2015-05-01 / Front Page

Another May Day is here

Music, food and activities highlight Kennebunk’s 17th annual festival

Kennebunk’s 17th annual May Day Festival will be held Saturday, May 2 and will be a full day of family-friendly activities throughout downtown Kennebunk. Look for maps on Main Street to plot a course of activities for the day.

Pancakes – Start the day at Duffy’s Tavern and Grill with a pancake breakfast to benefit the May Day Festival.

Main Street – Gather the family at Kennebunk Free Library and visit the book sale, participate in the Faerie Festival, or visit the many nonprofits which will be on the front lawn with important information and fun fundraising opportunities.

Next door, First Parish Church will host the Maine Women in the Arts art show and across the street, the Brick Store Museum will be hosting a Make-Your-Own May Basket event. Check out the Spring Rummage Sale at Christ Church on Dane Street and the open house at KK&W Water District which will be celebrating Drinking Water Week.

The Waterhouse Center will have a craft market, face painting to benefit the Kennebunk High School sophomore class and, new this year, a photo booth.

Climb the rock wall. It is 25 feet high with five climbing paths to keep traffic moving In between there will be live music. safety demonstrations and free wagon rides.

Upper Rotary Park is hosting artists/ craftspeople and the Chamber of Commerce is hosting free-form chalk art in their parking lot (restrooms can also be found here).

Lafayette Park will again be the place for May Pole dancing by the Portland School of Ballet, free live music and pottery wheel demonstrations by Al and Ellen Pelletier. The park will also host another craft market and additional local nonprofit organizations.

Lafayette Center’s lower parking lot will host opening day for the Kennebunk Farmers Market. The lot will be its new home for the 2015 season.

Be on the lookout all day long for Mission Motion’s flash mobs and be ready to join in the fun. The group has been practicing and plans to get funky in downtown (and uptown) all day long.

This year’s May Day Parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Main Street and includes many Little Leaguers in full uniform. Also in the parade are mascots, classic cars, Shoe String Puppet Theater, marching bands, Gym Dandies and Shriners.

After the parade, go back to Lafayette Park for more free live music by The Ketchfish Band and a benefit pig roast by Lobster Bake and BBQ (proceeds donated to the Mary Tanner - Justice for Mary Project. Picnic blankets or chairs are recommended. Holy Cross Lutheran church will host a free bean supper at 4:30 p.m.

Remember, all shops, restaurants and businesses will be open and they help to make the event possible.

Inside the Waterhouse Center, there will be a running slide show of photos from May Days past.

For a complete schedule of events and list of sponsors, visit www.kennebunkmaine.us/mayday.

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