Wow! It is getting to be that time of year again. Time changed from Daylight Savings Time; it is getting dark about 4:30pm and Bev and I will very soon begin decorating for the Christmas holidays. The first two weekends in December will herald the annual Kennebunkport Christmas Festival, called Christmas Prelude. It hardly seems possible that this will be the 29th annual Prelude. I was among the group that conceived, planned and executed the first one 29 years ago!
The first Christmas Prelude was a modest affair that included a tree lighting ceremony, a River Tree Arts concert, a chowder luncheon, candlelight caroling and Santa’s arrival by lobster boat. We now have three tree-lighting ceremonies – Dock Square in Kennebunkport, Lower Village of Kennebunk and the lobster trap tree in Cape Porpoise; about a dozen Art and Craft Fairs; approximately 12 venues serving either breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner; programs sponsored by the Historical Society; and 12 programs of music celebrating the season. Santa still arrives by lobster boat escorted by two very special “lobster elves”. The Kennebunkport Business Association’s Christmas Prelude is now in its 29th year. For each of these years, business people have worked with the Kennebunkport community to recreate the spirit and joy of the Christmas season. This link will take you to this year’s Christmas Prelude schedule of events
Bev and I are grateful that the Captain Lord Mansion is fully booked this year. We have many couples and individuals that come back to stay with us year after year. However, there are always cancellations; so give us a call if you would like to be considered for a room for 2011; that will be the 30th Anniversary and there should be several new wrinkles added to that significant celebration. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield