2016-11-11 / Community

Community News

Stores prepare for Pajama Shopping Day

Pajama Shopping Day is Saturday, Nov. 26 in the Kennebunks. The stores open early with deals for holiday shopping.

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport- Arundel Chamber of Commerce has more than 40 local shops participating in this year’s Small Business Saturday event. Merchants, their hours and special discounts are listed at www.gokennebunks.com as well as on a printed map available at the chamber and participating stores. A special-edition reusable shopping bag will also be for sale around town.

Part of the 33rd annual Christmas in Kennebunk festivities, there will also be a Community Christmas Market of artisans and craftsmen at the Waterhouse Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Music Man DJ Services will spin Christmas tunes, and booths will be set up around the Waterhouse Center. The ice rink will be open for skating.

In Arundel, Weirs Buick GMC will host a pop-up Pet Lovers Marketplace from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. with more than a dozen vendors selling pet supplies, pet photography, pet insurance, pet treats, holistic pet therapy, dog bow ties and more for your furry family members. Ambidextrous Landscaping Inc. will sponsor mimosas for early-morning shoppers there.

Later that afternoon, Santa comes to town for the 33rd annual Christmas in Kennebunk tree-lighting and festivities, starting at 5 p.m.

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

Jennifer Burns Gray Jennifer Burns Gray Program to address environmental concerns

On Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at Wells Reserve at Laudholm, York County Audubon presents Maine Audubon’s Jennifer Burns Gray with an update on what the next year in the Legislature holds in store.

What will be happening in the Maine Legislature after the November election? How will environmental concerns fare in Augusta next year? What’s the outlook for advancing solar and other alternative energy sources in Maine, and for protecting Maine’s forests, waterways and wildlife?

Burns Gray has been Maine Audubon’s staff attorney and advocate since 1997 where she has served on an assortment of commissions and committees. She has been extensively involved in the legislative process.

She will talk about the upcoming 128th Maine legislative session and what’s likely to be high on Maine Audubon’s priority list of issues.

Bid early, bid often at chamber auction

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport- Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s annual Holiday Benefit Auction is now live online. Folks in town and across the country have been checking in daily and bidding to benefit this local nonprofit serving local businesses and visitors.

As of early this week, some 92 local businesses have donated their unique items, services and experiences to the benefit, which is online via www.biddingforgood.com through 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14. The event culminates with a live auction on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Old Vines Wine Bar in Lower Village Kennebunk.

Just a few of the items up for bid includes a Night on the Town experience (four tickets for Vinegar Hill during the 2017 season, dinner at the Kennebunk Inn, courtesy of Cummings, Lamont & McNamee, plus a six-hour limo ride courtesy of Maine Limo, with complimentary champagne or cider, plus a bloody mary basket from farm + table, a rope wreath from Kennebunkport Marina, brandied apple tart from Destination Catering (the very same dessert served at DRIVE!), a cast iron cooking and baking collection from Keys to the Kitchen, 2017 season beach passes from both the town of Kennebunkport and Kennebunk, a craft night party from River Tree Arts, a tour of Goat Island Light with a lobster lunch, courtesy of Kennebunk Savings, and a family tour package from Intown Trolley.

The Holiday Auction is one of the chamber’s major fundraisers that helps support its mission to serve local businesses, residents and tourists of Arundel, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.

The online auction opened Oct. 26 and runs through 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14. The live portion of the auction begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at Old Vines Wine Bar in Lower Village, Kennebunk.

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

Duo brings roots music to Concerts in West K! series

The duo of Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem- Schatz will appear as the November entry in the Concerts in West K! series. The concert takes place 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20 at the West Kennebunk United Methodist Church.

Grosswendt and Salem-Schatz explore the highways and byways of American traditional music.

With material ranging from pre-war blues, old-time, honky tonk and more, this duo demonstrates the exponential power of two.

Grosswendt is internationally-known as a versatile and accomplished musician working in contemporary roots music. He has been said to “live at the intersection of old-time music and the blues.” He began his career accompanying and recording with such legendary figures as U. Utah Phillips, Rosalie Sorrels, and Jim Ringer and Mary McCaslin.

Salem-Schatz, a veteran of the Boston roots music scene, is likewise at home in a number of styles of American roots music. Regardless of genre, they make all the music their own.

West Kennebunk United Methodist Church is located at 160 Alfred Road in West Kennebunk. Admission to the concert is by donation at the door. For more information, call Paul Wells at 985- 2831.

Tickets for Holiday Tea are on sale

Tickets are on sale at the Brick Store Museum for its 13th annual Holiday Tea on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 3 to 5 p.m.

As is tradition, a historic home serves as host during the afternoon to benefit the museum. This year, the tea will take place at the Captain Horatio Moody House on Summer Street.

Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy a holiday tea while learning a bit about tea, etiquette customs and the history of the home.

To accompany hot tea, Kitchen Chicks Catering will serve assorted tea sandwiches and sweet treats. Guests are invited to visit rooms on both the first and second floors, participate in a calling-card etiquette program and experience the tastes, sights and sounds of the holiday season.

Advance reservations for this event are required by Dec. 2. To register, call the museum at 985-4802 or visit www.brickstoremuseum.org.

Participants receive a confirmation card and directions to the home upon registration.

First Person Plural Meets the King
First Person Plural, Monica Grabin and Dana Pearson, will cover songs by Elvis Presley during a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk. (Courtesy photo) First Person Plural, Monica Grabin and Dana Pearson, will cover songs by Elvis Presley during a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk. (Courtesy photo)

On Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m., First Person Plural, aka Monica Grabin and Dana Pearson, will cover dozens of the songs Elvis Presley made famous during his monumental 23-year career. Songs you know, and some you don’t, from Memphis to Vegas, Elvis sang ‘em all.

Joining them for this special performance will be keyboardist Mark Gunter and percussionist Jim O’Neil, who will also share their vocal talents.

If your suspicious mind would like to investigate what they’re up to, come to the Unitarian Universalist Church at 114 Main St., Kennebunk, and see First Person Plural pay homage to the King.

Community Harvest plans 18th annual Project Pilgrim

On Thursday, Nov. 24, Community Harvest, a local nonprofit organization, will host the 18th annual Project Pilgrim at St. Martha’s Church on Route 1 in Kennebunk.

Project Pilgrim is a complimentary Thanksgiving Day dinner for community members to come together and share in delicious food and wonderful company.

Dinner will be prepared by head chef Mario Barros along with dozens of other volunteers. It will be served buffet-style from noon to 1:30 p.m. and reservations can be made in advance by calling 967-1911. Leave a message with name and the number of guests. Guests may request a meal delivery to their home or transportation to and from the dinner.

In 2015, Project Pilgrim served dinner to more than 300 people. For more information about programs and services offered by Community Harvest, visit www.communityharvestonline.org or call 967-1911.

Annual Fire & Ice to benefit emergency services

The seventh annual Fire & Ice will benefit Kennebunkport Emergency Medical Services and the Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel.

Fire & Ice at The Nonantum Resort will take place on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10, from 5 to 10 p.m. With bonfires, cool ice bars and sculptures, local food and live music, the Fire & Ice festivities will cap off Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude celebrations for the seventh year.

Saturday night is already sold out. Tickets are still available for Friday night. New this year: Guests may add themselves to a wait list for Saturday tickets, should any become available. All orders and requests must be made online on Eventbrite.com.

Also new this year: A significant portion of the proceeds will go to support the Kennebunkport Emergency Medical Services. The event will also continue to support The Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel.

“We are proud to support the Kennebunkport EMS this year,” said Nonantum General Manager Tina Hewett-Gordon. “They have been a great partner this season in training our staff in CPR and AED use, and their efforts proved of vital importance in helping us to keep our guests safe.”

For more information, visit www.fireandicekport.com or call 967-4050.

Library’s wreath fundraiser returns

Kennebunk Free Library is accepting orders from individuals and businesses for wreaths which will be delivered to the library for pick up on Saturday, Nov. 19. Made at Wreaths of Maine in Waldoboro, the handmade, double-sided 23” balsam wreaths, centerpieces and sprays will adorn front doors.

There are nine options from which to choose. New this year is a 33-inch wreath suitable for larger windows and doors. Every wreath is handmade by a wreath-maker and decorated.

All proceeds benefit the library.

For an additional fee, wreaths can be shipped to friends and loved ones. The wreaths are delivered in decorative boxes using the fastest delivery possible, so wreaths arrive fresh. attached. The 33-inch size cannot be shipped. Orders are accepted through 8 p.m. Nov. 14.

Order forms are available online or at the library. For more information, call 985-2173.

Kevin Ward Kevin Ward Animal Welfare Society names director of community programs

The Animal Welfare Society, a companion animal shelter and community animal resource, announced Oct. 17 that Kennebunk resident, Kevin Ward, has been named director of community programs.

Ward’s role will be to provide strategic direction and management of AWS’ community programs, including the volunteer program, youth humane education, outreach programs and the Cleo Fund’s spay/neuter programs. He will work closely with executive director Abigail Smith to continue to develop and grow AWS’ programs and services aimed at helping pets and their people.

“Kevin’s tremendous experience in community program development and management, coupled with the kindness he demonstrates in service to others make him a great fit for AWS,” Smith said. “We’re fortunate to have him on our team as AWS continues to grow.”

