2017-08-11 / Community

Community News

Summer Band Blast 2 at Waterhouse Center

The Waterhouse Center at 51 Main St. in Kennebunk will rock the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 20 when Summer Band Blast 2 kicks off at 5 p.m.

An afternoon of entertainment offered by local musicians, including The Kennebunk River Band, Women of Note, Lincoln Continental, The Finestkind Country Band, The Dock Squares, the Ketchfish Band and others.

The free concert will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The event is a benefit for Community Outreach Services Food Pantry. Concertgoers are asked to bring a nonperishable food item or cash donation to help those in need in the local community. Bring a chair and dancing shoes for the rain or shine community event.

For more information, call Faith at 985- 6570.

Chamber’s annual dinner planned for Sept. 14

Honoring the past while looking toward the future. That’s the idea behind this year’s DRIVE, the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner, meeting and awards gala celebration, this year on Thursday, Sept. 14.

This year’s surprise location will be revealed at the chamber’s after hours on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. in downtown Kennebunk.

The annual dinner and meeting is a night of celebration. This year’s event will be a tented affair, decorated with pumpkins, mums and fall harvest festooned with white lights, torches and fire pits.

The night includes a cocktail hour with live music, dinner by Destination Catering, live music, video-recorded award presentations created by Video Creations, plus dessert.

At the dinner, the chamber also traditionally honors those who have excelled in serving our community. The nonprofit organization recognizes one business of the year, a volunteer of the year, a nonprofit of the year and a municipal organization of the year.

The President’s Award honors an individual or group effort that goes above and beyond to serve our community, and the Joel Stevens Award Community Spirit Award recognizes a deserving person who, over a number of years, have made a significant contribution in advocacy, member support and regional image development.

A ticket purchase includes two cocktails and dinner by Destination Catering. For event information, call the chamber at 967-0857. To reserve tickets online, visit GoKennebunks.com.

Pecha Kucha Night set for Aug. 17

Pecha Kucha Night, the popular series of short, creative presentations by local people and others, will be held Thursday, Aug. 17 at Atlantic Hall in Cape Porpoise.

The evening’s presenters will include a scholarly cookbook collector, a needlepoint master, two fine furniture makers, Captain Ahab’s continuing journey around the globe, food pantry book project for children, personal take on a famous local painter and theater-themed cartoons. Nancy Viehmann, a member of the organizing team, will be the night’s master of ceremonies.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7:20 p.m. Launched in 2003 by two Tokyo architects, Pecha Kucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is a short presentation format that focuses on creativity and the creative process. It was conceived to provide creative professionals and amateur enthusiasts with a place to meet, mingle and share their work and ideas.

Each presentation is limited to just six minutes and forty seconds, so the audience is exposed to many ideas and a broad range of topics in rapid-pace succession. The list of possible topics is endless. The program consists of 10 short presentations, with a refreshment break after the first five. Beer and wine will be available for purchase; light snacks provided free of charge.

Atlantic Hall in Cape Porpoise is located at 173 Maine St. in Cape Porpoise.

For directions or more information, visit www.atlantichall.org or call 710-3560.

Holy Cross Blueberry Festival is Saturday

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

Quilted items, bags, aprons and other handcrafted 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.

Waterhouse Center site of Kennebunk Rotary barbecue

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

Drive-through 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.

Registration available for CONNECT nonprofit fair

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.

Chorus making voice screening appointments

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.

Kennebunkport to host first-ever chalking event

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 this year’s 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.

For artists new to the pastel medium or who have not chalked on the asphalt surface, a quick 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.

Library’s August exhibit features watercolors

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 attend- ing 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.

 Kennebunk Free Library is holding a community yard sale on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the library’s front lawn. A limited number of spaces are available to rent with proceeds benefiting the Library.

Applications and fees are due by Monday, Aug. 15. Applications and additional information can be picked up at the library or found on the website.

 Kennebunk Free Library’s summer art sale will take place through Aug. 19 during regular library hours. The art sale will include 24 select works, priced to sell, including original art, treasured illustrations, pop movie posters and more. The works will be displayed throughout the library.

For more information, call 985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Musem seeks auction assistance from public

The Brick Store Museum is one of only 21 museums in the United States to be opened by a single woman. American artist Edith Barry (1884-1936) founded the museum in 1936.

It has since become the only privately funded museum in the state of Maine that is open regular hours, year-round. In order to deliver the museum’s mission of igniting personal connections to local history, art and culture through education, it must raise significant funds each year to continue this work.

The museum’s staff and trustees seek the public’s participation in its new annual auction, which will take place as an online auction between Sept. 30 and Oct. 20.

The museum is seeking consideration for donations of a service, gift, piece of art or object or an experience to the auction. Current donations include a landscape painting by a local artist; VIP tickets to a popular museum; a go-kart experience; dinner for two at a Portland restaurant; and gift cards for the Holy Donut; and antiques and pop-culture materials that are sure to delight bidders.

“The auction’s success depends on strong community support, like we’ve always experienced here in the Kennebunks,” Director Cynthia Walker said.

Donations will be recognized as in-kind and tax-deductible. Before, during and after the auction (via BiddingforGood), donors will be recognized before, during and after the museum’s online auction as a partner in the Museum’s educational mission in the community.

Food items, experiences (visit to a museum, weekend stay, dinner for two, etc.), antiques and other unique items are the most popular gifts. Anything will be considered.

Send ideas for auction item to Walker at 985-4802 or email cwalker@brickstoremuseum.org. Donations will be acknowledged with a tax receipt stating the full value of a gift.

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