2017-09-15 / Community

Community News

Nvest Financial Group donates to Harvey relief

Nvest Financial Group has chosen to donate funds to the Houston Food Bank and the Salvation Army to help the people of Texas affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Houston Food Bank is providing food and supplies to residents in southeast Texas struggling to rebuild their lives. The Salvation Army is on the ground with its donations, resources and volunteers providing rescue efforts to individuals and their families. They are providing food, water and shelter for victims, lending a hand with cleanup and putting people in touch with their loved ones. The Salvation Army is also helping families rebuild, helping communities restore their businesses, helping with medical expenses, and providing counseling for those in need.

For more information, contact Amanda Petersen, director of client administration and paraplanner, at 985-8585.

JAK Designs featured at craft show

The eighth annual Scarborough Fine Craft Show is scheduled for Sept. 16 and 17 at Camp Ketcha. The show’s venue, Camp Ketcha, sits on 107 acres of meadows, forests, streams and wetlands offering an inspiring backdrop for the professional artisans to showcase their heirloom-quality fine crafts.

Maine Crafts Guild member, JAK Designs (Jennifer Armstrong) of Kennebunkport is dedicated to preserving the environment and earned certification as a green business in 2006.

“All my work is made in my studio in Maine. I use only natural and organic fibers and strive to purchase materials for my studio locally and from small businesses,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong’s knitwear is crafted with fine, incredibly lightweight yarns, creating wearable pieces that are unique, durable and stylish.

The Maine Crafts Guild is a statewide organization, established in 1975. Members are selected through a jury-of-peers process and are comprised of journeymen, nationally recognized masters and founding members who dedicate themselves to excellence in fine craft.

Attendees of the Scarborough Fine Craft Show will shop for fine craft in wood, metal, clay, glass, fiber and mixed. For more information, email scarborough.show@mainecraftsguild.com or call 799-3460.

Library announces upcoming activities

Beadcraft: Perler Beads – tiny plastic beads that can melt – were first introduced as a craft in Sweden in the 1950s. Students ages 6 and older are invited for an afternoon of beading on select Wednesdays. Design suggestions will be offered, but creativity is encouraged. All craft materials will be provided. Registration is required. Dates:

 Oct. 11, 4 p.m.

 Nov. 1, 1 p.m.

Mad Science Series: Science can be wacky, wild, or funny, but it’s always an adventure. Kennebunk Free Library will hold a Mad Science series of programming for young scientists to experiment and observe the results. All programs are open to ages 6 and older. Registration is required. Dates:

Sept. 18, 4 p.m.: Thunderstorm in a Jar
Oct. 16, 4 p.m.: Marbled Rock Art
Nov. 13, 4 p.m.: Galaxy Slime
Dec. 11, 4 p.m.: DIY Kaleidoscope

Color Central: Know a young artist who needs to release some artistic steam? Kennebunk Free Library is offering Color Central, a monthly program for children ages 5 and older.

The library will provide all the tools needed for children to paint, draw, or color to their heart’s content. This program will meet on Monday afternoons from 4 to 5 p.m. No registration required. Upcoming dates:

Oct. 30
Nov. 27
Dec. 4

Tote bag: September is Library Card Signup Month and what better way to celebrate than to decorate a library tote? On Sept. 19 at 3:30 p.m., ages 5 and older are invited to use fabric paint and markers to decorate a tote bag for carrying library items back and forth. All supplies will be provided. Registration required.

Fiber art studio: Youth in grades 5-12 are invited to an ongoing drop-in fiber arts program, the fourth Thursday of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. September is the time to learn knitting basics or start a new craft project. Each month will feature a different craft, but participants are always welcome to bring whatever project they are currently making instead. Knitting, sewing, and cross-stitch help will be available. Upcoming dates:

Sept. 28
Oct. 26
Nov. 30
Dec. 28

The events are free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk. For more information, call 985-2173.

Intelligence officers begin new season

The Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) will begin the new season of public speaker programs with Brian Randall who is a former openly gay CIA spy and novelist.

Randall will talk about his undercover role as an international flight attendant as he faced the special challenges of service in an agency whose policies at the time banned homosexuals. He will probably discuss his involuntary recruitment, CIA training and counterintelligence assignments in Europe and the Middle East.

