are ready to decorate!

Tamara Lily and Julie Nakadai from Burgess Technology Services are ready to decorate!

The Nickels-Sortwell House was ready for guests during Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest! (Bob Bond photo)

The Nickels-Sortwell House was ready for guests during Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest! (Bob Bond photo)

Wiscasset’s Park & Rec. Dept. hosted a family-friendly Gingerbread House Workshop on Friday evening!

Wiscasset’s Park & Rec. Dept. hosted a family-friendly Gingerbread House Workshop on Friday evening!

friday, december 7, 2018

Three pairs of GARDENS AGLOW tickets were won by today’s shoppers!

SHOP-TILL-YOU-DROP, 10am to 6pm (and later), with one-day sales! TICKET raffle TO GARDENS AGLOW - friday ONLY! 

Look for the doorway candy canes and visit these specialty shops and galleries in Wiscasset Village with FRIDAY special sales and discounts:

  • Beelicious, 20% off everything in the shop; featuring Old Time Donuts, made from scratch - FRIDAY ONLY! 60 Main St.

  • Moulinette, 20% off purchases of $50 or more - FRIDAY ONLY! (complimentary holiday gift with each $35 + purchase on Thurs., Sat., Sun.) 60 Main St.

  • Rock Paper Scissors is offering a MYSTERY DISCOUNT: draw from Santa’s hat at the register for a 10% to 40% discount on your entire purchase! 68 Main St.

  • BIRCH, take 20% off your entire purchase of $50 or more, FRIDAY ONLY! 72 Main St.

  • DEBRAELIZABETH’S, 40% off clothing, 30% off shoes, 20% off accessories, jewelry, and home decor!!! 78 Main St.

  • PERCH PILATES, buy a single session gift certificate at full price ($60) and your second gift certificate is half price! (cash or check only, please), 102 Main St.

  • WATER LILY FLOWERS & GIFTS, offering 25-50% off selected gift items, 52 Water St.

  • SPRUCE/LITTLE MAINE MERCANTILE, 15% percent off all merchandise to help you celebrate the season! 49 Water St.

  • CREAMED BAKING CO., pick your sweet deal out of Frosty’s hat! You could win a free treat or a discounted goodie. 49 Water St., lower level

  • SARAH’S CAFE, Shoppers’ Specials, 11am to 8:30pm: rich and creamy lobster Mac and Cheese with green salad, $16; lobster roll and soup combo, specially priced, FRIDAY ONLY, $22. 45 Water St.

maine wildlife photo exhibit

At Sarah’s Cafe, see prints by Maine wildlife photographer Keith Dirago. Keith will be on site from 11am to 2pm. He is a self-taught photographer with a specialty in wildlife and landscapes. He lives in a small log cabin in Farmington, nestled in the woods, where he has constant opportunities “to capture nature’s beauty in all four seasons” just outside his door! Mainely Wildlife Photography. Keith is a Maine original!

Specialty pop-ups open for business, 10am - 4pm

Maine-made Crafts, Fellowship Hall in the First Congregational Church, 28 High St., with parking on High St. and in the rear lot. Crafters include Instant Comfort, PS Designs, By the Bay, Asian Accents, Fantasy Designs, and Common Scents Soaps. Snack and lunch selections on site: freshly baked goods (baking while you shop!), chili, and sandwiches.

Farm and Garden Gifts in the Nickels-Sortwell Barn on Federal St.  This earthy collection of vendors includes Carriage House Gardens' gifts for the gardeners on your list; Mindful Gardens' everlasting wreaths and bouquets, kissing balls and balsam wreaths; Kahren's Kitchen's gingerbread houses and cookies; Synergy Design’s hand-made knitted scarves and hats; Morris Farm’s farm-to-table wares; Joyful Holiday Creations’ hand-me ornaments and hand-lettered signs; and Sheepscot River Retreat’s delightful holiday stockings made from re-purposed fabrics.  

Wreaths around the holidays in the Nickels-Sortwell barn, 10am to 4pm

Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce businesses decorated a wreath for display. Their challenge: over-the-top! Wreaths were donated to local families in need of holiday cheer. Shoppers selected the People’s Choice favorite!

