2018-02-02 / Community

Community News

Town seeking Boston Post Cane candidates

The town clerk’s office is seeking to award the Boston Post Cane to Kennebunkport’s oldest citizen. The recipient of the cane must be at least 90 years old and have lived in Kennebunkport for the past 20 years.

The Boston Post Cane was established in 1909 by the publisher of the Boston Post. The cane was awarded to the oldest resident in 431 towns in New England. The recipient held the honor as long as he or she lived within the town. A stipulation was that the original cane would belong to the town and not the citizen who received it in order to provide for the preservation and public awareness of the tradition.

For more information and to print a nomination form, visit www.kennebunkportme.gov/town-clerk or call the town clerk at 967-1610. Nominations are due by Monday, March 5.

‘Lives of Consequence’ author to visit M.L. Day

Historian Patricia Q. Wall, will discuss her newly published book, “Lives of Consequence: Blacks in Early Kittery and Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of Maine.”

The presentation and discussion of “Lives of Consequence” will take place 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Mildred L. Day School library on Limerick Road, Arundel. Refreshments will be available. The event will be hosted by the Arundel Historical Society. It is free admission but donations are welcomed.

Based on nearly six years of research, Wall’s findings not only refute the old myth of slavery’s scarcity in this region in the 17th and 18th centuries, they point to significant impact of labor and skills of enslaved Africans, Native Americans and people of mixed African, white and/or Native American heritage on slave-owning families and on the economic development of some of Maine’s earliest coastal towns.

Kennebunks are feelin’ the love in February

Local retailers and restaurants in the Kennebunks will be lit up with red lights, offering special red tag, red plate and other romance specials during this month of love.

In addition to a heart-strewn downtown, Paint the Town Red includes special hotel packages, menus, retail sales, brewery tours, wine tastings, culinary classes, pop-up dinners and even a rocking ice bar kickoff party.

Eat stay and play specials run through Feb. 28.

For example, Waterhouse Center and the Chamber will host Date Skate on Feb. 10, Kennebunk Land Trust and Boulangerie will host a Warm and Walk event on Feb. 10, and Old Vines Wine Bar will host two dinners, plus wine dinners. Many restaurants are finalizing their dates and details.

For more calendar information, visit www.lovethekennebunks.com.

Foundation receives Harvard Pilgrim grant

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation announced that the Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel in Kennebunkport was awarded $500 from the Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program.

Callie Lubinski, an employee of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, nominated the organization for the award. Funds will be used to purchase classroom supplies.

To commemorate those Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, Harvard Pilgrim and the Foundation created the Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program.

The program allows each Harvard Pilgrim employee to award a $500 grant, completely funded by the foundation, to the local charity of his or her choice each calendar year.

Since this community grants program began in 2002, Harvard Pilgrim employees have directed more than $5.2 million to thousands of organizations throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Kennebunk Land Trust plans snow stroll

Kennebunk Land Trust will host a naturalist walk on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary near Water Street.

The walk is part of Kennebunk’s Paint the Town Red event. The 38-acre preserve has more than 2,400 feet of frontage along the Mousam River. The trails are easy to moderate in difficulty. The guided walk is a snow or shine event. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Following the walk, at about 11 a.m., the group will walk Boulangerie for treats and hot drinks.

For cost information or to sign up, call 985-8734 or email info@kennebunklandtrust.org.

 Kennebunk Land Trust will also host a naturalist walk 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Oxbow Preserve in Kennebunk. The 14-acre preserve provides scenic views of the Mousam River with more than a mile of river frontage. It is a snow or shine event. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. The walk is free to the public. For more information, call 985-8734.

Chamber to host fourth job fair on March 12

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport- Arundel Chamber of Commerce and the town of Kennebunk will hold the fourth annual job fair from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 12 at the Kennebunk Town Hall auditorium. Both employers and those seeking jobs are invited to attend.

Chamber members or not, all local businesses in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel may have a table at the fair. Local businesses and organizations include those looking for full-time and part-time work, both season and year-round. High school students and retirees looking for part-time work are especially encouraged to attend.

Fair admission is free of charge for job seekers. Table costs are available by calling the chamber at 967-0857.

To reserve a table, email events@gokennebunks.com.

Pasco Lecture Series continues

Maine Artist Paul Bonneau is the featured guest for the Sunday, Feb. 11 edition of the Pasco Lecture Series at Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport. The season-opening event begins at 2 p.m.

Often referred to as a colorist, Bonneau’s work has been included in invitational shows in the New Bedford Art Museum, Danforth Museum, Ogunquit Art Association, Thos Moser Gallery, Irvine Gallery, Judi Rotenberg Gallery (Boston), Maine College of Art and the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust juried invitational auctions, PBS Television, Children’s Museum, Animal Welfare Society, as well as in the collection of the Maine Turnpike Authority.

The library is located at 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport. For more information, call 967-2778 for information. Light refreshments will be served.

Build a snowman with Kennebunk Free Library

Kennebunk Free Library will host Build a Snowman at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. If weather permits and there’s snow on the ground, snowmen will be built on the library lawn. If the weather does not cooperate, snowman crafts will be held indoors.

Snowman building materials will be provided, but participants may bring their own.The event is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 985- 2173.

Museum to host Free February program

The Brick Store Museum will present a Free February program, to coincide with the Kennebunk- Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s Paint the Town Red initiative. The museum’s program opens the museum to regional residents and guests alike, with free admission to the museum for the entire month of February.

“The museum wants to show our love for the Kennebunks by offering free admission,” director Cynthia Walker said. “We hope the community will take advantage of it and come in to explore their history and art.”

Though the museum depends on admission sales for part of its yearly income, offering Free February gains much more than financial support – it gains friends and learners. With the Free February program, the museum opens two new exhibitions: “The Way Life Is: Photography by Michael Fillyaw,” and “A Toast to Temperance: Maine’s Ban on Alcohol in the 19th Century,” along with current exhibitions “Design & Function: Furniture, Portraits and Art, 1685-1840,” “Festival of Style” and “The Golden Age of Radio.”

Kennebunk Free Library announces February’s featured artist

Kennebunk Free Library announced its February 2018 exhibition, Meditations, the photographs of Kathleen Nolan. The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular library hours when the gallery is not in use for library programs.

Nolan, a Kennebunk resident since 1987, is a retired dancer, dance educator and choreographer. Nolan has nurtured, inspired and instructed young dancers and choreographers at the high school and university level for 40 years.

She taught at Binghamton University (1971-1987) and at Thornton Academy (1995-2012) where she created and developed a four-year curricular dance program. She has also served as executive director for the Maine Alliance for Arts Education and as an arts education administrator for the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education from 1991-1994.

She founded and developed Artsmart, a multidisciplinary residential summer arts camp at Bates College.

Many of her photographic studies are rock studies from the small coves and shoreline of Pemaquid Point. In these, she captures the natural beauty of ocean rocks as arranged by the ebb and flow of the tides. She is also an avid traveler who is in love with nature. She has traveled and photographed all over the world: Europe, Africa, Antarctica, high Arctic, Asia, South America. As a traveler, her preferences are for remote places of unspoiled beauty such as Mongolia, Antarctic, Arctic, Nepal and Tibet.

The public is invited to attend an artist’s reception on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.

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