2016-07-29 / Community

Community News

Exhibitions on view at Brick Store Museum

The Brick Store Museum is home to six galleries on Main Street in Kennebunk. Its revolving exhibitions employ the museum’s 70,000-plus artifacts to illustrate the history, art and culture of the Kennebunks and southern Maine. Visitors of all ages are welcomed at the museum, to explore the exhibitions now on view:

“To Your Health: Examining the History of Modern Medicine,” presented by York Hospital and co-sponsored by Southern Maine Health Care, where visitors will discover the fascinating history of how our bodies have experienced disease and treatment over 250 years, and how healthcare has changed over time.

“80 Years of Fashion,” supported by Kathy Ostrander-Roberts, shows off some of the most unique pieces in the museum’s large textile and costume collection in celebration of the museum’s 80th anniversary this year.

“Design & Function: Furniture, Portraits and Art, 1685-1840” displays the museum’s permanent collections of art and decorative arts from the Kennebunks. On display in this exhibition is the Capen-Perkins Chest, a chest of drawers built in 1685. It is one of only two to survive in New England.

“Seek the Light: The Photography of Rowland Williams” features a local photographer’s recent work in the Kennebunks.

“Kennebunk Inventions,” sponsored by The B&B Team, shows off distinct and unique inventions created in the Kennebunks in the 19th century. A special interactive asks visitors to share a piece of their own “Yankee Ingenuity.”

History Showcases at the Museum, sponsored by Business Partners Captain Lord Mansion and Captain Jefferds Inn, include a display on baseball memorabilia from Kennebunk major-league ballplayer Jack Coombs; and a feature display of a 1988 Republican National Convention Maine state marker!

These exhibitions will be open through September. For more information, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org/exhibitions.

Holy Cross to host ninth annual Blueberry Festival

The ninth annual Blueberry Festival to benefit a local nonprofit will be held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 13.

The church is located at the corner of Lord and Storer streets in Kennebunk.

Quilted items, bags, aprons and many other hand-crafted items will be for sale at the festival. The church will also offer homemade doughnuts, blueberry pies, cookies and other treats for sale. Blueberry shortcake topped with fresh whipped cream, the festival’s namesake dessert, will also be available.

All proceeds from the festival will benefit In a Pinch, a nonprofit that provides essential items not covered by food stamps for those in need in the community.

Crafters for a Cause — comprised of Holy Cross Lutheran’s Social Concerns Committee and other members of the congregation — work all year to create crafts for sale at the festival. Each year the Social Concerns Committee reviews community needs to select an organization to be the recipient of Blueberry Festival proceeds.

For more information, call 985-4803.

West K Family Fun Day is 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.

Garden club announces youth contest winners

The annual meeting and luncheon of the Seacoast Garden Club was held at Pier 77 in Cape Porpoise. The garden club is active in the support and enhancement of the Kennebunks and Arundel through the establishment and continuous upkeep of several community gardens.

Thanks in part to the community support of our members’ plant and pie sale, the club awards an annual $1000.00 scholarship to a student in horticulture and other environmental issues.

This year’s recipient is Patrick O’Neil, a graduate of of Kennebunk High School, who will be attending Tufts University in the fall.

Additionally, the Seacoast Garden Club’s education committee sponsored area school students who participated in statewide youth contests held as part of the Garden Club Federation of Maine’s ongoing educational efforts.

The following winners were announced at the GCFM’s annual convention, held this year in Bar Harbor. The Smokey Bear-Woodsy Owl poster contest was won by Madison Webb, second-grader at Wells Elementary School. The youth poetry contest winners are Caleb Stevens, secl d grade at Kennebunkport’s Consolidated School; David Rush, fourth grade at Mildred L. Day School, Arundel; and Coco Xu, fifth grade at Sea Road School, Kennebunk.

On Monday, Sept. 12, the garden club will host a garden party to which community members interested in learning more about the club will be invited.

Land trust to Host Hike and Ice Cream Social

Kennebunk Land Trust board members and staff will host a hike and ice cream social 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 at Wonder Brook Preserve.

The preserve is located on Plummer Lane, just off Route 35 in Kennebunk.

Library accepting artist applications

Kennebunk Free Library is accepting applications for artists to exhibit during the 2017. 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 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.

Theater performance to benefit land trust

Kennebunk Land Trust will be the beneficiary of the evening performance of “Once Upon a Mattress” on Friday, July 29 at Hackmatack Playhouse in Berwick. Curtain time is 8 p.m.

“Once Upon a Mattress” is a musical comedy adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea.” Opening off Broadway in 1959, it was the Broadway debut of the now revered star of stage and television, Carol Burnett.

Tickets can be purchased directly through Kennebunk Land Trust and the trust will receive 50 percent of the ticket cost to benefit land conservation in Kennebunk and Arundel.

For more information, call the trust at 985-8734.

Library to host Intertidal Buffet on Aug. 4

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 adaptations that organisms possess to successfully survive a life between the tides. Program participants will then be able to handle the live creatures displayed for hands-on discovery. Crabs, urchins, snails and sea stars are some of the creatures participants will meet. The Inter- tidal Buffet is appropriate for school-aged children and adults. No sea life will be consumed. No preregistration is needed.

For more information, call 985-2173.

Walking tours of K’bunk Beach available

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.

The walk includes stops at 12 locations; the tour lasts about 90 minutes and covers less than a mile on flat road. The walks will be conducted rain or shine.

Tickets can be purchased with cash or check on-site, or via credit card online at www.brickstoremuseum.org/beachwalkingtours.

The Brick Store Museum will continue to run weekly walking tours of Mothers Beach through the end of September.

Join a guide for a walk and count over 2,000 steps of exercise for the day. Check the museum’s website at www.brickstoremuseum.org for updated information in case of unexpected cancellation.

The Brick Store Museum is located at 117 Main St. in Kennebunk’s historic district.

For more information, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org or call 985-4802.

Next Village Art Walk scheduled for Aug. 12

The Village Art Walk, coordinated by Kennebunk Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce and local art galleries, takes place the second Friday every month in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.

The free self-guided walking tour of art galleries, studios and organizations of Kennebunk’s Lower Village and Kennebunkport’s Dock Square and Ocean Avenue will continue the second Friday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 12, Sept. 9 and Dec. 9. Admission to all galleries is free and open to the public.

Participating galleries include the Chris Becker Gallery, the Galleries at Morning Walk, Landmark Gallery, Maine Art, Mast Cove Galleries, Morph Gallery & Emporium, River Tree Arts, Rusty Fly Gallery, The Sharpe Gallery, Sue Rioux Designs, and Wendy Webster Good Fine Art, The Port Gallery.

For more information, call 967-0857 or visit gokennebunks.com.

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