June 06, 2020
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Presque Isle will kick off Christmas with Holiday Light Parade

PRESQUE ISLE — Visitors to the largest city in Aroostook County will find plenty to do during a special weekend scheduled for Dec. 14-15.

According to Bobbie Dow, the executive director of the Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce, the Second Annual Holiday Light Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14, 1991. The parade will start at the North Plaza at 7 p.m. and proceed south on Main Street to the University of Maine at Presque Isle. The parade, which is sponsored by the Chamber, will include an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Santa will visit with the children attending the Kiwanis Club breakfast scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m., Dec. 14, at the Elks Lodge in Presque Isle. The cost is $3.50 for adults and $2 for children under age 12.

Other weekend events include a “Collectible Bonanza” at the Presque Isle Rec Center and a children’s Christmas party at the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club. Both events will take place on Sunday, Dec. 15.

“We’re trying to create a mini-festival that will draw people from the immediate area, as well as Canada, to spend the day or maybe the weekend shopping and visiting in Presque Isle,” Dow said.

She emphasized that in participation with the Holiday Light Parade, some downtown merchants would offer extended store hours on Dec. 14. With stores open for shopping on Sunday, Dec. 15, “this marks a good time to take advantage of our excellent shopping opportunities,” Dow said.

Other wintertime activities scheduled for Aroostook County include:

Nov. 26-27 — Houlton Rotary Auction, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Watson Hall in the Episcopal Church;

Nov. 28 — Thanksgiving Day Party for senior citizens and shut-ins at the Fort Fairfield VFW Hall;

Nov. 29-30 — Townwide Holiday Sale in Houlton;

Nov. 30 — Houlton Christmas Parade, beginning at 1 p.m. at the shopping center on North Street. The parade route goes through Market Square to Main Street and ends at the Episcopal Church parking lot;

Nov. 30 — Winter Arts and Crafts Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Houlton Recreation Center;

Nov. 30 — Houlton Community Carol Sing and Christmas Tree Lighting, beginning at 7 p.m. at Monument Park;

Nov. 30 — 5K Turkey Trot starts at 10 a.m. at Caribou High School;

Nov. 30 — A skating party featuring the Mobile Music Company will be held at the Forum in Presque Isle;

Nov. 30-Dec. 1 — Craft fair at the Fort Kent Gym at the University of Maine at Fort Kent;

Dec. 1 — Community Chorus Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. at the Methodist Church on Military Street in Houlton;

Dec. 1 — Madawaska Snowmobile Club will sponsor a spaghetti supper at the Gateway Motel in Madawaska at 6 p.m.;

Dec. 6 — Community Hayride for children, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Monument Park in Houlton;

Dec. 6 — Annual tree-lighting ceremony and Christmas caroling starts at 6 p.m. at the Robert Frost Memorial Library in Limestone;

Dec. 7 — Patten Craft Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Patten Recreation Department;

Dec. 7 — Congregational Church Bazaar and Luncheon, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Houlton;

Dec. 13 — Kids’ Movie Night, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Houlton Recreation Center;

Dec. 14 — Kiwanis Club Breakfast with Santa Claus, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Elks Lodge on Main Street in Presque Isle. Price is $3.50 for adults and $2 for children under age 12;

Dec. 14 — Holiday Light Parade, beginning at 7 p.m. on Main Street in Presque Isle;

Dec. 14-15 — “Ten Days Until Christmas” arts’ and crafts’ show at the Fort Fairfield Elementary School. Call 472-3802 for further information;

Dec. 15 — Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the “Collectible Bonanza” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rec Center. The event features antiques, coins, stamps, and sports cards;

Dec. 15 — Presque Isle Snowmobile Club Christmas Party for children at the Clubhouse, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Santa Claus will visit the party;

Dec. 20 — Kids’ Christmas Party, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Houlton Recreation Center;

Dec. 22 — Dedication of a life-sized creche, lighting of luminaries, and family stroll in Fort Fairfield;

Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve services at various churches in Houlton. Contact local churches for specific times;

Dec. 28 — A cross-country invitational will be held at Lonesome Pine Trails in Fort Kent;

Dec. 28 — Mobile Music party at the Forum in Presque Isle;

Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve Houlton, 2 p.m. to 12 midnight with vaudeville, musical entertainment, comedy, an art show, and other activities at various sites in Houlton. Contact the Houlton Chamber of Commerce at 532-42316 for additional information;

