‘Yuletide in St. George’— a uniquely local kickoff to the holiday season

This Thanksgiving weekend, as big box stores around the country promote Black Friday deals and big discounts, St. George shops, restaurants, galleries and organizations will open their doors to welcome local families and visitors to “Yuletide in St. George,” our uniquely different, community-wide celebration of the holiday season. From the town line to the tip of our peninsula in Port Clyde, red “Yuletide” lawn signs will identify the 20 locations participating in this year’s holiday kickoff event. And, by Thanksgiving morning, bunches of evergreens with bright red bows, created by Girl Scout Troop 1831, will decorate streetlights in our village centers to welcome visitors to our community.

Ancho Honey, at the corner of Wallston and Port Clyde Roads, will have lunch available on Friday and Saturday afternoons. On Saturday only, the East Wind is serving brunch in the Quarry Tavern; the library has scheduled a book signing, book sale and soup-and-bread lunch; and the St. George Historical Society is hosting a “soft opening” of their new space in the Old Library Museum.

Craft fair lovers, please note that the Ocean View Grange Christmas Craft Fair and Luncheon, held on Thanksgiving Saturday for the last 15 years, has moved to the Black Harpoon. Donna Cline’s Old Moose Crafts Fair has also moved, from its 2018 location at the Odd Fellows Hall to the American Legion in Tenants Harbor. Girl Scout Troop 1831 is providing breakfast and lunch treats at the Legion on Saturday.

Though originally conceived as a retail-focused event to benefit the town’s shop owners, Yuletide in St. George has grown to become more than just a two-day shopping weekend. This year’s celebration of the holiday season begins with a Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday afternoon, November 24, and includes community-wide events throughout December, including the arrival of Santa in Port Clyde on Friday evening, December 6, and his journey via fire truck to the Town Office in Tenants Harbor where the second annual “Light up the Knight” and lighting of St. George’s holiday tree will take place. Anyone who brings a non-perishable food item or unwrapped new toy to the Town Office by 6:30 pm on Friday evening, Dec. 6, will have their name entered in a drawing to be the lucky person who throws the switch to “Light up the Knight.”

St. George Business Alliance (SGBA) members, Yuletide sponsors, and all the local organizations participating in this year’s holiday events—including the St. George Town Office, the St. George Fire Department, the St. George Community Development Corporation (CDC), the St. George School, the Jackson Memorial Library, the St. George Historical Society and the Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum—wish neighbors, friends and family members a joyous holiday season.

Yuletide in St. George event maps will be available at participating locations and online at the SGBA’s website (www.stgeorgbusinessalliance.com), or download it here.

(Limmen is a member of the SGBA Yuletide in St. George organizing committee.)

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