2018-05-25 / Community

Community News

It’s a pirate’s life at trolley museum

Seashore Trolley Museum and Sebago Lake Distillery are joining forces to host Pirates at the Seashore Trolley Museum on Friday, June 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. The museum is located at 195 Log Cabin Road in Kennebunkport. Proceeds benefit the museum.

The event, inspired by Kennebunkport’s nautical heritage and the museum’s name, is for grownups.

Museum director Sally Bates said, “There’s a bit of pirate in all of us and this is your perfect opportunity to drink, eat and roar like a pirate. If you dress like a pirate, too, you just might win a prize in the Pirate Parade. Let the trolley be your ship – board her with your mates and ride, ride, ride the rails.”

The bar will serve beer, wine and rum cocktails concocted by Sebago Lake Distillery. Chowder, stew and sandwiches will be available for purchase from the galley. Music by Matt Meyer and the Gumption Junction will feature sea shanties and sing-along ditties such as “Blow the Man Down.” Dogs are welcome.

Advance reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 967-2800, ext 111 or 101, or online at trolleymuseum.org.

For more information, call Sally Bates at 967-2800, ext. 101.

Art Show and Sale planned for May 25-27

The annual Art Show and Sale sponsored by Knights of Columbus is scheduled for May 25-27 at St. Martha’s Church hall at 30 Portland Road (Route 1), Kennebunk.

More than 30 local artists will participate. An opening reception is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 25. The public is welcome.

The show continues 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 26 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 27.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund.

Land trust schedules Alewive Woods walk

Kennebunk Land Trust will host a naturalist walk on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Alewive Woods Preserve.

The preserve is located just off Cole Road, 3.5 miles west of I-95. The preserve boasts over 625 acres of land, a 45-acre pond at its center and is ideal for mixed recreational uses. Parking is available at the trailhead. The 2.5 miles of trails can be described as easy to moderate in difficulty.

Boulangerie, A Proper Bakery, has partnered with the land trust for this summer’s naturalist walks. Boulangerie will offer a special discount for those who attend this walk and for upcoming naturalist walks with the land trust.

This is a rain or shine event. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather.

For more information, call 985-8734.

First Congregational bean suppers planned

First Congregational Church of Kennebunkport will host its second bean supper of the 2018 season on Saturday, May 26. The church invites the public to its baked bean and American chop suey suppers that take place on the last Saturday of each month through October.

The second supper of the 2018 season will be held on Memorial Day weekend, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Saturday in the church’s Ober Hall at 141 North St. Church members will serve baked beans, hot dogs, American chop suey, coleslaw, bread, beverage and dessert.

For directions or more information, call 967-3897.

West K Family Fun Day is Aug. 4

Family Fun Day, presented by the West Kennebunk Village Committee, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4 this year. Each year, the committee works to put together a special occasion for families, providing free activities, games and contests as well as food vendors and craft vendors.

All the favorite inflatables from Sharper Events will return and an old favorite, the photo booth, will be back. New this year, some old fashioned games for children of all ages: an egg and spoon race and a sack race.

The parade begins at 9 a.m., followed by a Dash for Cash to see how far participants can carry $300 in change. Face painter Abby Greenip will return as will balloon artist Jim Desrosiers.

Contestants are sought for the pie baking contest and a watermelon contest will be held.

The United Methodist Church starts the day at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. The Masonic Lodge will have an all-day yard sale, car show and food stall in their parking lot and Village Tavern will be open for lunch. The Lunch Box will sell burgers, hot dogs and more and Cummings’ Market will have sandwiches, salads, snacks and great pizza.

Volunteers make the event possible and help is sought to set up, break down and assist with games and activities. To volunteer or provide something for our bake sale, call Barbara Weeman at 985-2272 or Brenda Spulick at 710-7516.

Groups that would like to participate in the parade, should also contact Barbara or Brenda. Any local crafters or nonprofit organizations that would like to participate, contact Gerri Slotnick at gerrislotnick@gmail.com.

Those interested in attending a meeting or learning more about the committee, meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Dororthy Stevens Community Center, 80 Thompson Road, West Kennebunk.

Land trust schedules social/dog walk

Kennebunk Land Trust is hosting a social walk for owners and their dogs at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10 at the Butler Preserve, also known as Picnic Rock.

The land trust will partner with P.U.P. (Pick Up Plastic) Bags, a local environmental organization created by Jane Schaller and her daughter, Caitlin Martone Cox.

P.U.P. Bags helps you walk with purpose. The foldable, reusable bag clips conveniently to your dog’s leash or collar so you can pick up plastic on walks.

A free P.U.P. Bag will be provided to all those who attend. At the walk, participants will be encouraged to utilize their P.U.P. Bags to help pick up any plastic/ trash at the preserve. All dogs must remain on leash at all times. Owners are expected to bring their own bags for pet waste.

Butler Preserve is described as easy to moderate in terms of difficulty. The trail leads to a large boulder known as Picnic Rock with views of the Kennebunk River. In earlier times, Picnic Rock was a well-known spot where boaters traveling the river would stop and picnic. Now the preserve is enjoyed by people of all ages as a stop on a kayak excursion or to hike.

A RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary at info@kennebunklandtrust.org or call 985-8734.

This is a rain or shine event. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather. Call 985-8734 for more details.

Town announces Goose Rocks Beach dog rules

The town of Kennebunkport has an ordinance requiring dogs to be leashed in certain areas of town. The Goose Rocks area is included and the following are the specific rules for the beach.

