2017-09-22 / Community

Community News

Chamber dinner connects community

Wallingford Farm hosted the Kennebunk Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner-meeting awards on Thursday, Sept. 14.

This year’s DRIVE theme, “Driving toward the future while honoring our past,” was a nod to this community’s farming heritage, featuring historical interpreters played by Sharon Staz, Faith Gillman and Steve Hrehovcik. In the Wallingford events barn and throughout the grounds, guests sipped cocktails from Rustic Taps Truck, charcuterie and dessert by Salud Catering and dinner by Destination Catering. Paul and Sally Wells fiddled away to start the evening, followed by the Waiters on stage under the tent for dancing. Guests could also have their tarot cards read by Mary Beth Bruce under the cornhusk teepee.

Following dinner under the tent, the chamber honored seven community leaders, including Sue Richardson of Lucky Pup Rescue as volunteer of the year; A Place to Start as nonprofit of the year; Arundel Town Clerk Simone Boissonneault as municipal employee of the year; Bentley’s Saloon as business of the year; Bev and Rick Litchfield for outstanding achievement; Old Vines Wine Bar for president’s award; and Tom Bradbury, this year;s Joel Stevens Community Spirit Award winner.

Blake Baldwin and Michael Davis of Video Creations created several video presentations for the night, including a special clip for each award-winner.

During the annual meeting portion of the night, the chamber voted in new officers: Chairman Michelle Allen, Vice Chairman Becky Jacobs, Secretary Leslie Roberts and Treasurer Kirsten Camp — plus newest board members, Brad Church, Rachel Pelkey and Ryan Martin. They replace outgoing board members Linda Zuke and Mark Birmingham, plus past chairman Damien Callahan.

For more information, visit gokennebunks.com.

Auction raises funds for Town House School

The sold out crowd of over 150 strolled the art lined and gift laden tables of the Colony Hotel’s Ballroom on Thursday, Aug., 31.

While bidding on the vast array of items, attendees also enjoyed music provided by Rob Spaulding on the porch and the ocean view.

Over 75 items were displayed for viewing and auction including, original oil and watercolor paintings, handcrafted and signed furniture, gift certificates, fine estate jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, handmade quilts and much more.

The second annual silent auction, hosted by The Friends of the Town House School, proved to be another successful fundraiser for the group. While all are members of the Kennebunkport Historical Society, they formed The Friends of the Town House School in to save and restore the last remaining one-room school house in Kennebunkport.

The event helped bring the total raised by the group to more than $356,000. There is now a joint building committee with members of both the Friends of Town House School and the Kennebunk Historical Society board.

Watch for additional fundraisers, including a yard sale scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23 on North Street and the annual Holiday Dinner at Academe at the Kennebunk Inn on Dec. 6.

Donations can be sent to Friends of the Town House School, PO Box 7, Kennebunkport, ME 04046.

Registration begins for Kennebunk Twirlers

The Kennebunk Rams Twirlers are accepting registration for the upcoming season.

Learn to Twirl for grades 3 to 5, began Sept. 21 and is held 3 to 4:15 p.m. Thursdays at Sea Road School gym. To register, call Sue at 423-3019.

Learn to Twirl for kindergarten to second-grade, is scheduled for 5:15 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Sea Road School gym. To register or for more information about Kennebunk Twirlers, call Sue at 423-3019.

Maine hoedown to benefit Cocoons

On Friday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m., Stone Farm in Arundel is will come alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of the fall harvest. Chef David Ross of 50 Local and Owen’s Farmhouse Pizza in Kennebunk will serve local and seasonal dishes, including produce from Stone Farm’s own garden.

Kennebunk River Band will provide dancing bluegrass tunes and fire pits complete with s’mores stations will help carry the party into the evening.

Proceeds from the farm-to-table fundraiser will benefit Friends of Cocoons, the nonprofit arm of Cocoons Day School. Friends of Cocoons’ mission is to raise scholarship money for children who could not otherwise afford to attend Cocoons, as well as promote environmental education at Cocoons. In the past, Friends of Cocoons has awarded five scholarships per year and has helped to provide environmental summer camp programs at Cocoons, benefitting hundreds of children. The goal this year is to raise $12,000.

Everybody who purchases a ticket will be entered to win one of 10 raffle prizes as well as a grand prize drawing. Attendance is not required to win.

The evening will also feature a live auction including a pair of New Year’s Eve Patriots tickets, a private tour of The Landing School with president Richard Schuhmann, a stay at the Harbor Inn and an eco-lodge resort stay in Costa Rica for six people, to name a few.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.cocoons.brownpapertickets.com.

All ticket purchases, donations and auction purchases are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Library director announces retirement

Kennebunk Free Library’s Board of Trustees announced that library director Jill LeMay will retire effective Nov. 3. LeMay has served as director since March 2011. During her 6½ years, LeMay has led the library through many changes from recruiting new staff to facility and technology upgrades.

“Jill has been an extraordinary director,” said board president Karen Plattes. “She has a great sense of humor, strong organizational skills, a collaborative leadership style and a deeply rooted passion for making Kennebunk Free Library the best library in Maine. KFL is in a strong position to attract a new Director who will continue the progress made under Jill’s leadership.”

The board will honor Jill for her contributions in a farewell reception to be held in the Parsons Reading Room on Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend to extend their good wishes to Jill on her retirement.

Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St. in Kennebunk. For more information, call 207-985-2173 or visit kennebunklibrary.org

Library’s annual meeting planned for Sept. 26

Kennebunk Free Library will host its annual meeting of the 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 in Hank’s Room of the library.

Boards of trustees’ meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in Hank’s Room, with the exception of July and December. Meetings are open to the public.

For more information, contact Library Director, Jill E. LeMay at 985-2173.

Seaglass Chorale group seeks singers

Seaglass Performing Arts Chorale, under the direction of artistic director Jean Strazdes, is looking for singers to join its musical community in preparation for the 2017- 2018 choral season beginning with its fall concert, “A Joyous Celtic Celebration.”

There will be two performances of the concert in December 2017 at venues to be announced. The spring 2018 concert will be celebration in honor of Leonard Bernstein’s upcoming 100th birthday.

The first rehearsal was Sunday, Sept. 17 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Storer Street in Kennebunk.

For more information, call 985-8747 or visit www.seaglassperformingarts.org.

Annual Go Red event scheduled for Oct. 25

The 13th annual Go Red For Women event for York County is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport.

The American Heart Association event is focused on raising awareness of cardiovascular diseases and stroke in women as well as educating attendees on how to prevent this widespread health threat.

The dinner program, emceed by WMTW news anchor Tracy Sabol, will feature a local guest survivor speaker. Mary Toussaint of Arundel, who was selected as a Go Red spokeswoman for Maine in 2016, will share her close call with heart disease.

“I thought my achy arm was due to too much shopping,” said Toussaint. “It turns out I was actually having a heart attack. Luckily, my husband urged me to go to the hospital because I had another heart attack there. Women, please don’t brush off your symptoms.”

Noel Graydon, regional vice president, commercial lending, Norway Savings Bank, is the 2017 event chairman and has a goal to raise $50,000 with 180 attendees.

Registration, a silent auction and health screenings will begin at 4:30 p.m. with an educational breakout session starting at 5:15 p.m.

The event’s 2017 Crystal Heart honoree is Tina Hewett-Gordon, general manager of the Nonantum Resort. Hewett-Gordon is an advocate for promoting cardiopulmonary resuscitation training and for placing automated external defibrillators in hospitality locations throughout Maine.

To purchase tickets or for more information on a corporate sponsorship, call the American Heart Association Maine office at 289-2388.

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