On Friday, December 4th at 5:30 pm the Town of Searsport will light its Christmas tree on the Crescent, inaugurating the holiday season with a weekend of celebrations. On Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm the Penobscot Marine Museum Sea Captain’s house will be open to the public, with each room decorated for a Victorian Christmas. The Museum Store will host six Maine authors including Hampden novelist Ardeana Hamlin and children’s book author and illustrator Douglas Coffin. Also in the Museum Store the red velvet dress designed by Edith Head for the 1954 movie White Christmas, and Victorian and nautical-themed Christmas Gingerbread scenes will be on display. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.
On Saturday, December 5, from 10:oo am to 4;00 pm the Museum’s Sea Captain’s House, part of the Searsport Historic Society House Tour, will host live music performances from 10 am to noon by Ralph Stanley and his fiddle group, and from 2 pm to 3 pm by an ensemble from the Pen Bay Singers. At 1:00 pm and at 3:00 pm, Katie Hessler, Librarian Carver Library will read 19th century Christmas favorites. The First Congregational Church will be open for tours of this historic building with spectacular stained glass windows and refreshments will be served. Admission is free.
The Searsport Historical Society House Tour is Saturday, December 5, from 10:oo am to 4;00 pm. The tour includes eight 19th century Searsport homes, beautifully decorated for Christmas. Refreshments will be served at Searsport Historical Society’s Coleman House. Tickets are $10, and are for sale now at Searsport Antique Mall and on the day of the tour at Searsport Historical Society’s Coleman House.