April 1 - June 14:

6 to 7:30 a.m. - Dogs must be leashed or under voice/sight control.

After 7:30 a.m. – Leash required.

June 15 – Sept. 30:

6 to 7:30 a.m. - Dogs must be leashed or under voice/sight control.

7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and after 6 p.m. – Leash required.

8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. – No dogs on beach.

In addition, piping plovers, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act, nest on the beach. Maine Audubon, with volunteers, erects and maintains enclosures around the nests. Harassing these birds is a federal offense. The police department will provide extra patrols during the summer season and, along with animal control, will enforce laws.

Dog waste bag dispensers are located at the beach access points and dog owners are expected to use them in order to keep the beach clean and limit pollution.

KPort Chalkfest expanded in 2018

The town of Kennebunkport will host the second annual KPort Chalkfest the weekend of June 16-17.

The free, family event stems from the tradition of European 16th century street art; chalk art festivals celebrate the long history of street painters who brought masterpieces to the masses with minimal materials. Attendees will become a part of the process and watch artists create colorful masterpieces using only chalk. Artists this year will be inspired by the theme, Come Sail Away.

The event, in partnership with LAUNCH, will begin on Saturday morning, June 16 at 10 a.m. as featured and local artists chalk their designs onto the pavement at 32 North St.

Featured artists will continue painting throughout the day on Sunday as they finalize their works.

The festival affords visitors the opportunity to watch the creative process unfold as pavement artists perform using the road surface as a canvas to develop oversized masterpieces in chalk.

Featured artists will include Janet Tombros of Florida, Lisa Long Gaither of Raleigh, North Carolina, Katie Better of New York City, Erik Greenawalt of Pittsburgh and Lee Mobly of Douglas, Georgia.

This year’s event will feature a children’s play area with bouncy houses, cotton candy and a children’s chalking area on both days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Picnic packs, featuring lobster rolls, hot dogs, and clam chowder will be available for purchase. Chalkfest will also host public demonstrations of various crafts on Sunday under the tent.

At 11 a.m., Sheryl Gunn will demonstrate the art of wet felt soap, at noon, Joyce Huff will showcase her skills in tole painting, and at 1 p.m. Jennifer Zeiner will illustrate the art of fishing rope baskets. All three crafters will also have their wares for sale that day.

Event sponsors will have their logos in chalk showcased at the event and include Cape Porpoise Lobster, Chowder House, Port Lobster, Kennebunk Savings, Rhumbline Resort, Nonantum Resort, Sandy Pines Campground, The Boathouse Hotel and Restaurant, Alisson’s, the Clamshack and Sebago Brewing.

World War I exhibition open at Brick Store

The Brick Store Museum celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I with its new exhibition, From the Kennebunks to the Argonne Forest: The Great War that Changed America.

The exhibit will run through the end of the year and is supported by Cole Harrison Insurance.

In the exhibition, visitors will discover the many societal changes that America experienced before and after World War I, including discussions of race, immigration, women’s roles, and growth of the military and federal government in the early 20th century.

Objects featured in the exhibition include military uniforms, propaganda posters, household items and archival material relating to the war.

Visitors will also find interactive elements that allow for commentary and opinions; and the sharing of personal history. The galleries will also feature music of the era.

In addition to the indoor exhibition, the museum will also install the Museum Poppy Project in its rear courtyard. The outdoor exhibition will be a much smaller version of 2014’s Tower of London poppy display.

Metal poppies will be installed throughout the lawn to honor or memorialize loved ones. Visitors can sponsor a poppy, which will be named and installed in the display until November 2018. The poppy will be returned to the visitor to use in his/her own garden.

For more information about the exhibition and the museum Poppy Project, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org or call 985-4802.

Raftopoulos named to Forbes list

Nvest Financial Group, a wealth management firm in Kennebunk and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, announced that its president, Nichole D. Raftopoulos, has been named to Forbes’ top women wealth advisors list for 2018.

The list is published on Forbes.com.

In 1995, Raftopoulos began her career in the financial services industry before establishing Nvest in 2003. She works with Nvest’s clients regarding all aspects of the personal financial life.

Wayne Bloom, CEO of Commonwealth Financial Network, Nvest Financial Group’s, registered investment adviser– broker/dealer, said, “I extend sincere congratulations to Nichole D. Raftopoulos on being recognized by Forbes. Nichole demonstrates an unwavering commitment to quality, service, and independence. We commend her achievements and remain as dedicated to serving her sophisticated practice as she is to providing comprehensive financial planning to her esteemed clients.”

“This honor is not only about me,” Raftopoulos said, “but rather it takes a team of professionals who are committed each and every day in working so diligently with all of our clients. I’m fortunate to have wonderful people as part of the Nvest team.”

Local clubs donate to Tools4Schools

United Way of York County is pleased to announce that both the Rotary Club of Saco Bay and Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club recently donated to the organization’s annual Tools4Schools program.

This United Way of York County project provides more than 1,000 free backpacks full of school supplies to students prior to the start of the school year. Families who qualify for free and reduced lunch are eligible to register for backpacks.

Donations from the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club of $1,600 and the Rotary Club of Saco Bay of $250 will support close to 40 filled backpacks for local children and youth. “Starting the school year with a new backpack and with the tools needed to fully participate in the classroom is essential,” said Barb Wentworth, United Way of York County’s President and CEO. “With community support, such as these two Rotary Clubs, the Tools4School project ensures that local kids get that great start and that the financial burden for families is lessened.”

For more information, email Jason Ketterick at jketterick@buildcommunity.org.

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