2016-07-01 / Community

Community News

Trolley museum to host 1960s-themed event

Seashore Trolley Museum is channeling the 1960s with Martinis & Mad Men, A Mid-Century Evening and Dinner 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19.

Following on the heels of Prohibition themed speakeasy events in 2014 and 2015, 2016’s Martinis & Mad Men, A Mid-Century Evening and Dinner calls attention to museum vehicles that scream mid-century modern.

The museum’s executive director, Sally Bates, describes the objective of Seashore’s annual gala: “Feeling history trumps just hearing about it every time. Guests always feel like they stepped back in time and vintage railcars create a comfortable and authentic atmosphere for reveling in the past. Although the gala is a fund-raiser, its primary purpose is to surprise and delight guests with the quality of our collection. We’ll never run out of themes, because our world-class collection spans many decades.”

Guests will dine on 1960s-style barbecue, catered by Ned’s Bakes & BBQ. October Road Duo will perform music of the 1960s, and friendly competitions between their sets will include costume and drink toast contests. A raffle table includes a wide variety of prizes.

A limited number of tickets will be sold, and they must be reserved in advance. Dinner is included in the ticket price. To reserve or for more information, call 967- 2800, ext. 101 or 111 or email director@neerhs.org, or visit the Special Events section of www.trolleymuseum.org.

Downeast Brass to visit Church on the Cape

Downeast Brass will kick off independence weekend with a concert at The Church on the Cape in Cape Porpoise, 7 p.m. Friday, July 1.

The brass quintet has performed in many New England settings. They have performed at private parties at the governor’s mansion in Augusta, at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, the famous Moxie Parade, and Gov. Baldacci’s inauguration ceremony, among many other appearances. Their wide range of musical styles makes them the preferred musical choice for many occasions.

Downeast Brass founder and arranger, Dwight Tibbetts, has kept the talents and skills of his colleagues in mind as he has arranged music specifically for the group. From Andy Forster’s high trumpet tones to Mark Mumme’s full bass, Downeast Brass combines the skills of some of Maine’s premier musicians. Since they are also music educators, they seek to reach audiences of all ages with original and entertaining programming.

A suggested donation will be accepted at the door. The concert is presented by the Keith McClelland Community Music Foundation.

Down East magazine salutes trolley museum

Seashore Trolley Museum has received Down East magazine’s 2016 Editor’s Choice award for best Family Museum. Chairman of the Board of Trustees James Schantz and Executive Director Sally Bates accepted the award on behalf of the museum at the 2016 “Best of Maine” reception hosted by the magazine on June 23.

“We appreciate being recognized for the quality of our collection and the experience that our outstanding volunteers provide to visitors,” Bates said. “ History is presented here in an active and relevant environment where kids can be kids and every family member will find something to like. We welcome canine family members, too. Our special events calendar is packed with activities to interest families, couples and singles.”

Blueberry Fair scheduled for July 23

The 40th annual Blueberry Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk. The fair will be held rain or shine.

A long-standing success over the years, the Blueberry Fair will feature the work of over 40 artisans and crafters from all over New England. It offers a variety of art objects including paintings in different mediums as well as sculpture, photography, jewelry, pottery, porcelain and stoneware ornaments, hand-painted silk scarves, soaps, wood products, and much more. The Kennebunk Public Library will also be selling used books.

The fair will also include a special children’s corner with entertaining musical activities planned.

Lunch will be held between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and be offered both indoors and outdoors. On the menu will be New England chowder, crab rolls, hot dogs and condiments plus a variety of vegetarian selections from Frinklepod Farms as well as blueberry pie, blueberry muffins, pastries and ice cream.

A Queen Charlotte kayak, now on display at First Parish, will be raffled off as part of the festivities.

Designed for expedition kayaking, the Queen Charlotte’s beam is 24 inches for stability. At 19 feet, she has 2 more feet of storage space and waterline length. It weighs 43 pounds and will carry 200 pounds of gear. Paddle and gear are included. The market value new is $2,000. For more information, contact call 985-3700.

Graves Library launches capital campaign

The board of trustees of Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library has launched a $1 million capital campaign to raise funds to expand and update the existing Library, according to an announcement from George W. Emery, chairman of the library’s fundraising committee.

