2017-02-10 / Community

Community News

Steve Eberle holds an Industrial Fabrics Association International calendar where the work his company did for the Spirit of Massachusetts is showcased for the month of July 2017. (Courtesy photo) Steve Eberle holds an Industrial Fabrics Association International calendar where the work his company did for the Spirit of Massachusetts is showcased for the month of July 2017. (Courtesy photo) Brick Store Museum offers ‘Free February’ admissions

The Brick Store Museum is showing its love for the Kennebunks by presenting the Free February program, to coincide with the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s Paint the Town Red initiative.

The museum’s program opens the museum to regional residents and guests alike, with free admission to the museum for the entire month of February.

“The museum wants to show our love for the Kennebunks by offering free admission,” director Cynthia Walker said. “We hope the community will take advantage of it and come in to explore their history and art.”

Though the museum depends on admission sales for part of its yearly income, offering Free February gains much more than financial support – it gains friends and learners.

With the Free February program, the museum opens two new exhibitions: “Aweigh We Go: Sailing Ships of the Kennebunks,” and “The Weapons Collection,” along with current exhibitions “Design & Function: Furniture, Portraits and Art, 1685-1840,” “Local Scenes/Local Artists,” and “What’s in a Game?”

Coupon expert to lead class at chamber on Friday, Feb. 17

Kathy Slowik will lead a couponing class at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce.

Free and open to the public, the class will focus on maximizing a grocery and household budget using coupons. This will include traditional print coupons, smartphone apps and rebates.

Slowik, an avid couponer who shares her tips and tricks of getting low-cost if not free items, will offer giveaways to participants and bring her receipts along as well.

To RSVP, email events@gokennebunks.com or call the chamber at 967-0857.

Industrical Fabrics Association salutes Canvasworks

Steve Eberle of Canvasworks Inc. in Kennebunk recently received recognition at the 2016 Industrial Fabrics Association International Achievement Awards Ceremony for design excellence in specialty fabrics in the sailboat enclosures category for his original work done on the Spirit of Massachusetts floating restaurant in Lower Village Kennebunk.

Winners were selected based on project complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and functions. Canvasworks was selected from hundreds of entries in 42 categories from 10 countries around the world.

Soup & Snow Stroll planned for Feb. 11

Rambler’s Way, the clothing line of Tom and Kate Chappell, announced they will host a Soup & Snow Stroll of the Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary on Feb. 11.

Ten years ago, the Chappells and their company at that time, Tom’s of Maine, donated the 38-acre sanctuary to Kennebunk Land Trust. This year, the Chappells are making a 10th anniversary donation of two shirts to be raffled for the benefit of the land trust.

The raffle and the Soup & Snow Stroll will happen as part of the Paint the Town Red celebration. Dock Square in Kennebunkport will be decorated in red lights, and restaurants, galleries and shops will invite folks in for Valentine’s themed specials.

“Kennebunk Land Trust has preserved over 3,400 acres of land in the Kennebunks since 1972, providing habitats for wildlife and places where the people of our town can go to find what poet Wendell Berry calls ‘the peace of wild things’,” said Kate Chappell, co-founder of Ramblers Way with her husband.

“Tom and I, and Tom’s of Maine, gave the Mousam River Sanctuary land so all could enjoy beautiful trails near town, forever wild. We hope that people who love the outdoors will join us for an invigorating walk, followed by warm soup and drink and something sweet at the Boulangerie, and a raffle of our American-made fine clothing.”

The shirts donated for the raffle are part of Ramblers Way’s line of premium Rambouillet Merino wool and Pima cotton clothing. Designed to be worn comfortably both in the office and in nature, the clothing line has the look and feel that embodies Ramblers Way’s commitment to protect the planet, support local economies and build its business based on lifelong values.

The stroll will take two hours, followed by the social hour at Boulangerie. The shirts will be on display at the bakery during the week before the Soup & Snow Stroll.

Space is limited. For tickets or more information, call 985-8734.

Information about Paint the Town Red can be found at www.lovethekennebunks.com.

Scholarships available for Maine students

The Maine Community Foundation offers more than 525 scholarships that support students pursuing music, journalism, teaching, horticulture, technology, the arts, and many other fields. They are available for students who attend secondary, post-secondary, and graduate schools, as well as non-traditional programs.

A complete listing of scholarships available for the upcoming school year is now online at the Maine Community Foundation website, www.mainecf.org.

In 2016, the community foundation awarded more than $2.3 million in scholarships to 1,124 Maine students attending schools in the state, across the country, and around the world.

Adult learners also can benefit from 18 scholarship funds that help them navigate the road back to school. About 180,000 Mainers who started college never completed their degrees. The Maine Community Foundation is focusing on this group as part of its goal to advance education in Maine.

MaineCF’s scholarship funds are established for a variety of reasons, from honoring a family member to carrying on the tradition of “giving back” that helped an individual through college.

To establish a scholarship fund at the community foundation, call Liz Fickett, scholarship funds manager, toll-free at 877-700-6800, ext. 2015.

With offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. For more information, visit www.mainecf.org.

Chamber of Commerce receives $10,000 grant

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce is one of eight organizations to receive Maine Office of Tourism’s tourism marketing grants during the most recent grant cycle.

Part of a combined total of $112,500 in grants, the chamber will receive $10,000 to be matched and put toward the promotion of LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival, celebrating the region’s maritime heritage through a variety of activities and helping to build community and tourism in the late spring shoulder season.

“We are grateful for the grant monies from the Maine Office of Tourism, and hope to use the funds to grow awareness of LAUNCH! with a wider audience,” said Laura Dolce, the chamber’s executive director. “Our goal is to help more people to discover the Kennebunks’ maritime history and the beauty of the area, particularly at a time before our season is in full swing. Our first year was such a hit that we can’t wait to do it all over again.”

LAUNCH! was created last year by a volunteer committee of the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce as a way for visitors and locals alike to celebrate the nautical heritage.

LAUNCH! will return on Father’s Day weekend, June 15-18. The committee has even added new events, making it now a three-day festival.

Signature events include a lobster bake, the Sailors & Sirens 5K road race, Clam Jam children’s festival, Rock the Boat After Party, a River Lights Boat Parade, a Blessing of the Fleet and boatloads more. The full schedule is online at Launch- FestME.com.

“These grants promote the growth of Maine’s tourism industry and help keep our downtowns, cultural institutions and outdoors heritage vibrant and alive,” said Commissioner George Gervais of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.

Astronaut Emergency at Kennebunk Free Library

Kennebunk Free Library will host Astronaut Emergency, a space adventure for grades 2 and up. Topics will include how to get back home, determining the angle of impact, observing craters, nebular jars for the flight home and Lego robot helpers.

Come to Kennebunk Free Library on Thursday, Feb. 23, any time between 3 and 4:30 p.m. This is a drop-in program for grades 2 and up and teens are welcome.

Astronaut Emergency is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk.

For more information or to register, call 985-2173, ext. 5.

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