2018-03-02 / Community

Community News

First Parish to screen award-winning ‘Switch’

The award-winning documentary, “Switch” will be presented at the First Parish United Universalist Church in Kennebunk on Friday, March 2. The film will be shown at 6:45 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The film is co-sponsored by the Sierra Club of Maine, the Social Justice Committee of First Parish and ReVision Energy.

The film asks the question: What will it really take to go from the energy that built our world to the energy that will shape our future? “Switch” has been the winner of environmental festivals, and the invited selection of film festivals throughout the country and abroad. Speaking at the March 2 event will be Jen Hatch from ReVision energy.

Museum seeks film preservation assistance

Among the 70,000 artifacts preserved at the Brick Store Museum in downtown Kennebunk are 50 Super 8mm and 16 mm film reels, holding nearly 12,000 feet of film. The films were shot by Edith Barry (the museum’s founder) and others in the early 20th century. The home movies captured by Barry are especially exciting because they exhibit her travels around the world between 1922 and 1955. Others show the familiar streets and structures of the Kennebunks and Maine as they were over 50 years ago. Additionally, other films include family celebrations, local events, children’s plays and other home movies.

Thanks to a grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in 2016, the museum began digitizing the films. In 2018, the museum partnered with Northeast Historic Film, based in Bucksport, to digitize and conserve the remainder of the films. Historic reel films, including those at the museum, are often in danger of developing vinegar syndrome.

Vinegar syndrome is a key issue in film preservation. It is a form of decay that degrades the film and is named from the vinegar smell it produces. Eventually, films shrink and become brittle. Once the process begins, it is important to conserve the film immediately to prevent further decay.

To make sure that these precious historic records are not lost to chemical decay, the museum has sped up its digitization efforts and contracted with Northeast Historic Film to complete the project this spring. All of the films will be processed and digitized for future viewing; and the physical film reels will be protected and held in cold storage (which is exactly what it sounds like) at Northeast Historic Film in Bucksport.

Each film must be checked for vinegar syndrome, repaired, prepared and scanned. Then, the digital version of each film is exported and loaded onto a hard drive for the museum to use and store. When all of the films have been preserved and digitized, the museum will place them in our online archive so that they can be accessed by the public.

Such an endeavor is costly; the entire process costs $3,000. Museum staff say that the price tag is not as costly as losing these records forever. The museum asks for the public’s help in saving the films so that they can be used by future generations. Donations can be made online at www.brickstoremuseum.org or via the mail to Brick Store Museum, Film Conservation Fund, 117 Main St., Kennebunk, ME 04043.

Republicans schedule caucus for March 3

Edward Karytko, chairman of the Kennebunk Republican Municipal Committee, has announced that Kennebunk Republicans will caucus 9 a.m. to noon March 3 at Wells Activity Center, 113 Sanford Road (Route 109), Wells.

The purpose of the caucus is to elect delegates and alternates to the state convention, elect delegates to the York County Republican Committee, elect Republican Municipal Committee officers and organize for the upcoming elections. All Kennebunk Republicans are urged to attend.

The town registrar will be available 9 to 9:30 a.m. to register as a Republican anyone who is not registered, anyone who is registered as unenrolled, Republicans who have relocated, or anyone who will be 18 by the Nov. 6 election.

The state Republican convention will be held in Augusta May 4-5.

Atria Kennebunk plans March events

Atria Kennebunk recently announced its upcoming schedule of events for March:

Sunday Concert Series

 March 4 at 2 p.m.- Linne Perry performs as Soul Gal. This is Linne’s second performance at Atria Kennebunk as she is back by popular demand from residents.

 March 11 at 2 p.m. - The Sweet Chickadees perform as a three-part ensemble of a pianist, flutist and singer.

 March 18 at 2 p.m. - Ray Calabro returns for another performance of musical pianist madness.

• March 25 at 2 p.m.- Dave Ernst brings back his set list to Atria with ranging genres on the piano. Light refreshments will be served.

Musical Entertainment

• Thursday March 8 at 10:30 a.m. - Guitarist Chris Heard performs his early American folk songs mixed with early British music

• Thursday March 14 at 6 p.m. - Stillson School of Irish Dance entertains the Atria community with original Irish dance to celebrate the upcoming holiday.

• Friday March 16 at 3 p.m. - Don Wessels from the Ocean Ave Band to perform for an early St. Patty’s Day Celebration.

• Thursday March 28 at 6 p.m. - An evening of entertainment by Dave Hollis, an Atria classic pianist who connects the crowd with his music.

Health Seminars and Lectures

• Wednesday March 7 at 3:30 p.m. - Join Deedee Grantz from Amedysis for her monthly health and wellness lecture at Atria Kennebunk. This month: Memory.

• Monday March 19 at 3:30 p.m. - Join Barbra from Kindred on an educational presentation and discussion on Low Vision: The facts and more.

• Friday March 23 at 3:30 p.m. - Michael Perry presents a pictured slideshow of the White Mountains with educational material of the area.

• Tuesday March 27 at 3:30 p.m. - Ron Falong shares through the wonders of Ireland and the Irish culture.

Wells Reserve at Laudholm to host migratory bird expert

York County Audubon Program will present the program Of Mallards and Men: The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 27 at Wells Reserve.

Author, birder and University of New Hampshire history professor Dr. Kurk Dorsey will make the presentation The event will help celebrate the 100th anniversary of passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act which is the basis for much of the protection afforded wild birds in the Unites States and other nations.

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