Boothbay Harbor Region Weekly Chamber Connections
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 Don't Miss Harbor Lights Holiday Sparkle Fireworks Finale!
Dec 7, 2018 from 6 PM - 7 PM
Nov. 15-Dec. 31, Thursdays through Sundays from 4-9pm
(closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.)
New England's biggest and brightest light display, with over 650,000 lights! Gardens Aglow is an outdoor walking event - please dress appropriately for Maine's seasonal weather.

Photo by Michael Leonard


Dough Ball
Preview Party

December 14 @ 5:30 pm
The 2018 Gingerbread Spectacular winners are announced at this gala fundraising evening.

Be the first in your neighborhood to see this year's confectionery creations, while enjoying wonderful hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Friends of the Opera House and listening to the holiday sounds of the hugely talented Novel Jazz Quartet.

Cash bar

Dress is anything from casual to holiday finery. A magical evening, perhaps the best party of the season. Starts early with doors opening at 5:30 PM!

Annual Gingerbread Spectacular

December 15 -  December 16

This annual display of gingerbread houses large and small, with a few cabins, castles, lighthouses, and mythical structures thrown in for good measure shows off the heart of the community.

Professional bakers and grade school builders all compete in this hilarious annual event with prizes!

The confectionery creations are on display throughout the weekend from 10 am - 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. No admission fee on Saturday or Sunday.

Donations welcome

Entertainment, cocoa, bake sale, and the magical gingerbread structures make this the most fun weekend of the year at the Opera House.  

Community Holiday Potluck & Carol Sing

December 19 @ 6:00 pm

As winter settles in the community is invited to come together for the final event of the 2018 Opera House season.

The Opera House really shines during the holiday season and on this night it sparkles more brightly than any other.

Please bring a plate and utensils for yourself, in addition to a hot main or side dish, salad or dessert for all to share.

The Opera House bar will have beverages available, please do not bring your own. Following dinner Kevin Kiley will head to the piano, along with a troupe of vocalists to help sing in the longest night of the year. A wonderful community tradition.


Donations Welcome

We still have some puppies and adult dogs from our adoption event this weekend as well as lots of other adoptable adults looking for their forever homes!

Be sure to pop into our Brunswick campus to meet these cuties! - at Midcoast Humane.


THE OLD MAN & THE GUN | Official Trailer [HD] | FOX Searchlight

Fri, Dec 7 @ 7 pm
Sat, Dec 8 @ 7 pm
Sun, Dec 9 @ 2 pm
Sun, Dec 9 @ 7 pm
Wed, Dec 12 @ 2 pm
Wed, Dec 12 @ 7 pm
Thu, Dec 13 @ 2 pm
Thu, Dec 13 @ 7 pm

Beautiful Boy - Official Trailer | Amazon Studios

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m.
Special guest speakers: 
Holly Stover, Program Director, Addiction Outreach Program
Chief of Police, Bob Hasch, Boothbay Harbor

Cider and donuts 
starting at 1:30 p.m. 


North Pole Express
December 8 -  December 23

On Saturdays and Sundays, December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23 the Boothbay Railway Village will be running the "North Pole Express!"

Train conductors will call "All Aboard" and everyone, young and old, will board the train to the North Pole. Settle into a comfortable seat in the steam-heated passenger car as you enjoy the winter wonderland of forest frosted with white snow (weather permitting, of course.)

Maine Foodie Tours is thrilled to be showcasing the deliciously talented culinary scene of Boothbay Harbor! 
 Join us on our NEWEST tour launching November, 2018 for the Gardens Aglow season and extending to 2019. 

This tour introduces a mix of some of the areas oldest and newest locally-owned establishments while showcasing the culinary creativity that is alive and well! Bring your appetite for food, stories, and facts about the vibrantly local food economy offered year-round in the harbor.

Advanced tickets required and may be purchased up to one hour before they begin. Tours sell out, so call soon! 
**Note: Maine Foodie Tours donates $1 from the sale of every ticket to a worthwhile Maine charity, and we thank you for your patronage.**

December 8, 2018

December 8, 2018

Candlelight & Cocktails on Rails
December 8 -  December 22

Candlelight & Cocktails on the Rails is perfect for a date night or a girlfriend's night out with a vintage twist. 

Step back to a simpler time when the soft glow of candles and lanterns lit the villages and towns all along the coast of Maine at the holidays. 

