The Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the recent openings of four businesses during the 2019 Early Bird event on Saturday, Nov. 3.
The chamber’s events committee is focusing on bringing back the magic of Early Bird with different activities and contests, including a pajama contest, scavenger hunts, a block party, and ribbon cuttings at four local businesses.
“I’m excited about the renewed energy behind Early Bird,” John Roberts, president of the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce Board, said. “It’s a great way to promote the region and get the community out to support local businesses.”
The morning will kick off at 6 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Dennis Boyd Photography’s new studio at 67 Main St. in Newcastle, right above the chamber office. Boyd will be at the chamber the entire morning, taking photos of people decked out in their best pajamas and posting the pictures on the Early Bird event Facebook page. The person whose photo receives the most likes by noon will win a gift basket filled with prizes and gift certificates from area businesses.
At 7 a.m., the celebration will move up the street to Consigning Women at 63 Main St. in Newcastle. Owner Annie Avantaggio recently moved her shop to the location and will mark the ribbon cutting by cracking open a bottle of champagne.
Belle Jolie, at 77 Main St. in Newcastle, will have its ribbon-cutting event at 8 a.m. Owner Nicole Fordham opened the business this spring and is quickly ingraining herself in the Newcastle business community.
The chamber will finish off the hourly ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. at Barn Door Baking Co. on Main Street in Damariscotta. Owners Annie Leck and Crystal Berg opened in the cafe space next to Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop right before Pumpkinfest with a collection of delicious pastries and steadily flowing coffee.
Each ribbon-cutting ceremony has its own event on the Damariscotta Ribbon Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page. For more information, or to participate in the scavenger hunts or pajama contest, call 563-8340.