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February 15, 2011

The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport Donate $1350 to Local Food Pantry!

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Innkeeper Rick Litchfield of the Captain Lord Mansion, and Hillary Hamilton and Nate Korniotes, innkeepers from the Captain Fairfield Inn presenting $1350 to Beth Jones, from the Church Community Outreach Services, Inc.,the local food pantry provider.  The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport, which also includes the 1802 House B&B, the English Meadows Inn and the Captain Jefferds Inn, conducted a historic inn tour the second weekend of Christmas Prelude.  The $1350 was raised from admissions to the tour and was a record total raised from this annual event.  Every cent collected from the admissions is turned over to the food pantry.  Beth Jones said "this donation comes at a good time because this has been an extremely harsh winter and many folks are in real need because of the extra heating and snow removal costs they have endured."  We innkeepers are proud to be able to give back to the community in which we live and do business.  Since 2011 will be the 30th Anniversary of Christmas Prelude, we are adding some new features for the 2011 Christmas Prelude Historic Inns Tour which will be Saturday, December 10, 2011.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

November 23, 2010

Christmas Prelude is coming to Kennebunkport Again! When?

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Wow!  It is getting to be that time of year again.  Time changed from Daylight Savings Time; it is getting dark about 4:30pm and Bev and I will very soon begin decorating for the Christmas holidays.  The first two weekends in December will herald the annual Kennebunkport Christmas Festival, called Christmas Prelude.  It hardly seems possible that this will be the 29th annual Prelude.  I was among the group that conceived, planned and executed the first one 29 years ago! 

 Christmasprelude3                                                  The first Christmas Prelude was a modest affair that included a tree lighting ceremony, a River Tree Arts concert, a chowder luncheon, candlelight caroling and 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 29th year. For each of these years, business people have worked with the Kennebunkport community to recreate the spirit and joy of the Christmas season. This link will take you to this year's Christmas Prelude schedule of events

Prelude TreeBev and I are grateful that the Captain Lord Mansion is fully booked this year.  We have many couples and individuals that come back to stay with us year after year.  However, there are always cancellations; so give us a call if you would like to be considered for a room for 2011; that will be the 30th Anniversary and there should be several new wrinkles added to that significant celebration.  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 04, 2008

As promised: MORE PRELUDE!

Just one more day before the kickoff of Christmas Prelude and we are busy, busy, busy here at the Captain Lord Mansion!  Our carolers (freshly painted thanks to Bev) are out in the lawn, singing away, wishing for the snow they played in last year.

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The weather for the next few days is calling for unseasonable warmth, temperatures in the mid to upper 40s and a brisk wind.  BUT - it will definitely be COLD this weekend. Our visitors and revelers will certainly feel Jack Frost nipping away as they carol and cavort in Dock Square.

You can always visit the National Weather Service forecast for Kennebunkport by clicking here to get a better idea of what kind of winter weather is heading our way.

As for us, we are busy greeting guests and making our inn look spectacularly Currier and Ives.

I listed a number of our favorite events in my last blog (click here to revisit the entry).  But one I wanted to mention specifically, all by itself is a Choral Presentation by the Curtis Lake Christian Church Choir.

Our inn sponsors this magical vocal event, which takes place this Saturday, Dec. 6 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The choral ensemble magnifies the birth of Christ (the real reason for the season) at the steps of Union Square.

Please join us then, or just stop by the inn for a visit anytime during Christmas Prelude as we celebrate this glorious time of year.

Your innkeeper - Rick Litchfield.

November 19, 2008

The Most Wonderful Time of The Year!

Here at the Captain Lord Mansion we are getting ready for our most favorite time of the year: Christmas!
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About this time, Kennebunkport starts to buzz with excitement over Christmas Prelude, our town's one-of-a-kind celebration of Christmas spirit.

This link will take you to the official website of Christmas Prelude.  But here are some of my suggestions for "not-to-miss" events during this charming time, which runs from December 5th until December 14th.
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ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4 FROM 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: There is a Prelude Champagne Reception at The Nott House, 8 Maine Street.  Some of you may remember an earlier posting of mine about the Nott House.  This beautiful Victorian mansion, kept true to the period of the time, is just about as nice a place as one can be to start off the Christmas season. Many of our local inns, restaurants and businesses donate goodies to make this event a smash success.  But space is limited and spots go fast. I highly recommend you call 207-967-2751 to make a reservation.  If you are planning on staying with us at that time, call our front desk - 800-522-3141 - and we'll make the reservation for you.
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ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 AT 5:30 PM– The tree in Dock Square is lit and the season officially begins.  This tree, as seen in the photo at right, is decorated with buoys and is one of the focal pieces of our holiday sparkle.  Don't miss this opportunity to do some Christmas caroling with the Kennebunk High School Chamber Singers. 

IN CASE YOU MISS THAT TREE LIGHTING
: There's another at 7:00 p.m., down in Cape Porpoise, where the Lobster Trap Tree (a tree-shaped pyramid made of lobster traps) will be officially lit in Cape Porpoise Square.  More Christmas caroling makes it all the merrier.

ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 AT 6:30 PM– Join us and many others as we revel in Kennebunk and Kennebunkports most awe-inspiring event: Candlelight Caroling hosted by the Franciscan Monastery, which is technical in Kennebunk on Beach Street.  During this event, hundreds light candles, lift their voices and sing to the Lord, songs of celebration, of promises and of babies born in mangers.  It is often a very emotional event, and one I recommend you attend.

That's enough for now!  But can you guess what will be the subject of my next post??
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More Prelude!!! Until then...
Your Innkeeper -- Rick Litchfield

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