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Holiday Nights, Magic on Main Street
For family fun, there is a free ornament-making workshop at Sew Orchid, 316 Main St., at 5 p.m. where little ones and big ones can make a special ornament for the Christmas tree.
And once again, merchants in Norway are banding together to offer the community extended shopping hours during the holiday season and encouraging everyone to shop local, shop small. This year Norway's Main Street will offer twice the selection for Christmas shopping as many merchants have welcomed artisans to open pop-up shops within their stores offereing a variety of Maine-made wares.
Shoppers will also find Christmas trees for sale, refreshments, gift wrapping and horse and wagon rides.
From the Matolcsy Art Center to the Norway Brewery, shoppers will have a huge selection from which to choose their gifts.
Horse and wagon rides will offer a free delightful journey from Norway Savings Bank to the Universalist Church/Matolcsy Art Center where it will pick up new riders and back to Norway Savings Bank via Water Street.
Free family workshops are as follows:
Dec. 1 – 5 p.m. – Make an Ornament – Sew Orchid Design, 316 Main St.
Dec. 8 – 5 p.m. – Decorating Christmas Cookies – Happi Chicks at Cafe Nomad, 450 Main St.
Dec. 15 – 5 p.m. – Make Your Own Wrapping Paper – Fiber & Vine, 402 Main St.
Dec. 22 – 5 p.m. – Special Christmas Story readings – Food for Thought, 446 Main St.
Various organizations will offer gift wrapping at CEBE, 447 Main St., each Friday as well as refreshments.
There will be entertainment either in Longley Square or along Main Street each Friday. Some merchants will also offer refreshments.
A map of participating businesses is available in stores.
After shopping, make sure you stop by one of Norway's restaurants to ease your tired feet and fill your hungry belly. Participating restaurants include Ari's, Cafe Nomad, Panda Cafe, 290 Main and The Brewery.
At the Brewery you'll find the following special holiday happenings between 5 and 7 p.m.:
Dec. 1: Holiday music and Julebord
Dec. 8: Fire and ice carving
Dec. 15: Special tour by Head Brewer Charlie Magne Melhus, tasting of bottles and unreleased beers
Dec. 22: Bottle release of Norway Brewing Company’s Christmas beer, Pepperkake, a sour saison with ginger, (4 to 9 p.m.)
Don't forget to vote for your favorite top three holiday windows for the window decorating contest. Each participating merchant has voting slips.
In addition, there will be a drawing on Friday, Dec. 22, for a hand crafted gift bag with more than $300 worth of local merchandise and gift certificates. Make sure to get your name in the drawing at participating shops on Main Street.
Holiday Nights, Magic on Main Street is sponsored by Oxford Federal Credit Union, Walmart, Community Concepts and Norway Savings Bank.
The new lights along Main Street were made possible by Walmart and Rice Tree Service.