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Winter Solstice Lantern Walk @ Houghton Graves Park
Dec 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Winter Solstice Lantern Walk @ Houghton Graves Park | Harpswell | Maine | United States

Friday, Dec. 21, from 5-6 p.m.
Houghton Graves Park, 1714 Harpswell Islands Rd, Orr’s Island

Celebrate the winter solstice with a lantern walk and bonfire. Welcome the lengthening days with light, song and community. Walk along a short, easy trail lined with lanterns and luminaria. You are encouraged to bring a lantern to carry. At the end of the trail, warm up with songs, fire, hot cocoa and sweet treats.

All are welcome at this free, family-friendly event. Advance registration is requested to help us plan. Click here to register or contact Julia McLeod at or 207-837-9613.

Bring warm clothes, a flashlight, your lantern (optional), and a travel mug for your cocoa (to help us use fewer disposable cups). We will provide LED lights to place in your lanterns.

You are welcome to show up at any time during the hour. The lantern walk is self-guided. There will be cocoa, cookies and a campfire for the whole time, and there will be music for at least the first half hour.

Thank you to the Harpswell Community School PTO for co-sponsoring the event and to Lowe’s for donating the fire pits.



In anticipation of the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk, we wanted to let you know about Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s upcoming opportunities to make your own lantern. All lantern making opportunities are free!

Make your own lantern with guided help at the Cundy’s Harbor Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall, 837 Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell.

Come to a lantern making workshop on Saturday, December 8 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Orr’s Island Library, 1699 Harpswell Islands Road, Orr’s Island.

Lantern making materials and instructions will be available for self-directed use at the Orr’s Island Library and the Cundy’s Harbor Library from Dec. 8-21.

Fourth graders at Harpswell Community School and preschoolers at Harpswell Community Nursery School will make lanterns during school to bring home.

If none of these lantern making opportunities work for you, we’ve included information on our website about making your own lantern at home. Click here for more.

Favorite Places to Ski in Maine @ 93 Main Coffee Shop
Jan 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Favorite Places to Ski in Maine @ 93 Main Coffee Shop

Winter is my favorite time of year. I love the snow crystals as they sparkle in the sun, I love patterns and colors of the ice as the winter freeze takes hold of our lakes, waterways and forests and I love the silent beauty after a storm when the world is sleeping. You can learn to love winter. It’s about learning to embrace the beauty of the season. The hustle and bustle of summer has ended and the holiday extravagance season is over.

On Wednesday January 9th at 6:30pm I will be giving a presentation for the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust on my favorite places to ski and snowshoe in Maine. From walking out your backdoor to a more adventurous journey to Baxter State Park winter offers something for all fitness levels.

Learning to embrace the winter is key to living a fulfilling and healthful life in the North East.

$5.00 donation to Sebasticook Regional Land Trust suggested.

Women’s Winter Weekend @ Frost Mountain Yurts
Jan 25 @ 4:00 pm – Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm
Women's Winter Weekend @ Frost Mountain Yurts

Spend a cozy weekend nestled in the Maine woods. I can’t imagine a more wonderful place to spend a winter weekend. Warm accomodations, great company, fantastic food, beautiful scenery and amazing skiing. All trails leave directly from our front door with many options for all comfort levels. Spend the day in a winter wonderland. At night star gazing and an outdoor fire will warm your heart and soul. Space is limited to five guests. Please register early to reserve your spot!

Northwoods Winter Weekend @ Moosehead Lake
Mar 8 @ 3:00 pm – Mar 10 @ 3:00 pm
Northwoods Winter Weekend @ Moosehead Lake

March is the perfect winter month! Daylight has started to return, the temperatures are reasonable and we have a lot of snow! Our winter weekend will take us to Rockwood Maine where we still stay in a rustic cabin on Moosehead Lake. We will be skiing on groomed trails and have the option (conditions permitting) to ski over to Kineo and ski around the base (or maybe hike to the top). Arrival time is 4:00pm on Friday…in time for dinner and perhaps a nighttime ski or snowshoe. All meals and accomodations are included. Designed for beginners and intermediate skiers.