|Coastal Maine Botanical Garden|
By Briana Bizier
Raymond was well represented at the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden’s annual Gardens Aglow holiday event on Thursday, December 6th. The Raymond Village Library coordinated a bus trip for adults and seniors which left Raymond just after noon, stopped for lunch along the way at The Taste of Maine restaurant, and arrived at the Botanical Gardens in Boothbay just as the sun was setting. The brilliant colors of the sunset over Maine’s coast blended perfectly with the colored lights of Gardens Aglow!
Gardens Aglow is one of the signature events in the Boothbay Lights celebration, an annual holiday tradition for coastal Maine which features bright, colorful lights decorating houses, fishing boats, and even vehicles.
As the solstice approaches and Maine’s cold nights stretch to almost fifteen hours of darkness, these cheerful lights bring a sense of comfort and celebration.
The Botanical Garden’s own Gardens Aglow festival is the largest and brightest light display in New England with over 650,000 lights. The entire display is outdoors, and the Botanical Garden recommends spending at least an hour walking through the decorated grounds. The 45 hardy travelers from Raymond braved subzero temperatures in order to see the displays. Happily, the Botanical Garden also provides a fire, hot chocolate, and several indoor areas to warm up.
“The trip went really well,” Sheila Bourque, President of the Raymond Village Library’s Board of Directors, said. “Everyone had a blast, and we got a lot of suggestions for what trips to plan next.”
In addition to bus trips like this one, the Raymond Village Library now offers extended hours specifically for seniors on Tuesday mornings from 9 to noon. Anyone is welcome to stop by the library for activities like a bridge club, crafts, reflexology sessions, and jewelry making. Be sure to also keep an eye on the Raymond Village Library’s website to sign up for the library’s next outing!