2017-06-30 / Letters

Siren Soiree was a resounding success

To the editor:

On Thursday June 15 the Arundel Historical Society hosted The Siren Soiree as part of the Chamber of Commerce’s LAUNCH! festival. It was a night of music, food, silent and live auctions, costumed interpreters, and old automobiles, all to raise money for the proposed North Chapel Meetinghouse to be built on the society’s North Chapel Common to compliment the historic farmhouses that are located there.

It was held at Bentley Warren’s Auto Museum with food provided by Ports of Italy, Kennebunk Inn and The Lobster Company. The weather was a perfect summer night and the event was a resounding success. The board of directors would like thank all of the people and businesses for their support, donations and sponsorships, which led to a memorable event enjoyed by all.

First of all, this could not have happened without Linda Zuke who came to us in January with the idea for this event. She gathered sponsorships, donations, a location to stage the soiree, everything that was needed to make this a success. We cannot express enough, our heartfelt thanks to her for all of her hard work.

We would also like to thank our generous sponsors: Arundel Ford, Weirs Buick GMC, Ports of Italy, The Lobster Company, Cape Arundel Cottage Preserve, Maine Heritage Ironworks, Huston and Co., Zuke Roofing and Thomas and Lord. They provided the seed money to make this happen.

Special thanks goes out to German Lucarelli of Ports of Italy, Brian and Shanna O’Hea from the Kennebunk Inn for the fabulous food and Stephanie Nadeau and Michael Marceau of The Lobster Company for a wonderful raw bar. It goes without saying that had it not been for Bentley Warren offering his auto museum as a venue, this would not have been possible and we thank him so much.

The lighting was provided by Michael LaRiviere’s company, Illumination Events, and the sound was by Jack Flemming from SOL Events. Jo O’Connor was superb as the auctioneer and did her best to raise funds for the historical society. Seashore Museum had an exhibit with a Teddy Roosevelt theme hosted by Phil Morse. Thanks also to Jenna Madore for being such a lovely siren. We would also like to thank all the servers who shuffled through the crowds with the great food.

There were live and silent auctions and we would like to acknowledge these wonderful donors who were so generous with their gifts.

The live auction donors were: Vinegar Hill Music Theater, Due South Expeditions, Sharon Arnold School of Dance, Arundel Ford (1923 Ford Model T Woody Huckster), Saco Bay Sailboat Cruise, a painting by Ingunn Milla Joergesen and Costa Rica Rainforest Beachfront Ecolodge. The silent auction donors were: The Nonantum (getaway package), gift certificates from Arundel Pizza, Arundel Ice Cream, Seafood Center, Sebago Brewing, Cheryl’s Sandwich Shoppe, Duffy’s, Gold Dust and Rouge, Krista’s, Bay Haven, All Day Breakfast, Herb’s Seafood, Mike’s American Diner, gift basket from Dannah, flower basket from Patten’s Berry Farm, Old Bagzz handbag and a total auto reconditioning from Weirs Buick GMC.

Also, many personal items were donated. We thank all of our auction donors. Last but not least, thanks to the friends and families from Arundel and Kennebunk who set up and took down the tent.

As one can see from above, events such as this would not be possible without the input of the local community. Be it donations, sponsorships, in-kind gifts and volunteer workers, it takes a community to support an effort like this. We are asking that when you consider purchases to look to local businesses and support them when you can as they are the economic fabric of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel. We cannot thank them enough.

Board of Directors
Arundel Historical Society

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