2018-06-15 / Community

Community News

The Center awards Lord Scholarship

The Center, a nonprofit serving seniors in Kennebunk, has awarded the Hartley Lord Scholarship to Kennebunk High School senior Olivia McLean.

McLean is an honor student and will attend Springfield College for the physician assistant studies program in the fall.

The Hartley Lord Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who will pursue post-secondary education from an accredited program in a field that focuses on the well-being of older members of our society.

Concert, ice cream social set for July 7

Christ Church in Kennebunk will present a concert of patriotic music on July 7. The event also features a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar featuring locally made ice cream from Shain’s of Maine. The concert begins at 3 p.m.

Christ Church Music Director Maestro Warren King has gathered musicians and singers in the area to perform a varied program of patriotic music, with opportunities to sing along.

The songs will include old favorites as well as some less well known researched by the Maestro.

Performing with the maestro will be piccolo virtuoso Diana McNulty, professional reeds musician Jack Kupp, and highly regarded vocalists Alex Pratt, and Owen and Schuyler White, as well as three generations of Christ Church family and members of Seaglass Chorale Beverly Heald, her daughter Jennifer Heald-Clapp and her daughter Kayla Clapp.

Proceeds will benefit the missions of Christ Church, supporting the homeless, the hungry, needy children, battered women, refugees, addiction recovery, and disaster relief. Cash or checks only.

For more information, visit www.christchurchkennebunk.org, visit the office at 6 Dane St., Kennebunk or call 985-4494.

Third annual LAUNCH! is June 13-17

Set sail to party with a pirate and launch into summer at this year’s LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival, now in its third year in the Kennebunks. The festival runs June 13-17.

The festival was named one of the Top 10 Maine Summer Events of 2016 by Yankee Magazine in its first year.

There are new events in 2018, including a second night of the in-demand Pirate Pub Crawl and Timber to Tides – featuring live music, food stations and an auction, held at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre. And Kennebunkport Brewing Co., part of Shipyard Brewing Co., will bring back its LAUNCH! beer, available on tap at Federal Jack’s and in growlers at KBC Shipyard Store.

Fresh local seafood, nautical history and an array of activities at locations throughout Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel will highlight the community’s maritime history. Events include a Castaway Cove for Kids at the Waterhouse Center right in the heart of Kennebunk, featuring buoy decorating, touch tanks and bouncy houses; the Sailors & Sirens 5K, a fabulous beachside run complete with nautical costumes and live mermaids; a “Chopped”-style chef competition, and whoopie pie and blueberry cook-off in downtown Kennebunk; to an authentic lobster bake with red-and-white checked tablecloths at the Pilot House, overlooking the water; and a VIP “Rock the Boat” adults-only shipboard after-party.

Throughout the five-day festival, visitors can also participate in historic walking tours with costumed interpreters, brewery tours and tastings at the Kennebunkport Brewing Company, a Chalkfest featuring nationally-known and regional artists and more.

The highlight of the weekend is the River Lights Boat Parade Saturday night, where boats bedecked in lights carrying costumed passengers and accompanied by fun music make their way down the Kennebunk River after dark, as hundreds of spectators cheer from shore.

Sunday morning, the festival will conclude with a traditional Blessing of the Fleet in Cape Porpoise village, wishing captains and crew a safe and bountiful season.

It will be an all hands on deck weekend with area hotels featuring nautically-themed packages, restaurants preparing their finest seafood delights and themed cocktails, and local shops showcasing unique and creative crafts and gifts.

The Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Arundel Chamber can help visitors plan their stay and set sail on this voyage. For information on hotel room availability and more event details, call 967- 0857, visit www.gokennebunks.com or launchfestme.com, or follow the event’s Facebook page.

Art Trail provides creative peek

Take a walk on the Kennebunks’ creative side this summer as part of the Art Trail of the Kennebunks, a collaboration of more than 20 art galleries and organizations.

The public is invited to take free, self-guided tours of our local art galleries, studios and organizations in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel.

Participating galleries will open their studios from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 7 and Dec. 7.

