2015-10-16 / Community

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Chris Rota and Tom Stevens, two of the Boghat trio, will perform traditional Irish dance music at the first YCCAC Halloween Ceilidh and Silent Auction at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport on Thursday, Oct. 29. (Courtesy photo) Chris Rota and Tom Stevens, two of the Boghat trio, will perform traditional Irish dance music at the first YCCAC Halloween Ceilidh and Silent Auction at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport on Thursday, Oct. 29. (Courtesy photo) Donations sought for chamber auction

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport- Arundel Chamber of Commerce has begun making its lists and checking them twice for donations to the 13th annual Chamber Holiday Auction.

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Camden National Bank will host the annual benefit that begins as an online auction and ends with a live auction at the monthly After Hours event.

The online auction opens Wednesday, Oct. 28, and runs through 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16. The live portion of the auction begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Camden National Bank’s new office on Route 1, in the former Bank of Maine building.

The Holiday Auction is one of the chamber’s major fundraisers. Chamber members or not, all local businesses are asked to contribute to the cause. Contributions large and small add up to support the chamber. Donors’ company name, address, phone number and donation – along with a photo and description of the donations – will be listed online, sent to chamber members, individually promoted on Facebook, and distributed at the event.

Deadline for donation pickup/dropoff is Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Donation forms are online and may be returned to Laura Snyder Smith at members@gokennebunks.com or KKACC, PO Box 740, Kennebunk, ME 04043 or by fax, 207-967-2867.

YCCAC plans Celtic fundraiser for Oct. 29

On Thursday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m., York County Community Action Corporation will host its first YCCAC Halloween Ceilidh and Silent Auction at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport.

Ceilidh, pronounced Kay-LEE, refers to a Scottish or Irish gathering where guests join in traditional dress, music, dance, storytelling, food and drink.

The event is being held to raise funds for the YCCAC programs that most benefit seniors in York County – namely, fuel assistance, transportation, and Nasson Health Care.

Tickets can be purchased online at the event website www.yccacfundraiser.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the YCCAC office complex at 6 Spruce St. in Sanford.

“We held our Care4Kids 5K at Camp Ellis last April, to support our WIC and Head Start programs,” said Brad Bohon, YCCAC community relations director. “So now we’re holding a fundraiser for eldercare programs. We hope to make both of these events annual campaigns to assist York County residents in need.”

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction. More than $5,000 worth of items have been donated by businesses, hotels, restaurants, clubs and organizations throughout York County.

“We sent out word about needing items for our auction at the beginning of the summer, and we’re still getting donations in the mail,” said Bohon.

Auction goods include everything from skydiving tickets and whale watches to weekend getaways at Kennebunkport resorts and hotels and gift certificates to restaurants all along the southern coast.

The ceilidh begins at 7 p.m. in the main ballroom of the Nonantum Resort.

Bohon said that he didn’t know of any other fundraiser like this one in Maine.

“The ceilidh idea seemed just right for YCCAC. Ceilidhs are popular in Ireland and Scotland, where they are typically held in church halls or community centers, but sometimes in homes or even barns. The event brings people together – friends, neighbors, everyone in the community – for a night song and dance and food and laughter.”

Guests can dress is Irish kilts or their regular street clothes.

“They’re invited to wear Halloween outfits if they like,” Bohon said. “The event takes place two nights before Halloween, so we hope to see some creative Halloween costumes – hopefully with a Celtic theme – out on the dance floor.”

The traditional Irish dance music trio Boghat will perform throughout the night, and a “Dance Caller”– who serves as Master of Ceremonies and instructs everyone on the Irish dance steps – will be at center stage.

“We’re hoping for a big turnout,” Bohon said. “We believe we’ve put together a pretty good fundraiser for YCCAC. It combines a silent auction with Irish music and dance, storytelling, food and drink … and who knows what else? It’s a ceilidh – Kay-Lee. It’s kind of like a trip back to the old country.”

Dog licenses available Oct. 15 in Arundel

Dog licenses for 2016 will be available on Thursday, Oct.15 in Arundel. A current rabies certificate is required. All dogs 6 months of age or older must be licensed by state law.

A late fee will be applied if licensed after Jan. 31, 2016. A rabies vaccine will held 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 25 at the Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk.

For more information, visit the town of Arundel website at www.arundelmaine.org.

Climate change film and talk set for Oct. 23

“The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism, and Community,”,will be screened at the Kennebunk First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23.

