Pleasant Cove, Boothbay – Steve Edwards/Boothbay Register
Fall is a gorgeous season here in Midcoast Maine, particularly the Boothbay Region! Foliage, fairs, early bird sales, hiking trails, art galleries, shopping, yummy meals at restaurants, cozy lodging choices – some with fireplaces!
Events abound around the peninsula beginning in October at Boothbay Railway Village Museum with Family Harvest Days and the Fall Foliage Festival; Halloween train rides at BRVM and WW&F Railway Museum in Alna; and trick or treating events.
Come November, there are the early bird sales; Gardens Aglow at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens begins; later in the month, it’s time for the 2nd annual Lighted Fire Trucks Parade and Competition, and wouldn’t you know it, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be riding on one of Boothbay Fire Department’s finest.
December brings Santa and Mrs. Claus, a lighted boat parade, fireworks, the North Pole Express, community sing-along, tree lighting ceremony; and the Gingerbread Spectacular.
Celebrate nature at one or more of Boothbay Region Land Trust preserves. Do include Oak Point Farm to walk and read along the story trail there. New ones monthly!
Take in a concert at the Opera House.
Take a walk along the rocky coastline at Ocean Point, East Boothbay.
Whatever you do and wherever you go, don’t forget your camera.
Stay up-to-date on happenings at www.boothbayregister.com
Boothbay Region Land Trust
60 Samoset Road, Boothbay Harbor
Free one-mile story trail starts from the Oak Point Farm parking lot kiosk.
Along the Halloween Story Trail is “Room On The Broom” Oct. 5 - Nov. 2: Take turns reading aloud this book by Julia Donaldson with illustrations by Axel Scheffler.
Check the BRLT website for November and December’s stories.
Saturday, Nov. 13
Kick off this season’s early bird sales in Wiscasset where participating businesses offer holiday discounts beginning in the early morning hours ... Check the special pages in the Boothbay Register and Wiscasset Newspaper the week before for specific sales and deals. And, remember, this is a day it’s cool to leave home in your jammies!
Nov. 20 through Jan. 1
4:30–8:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday
For the second year, Gardens Aglow at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will be a driving event.
Thursday - Sunday 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. by reservation only.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve.
Buy tickets at mainegardens.org or by phone, 633-8000.
Saturday, Nov. 27
Parade of decorated trucks from other fire departments in the Midcoast compete for the Best Fire Truck honor, bestowed by spectators just like you.
Parade begins at the Boothbay Common at 4 p.m., does a loop through downtown Boothbay Harbor and returns to the Common. Vote for your favorite!
Boothbay Railway Village Museum
Dec. 4 - 20, Saturdays and Sundays only
586 Wiscasset Road, Boothbay
Holiday steam train rides will run eight times each day beginning at 10 a.m. Buying tickets in advance is highly recommended! The ride takes passengers through the Village to the North Pole to visit with a special guest ... guess who that might be! Here’s a hint: His favorite expression is “ho-ho-ho!”
Thursday, Dec. 16 - Sunday, Dec. 19
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day
Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
86 Townsend Ave.
Between the holiday greenery and lights and the magical gingerbread creations, the Opera House is one of the happiest places you could land this holiday season. Free. Masks covering the nose and mouth are required for all attendees over age 2. Be prepared to be gobsmacked!
86 Townsend Ave.
Oct. 23 - USAF Heritage Winds - Free concert. 7 p.m. The wind quintet component of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band.
Nov. 5 - Hanneke Cassel Trio - 7:30 p.m. The Boston-based fiddlers fuse influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton with Americana grooves and musical innovations.