Spread a little cheer this weekend in Maine

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In addition to the Maine Indian Basketmakers Show and Sale in Orono on Saturday, here are a few other events you might want to check out this weekend:

Dec. 10-11: Fire & Ice, Kennebunkport

Warm up after power shopping in K’port. Sample hors d’oeuvres from area restaurants, enjoy live entertainment, and belly up to the ice bar and ice sculptures, then warm up by the outdoor fireplace. It all takes place at The Nonantum Resort, from 4:30 to 9 p.m.,  Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10 and 11. Tix are $20, adults only; a portion of the proceeds benefits Winter Kids.

And remember, it’s Christmas Prelude, in K’port, so there are all kinds of fun events happening through Sunday.

Dec. 11: Christmas Market at the Gardens, Boothbay (and Dec. 13, dinner)

More shopping awaits at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens second annual Christmas Market, scheduled Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sip mulled cider and enjoy nibbles while browsing a nice selection of hand-crafted and specialty products by Maine artisans. In addition, a handful of authors will be signing books.

Participating vendors include:

Black Dinah Chocolatiers, Isle Au Haut – who last year sold every last box of the chocolates for which they’re renowned.
Bartrum’s Beeswax Candles, Kennebunk – ultra natural!
Bert’s Awesome Stuff, Auburn – wicked-good jams, chutneys, and pickles made from the finest ingredients.
Christmas Cove Designs, Richmond – beautifully crafted, eco-friendly Christmas stockings in a range of themes for people and pets.
Downeast Books, Camden – presenting the visiting authors, above.
Eco-Kids, Portland – producers of natural art supplies and toys.
Flying Fox Studio, West Boothbay Harbor – handmade framed miniature quilts, punch-needle embroidery, and unique fabric keepsakes.
Glendarragh Lavender Farm, Camden – items made from lavender they grow and harvest.
Good Nature Crafts, Bowdoin
Maine Balsam Fir Products, West Paris – Delightful scents for the holidays and all year.
The Maine Soapsmith, Bowdoin – a wide fvariety of items that pamper people, but also the Gardenss’ staff favorite for their pets, Pampered Pooch dog soap.
Page Hill Originals, Belgrade – handmade holiday angels, unique one-gallong mason jars filled with Christmas magic, elegantly decorated fresh evergreen wreaths and swags.
Samara Creations, Portland – jewelry made from sterling silver, birch bark, and mixed materials, plus mixed-media art pieces of natural materials, mixed metals, and found objects.
Ursula Smith, Boothbay – woven items that are unique and beautiful works of art.

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And looking ahead to Monday, Dec. 13, CMBG is hosting the final event in their 2010 Kitchen Garden Series: Dinner With Chef Pierre Gignac of 98 Provence. The multi-course meal in the Kitchen Garden Cafe is $85, including wine and gratuities. Seating is limited; reservations are necessary.