Gardiner Days of Light 2015

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Kennebec Savings Bank

 

Get in the holiday spirit with Gardiner businesses and community members in our month-long celebration.

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Downtown Gardiner’s Elf On The Shelf returns

This sneaky little elf checks in on all the downtown businesses and their shoppers to make sure they are being  good. He will be sharing his adventures during his visits with downtown Gardiner businesses on Gardiner Main Street’s Facebook page. If you can guess where he is in the photo you will be entered into a prize drawing. So be good and spend your money locally this holiday season and a sly little elf might reward you in return.

Storefront Window Decorating Contest

While strolling along Water Street in Gardiner this holiday season, take a peek in the storefront windows. Participating merchants are competing to be Gardiner’s Favorite Window Display. Ballots available in participating businesses. Submit your favorite and be entered in a prize drawing worth over $100. Balloting continues through Christmas Eve.

Take a look at our online holiday store to find our popular pewter ornaments of Gardiner locations, our Gardiner photo word print and Swine & Stein memorabilia. Another great gift item is the Gift Of Gardiner, a gift check valid at over 40 businesses throughout Gardiner. Pick one up at the Gardienr branch of Camden National Bank at 190 Water St.

 

Calendar of Events

(All Events are FREE thanks to our generous sponsors, unless otherwise noted.  Donations are gladly accepted)

November 20 – December 22

Raggamuffins is hosting its 2nd annual “My Christmas Friend” gifting tree to benefit residents Arbor Terrace, an assisted living facility for the elderly. Come in and pick out your Christmas friend, purchase items on their wish list and drop off the unwrapped, labeled gifts at Raggamuffins at 279 Water Street by December 22.

Friday, November 27

The Leftover Turkey Variety Show, Johnson Hall, 280 Water St., 7:30pm
A tradition started by Benny & Denise Reehl, this hilarious post Thanksgiving variety show showcases the many talents of Maine’s physical, verbal and musical comics.  Featuring Michael Trautman (aka King Pong), Joel Eckhaus (aka Ukulele Eck), Mike Miclon and many more. Tickets: $16 adults, $14 seniors and $5 for children 17 and under. Call the box office at 582-7144, get your tickets online or at the door.

Saturday, November 28

Small Business Saturday, Rally at Johnson Park at 11am for free shopping bags and other goodies. One lucky participant will get a bag with a $20 Gift Of Gardiner inside to get you started on your buying local shopping spree. Free gift wrapping from 11:30am to 2pm at The Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe at 269 Water St. Brought to you by Gardiner Main Street. Show them your shopping receipts to be entered into a raffle with over $50 in prizes from our local merchants. Support your local economy by spending your money where you live. Sidewalk wreath sales will also be available.

Special Offers for Shop Small Saturday:

  • Lisa’s Legit Burritos: Show your receipt from a local business and get free chips and guacamole with your purchase.
  • Niche: 10% off tapestries
  • Gardiner Subway: $1 of 12″ & $0.50 of 6″ sandwiches
  • Bam Jam: 10% when you “create” your own gift sets from our available options we will have on hand for you to help making your shopping easy and fun.
  • Book It! will offer 50% ALL Titles on 28th. Located inside Lisa’s Legit Burritos
  • Raggamuffins: 75% off blue tags and 30% off green tags
  • Main E Market Etc: 10% off everything in store
  • Berry & Berry Floral: Free rose with $20 purchase
  • A & D Consignment: 30% entire store

The Leftover Turkey Variety Show, Johnson Hall, 280 Water St., 7:30pm
A tradition started by Benny & Denise Reehl, this hilarious post Thanksgiving variety show showcases the many talents of Maine’s physical, verbal and musical comics.  Featuring Michael Trautman (aka King Pong), Joel Eckhaus (aka Ukulele Eck), Mike Miclon and many more. Tickets: $16 adults, $14 seniors and $5 for children 17 and under. Call the box office at 582-7144, get your tickets online or at the door.

