2014-11-20 / News

Holiday staple begins next weekend

By Alex Acquisto
Staff Writer

KENNEBUNKPORT — The jingle of Santa’s sleigh bells are growing louder each day as Christmas Prelude poises to ring in the season for the 32nd year.

Touting its expected array of holiday events, which include choral singers, ornament-making workshops, a lobster pot Christmas tree lighting, steaming hot chocolate and more than one parade, this year’s Prelude will begin Tuesday, Dec. 2 and last for 12 days, ending on Dec. 14.

Kennebunkport Business Association has been hosting Christmas Prelude since 1982, making it more than three decades old.

This year, with more than 175 separate events scheduled, there will be no shortage of holiday entertainment.

With each year comes new offerings, said Sheila Matthews-Bull, selectman and member of the Kennebunkport Business Association.

“Last year we had someone doing crafts with children, and this year we have a lady who is going to be giving demonstrations on our sea life,” Matthews-Bull said.

Under the Prelude Tent, one of the newer additions to the two-week-long event, will host Carol Steingart of Coast Encounters from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 as she leads an interactive lesson on tide pools.

“She has her own portable tide pool so people can come in and actually put their hands in the water,” Matthews-Bull said.

The lesson, which is for people of all ages, will allow participants to hold common inhabitants of tide pools like sea urchins, clams and crabs while Steingart explains the ecological aspects, Matthews-Bull said.

The ninth annual Hat Parade will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 through Dock Square, followed promptly by the Patriot Fife and Drum duo from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

The first tree lighting is set to take place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, also in Dock Square.

The fourth annual Pooch Parade is scheduled for the following weekend, Sunday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m., followed by the Pooch Parade After-Pawty at Scalawags Pet Boutique.

Whether you’d like to join a Christmas tour of the White Columns, watch a Christmas movie at the Nonantum, eat pancakes at the Blueberry Pancake Festival, decorate a lobster buoy or wooden sled ornament to give as a holiday gift, or sit and listen to Christmas stories read by Mrs. Claus, there’s time for it all at Christmas Prelude.

For more information and a detailed schedule of events, visit www.christmasprelude.com.

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