2013-12-06 / Front Page

Week 2 of Prelude will begin with bang

By Alex Acquisto
Staff Writer

KENNEBUNKPORT – The second week of Christmas Prelude offers just as many, if not more, fun-filled family events, said Chairman of the Kennebunkport Business Association, Sheila Matthews-Bull.

The 10-day holiday event began Thursday, Dec. 5 and continues the following weekend, Friday, Dec. 13 through Sunday, Dec. 15.

“The fireworks on Friday night have been so well-accepted and appreciated in recent years,” Matthews-Bull said of the nighttime event at 6:15 p.m. that can be viewed from Dock Square. The fireworks, said Matthews-Bull, “really almost quadrupled the number of people who come to town on Friday.” In years past, Kennebunkport has hosted anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 people for the second weekend of Prelude.

When asked if the first weekend’s big events such as the tree lighting overshadow the second weekend of events, Matthews-Bull said no. One particular area the Kennebunkport

Business Association has tried to hone in on is local participation for the second weekend.

“If you talk to locals they say, ‘Oh, we try to stay away from Prelude the first weekend; it’s too busy, there’s no parking,’” Matthews-Bull said. “What we’ve tried to do is get more local participation in the second weekend. That’s our pull – to get people from the south of us, the north of us, anywhere within 35 or 40 miles of driving, to come,” Matthews-Bull said. “It’s gotten better every year.”

One of the new events in the last three years is the Under the (Prelude) Tent event at 5 Union St., where local establishments sell food or drink or collect donations for a nonprofit organization. This year, said Matthews-Bull, Under the Tent begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday with doughnuts and coffee provided by Wells-based Congdon’s doughnuts.

New this year, said Matthews-Bull, is the opportunity have a picture taken in an old-fashioned photo booth. On Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. visitors can try on the array of costume items and pose for four or five photo booth pictures.

The Kennebunkport Business Association, Cape Porpoise Kitchen and Nonantum Resort are sponsoring the event.

For the second year in a row, the Kennebunkport Fire Department will offer its Five Alarm Chili on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit multiple local assistance programs.

Also for the first time this year at Under the Tent, the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust will offer a craft ornament-making station for children and families.

Said trust Executive Director Tom Bradbury, “We wanted to be supportive and we thought this was a good tie-in. It’s like a winter extension of our summer discovery days.”

Families can stop by the tent to make an ornament for their trees at home while listening to live music. Music Under the Tent will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The event continues on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Under the Tent events cater to adults and children, alike. “It keeps a more family-oriented-type of entertainment,” Matthews-Bull said.

Other events include a tree lighting in Dock Square on Friday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m., Pin the Nose on Rudolph on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks, and the third annual Pooch Parade on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at Consolidated School.

“This year we’re having the Red Sox sneaker, as well as Slugger from the Sea Dogs march in the parade,” said Matthews Bull.

Prelude concludes for the year with the arrival of Santa Claus by firetruck in Cape Porpoise Square on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.

“We have this great event in your backyard, you know, come on down,” Matthews Bull said. “I don’t want local people thinking, ‘Oh it’s so crazy busy.’ I want them to feel like it is a good weekend for them to come up or down and participate.”

For more information on the schedule of events visit www.christmasprelude.com.

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