2017-02-17 / Community

Community News

Library to host Cabin Fever Reliever

When the winter doldrums set in, there’s only one thing to do: escape. Kennebunk Free Library will host its annual Cabin Fever Reliever fundraiser Saturday, March 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The Cabin Fever Reliever transforms the library into a midwinter oasis, complete with fine food from Kennebunk’s Kitchen Chicks Catering, live music from the Kennebunk River Trio, a silent auction fundraiser, and Pop-Up Relievers, short workshops to educate, entertain, and do away with the winter doldrums.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to spend some time in the library after hours. There’ll be great food, live music, and lots of fun and games guaranteed to help beat those winter blues,” said library director Jill LeMay.

Food and fun are on the agenda for this year’s event. The evening’s menu includes pulled pork sliders, meat and vegetarian chillies, classic mac and cheese, mini-quesadillas, vegetable and cheese platters, guacamole and chips, and assorted desserts and coffee. The Kitchen Chicks will design a signature cocktail for the evening, and beer and wine will also be available for purchase. A s’mores station at the fireplace will provide a chance to get toasty warm and satisfy a sweet tooth.

Meanwhile, the Pop-Up Reliever sessions will give guests another opportunity to shake off the winter blues. Learn how to make accordion journals and T-shirt necklaces and test your puzzle-solving skills with a mini escape room. These events are free for all attendees.

The Cabin Fever Reliever silent auction provides the necessary supplies for getting through the last leg of winter. This year’s items include wines from M.A.N. Family Wines, original artwork, an antique card catalogue, and other high-end items. Again this year each silent auction item will offer a Frenzy Bid – attendees who bid on the frenzy line for each item will be entered into a special raffle.

Tickets for the Cabin Fever Reliever are on sale at the Kennebunk Free Library. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Will call tickets are available. The Cabin Fever Reliever is for adults 21 and older. To purchase tickets, or for more information call the library at 985-2173.

WinterFest announces soup contest results

Saturday, Feb. 4 brought WinterFest to downtown Kennebunk. While there were many activities for locals and visitors to participate in on that cold day, the talk was all about the eighth annual soup competition.

This year’s competition was different as the committee retired the trophy it has used for the past eight years. Festival Committee volunteer, Jack Bates, who has run the competition for the past seven years, coordinated to bring in local chef judges for a chef’s choice award. This year’s judges were the chef and owners of Academe at the Kennebunk Inn, Brian and Shanna O’Hea. They spent half an hour carefully tasting and discussing the 12 soups submitted by area restaurants.

“We had a great time tasting all the soups,” said Shanna, “It continues to be an excellent community event. Nice to see both new restaurants and staple town favorites win. Honestly, we all win with having great quality food in the Bunks.”

The O’heas picked the smoked chicken and grilled corn chowdah from H.B. Provisions in Lower Village.

With the chef judging finished, the doors to the Holy Cross Lutheran Church’s kitchen were opened to the public. Armed with a spoon and a ticket, people quickly filled the room. They were only told the names and ingredients of the soups but the restaurant names were kept a secret. Each soup was numbered and once they had tried them all they could drop their ticket into the appropriately numbered bag. Children and adults had separate ticket colors.

After two hours, the doors were closed, chefs came to pick up their equipment and the tickets were counted. The people’s choice went to Salt & Honey for its roasted pepper bisque with blue cheese crestini. Kids’ choice went to Cheryl’s Sandwich Shoppe for her shepherd’s pie chowder.

Additional entries included: Duffy’s Tavern – chicken fiesta soup; Federal Jack’s - beef and vegetable soup; Destination Catering – mahogany cashew with stilton pear and bacon relish; The Lobster Co – Maine fish chowda; Kitchen Chicks – Cape Porpoise clam chowder; Squaretoe’s – stuffed pepper soup; Ashby’s Deli – potato leek and ham soup; Cummings’ Market – chicken noodle soup; and Pedro’s – chorizo corn chowder.

High school to host ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

Kennebunk High School will be performing “Around the World in 80 Days” as the annual musical this year. The show will be performed on Friday and Saturday evenings, March 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. and March 5 at 2 p.m.

Shows the following week will be Friday March 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. and March 12 at 2 p.m. The show will be performed at the Kennebunk High School auditorium.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.musicatkhs.com or at the door.

The artistic director is Michael Crockett with Julia Reinoehl as the musical director and Ben Potvin as the technical director.

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