Maine To-Do List: 12.11.09

Baby, it's cold outside. You may be tempted to snuggle up by the fire (we certainly are), but there are certain things you need to do: buy a tree, turn the living room into Santa's Workshop and get your butt in gear, because Hanukkah starts tonight and you haven't bought your best friend any presents yet, let alone eight nights' worth. While you're at it, try to have a little fun this weekend. Below are a few festive ideas, including some shopping-related ones. And as Mom always said, be sure to wear a hat and mittens.

Eat ME
So what if you're the hostess with the leastest? Nobody needs to know if you serve up lobster pot pies from Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. in Cundy's Harbor. They're amazing, and they can be at your house overnight, which means Saturday's dinner party won't be such a disaster after all.
Where: Your house.
When: Tomorrow

Drink ME
Who doesn't love something with a little sparkle around the holidays? Even designated drivers can raise a toast to Soda de Vine from Blacksmiths Winery in South Casco. This nonalcoholic, dry, wine and grape soda comes in two flavors: Merlot and Riesling. Cheers!
Where: Specialty food and wine shops
When: Anytime

Dress ME
Regular readers of this blog know we're absolutely wild about FXDressed, the adorable, affordable line of clothing by Maine designer Jessi Sader. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of her Orono boutique, Studio, Sader will offer 20 percent off her own line on Saturday, Dec. 12, and she'll hold a Maine Etsy artisans trunk show on Sunday, Dec. 13. Shopping time!
Where: 24 Main St., Orono
When: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13

Train ME
Imagine catching a train in Portland, but instead of heading to Boston, you're off to the North Pole. Intrigued? Board Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad's Polar Express — trips start the day after Thanksgiving and run through December 23. Holiday decorations light up the night alongside the tracks, and this year, the Children's Museum and Theater of Maine will give a theatrical reading of "Polar Express" and sing carols.
Where: 58 Fore St., Portland
When: through Dec. 23

Delight ME
Shine during the festival of lights with a gorgeous piece of jewelry from Davida Designs. Created by Davida Newman of Windham, the elegant, sterling silver accessories are inspired by the Hebrew alphabet.
Where: click here for a list of retailers
When: Anytime


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