Island Community Center

Deer Isle & Stonington
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, November 19, 2020
December happenings at Island Community Center

by Jeannie Hatch, ICC executive director

The Island Community Center is inviting you to celebrate the holidays in style. We have filled our December with events for all ages. We have gone virtual for our annual Holiday Craft Fair. Vendors are invited to sign up to be a part of this event as soon as you can. Each vendor will be able to upload photos, accept payments, and arrange delivery of their products, all from the comfort of their homes. Promotions will begin the weekend of December 3, 4 and 5. Contact Saige at for more information.

We may not be able to sit with Santa to have breakfast, but we can read with Santa. In collaboration with the Stonington Library we will be offering a link to sit and listen to a story by Santa. Go to our website beginning December 1 to check it out.

Gifts From The Kitchen an online cooking class geared toward the holiday giving season is being offered in collaboration with Maine Cooperative Extension. Beginning on December 2 at 6 p.m. and continuing for three Wednesdays. Registration is required and a minimum of three families is needed. This class is intended for families or caregivers. The Island Community Center will provide the food and supplies for all three classes being offered. Go to to sign up. Contact us at for more information.

Festival of Trees goes virtual. We will not let a pandemic stop us from allowing this event to take place. Festival creator Makayla Damon has devised a way to go virtual. Beginning December 11, trees will be decorated, photographed, and uploaded for everyone to check out. She will sell tickets and accept donations via Eventbrite and winners will be drawn live on December 13. More information coming soon.

Virtual Christmas Watch Parties are happening the weekend of December 11 through the 13. Keep an eye out on Facebook for more information soon.

On December 19 at 6 p.m., our first ever Light The Peninsula Reverse Holiday Parade will allow all ages to absorb the beauty of the season by driving around the Island and Blue Hill Peninsula. Thanks to a private donor and a collaboration with Community Compass, the ICC invites everyone to decorate their yard, home, or whatever to have a chance to win $250 for best holiday display. There will be 2nd- and 3rd-place prizes as well. On December 19, at 6 p.m., residents can line up at the Island Community Center to receive a map of the homes in the contest and a craft for kids to complete. Santa will be there to wave and hand out candy canes. Whether you live in Blue Hill, Penobscot, Sedgwick, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, or on the Island you can join in. Who will have the best holiday display? To cast your vote on December 19, all you will need to do is comment with the display number assigned on the map in the event at To be included as a contestant please sign up by going to the Light The Island & The Peninsula Reverse Holiday Parade event on Facebook, or emailing Please include your name, physical address, and a phone number. Let’s make the peninsula so bright the satellites will see us!