2017-09-29 / Community

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Concert and brats at Christ Church

Christ Church in Kennebunk will present a concert and bratwurst supper to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s act that set in motion the Protestant Reformation. The event is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 29.

Luther openly challenged the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy on scripture interpretation, publicly posting his 95 theses on Oct. 31, 1517. He was the first to translate the Bible from Latin into the vernacular language of his people so they could read and interpret it for themselves.

These events had lasting effects, not just in religion, but in government, education and Western culture. It can be said that the Reformation made possible democracy and public education, as well as rising gender equality.

In celebration of this turning point in Western culture, Christ Church will present a concert of composers contemporary with and inspired by Martin Luther’s work, including Mendelssohn, J S Bach, Telemann, Praetorius, Pachelbel, John and Charles Wesley and Luther. Afterward, the church will share a supper of bratwurst, hot dogs, potato salads and coleslaw, in honor of Luther’s heritage.

As well as Maestro Warren King playing piano and pipe organ and soprano Beverly Heald, performers include tenor Schuyler White, violinist Margaret Hopkins and trumpeter Thomas Kremser, among others.

The concert is open to all, with tickets available at the door or on the church website, www.christchurchkbk.org.

For more information, visit www.christchurchkennebunk.org or call 985-4494.

Alumni plan hurricane benefit concert

Kennebunk Kennebunkport Alumni Association will host a concert for hurricane relief noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Waterhouse Center in downtown Kennebunk.

The show will feature local bands, Kennebunk Twirlers and Sharon Lux School of Dance groups.

The concert will be recorded and featured on a country music video being filmed in the area. The DVD is being sold with proceeds benefiting Hurricane Harvey/ Irma Relief through the American Red Cross disaster programs.

Performance schedule:

Noon: Finestkind

1 p.m.: Mousam River Rats

2 p.m. Ray Brown Band with guests Pat Brennan and Paul Meng

2:45 p.m.: Kennebunk Twirlers

3 p.m.: Country recording artist Jessi McKinnon

3:15 p.m.: Lime and Coconuts

4 p.m.: Sharon Lux School of Dance

4:15 p.m.: Kennebunk River Band

5 p.m.: Cast of country music video

5:45 p.m.: Ray Brown Band and Kennebunk River Band

Food vendors will be in attendance. Music direction for the show provided by Bob Walsh.

For more information, email bwalsh@yccc.edu.

Library to host singing story time

Sarah Abbott of Merry Signing will be at Kennebunk Free Library at story time on Monday, Oct. 23 and Monday, Nov. 13 at 10:15 a.m. to teach some basic signing skills.

Signs to be covered include everyday vocabulary and introductory terms. The classes are open to all ages, but best suited to ages 3 to 18 months. Learn more about this way of communication for young ones.

For more information, call 985-2173.

Pasco Lecture Series continues Oct. 22

The Pasco Lecture Series at Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport will feature author Timothy Hollister on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.

Hollister, a resident of West Hartford, Connecticut, lost his 17-year-old son Reid in a one-car crash on an interstate highway in central Connecticut in 2006. After Reid’s passing, Tim became an advocate for safer teen driving, serving during 2007-08 on a task force that overhauled Connecticut’s teen driver laws, and then in 2009, launching his national blog for parents of teen drivers, “From Reid’s Dad.”

For his advocacy, in 2010, Tim received the nation’s highest civilian award for traffic safety from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

In 2013, Tim published “Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving,” for which he received national awards from the Governors Highway Safety Association and the National Safety Council, and appeared on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and the Home and Family Show on the Hallmark Channel.

In 2015, Tim published “His Father Still: A Parenting Memoir,” his story of parenting his rambunctious son and a cautionary tale for all parents about the challenge of balancing freedom and protection.

“His Father Still” was an Oprah Book Club Recommended Summer Reading selection in July 2016, and has been featured in Publishers Weekly. Most recently, Tim’s teen driving book “Not So Fast” has been published in Spanish and featured in a YouTube video sponsored by the Travelers insurance company.

A second edition of “Not So Fast” will be published in March 2018. Most recently, in return for a donation to Reid’s Memorial Fund, Tim is acting as a national spokesperson for Verizon, promoting the use of its teen driver vehicle monitoring technology, called Hum by Verizon. In his spare time, Tim is an environmental attorney.

The library is located at 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport. For more information, call 967-2778. Light refreshments will be served.

Transit Day is slated for Saturday, Oct. 7

Seashore Trolley Museum’s annual Transit Day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7. The museum opens at 10 a.m. and guests are welcome to ride all day, rain or shine, until 5 p.m.

Volunteer crews conduct rotating operations of seldom-seen buses, subway cars and trackless trolleys as well as electric streetcars that day. This year’s activities will highlight Boston’s rapid transit technology.

A bus will shuttle guests to new vantage points created to capture action photos of vehicles on the Maine Line.

According to Sally Bates, the museum’s executive director, “This event appeals to anyone of any age who likes things that “go.” If you can only visit once a year, Transit Day is the day to come to Seashore. You experience a virtual timeline of public transit that you cannot get anywhere else in the work. And all this for regular admission prices.”

Lunch service will be available with hot food and sandwich choices from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 967-2800, ext. 101 or email director@neerhs.org.

Maine hoedown to benefit scholarship fund

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 501c3 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 ecolodge 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.

Registration underway for Kennebunk Twirlers

The Kennebunk Twirlers are accepting registration for the upcoming season.

Learn to Twirl for grades 3 to 5, began Sept. 21 and his 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.

Singers sought for Seaglass Chorale

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.

Go Red York County benefits Heart Assoc.

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.

“Understanding the Symptoms of Heart Disease in Women,” will be presented by Dr. Brandei Wingard, Medical Director of Southern Maine Health Care Cardiology and is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank.

In addition, SMHC nurses will be on hand to provide blood pressure screenings.

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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