Christmas Homes Tour Anchors A Day Of Events

Eastport is celebrating the Christmas season in grand fashion on Saturday, December 2nd. The day will feature the 8th annual Eastport Homes Christmas Tour, a holiday market with crafters at the Welcome Center, a visit from Santa Claus, a Christmas tree lighting at the Port Authority Building, lighting of ice candles (weather permitting) along the downtown stores and the breakwater, and a return of The Festival of Lights for Eastport’s boats, as well as Yule Fuel, a fundraiser for the Fuel Fund. If it snows that day, the home tour will be held on Sunday, December 3rd.

The self-guided home tour of homes decorated for Christmas, sponsored by the Eastport Area Chamber of Commerce, has a beautiful brochure with descriptions of the homes included on the 12 to 5 p.m. tour. Featured this year is the Norwood House at 15 Key Street, a classic Greek revival home with Doric columns along the front of the house.  General George Meade of Civil War fame stayed in this house.  The Lewis F. Delesdernier House, a Federal style  home built in 1807, at 7 Franklin Street was the home of Passamaquoddy region’s first custom agent.  The art studio of Elizabeth Ostrander is in a vintage cape at 83 Clark Street which she feels was once an outbuilding for the adjacent Brewster Home. Her works in progress will be on display. The front rooms of Eastport’s iconic Post Office/Customs House will be decorated for the season and postal worker Billy Boone will be your guide. The Michener-Tinker home, a mansard roofed home of mid-19th century will be decorated by Mercedes Spencer, a landscape designer and a 4th generation occupant of the home. Georgie Kendall will put her decorating skills to use at the Alan Gore Home at 44 High Street. Repeat homes of notable interest are the Todd House, a classic cape circa 1750, furnished to the period, with a “good morning staircase” and massive center chimney, and the Samuel Stevens House, which is available for tour from the first floor to the attic and has a fine collection of colonial furniture and artifacts.

 In the bottom floor of the Port Authority Building, known as the Welcome Center, a market with local crafters will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. 

The lighting of the community Christmas tree, which is erected by the Eastport Port Authority, will be at 6. Ice candles will be lit at dusk. This is weather permitting.

To celebrate the season as well as the newly opened breakwater, the Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Festival of Lights.  Local boat owners are encouraged to decorate their vessels with Christmas lights and participate in a parade passing along the shorefront of downtown Eastport at 6 p.m.  There will be two categories and prizes: $150 for the best parading vessel and $100 for the best inner basin boat.

Stores will be open until 7 p.m. all Saturdays of December.

The tickets for the tour are $15 and may be purchased at The Port O’ Call, Raye’s Mustard Mill, The Commons, The First National and Bangor Savings Bank.