Count me in a someone who was happy to have an entire extra week between Thanksgiving and the first of December. I heard on the radio recently that this year has the largest possible number of days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Count me in as pleased.
Art on the Hill, the Society for East End Arts Holiday Sale will take place Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday at the East End Community School (195 North St). Friday the show is open 6 – 9 pm, and then 10 am to 5 pm both weekend days. Here’s their Facebook page, which has the most up-to-the-moment updates; you can also visit the Society’s Web Page to learn more about them. This year’s show features more than 70 very local artists and artisans – a great way to do some holiday shopping and see some of the coolest art that Portland has to offer.
There are also about ten thousand (ok, more like about a dozen) other craft fairs and church fairs taking place in the city this weekend. Some are listed here on the Maine.info website. Shows include the United Maine Craftsmen show at USM’s Sullivan gym, church fairs at the Allen Ave UU Church and Trinity Episcopal on Forest Ave, “The Big Chill” show and vintage sale at Mayo Street Arts, as well as a show at (and run by) Portland High School. I’m pretty sure there are others.
Every year the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad runs The Polar Express (a live train experience based on the book) and there do still seem to be tickets available for all (3 to 4) shows this weekend. Check the website for details. This event is a wonderful holiday treat for kids (they get to meet Santa!) and is also a benefit for the MNG Railroad Museum.
The Portland Downtown District encourages you to Buy Local with a ton of things going on all weekend (and into the middle of December) including the Winter Window Walk (which is getting a lot of action on Facebook these days from various merchants), wagon rides, the Tweleve Days of Christmas Raffle Thingy (not a technical term), and Saturday’s Shop for a Cause day, where a long list of stores (see link) will donate a portion of their sales for the day to Junior Achievement of Maine. So, if you needed something from D.Cole or Casablanca Comix anyhow, this would probably be the best day to pick it up.
Saturday also bring the Holiday at Hadlock event at (of course) Hadlock Field from 10 am to 2 pm. It’s a free event; Santa is apparently coming in on a whirlybird and then meeting kids at second base (so you get to be on the field). They are also offering horse-drawn carriage rides around the field, and a number of other ‘winter wonderland’ events.
Of course, everyone knows that the holidays are a wonderful time to visit Victoria Mansion. If you have a ballet-obsessed child (or adult) in your family, Sunday brings the ”Night of the Nutcracker” (actually from 4 – 6 pm) where you can meet real ballerinas (from the Portland Ballet) dressed in costumes from the current Victorian Nutcracker production, as well as see the Mansion in it’s holiday glory. Kids under 17 are free with paying adult. There will be dance performances and special gifts for children attending. I also personally encourage you to visit the gift shop.
Enjoy the weekend, and I hope I’ll see you next week!