2016-10-21 / Community

Community News

New diner opens on Route 1 in Arundel

American diner cuisine and lunch counter gossip has reappeared at Mike’s American Diner, which recently opened its doors on Route 1 in Arundel.

The diner is in the building that formerly housed the Blue Moon CafĂ©. The new diner is the latest foray into the restaurant business for Mike D’Amico, longtime chef and proprietor of Kennebunk’s Square Toes restaurant.

D’Amico’s goal is a return to the simple basics of American diner culture. D’Amico convinced his former chef, Brian Kirwin, to leave Portland and bring back American staples.

Breakfast and lunch will be served six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday, with breakfast available at all hours. Early birds are welcome at 7 a.m. and dinner patrons will be welcomed until 9 p.m. four nights a week.

Dinners will be served Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 4:30 p.m. with a special senior menu from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dinners are BYOB.

For more information, call 502-7739.

Kennebunk tree lighting scheduled for Nov. 26

The Downtown Committee is sponsoring the 33rd annual tree lighting in Kennebunk. It will take place on Saturday, Nov. 26. Santa comes to Kennebunk Plaza to light the tree at 5 p.m.

Goodies from merchants will begin at 4 p.m. Merchants that will be offering goodies include:

During the day, Kennebunk Free Library will offer a drop-in Family Holiday Crafts session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Brick Store Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year, for a $1 admission price, the museum will offer a Christmas card making station, an exhibit area where families can play games and Maine Team Etsy Fair featuring Maine-made crafts

More events will be announced over the next few weeks.

For more information, visit www.kennebunkmaine.us/treeligthing2016.

Christ Church to host spooky concert

On Saturday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m., Christ Church in Kennebunk will present a concert of spooky music in anticipation of All Hallows’ Eve and All Saints’ Day after.

Christ Church Music Director “Maestro” Warren King and virtuoso flutist Diana McNulty have organized a program of spooky music, from “Night on Bald Mountain” to Bach’s “Toccata in D Minor” and the theme song from “The Addams Family.”

The program is designed to be fun, with plenty of spooky shivers.

All Saints Day (Nov. 1), was thought to be when the spirits of those who have left this life were free to roam in ancient Europe. People wore costumes so spirits that might want to do them harm would not recognize them. They moved from door to door asking for food in return for a prayer for the dead carrying hollowed-out turnip lanterns.

In the New World, native pumpkins were found to be a lot easier to empty and carve; hence our Jack O’ Lanterns.

There is a suggested donation for the concert. There is no admission charge for children younger than 12.

The event will feature a trick-or-treat intermission. Those who attend in costume will receive $2 off admission.

For more information, visit www.christchurchkennebunk.org.

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