2018-02-09 / Community

Community News

February’s featured artist is announced

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 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 multi-disciplinary 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.

Downtown Date Skate planned for Saturday

This Saturday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Waterhouse Center, invite a date out to skate to love songs as part of Paint the Town Red’s Date Skate. The event is free and open to the public and early enough to incorporate it into Saturday night plans. Following the skate, the Kennebunk Inn next door to the open-air skating center will offer Paint the Town Red cocktails and dinner.

For an event calendar, visit www.gokennebunks.org.

May Day Festival planning is underway

Planning for Kennebunk’s 20th annual May Day Festival have begun. The event will be held on Saturday, May 5 in downtown Kennebunk and the Kennebunk May Day Committee invites all to come and be part of the process.

This year’s festival will feature all the popular, family-oriented activities enjoyed for years and hopefully some fun new additions. Fresh ideas are always welcome so please consider coming to a meeting and bringing ideas. Local artists/crafters, community organizations and antiques enthusiasts are all encouraged to participate. For more information, visit www.kennebunkmaine.us/mayday.

Broadway comes to Kennebunk

On Saturday, Feb. 17, Christ Church in Kennebunk will host a concert songs drawn from a wide range of Broadway shows. The concert will be led by Maestro Warren King and will feature local singers Beverly Heald, Jenn Heald-Clapp, Alex Pratt and Owen and Schuyler White.

Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation. Children under 12 years old are welcome at no charge. Proceeds will benefit the missions of Christ Church, supporting the homeless, the hungry, needy children, battered women, refugees, addiction recovery, and disaster relief.

The building is handicap-accessible from the parking lot behind town hall, and also has a parking lot across Dane Street. For more information, visit www.christchurchkennebunk.org, call or visit the office at 6 Dane St.

B2B registration dates are announced

Runners looking to join the field for the 21st running of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race on Aug. 4 will need to be in the zone and at the ready March 15-16 for online registration, race organizers announced.

New this year, organizers of the classic American summer road race have tweaked the registration process with the goal of improving the participant experience.

Partnering with Race Roster, TD Beach to Beacon is implementing a queue entry system. This new format requires registrants to still be quick at the 7 a.m. launch to get entered into the queuing portal, basically putting them in a virtual line, but it also provides greater time for them to complete the registration process without losing their place.

“We made this change in recognition of the increasingly high demand for the TD Beach to Beacon and in response to feedback received by registrants who felt frustrated by the process,” said race founder Joan Benoit Samuelson, an Olympic Gold Medalist who grew up in Cape Elizabeth. “While we are limited in our ability to increase the field size of the race, we wanted to find a way to make the registration process smoother and more efficient for all involved.”

The controlled queue entry process is similar to what is used for many high-demand events, such as concerts, cultural and sporting events.

The new process will be in place for both days of online registration. On Thursday, March 15, Cape Elizabeth residents will have the opportunity to register for 600 slots starting at 7 a.m.

Registration for the general public will begin at 7 a.m. on Friday, March 16.

A lottery for the 1,950 remaining slots will take place from March 16 through March 25, with lottery entrants announced on March 27. Runners register at the race website,www.beach2beacon.org.

Boston Post Cane candidates sought

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 individual 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.og/town-clerk or call the town clerk at 967-1610. Nominations are due by Monday, March 5.

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