We opted in for out of the way for today’s Christmas fairs and festivals. There are all kinds of events in the greater Portland area and Kennebunkport is having their epic Christmas Prelude, but battling crowds and partaking in parking fiascos are NOT my thing. It was a beautiful morning with a fresh dusting of snow on the trees as we drove out to Bar Mills and then Limerick for fairs inside charming, historic buildings.
Bar Mills Parish House
These gorgeous chairs were for sale at only $10 each but we don’t need any. I bet they got snatched up quickly.
I bought a vintage necklace, vintage made in the USA Christmas gift wrap still in the original packages (225 ft total!) and Wayne bought a couple of paperbacks, all for $2! We met a very nice family who moved to Buxton from Boston. First the daughter came up for a job and then her parents followed. We bonded over how much we cherish the peace of living where we do now.
The beautiful Limerick Congregational Church
The tables were set for the Christmas luncheon.
We were brought upstairs into the sanctuary and wow!
Stained glass and embossed tin ceilings are some of my favorite things!
Sadly attendance has been dwindling over the years which is the case with many older churches as the congregations ages. It’s very expensive to maintain these historic buildings which is why so many have had to close or sell.
The group of ladies working the fair were so kind and lovely. One was from Brooklyn who moved here many years ago. I hope they will raise the capital and support they need to keep the church open. We purchased a raffle ticket with the understanding that if we won we’d drive back out again tomorrow to pick it up and attend their Sunday service.
The second floor of this building used to be a basketball court.
Old knotty pine panels, another favorite of mine!
The hat I’m wearing is vintage L.L.Bean. I bought it sometime in the early 1990s and it’s still in great shape.
It’s a winter wonderland with a Christmas tree farm in view.
I know we made the right choice for us. The views, peacefulness of the morning, easy parking, people we met and frugal finds are gifts we’ll remember. I love Maine!