2017-11-17 / Community

Community News

The New School’s seasonal dinners support intensive studies

The New School in Kennebunk will host a series of four gourmet themed dinners to raise funds for students’ intensive studies. Food is prepared and served by students. Dinner includes appetizers, soup/salad, main course, dessert, beer, wine and entertainment.

Seats are limited and reservations required.

The schedule:

 Harvest Dinner, Saturday, Nov. 18, 6 to 9 p.m.;

 Mystery Murder, Saturday, Dec. 16, 6 to 9 p.m.;

 Winter Comfort Food, Jan. 6 to 9 p.m.;

 Love is Still in the Air, Saturday, March 3, 6 to 9 p.m.

For more information or to reserve seats, call 985-3745 or email thenewschool@tnsk.org.

Library’s fourth annual silent art auction begins Jan. 5

Paintings and prints, both large and small, will be featured at Kennebunk Free Library’s fourth annual silent art auction that will be held Jan. 5 to Jan. 20.

A bid book with additional information about each item will be available for viewing in Speers Gallery and on the library’s website. Those who wish to place a bid on any of the items will need to sign up for a free bid number at the adult desk.

Bidding will end at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20. Winning bidders will be notified on Monday, Jan. 22.

Kennebunk Free Library will continue to accept donations of artwork through Dec. 31.

Photos of the items will soon be available to preview on the library’s website. For more information see call 985- 2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

‘Sign of the Apocalypse’ author and Arundel resident will visit

Kennebunk Free Library will host John Getchell on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. Getchell is author of the newly-published book “Sign of the Apocalypse: Ruminations of the Roadside Prophet.”

Getchell is the guy with the sign on his front yard two doors down from the Oreo cow farm on River Road in Arundel. Getchell conveys pithy tidbits of thought and wordplay every day right on his front yard and now in a book from Skyhorse Publishing. He will share the story behind his sign, his inspirations and observations. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Getchell is a writer, humorist and performance artist.

The program is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 207-985-2173.

Museum schedules another Fire of ‘47 presentation

The Brick Store Museum will present The Fire of ’47: 70th Anniversary Retrospective lecture by Kennebunk town historian Stephen Spofford on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the museum’s Program Center. The second presentation has been scheduled due to the popularity of the Fire of ’47 talk at the town hall in October.

The Fire of ’47 was a collection of more than 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. It became known as “The Year Maine Burned.”

Spofford will 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 and author Joyce Butler, will be for sale during the presentation (books are currently for sale in the Brick Store Museum’s shop at 117 Main St., Kennebunk). The Brick Store Museum is featuring an exhibition about the Fire of ’47 through Nov. 30.

For more information about the exhibition and the upcoming public program, call 985- 4802 or visit www.bricksstoremuseum.org.


Colby Ellis, Juli Ennis and Jason Albaum of Kennebunk, were selected as 2017 Patriots Difference Makers of the Week for their volunteer efforts at Project Playback. The trio has been invited to take part in a special in-game ceremony at the Patriots final regular season home game against the New York Jets on Sunday, Dec. 31. (Courtesy photo) Colby Ellis, Juli Ennis and Jason Albaum of Kennebunk, were selected as 2017 Patriots Difference Makers of the Week for their volunteer efforts at Project Playback. The trio has been invited to take part in a special in-game ceremony at the Patriots final regular season home game against the New York Jets on Sunday, Dec. 31. (Courtesy photo) New England Patriots salute Project Playback creators

Over the past seven years, the New England Patriots Foundation has honored hundreds of volunteers. Throughout the 2017 season, the foundation continues its mission of teaming with nonprofit organizations to educate fans about the need for volunteering, highlight volunteers from across the region.

Every week throughout the season, the Kraft family and the foundation present the Patriots Difference Maker of the Week award, which recognizes deserving volunteers who go above and beyond to support the local community and nonprofit organizations.

