2018-06-08 / Community

Community News

Participants sought for Heritage Day 2018

The Arundel Historical Society is looking for participants for its Heritage Day 2018 scheduled for Sept. 15.

Heritage Day is an annual celebration of Arundel that highlights its past as a rural community. This year’s event will include a Civil War re-enactment, annual meeting and demonstrations by the Spinner’s Guild, along with historical displays, agricultural exhibits, craftspeople, food, Southern Maine Ukes performing music and many other activities.

The historical society is looking for participants, vendors, craftspeople or people who demonstrate traditional skills.

For more information and sign-up forms, call 284-6622.

Kennebunks’ new beach wheelchairs are ready

Thanks to fundraising and donations, the Kennebunks have two new beach wheelchairs to loan to the public. One chair is stationed at the Narragansett condominiums for use at Kennebunk beaches and the other chair will be stationed at the Tides Beach Club at Goose Rocks Beach.

Both are available to rent through the towns’ recreation departments.

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce spearheaded the initiative two years ago after fielding multiple requests for beach-accessible wheelchairs.

“We researched options in the area, and there were very few in the area and none in Kennebunk,” said Laura Snyder Smith, marketing and events manager for the Chamber. “We had a mother call, looking for a wheelchair for her daughter, who was returning home from Boston in a wheelchair after a paralyzing accident. That really stuck a chord because the beach is one of the most therapeutic places in the world for me, for many people. Everyone should be able to access our local beaches.”

Over the next two years the Chamber collected donations raised at the 2016 Harvest Fest pancake breakfast, 2016 Prelude shuttle, 2016 Prelude Gingerbread House Festival, plus donations from McNamara Family Foundation in memory of Tommy McNamara, Kennebunk Portside Rotary, Kennebunk Rotary Club, Rosa Slack’s Kennebunk High School advisory class and the Bruen family.

For rental details and information, call the Chamber at 967-0857 or visit gokennebunks.com.

Library book club meets on Tuesdays

Come one, come all (even if you didn’t finish or disliked the book)! Discussions take place on Tuesdays from 1-2 PM at Kennebunk Free Library.

If you’ve been interested in attending a book discussion but have been hesitant to try, give us a shot. It’s all the fun of reading and talking about a book without any of the homework. If you prefer to just listen you can come and do that too. We encourage different perspectives and strive for a variety of genres including classics, science fiction, historical fiction, graphic novels, psychological fiction and the list goes on. Attendees are also welcome to provide input for future book discussion titles. Also, check out our Non-Fiction Book Group held the second Monday of each month at 6:30 PM. Reserve your copies today.

Vintage Base Ball Weekend planned

The Brick Store Museum will present its second annual Vintage Base Ball Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, with special events surrounding 1860s base ball.

The weekend will culminate in a Vintage Base Ball game played between the Dirigo Base Ball Club of Maine and the New Hampshire Granite at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 10. The game will be played at Kennebunk’s Parsons Field, at the corner of Dane and Park streets.

There is no admission charge for children younger than 16.

“Making history come alive is our job,” Executive Director Cynthia Walker said. “Now, mix history with baseball and we have quite the event. It’s something that’s touched all of our lives. We hope visitors will take a trip back in time with us to the 1860s, when baseball was just starting.”

On Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., participants can explore the Brick Store Museum’s 1860s Day, featuring the 3rd Maine Regiment reenactors, who will share experiences about camp life, medical history, and 1860s fashion. Also included in the day is a pop-up baseball exhibit with a complimentary beer (or soda) from Shipyard Brewing and baseball snacks.

Visitors will also hear more about the rules they’ll see at Sunday’s game, which are vastly different from the rules we watch in Major League Baseball today.

Sunday, June 10 will feature the big game. Beginning at 11 a.m. on Kennebunk’s Parsons Field, participants are asked to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the game, during which the teams will play by 1860s rules (no gloves or helmets, for starters). A concession stand will be on site; plus 50/50 raffles and giveaways.

The Vintage Base Ball Weekend is sponsored by Kennebunk Savings Bank, Port & Shore Realty, Huston & Company, Tracey Bricker/State Farm Insurance, Deering Lumber, Huston & Company, Redfin and Hannaford.

Pirate night set 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 adults.

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.

Land Trust to host 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.

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.

Naturalist walk set for Butler Preserve

Kennebunk Land Trust is hosting a social walk for owners and their dogs at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 10 at 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.

For more information or to RSVP, email info@kennebunklandtrust.org or call 985- 8734.

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

Town releases 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.

Animal Care Intensive summer workshop Series announced

From Aug. 20-24, the Animal Welfare Society’s Humane Education program will offer its first Animal Care Intensive (ACI). ACI is a week-long series of hands-on STEM-focused workshops for high school students interested in a career in animal care or veterinary sciences.

Applications, which include a 1-2 page essay, are due by June 30. Applications can be requested by contacting Brie Roche at 985-3244, ext. 109 or email brie@animalwelfaresociety.org. For more information on ACI, visit http:// animalwelfaresociety.org/programs/humane-education/ animal-care-intensive/.

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