2016-11-25 / Community

Community News

Merry TubaChristmas coming to Nonantum

The Nonantum Resort will celebrate the 43rd annual Merry TubaChristmas at a special free holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4.

Merry TubaChristmas was created by musician Harvey Phillips and debuted in 1974 at New York City’s Rockefeller Center to highlight the music of tuba and euphonium players at Christmastime, and also to honor the late tubist William J. Bell. Since that time, spontaneous community ensembles of local musicians of all ages gather to play traditional Christmas carols together. The concerts have been showcased in more than 290 citiies nationally and worldwide. This will be the first time this brass tradition will be featured in Kennebunkport.

This musical event has special significance to Nonantum Innkeeper Jean Ginn Marvin, who is a tubist and euphonium player along with her husband Bob.

“Nothing says Christmas like Merry TubaChristmas,” Marvin said. “My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed playing in these concerts over the years. When our friend and fellow musician Dr. Joe Rolland of Kennebunkport encouraged us to bring the concert to he Nonantum as part of our Prelude celebrations it seemed like a great idea.”

Marvin and her staff are weaving the event into the landscape of holiday Prelude activities scheduled at the hotel. On the day of the concert the public is welcome to attend a buffet breakfast with Mrs. Claus from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Musicians will then register at 1 p.m. (there is a $10 registration fee and includes a commemorative button.) Rehearsal will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. before the concert starts in the ballroom at 3 p.m.

“At the Nonantum we are all about creating traditions,” Marvin said. “We hope the warm rich music will be heard in our halls for years to come.”

All players are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, contact the Nonantum at 967-4050, or visit www.nonantumresort.com.

DAR schedules December meeting

Members of Rebecca Emery Chapter DAR have scheduled their next meeting for noon Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Maine Veterans’ Home, 290 Route 1, Scarborough. A luncheon and business meeting will be held first, followed by a time of fellowship and spending time with residents and playing Bingo, in appreciation for their service to our country. A time of gift giving will also take place to celebrate Christmas and the giving season. For more information, call 741–2595.

Town announces upcoming events

Kennebunk Holiday Food Basket Program: Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets are available upon request. The service is offered by Church Community Outreach Services. For more information, contact Kennebunk Town Office at 985-2102, ext. 1342.

Thanksgiving Dinner: Project Pilgrim is an annual complimentary Thanksgiving Day dinner prepared and served at St. Martha’s Church in Kennebunk. Volunteers welcome hundreds of guests each year and also make deliveries to home bound individuals. For more information, call Community Harvest at 967-1911.

Christmas Dinner: The Noel Dinner is an annual complimentary Christmas Day dinner prepared and served at St. Martha’s Church in Kennebunk. This festive celebration features a delicious meal and holiday entertainment. For more information, call Community Harvest at 967-1911.

Christmas Prelude: Thursday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 11. For more information, visit www.christmasprelude.com.

Free Shuttle to Prelude –Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9-10

 Friday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 9 p.m .

 Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 Sunday, Dec. 4 from noon to 4 p.m.

 Friday, Dec. 9 from 4 to 9 p.m.

 Saturday, Dec. 10 from 4 to 9 p.m.

 Free Parking in downtown Kennebunk

Pick up/drop off approximately every 30 minutes from Chamber of Commerce (Water Street) and Village Market Place (Lower Village).

In lieu of fares, donations gladly accepted for the Beach Wheelchair Fund.

New this year, Direct shuttle to the Fire & Ice event from the Chamber on Dec. 9-10.

Lower Village Tree Lighting – Saturday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Corner of Christensen Lane and Route 35.

West Kennebunk Tree Lighting: Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at Dorothy Stevens Center, 80 Thompson Road.

Wreaths Across America/Escort to Arlington: Monday, Dec. 12 at 9:45 a.m. at the Kennebunk High School. KHS ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 10:45 a.m. All are welcome. Convoy leaves KHS at 11 a.m., travels Route 1 south to Wells.

The Rev. D’Angio White The Rev. D’Angio White St. David’s Church calls new rector

St. David’s Episcopal Church of Kennebunk announced the calling of a new rector, The Rev. Andrew D’Angio White. He will begin celebrating services and preaching on Sunday, Dec. 4.

White comes to Kennebunk from Newark, New York, where he was the rector for the Northeast Partners in Episcopal Ministry, a cluster of three congregations that share clergy leadership. Prior to that position, he worked on a Navajo reservation and served as an assistant to the rector in Alexandria, Virginia. He was educated at Haverford College and Virginia Theological Seminary.

White, his wife Sara and their two young children, Maggie and Charlie, will move to Kennebunk at the end of November.

While he begins serving as rector in December, White’s formal installation by the Episcopal Diocese of Maine will take place at a later date.

The members of St. David’s welcome White and invite the community to join them in celebrating his arrival.

Wreaths across America to stop at high school

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Wreaths Across America and RSU 21 will host a brief ceremony at the Kennebunk High School Veterans Memorial.

The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12. A convoy of trucks transporting wreaths from Harrington, Maine, to Arlington National Cemetery, will pass through Kennebunk. Wreaths made here in RSU 21 will add to the collection of wreaths placed on the graves in Arlington and at more than 900 other locations around the world.

The ceremony will include recognitions and presentations of wreaths, music by the KHS band, songs by the Kennebunk Elementary School chorus and will be attended by the KHS student body and KES third graders.

All second-grade students from KES will help assemble wreaths and KES kindergarteners and first graders will be creating thank you cards for the veterans on the convoy.

For more information, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

Library announces event schedule

Holiday Beadcraft: Due to the popularity of previous Beadcraft programs, the Kennebunk Free Library will offer a Beadcraft program on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. Children in first grade and older can create a holiday-themed Beadcraft keychain or necklace. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited, and preregistration is required.

Holiday Beadcraft is free and wheelchair accessible.

Teen Thursdays: A program designed exclusively for teens in a dedicated teen space at Kennebunk Free Library every Thursday afternoon from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Head to the library after school ends, and spend Thursday afternoons with Melissa, the teen librarian in a new just for teens space at Kennebunk Free Library. The event will take place in the reference room at Kennebunk Free Library on Thursdays between 2:30 and 4 p.m. The program will happen every week in December 2016 and January 2017.

Activities will be planned for each week, homework help and board games will always available and snacks will be provided. Open to students in grades 6-12.

Teen Anime Afternoon: Wednesday, Dec. 14. Join Melissa, the teen librarian to talk about anime, learn to draw your favorite characters, watch your favorite anime files on the projection screen and everything anime in-between on December 14th. This event will be held in Hank’s Room at the Kennebunk Free Library from 4 to 5 p.m. It is open to students and teens in grades 6-12.

Build Your Own Gingerbread House: Start the holiday season off with some sweet fun at Kennebunk Free Library. Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. to build a gingerbread house to take home. All supplies will be provided. This program is a drop-in event. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend, but remember to bring a grown-up to share in the fun.

For more information, call 985-2173.

Saturday is 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.

Holiday Tea tickets on sale at museum

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.

Annual tree lighting is set for Saturday

Kennebunk’s 33rd annual tree lighting is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 26 at the downtown plaza. Santa arrives to light the tree at 5 p.m. Goodies will be available from merchants beginning at 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.kennebunkmaine.us/treelighting2016.

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