2016-08-12 / Community

Community News

Tri City Community Chorus schedules vocal screening

The Tri City Community Chorus invites any singers interested in joining to a vocal screening for all voice parts Monday evening, Aug. 29 at the Masonic Hall, third floor of the Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, 252 Main St., Saco.

The entrance and parking are at rear of the building. For more information, call director Nick MacDonald at 699-9907 or e-mail nickmacdonald9@gmail.com.

School year story time plots return at library

The last Summer Story Time will be held at Kennebunk Free Library on Thursday Aug. 11 at 10:15 a.m.

The school year story time schedule will begin on Monday Sept. 12. The schedule will be: Mondays 10:15 a.m., Peek-a-Book Babies (birth to age 2); Tuesdays 10:15 a.m., Family Story Time (all ages); and Thursdays 10:15 a.m., Time for 2’s & 3’s (toddlers).

Age-appropriate toys are brought out at the end of Peek-a-Book Babies. Families are invited to spend some time interacting with other parents while engaging their children with the toys.

All story times are free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk. For more information, call 985-2173, ext. 5 or visit the www.KennebunkLibrary.org.

RSU21 and Education Foundation To Host “Most Likely to Succeed” Book Discussions and Film Screening

Regional School Unit 21 and the Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel will facilitate “Most Likely to Succeed” book discussions and a free-to-the-public film screening on the popular documentary providing a new vision for today’s schools by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith.

One hundred copies of “Most Likely to Succeed” have been made available to the community at the Kennebunk and Kennebunkport libraries to encourage participation and deeper conversation. The next discussion is scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m., Aug. 18 at Graves Library in Kennebunkport.

The official Sundance nominated documentary has been screened around the world to inspire audiences who are interested in improving the education system and open to exploring fresh and bold new approaches to teaching and learning in schools.

For more information or to register, visit www.educationfoundationka.org.

Art show to be held at Kennebunk River Club

The public will get an opportunity to view and purchase the artwork of more than 100 artists when the Kennebunk River Club hosts its 61st annual Art Show on Sunday, Aug. 14, from noon to 5 p.m.

The artwork will be on display in the club’s boathouse and casino — both of which are registered on the National Register of Historic Places and provide a beautiful setting for the event.

The Art Show, which will feature watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings, photographs, mixed media, graphics, and sculpture for sale, is juried. This year’s distinguished panel of judges includes Deborah Diuhy, former deputy director of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, dean of its art school, and currently a trustee of the Maine College of Art; John Gable, a nationally acclaimed watercolorist and muralist; and Diana Greenwold, assistant curator of American Art at the Portland Museum of Art. Awards will be given for the Best in Show. Patrons’ Prizes, as well as honorable mention ribbons, will also be presented.

Complimentary light refreshments will be served in the Boathouse. Parking is free.

The River Club, which as been a center for boating and social activities since 1889, is located at 115-116 Ocean Ave. in Kennebunkport.

Museum to host ‘Letters from a Sailor’ concert

Celebrate the Kennebunks’ maritime heritage by stepping into the past at the Brick Store Museum. The Mosaic Quartet will perform back-to-back performances of their original show, Letters from a Sailor, on Aug. 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. The performance includes historic letters now held in the Brick Store Museum’s archives.

Mosaic Quartet, which includes members 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.

The museum will display artifacts from the Barrys’ lives and travels in the Program Center during the performances. For more information, call 985-4802.

Pecha Kucha Night scheduled for Aug. 25

Pecha Kucha Night, the series of short presentations, will mark its five-year anniversary in the Kennebunks with another program on Thursday, Aug. 25 at Atlantic Hall in Cape Porpoise.

The evening’s presenters will include an author who is repeating a Pecha Kucha presentation he previously did in London, a collector of stories about Key West, a photographer who found herself in Paris during the terrorist attacks last fall, and a woman who makes blind contour drawings of her dates.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7:20 p.m.

For directions or more information, visit www.atlantichall.org or call 710-3560.

DAR chapter resumes meetings in September

Rebecca Emery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution gathered in honor of Flag Day on June 4. The members had a luncheon prior to taking their summer break. The chapter will resume meetings in September 2016.

They met at the Oak Street Bistro in Alfred, with a large numbers of members as well as several prospective members. The special guest of honor was Polly Bartow, honorary Maine state regent and past librarian general. After lunch, all were served a patriotic dessert consisting of vanilla ice cream, blueberries and strawberries.

Following lunch, a business meeting took place, over which Chapter Regent Helen Newton presided. The program also followed where Vice Regent Deborah Bragdon discussed interesting facts on the American Flag as well as Flag Day. Several members assisted in a flag folding ceremony as well.

Bartow performed an installation ceremony for the incoming officers for 2016 to 2019.

The new officers are: Regent: Deborah Bragdon; Vice Regent: Janice Teasenfitz; Chaplain: Mary Kinsley; Recording Secretary: Elizabeth Harlow; Corresponding Secretary: Marjorie Scott;

Treasurer: Catherine Fisher; Registrar: Starr Bartlett; Historian: Leigh Olson; and Librarian: Sally Foy.

Holy Cross Blueberry Festival is Saturday

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 Saturday, 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.

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 large textile and costume collection in celebration of the Museum’s 80th Anniversary this year.

“Design & Function: Furniture, Portraits 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!

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

Reusable bag program helps Lucky Pup Rescue

Lucky Pup Rescue, a nonprofit committed to rescuing dogs in need, has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of August.

For every blue Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag with the good karma messaging purchased at the Kennebunk Hannaford, Lucky Pup Rescue will receive a $1 donation to help fulfill its mission of finding compatible human-canine matches that result in happy, forever lives together.

For more information, visit www.luckypuprescue.org.

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

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