BATH — Staff and volunteers at Tri-County Literacy announce the first annual Candy Cane Festival, to be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9, at Bath Middle School.
This fun-packed day will replace the Candy Cane Train event, which Tri-County Literacy has hosted for the past 11 years. The day will include magic shows, pictures with Santa, reading with Mrs. Claus, interactive play with model trains set up by Maine 3 Railers, carols by the Nor’easters Barbershop Chorus, free trolley rides, raffles, face painting, and more.

Tickets are $5.50 in advance, $7 at the door. Advance tickets are available beginning Nov. 1 at All proceeds go toward the organization’s mission “to improve lives through literacy.”

Tri-County Literacy is a nonprofit organization that serves adults and children in Cumberland, Sagadahoc, and Lincoln counties. During the past year, TCL helped over 750 people in 40 towns with two programs: Read With Me, the family literacy program, provides encouragement, support, and materials to parents so they can facilitate strong early literacy development at home for their young children; the Literacy Volunteers Program provides one-on-one tutoring services for adults to help improve their basic reading and writing skills so they can enhance their lives and achieve their personal goals.