2015-07-24 / Community

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Hand crafted items, baked goods and all things blueberry, including pies, will be offered at the annual Blueberry Festival at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kennebunk. (Courtesy photo) Hand crafted items, baked goods and all things blueberry, including pies, will be offered at the annual Blueberry Festival at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kennebunk. (Courtesy photo) Annual Blueberry Festival set for Aug. 8

Holy Cross Lutheran Church’s eighth annual Blueberry Festival to benefit a local nonprofit will be held on Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church on the corner of Lord and Storer streets in Kennebunk.

Quilted items, bags, place mats, table runners and many other handcrafted items will be for sale at the festival. The church will also offer homemade doughnuts, blueberry pies, cookies and other treats for prchase. Blueberry shortcake topped with fresh whipped cream, the festival’s namesake dessert, will also be available.

All proceeds from the festival will benefit “A Place To Start,” a nonprofit in Kennebunk that provides free support for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by helping them to make a plan and organize legal documents, assemble a resource list, accompanying them on tours of assisted living communities, and connecting them with in-home care, day programs and support groups.

Crafters for a Cause — comprised of Holy Cross Lutheran’s Social Concerns Committee and other members of the congregation — work all year to create unique crafts for sale at the festival. Each year the Social Concerns Committee reviews community needs to select an organization to be the recipient of Blueberry Festival proceeds. A Place To Start was selected for 2015 because of the organization’s commitment to provide support for families impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia.

For more information, call 985-4803.

The New School offers summer classes

The New School’s summer camp is offering summer classes for grades six and older, as well as adults. The classes are all for credit and offer an opportunity to sharpen writing skills.

Playwriting runs from Aug. 3-14 with Paul Dervis, a director for Boston’s Alley Theatre and Theatre Redux and a playwriting teacher at Algonquin College in Ottawa. The class will develop their ideas into a 15-minute play, with the idea of sending their pieces out to short play festivals.

Dervis also will teach theater camp which focuses on monologue and scene study, also running from Aug. 3-14.

The session will develop the actor through work in two character scenes as well as monologues. In both works, the student will work on their character’s back story and create three dimensional people.

Another class at the same time as the theater classes is visual writing and the art of bookmaking, which will draw inspiration from artist’s books, poetry and the area of combining the visual with the textual.

Over the course of two weeks, students will leave with a portfolio of art and writing inspired from this hybrid.

For more information, call 985-3745.

Guild schedules July exhibition

Art Guild of the Kennebunks will hold its July Art Exhibition upstairs in The Port Gallery at 11 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport, from Sunday, July 26 through Sunday, Aug. 2. Exhibition hours will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

As with all art guild exhibitions, the public is invited to attend free of charge. Those who attend will have an opportunity to vote on a People’s Choice Award and to purchase raffle tickets for an acrylic marine painting, “Ashley Lauren in the Fog,” by guild member, Michael Maron.

The proceeds benefit the guild’s scholarship fund each year.

Agent joins RE/MAX Realty One

RE/MAX Realty One, located at 21 Western Ave. in Kennebunk, announced the hiring of Crystal Tropeano. Tropeano is an associate broker and carries with her the accredited buyer representative and graduate Realtor designations. She has more than 29 years of experience in real estate sales.

Crystal has provided residential real estate services in Massachusetts for more then 28 years. She’s a native of Vinalhaven.

Among Tropeano’s achievements are the RE/Max 100 Percent Club and the Platinum Club. In addition, Tropeano has been an active member on the Worcester Regional Association, Government Affairs Committee and the Grievance Committee.

She will continue her involvement through committees with the York County Board of Realtors. She is also a past president for the Worcester Women’s Council of Realtors and worked closely with the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce as president of the chamber’s business expo. She is member of Cape Arundel Golf Club and has volunteered there for various events.

Museum offers antique events in July

The Brick Store Museum, like many museums and historical societies, relies on collectors to help preserve the past. In appreciation of local collectors, the museum is offering two special events coming up in July.

The first event will be on Thursday, July 23. The Brick Store Museum, along with McInnis Auctioneers, will offer a special auction preview at Barnard’s Tavern from 5 to 7 p.m. The first floor of the house and selected objects from the estate of Bill Johnson will be on view outside.

On Saturday, July 25, the museum will host an Antique Appraisal Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Program Center located behind the museum, accessed through the Victory Garden courtyard.

This is an informal event to learn the value of treasured art, jewelry, furniture and decorative objects.

Local antique appraiser Hap Moore, from Hap Moore Antique Auctions in York and Lee Horowitz of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, will be on hand to appraise collectibles, antiques, paintings and decorative arts. Appraisals will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Proceeds for both events benefit the Brick Store Museum and its mission to ignite personal connections to local history, art and culture through exhibitions, education and programs celebrating the human experience in the Kennebunks and surrounding communities.

For more information on either of these events contact the museum at 985-4802.

Library offers theater workshop

Children have the opportunity to take to the stage. Ronda Verges returns to the Kennebunk Free Library to lead a fourday theater workshop geared to children ages 5-8. Students will bring a popular book to life through an adapted script, and will perform for family and friends on Friday, July 31.

The free workshops will take place July 27, 28, 30 and 31 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Preregistration is required for all four days. There will be no class on Wednesday, July 29.

For more information or to preregister, call 985-2173, ext. 5 email ys@kennebunk. lib.me.us, or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Summer Reading continues at Kennebunk Free Library until Aug. 15. Children entering grade five and younger earn prizes for every five hours spent reading. All children who read at least 20 hours can enter a raffle to win a bonus prize.

Extra raffle tickets will be earned for each additional 20 hours spent reading. Raffle prizes for children include a bike or gift certificates from Arundel Ice Cream, Berry’d Treasures, Kennebunk House of Pizza, Kennebunk Toy Company and Toppings restaurant.

Students entering grades 6-12 earn raffle tickets for each hour spent reading. Raffle prizes for older students include gift certificates to Cinemagic, Flagship Cinema, GameStop, iTunes, Kennebunk House of Pizza and Toppings restaurant.

Raffle tickets must be submitted by Aug. 15 to be included in the prize drawings. Teens can earn additional raffle tickets to win a bike for each 20 hours spent reading. Both bikes were donated by Masonic York Lodge No. 22 in Kennebunk and are available in either a boys’ or girls’ model.

Kennebunk Free Library will continue to host story time for all ages on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:15 a.m. until Thursday, Aug. 13. Teen Gaming, open to students entering grades six-12, continues on most Fridays from 3:00-4:45 p.m.

Special programs featuring the theme Every Hero Has a Story continue to be offered in August:

 Introduction to Cartooning

Children ages 7 and older can participate in an Introduction to Cartooning on Monday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m.

 Stuffed Animal by Day… Superhero by Night! Children ages 6-11 are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal, action figure or doll.

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