2015-07-17 / Community

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Graves Library Writer-in- Residence Bridget M. Burns, right, and Graves Library Director Mary Lou Boucouvalas. The clerk’s desk in the background dates to the library building’s former life as a U.S. customs house from 1813 to 1915. (Courtesy photo) Graves Library Writer-in- Residence Bridget M. Burns, right, and Graves Library Director Mary Lou Boucouvalas. The clerk’s desk in the background dates to the library building’s former life as a U.S. customs house from 1813 to 1915. (Courtesy photo) Annual library pet show set for July 20

Children are invited to show off their pets at the 23rd Pet Show held at Kennebunk Free Library 6 p.m. Monday, July 20.

One pet is allowed per child, up-to-date on shots, on a leash or caged and children must be accompanied by an adult. Special guest Dr. Odrzywolski of the Kennebunk Veterinary Hospital will be on hand to talk with children about what makes their pet special.

In case of rain, the Pet Show will be held 6 p.m. Monday, July 27.

Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call 985-2173. The Pet Show is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk.

Wind Over Wings scheuled at library

Kennebunk Free Library will host Wind Over Wings on Wednesday, July 22 at 1:30 p.m. Wind Over Wings will present three birds of prey and a trickster – who thinks he’s a bird of prey. Audience members will hear stories of courage, adaptability and resilience as these birds adjust to new lives away from the wild.

Birds to be presented include a Golden eagle, great horned owl, saw-whet owl and raven. All four birds have suffered injuries, making them unable to survive in their natural habitat.

Wind Over Wings is a nonprofit, wildlife educational center licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and located in Dresden.

No preregistration is required for this program, which is free and wheelchair accessible.

For more information, call 985-2173.

Annual Nicole’s Run is Saturday

The eighth annual Nicole’s Run/ Walk 5K is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at Lord’s Point on Kennebunk Beach.

The event begins at 9 a.m., with registration opening at 6:45 a.m.

Nicole’s Run/ Walk is presented, in part, by Kennebunk Savings Bank and will raise money to support the programs and services of Caring Unlimited, York County’s Domestic Violence Resource Center.

The 1 kilometer Kids’ Fun Run will take off at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.nicolesrun.org.

Nicole’s Run/ Walk was first organized by friends and family of Nicole Oliver, a 24-year-old mother of two from Wells, who was killed by her husband in 2007.

Each year, Caring Unlimited serves approximately 3,000 individuals whose lives are affected by domestic abuse through support and safety planning services including: 24-hour confidential hotline, emergency shelter, transitional housing, support and education groups, legal advocacy, school-based education and advocacy and community education. Money raised by Nicole’s Run goes to support Caring Unlimited’s programs and allows the organization to continue to offer critical, life-saving safety planning services to victims of domestic abuse.

Library to host ‘A Secret Music’ author

Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport will host an evening with Susan Doherty Hannaford. Hannaford is a Montreal-based writer. Her affiliations include the Quebec Writers’ Federation, YMCA and the Douglas Institute. She has done extensive research in the areas of mental illness, and is currently working on a biography about an Ottawa woman’s lifelong battle with schizophrenia.

She will be reading from “A Secret Music” at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 23.

The first novel by Hannaford is about 15-year-old Lawrence Nolan, a piano prodigy and the middle child of an affluent Montreal family in 1937.

Copies of the book will be for sale and signed by the author. Light refreshments will follow.

For more information, call the library at 967-2778.

Bank sponsors free visits to museum

The Bank of Maine has joined with the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk to invite its customers to visit the museum for free during the month of July. Banking customers visiting the museum only need to show their credit or debit card to receive free admission as part of the BSM on Us program.

“We are so proud to welcome customers of The Bank of Maine to the museum,” said museum Director Cynthia Walker. “History and art must be shared by all of us. The bank’s commitment to our community is wonderful, and we couldn’t be more excited that new audiences can attend the museum because of what The Bank of Maine is offering to its customers.”

“Art and cultural icons, such as the Brick Store Museum, are an important part of the fabric of our communities,” said John W. Everets, chairman and CEO of the Bank of Maine. “We are proud to provide our customers the opportunity to enjoy some of the cultural treasures in which Kennebunk is so rich.”

The Bank of Maine customers (and all visitors) can expect to find exciting exhibitions this month: Visual Storytelling: Celebrating Maine Illustrators, Memory in Black & White: Turn of the Century Photographs of Albion Moody (part of the Maine Photo Project), and Kennebunk History in 50 Objects are all on view during the month of July, and are running through September.

