2017-08-04 / Community

Community News

Rotary barbecue scheduled for Aug. 10

Kennebunk Rotary Club will host its 68th annual chicken barbecue 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10. The event will be held at the Waterhouse Center in downtown Kennebunk.

Drive-thru orders will be accepted. The menu features slow-cooked barbecue chicken, coleslaw, corn, dessert and a beverage. A kids’ meal is offered and includes hot dog, chips, dessert and beverage.

Proceeds support donations to local charities and Rotary Club scholarships.

10th annual Blueberry Festival set for Aug. 12

Holy Cross Lutheran Church will host its 10th Blueberry Festival, Saturday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church on the corner of Lord and Storer streets in Kennebunk.

Quilted items, bags, aprons and other hand-crafted items will be for sale at the festival. The church will also offer homemade doughnuts, blueberry pies, cookies and other treats for sale. Blueberry shortcake topped with fresh whipped cream, the festival’s namesake dessert, will also be available.

All proceeds from the Aug. 12 festival will be used for equipment and furnishings for the church’s fellowship hall in order to better facilitate community functions held at Holy Cross, including free public lunches, dinners and other forms of outreach.

Crafters for a Cause — comprised of Holy Cross Lutheran’s Social Concerns Committee and other members of the congregation — work all year to create crafts for sale at the festival. Each year the Social Concerns Committee reviews community needs to select the recipient of Blueberry Festival proceeds.

For more information, call 985-4803.

Portland Symphony returns to Kennebunk

The Portland Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Robert Moody, will return to Kennebunk for a free concert, Thursday, Aug. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Waterhouse Center, 51 Main St.

It will be the third concert presented by the symphony at the Waterhouse Center. The Music on Main committee, a subcommittee of the Waterhouse Advisory Committee and made up of volunteers from the area, work to raise the money to fund the concert’s return, which is supported entirely through donations.

This year’s program features Karl Jenkins’ “Palladio,” Antonio Vivaldi’s “Piccolo Concerto in C Major” with Rachel Braude on piccolo, Benjamin Britten’s “Simple Symphony” and the “Hungarian Dances Nos. 2, 7, 4 and 5” of Johannes Brahms.

For more information, visit www.kennebunkmaine.us.

Habitat for Humanity York County Executive Director Amy Nucci accepts three picnic tables built by Cole Cerabona of West Kennebunk. The tables were designed and delivered by Cerabona for his Eagle Scout project. (Courtesy photo) Habitat for Humanity York County Executive Director Amy Nucci accepts three picnic tables built by Cole Cerabona of West Kennebunk. The tables were designed and delivered by Cerabona for his Eagle Scout project. (Courtesy photo) Eagle Scout completes Habitat project

Cole Cerabona of West Kennebunk has completed his Eagle Scout project, building three picnic tables for Habitat for Humanity York County. Cerabona met with Amy Nucci, executive director, to decide on a project that would support Habitat’s affordable housing mission. The decision was made to build three picnic tables for Habitat partner families and volunteers.

He was responsible for the entire project from designing the tables, raising necessary funds, securing donations of materials from Deering Lumber, constructing and staining the tables. He also arranged for the tables to be delivered to the Habitat ReStore in Kennebunk.

“We are so excited to have partnered with Cole for his Eagle Scout project,” Nucci said. “Patio furniture is a luxury for many new homeowners and Cole’s picnic tables will allow our families to enjoy their yards even more.”

One of the tables will go to the Yearwood family for their recently completed home in West Kennebunk.

Habitat has many opportunities to volunteer on a building project, at the Re- Store, assisting with weatherizations, in the office or serving on a committee. Anyone interested in participating or donating to Habitat should call the HFHYC office at 985-4850 or visit www.habitatyorkcounty.org.

Seacoast Garden Club hosts meeting at Toroso

Seacoast Garden Club held its 34th annual meeting and luncheon in June at Toroso’s new event Barn on Port Road in Lower Village.

New officers, elected by the members present, included co-presidents Jean Moulton and Anne Gould, co-vice presidents Malinda Scannell and Kathryn Wittner, recording secretary Sandy Severance, corresponding secretary Annette Bowler and treasurer Carol Olson. Delta Burke installed the new officers.

Connie Yena, the club’s longest active member, was honored for her 37 years of membership in the club and recalled its early history when members met in each other’s homes.

Plant and Pie sale co-chairs Chris Deliee and Susan Lee reported that the club’s annual fundraiser in May was successful. Members contributed over 700 plants and baked 103 pies, helping the club to raise more than $2,600 that supports its programs.

Following the meeting, a luncheon was served in the new barn adjacent to Toroso. The menu included a charcuterie station, seasonal salads and grilled chicken, assorted mini-grilled cheese sandwiches, gazpacho, and an assortment of tasty desserts.

The club does not meet during the summer months. Members are busy maintaining gardens in the community. These include Monument Garden in Dock Square, Faerie Garden at Kennebunk Free Library and gardens at Kennebunk Town Hall and Kennebunkport post office.

The club will reconvene its monthly meetings on Sept. 11 at a garden party at Carol Olson’s home, followed by monthly meetings through May at the Community House in Kennebunkport.

Alumni group to sponsor ‘Steel Magnolia’s’

The Kennebunk Kennebunkport Alumni Association is sponsoring the play “Steel Magnolia’s” at Hackmatack Playhouse in North Berwick on Thursday, Aug. 10.

Alumni will serve crackers, cheese and drinks for everyone. A bus will leave Kennebunk Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. for those who do not want to drive.

