2015-05-29 / Community

Community News


Thousands of parade watchers, including former President and First Lady George and Barbara Bush, turned out for Memorial Day festivities, including speeches, a wreath laying and a 21-gun salute, in Kennebunkport’s Dock Square Monday. (Duke Harrington photo) Thousands of parade watchers, including former President and First Lady George and Barbara Bush, turned out for Memorial Day festivities, including speeches, a wreath laying and a 21-gun salute, in Kennebunkport’s Dock Square Monday. (Duke Harrington photo) Portside Rotary plans auction

Kennebunk Portside Rotary invites the community to a Live/ Silent Fundraising Auction on June 4.

Rotary clubs throughout the world are known for their hands on approach to service.

Kennebunk Portside Rotary is also. To raise funds for local community service projects, the club will hold a live and silent auction from 5 to 7:30 p.m. June 5 at Alisson’s Restaurant in Kennebunkport.

Auction items include an African Safari trip, jewelry and antiques, to name a few. In addition, Rotarians have designed unique services such as a soup a month made and delivered to you, or an hour of personalized coaching in pitching or batting with a known local coach.


The honor guard from American Legion Post 159 leads the Memorial Day parade into Dock Square in Kennebunkport to the accompaniment of thunderous applause from thousands of parade watchers. (Duke Harrington photo) The honor guard from American Legion Post 159 leads the Memorial Day parade into Dock Square in Kennebunkport to the accompaniment of thunderous applause from thousands of parade watchers. (Duke Harrington photo) The live auction will begin between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m.

All the proceeds will go toward community service outreach projects such as Community Harvest, the food pantry, high school graduate scholarships and elementary school projects. To check out auction items, visit www.kennebunkportsiderotary.com.

For more information, call Cornelia at 468-4586 or email kprauction@gwi.net prior to June 4 to request a bid number.

Annual Seashore Trolley Dog Day set

Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport loves dogs so much that it designates the first Saturday of June as Seashore Trolley Dog Day, rain or shine

On June 6, the always dog-friendly Seashore Trolley Museum has lined up a Blessing of the Dogs at 11:30 a.m., dog wash and dog manicure services from 10 a.m to 2 p.m, as well as demonstrations, information and products for sale by a variety of dog-related organizations and businesses.

The creators of Gooches Pooches – The Dogs of Kennebunk Beach will be on hand for a book-signing.

Looking for a dog to adopt? Both Animal Welfare Society and Lucky Pup Rescue will be on hand to help you find the dog of your dreams.

People and their dogs can make a day of it: Duffy’s Tavern & Grill will provide midday lunch service, a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar will be open after lunch, and guests are also welcome to bring picnics.

Offering unlimited rides (with your dog) on vintage streetcars, exhibits, hiking and a museum store, the museum is appealing to all age groups. Seashore Trolley Museum is the world’s oldest and largest electric railway museum. The scope and quality of the Museum’s collection of public transit vehicles attracts visitors from across the country and the globe.

For information, contact director@neerhs.org or call 207-967-2800, ext 101.

Library to host ‘The Art of Unpacking’

Denise Park Parsons will present “Leaving Normal: the Art of Unpacking” based on her book Touchstone: A Life Unseen at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk on Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m.

In Touchstone, Denise Park Parsons tells the story of her daughter Emma’s life with Aicardi syndrome, which becomes the lens through which the reader views the author’s life more than 30 years. The book tells how Park Parsons encountered the “three Ds”—death, disability, and divorce—and remained on her feet.

It is a candid, revealing look into one woman’s struggle to advocate for Emma in an indifferent educational system and an often confounded medical system.

In the process, Denise and her husband started a newsletter in 1983 for parents of Aicardi syndrome children. That newsletter has matured into a global network that is a testament to what empowered parents can accomplish for their children and families.

Park Parsons accomplishes all of that and maintains a loving, vibrant family life.

For more information about this free program, call 985-2173 or email kflkennebunk.liv.me.us.

Family Fun Day planned for Aug. 1

It’s time to start getting ready for the annual West Kennebunk Family Fun Day. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the community event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1.

