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December 21, 2009

What is the Meaning of the Snowflake?

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An image from SnowCrystals.com

With the huge snowstorm which ravaged the East Coast this past weekend, there were literally millions and perhaps billions of snowflakes that fell.  I recently came across a poem by Holley Gerth on a DaySpring Christmas card which relates Holley's "Meaning of the Snowflake".  I found it very moving and wanted to share it with others.  Kennebunkport received about 4 inches of snow from the storm, an unusually small amount for Southern Maine.  However, the town looks like a Currier & Ives Christmas scene and guests at the Captain Lord Mansion will definitely have a white Christmas!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield


The Meaning of The Snowflake:

Every new snowflake comes to earth as a picture of our Savior's birth, because they are sent from up above and remind us of God's care and love.

Each one is so intricate and small because Christs sees the details of us all, and just as two are never the same, the Lord knows and calls each by name.

Snowflakes gently cover the world in white and hide what's unlovely from our sight, showing us how He covers our sin and gives us His grace when we come to Him.

So may every snowflake bring Christ to mind and in every bit of white may you find a reason to celebrate anew and a reminder of His love for you.

 

 

December 17, 2009

Winter Has Arrived in Kennebunkport! Jingle Those Bells!

DecSleigh  Dashing through the snow
In a one (2)horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

A day or two ago
I thought I'd take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
We got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh yeah

Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

December 15, 2009

Did You Know the Nutcracker will be in Portland this December?

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The Victorian Nutcracker

Join Portland Ballet, Portland's resident professional dance company, for a magical journey through Victorian Portland to the enchanted Kingdom of the Sweets!  This classical Nutcracker story is set in beautiful Victorian Portland, with sets and costumes inspired by the Victoria Mansion. PBC dancers bring this tale to life accompanied by the Portland Ballet Orchestra under the direction of Lawrence Golan and the Victorian Festival Singers under the direction of Mark Nordli. A grand holiday tradition for all ages! Portland Ballet Company is heralded for its talented dancers, exciting choreography and innovative collaborations. PBC is known for performances such as Carmina Burana, Giselle and Bolero.

Bev and I believe the cultural offerings of Portland rival those of other much larger cities.  If you are visiting the Captain Lord Mansion this holiday season, we highly recommend the Porltand Ballet for an evening of wonderful entertainment. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

December 03, 2009

When Does Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude Begin?

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Carriage Rides at Christmas Prelude  


History of Christmas Prelude, The 28th Celebration Of Which Begins This Weekend, December 4th, 2009

It was the early spring of 1982 when local giftshop owner Henry Pasco called a meeting of other business people for the purpose of discussing ways for the business community to give thanks to the residents of Kennebunkport and Kennebunk for supporting them. Henry suggested a Christmas Festival of some sort to create a sense of community spirit. At the time Nantucket and Marblehead were staging Christmas Festivals. The goal was not to duplicate these events but to stage our own unique festival. Committees were formed and the name Prelude was suggested.


The first Prelude included a tree lighting ceremony, a River Tree Arts concert, a chowder luncheon, candlelight caroling and an event unique to Kennebunkport, Santa’s arrival by lobster boat. We now have three tree-lighting ceremonies – Dock Square in Kennebunkport, Lower Village of Kennebunk and the lobster trap tree in Cape Porpoise; about a dozen Art and Craft Fairs; approximately 12 venues serving either breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner; programs sponsored by the Historical Society; and 12 programs of music celebrating the season. Santa still arrives by lobster boat escorted by two very special “lobster elves”. The Kennebunkport Business Association’s Christmas Prelude is now in its 28th year. For each of these years, business people have worked with the community to recreate the spirit and joy of the Christmas season.


Behind the scenes of Prelude is a cast of hundreds. Year after year, virtually every aspect of our community gets involved. Participating in Prelude activities are the churches, schools, civic and community groups, which make Prelude the centerpiece of their fund-raising activities. Many groups support their charity work from the fairs and feasts held on the two weekends. One of the biggest events is held by the Washington Hose Company that serves breakfast and dinner to hundreds of people. The firefighters turn the money they generate from these events into rescue equipment, which otherwise would have been purchased with tax dollars. The very purchase of their rescue boat, the outfitting of it and the upgrading to technical equipment is a direct result of monies raised over Prelude.


Prelude would not be the celebration that it is without the thousands of volunteer hours that go into the preparations. The KBA plans and pays for the decorations for Kennebunkport and Lower Village. In good weather or bad, you will find these hardworking volunteers devoting two days of their time in dressing the villages in their holiday finery with sparkling lighted Christmas trees, seashell decorated wreaths, and garlands of greenery and ribbon.

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Carolers in the snow at the Captain Lord Mansion 

December 02, 2009

32 Years as Kennebunkport Innkeepers, Wow!

 

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Thirty Years, and Still Going Strong!

by Janet Wolf of The B&B Team

What a great turnout at the PAII New England Innkeepering Conference & Trade Show held last month in Nashua, New Hampshire.  All of us at the B&B Team appreciated the opportunity to meet with some of the true veterans on Innkeeping.

Among those veterans are friends and colleagues, Marian Burns, Innkeeper from Mira Monte Inn in Bar Harbor, Maine and Rick Litchfield, Innkeeper from the Captain Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport, Maine.  Unfortunately Rick Litchfield's dynamic other half, Bev Davis, was not able to attend, as she was busy at the Mansion decorating.  What else!  What these innkeepers have in common is over 30 years of Innkeeping under their respective belts.  Not many out there can claim this number!  Besides their longevity, they are also terrific and successful innkeepers.  We believe part of their success can be attributed to never, never stopping the process of educating themselves at conferences.  We didn't ask them, but I am sure they have been to as many conferences (if  not more) than the years they have been innkeepers.

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Pictured at The B&B Team's booth (from left to right) are Peggy and Peter Scherman, Jay Karen (President and CEO of PAII), Marian Burns, Rick Litchfield, and Janet and Rick Wolf.  

There is always something new and exciting going on at the Captain Lord Mansion, a recent renovation of a former conference space into a spa and lounge and a new state of the art kitchen are the latest.  Their guests also have a history of longevity.  Ten visits to the Mansion will earn a guest an engraved stone in their "Memory Garden". Needles to say, there are lots of pavers and more to come. 

Marian at Mira Monte is very interested in solar energy and has installed panels on a portion of her buildings and hope sto install more in the future.  She is planning a solar workshop in the spring to bring guests in to enjoy Marian's 'Innspring' package plus some education.  Marian is a native of Bar harbor and is a wealth of information about her beautiful part of Maine Guests come back time and again to extract knowledge of Bar Harbor and Acadia Natinal Park from this thirty year veteran.

Marian, Rick and Bev have never put their inns on auto pilot and continue to renew their pilot licenses!  Are there any other thirty year veterans out there?  We woukld love to hear from you!

The B&B Team
Inn Consultants and Brokers Since 1993

With Offices in Virginia and Maine

PETER SCHERMAN ~ P.O. Box 399, Scottsville, VA 24590 

(434) 286-4600 ~ bbteam@bbteam.com Twitter PeterInVA

RICK WOLF ~ 35 Western Avenue,  Kennebunk, ME 04043 

(207) 967-1995 ~ rick@bbteam.com Twitter RWMaine

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Reprinted by permission from the B&B Team Blog!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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