2015-07-31 / Community

Community News

West K Family Fun Day is Saturday

The annual West Kennebunk Family Fun Day is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1.

The event features a pancake breakfast, children’s games and activities, face painting, pie baking and watermelon eating contests, child and adult run races, crafter tables, West Kennebunk history, yard sales, dunk tank, car show and photo booth.

The dunk tank will feature town officials, super heroes and firefighters, with all proceeds helping fund the Kennebunk Twirlers’ appearance at the Citrus Bowl.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and run from Cummings’ Market to the Masonic Hall.

A bean supper is scheduled for 5 to 6:30 p.m. at West Kennebunk United Methodist Church.

Waterhouse Center to host 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 Spectator’s 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.

Museum to host Steampunk Fair

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.

All crafters and makers are invited to apply for space; Steampunk-inspired products or antiques are encouraged, but not required.

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

Blueberry Festival scheduled for Aug. 8

Holy Cross Lutheran Church’s eighth annual Blueberry Festival to benefit a local nonprofit will be held Saturday, 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 purchase. 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 creative 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.

Last weekend for guild’s exhibition

Art Guild of the Kennebunks will hold its July Art Exhibition upstairs in The Port Gallery at 11 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport, 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.

Library announces featured artist

An exhibition titled “Photos and Paintings of Maine Landscapes” by Brandy Cressey will be on display at the Kennebunk Free Library in the Speers Gallery Aug. 4-30. The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular library hours when the gallery is not in use for library programs.

“My current body of work is a reflection of my attention to detail, my sense of color, my philosophy on life and my love of nature; specifically through landscape paintings of the oceans and trees of southern Maine,” Cressey said. “Painting for me is about the process of creating; being in the moment, documenting the passage of time, paying attention to details and creating a world that shows the beauty that I see in front of me. The act of painting is meditative; this sense comes through in my choice of bright colors, forms and subject matter, which produce a quiet sense of happiness in the final piece. My paintings are studies in color, process, detail, atmosphere, time and spaces.”

Cressey works primarily with acrylic paints on wood, board or canvas, “which allows me to add layers of color and create harmonious transparency.,” she said. “ I grew up along the beaches and forests of southern Maine. Before the age of 5 my talents as an artist began to emerge. Drawing was my first love during these early years and it is through my close attention to detail and my early education that I learned to create the detail that my paintings are known for. Upon graduation from high school I attended Rhode Island School of Design.

“After a year at RISD I transferred back to southern Maine and completed my bachelor of fine arts degree at Heartwood College of Art.”

Cressey is working toward an associate’s degree in graphic design at York County Community College.

The exhibit will be featured in the third ArtWalk Kennebunk of the season to be held Friday, Aug. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Concert planned at Christ Church

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 handicappedaccessible from the back lot.

August events scheduled for children

Summer Reading continues at Kennebunk Free Library until Aug. 15. Children entering grade 5 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 six-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 3-4:45 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 to the Kennebunk Free Library and turn them into a superhero. On Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. children will make action capes and masks to unleash the super powers of their chosen friend. Preregistration is required by calling 985-2173, ext. 5.

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