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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.

Foulmouthed New Year’s Mile @ Foulmouthed Brewing
Jan 1 @ 12:00 pm
Foulmouthed New Year's Mile @ Foulmouthed Brewing

Kick off your year right by running, having specially brewed beer by Foulmouthed Brewing, and a great time at the inaugural Foulmouthed New Year’s Mile Run on January 1st, 2019 at noon!

After the race, each participant will receive a commemorative Foulmouthed New Years Glass Mug and each adult participant will receive one free craft beer pour into their hard earned mug!

Top 3 males and females will earn themselves a bit of glory and a CASH prize! Additionally the course will be a USATF Certified course.

Registration through December 14:
Adults $20
Children $10

Registration through December 15 – January 1:
Adults $25
Children $15