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 www.wiscassetholidaymarketfest.com. 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].