2017-12-01 / Community

Community News


Bathsheba Marcus Bathsheba Marcus St. David’s to host concert pianist

Pianist Bathsheba Marcus will perform a varied program at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 138 York St. (Route 1 south), Kennebunk on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

A New York City native who is currently based in Seattle, Marcus presented yearly concerts in Maine from 1999 to 2008. Her program will include pieces influenced by folk tunes and popular music by Mozart, Bolcom and Ginastera as well as Schubert’s Impromptus, Op. 42.

She has performed throughout the United States in chamber music and solo recitals.

The concert will accept free will donations to support St. David’s outreach ministry. A reception will follow in the Great Hall.

York County Hanukkah party set for Dec. 17

The annual York County Hanukkah Party and Potluck Supper will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 at Congregation Etz Chaim at 36 Bacon St. in Biddeford.

Participants are asked to bring a dairy or vegetarian entrée to share. Latkes will be served fresh from the kitchen. Dessert and drinks are provided. Music and dancing with the Casco Bay Tummlers will be offered.

Parking is available on the street or in the nearby Biddeford Police Station parking lot.

For more information, call Julie Campisi at 282-2461.

Museum has plans for #GivingTuesday

The Brick Store Museum will celebrated #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of local donors, on Tuesday, Nov. 28. #GivingTuesday has become an annual tradition held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. But instead of asking (for donations) this year, the museum is gave.

The Brick Store Museum is a nonprofit organization that survives on individual and foundation support, and receives no town or state support for its educational mission in our community. On this #GivingTuesday, the museum opened its doors for free to the community. Coffee and doughnuts was served until noontime and cookies and other treats served in the afternoon.

Donors interested in sending support to the museum for #GivingTuesday are encouraged to do so through the museum’s Facebook page, as Facebook and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have pledged to match donations made to the museum through the Facebook platform on Nov. 28.

Brick Store announces new exhibitions

The Brick Store Museum presents two brand-new exhibitions: The Festival of Style, in which local organizations and individuals selected over 20 pieces of clothing from the museum’s costume collection to be placed on display; and The Golden Age of Radio, in which two local radio collectors have shared parts of their personal collections of early radios. The exhibitions will be on display through January.

The Festival of Style is presented by the Captain Lord Mansion, with additional support from Nvest Financial Group. It features costumes spanning 200 years of local history, and includes pieces selected by local companies Boulangerie, Gorham Savings Bank, Cloth Interiors, and more.

Visitors to the exhibit are invited to vote on their favorite entry with a ballot. On Dec. 22, at the museum’s holiday open house, the winning costume will be announced, and one visitor’s ballot will be chosen to win a gift card from local clothier Ramblers Way.

The Golden Age of Radio investigates the beginnings of radio in the early 20th century. The exhibition features early radios and artifacts like Atwater Kent radios, Radiolas, a spark gap transmitter, and more. Visitors to the exhibition will discover how the science of radio waves inspired a nation to develop wide-ranging communication that still exists today.

Phillips receives 2017 Spirit of Service Award

United Way of York County, in partnership with Kennebunk Savings, announced that Lydia Phillips has been awarded the 2017 Spirit of Service Award for her commitment to volunteering. Phillips volunteers at the Community Bicycle Center in Biddeford and Habitat for Humanity York County’s ReStore in Kennebunk.

“At Kennebunk Savings we are strong advocates for volunteering and we know that volunteering means a win for everyone!” said Peg Stansfield, director of human resources at Kennebunk Savings.

“Lydia has not only worked on behalf of youth in Biddeford, but she’s created new programs as a way to engage the kids at the Community Bicycle Center. She’s worked on many activities, from the bike repair program to their Apple Cycle fundraiser,” said Stansfield.

“At Habitat for Humanity York County, Lydia brought her organizational skills and business expertise to their local ReStore,” said Stansfield. “She turned this relatively new business that sells lightly used home building and remodeling products into a well-tuned success. She is the top volunteer in hours and contributes to the organization in many areas of operation.”

Kennebunk Savings awarded Phillips $500 to give to the nonprofit of her choice, which she divided between the Community Bicycle Center and Habitat for Humanity York County.

Wreaths Across America plans Kennebunk stop

The Wreaths Across America escort of handmade, balsam wreaths heading to Arlington National Cemetery from Maine has become known as the country’s longest veterans parade and this year, the weeklong journey kicks off Saturday, Dec. 9.

Vietnam Medal of Honor Recipient, Col. Roger Donlon, U.S. Army Special Forces (Retired) and his wife, Norma, a Vietnam-era Gold Star wife, will lead the caravan as it travels down the East Coast stopping at schools, memorials and other locations along the way to spread the mission to remember, honor and teach. Among the stops scheduled for Monday, Dec. 11 are Scarborough High School and Kennebunk High School.

For the schedule and more information, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/escort.

“I had the pleasure of visiting Maine this past summer and walking on the land where the balsam is grown to make wreaths for fellow veterans, and was also able to tag individual trees for some of my friends who never made it home. The experience touched me deeply and I am proud to have the opportunity to share my story and the mission of Wreaths Across America with those who will listen,” said Roger Donlon, medal of honor recipient and escort co-grand marshal.

“As people who have dedicated our lives to the service of our military and their families, to have the opportunity to play a small role in this important mission is both an honor and privilege,” said Norma Donlon, escort co-grand marshal.