“Experience has taught me how to build strong relationships within an organization and within a community,” Ward said. “I look forward to transferring my skills to the successful work of the Animal Welfare Society, and to the growing mission of the organization.”

Prior to AWS, Ward worked for Community Partners, Inc. as a regional director. He has more than 19 years experience in program management working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury.

Kennebunk High School to present ‘Up the Down Staircase’

Kennebunk High School will host its production of the comedy “Up the Down Staircase” Nov. 18-20.

“Up The Down Staircase” is a comedy about the zaniness of a New York City public high school back in the mid-1960s when schools were large, overcrowded and understaffed. It was at a time when completing paperwork became more important than understanding and working with the student population.

The system is failing the students so while the play is a comedy, it’s not without a serious side.

Sylvia Barrett, a first-year teacher at Calvin Coolidge High School, prepares for the first day of classes to discuss first impressions. She images a thoroughly engaging discussion with her students. Bea Schachter, a seasoned teacher, knows differently. She says to Sylvia, “Better you’d studied karate!”

However, before Sylvia is totally worn from administration demands and student disobedience, she decides to set up suggestion boxes so that students, teachers, and staff can say how they feel and, if they want, keep it anonymous.

While most of the teachers and staff think she’s just asking for trouble, especially since it’s the end of the term, the truth is the opposite, for students have a chance to express how they feel. They finally have a voice, and a teacher they like.

An ensemble cast features seniors Madison Harakles, Ivana Mulcahy; juniors Ana Dinino, Hannah Johnson, Evie Roop, Ellie Spinney, Kurt Stentiford, Brea Walker, Justin Williams; sophomores, Nate Durham, Emma Flores, Donald Frost, Lia Hansen, Sage Mackenzie, Lydia Pietrowski, Chloe Pizey; freshmen Nicole Bilodeau, Connor Ellis, Brian Foisy, Lily McMahon, Zach Macisso, Kelaya Valliere; Mr. Potvin, set/lighting design; Ms. Sergent, artistic director/costumes.

Tickets will be sold at the door. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20.

Tree lighting is 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, they will be offering a Christmas card making station, a game exhibit where families can play games and Maine Team Etsy Fair featuring Mainemade crafts

More events will be announced over the next few weeks. For more information, visit www.kennebunkmaine.us/treelighting2016.

Church announces improvements

Kennebunk Baptist Church has made restorations and improvements to a village landmark. In July, the church turned 182 years young.

It was discovered that the stained glass windows of the church needed to be restored. The windows were installed in the very early 1900s, but this was cause for concern since they could never be replaced today. Trustees researched to find a company to handle the job and the Historical Preservation Committee took on the goal of raising funds to pay for project.

Thanks to fundraising and generous donations, the windows were completed and paid for earlier this year. The sun now shines through them and they are once again a beautiful asset in the church where they have been for over 100 years.

The church has been blessed with two musical instruments that are enjoyed every week of the year. The Steinway grand piano is said to be “the gold standard of musical instruments.” It is in need of repair. The work was done and paid for by an anonymous donor.

The organ in the Kennebunk Baptist Church is one of a very few Allen pipe organs in the state of Maine. The Allen Organ Company was founded in 1937 and named after its birthplace, Allentown, Pennsylvania. On Sept. 10, 1947, the organ was ordered at a cost of $6,600. The church received 178 pledges by members and friends at a total of $7,409.84. In 1952, the organ was installed at a total cost of $7,746.67 and dedicated on April 6 of the same year. After 64 years of service, the organ has many issues and in order to save it, needs a complete custom-made console to bring it back to the original condition. Although the work will be completed in early 2017, the cost will take a number of years, many fundraisers and hopefully donations to complete the finances.

The front doors open to greet members and friends every service. It is unknown how many years they have served, but now it is time to replace them.

Due to the church being a historical landmark in Kennebunk, it is no easy task to duplicate something that was made so many years ago and is certainly not an item mass-produced today. To obtain a set of new identical doors, they must be custom made and not in the least inexpensive. A member of our church covered the cost and gave the gift of new doors.

The church welcomes all to visit and see all the improvements in in the place many pass by every time Main Street in Kennebunk is traveled.

Library exhibit features pencil drawings

Kennebunk Free Library announced its November 2016 exhibition, “The Art of the Pencil,” pencil drawings of John W. Forssen.

The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular library hours when the gallery is not in use for library programs.

“Tones and textures are infinite in the world around us. They enrich our experience and provide endless opportunities to explore and be surprised - like we were so often as children - and, for me, the pencil seems to portray this best,” Forssen said. “The world around us and inside us is a fascinating place the details of which are deserving of our attention.”

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