A coal fire will be burning in the stove inside Freeport Station when you arrive and traditional treats will be served including mulled cider, spiked eggnog, roasted chestnuts, and more.


Vincenzo Hart

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3 Quick Year-End Planning To-Dos for Your Small Business

The best way to ensure that your business is successful in 2019 is tying up loose ends and closing out 2018 in the best way possible. That includes both setting up your business to be more efficient and reviewing employee performance so you can reward them for their successes, while encouraging their increased productivity and innovation. With a few simple steps, you can help make 2019 one of the best years for your business and your employees.

3 Steps for Optimal Year-End Planning

Follow the steps below to prepare for success in 2019.

1. Automate Your Billing
Almost a quarter of adults living in the U.S.  don't pay their bills on time. Automatic bill payment is an easy way to remedy this, so it's hard to imagine why so many people don't opt for automatic billing options-especially when you consider that nearly all collectors offer this option. 

Yet people continue to waste time paying bills manually and risk wasting money on potential late fees.
By  automating your personal and business bills, you'll not only save time and avoid late fees but you'll also improve your credit score. Best of all, you can set up most of your bills for automatic payment in about the same amount of time it would take for you to pay one cycle manually. 

Here are three options to help automate your bill pay:
  1. Use your bank's online bill pay option to transfer money to creditors.
  2. Authorize your credit card company to issue payments to collectors.
  3. Grant creditors access to your bank accounts, so they can automatically take payments.

 How to Reduce Employee Stress Around the Holidays
Be Flexible About Scheduling

Offering flexible scheduling or extra personal time  in the days leading up to Thanksgiving or Christmas may be the best gift you can give your employees. This will allow them extra time to run errands, shop, spend time with family or simply unwind during the hectic holiday season.

It's a huge problem that affects us personally. And it also affects our businesses.

Not getting enough sleep diminishes our mental abilities. It clouds our decision-making. It makes us irritable. It causes us to do things that we may not have done if we were thinking with a clearer head. 

As business owners, our employees, customers, suppliers, partners, and their families are relying on us to make the best decisions we can so that our companies can continue not only to survive, but also to grow and provide a livelihood for all.

If you're a hands-on small business owner, it's crucial to plan for a day when a crisis - a sudden illness, family emergency, or travel disaster - keeps you away from the office.

Smart business owners get business insurance to help protect against common risks like natural disasters and theft, but then some fail to put a plan in place to safeguard the company if an unanticipated event detains the owner for days, weeks, or even months.

That's what happened to Teana McDonald, founder of 3E Connections, a social media and public relations agency in Florida. Her attitude before a crisis hit? "I'm Superwoman, right? There's no way I'll ever catch the flu and be ordered to stay in bed for five days," she says.

When she did get felled by influenza, she panicked and got sicker because she was not 100% confident that her one employee could run the business while she recovered. So she switched all in-person meetings to phone conferences. She also managed billing, customer inquiries, client proposals, and more from her bed, "while near death," she says.

However, you can avoid a similarly dramatic scenario if you take these five steps to prepare your company for your absence in an emergency:

1. Choose a trusted employee to take over.

The first step is to identify a trusted member of your team who could smoothly take over and keep your business operating if you were suddenly unable to make it into work one day.

Here's how much more millennials plan to spend on the holidays compared to other generations

Holiday season is finally here and  Americans are ready to spend. A quarter of consumers say they plan to spend more this year than last they did last year, according to  Discover's 2018 Holiday Shopping Survey, and millennials are the most eager.

Over a third of millennials expect their spending to go up, reports Discover, which surveyed over 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. That's compared with 33 percent of those in Gen Z, 26 percent of Gen Xers and just 16 percent of baby boomers.

Across  all age groups, the average amount people expect to spend on gifts and necessities is $819, reports  Harris Poll and advertising-technology company  OpenX. Millennials plan to drop an average of $861.

The reasons shoppers expect to spend more vary: About 40 percent of millennials and 51 percent of those in Gen X  credit higher wages. (The U.S. median household income reached a record $61,372 in 2017.) Meanwhile, 38 percent of Gen Xers and 36 of Baby Boomers who say they'll be parting with more money to  accommodate more people on their shopping list.

We are nearing the deadline for
Region Guide Submissions!

To be included in our 2019 Region Guide/Map, 
materials & payment must be in by
December 31st, 2018! 
Executive Director

Marketing, Social Media & Administrative Manager
Kathrine Norcott
Visitor, Member and Events Coordinator