“So many nonprofit organizations rely on the work of volunteers,” said Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “We encourage everyone to volunteer and like to highlight those who do the most to positively impact their communities. It’s nice to give credit to those who are most deserving and to reward the nonprofits they represent.”

Jason Albaum, Colby Ellis and Juli Ennis from Kennebunk were recently selected as the Patriots Difference Makers of the Week for their commitment to Project Playback.

Albaum, Ellis and Ennis teamed up for a community service project as part of an eighth-grade class assignment. The Kennebunk middle school students were all members of the school band and wanted to be able to use their passion for music as a way to give back to the community.

Together, they formed Project Playback that creates customized playlists for nursing home patients that are living with dementia and Alzheimer’s to help trigger memories. The playlists are customized for each individual and includes music designed to have a positive effect on their mental, social and emotional heath.

“It is a great honor to be selected for this award by such a well-known and respected organization in the New England area,” said Ellis. “We are so glad to know that our work is appreciated not only by those we serve, but by the community as a whole.”

During the past four years, the trio has visited nursing home patients at least twice a week to share their passion for music with seniors living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. They have also recruited other students to get involved with the project and have spoken at local youth activist conferences to help bring the program to other nursing homes.

“When we dance, sing, or talk with residents, their smiles and joy always brighten our days,” said Ennis. “Without Project Playback, we never would’ve seen just how impactful service can be.”

“We hope that Project Playback can inspire others to give back to their communities,” said Albaum. “What we’ve learned through our work is that community service is a two-way street. In helping others, you can also benefit.”

The trio will join 14 other volunteers for an in-game ceremony at the Patriots’ Dec. 31 game against the New York Jets. They will also be featured in the Patriots’ Football Weekly newspaper, Patriots GameDay magazine and on www.patriots.com/community.

For more information about the Celebrate Volunteerism initiative, visit www.patriots.com/community.

Library receives Vietnam programming kit

Kennebunk Free Library has been selected by the American Library Association and WETA Washington, D.C., to receive a programming kit for The Vietnam War, a 10-part documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

As part of the award, Kennebunk Free Library is hosting two public screenings of the documentary on Thursday, Dec. 7 and Thursday, Dec. 21. Both screenings will be held in Hank’s Room from noon to 2 p.m. The documentary is rated TV-MA and contains profanity, brief nudity and graphic violence. Excerpts may trigger anxiety or anger, especially for those with PTSD. Information and resources about PTSD will be available.

The 18-hour documentary series on DVD is available for the public to borrow through interlibrary loan. The companion book, “The Vietnam War: An Intimate History” by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns is also available.

Summit Project march scheduled for Saturday

The Summit Project will conduct a tribute march on Nov. 18, hosted by Habitat for Humanity of York County’s ReStore. The Summit Project is a Maine-based nonprofit whose mission is to recognize and honor Maine Veterans who have passed away since Sept. 11, 2001. Families of the fallen heroes have unearthed and donated a special memorial stone that uniquely represents their loved one. The Summit Project engraves the stones and volunteers have hiked up and down mountains throughout Maine and across the world carrying the tribute stones in their packs, making the Summit Project a living memorial.

A selection of the stones travels the state in a special display known as The Honor Case.

The Summit Project’s Honor Case is on display at the Habitat ReStore, 4 Industrial Drive, Kennebunk, until it moves on to its next destination.

A group of volunteers will hike from Kennebunk Free Library to the ReStore carrying selected stones from the case to commission the new honor case location. Volunteers will have the opportunity to hear the stories of the soldiers whose stones they will be carrying, making a personal connection with them. At the library, the walkers will pause for a sharing session with one another and upon their return, share their experiences in writing with the families of the fallen soldiers. The walk will take place at 10 a.m. on Nov. 18. To participate, contact Bob at the Habitat ReStore at 502-7021.

The event is open to students, parents and community members of York County. For more information, visit www.thesummitproject.org.

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