What's up downtown

From Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition

What a great time we had at the Winter Wonderland Sled Affair auction Saturday night! Over $2,300 was raised to benefit the Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition’s (CDRC) efforts to improve our downtown. Some sleds went for as much as $250. The unique variety of decorated sleds donated by 31 businesses was amazingly creative. Thank you all! Especially Bill Cassidy for being the best auctioneer ever and our very own Vanna Whites: Tim Crowe, Phil Pascarella, and Hannah Gadway. Shannon and Dan Daley were great as managers of the event headquarters table, keeping us all in order. Very well done. Thanks to Meredith Snowman, too. And a big thank you to Calais Motor Inn for all your help! 

We are all now looking forward to the annual Christmas Parade and Moonlight Madness, Friday night, Dec. 7, beginning at 6 p.m. The Calais Lioness Club coordinates the parade every year and it is such a great kick-off for the holiday season. Santa and his elves will be here, too. The Polar Express sponsored by the Calais in Motion folks will be parking in front of the Wabanaki Cultural Center on Union Street after the parade and everyone is invited to come have some hot chocolate and see the Polar Express movie there. This is a great place to park the kids while the adults go shopping during the  Moonlight Madness sale.  Many downtown merchants will be open all evening offering special discounts to lucky shoppers. Be sure to check this out. Refreshments are often served as well, making it a night of holiday cheer. 

Downtown looks great with all the decorations and Christmas trees lit. Special thanks to Phil Pascarella for completing the lamp post decorations on Union Street/Hog Alley in below freezing weather. Next time you see him, treat him to a hot toddy or something even stronger! 

If you don’t already have one, pick up your Downtown Calais sticker. They sell for $1 each and will help promote and revitalize our downtown area. You will find these available at downtown merchants. 

The next Meet Your Downtown Neighbor event has been postponed until January. Tangles will be our next host and we will provide a date and time soon.

Something mysterious is afoot. We’re calling it the “Random Act of Christmas” and right now we’re keeping it secret. If you can pry this secret out of the mouths of downtown merchants, go ahead and try. 

Many downtown retail stores are open extended hours and on Sundays to help you with your Christmas shopping. So don’t forget, downtown Calais is open on Sundays and that includes some dining establishments. 

See you downtown!