Dec. 31 — All-Hits Video, New Year’s Eve Dance Party at the Forum in Presque Isle;

Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve Party from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club, with free admission for club members;

Jan. 4 — Square dance with callers Tom Williams and Kitty Door, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Houlton Recreation Center;

Jan. 5 — Lonesome Pine Trails in Fort Kent will sponsor “Two for One Ski with Spaghetti Feed”;

Jan. 18 — Island Falls VFW Supper at the Island Falls VFW Hall;

Jan. 18 — Potluck supper, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club;

Jan. 18-91 — Portage Lake Snowmobile Club will sponsor the first-ever Aroostook County Sled Dog Race at Portage Lake, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.;

Jan. 19 — Visit Lonesome Pine Trails in Fort Kent and make your own sundae;

Jan. 24-25 — Maine Snowmobile Association meeting at Keddy’s in Presque Isle;

Jan. 26 — The Junior Ski Program opens with Dough Boy Day at Lonesome Pine Trails in Fort Kent;

Feb. 1 — Supper on Run at the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club;

Feb. 1 — Square dance with caller Cliff Long, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Houlton Recreation Center;

Feb. 2 — Madawaska Snowmobile Club will sponsor its annual breakfast at Rocky Beach Farms at 9 a.m.;

Feb. 2 — Visit Lonesome Pine Trails in Fort Kent and make your own sundae;

Feb. 5-9 — Houlton Winterfest, with such activities as cross-country skiing, snowmobile demonstrations and trail rides, dances, and suppers. Contact the Houlton Chamber of Commerce at 532-4216 for additional information;

Feb. 8 — Lonesome Pine Trails in Fort Kent will sponsor “Beans on Hill-Snowboard Day”;

Feb. 9 — Child Feed and Poker Run at the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club, with a run no No. 9 Lake;

Feb. 13-23 — Caribou Winter Carnival. Activities include bingo; dart tournament; Little Miss Caribou Pageant; sportsmen’s banquet; ladies’ night; state championship arm-wrestling; ping-pong tournament; a performance by Maine comedian Tim Sample; the Helen Collins Memorial Family Fun Day at Teague Park, with games, food, and entertainment. For more information, contact the Caribou Chamber of Commerce at 498-6156;

Feb. 15 — United Methodist Church Valentine Luncheon;

Feb. 15-17 — Three-day club ride, sponsored by the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club;

Feb. 16-23 — Enjoy the school vacation at Lonesome Pine Trails in Fort Kent;

Feb. 22 — Island Falls VFW Supper at the Island Falls VFW Hall;

Feb. 22 — Potluck supper, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club;

Feb. 23 — The Junior Ski Races will take place at Lonesome Pine Trails in Fort Kent;

Feb. 29 — Lonesome Pine Trails in Fort Kent will sponsor an Adult Midnight Ski on the oddest day in February. The rain date is March 7;

March 1 — Hot dog roast on Squa Pan Lake, sponsored by the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club;

March 1 — Kids Day at Lonesome Pine Trails in Fort Kent;

March 4 — OTC Day at the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club;

March 5-8 — Winterfest in Fort Kent;

March 7 — Log Driver’s Cookout and the “World’s Largest Coffeepot” at Mud Pond in Island Falls;

March 7 — Supper on Run at the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club;

March 7-8 — Shiretown Classic Basketball Tournament, with teams playing at the Houlton Recreation Center;

March 8 — Ski Invitational at Lonesome Pine Trails in Fort Kent. Rain date is March 15;

March 14 — Square dance with caller Jim Blancher, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Houlton Recreation Center;

March 15 — Island Falls VFW Supper at the Island Falls VFW Hall;

March 20-21 — Presque Isle Auto Dealers Show at the Forum in Presque Isle;

March 21 — Potluck supper and dance at the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club;

March 22 — Adult Day at Lonesome Pine Trails in Fort Kent;

March 27-29 — Northern Maine Agribusiness Trade Fair at the Forum in Presque Isle. Sponsored by the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce.

At press time, the following events did not have specific dates: Shrove Pancake Supper in February at the Episcopal Church in Houlton; the February annual meeting of the Houlton Chamber of Commerce; and the Sherman Winter Carnival in February.


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