2017-10-06 / Community

Community News

The Concerts in West K! series will feature the Hanz Araki Band 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 at West Kennebunk United Methodist Church. The band, clockwise from top left, includes Hanz Araki, Colleen Raney, Genta Fukue and Elly Marshall. (Courtesy photo) The Concerts in West K! series will feature the Hanz Araki Band 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 at West Kennebunk United Methodist Church. The band, clockwise from top left, includes Hanz Araki, Colleen Raney, Genta Fukue and Elly Marshall. (Courtesy photo) Concerts in West K! to feature Irish music

Portland-based flute player and vocalist Hanz Araki will lead a group of musicians from both sides of the Pacific Ocean in a concert of Irish traditional music at the West Kennebunk United Methodist Church in October.

The concert, part of the Concerts in West K! series takes place Sunday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. The church is located at 160 Alfred Road in West Kennebunk.

Rounding out the ensemble will be vocalist and bodhrán player Colleen Raney, guitarist and composer Genta Fukue and fiddler Elly Marshall.

Araki has been prominent in the Irish music community in the United States and Japan for more than two decades. In that time he has released 10 award-winning albums; played on countless festival stages (including the Vancouver Folk Fest, Milwaukee Irish Fest, Austin Celtic Music Festival, and Celtic Connections); toured internationally in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, Canada, and Mexico and collaborated with a number of renowned musicians within and outside of the Celtic music field.

Raney has been hailed as “among the best in her genre,” (Irish Music Magazine) and “one of America’s best traditional singers” (Tradconnect).

She is dedicated to the craft of performing and preserving the vibrant song tradition of Ireland. Raney is compelled by the beauty of traditional Irish songs and has committed herself to honoring the music not just with her voice, but also with her tireless research into the origins, history, and story behind each piece before singing a single note.

Recently on tour with Irish-American supergroup Solas, Raney has performed for audiences in Ireland, the United States and Japan. She sings with an unaffected style that allows listeners to enjoy her selection of songs whether they are familiar or obscure.

Fukue enjoys an active career as both an accompanist and solo performer. While largely self-taught, he studied guitar abroad in the UK and in Ireland.

Since returning to his native Okayama, Japan, he has built a reputation as one of the nation’s premiere Irish guitarists. Between a busy touring schedule all across Japan with groups Tabula Rasa, the Hanz Araki Trio and others, Fukue finds time to contribute to film and television scores, while maintaining a busy solo career.

A staple member of the Portland, Irish music scene, Marshall began playing in Vermont, where she studied with Sarah Blair.

This, along with years of playing for dances, has lead to a strong and clear style of playing exemplified by articulate bowing and nuanced ornamentation.

The Concerts in West K! series is sponsored by and produced for the benefit of West Kennebunk United Methodist Church. Admission is by donation at the door.

For more information, call Paul Wells at 985-2831.

Sunday school students visit different churches

Children at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church will study and visit area churches and other places of worship this year.

Titled Neighboring Faith Communities, the program devotes three Sundays to each community. In the session before the visit, the class will learn basics about the faith community and how they are expected to behave.

During the second session, they will attend a worship service. During the third session, they will discuss their experience and note how it was similar to or different from other faith communities including their own.

Classes also may include visiting speakers. Through this program, children will experience ritual and other practices. They will learn tolerance and respect toward others. And they will become aware of the diversity of religions in the United States.

“We won’t focus on doctrine,” said Director of Religious Education Emily Jones. “Each religion has emotional, material and social dimensions too. The best way to learn about these is through experience — and that’s what we’ll do in this course.”

For more information, email uukennebunkdre@gmail.com or call 985-3700.

Library announces upcoming activities

Wreath fundraiser Kennebunk Free Library is accepting orders from individuals and businesses for wreaths, which will be delivered to the library for pick up on Saturday, Nov. 18. Made at Wreaths of Maine in Waldoboro, the handmade, double-sided 23-inch Balsam wreaths, centerpieces and sprays will adorn your front door and make excellent gifts.

All proceeds benefit the library. For an additional fee, wreaths can be shipped to friends and loved ones. The wreaths are delivered in decorative boxes using the fastest delivery possible, so wreaths arrive fresh. The wreaths come with a personalized gift card and a hanger is attached. The 33-inch size cannot be shipped. Orders are accepted through Nov. 13 at 8 p.m.

Order forms are available online or at the library. For more information, call 985- 2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Fiber Art Studio

Youth in grades 5-12 are invited to an ongoing drop-in fiber arts program, the last Thursday of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

October’s meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 26. Each month will feature a different craft. For more information, call 985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Investment advisor achieves certification

CEFEX, the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence, has certified Nvest Financial Group, LLC in Kennebunk to the standard described in the handbook Prudent Practices for Investment Advisors. Nvest Financial Group joins a group of investment advisors to successfully complete the independent certification process.