The Mothers Wing Capital Campaign, named in honor of all mothers who have utilized the library’s services over the past century to encourage their children to read, will raise $1 million to add a new wing to the existing library to provide much needed space for collections and programs, install an elevator for enhanced handicapped access, and update the Library’s aged infrastructure.

“Graves Library has served as an educational, social, and cultural center of our town for over a century; yet it has been over 30 years since the library has sought community support for a capital campaign,” said Emery. “In a digital era when traditional organizations are struggling to find relevance, the use of the Graves Library has grown, especially over the last six years. In addition to a dynamic and up-to-date lending library, there are programs for children, instructional programs for adults, computer and Wi-Fi services, and e-book and audiobook lending services. In total we offer more than 400 programs for individuals of all ages. We also serve as a meeting place for many civic groups and non-profit organizations.

“We are pleased that the library is growing, but increased use has brought challenges in finding space to meet that growth. In addition, the library is a 19th-century building in need of major updating. Key objectives of the capital campaign, in addition to the Mothers Wing and an elevator, include replacement of the library’s aging heating and air conditioning systems.”

According to Emery, the library board is focused on maintaining the quality and integrity of the historic building. The design of the Mothers Wing, and the materials used to build the structure, will be compatible with the original building.

“We recognize that the library is a signature structure in the towns of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport,” Emery said. “As a result, we have worked closely with architects who specialize in historic structures to ensure that we preserve the character of this classic building while providing library users with an expanded and fully updated facility.”

Graves Memorial Public Library is listed on the National Historic Register, recently celebrating its 100th anniversary in its current location. For more information on the Mothers Wing Capital Campaign, including how to support the effort, visit graveslibrary.org.

Old Home Week is now SummerFest

SummerFest returns to Kennebunk on July 2. Formerly known as Old Home Week, the annual event has taken on a new name. While the name has changed many of the events will stay the same.

The traditional parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. and follows the Main Street route. Antique cars, Shriners, Dunlap Bagpipe Drums, Way Too Tall Torrie, and more will be a part of the parade. The public is invited to enter a float and children are encouraged to decorate their bicycles using red, white, and blue, with any theme of their choosing.

Mandy Nelson, volunteer member of the Festival Committee, was one member who voted to change the name of all of the town’s festivals that are presented solely by the committee.

The goal was to rebrand the festivals to present a cohesive theme to the community. “Old Home Week has been a long-standing tradition here in Kennebunk,” Nelson said. “The committee didn’t want to take away that tradition but we needed to consolidate the events into one fun-filled day. We decided that calling the festival SummerFest fell in line nicely with our other festivals, HarvestFest and Winter- Fest, which are also one day events.”

On their fliers the committee lists other events that are taking place on the days surrounding SummerFest in order to encourage the community to enjoy all the town has to offer.

For more information on the pie eating contest, how to enter a float or a list of events, visit www.kennebunkmaine.us/ summerfest.

River Tree Arts plans July exhibition

Local artist Heather Lewis captures and interprets the natural world around her, infusing it with a certain emotional vibrancy in her paintings that are featured in an exhibit at River Tree Arts.

Drawing inspiration from her surroundings, and beautiful restored 19th-century farmhouse and barn studio, Lewis’s world of rolling farmland and dramatic ocean scenes is a constant source of influence for her art.

Lewis has exhibited extensively in Delaware, central New York, and New England with work included in prominent private and corporate collections, and River Tree Arts is so thrilled to share her work with the community throughout the month of July.

For a chance to meet the artist, River Tree Arts will host the opening reception, Friday, July 8, from 5 to 8p.m. at the Irvine Art Gallery at River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Kennebunk.

For more information, call 967-9120 or visit www.rivertreearts.org

Christ Church plans ice cream social on July 2

On Saturday, July 2, Christ Church in Kennebunk will present a concert of patriotic music along with a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar. The concert begins at 3 p.m.

Christ Church Music Director Maestro Warren King has gathered musicians and singers in the area to perform a varied program of patriotic music, with opportunities to sing along.

Performing with King will be piccolo virtuoso Diana McNulty, professional reeds musician John Kupp and vocalists John Manzo and Owen and Schuyler White, as well as Christ Church Cabinet Chair and member of Seaglass Chorale, Beverly Heald.

For more information, visit www.christchurchkennebunk.org, call 985-4494 or visit the office at 6 Dane St.

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