2017-12-15 / Community

Community News

USTA New England salutes Archer

The United States Tennis Association New England announced it has selected Kennebunk resident Norm Archer as its Maine Volunteer of the Year.

Archer, along with 30 other award winners, will be recognized at the annual Awards Ceremony to take place on Jan. 20, at the Courtyard by Marriott in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

“Our award winners exemplify the very best of tennis in New England,” said Scott Steinberg, USTA New England president and CEO. “Their remarkable efforts on and off the court have been instrumental in continuing to grow the game. We are delighted to have this opportunity to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments.”

The Volunteer of the Year award is given annually to a member of the tennis community in each of the seven USTA New England regions for his/her hard work and dedication to growing the sport of tennis.

The ceremony will feature guest emcee Harvey Leonard, chief meteorologist for WCVB-TV Channel 5 in Boston.

Sarah Hoover Sarah Hoover United Way tabs Hoover for associate post

United Way of York County announced that Sarah Hoover joined the organization as a part-time community impact associate focused on volunteer engagement.

In this new role, Hoover is responsible for supporting all functions of the Volunteer Resource Center, including the annual Day of Caring and capacity building with organizations that rely on volunteers. She will also assist with other projects that implement the specific areas of the United Way’s 2014-2020 strategic plan.

“We are so pleased that Sarah has joined our staff this year. She is very familiar with our work and brings a breadth of volunteer management and community engagement experience to her role,” said Barb Wentworth, president and CEO of United Way of York County. “Through her efforts, we look forward to the continued expansion of our current volunteer engagement work.”

Hoover brings several years of community impact experience, including serving as a volunteer coordinator for refugee resettlement for Jewish Family Services of Delaware. She graduated in 2016 from the University of New England with a B.A. in applied social and cultural studies and a minor in Latin American studies.

Hoover previously served as a Campaign Associate during United Way of York County’s 2017 Community Campaign, and was also an intern for the organization during her senior year at UNE.

KHS theater announces winter musical

The Kennebunk High School theater department, in collaboration with The Public Theater in New York, and Kennebunk’s own MaineStage Shakespeare, announced that this season’s high school musical will be “As You Like It.”

Fresh off its world premiere in September of this year, presented by The Public, at the Delacorte Theater in New York, William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, created by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery, is coming to Kennebunk High for its first production outside of New York City.

The creators of the show, along with actors, designers and musicians, will mentor, rehearse and perform with KHS students and community members.

MaineStage Shakespeare’s Artistic Director, Chiara Klein, said of the production, “This unprecedented community collaboration is the natural manifestation of the moment we find ourselves in. The arts in the Kennebunks are experiencing a resurgence, galvanized by this beautiful new theater. This led us to think … wouldn’t it be amazing to represent the coming together of the school, professionals, and community though a piece of art? And shouldn’t that piece of art be a celebration of not just the community, but of the community we wish to be? That is what “As You Like It” will strive to do.”

The newly completed KHS theater opened its doors to audience members for the first time last month with a red-carpet gala and sold out opening night performance of “The Crucible.” Michael Herman, KHS theater manager and co-director of “As You Like It,” said of the upcoming production, “It really takes our mission, which began with the opening gala a few weeks ago, to the next level, and offers both students and community members a chance to join together and celebrate the rebirth of theater and the arts in the Kennebunks … and to do so in this important and fun show.”

“As You Like It” opens at Kennebunk High School on March 1. Additional performance dates are March 2, 3, 9, 10 and 11. Tickets for all performances will be available online in January. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

Brick Store Museum schedules open house for Dec. 22

The Brick Store Museum invites family, friends and neighbors to a special holiday open house on Friday, Dec. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be free admission to the museum and guests are welcome to view all exhibits currently on view, including Festival of Style, The Golden Age of Radio, and Polite Society: Etiquette Past & Present as well as permanent displays of furniture and artwork from over 200 years of history in the Kennebunks.

Guests are welcome to arrive anytime during the open house. The evening will be detailed by music, sweet holiday treats, door prizes and a cup of hot chocolate or a glass of wine (for adult visitors). The Festival of Style winning costume will be announced, for which visitors have been voting for their favorite historic costumes in the exhibition beginning in November.

Visitors will also have a chance to complete some last-minute Christmas shopping with the museum’s newly expanded shop.

The museum’s offerings include reproduction archival maps of the town; the newest addition to its Heritage Ornament Series; books; jewelry; and local crafts. No RSVP needed.

Divorce records subject of genealogist visit

The Kennebunk Free Library Genealogy Group will host certified genealogist Pam Stone Eagleson, on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. She will discuss divorce records in genealogical research.

Divorce was alive and thriving throughout the 19th century. This lecture addresses the history of divorce in the United States and focuses on where to find these records and the information contained in them.

Stone Eagleson uses the resources of several Maine, New England and national repositories. She regularly attends genealogical conferences and institutes. It is her hope that through her research, teaching and consulting she will help bring your genealogy to life.

For more information about Pam Stone Eagleson and her work please visit www.gen-nections.com.

The genealogy group is free, open to the public and meets nine times a year.

For more information, call 985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Church concert features Christmas jazz

For the 12th consecutive year, Chris Humphrey brings together New England musicians concert of jazz Christmas music, Joyful Noise 12 - A Jazz Christmas in Kennebunk, at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22.

The Church On The Cape will host the concert. Admission is by suggested donation.

Humphrey and his jazz band will present a concert of new and traditional Christmas music entertain and benefit Church Community Outreach Services fuel aid program.

Humphrey is a pianist and vocalist from Kennebunk, who is the Director of music at Cheverus High School in Portland. He is a veteran jazz singer, having worked with Denon recording artists, The Ritz and the vocal jazz quintet, VocalEase. Humphrey has taught jazz piano at the University of Southern Maine and vocal jazz at Bowdoin College, USM and the University of New Hampshire.

Humphrey’s exploration and experimentation with complex harmony, rhythm and technically diverse vocal presentation is clearly exhibited in his CD released on Cadence Jazz records, Nothing But Blue Sky.

Church on the Cape is located at 3 Langsford Road in Kennebunkport. The concert is presented by The Keith Mc- Clelland Community Music Foundation.

For more information, call 467-5310.

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