 The Brick Store Museum will host a pickling and drying workshop on July 23 from noon to 3 p.m. with Master Food Preserver Kate McCarty of the UMaine Cooperative Extension.

McCarty is the author of “Portland Food: The Culinary Capital of Maine” and is the moderator of the popular food blog The Blueberry Files.

Participants must register by July 20. To register, call , 985-4802 or purchasing tickets online at brickstoremuseum.org.

This program accompanies the Brick Store Museum’s Victory Garden, now in its second year. During World War II, many homes across the United States planted and maintained Victory Gardens that grew more food than what was needed for one season. Pickling and drying was the principle way to preserve food into winter and early spring and ensure that ration coupons could be stretched. The museum’s mission in providing this workshop is to educate the public in not only the art and techniques of pickling and drying food, but also the many advantages that accompany it.

 The museum’s Victory Garden will run through fall and will be open to the public anytime the museum is open.

 The museum recently announced a new program at Kennebunk Beach. On Saturday, July 18 at 2 p.m., walking tours focusing on the history of Kennebunk Beach will begin at Trinity Chapel on Railroad Avenue. At 3 p.m., participants will be invited to join the museum on the front lawn of a generous friend of the museum for an old-fashioned ice cream social.

Tickets may be purchased at Trinity Chapel on the day of the event and are available for pre-purchase t www.brickstoremuseum.org/programs.

 The museum will continue to run weekly walking tours of Mothers Beach through September. Check the Museum’s website at www.brickstoremuseum.org for specific dates and times.

For more information, call 985-4802.

Library announces writer-in-residence

Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library in Kennebunkport and Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance announced that Bridget M. Burns will serve as the inaugural Graves Library writer-inresidence.

Burns, a graduate of University Maine- Farmington’s bachelor’s program in creative writing, will use her residency to work on researching and writing nonfiction about Freedom Farm in Kennebunkport.

The farm (all that remains today is the refurbished barn Burns now lives in) was used as temporary housing for at least six Eastern European families who were displaced after World War II.

“There is limited history available on Kennebunkport’s Freedom Farm,” said Burns. “I am excited to spend my residency conducting interviews and writing essays to help educate our community on this unique property and its history as a transient home for people from all walks of life.”

The writer-in-residence was created to provide one author from the library’s service area (Kennebunkport, Kennebunk and Arundel) a private writing room for a term of one year. Burns was selected from a pool of applicants.

“As a creative nonfiction writer with a background in journalism, I am easily distracted until the deadline clock starts ticking,” said Burns. “Working from my home, with the diversions that come with it, has led to a large pile of unfinished work. I am thrilled to have a room of my own to help bring Freedom Farm’s stories to life.”

For information on scheduling an interview with Bridget M. Burns, or any other questions, contact the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance’s Joshua Bodwell at director@mainewriters.org or call 228-8264.

Christ Church to host world tour through music

Take a tour around the world at Christ Church on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 4 p.m., when Music Director and Maestro Warren King will present a concert of music drawn from numerous world cultures. Musicians will include professional violinist Margaret Hopkins, flutists Diana McNulty and Rachael Barter and cellist Robert Vaughan, accompanied by the maestro. The church is at 6 Dane St., Kennebunk, has parking both across the street and behind the building, and is handicapped-accessible from the back lot.

Rotary to celebrate 90th year with antique car show

Kennebunk Rotary Club will celebrate its 90th anniversary with an antique car show 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. The event will be held at the Waterhouse Center in downtown Kennebunk.

The club will select 25 antique and classic cars for the show, highlighting days gone by and how Rotarians traveled to their meetings.

Automobiles from the 1920s to 1980s will be featured. Admission is free and open to all. A Spectators Choice trophy will be awarded at 7 p.m. Joe Foster will emcee the event, an original video produced by Video Creations will be screened and dancing to the Chris Humphrey Big Band will be available.

Rowing skiff to be raffled at annual Blueberry Fair

A raffle ticket can be purchased to win a refurbished 12-foot Amesbury Rowing Skiff, complete with bronze fittings and ash wood oars with an estimated value of $3,000. The boat trailer is not included. First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk is conducting the raffle. The winning ticket will be drawn at its 39th annual Blueberry Fair on Saturday, July 25.

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