Tuesday, December 1

Gardiner Tree Lighting, Come downtown as we light our official Christmas tree. Caroling, hot chocolate and a performance from Ampersand Academy, will lead way to a special appearance from a jolly old elf. Johnson Park from 5 to 6:15 pm.  Gather at 5pm along with hot chocolate available by donation and Gardiner Main Street ornament sales. Singing from Maine-ly Harmony at 5:15, Ampersand Academy Dance at 5:45. The tree is lit at 6pm by Santa followed by group caroling.

Sidewalk Wreath Sales, Johnson Park, Water St.

Wednesday, December 2

FaceTime Social Networking, Join area business people, volunteers and residents for a chance to meet up for an evening of conversation and light refreshments. Meet old friends and make a few new ones, anyone living or working in the area is welcome to attend. Location to be determined. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, December 4

Library Book Sale, 10:30am – 4:30pm, Gardiner Public Library, 152 Water St.

Holiday Artwalk, In addition to filling the downtown with beautiful and unique artwork, the December ArtWalk will also feature free refreshments, artists’ demonstrations, and live music by Martin Swinger and the Cello Choir – PLUS two chances for those who attend to win a $200 voucher to be used toward the purchase of artwork by the artist of their choice!

As in other recent years, this ArtWalk will feature hundreds of original works by dozens of local artists, including: Karen Adrienne, Laurie Austill, Nancy Barron, Lynn Braff, Ken Carlson, John Carnes, Matt Demers, Helene Farrar, Angela Goodwin, John Gregoire, Neiley Harris, Scott King, Katherine Kollman, Kala Ladenheim, Peggy Cope Mascher, Allison McKeen, John Polhemus, Jennifer Strode, Ellen Roberts, Tanya Russell, Robert Saunders, Christine Sullivan, Marylu Wellwood, Diana Willette, and Tina Wood. The artists and artisans of Artdogs Studios, Circling the Square Fine Art Press, Cre8ive Events, the Gardiner Boys & Girls Club, and SpinOff Studio will also be offering work for sale.

This season’s ArtWalk Gardiner has been sponsored by Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe, Healthy Smiles, Lisa’s Legit Burritos, Main E Market Etc., Mainiac Brewing & Supply, Monkitree, Raggamuffins, and the Gardiner Creativity Fund. Many other local businesses will also be hosting artists for the evening. For more information, please contact ArtWalk Coordinator Sarah Miller at 207-712-9734, email [email protected], or find us on Facebook

David Wilcox, 7:30pm, Johnson Hall, 280 Water St.
Considered a ‘songwriter’s songwriter’, his songs have been covered by artists such as K.D. lang and many others.  In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched.  He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit. Now, 17 albums into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans, David continues to find and deliver joy, inspiration, and invention. Tickets are $28 for all seats and are available online, by calling the box office at 582-7144 and at the door.

Sidewalk Wreath Sales, Johnson Park, Water St.

Gardiner Rotary Tree Sale, Hannaford parking lot

Saturday, December 5 – Parade Day (see parade map below)

Gardiner Rotary Tree Sale, Hannaford parking lot

Library Book Sale, 9:30am – 2:30pm, Gardiner Public Library, 152 Water St.

Area Craft Fairs: Several schools, churches and organizations host craft fairs, times and locations will be listed as the information become available.

  • Yuletide Fair: United Methodist Church, 35 Highland Avenue, 9 am – 12:30 pm, Children’s Table, Baked Goods, Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Candy, Gifts, Hand Crafted Items, Totes, Bags, Purses, Ornaments, Mittens, Cookies by the Ounce, Country Kitchen. Luncheon served 11 am – 12:30 pm
  • Laura E. Richards School Craft Fair, 279 Brunswick Ave., 9am – 2pm
  • Pittston School PTA Craft Fair, 1023 Pittston School St., Pittston, 8am – 2pm
  • Christ Church Episcopal Craft Fair, 2 Dresden Ave., 9am – 2pm
  • St. Joseph’s Craft Fair, 1 Lincoln Ave., 8am – 2pm, baked goods and Candy table, a wreaths,  greens and centerpieces table, Raffles, Christmas Table and white elephant.  All proceeds to benefit Christmas Baskets for families in Gardiner community.
  • TC Hamlin School Craft Fair, 17 School St., Randolph, 11am – 3pm. Children are encouraged to attend to enjoy some fun activities as parents/adults shop for the holidays.
  • Gardiner Augusta Lions Club Craft Fair, 10 Lions St.,  8am – 3pm

