2017-10-13 / Community

Community News


Ramblers Way in Kennebunk recently shipped clothing to hurricane ravaged areas. (Courtesy photo) Ramblers Way in Kennebunk recently shipped clothing to hurricane ravaged areas. (Courtesy photo) Business sends clothes to hurricane zones

Ramblers Way, the sustainable clothing company dedicated to making clothes in America, is donating nearly 5,000 items to the survivors of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma as well as Hurricane Maria.

The items include all season shirts for women and men, woven shirts for men and women and men’s long underwear.

The clothing will be distributed through a partnership with Good360, a global leader in product philanthropy and purposeful giving.

“All of us at Ramblers Way have been deeply moved by the devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria,” said Tom Chappell, founder of Ramblers Way. “As the people affected by the storms begin to rebuild their lives, we want them to know we’re with them every step of the way, so we’re giving them some of what we do best – clothing. We hope it helps people start to get back on their feet.”

Good360 works with national recovery agencies as well as local recovery groups and nonprofits to determine exactly what families and individuals need, ensuring that Ramblers Way’s efforts are effective and efficient. With a mission to transform lives by providing hope, dignity and a sense of renewed possibility to individuals, families and communities impacted by disasters or other challenging life circumstances, the organization has distributed more than $9 billion in donated goods around the world, helping its network of more than 57,000 prequalified nonprofits strengthen communities and improve the lives of millions.

Museum to host Fire of ‘47 lecture

The Brick Store Museum will present The Fire of ’47: 70th Anniversary Retrospective lecture by Kennebunk Town Historian Stephen Spofford on Saturday, Oct. 14th at 7 p.m. at Kennebunk Town Hall.

There is no charge for children younger than 18.

The Fire of ’47 was a collection of over 200 fires that burned in the state of Maine from Oct. 13 through Oct. 27. Together, the fires consumed a quarter of a million acres of forest and wiped out nine entire towns. The fires burned from Bar Harbor (which was almost completely destroyed) to Kennebunkport and Goose Rocks Beach as 1947 became known as “The Year Maine Burned.”

Spoffordwill present an hour-long presentation on the fire’s timeline and path of destruction in the Kennebunks. Photographs, artifacts, oral histories and home movies will be included in the presentation, all from the Brick Store Museum’s collection.

“Wildfire Loose: The Week Maine Burned,” by Maine historian Joyce Butler, will be on sale during the presentation (books are currently for sale in the Brick Store Museum’s shop. The Brick Store Museum is featuring an exhibition about the Fire of ’47 through Nov. 12t For more information, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org or call 985-4802.

Brick Store Museum opens online auction

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, yearround. 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.

Through CharityAuctionsToday.com, the museum is running its first annual Fall Online Auctionthrough Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. Visitors to the site, www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/brickstoremuseumfallauction-3017, will find over 50 items, services and gift cards up for auction. Items include Park Hopper tickets to Disney World, original artwork by local artists, meals and gift certificates to local restaurants, antiques, home décor, IKEA gift cards, travel, collectibles, event tickets and even a pen-and-ink custom drawing of your home.

“The auction’s success depends on strong community support, like we’ve always experienced here in the Kennebunks,” Execustive Director Cynthia Walker said. Visitors can also visit www.brickstoremuseum.org to find a link to the auction’s official website.

Users will be asked to register on the site prior to bidding and are invited to call the museum at 985-4802 for assistance. Bidding will close Friday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m.

Land trust schedules naturalist walk

Kennebunk Land Trust will host a naturalist walk for the public on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary. The 38-acre preserve has over 2,400 feet of frontage along the Mousam River. The trails can be described as easy to moderate in terms of level of difficulty. The guided walk with certified master naturalists is a rain or shine event. Participants should wear appropriate clothing and footwear. The walk is free to the public.

Directions: From Route 1 in Kennebunk, turn onto Water Street. The entrance to the sanctuary is on the left just before the Kennebunk Treatment Plant. Please park along the side of the road on Water Street.

For more information, call 985-8734.

Secret Santa application forms are available

Secret Santa has begun its 30th year of assisting families living in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport or Arundel who lack sufficient funds to purchase Christmas gifts for their children. Application forms are now available at the general assistance office in each town for the parents or legal guardians of children up to the age of 18 who are in need

Even though Christmas is two months away, the time to submit applications is now. Due to the unique nature of the Secret Santa program, applications must be returned by Nov. 9 in order to allow enough time to involve the community in shopping for the specific gifts requested for each child. Families who do not apply in time may have to be referred to other organizations. All requests are strictly confidential.

Pastels show on view at museum

From Saturday, Oct. 7 through Friday, Nov. 4, the Brick Store Museum will host the Pastel Society of Maine’s, 18th International Juried Show: Pastels Only. The show was organized by exhibition co-chairmen Mary Beth Morrison, Terrilynn Dubrueil and Cheryl DiCara, with artist Kim Lordier as the juror of selection. The exhibition and sale will display works of pastel artists from the United States and Canada.

The show features more than 50 works by artists representing the United States. All the paintings are original soft pastels. During the public opening reception and awards ceremony on Oct. 7, the Pastel Society of Maine presented awards to the artists selected by Kim Lordier.

“We are honored to be the venue for this prestigious exhibition,” said Cynthia Walker, Brick Store Museum’s executive director. “Visitors are sure to be impressed with the wide-ranging styles and subjects – from still lifes and portraiture to landscapes in every season.” She said the show closely allies with the museum’s own artistic heritage, having been founded in 1936 by artist and patron of the arts, Edith C. Barry.

The 18th International Juried Show: Pastels Only is open to the public during regular museum hours.

Friends of KFL schedule book sale for Saturday, Oct. 21

Friends of Kennebunk Free Library will host a book sale on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in conjunction with the town of Kennebunk’s Harvestfest.

The sale will be held in Hank’s Room and feature gently used books, CDs, DVDs and audio books. The sale offers buy-one-get-one free and is an opportunity to stock up on all cold-weather reading needs.

Current Friends are invited to attend the Friends’ pre-sale event on Friday, Oct. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. Membership forms for joining the Friends will be available at the door.

For more information, call the library 985-2173 or email kfl@kennebunk.lib.me.us.

Fourth annual Veterans’ Day 5K benefits Honor Flight Maine

Wells Chamber of Commerce will host its fourth annual Veterans’ Day 5K on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. The 5K run/walk will start and end at the Wells Elks Lodge, 356 Bald Hill Road, Wells.

Proceeds for the event will benefit Honor Flight Maine. Gorham Savings Bank is the Primary Event sponsor and Avita of Wells is the Gold sponsor.

The first 100 registrants will receive a free long-sleeve T-shirt. The Wells Elks will have food and beverage for sale after the race (bring an ID).

Prizes will be awarded to male and female in the following categories: Overall, Under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-plus.

For registration information, visit www.wellschamber.org, call 646-2451 or visit www.runsignup.com/race/ME/ Wells/VD5k.

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