2016-07-22 / Community

Community News

West Kennebunk Family Fun Day planned for Saturday, Aug. 6

West Kennebunk is preparing for its annual Family Fun Day celebration. Family Fun Day is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.

The event will feature a parade, car show, pie judging and watermelon eating contests. There will be a lemonade stand, bake table and the Lunch Box and Seed and Bean will serve their regular menus. West Kennebunk United Methodist Church will host a bean supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

There are still spaces available for vendors and participants in the parade and car show. Volunteers are needed to help set up and take down, as well bake and oversee different activities.

For more information or to volunteer, call Barbara at 985-2272, Carol at 985-4571 or contact a West Kennebunk Village Committee member.

Free Library accepting featured artist applications

Kennebunk Free Library is accepting applications for artists to exhibit during the 2017 calendar year. Since its inception in 2001 Hank’s Room Gallery, rechristened the Speers Gallery in 2010, has offered exhibit opportunities to both amateur and professional artists. The gallery has been host to a variety of mediums including photography, textile arts and mixed media assemblages in addition to renditions in oil, pastel, pen and ink, and watercolor.

The application process is open to individual or group shows. Applications must be received by Oct. 15, 2016 to be considered for exhibition in 2017. The submitted applications will compete in a juried review conducted by an Art Committee consisting of members from the library and art communities. Upon completion of the review, applicants will be contacted regarding the committee’s decisions.

Application forms are available at the library or by visiting www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Annual Sidewalk Sale scheduled for July 22-23

Participating Kennebunk merchants will host the annual Sidewalk Sale during regular business hours on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23.

Shoppers will find discounted and special merchandise on tables outside (or inside in case of inclement weather) on Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday, shoppers can also visit the 40th annual Blueberry Fair at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the community market at the Waterhouse Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Kennebunk Farmers Market behind the former Garden Street Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., a Vintage Kennebunk Street Fair at the Brick Store Museum, and nonprofits paired with local businesses, plus live music by Ketchfish in the plaza from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Co-hosted by the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce and the town of Kennebunk, the Sidewalk Sale includes businesses in downtown Kennebunk, as well as those on Route 1 north and south, and Lower Village. All local businesses are invited to participate. Interested nonprofits are invited to host an informational table outside of participating local businesses.

For more information or to participate, call the chamber at 967-0857 or email events@gokennebunks.com.

Baseball author and columnist discusses books

Local author Carl Johnson will be discussing his book, “The Baseball Buff’s Bathroom Book” on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. at Kennebunk Free Library. Johnson writes the column Baseball World for the Journal Tribune, manages an MLB blog, has taught college level baseball classes and is a lifelong student of the game.

“The Baseball Buff’s Bathroom Book” is a collection of articles about major players, games, series and other events in the major leagues, both historical and contemporary. It contains entertaining and informative stories about Babe Ruth, the 2004 Red Sox comeback, The Williams Shift, the Gashouse Gang, New Hampshire’s own Sam Fuld and many more.

Johnson will also have copies of his book, “From Beer to Beards: Boston Baseball’s 2011-2013 Roller Coaster Ride.” There will be selling and signing of both books after the presentation. Fore more information, call 985-2173.

Professor to give gravitational waves presentation

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 6 p.m. at Kennebunk Free Library, professor Ian Durham from the Astronomical Society of Northern New England will present on one of the biggest physics news stories of the year. Gravitational Waves, ripples in the fabric of space-time generated by strong gravitational interactions, were first predicted by Albert Einstein in his Theory of General Relativity. They remained undetected until last September, 100 years after first proposed.

Ian is professor and chairman of the department of physics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. His research focuses on relativistic quantum information and the foundations of physics and mathematics.

He is a member of the John Templeton Foundation funded Foundational Questions Institute and is the founding editor of The Quantum Times, which is a publication of the American Physical Society’s Topical Group on Quantum Information.

He is currently serving as Treasurer of the Kennebunk based Astronomical Society of Northern New England, of which he has been a member for 15 years. He lives in Kennebunk with his wife, kids, and dog where he enjoys fly fishing, softball and other pursuits in his spare time.

Maine Women in the Arts show begins July 29

Maine Women in the Arts’ first show of the season, the Summer Art and Crafts Show, is July 29-31 at the Masonic Hall, Temple Street, Kennebunkport. The show offers a selection of art and crafts .

The hours for the show are Friday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, July 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet the artists and listen to live acoustic music at the reception open to the public on Friday, July 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The show will include works by more than 50 artists from Maine and northern New England. In addition to art and photography. MWA artists will be showing a variety of crafts including wooden carvings, pottery, fabric art, jewelry, home décor, hand-painted cards and prints.

For more information, visit www.mainewomenarts.com and on Facebook.

Annual Steampunk Fair planned for Aug. 6

On Saturday, Aug. 6, the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk will host its second annual Southern Maine Steampunk Fair from noon to 6 p.m.

Visitors to the fair will have access to the fair grounds – the museum’s campus – to view Steampunk-inspired crafts and artwork both indoors and outdoors; be entertained by Steampunk performers including Dark Follies and IrieFlowLove; and tour the museum’s galleries. New this year, guests will have the opportunity to meet Queen Victoria. Family friendly costumes are encouraged.

All visitors are welcome to explore the world of Steampunk. What is Steampunk? It’s the perfect marriage between history and future; a view of the world if Victorian aesthetics and steam power were in existence in modern day. Much like the design of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” or “Sherlock Holmes,” Steampunk is a Victorian view of the future.

The event is sponsored by Plixer, with the support of the Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution.

For more information, including a list of vendors and food and beverage offerings, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org.

Author writes about basketball playing days

Joanne Lannin will discuss her book “Finding a Way to Play” on Monday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. at Kennebunk Free Library.

Lannin’s third book is full of stories about women who have gone to great lengths to play the game of basketball. The book discusses: Early pioneers who played despite concerns about risks to health and femininity, Black and Native American women who endured racial discrimination as they searched for opportunities to play, lesbians who hid their identities for fear of being denied the chance to play or coach, and women over 50 who ignored aches and pains to rediscover the joys of a childhood passion. Readers will come away with an understanding of the roads women have traveled to bring the game into the future. Those who grew up before Title IX may find themselves or loved ones in the stories of women who kept the earlier flame alive.

Lannin played basketball in high school and college and currently plays on a senior women’s team. She was a sports and feature writer for the Maine Sunday Telegram for 23 years. She writes a blog about women’s basketball. For more information, call 985-2173.

Library to host Intertidal Buffet display

Live marine animals and sea plants will be on display at Kennebunk Free Library on Thursday Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. Coastal Carol will first discuss environmental stressors and handle the live creatures displayed for hands-on discovery. Crabs, urchins, snails and sea stars are some of the creatures participants will meet. No preregistration is needed. For more information, call 985-2173.

Museum hosting walking tours of beaches

The Brick Store Museum has announced its schedule for this year’s Walking Tours of Historic Kennebunk Beach.

The tours began July 7 and depart from Trinity Chapel at 2 p.m. Visitors are invited to meet their Brick Store Museum guide at Trinity Chapel on the corner of Railroad Avenue and Woodland Avenue.

The walking tour includes a history of the development of the beach, anecdotes about some of the characters and luminaries who have contributed to the rich history of the beach and highlights of the unique architecture of the beach cottages. For more information, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org or call 985-4802.

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