Face Painting & Coloring Contest, Gardiner Subway, 35 Bridge St., 2pm – 4pm

1st Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, Ugly Sweater wearers may participate in the parade, walking as a group, or simply show up as fancy spectators! Whether you don your gay apparel with traditional icons like Santa, reindeer and Christmas trees, or bask in modern favorites like kittens, pugs, gnomes, Star Wars and other things that just make us say, “huh?” we want your style to shine bright. The parade theme is lights so feel free to light up those sweaters. Prizes for the “Most Overall Ugly” and “Most Awfully Embellished.” Awards presented after the parade in Johnson Hall, 5 pm. You do not need to walk in the parade to enter the contest.

Gardiner Parade of Lights takes place along Water Street, begins at 4:30 pm. For more information on participating and to register, download the Gardiner Parade of Lights Registration 2015. Family friendly activities will take place in various locations following the parade. See the parade map
here.Parade Map

Juggling & Comedy, Johnson Park, 5:15-6pm

Free Horse Drawn Wagon Rides – Ride in the same wagon that brought Santa in the parade throughout beautiful historic Downtown Gardiner, rides begin outside Johnson Hall.  5pm-7pm

Visits With Santa – get your chance to share your wish list with Santa, Johnson Hall, 5-7:30pm

StoryTime with Mrs Claus, at Book It!, inside Lisa’s Legit Burritos, 242 Water St., 5pm-6pm. Book It Primed Pre-Owned Books will have a selection of children’s holiday themed books for sale.

Book Reading: Christmas in Maine,  at Monkitree, 263 Water St.,  6pm. This is a lovely children’s book with wood block prints as illustrations. We will offer a coloring activity with cards of a print as well.

Cookie Walk, SpinOff Studio 405 Water St., 5pm-7pm. Buy a container, and choose from a variety of holiday cookies to fill it with. All proceeds benefit SpinOff Studio, a non-profit art center for adults with developmental disabilities. To donate a batch of your favorite holiday cookies signup here.

Ornament Making Crafts, Bam Jam Candy Shop, 226 Water St., 5 to 6pm

The Polar Express, Johnson Hall, 7pm. Enjoy a favorite Christmas film, wearing your PJs is encouraged! Popcorn and hot chocolate will be available for purchase.

Sidewalk Wreath Sales, Johnson Park, Water St.

Sunday, December 6

Gardiner Rotary Tree Sale, Hannaford parking lot (while they last)

Monday, December 7

Library Book Sale: Buy A Bag For A Buck, 10:30am – 5pm, Gardiner Public Library, 152 Water St.

Friday, December 11

Destination Downtown: Ladies Shopping Night, Get what you really want! Enjoy a night of shopping for yourself to create a wish list to share. Help your friends and family by filling out our wish list forms available in the stores to bring home or keep at the store. Snapping photos is also encouraged. Avoid getting another candle or vacuum cleaner, and find unique gifts available inside Gardiner’s unique retail businesses. Many shops will be open until 7 or 8pm.

  • Live music in the Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe.
  • Wreath sales across the street at Johnson Park.
  • Free gift wrapping at Dennis’ Pizza provided by Gardiner Main Street from 5 to 7pm.
  • Bam Jam Candy Shop will be offering free samples for from Forgotten Chocolate organic, single sourced, non-GMO truffles from 5:30-7:30. They’ll also have a pick-your-discount game, and free popcorn!
  • Dennis’ Pizza special offer: any mini pizza and 20oz drink for $5.00

Ladies Paint Night at Neiley Harris’ Studio.  Start to finish instruction by Neiley.  All supplies provided.  Take home a 16×20″ canvas.  Subject of painting to be determined by students at beginning of the class.  Beverages and dessert will be served.  Limited to 8. $35 per person.Neiley Harris

*Please note that the studio / work space is on the second floor.

