2016-02-05 / Community

Community News

Second annual silent art auction begins Feb. 5

A recent plea for artwork – as a way to turn art that no longer appeals or matches décor – into funds for the Kennebunk Free Library, has resulted in an overwhelming response from the community.

The library has received more than 50 pieces of art that will be on display in Speers Gallery starting Friday, Feb. 5.

A bid book with additional information about each item will be available for viewing in Speers Gallery. People who wish to place a bid on any of the items will first need to sign up for a free bid number at the adult desk.

Limited items will be available for immediate purchase.

Bidding will end at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the close of business and winners will be notified on Monday, Feb. 22.

Photos of the items will soon be available to view on the at www.kennebunklibrary.org. For more information, call the library at 985-2173.

Brick Store to host Letters from a Sailor

Celebrate Valentine’s weekend by stepping into the past at the Brick Store Museum. Guests will gather in the Museum’s Program Center on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. for a performance by the Mosaic Quartet.

The group – Karen Stathoplos, David O’Brien, Carlton Mabee, and Vicki Adams – will present the love letters of Kennebunk ship captain Charles Barry along with love songs, sea shanties, folk tunes and original compositions. Some songs will be accompanied by mandolin, guitar, and banjo. Guest pianist Ginny Lawrence will also perform. Al Adams and Stathoplos will read the captain’s letters.

Capt. Charles Barry of Boston met and married Sarah Lord of Kennebunk in the early 19th century; the pair wrote letters to each other during their married years. Adams spent hours scrolling through the letters, now in the collection of the Brick Store Museum. Unfortunately, the letters of Sarah Barry were not preserved.

“Charles Barry was a wonderful writer,” Adams said. “It was hard to choose just a dozen or so passages. Our selection includes loving, humorous, worrisome, and touching letters.”

“We are so excited to see history come to life in this way,” museum director Cynthia Walker said. “There is nothing better than music and action to make these wonderful stories come alive. Especially on Valentine’s Day.”

The museum will display artifacts from the Barrys’ lives and travels in the Program Center for the evening.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, with all proceeds being split by the Brick Store Museum and Mosaic Quartet.

For more information, contact the museum at 985-4802.

Democratic caucus moved to middle school

Due to the expectation of large voter turnout, the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel Democratic Caucus has been moved to the Middle School of the Kennebunks, 70 Thompson Road, Kennebunk.

Registration of new voters (those with no party affiliation and those first-time voters who will be 18 by Election Day, (Nov. 8, 2016) and check-in of existing voters will be from 12 to 1 p.m. and the caucus will begin at 1 p.m.

Participants will hear from local candidates and those speaking on behalf of presidential candidates, vote their presidential preferences, elect delegates to the state convention, and conduct municipal committee business.

Those registered as Republican or Green Party may switch parties at town hall through close of business on Feb. 19. Anyone who cannot attend, but would like to vote may obtain an absentee ballot through mainedems.org or by calling 622- 6233. Absentee ballots must be returned to the Maine Democratic Party in Augusta by no later than 5 p.m. on March 2.

For more information, contact denkhansen@gmail.com or call 604-0838.

Museum announces Third Thursday Talks

The Brick Store Museum’s Third Thursday Talks serve to bring a new topic to the community every third Thursday of each month. Founded in 2015, the program offers lecturers from throughout New England that will speak on a variety of subjects in the Brick Store Museum’s Program Center.

Lectures begin at 5:30 p.m. and light refreshments are served.

The museum recently announced its schedule of lectures through June 2016:

 Feb. 18: “Pre-Columbian Fish Weirs,” presented by Sgt. Tim Spahr. While best known for his work as Maine Game Warden on the show “North Woods Law,” Spahr will present his research on pre-Columbian archaeological finds from Cape Porpoise to Wells.

 March 17: “Interpreting Photography,” presented by Dr. Ray Sapirstein, cultural historian. As the Museum begins the digitization process this year of over 5,000 photographs in its collection, Dr. Sapirstein will discuss the timely topic of how to interpret your photographs.

 April 21: “Ice Cream, Gas Masks, and God,” by Joyce Lovely, a local Kennebunk woman who authored a book of the same name discussing her childhood in the United Kingdom during World War II.

 May 19: “Georgian Shoe Stories from Colonial America,” by Dr. Kimberly Alexander of the UNH. Discover the stories of the elegant shoes made in Georgian London and sold in the bustling shops of colonial New England.

 June 16: “Voices from the Back Stairs: Domestic Servants in 19th and 20th Century New England,” by Dr. Jennifer Pustz of Historic New England. Learn more about the diversity of domestic service, the relationships servants had with their employers, and their roles in the grand homes of New England.

For more information about the lecture series, admission prices, schedule or how to become a member, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org or call 985-4802.

High school music groups plan fundraiser

The Kennebunk High School band and choir are accepting food orders for during the Super Bowl. Order sandwiches for the big game and help the Kennebunk High School band and choir raise funds for a trip to a music festival outside New York City. Customers can order subs or wraps with a choice of meat and cheeses. Cookies may also be ordered. Delivery is free. Cash and checks are accepted.

For more information or to place an order by Saturday, Feb. 6, call Denise at 590-0307 or Carol at 286-6178.

Kennebunk job fair scheduled for March 24

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce and the town of Kennebunk will hold the second annual Job Fair from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Kennebunk Town Hall auditorium.

Employers and those seeking jobs are invited to attend.

Chamber members or not, all local businesses in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel may have a table/seat at a table at the fair. Local businesses and organizations include those looking for full-time and part-time work, both season and year-round.

Organizers have invited employment agencies and local businesses, as well as local high school students. Even small businesses with only one job to fill can tap into a larger pool of candidates.

The fair is free of charge for job seekers. To RSVP/reserve a seat, email events@gokennebunks.com or call the chamber at 967-0857.

Tax assistance among library’s offerings

Volunteer tax preparers from the AARP Tax-Aide Program will provide free tax filing assistance on individual and joint returns at the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library on Wednesdays through April 13.

Please bring 2015 federal and state tax returns, Social Security card, and a photo ID. No appointment is necessary. The library is located at 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport.

For more information, call 967-2778 or visit www.graveslibrary.org. Forms are available for printing.

 Thursday Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. Color Me Calm – A New Way to Reduce Stress. Coloring with crayons is a major de-stressor for adults. Blood pressure and anxieties are reduced. All supplies are provided. Ongoing:

 Play and Read will take place every Tuesday morning between 10 a.m. and noon at Graves Memorial Public Library. This is a drop-in program for ages 1 1/2 and older. The program offers a morning of unstructured play and social time for children and their caregivers in a warm, child friendly space. Age appropriate toys, coloring supplies and books will be available. No registration required.

 Story time every Friday at 10 a.m., at Graves Memorial Public Library. The program includes stories, finger plays, songs and crafts. Designed for children 5 and younger, however, all ages are welcome. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate. No registration required.

 Adult Book Discussion Group meets the second Thursday of every month at 9:45 a.m., at the Graves Memorial Public Library. A variety of books are chosen and a schedule of upcoming books to be discussed is available at the main circulation desk. New members are always welcome.

 Cribbage Club meets every Monday, Wednesday and Fri- day at 1 p.m., at the Perkins House of the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library. All ages and all levels of play are welcome.  Evening Book Discussion Group meets the last Thursday of every month at 6 p.m., at Graves Memorial Public Library. A variety of books are chosen. Copies are available at the circulation desk.

 Ongoing Book Sale at the Graves Memorial Public Library during regular library hours, at the Perkins House (next to library).

For more information, call 967-2778 or visit www.graveslibrary.org.

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