There will be children’s games and activities, pony rides, a parade, a car show, pie-judging and watermelon-eating contests, a bake table, vendors and crafters, history tours of West Kennebunk, and much more.

The family-oriented event has something for everyone, from 1 to 101.

As always, many hands are needed to make such events successful. Volunteers are an essential part of Family Fun Day. Organizers need bakers, crafters, vendors, people to help set-up and take-down, as well as activity attendants. Whatever contributions volunteers can make is greatly appreciated.

If interested in helping or participating in any manner, call Carol at 985-4571 or Barbara at 985-2272.

Vendors/crafters can download a vendor application form by going to the town website at www.kennebunkmaine.us and linking to the West Kennebunk Village Committee.

Brick Store Museum receives three grants

Brick Store Museum has received three grants from Maine foundations to support its educational programs in 2015. With no town, state, or federal funding, the community museum depends on the generosity of private donors, local businesses, and foundation grants to further its mission of igniting personal connections to local history and art in the Kennebunks.

Kitchen Gardeners International awarded the museum a grant of $300 to support the Victory Garden and outdoor learning space, in which vegetables are grown in 1940s fashion and donated to local food pantries.

With the grant, seeds, seedlings and tools were able to be purchased. In addition, the museum will be giving out free seeds to all visitors to the Victory Garden to start their own gardens at home.

The Davis Family Foundation awarded the museum $3,500 to support services to its visitors, including the purchase of a new point-of-sale system to track visitation and sales; the purchase of a digital video camera to produce in-depth video lectures for the museum’s website; to fund a summer intern to develop traveling programs to schools and retirement communities; and the museum’s summer concert series.

A joint grant from the Maine Arts Commission and Maine Humanities Council awarded the museum with $950 to support its upcoming illustrators’ workshops for families throughout the summer.

The museum continuously seeks help in writing grants.

Experienced grant writers or someone looking to get experience in the field can consider volunteering at the Brick Store Museum to secure much-needed funding.

Those interested may call 985-4802 for more information.

Brick Store Museum on Yankee Ingenuity Trail

The Brick Store Museum has joined Maine’s Yankee Ingenuity Trail, a collection of 12 museums throughout the state celebrating the various ways Mainers and fellow New Englanders used Yankee ingenuity to make their lives better. In conjunction with the Trail, the Brick Store Museum will open “Stories of Invention” in its upstairs gallery, displaying many of the wonderful achievements and inventions made by historic Kennebunkers.

Among the local inventions on display, visitors can expect to find a 19th-century snowplow made by Kennebunk man Timothy Varney; early bedsprings; a magnetic clock; a barn frame loom; shipbuilding tools; and a local man’s 1896 college thesis on electricity and its current.

Since colonial times, New England has been known for its industry, technology, and spirit of inventiveness. Yankee ingenuity, a term that strongly evokes the New England character, reflects traditions of invention, resourcefulness and craftsmanship that emerged over a period of more than three centuries.

The exhibition highlights some of Kennebunk’s inventors and traditional tools from the 18th and 19th century.

“Stories of Invention” will be on display at the Brick Store Museum through fall 2015.

For more information about the Yankee Ingenuity Trail, visit www.yankeeingenuitytrail.org.

Shelter Programs volunteers sought

Volunteers are needed at York County Shelter Programs, Alfred, at the food pantry, bakery, driving pick-ups and in Sanford at the bookstore, Books Revisited.

For more information, contact Joan Sylvester at 324-1137 or email joans@ycspi.org.

Museum seeks artisans and crafters

On Saturday, Aug. 1, the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk will host its first-ever Steampunk Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors to the fair will have access to the fairgrounds – the museum’s campus – to view products and makers of Steampunk-inspired crafts and artwork both indoors and outdoors; and tour the museum’s galleries.

The museum is seeking crafters, makers, and artisans interested in joining the fair to exhibit their products. Applications are available on the museum’s website at www.brickstoremuseum.org/events/ steampunk-fair. Space rentals include table, chairs, and snacks.

For more information, visit the above website or call 985-4802.

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