2017-07-14 / Community

Community News

West K Family Fun Day set for Aug. 5

The West Kennebunk Village Committee is preparing for its annual Family Fun Day, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.

The community event features a parade, car show, vendors and crafters, children’s activities, face painting, inflatable mazes and bouncy houses, food and more. To end the day, West Kennebunk United Methodist Church will host a public bean supper.

Volunteers are essential to the success of the event. The committee is looking for those interested in helping out with a variety of tasks, including set up, take down, trash detail, children’s activities, baking or helping with the parade. Any and all time given is appreciated.

There are spaces still available for vendors or crafters. If interested in volunteering or for more information, call Barbara at 985-2272 or Carol at 985-4571.

Library to host organizational expert

Join organizational habits expert Janie Downey Maxwell on Tuesday, July 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Kennebunk Free Library to learn how to get more done.

From big projects to everyday tasks, Janie can help bring organizational peace. Please bring a pad of paper and something to write with.

Janie started Organizational Habits to share ideas, tools and inspiration because she knows what a difference being organized has made in her life. Visit Janie’s website organizationalhabits.com to learn more and to read her blog.

Paddle Battle returns to Kennebunk River

The Nonantum Resort will host the fifth annual Paddle Battle race on the Kennebunk

River on Sunday, Aug. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Paddle Battle was named a top summer fun event by Sports Illustrated Kids’ magazine. The annual Kennebunk River race is for kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, surfboards and any non-motorized vessels. All new this year is the Crazy Craft heat that includes some prizes.

The Crazy Craft heat will be encouraged to wear their craziest costumes. The family friendly event will include a kids’ fun race with prizes and children can also get their faces painted at the family activities tent.

Early registration is due by July 23 and will be at a discounted rate. To register for more information, visit paddlebattlekport.com.

Proceeds from this race will benefit the Kennebunkport Fire Department’s water division.

Women of Kennebunks plan harborside event

On Sunday, July 23, from noon to 3 p.m., Women of the Kennebunks will hold a harborside fundraiser in collaboration with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

The tent event overlooking Cape Porpoise harbor will feature live music by Kennebunk singer/songwriter Monica Grabin, a silent auction, refreshments and remarks by PPNNE president and CEO Meagan Gallagher.

Silent auction items include a week’s stay at a resort condominium in the New Hampshire mountains, artwork, gift certificates and more.

The event is rain or shine. Tickets are required for admission. Online deadline for tickets is July 20. To purchase tickets or make donations, visit www.ppaction.org/site/Calendar?id=131465&view=Detail.

Frinklepod Farm is expanding

New this season at Frinklepod Farm in Arundel is The Pod – a brand new structure that is home to multiple operations, including a commercial kitchen that will include farm-made products including popsicles, pesto and to-go salads, among other things. There will be meal kits called BEEP (Because Everyone Eats Plants) Boxes, and the new space will allow Frinklepod to host cooking classes focused around preparing meals with local and seasonal ingredients and more of a family health focus.

The four-season farm offers a floral design studio in summer where owners can meet with clients on custom and event work, and the summer farm store – offer- ing fresh produce and a larger selection of grocery items like bread, honey and jams – morphs into a winter farm store, with produce grown in the greenhouse.

“Going from six months to year-round, we wanted to show people that you can eat locally year-round and there are local resources of food where you can support local agriculture, and not just on a seasonal basis,” said Flora Brown, who owns the farm with husband Noah Wentworth.

The Pod also allows for crop storage, and is all solar powered, thanks in part to a grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation.

“It’s a net-zero building,” said Brown, “so the energy we consume is offset by alternative energy.”

The Pod also was funded by grants from the Maine Department of Agriculture’s Farms for the Future program.

“It’s really important to show that you can have small-scale agriculture that is viable in the community and you don’t have to have a really big farm operation,” said Brown. “We want to be a model for other small-scale farms to be financially sustainable.”

The farm will have four apprentices this year, up from two last year, with the apprentices coming from all over the country. In addition, there is one full-time and one part-time employee, with more expected in the future.

A crowd funding campaign raised more than $18,000 in the fall, and allowed the business to begin construction in January. Brown said Frinklepod has had wonderful community support, and hopes to inspire other food businesses to make their home in the Kennebunks.

“A rising tide floats all boats,” she said. “People want to see us succeed.”

A ribbon cutting is planned for 2 p.m. Friday, July 14. An open house is scheduled for 4 p.m., Sunday, July 16.

The sky’s the limit at portable planetarium event

Come learn about the summer skies in a portable planetarium with Scott Negley, solar system ambassador. This event will take place at Kennebunk Free Library on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 2:30 and 6 p.m., and is open to all ages. Registration is required.

Negley will present his Summer Skies program, where participants will be invited into the planetarium to learn about constellations that are visible during the summer. He will also describe some NASA projects involving the solar system. We will have free eclipse-viewing glasses available to take home. Join us and take a trip to the stars.

Negley is one of NASA’s solar system ambassadors. He is the director of Mainely Stars Planetarium, whose goal is to help children reach for the stars. Negley owns and operates a portable planetarium system for presenting astronomy programs to elementary and middle school classes in northern New England.

The event is free and is part of the Build a Better World Summer Reading Program. For more information, call 985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

41st annual Blueberry Fair planned for July 22

The First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk will hold its 41st annual Blueberry Fair, Saturday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.

The long-standing fair features more than 40 artisans and crafters from all over New England. They offer a variety of art objects including paintings in different mediums as well as sculpture, photography, jewelry, pottery, porcelain and stoneware ornaments, hand-painted silk scarves and clothing, soaps, wood products and much more.

The fair will also have local musical entertainment and Kennebunk Free Library will offer fiction and nonfiction books for sale.

Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., luncheon meals that include a beverage and blueberry pie will be offered. The meals are New England haddock chowder, crabmeat roll, hot dogs, and vegetarian wraps for outside ordering. These are also served ala carte. And, of course, there will be all kinds of delectable baked blueberry goods for sale all day with coffee and beverages. Entry to the fair is free.

For more information, call 985- 3700 or visit Blueberry Fair in Kennebunk, Maine, on Facebook.

Summer concert series begins July 24

First Congregational Church, 141 North St. in Kennebunkport, will host the second in a series of summer concerts at 7 p.m. Monday, July 31.

The concert will feature cellist Roric Cunningham. There will be some piano accompaniment.

Cunningham is from Manchester, New Hampshire, and recently completed his sophomore year at Central High School in Manchester. He began his musical career on the organ and enjoying great success, he began playing the cello at age 12 in the public school system.

All concerts at First Church’s Monday Night Summer Concert Series are open to the public and free of charge. Donations will be accepted.

For more information, call 967-3897 or email joyceorganist@aol.com.

The first concert will be held on Monday, July 24 and will feature Neal Ferreira, tenor, and Frederick MacArthur on organ and piano.

Ferreira performs professionally in opera and oratorio and was the recipient of the 2012-13 artist of the year award from Syracuse Opera. He also has appeared with Florida Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Virginia Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Boston, American Repertory Theatre, Boston Midsummer Opera and Guerilla Opera. He holds a master of music degree in vocal performance from New England Conservatory, where he studied with opera singer Patricia Craig.

MacArthur is organist at All Saints Parish in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and at First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He performs as a recitalist and freelance accompanist. His previous positions in Massachusetts and Rhode Island include at Old South Church, Boston, and Brown University. He has performed throughout the U.S., Italy, Germany and Israel and has represented the United States four times in the International Organ Festival in Morelia, Mexico. He majored in church music and organ at Boston University where he studied with organist George Faxon.

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