1 Mechanic Street – Contact Neiley for sign up or more information: 207-215-8680 or [email protected]

Sidewalk Wreath Sales, Johnson Park, Water St.

Saturday, December 12

Holiday Craft Fair, Gardiner Sportsmen’s Club, 154 Cobbossee Ave., 9am – 2pm. Features 30 tables of local crafters & vendors, and food & bake sale. Tables available for $30 and are first come, first served. For more info phone (207) 592-3313 or email [email protected].

Festival of Trees, Gardiner Waterfront Park, 5pm to 8pm, hosted by Gardiner Youth Hockey Association. This is a great way to get into the Holiday spirit by sharing time with friends and family, enjoying some delicious food, and taking part in this event. Companies and organizations can sponsor a tree, which they can decorate and display. These trees will be auctioned off.

Sunday, December 13

7th Annual Latke Party, Dennis’ Pizza 17 Bridge St., 12:30 – 2:30 pm. A friendly gathering open to all, this celebration features traditional Hanukkah fare including the classic potato pancakes served with homemade applesauce, sour cream, as well as sour cream with salmon bits, fruit. $8 a plate. Connect with friends, neighbors and the community.

Friday, December 18

Destination Downtown: Family Shopping Night, Festive late night shopping with family activities from 5pm to 7pm.

  • Story time from 6 to 7pm at Lisa’s Legit Burritos
  • Letters to Santa inside Gerard’s Pizza
  • Holiday card making at Raggamuffins to give to residents of Arbor Terrace assisted living facility in Gardiner
  • Terri of Music Together will guide sing-a-longs inside Ampersand Academy of Dance at 5:45 and 6:30.
  • Snowflake and ornament making at SpinOff Studio
  • NICHE, INC. will be hosting a Christmas Bingo! 3 rounds, one every hour from 5-7. The families who participate have an opportunity to win prizes from the store, such as; A tye-dye kit, a LED light up Christmas Bulb, or a $10 gift card to Niche, Inc. In between the games they will be offering coloring of christmas designs, for kids and families to enjoy, they can take them home or put them on the display in the window! Christmas Songs will be playing on the record player, and FREE hot chocolate!
  • Free gift wrapping at Lisa’s Legit Burritos provided by Gardiner Main Street.
  • Dennis’ Pizza family meal deal: one large one topping pizza cheesy bread sticks and 2 liter soda for $19.99

Sidewalk Wreath Sales, Johnson Park, Water St. Wreath raffle tickets available.

Johnson Hall-iday Christmas Variety Bash, 7:30pm, Johnson Hall, 280 Water St.
Jason Tardy, Steve Corning and Shane Miclon present a jolly Christmas show for the whole family.  Comedic Christmas stories and songs, juggling, audience participation and holiday cheer make up this delightful seasonal show.  (All new show from last year). Tickets: $16 adults, $14 seniors and $5 for children 17 and under. Call the box office at 582-7144, get your tickets online or at the door.

Saturday, December 19

Johnson Hall-iday Christmas Variety Bash, TWO SHOWS 2pm & 7:30pm, Johnson Hall, 280 Water St.
Jason Tardy, Steve Corning and Shane Miclon present a jolly Christmas show for the whole family.  Comedic Christmas stories and songs, juggling, audience participation and holiday cheer make up this delightful seasonal show.  (All new show from last year). Tickets: $16 adults, $14 seniors and $5 for children 17 and under. Call the box office at 582-7144, get your tickets online or at the door.

Thursday, December 31

Dickie Hyper-Hynie’s Rockin’ New Years Eve, Johnson Hall, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m.
The wildest variety show you’ll see all year! Tickets: $15, all seats. Call the box office at 582-7144, get your tickets online or at the door.

 

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