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12.08MTI MTAF 2.0 Lightning Round


11.17Gardens Aglow
11.29Coastal Planning Workshop
12.02Harbor Lights Festival
12.07Wiscasset Holiday Marketplace
12.13LCRPC Board Meeting
12.17The Icy Elf 5K and Kid's Run

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Coastal Planning Workshop

Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission's Coastal Planning Workshop is Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 6 pm in our office in Wiscasset. 

This is an excellent opportunity for local officials and residents to discuss coastal issues in your communities, hear about what's going on today and in the recent past in the County, and offer feedback and input into coastal issues and projects to pursue in the future. 

Each year the Planning Commission receives funds from NOAA and the Maine Coastal Program for technical assistance, coastal planning studies, and for grant-writing assistance to towns for project funding to address coastal issues. For example, we've conducted a county-wide sea level rise impact study and assisted with funding and administration of wastewater treatment plant flood protection studies, flood impact studies for downtown Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, and numerous other planning efforts. 

We welcome input prior to preparation of the 2019 work plan (goes into effect July 1, 2018). NOAA and the Maine Coastal program will be represented at the workshop: you'll hear about their goals and programs and they'll be looking for input into how their efforts can enhance LCRPC coastal planning

Time: 6 pm  
Location: LCRPC Office, 297 Bath Road, Wiscasset    


LCRPC Board Meeting

Our final Board meeting for 2017, open to the public. The meeting begins at 6:30 and usually runs to 8/8:30. 

If you'd like to receive the agenda or other materials, please email [email protected] or call 882-5983.

Time: 6:30 pm  


Wiscasset Holiday Marketplace

A fireworks display over the Sheepscot River on Thursday, December 7, starting at 6pm, kicks off the second annual winter shopping celebration, Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest. The best vantage point for viewing the sparkling night sky will be the Creamery Pier on Rte. 1. Santa will be in residence on the Pier from 5 to 7pm and the Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce will be serving hot chocolate throughout the evening. Downeast Brass, with their joyful, brassy sound, will make an appearance playing holiday favorites. 

Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest, which runs from Thursday, December 7 through Sunday, December 10, is featuring three pop-up shops, in locations throughout the Village, to add even more variety to holiday shopping. The pop-ups – in the Congregational Church, in the Nickels-Sortwell barn, and in a storefront at 49 Water St. – will be open on Friday and Saturday, December 8 and 9, from 10am until 4pm; the Nickels-Sortwell barn stays open on Sunday, December 10, from 10am to 4pm.

Shoppers will find Maine-made Crafts in Fellowship Hall at the Congregational Church, 28 High St., with plenty of parking in the rear.  Congregation members will be baking breakfast treats and pastries, and serving lunch selections – chili and sandwiches – during the sale. Fleece capes, shawls, wraps, headbands and scarves by PS Designs, splint baskets by Ned Baxter of Hope Springs Baskets, and whimsical soft sculpture animals, birds, and sea life by Amy and Phyllis Mussman of Mainely Primsicals are just a few of the Maine-made vendors to be found at the Congregational Church.

Another pop-up shop, Farm and Garden Gifts, will be located in the Nichols-Sortwell barn on Federal Street. Stop in before or after touring the historic Nickels-Sortwell House, decorated for the season, at 121 Main St. Vendors in the barn include Carriage House Gardens for gardening gloves and tools, and other fine items inspired by nature; Mindful Gardens’ hand-made everlasting wreaths and seasonal kissing balls; the Morris Farm Store’s wide selection of local products and fresh produce; and Kahren’s Kitchen’s delightful assortment of gingerbread houses and cookies – to eat, keep, or give as gifts.  On Saturday, Sarah’s Café sets up a Tidbit Station with complimentary mini-grilled cheese sandwiches and hot tomato soup shots from noon to 3pm.  On Sunday, Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the barn fromnoon to 3pm.  Complimentary warm cider will be available continually for Farm & Garden shoppers.