All proceeds benefit the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Tickets can be purchased through Barbara Weeman (985-2272) or Brenda Spulick (710-7516).

Tri City Chorus screenings available

The Tri City Community Chorus invites prospective singers to a vocal screening for all voice parts Monday, Aug. 21. The screening will be held at the Masonic Hall, third floor of the Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, at 252 Main St. in Saco. Entrance and parking are located at the rear of building.

For more information to schedule a screening, call director Wesley Raines at 475-7582.

Church on the Cape to host McClelland concert

The Keith McClelland Community Music Foundation will host organist Katelyn Emerson of York at The Church on the Cape in Cape Porpoise. The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6.

Emerson won the American Guild of Organists’

2016-2017 national young artists’ competition last year in Houston.

Emerson, a Fulbright Scholar, studied in Toulouse, France, and performed throughout Europe and Russia during her academic year aboard.

She is a graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory with double bachelor’s degrees in organ performance and French as well as minors in music history and historical performance. She is currently associate organist and choir director at the Church of the Advent in Boston.

A donation will be requested at the door.

Volunteers help raise funds for symphony

Music On Main volunteers, chaired by Lori Parkinson of Kennebunk, are raising funds to bring the Portland Symphony Orchestra to Kennebunk’s Waterhouse Center for a free concert on Thursday, Aug. 3 at 6 p.m.

Musical Director/Conductor Robert Moody and the Portland Symphony musicians will bring the universal language of music to this open-air concert.

The event is funded by donations from individuals, businesses and organizations. Costs for presenting the free concert are approximately $35,000. Those wishing to add their financial support or would like to volunteer can contact Parkinson at dparkinson@roadrunner.com.

Patrons are asked to bring a chair as seating inside the Waterhouse Center is limited.

Chalking celebrated in Kennebunkport

The town of Kennebunkport will host its first chalking event the weekend of Aug. 19-20 in Dock Square. The free, family-friendly event in the tradition of European 16th century street painting will transform the pavement of Cross Street into a pastel canvas. Attendees will watch as national featured and local artists create using only chalk. The theme of the event is Life in Kennebunkport.

The event will begin on Saturday morning, Aug. 19 as featured and local artists begin to chalk their designs onto the pavement of Cross Street. Featured artists will continue throughout the day on Sunday as they finalize their works. A children’s chalking area will be available both days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Some pieces will also be 3-D allowing the public to become a part of the artwork.

Featured artists will include Janet Tombros of Florida, Lisa Long Gaither of Raleigh, North Carolina, Jacob Brooks of Nashville, Henry Darnell of Dallas and Soniya Hardy of Raleigh.

There are still available spots for local artists who may wish to participate. Artists need only provide their talents and enthusiasm. A lunch meal and waters will also be provided for local chalk artists.

A demonstration and workshop will be available on Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the festival location on Cross Street.

Artists can register by contacting Carol Cook at 967-4304 or via email at ccook@ kennebunkportme.gov.

CONNECT fair accepting registration

All local nonprofit organizations are invited to join CONNECT: Experience all community has to offer, a fair to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the South Tower at the Livewell Center in Kennebunk.

Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and the Livewell Center tenants, the fair will feature nonprofit businesses and services located within Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel.

Admission is free and all nonprofits serving the Kennebunks and Arundel are invited to participate.

Designed for both new residents and those who may have lived here for years, the nonprofit fair is also about increasing awareness of the wide variety of services and opportunities available to all ages in our community.

The experience in the event name is key to the goal to engage the public in our community. All participants must bring an activity that represents their mission. Last year, for example, MaineStage Shakespeare actors performed scenes from well-known Shakespeare plays and asked guests to name that play. Lucky Pup Rescue brought adoptable puppies and the Animal Welfare Society hosted a catnip-toy making station. More than 35 other nonprofits were present at the event.

Participation for local nonprofits is free with an RSVP on a first-come, first-serve basis at 967-0857 or events@gokennebunks.com.

Library’s August exhibit features watercolors
Peak Color by Dennis Rafferty will be among the watercolors on display through- out August at the Speers Gallery at Kennebunk Free Library. (Courtesy image) Peak Color by Dennis Rafferty will be among the watercolors on display through- out August at the Speers Gallery at Kennebunk Free Library. (Courtesy image)

Playing with Color, artwork created by Dennis Rafferty’s watercolor class, will be on display at the Kennebunk Free Library in the Speers Gallery throughout August. The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular library hours.

Exhibiting artists are Jill Bedard, John Bubar, Ada Byrnes, Ellie Dunham, Jodi Gigante, Mary Elizabeth Grady, Cheryl Lunde, Pat Minichiello, Dennis Raferty, Liz Roper and Sue Speers.

The is exhibit is made up of the collected work of Rafferty’s weekly art classes. The students have been attending for one to two years. The class is made up of many retired educators, year-round and summer residents.

An opening reception will be held Friday, Aug. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. during The Art- Trail. The public is invited.

Family Fun Day is Saturday in West K

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. Those interested in volunteering or for more information, call Barbara at 985- 2272 or Carol at 985-4571.

Nonantum to host annual Paddle Battle

The Nonantum Resort will be host the fifth annual Paddle Battle race on the Kennebunk River on Sunday, Aug. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. The race is for kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, surfboards and any non-motorized vessels. All new this year is the Crazy Craft heat.

The Crazy Craft heat will be encouraged to wear their craziest costumes. The event will include a kids’ fun race with prizes and children can also get their faces painted at the family activities tent. To register or for more information, visit paddlebattlekport.com.

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

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