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We are constantly amazed by Cute Potato #1’s wonderful nursery school, and the people who are involved in making the classroom a great place to be each week. During the class holiday party, one of the parents shared a fun craft project, which we loved: the paper bag Santa puppet.

Behold, our very own St. Nick

While we try to be crafty at our house, making something great is always a challenge. Thankfully, the paper bag Santa is surprisingly easy. Here’s everything you need to get started (all available at your local craft store):

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CP #1 and Santa on the Candy Cane Train in Bath

Last year, Grandma Cute Potato treated us all to the Candy Cane Train in Bath. And for just $16 per person, it was money well spent. The train was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and we couldn’t say more about the wonderful staff.  Santa and his elves were on board to visit with all of the children. Hot cocoa and cookies were distributed to all passengers. And the kids were treated to holiday stories and songs. When a whole train of strangers erupts into a chorus of Jingle Bells, you can bet everyone is having a great time.

The Candy Cane train runs this weekend only, so grab tickets while you still can. It’s a family activity you can feel great about, as the proceeds go to Tri-County Literacy in Bath, a volunteer-based group that offers writing and reading programs in Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Cumberland counties.

Candy Cane Train
December 12 and 13
Bath Train Station
http://www.candycanetrain.com/
Check web site for ticket prices and times

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Look who's coming to breakfast...

No, not Clarence Clemens, famous E. Street Band saxophonist. The other big man… Santa Claus himself. When the Cute Potatoes’ mama was a little girl growing up in N.J., it was a family tradition to have breakfast with Santa. It was a fun, family outing made even better by good food and the appearance of the man behind the beard. Okay, enough of that.

Fortunately, there are several towns in Maine where Santa plans on enjoying breakfast this year. And each location has its own unique spin on the event—kids can write letters to Santa, have their photo taken with him, visit with Mrs. Claus and the elves, create fun holiday crafts, sing, listen to holiday stories or pig out on bake sale food. And what, we ask you, could be better than that?

Saturday, December 5:

Maniax Café
8 Market Place Drive, York
8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Free
Juice, muffins and more
Added info.

Wilhelm Reich Museum
Dodge Pond Road
Rangeley
8 a.m.-11 a.m.
$5.00 per person
Blueberry, M&M and chocolate chip and plain pancakes, sausag
Added info.

Crescent Park Elementary School
Crescent Lane
Bethel
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Free
Added info.

Hamden Academy
One Main Road North
Hamden
8 a.m.-10 a.m.
$3.00 per person
Added info.

Molly Ockett School
25 Molly Ockett Drive
Fryeburg
8 a.m.-10 p.m.
$4.00 per person
Pancakes, sausage
Added info.

Sunday, December 6:

Greely Middle School
351 Tuttle Road
Cumberland
7 a.m.-10 a.m.
Kids: $3.00
Adults: $10.00
All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, December 12:
(not quite breakfast, but….)
Farmers Fare
Route 90 and Cross Street
Rockport
Noon- 3:00 p.m.
Free
Cookies and cider
Bring your own camera

Sunday, December 13:

Nonantum Resort
95 Ocean Avenue
Kennebunkport
8 a.m.-noon
Kids: $10.00
Adults: 20.00
Holiday brunch

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Congratulations to Sue Sass, the winner of our Frugal Find contest! Sue will be receiving $10 towards her favorite thrift store in Maine.

We were thrilled by the response to our contest, and even more excited by all of the great suggestions. Sue discovered a toddler-sized, L.L.Bean winter coat at Good Will in Falmouth for just $4.99. Winter coats like this one often sell for at least $50. Way to go Sue!

Cute Potato also learned that the Freeport Community Center Thrift Shop offers 2-1 sales on clothing most every Wednesday. And best of all, kids’ clothing is priced at $1.00-$2.00. All of the proceeds go to Freeport Community Services, which offers support to local people in need.

Other favorites included the popular Lots for Tots in Falmouth and Scarborough, which we featured in our last post, Bull Moose Music for used video games and movies, The Kids Room in Brunswick and Kids Unlimited in Portland.

Thanks to everyone for your ideas, and happy shopping!

Good Will: locations throughout Maine. Check site to search by zip code. http://www.goodwillnne.org/

Freeport Community Thrift Shop, 53 Depot Street, Freeport,
869-1007

Bull Moose Music: locations throughout Maine. Check site for details. http://www.bullmoose.com

Kids Unlimited, 352 Warren Avenue, Portland, 878-5028

The Kids Room, 149 Maine Street, Brunswick, 729-5437

Tots to Teens, Kings & Queens, 474 Main Street, Gorham, 839-7839

Hands of Hope Thrift Store, Bangor
http://bangorhandsofhope.tripod.com/

The Growing Place, Bangor
http://www.growingplace.biz/


Baby Furniture Fair, Biddeford
http://www.babyfurniturefair.com/

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