His novel, “Demaris Protocol,” is a fact based spy thriller about a dark operational unit and based upon his 10 years in Washington, D.C. when there was a strict ban on same-sex sexual orientation.

The AFIO meeting on Sept. 16 will begin at 2 p.m. at the Brick Store Museum Program Center at 4 Dane St. in Kennebunk. It is open to the public and a question and answer period will follow.

The Center rolls out welcome mat

September is National Senior Center Month and The Center has an array of special programming, including local celebrity lectures, luncheons, coffee klatch, just to name a few. September is the month to try The Center. The Center is offering a free month’s membership for September in recognition of its month-long celebration.

For more information, call Pat or Carol at 967-8514 or visit www.seniorcenterkennebunk.org. The Center is located at 175 Port Road in Kennebunk.

The Center to host book discussion

Writer and artist Steve Hrehovcik will discuss his book “Rebel Without A Clue – A Way-Off Broadway Memoir” at The Center in Kennebunk.

Hrehovcik will give a presentation about his book at The Center in Kennebunk on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. Combining a serious outlook with comic overtones, Hrehovcik’s memoir dramatizes how his search often led to surprising new discoveries.

Never giving up, his story reveals how he managed to achieve a few surprising triumphs along the way – most important, a marriage of 51 years, three children and a grandson. As part of his presentation, Hrehovcik shows cartoons he drew that appear at the end of each chapter to add fun to the theme of his story.

In addition to his memoir, Hrehovcik has written more than 700 feature articles for newspapers, magazines and business publications.

For more information call 967-8514.

Visiting committee names chairman

Dr. Michael R. Jette, the assistant superintendent of schools in Bedford, New Hampshire, has accepted the role of chairman of the visiting committee to Kennebunk High School, Dec. 3-6.

Founded in 1885, the New England Association is the oldest regional accreditation association in the country and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the sole agency to award accreditation to educational institutions in New England.

The association is a voluntary organization which connects and serves over 2,000 public and independent schools, colleges and universities, and vocational, technical and career institutions. Of these, over 750 public schools have been accredited through the Association’s Committee on Public Secondary Schools that assists individual schools to improve the quality of education through a process of evaluation and accreditation.

Jette will lead the team of 14 educators from New England who will review various educational components of the school and will assist in the preparation of the final report of the Kennebunk High School evaluation.

Museum plans End-of- Summer Gathering

The Brick Store Museum will host its End-of-Summer Gathering on the first day of autumn, Friday, Sept. 22, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The gathering puts together local distilling, art and fun to celebrate local arts and humanities at the museum. Tickets to the event, limited to 100 people, are now on sale.

Half of the ticket cost is a tax-deductible donation to the museum’s annual fund.

Participants can expect to find a trio of events during the Gathering: a tasting tour, through the museum’s storage vaults, of a variety of spirits created by Maine Craft Distilling of Portland, including gin, whiskey, rum and blueberry moonshine; an art sale, celebrating the end of the successful “Once Upon a Time in Maine: A Fairy Tale Art & Artifacts Show,” in which enchanting, original works by local artists are for sale and will be marked down for Friday evening only; and lastly, an auction preview of the museum’s fall online auction, which kicks off for the public on Sept. 30.

Music and hors d’oeuvres will complete the evening.

Tickets are for sale on the museum’s website, www.brickstoremuseum.org and at the Brick Store Museum at 117 Main St. in Kennebunk. The museum is open six days a week, and closed only Mondays. Center.

Audience participation in the discussion is encouraged and welcomed.

While most of us find genealogy fascinating, not everything in our family stories is noble and uplifting. Grabin, who was born in New York, has lived in New England for 45 years and in Kennebunk for 32. Her family, however, is not from the Northeast, and has roots stretching through some of the most iconic events in American history.

The research she and her husband, Bill, have done into her origins has uncovered numerous stories which are part of a bitter legacy. This talk will take a look at history that many of us would rather not discuss, but which we must face squarely, via a very personal journey on her family tree.

Thursday talk to feature singing historian

Singing historian Monica Grabin will present “Facing the Facts of My Family Tree: History Not Really for Singing,” at the Brick Store Museum’s September Third Thursday Talk on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in the museum’s Program

Third Thursday Talks are free to museum members.