The standard describes how an investment advisor assumes the responsibility for managing a client’s overall investment management process, which includes the selection, monitoring and de-selection of investment managers, as well as developing processes to implement investment strategies and fiduciary practices on an ongoing basis.

Animal Welfare Society hires chief veterinarian
Nicholas Urbanek Nicholas Urbanek

The Animal Welfare Society announced the hiring of Dr. Nicholas Urbanek as chief veterinarian. He joins Dr. Lindsay Church, staff veterinarian, in the AWS Community Veterinary Clinic.

Urbanek comes to AWS from Washington where he was director of shelter medicine for the Seattle Animal Shelter.

A native of Pennsylvania, Urbanek received his bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from Penn State University. He completed veterinary school at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, where he received a bachelor of veterinary medicine and surgery degree.

“Nick comes to us with vast experience including many years in shelter medicine, high volume spay/neuter, small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging,” said Abigail Smith, executive director at the Animal Welfare Society. “As construction concludes this winter on our full-service Community Veterinary Clinic, Nick will be a tremendous asset to our animals - and our community’s animals - as we increase our capacity to help pets in need.”

“I fell in love with Maine after visiting relatives earlier this year.,” Urbanek said. “I am excited to step in as chief veterinarian at AWS at this time of growth and expansion. The public clinic will be a great resource to the community, and I am proud to be a part of it.”

Life-long animal lovers, Urbanek and his husband, Matt Lemon, who is also a veterinarian, have two dogs, Spencer, a Jack Russell terrier and Bruno, a rottweiler/ Lab mix, and two cats, Mac and Mitch.

On the Marsh to host Motown night

On the Marsh Bistro, at Kennebunk, will host a Motown evening with Matt Fogg and his band to benefit Seashore Trolley Museum of Kennebunkport.

The venue will be held under a heated tent on the meadow grounds, offering a buffet dinner. Dinner will be served from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with dancing until 11 p.m. There will be a cash bar, raffles and surprises. The venue is open to the public to join the Motown festivities.

Due to a limited number of reservations, purchasing tickets in advance is suggested.

For reservations, call 967-2299.

“Denise Rubin, proprietress of On the Marsh Bistro, is known for her amazing fundraising parties,” said Sally Bates, executive director at the trolley museum. “We are delighted and grateful that On the Marsh Bistro is reaching out and partnering to support the needs of the museum.”

Groundbreaking celebrates milestone

Seashore Trolley Museum is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its Fairview Carbarn Expansion Project on Thursday, Oct. 12.

Invitees and members of the press will assemble at 10:45 a.m. in the museum’s parking lot, from which they will be transported by bus to the construction site. The groundbreaking will occur at 11 a.m.

Expansion and redevelopment at the Fairview Carhouse, which currently has only two enclosed sides, will proceed in phases.

Phase 1 of the project, to be completed this year, will increase storage space by 560 linear feet, provide 14 new covered spaces for the museum’s priceless vehicle collection, and enclose the open left side of the building. The quality of storage for the 27 cars already inside the building will be greatly improved.

Phase 1 construction costs are being funded by donations from museum members, a $25,000 grant from the Davis Family Foundation, and a $75,000 challenge grant from the 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation.

Future phases the Fairview Carhouse project will extend the front of the building add nine spaces vehicles, replace the roof on the original structure and add doors on each track across the front.

In 2016 the museum replaced the roof and supporting structure at its Town House Shop, recently renamed The Donald G. Curry Town House Shop in honor of Curry’s unparalleled devotion and effort to develop the shop over the past seven decades.

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

Christ Church plans night of music, brats

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.

Signing skills sessions are planned for Oct. 23, Nov. 13

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 with ‘Reid’s Dad’ author

The Pasco Lecture Series at Graves 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 You Tube 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.

Seaglass 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.

Coffee Break on Congress Street by Elizabeth Roper. (Courtesy image) Coffee Break on Congress Street by Elizabeth Roper. (Courtesy image) Library announces October’s featured artist

An exhibition titled Close to Home and Far Away, the acrylic and watercolor works of Elizabeth Roper, will be on display at the Kennebunk Free Library in the Speers Gallery throughout October.

The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular library hours when the gallery is not in use for library programs.

“This exhibit contains paintings with a variety of subjects and places that fascinate me: from my immediate Maine neighborhood, to the beach, to Portland, to across the ocean where I have traveled,” Roper said. “Throughout the year, my interests, ideas and focus change from my favorite flowers to landscapes, to buildings, to people as the seasons change from spring to late winter.”

Roper is a retired preschool and sec- ond-grade teacher. Her undergraduate studies at Drew University and West Chester University included courses in art history and studio art.

As an adult, her studio art education continues with workshops and ongoing study with painter Dennis Rafferty.

She has been a member of Maine Women in the Arts since 2013, the Exhibits chairman of MWA since 2014 and was awarded honorable mention for “Coffee Break on Congress Street” at the Maine Women in the Arts fall show in 2016.

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