The free event is co-sponsored by the Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club and the FPUU’s Social Justice Committee. Coffee and dessert will be served at 6:30 p.m.

This Old Dog Documentaries’ film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the planet’s support system. After the film’s showing, a discussion will be led by speaker the Rev. Kitsy Winthrop

“The Wisdom to Survive” accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society, and the lives of billions of people.

The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality and discusses how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption.

Pecha Kucha seeks presenters

Have you got a passion to for food? Do you grow food, cook food, paint food, write about food, photograph food, or just have a story about food?

Pecha Kucha Kennebunkport audiences have seen Kara Kwasnik’s photographs of organic farms, Kristen Furhmann Simmons’ s glorious cakes, and Erin Gott’s oyster farm in Wells.

A Pecha Kucha presenter has a timed show of 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds. That’s just 6 minutes and 40 seconds to explain an idea or tell your story. If new to this, don’t worry, there is opportunity for coaching, technical help and handholding.

Organizers are currently seeking submissions for this first-ever themed Pecha Kucha Night on Thursday, Nov. 12, at Atlantic Hall in Cape Porpoise.

Deadline for submissions: Oct. 27 Submitting a proposal is easy. Send 3 to 5 sample images, a short description of the presentation and a brief bio to pechakucha.kennebunk@gmail.com. For more information, email Linda Ward at leward@roadrunner.com.

Community Harvest serves up local goods

On Thursday, Nov. 5, Community Harvest, a nonprofit organization serving Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel, will host the fifth annual Savory & Sweet Soiree at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport.

The Savory & Sweet Soiree is a benefit auction that helps raise funds to support year-round Community Harvest programs that assist residents.

The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with chances to buy raffle tickets for a Wolf Brand Lucky Scooter donated by Harbor Village Scooters and also bid on various auction items donated by local businesses.

Guests will have a chance to take home items such as a dinner for four at One Dock; a bountiful gift basket from the Southern Maine Food Initiative; two sets of American Girl Doll clothes and dinner for four at David’s to name a few. Perfecto’s Caffe and Hannaford Supermarket, among others, are also serving up generous gift certificates.

Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 967-1911, or at the door.

“The Savory & Sweet Soiree is the perfect place to find those one-of-akind items from our community and to enjoy the sweetest homemade pies in the area,” said Erin Smith, president of Community Harvest’s board of directors. “The soiree is one of Community Harvest’s biggest fundraisers. All the benefits go to Community Harvest’s year-round programs like Harvest Café, Project Pilgrim and the Noel Dinner, which serve over 1,200 meals to people in need.”

Eva Barnfather, Community Harvest’s Savory & Sweet Soiree chairman, is charged with delivering over 20 pies for this event. “I have a team of four gals who are pie-baking experts,” she said. “We start at sunup the day before and bake well into the night. To tempt your taste buds we’ll have all your favorite – blueberry, strawberry rhubarb, lemonmeringue, chocolate cream, apple and of course, pumpkin pie. And that is just a small slice of what we’ll be putting in the oven.”

Donations of gift certificates, art, crafts, and services are still being accepted. If interested in making a donation of any kind to Community Harvest’s Savory & Sweet Soiree, call 967-1911.

Atria announces November schedule

Atria Kennebunk announced its program list for November. Atria Kennebunk is located on 1 Penny Lane in Kennebunk.

All events are free to the public. For more information, call 985-5866.

November programs:

 Sunday, Nov. 1, 2 p.m.

Pianist,Flash Allen. Light refreshments will be served.

 Sunday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m.

David Worobec will give a Broadway performance. Recently recognized for his “Tophat Toy Theatre” in Downeast Magazine. Light refreshments will be served.

 Thursday, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m.

An evening contemporary piano concert will be performed by John D’Ambrosio.

 Sunday, Nov. 15, 2 p.m.

Singer songwriter, Gary Wittner for a concert with Latin flavor and a surprise accompaniment. Light refreshments will be served.

 Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting. The meeting is led by Life Guidance Director Susan Bertin. For more information or to RSVP, call 985-5866.

 Wednesday, Nov. 18, 3:30 p.m. Amedisys Home Health Care representative DeeDee Grantz, will host a Q & A open discussion group about fall prevention. The event is free and open to the public. FMI, call 985-5866.

 Thursday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m. Ethan Stone performance. Stone hails from Athol, Massachusetts, and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz composition. The event will be followed by a happy hour and appetizers. To RSVP, call 985-5866.

 Sunday, Nov. 22, 2 p.m.