Chevrolet, who has sponsored the vehicles transporting Gold Star families and veterans participating in the escort for the past three years, will again provide 12 wrapped vehicles in addition to sponsoring 4,000 wreaths for Arlington.

“It is difficult to express what this organization means to our employees and customers, I have never experienced anything as moving as participating in the escort of wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery,” said Dan Adamcheck, regional director, sales, service and marketing for Chevrolet. “We are honored to be a part of this great program and to help spread awareness for the mission to remember, honor and teach.”

Escort participants include American Gold Star Mothers, Blue Star Families, Gold Star Wives of America, veterans and the Wreaths Across America extended family. Members of the Patriot Guard Riders, Patriot Riders of America and Rolling Thunder will flank the escort along with law enforcement from Maine to ensure safe transport for all participants throughout the week.

Eleven tractor-trailers representing the following companies: Walmart Transportation, Schneider National, Oakhurst Dairy, Witte Bros. Exchange, Inc., Hartt Transportation Systems, Inc., Delhaize Transportation LLC (DBA Hannaford Supermarkets), American Trucking Associations – Share the Road, Pottle’s Transportation, Cargo Transporters, Inc., Nestle Waters North America, Inc. (DBA Poland Spring Bottling Company) and North State Transportation driven by Gold Star father Scott Harris, will haul a portion of the 245,700 sponsored wreaths heading to Arlington National Cemetery for placement on Dec. 16.

National Wreaths Across America Day is a free event and open to all people.

Wreath sponsorships for all participating cemeteries, including Arlington National Cemetery are needed. For more information, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

Seaglass Chorale announces pair of shows featuring Irish dancers

Seaglass Chorale had the honor of participated in a choral festival in Dublin, Ireland this summer. Choruses from around the United States joined together in song and raised money for the Hospice of Ireland.

In A Joyous Celtic Celebration, the chorale will continue the musical flavor of Ireland.

The chorus will be joined by dancers from the Stilton School of Irish Dance in Gorham and the concert will include a sing-a-long of familiar holiday songs. The concert will be part of Kennebunkport’s Prelude Week on Dec. 2 with a second performance at Holy Family Parish Church in Sanford the afternoon of Dec. 3.

The schedule:

 Saturday, Dec. 2, South Congregational Church Kennebunkport, 7 p.m.

 Sunday, Dec. 3, Holy Family Parish, 66 North Ave., Sanford, 3 p.m.

Tickets are available at seaglass@gwi.net, via phone at 985-8747 or at Morse Hardward, Route 1, Wells. Tickets are also available at the door.

In support of the local area food banks, Seaglass is requesting donations of nonperishable food items.

Kennebunk Free Library to host essayist and poet on Dec. 19

Join essayist, Michelle Cacho-Negrete and poet, Jenny Doughty on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. at Kennebunk Free Library. Each writer will give a presentation and perform a reading from their recent publication.

Michelle Cacho-Negrete (“Stealing: Life In America: A Collection of Essays”) appears to be living proof of the success of the exalted American dream. However, as these essays illustrate, that is not the whole story.

Historian and writer Paul Fussell tells us, “We’re pretty well stuck for life in the class we’re raised in.” Michelle proudly proclaims this on each page. She vividly describes her childhood in an inner city slum, bringing us into a life of hunger, violence, poverty, close friendships and what the special love and ambitions of a ghetto mother can accomplish. Although she eventually enters the middle-class in a Long Island suburb and later in Portland, she never quite belongs. A woman’s writing group unaware of rampant hunger in America, an expensive resort town where teenagers purchase frivolous objects for what Cacho-Negrete spends for a month of necessities, happy hours in bars that provide dinner for herself and her sons, her dismay at the gentrification of her old slum neighborhood where the poor are evicted without conscience, illuminate her different view of America.

In poems of clarity and craft, Jenny Doughty (“Sending Bette Davis to the Plumber”) explores both personal and mythic history. She reimagines the Greek gods, sings in praise of middle-aged sensuality and turns a skeptical eye on our culture’s choice of icons, on “our fear and hopes writ large in images with painted-over flaws.

“Doughty uses traditional forms where the repetitions are like layers in an archeological dig, revealing more and more of the complex underpinnings of our lives. Among the fruit of Doughty’s wide travels, both within and without, are a sharp-eyed wisdom and rich emotional subtlety, and her poems exploring life events – a child’s birth, a beloved’s death – achieve a profound and moving beauty.”

– Betsy Shall, Maine Poet Laureate 2006-2011

Season of Giving Art Sale slated for weekends in December

The Brick Store Museum will open a Season of Giving Arts Sale during the first three weekends in December. More than 25 artists, crafters and makers of locally-crafted handmade items will display works for sale. Part of the Brick Store Museum’s mission is to celebrate current local arts and entrepreneurs. The Season of Giving Arts Sale serves as a brick-and-mortar, pop-up shop for artists during the holiday season.

Weekends include Dec. 2-3, 9-10, and 16-17, with a special Prelude evening shopping event on Friday, Dec. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission to the sale is free.

More information can be found on the museum’s website. or at the museum’s front desk at 117 Main St. in Kennebunk.

New School dinners support 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:

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

 Winter Comfort Food, January, 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.

Fourth annual art auction is Jan. 5-20

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 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.

Library to host ‘Sign of the Apocalypse’ author

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.

Library to host Vietnam documentary screenings

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 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.

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