Nickels-Sortwell House in Holiday regalia for 2018

The 1807 Nickels-Sortwell House, owned and managed by Historic New England, was decorated with fresh greens for holiday inspiration. The formal parlor’s florals and decor were styled by Stephanie Wright and Laurie Green; Michelle Peele Floral + Home Design created magic in the solarium; the dining room was ‘seasoned’ by Tiger Lily Flowers and Gifts, and the family parlor was decorated by the Lincoln County Historical Association. The Garden Club of Wiscasset embellished the main staircase with live greens. Hot cider and freshly baked treats were served to visitors in the original kitchen. Guides were on hand to answer questions on this self-guided tour. $5 members and Wiscasset residents; $10 others. 121 Main St.

Gingerbread House Workshop for families

Many families spent the evening at Wiscasset’s Rec. Center for fun and a creative holiday tradition! Participating families received a pre-made gingerbread house to decorate, and the Rec. Center provided all of the decorations to make an edible masterpiece which families could eat on-the-spot or take home at the end of the evening! Activities took part at the Rec. Center, 242 Gardiner Rd., Wiscasset.


Fritz-the-Reindeer-Dog at the library!

Fritz-the-Reindeer-Dog at the library!

Congregational Church members prepared baked goods and lunch selections for hungry shoppers during the craft show!

Congregational Church members prepared baked goods and lunch selections for hungry shoppers during the craft show!

Bluebird by photographer Keith Dirago at Sarah’s Cafe during Marketfest.

Bluebird by photographer Keith Dirago at Sarah’s Cafe during Marketfest.

The Woodfield Farm horse-drawn wagon was a shuttle for shoppers on Saturday.

The Woodfield Farm horse-drawn wagon was a shuttle for shoppers on Saturday.

Sarah's Cafe’s Tidbit Station with mini-grilled cheese sandwiches and crab cakes in the barn for Sat. lunch! Federal St.

Sarah's Cafe’s Tidbit Station with mini-grilled cheese sandwiches and crab cakes in the barn for Sat. lunch! Federal St.

Take a pause from shopping and enjoy a wine tasting at Treats!

Take a pause from shopping and enjoy a wine tasting at Treats!

Keyboard artist Terry Heller made a special holiday appearance in the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, Sat., 2-5pm.

Keyboard artist Terry Heller made a special holiday appearance in the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, Sat., 2-5pm.


Enjoy a special Sunday Brunch at Sarah’s!

Enjoy a special Sunday Brunch at Sarah’s!

The Nickels-Sortwell House was decked out in boughs of holly and other seasonal creatures!

The Nickels-Sortwell House was decked out in boughs of holly and other seasonal creatures!

Photographer Bob Bond photographs Greg Uthoff, BIRCH co-owner and People’s Choice award winner, while BIRCH co-owner Brad Sevaldson looks on!

Photographer Bob Bond photographs Greg Uthoff, BIRCH co-owner and People’s Choice award winner, while BIRCH co-owner Brad Sevaldson looks on!

The People’s Choice wreath!

The People’s Choice wreath!

saturday, december 8

children’s shopping at the Library, 9am - 2pm

Friends of the Library helped children shop - without their parents - for special friends and family! The Wiscasset Library was transformed into a kids' version of Holiday Marketfest with affordable gifts for children to purchase. Gracious elves, disguised as grown-ups, guided the children in their selections and helped with on-site wrapping. Fritz-the-Reindeer-Dog made an encore appearance! 21 High St.

specialty pop-up shops, 10am - 4pm: 

  • Maine-made Craft Show, First Congregational Church, 28 High St. (on street or parking in rear). Hand-made, unique, and individually created just for you! Freshly baked pastries and lunch selections, prepared by parish cooks, were served on site.

  • Farm & Garden Gifts in the Nickels-Sortwell Barn on Federal St. offered fresh greens for the holidays, tools for gardeners, hand-made Gingerbread Houses, knitted items, handmade Christmas ornaments, and more.

Wreaths Around the Holidays, in the Nickels-Sortwell barn on Federal St., challenged Wiscasset Chamber members to decorate wreaths for inspiration and fun! Wreaths were donated to local families, and shoppers selected the People’s Choice!

 

maine wildlife photographer at sarah’s cafe, 11am to 2pm

Maine photographer Keith Dirago exhibited his photos of bluebirds (left) and other Maine wildlife in Sarah’s Cafe on Saturday from 11am to 2pm; see more at Mainely Wildlife Photography. Keith is a self-taught photographer and specializes in the wildlife and landscapes of Maine.

Take the shuttle!  

