2015-11-20 / Community

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A exhibit of street art from cities around the world by photographer John Ripton will be featured at Kennebunk Free Library throughout December. (Courtesy photo) A exhibit of street art from cities around the world by photographer John Ripton will be featured at Kennebunk Free Library throughout December. (Courtesy photo) Tree lighting scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 28

The 32nd annual Christmas In Kennebunk tree lighting is Saturday Nov. 28. Santa comes to Kennebunk Plaza to light the tree at 5 p.m.

Saturday is also Small Business Saturday. Shop local and spend the day in Kennebunk. At 4:30 p.m., the Kennebunk High School choir will sing Christmas carols. Local merchants will offer goodies and refreshments at the tree lighting. Following the tree lighting, all are invited to skate with Santa at the Waterhouse Center.

During the day, Kennebunk Free Library, located at 112 Main St., opens at 9:30 a.m. and will have a cozy fire all day in the reading room and offer a drop-in family holiday crafts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Brick Store Museum, located at 117 Main St., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and has free admission, new Polar Express activity and free hot chocolate in the galleries.

On Sunday, Nov. 29 have lunch with Santa. Santa will be at Sebago Brew- ing Company from 11:30 to 11:55 a.m., Squaretoes Restaurant from noon to 12:25 p.m., Duffy’s Tavern and Grill from 12:30 to 12:55 p.m. and Perfectos Caffe from 1 to 1:25 p.m.

If the Elves allow, Santa may make one more stop by the Waterhouse Center at 1:30 p.m.

A shuttle to Prelude will operate Dec. 4 from 4 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The starting point is Chamber Of Commerce at Water Street and will stop Village Market place.

In lieu of a fare, donations will be accepted for the heating assistance.

For more information, email downtown@kennebunkmaine.us.

Street art featured at Library in December

Kennebunk Free Library announced its December exhibition, “Colliding in space >< (ur) ban street art,” a series of 20 photographs of street art from cities around the world that will be on display in the Speers Gallery from Dec. 1 to 31. The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular library hours when the gallery is not in use for library programs.

Photographer John Ripton recorded urban images in several countries during the past two decades. He refers to the images as art detritus, “urban street art…that emerges from the interplay of largely anonymous artists, vandals, public officials, entrepreneurs, local weather, and neglect.”

“Colliding in space >< (ur) ban street art” offers viewers an opportunity to explore the beauty, irony, tension, conflict and promise in these striking images of city walls from Portland to Israel and Japan through the Caribbean. While works of major street artists are represented in the collection of images in the show, it is the collision of ideas, lines, colors and weather that is more important to Ripton. “These images are literally the handwriting on the wall of the 21st century,” asserts the photographer, “the detritus resulting from chaos and collapse that gives rise to new vision, to a new world.”

Ripton has mounted a dozen solo exhibitions in Mid-Atlantic and New England galleries. In 2010 his solo show at the Hunterdon Art Museum in New Jersey included several of the photographs in the upcoming exhibition in December. Ripton resides in Kennebunkport and teaches world history at the Maine College of Art in Portland.

The public is invited to attend a free artist’s reception on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Kennebunk Free Library is pleased and honored to be able to present the works of this talented artist.

Community Harvest to host Project Pilgrim

On Thursday, Nov. 26, Community Harvest, a local nonprofit organization, will host the 17th annual Project Pilgrim at St. Martha Church on Route 1 in Kennebunk.

Project Pilgrim is a complimentary Thanksgiving Day dinner for community members to come together and share in delicious food and wonderful company.

Dinner will be prepared by head chef Mario Barros and dozens of other volunteers, and will be served buffet-style from noon to 1:30 p.m. Reservations can be made in advance by calling 867-1911 and leaving a message with name and the number of guests. Guests may request a meal delivery to their home or transportation to and from the dinner, as well.

In 2014, Project Pilgrim served dinner to more than 300 people, including guests and volunteers. The event has become a tradition for many families in the area, and is a way for neighbors to get to know each other while enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

“Project Pilgrim signifies the gift of giving to our community. We want every one of our neighbors to have a place to spend this wonderful holiday, and look forward to welcoming them into this year’s event,” said Jeanne Gomez, Project Pilgrim co-chairman and member of Community Harvest’s board of directors. “Whether you are spending the holiday by yourself or with family and friends, we invite everyone to come and take part in Community Harvest’s tradition of Thanksgiving.”

Barros and his team will make the traditional Thanksgiving offerings such as turkey and stuffing along with his famous cranberry chutney. Community Harvest hopes that local businesses will consider donating desserts. Additional donations of harvest decorations and turkey breasts will be accepted. If interested in making a donation of any kind, call 967-1911.

Community Harvest was founded in 1999 and is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization located in Kennebunk. The organization focuses on providing food and emergency community assistance for those living in Kennebunk, Kennebunk- port, and Arundel, and offers all services free of charge.

In addition to Project Pilgrim, Community Harvest hosts the complimentary Noel Dinner on Christmas Day, as well as Harvest Café, a complimentary dinner for the community on the third Thursday of every month at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kennebunk.

More information about programs and services offered by Community Harvest can be found by visitingwww.communityharvestonline.org or calling 967-1911.

Sierra Club to screen films at First Parish

The Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club will show two films that connect issues of indigenous people in Maine and Canada on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on Main Street in Kennebunk. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Dessert will be served at 6:30 p.m.

The two films are “The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory” by Sunlight Media Collective and, “Down the Mighty River – One Less River,” which explores river damming by Hydro Quebec.

“The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory,” traverses the landscape of deal-making and deal-breaking which has historically defined tribal-state relations in Maine. Spanning from the 1700s to the present-day legal battle being played out in Penobscot Nation vs. Mills, the film illustrates the history of the Penobscot’s fight to retain their territory and their inherent, treaty-reserved sustenance fishing rights for future generations.

“The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory” features the Penobscot peoples’ traditional, centuries-long stewardship to ensure a healthy ecosystem for all of Maine. It tells the story of a struggle for justice and cultural survival in the face of an astonishingly open abuse of state power.

Andy Burt will speak after the films. Burt has been working on climate justice and related activities within faith communities in Maine and beyond since 2000. Burt has volunteered with the Sierra Club on community-based clean and efficient energy projects, such as Green Sneakers.

Burt has allied with the Penobscot Nation and the Dawnland Environmental Defense organization to support Maine’s Indigenous Peoples on treaty-based land sovereignty, and rights to cultural practices such as sustenance fishing in riverine and marine environments. Andy also serves on the Friends (Quakers) Committee on Maine Public Policy and its subcommittee focused on Wabanaki concerns.

For more information, call 985-3700.

Chamber gears up for Small Business day

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Arundel Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the new Pajama Sale event for local businesses in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel on Saturday, Nov. 28, which is nationally known as “Small Business Saturday” and shares the day with Kennebunk’s annual downtown tree-lighting ceremony.

The marketing committee of the chamber will compile a list of participating businesses and their sales, along with a shopping map and a collectible reusable bag for guests to carry during their shopping adventure, thanks to sponsor Berkshire-Hathaway.

Participation in the event is free for chamber members. The deadline to register is Nov. 18.

All area businesses are encouraged to open early as part of the festivities.

For information, call the chamber at 967-0857.

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