Concert with Windsrum featuring vocalist Mary Kennedy. Windstrum is a flute and guitar duo that has performed throughout Maine and New Hampshire. They specialize in Celtic music, light standards and original compositions. Light refreshments will be served.

 Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2 p.m. Traditonal Thanksgiving songs with entertainer and pianist Dave Hollis.

 Thursday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. Family and friends invited for Thanksgiving concert with entertainer and guitarist Chris Heard.

 Sunday, Nov. 29, 2 p.m.

Carolyn Currie visits for the first time with her award-winning song, “Echolocation.” Winner of Wildflower Music Festival in 2014. Light refreshments will be served.

Teen advisory board schedules meeting

Kennebunk Free Library recently welcomed Melissa West as the new teen librarian. West will soon meet the middleschool students and high-school students in the community and talk about what ideas they have for the library’s teen programs and services.

Those in grades 6-12, are invited to join Melissa for a Teen Advisory Board meeting 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 in Hank’s Room at Kennebunk Free Library. Teens are invited to bring their friends and ideas.

The event is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 985-2173, ext. 5 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Meet Someone New! at the library

Kennebunk Free Library is offering a series of programs called Meet Someone New! for children in grades 2-5. Each program highlights an individual from the People and History collection. Students will hear stories and create art or crafts or listen to music based on the subject’s life.

On Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m., Georgia O’Keeffe and her art will be introduced. Students will create an art project with oil pastels.

Preregistration is required. The program is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk.

For more information or to preregister, call 985-2173, ext. 5.

Secret Santa application forms are now available

Secret Santa has begun its 28th year of assisting families living in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport or Arundel who lack sufficient funds to purchase Christmas gifts for their children. Application forms are available at the General Assistance office in each town for the parents or legal guardians of children up to the age of 18 who are in need

Due to the unique nature of the Secret Santa program, applications must be returned by Nov. 12 in order to allow enough time to involve the community in shopping for the specific gifts requested for each child. Families who do not apply in time may be referred to other organizations. All requests are strictly confidential.

Saint David’s annual Harvest Fair

Saint David’s Church in Kennebunk is hosting its annual Harvest Fair on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A variety of tables will feature raffle baskets, silent auction with over 60 items, bake sale, homemade chicken pot pies, gluten free treats and homemade jams and jellies.

The Table of Treasures is greatly expanded. Back by popular demand will be the Jewelry Table.

In addition, breakfast items will be available from area bakeries and Café Lunch will feature soups and sandwiches provided by area restaurants along with crepes by Dory Dogs from the Kennebunk farmers market. Entertainment provided throughout the day.

For more information, call 985-3073.

Brick Store Museum plans activities

The Brick Store Museum’s newest exhibition, Things We Keep: Kennebunk Collections, opened on Oct. 10. The exhibit, sourced from local individuals, features many different types of collections that range from the rare to the everyday. Collections on display will include robots; Super Bowl memorabilia; vinyl records; cameras; dolls; matchbooks; antique laundry tools; glassware; ephemera; and much more.

Visitors are encouraged to participate in the exhibit by sharing photos of their own collections on the Brick Store Museum’s Facebook (BrickStoreMuseum), Twitter (@BrickStoreMus) and Instagram (@ BrickStoreMuseum) with the hastag #WeAllCollect.

Photos will then be uploaded to the museum’s website for a virtual exhibition.

 In the spirit of Halloween, the Brick Store Museum will host its 12th annual All Souls’ Walk on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Continuous tours through Hope Cemetery will begin at noon, with the last tour departing at 3 p.m. Students from RSU21 are admitted free with a sponsorship by Hannaford Supermarket.

The narrated historical walks begin at the Brick Store Museum at 117 Main St., Kennebunk, and cover a half-mile loop through Kennebunk’s Hope Cemetery, lasting approximately one hour. Costumed interpreters portray the historical figures, and share their stories of love, loss, and fate. Not too spooky, it’s a perfect activity for families. Participants visit more than a dozen gravesites and learn local history through the fascinating and often tragic tales of residents from bygone eras.

Featured historical characters include ill-fated sea captains, a Civil War soldier killed in battle, children lost at sea, a teenager who faced tragedy on Mt. Washington, and other Kennebunk notables from the past 250 years. Blooms and Heirlooms of Kennebunk donates flowers to be left in tribute at each of the featured graves as the tours proceed through the cemetery.

Tours conclude at the museum, where guests are invited to enjoy cider and treats while viewing the museum’s portraits of those highlighted on the walk, as well as ongoing exhibitions.

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