Participating galleries include Morph Gallery & Emporium, Blue Whale Trading Company, Sue Rioux Designs, Of the Sea Studio & Steady Light Candle Co., Dawn Burns Art Studio, The Gallery on Maine Art Hill, Studios on Maine Art Hill in Lower Village, Kennebunk; the Art Guild of the Kennebunks, Wendy Webster Good Fine Art, The Port Gallery, Rusty Fly Gallery & Gift, Landmark Gallery, Chris Becker Photo and the Wright Gallery in Kennebunkport; plus Kennebunk Free Library, the Brick Store Museum, Dianna Anderson Art in Kennebunk; Arundel Farm Gallery in Arundel; Meadowlark Designs and Wade Zahares Gallery in Lyman.

The idea is to showcase the diversity of high-quality artisans working in our community and create an open invitation for our community into these galleries. A printed brochure and map highlighting the 20-plus local galleries will also serve as a resource for self-guided tours during regular business hours the rest of the month.

The Art Trail of the Kennebunks and the Village Art Walk is made possible by the sponsorship of The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport (1802 House Bed & Breakfast, Captain Jefferds Inn, Captain Lord Mansion, Inn at English Meadows and the Maine Stay Inn) as well as Salt & Honey, H.B. Provisions, Hurricane, Pedro’s and Old Vines.

For Art Trail information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 967-0857 or visit www.GoKennebunks.com.

Photographer Kathy Hally is Kennebunk Free Library’s featured artist for July. Her mixed media works include “Portland Harbor.” (Courtesy photo) Photographer Kathy Hally is Kennebunk Free Library’s featured artist for July. Her mixed media works include “Portland Harbor.” (Courtesy photo) Library announces July’s featured artist

Kennebunk Free Library announced its July 2018 exhibition, “At the Water’s Edge,” the photographs and mixed media works of Kathy Hally. The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular library hours when the gallery is not in use for library programs.

Hally is a literacy teacher in southern Maine and a Maine photographer. She grew up in Maine, left for many years, and returned over 26 years ago to raise a family.

“I started playing around with photography in high school and further studied it in college, earning an AS in photography from Endicott University in Beverly, Massachusetts,”

Hally said. “My children are now grown and I have a renewed energy and excitement for photography. I enjoy photographing close up flowers, landscapes, boats, and water. I am especially drawn to the way water reflections distort and/or change what’s being reflected.”

“The inspiration for my work is simply coming upon a scene that tells a story, has a strong mood, and/or an emotion. Those are the images I am excited to come upon while out and about. For me, my water reflections images remind me that there are many ways of seeing the same thing and many ways of interpreting the same image. So often, we believe things are one way and yet when I look at reflections in the water I rediscover, over and over, that it is simply my interpretation of that moment’s image- knowing someone else may see it totally different or not even notice it. I also love how someone viewing my work may have no idea of what the actual reflection is of but enjoy it more for its colors or shapes and abstract design without thinking of its origin.”

Twirlers to host annual scholarship show

Kennebunk Twirlers will host its annual scholarship show 7 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at Kennebunk Elementary School. Proceeds benefit the Nancy M. Falcone Scholarship. The scholarship, to date, has awarded $25,800 to Kennebunk High School seniors.

Kennebunk High School clearing out files

Kennebunk High School is in the process of clearing out the cumulative files of past graduates. Records for the class of 2009 and class of 2010 can be picked up by former students at the Kennebunk High School guidance office by July 1.

To request a file, email Linda McCluskey (lmccluskey@rsu21.net) or call the guidance office at 985- 1114. Unclaimed files will be destroyed after July 1.

Arundel Conservation Trust plans Timber to Tides fundraiser

The Arundel Conservation Trust will host Timber to Tides 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre in Arundel.

The event will feature hors d’oeuvres from local chefs, cocktails, beer and wine plus live music from Stolen Mojo.

Capt. Rich Woodman from The Landing School will be there to answer questions and explain Arundel’s part in story of shipbuilding on the Kennebunk River. There will be a live and silent auction of donations given by local businesses and trust supporters. This is one event you don’t want to miss.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.arundeltrust.org or call 985-2751.

Participants sought for Arundel 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.

Naturalist walk scheduled for Alewive Woods Preserve

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

The preserve is located 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 planned for Saturday, 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 volunteer or provide something for the bake sale, call Barbara Weeman at 985-2272 or Brenda Spulick at 710-7516.

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