Following Grabin, the final 2017 Third Thursday Talk will feature guest speakers from the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor to speak on Indigenous First Nations history and de-colonizing our nation’s museums on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Third Thursday Talks are supported by the Maine Humanities Council.


“Cape Porpoise Trio” by Lisa Roderick will be among the paintings featured at the Maine Women in the Arts show scheduled for Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at the Masonic Lodge in Kennebunkport. (Courtesy image) “Cape Porpoise Trio” by Lisa Roderick will be among the paintings featured at the Maine Women in the Arts show scheduled for Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at the Masonic Lodge in Kennebunkport. (Courtesy image) Maine Women in the Arts plans 40th anniversary awards show

Maine Women in the Arts (MWA) is celebrating its 40th anniversary. This year’s show features several special displays to commemorate this occasion including a special exhibit of artwork by its founding members and a quilt of self portraits by current members.

This awards show is one where the artists put their best foot forward as their original work will be judged and awards will be given in several categories.

In addition to the awards show, artists offer work both big and small to afford a wide selection of all original, framed fine art.

The show is held at the Masonic Lodge, Temple Street, Kennebunkport. The hours are Friday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meet the artists and hear live music by classical flute and cello duo Mary Kennedy and Cindy Khalkoff at the reception open to the public on Friday, Sept. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

MWA chairman Pam Edwards said, “Our aim for this extra special awards show is to recognize the many remarkable women (and men) who have contributed their time and talents to Maine Women in the Arts over four decades. We invite all art lovers to join us, to view work by past and current artist members, to reminisce and celebrate with us.”

The objective of Maine Women in the Arts is to promote and give exposure to Maine artists and their work in all media. Maine Women in the Arts is a statewide, nonprofit organization, founded in 1977, by and for individuals in the fine and performing arts.

The aim is to promote and give exposure to artists’ work in all media – visual arts, music, theater, poetry, literature and dance.

MWA is open to both men and women. For more information, visit www.mainewomenarts.com and on Facebook.

Fall season of concert series begins Sunday

Bruce Molsky, one of today’s well-known players of southern American old-time music, will be featured in the first show of the fall season of the Concerts in West K! series in West Kennebunk.

The concerts are sponsored by West Kennebunk United Methodist Church. Molsky will take the stage 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. The church is located at 160 Alfred Road in West Kennebunk.

Molsky is a self-described “street kid” from the Bronx who bailed on college and big city life to follow his passion for authentic Appalachian mountain music.

He moved to Virginia to learn at the feet of the music’s legendary pioneers, old masters who are now long gone. He learned his lessons well; he is now acknowledged as a master musician in his own right, equally accomplished on fiddle, banjo and guitar. He is regarded as the classic musician’s musician.

For decades, he’s been a globetrotting performer, playing at venues ranging from tiny folk taverns in the British Isles to huge festival stages.

A dedicated educator, Molsky is a visiting scholar in the American Roots Music program at Berklee College of Music in Boston and teaches at workshops and music camps throughout the U.S.

As a performer, he seduces audiences with a combination of instrumental virtuosity, warm, powerful vocals, and relaxed conversational wit. His humanistic, downhome approach can make Carnegie Hall feel like a front porch or parlor jam session.

Although he often tours as leader of Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, a trio in which he is joined by other virtuosos of old-time music, he will perform as a solo act in the West Kennebunk show.

In addition to his live performances, Molsky is a recording artist with an expansive discography. He has recorded seven solo albums, and has collaborated with other artists on over a dozen other projects.

Two of his collaborations have garnered Grammy nominations. He has earned high praise from a wide range of fans and collaborators, such as Linda Ronstadt, Mark Knopfler, Celtic giants Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine, jazzer Bill Frisell and dobro master Jerry Douglas.

Knopfler has said of him: “Bruce Molsky is one of those great players who ‘gets it’: has all the links to the past but is happy not to be chained to it.” Mother Jones magazine dubbed him ... “one of the nation’s most talented fiddlers [who] transports you ... geographically, historically, and most of all emotionally.” Famed singer Linda Ronstadt noted that Molsky has “… incredible power of history and tradition in his vocals.”

The Concerts in West K! series is sponsored by, and produced for the benefit of, the West Kennebunk United Methodist Church. Admission is by donation at the door. For more information, contact Paul Wells at 985-2831.

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