A storefront at 49 Water Street has been converted into the Marketfest’s Wearable Art Studio, a two-day shop for very special clothing and jewelry. Chris Hopf-Lovette returns this year with her Asian Accents jackets and purses, hand-fashioned with Asian-themed fabrics. Claudia Sortwell and Sally Gemmill offer their individual styles of handcrafted jewelry, and Elaine Pew will be showing coats and jackets created from exotic fabrics gathered on her world travels. All items are hand-made by the vendors and one-of-a-kind.

The pop-up shops are within easy walking distance of the Village center, but they can also be reached via Woodfield Farm’s horse-drawn wagon, circulating through the Village on Saturday from 11am to 2pm.

Village stores and galleries will be open during Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest from 10am until 6pm or later each day, offering gift ideas, music, and munchies. Event times and details can be found online at  Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest 2017 is sponsored by the Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce. Major Sponsors are Camden National Bank, Carl M.P. Larrabee Agency, Carriage House Gardens, Greg’s Used Cars, Norm’s Used Cars, Red’s Eats, Sheepscot Bay Physical Therapy, Tim Dunham Realty, and Wiscasset Ford with additional support from Cod Cove Inn and Midcoast Credit Union. FMI: Christine Hopf-Lovette, [email protected].

Time: 10 am  
Location: Wiscasset    


Gardens Aglow

Thursdays through Sundays, 4-9 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. 

Visit one of the best botanical gardens in the country, and see the largest light show in Maine! Hundreds of thousands of lights, strung through the upper gardens in a beautiful display!

Gardens Aglow is a ticketed event that delights people of all ages. In addition to dramatic lighting, visitors will enjoy special food and beverage options in the Kitchen Garden Café and holiday shopping in the Gardens Gift Shop. Grab a friend, enjoy appetizers or a cocktail, and then experience an enchanting evening of festive lights and displays.

Go HERE for more Gardens Aglow info!

Time: 4 pm  
Location: Boothbay, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens    


Harbor Lights Festival

The Boothbay Festival of Lights is a wonderful chance to experience the best of the Boothbay region in the winter season. You’ll have the chance to do some holiday shopping, dine at our delicious restaurants, enjoy festival events and so much more. Many signature events between Nov 17 and Dec 30 -- go HERE at the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber website for a full schedule. 

Harbor Lights Festival    Schedule for Saturday, December 2, 2017

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Craft Show at the Boothbay Harbor Fire Station

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Festival of Trees at the Opera House in Boothbay Harbor

1:00 p.m. Santa & Mrs.Claus Arrives by Boat at the Boothbay Harbor Town Landing

1:30-3:30 p.m. Visits & Photos with Santa at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library

1:30-4:00 p.m. Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Rides begin at the Boothbay Harbor Opera House

2:00-3:30 p.m. Story Time at Sherman’s Bookstore

3:30-3:45 p.m. Y-Art’s Group Performance at Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library Lawn

4:00 p.m. Caroling and Lighting of the Christmas Tree on the Boothbay Memorial Library Lawn

4:00-8:00 p.m. Gardens Aglow at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

4:30 p.m Live Nativity at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church

4:00-6:00 p.m. Parade Viewing Party at Tugboat Inn ($35/person light hors d’oeurves and 2 drink tickets)

5:00 p.m. Lighted Boat Parade & Light the Shore in the inner harbor

6:00-9:00 p.m. Wrap Up and Awards Party at Mine Oyster

Time: 9 am  
Location: Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay    


The Icy Elf 5K and Kid's Run

Santa Claus is coming to Waldoboro and the elves will be working hard all day to get the town ready for his arrival. But it's bound to be cold, so we're organizing a 5K to get everyone's blood moving and warm before Santa shows up. 

Join us for a festive run through town. We'll have hot chocolate and candy canes and Christmas lights and prizes (even one for the best dressed elf). Local businesses will be open late with hot drinks and snacks and things you can buy to finish off your Christmas shopping.

Go HERE for more info and to register! 


Time: 3 pm  
Location: Waldoboro, Phillippe Guillerm Gallery