Shoppers rode the Woodfield Farm horse-drawn wagon, making stops at all the pop-up shops, Nickels-Sortwell House, and Village, on Saturday from 11am to 3pm, compliments of the Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce. This is the loveliest way to see the Village!


farm + sea candle trunk show at BIRCH, 11am to 3pm

Farm+Sea creator & owner, Mary Swenson, was on hand to demo. her collection of candles, home scents, and body products. Farm + Sea products are made in small batches with carefully chosen scents that change seasonally. Candles are hand-poured and reed diffusers, room/linen sprays, and roll-on perfumes are blended and labeled by hand. 72 Main St.



Sarah's Cafe hosts Tidbit Station at Farm & Garden shop, Nickels-Sortwell Barn on Federal St., noon-3pm

Wiscasset's much beloved family restaurant served up tasty grilled tidbits to take away the chill: mini-grilled cheese sandwiches and crab cakes! Hot wassail! Pay what you like.

 

Nickels-Sortwell House in Holiday regalia, noon - 3pm

Guides were on hand during self-guided tours of the 1807 Nickels-Sortwell House, decorated for Christmas by Michelle Peele Floral + Home Design, Water Lily Flowers and Gifts, the Garden Club of Wiscasset, Stephanie Wright & Laurie Green, and the Lincoln County Historical Association. Offering hot cider and baked goods in the original kitchen. 121 Main St.


Treats Wine tasting on Saturday afternoon

Holiday shoppers were invited to stop in to Treats during Saturday afternoon to taste a carefully curated selection of fine wines for holiday entertaining (cases are always discounted) or to find something very special to tuck under the tree! 80 Main St.


Terry Heller at Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 2-5pm

Keyboard artist Terry Heller enchanted holiday shoppers with holiday favorites - and special requests - amidst the stunning art in Wiscasset Bay Gallery. A happy stop on the gift trail! 67 Main St.

 

Snow Ball at Water's Edge, 7-10pm

So much fine party apparel at this joyous evening of holiday fun! Dancing to the band Salty Dog, tasty appetizers, and a cash bar for wetting the whistle contributed to a full and jolly winter evening. Festivities were held at Water’s Edge, 318 Eddy Rd., Edgecomb (just across the Rte. 1 bridge from Wiscasset Village)!

 

sunday, december 10

Sarah’s Cafe Holiday Brunch Buffet, 10am - 1:30pm

To celebrate the end of shopping (almost), diners enjoyed a special menu prepared by Sarah’s Cafe for a relaxing holiday meal! In addition to Sarah’s classic menu, the brunch buffet included:

  • freshly baked quiches: Bacon and Onion or Spinach and Mushroom

  • Mrs Claus’ cheesy potatoes (a favorite with Santa)

  • Buddy the Elf’s favorite French Toast Casserole with Maine maple syrup

  • Frosty’s fresh fruit salad or Napa cabbage with walnuts and lemon

  • Elfin Magic: Pointsetta Cocktail (or mocktail!)

And, of course, Sarah’s famous Soup Bar with Haddock Chowder, Faux Reindeer Stew (free range of course), and Holiday Spiced Ginger Veggie! 45 Water St.

Nickels-Sortwell House in holiday regalia, noon-3pm

The 1807 Nickels-Sortwell House, owned and managed by Historic New England, was decorated with gorgeous greens for inspiration and splendor. Guides were available to answer questions on this self-guided tour. The original kitchen was the venue for hot cider and freshly baked goods before meandering over to the historic barn next door for a last shop in the Farm & Garden Shop. 121 Main St.

 

farm and garden pop-up in the Nickels-sortwell barn, noon to 3pm

Shop the collection of vendors: Carriage House Gardens' gifts for the gardeners on your list; Mindful Gardens' everlasting wreaths and bouquets, balsam wreaths and kissing balls; Kahren's Kitchen gingerbread houses and cookies; Synergy Design’s knitted wear; Joyful Holiday Creations’ hand-made ornaments and signs; Sheepscot River Retreat’s hand-blown ornaments and up- cycled Christmas stockings; and Morris Farm’s farm-to-table specialties.  Federal St. behind the Nickels-Sortwell House.

It was also time to take a last look at Wreaths Around the Holidays in the Nickels-Sortwell barn, just behind the house. CONGRATULATIONS to the People’s Choice winner, BIRCH Home Furnishings and Gifts!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

and a Happy New Year!

Enjoy personalized shopping throughout Wiscasset Village during the holidays!