2018-07-06 / Community

Community News

Art guild to host Summer Splash II

The Art Guild of the Kennebunks will host its annual art show and gala event at the Colony Hotel (140 Ocean Ave. Kennebunkport) on Wednesday, July 18 from noon to 8 p.m.

A Meet the Artists reception is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Lisa Mills and the Ocean Ave Band. The public is invited and admission is free.

Art Guild of the Kennebunks offers exhibitions in which juried members may exhibit their art. The guild has approximately 80 juried members. Additional shows this season include Sept. 7-9 at the South Congregational Church Community House in Kennebunkport.

John Forssen donated his pastel painting, “Almost Home,” which will be raffled off at 7 p.m. to benefit the guild’s scholarship fund.

Strassler to lead Shabbat services

Congregation Etz Chaim announced its summer schedule. Cantor Beth Strassler will lead Friday evening Shabbat services on July 6 and Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. Saturday Shabbat services will be held on July 21 and Aug. 18 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served after each service.

New this summer, Torah study sessions will be held on Saturdays July 14 and Aug. 11 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Study sessions will be led by Dr. David Strassler and Jack Schraeter. Bagels and coffee will be served.

The Samuel Osher Memorial Library will be open during the summer. For more information, visit www.etzchaimme.org or email library@etzchaimme.org.

Congregation Etz Chaim is located at 36 Bacon St. in Biddeford. Parking is available in the lot next to the Biddeford Police Station.

Vendors needed for Community Yard Sale

Rental space is available at Kennebunk Free Library’s Community Yard Sale on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Applications and fees are due by Monday, Aug. 13. Applications and additional information can be picked up at the library or found on our website. For more information, call 985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Blueberry book sale at Kennebunk Free Library

Friends of the Kennebunk Free Library will host a book sale 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday July 28. The event is part of First Parish Church’s Blueberry Festival held on the library’s lawn.

The sale will be held in Hank’s Room and weather permitting, outdoors on the plaza. The sale features $10 per bag on all nonfiction titles. Please bring grocery bags. Bags larger than a traditional plastic grocery bag will be charged $15-$20. All other titles will be buy one, get one free.

Current Friends are invited to attend the Friends’ pre-sale event on Friday, July 27 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Membership forms for joining the Friends will be available at the door.

For more information, please call 985- 2173.

Brick Store Museum lobster bake is July 14

The Brick Store Museum’s board of trustees invites the community to join them for dinner. A lobster dinner will take place under a tent on the museum’s grounds on Saturday, July 14 to raise funds for the Brick Store Museum’s 2018 initiatives. The dinner will be hosted by the board president David Moravick.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the museum at 985-4802, or visiting the museum office at 117 Main St., Kennebunk. All funds raised through the trustee dinners program go directly to the museum’s educational programs and preservation of its buildings.

Museum plans pop up meditation session

Khenmo Drolma, Abbess of Vajra Dakini Nunnery, will offer a pop up meditation event at the Brick Store Museum in conjunction with the Museum Poppy Project, on Saturday, July 14.

The program will begin at 2 p.m. and is free to the public. Donations will be accepted to go to the Vajra Dakini Nunnery in Portland.

Before or after the event, visitors are welcome to explore the museum’s galleries, currently showing From the Kennebunks to the Argonne Forest: The Great War That Changed America. RSVP is encouraged, but not required, by contacting Caroline Brown at cbrown@brickstoremuseum.org or 985-4802.

Jr. Science builds bottle rockets at the library

Science experiments can often be messy, gross and funny, but they are always amazing. Join Kennebunk Free Library on Monday July 23 at 4 p.m. as it builds baking soda and vinegar bottle rockets. The kids will explore chemical reactions and see how powerful pressure can be. The program is open to kids ages 6 and older and registration is required. The event is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk. For more information and to register, call 985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Instrument petting zoo planned at Kennebunk Free Library

Members of the Portland Symphony Orchestra will visit Kennebunk Free Library on Monday, July 16, at 6 p.m. with their instruments. This will be an opportunity to touch, play and hear instruments with demonstrations by professional musicians. Some possible instrument guests are violin, viola, bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, trumpets, trombone, french horn, tuba and assorted percussion instruments.

Serving the city of Portland, the state of Maine, and northern New England, the PSO is the largest performing arts organization in Maine. With critically acclaimed performances and broad community engagement, the PSO is widely regarded as one of the top symphony orchestras of its size in the country. The event is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 985- 2173.

Do It Yourself Kites scheduled

Kennebunk Free Library will host Do It Yourself Kites at 4 p.m. Monday, July 16. Children will learn how to construct kites from household materials as well as discuss how they fly. The program is open to kids ages 5 and oder. Children age 4 are welcome with an adult. Registration is required. For more information and to register, call 985-2173.

YogaPlay is back

YogaPlay is back at Kennebunk Free Library. During the library’s Summer Reading Program, Miss Susan, experienced-registered yoga teacher and certified Child- Light yoga teacher, will offer two YogaPlay programs for children ages 3-5 and their adult guardian on Tuesdays, July 17 and Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. Both adult and child must register and sign a waiver. This is an interactive program between adult and child and other participants. No previous experience is necessary. Please dress comfortably and bring a small blanket for covering during resting-on-a-cloud pose. Mats are provided.

The event is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 985-2173.

Museum launches new gallery, invites artist applications

The Brick Store Museum announced the opening of a new gallery space on its campus, the Bauman Family Gallery.

The small gallery will be dedicated to contemporary Maine artists. Artists are invited to submit an application to exhibit in the gallery. Applications can be found on the Brick Store Museum’s website, www.brickstoremuseum.org.

A donation from the Bauman Family Foundation to the museum will help continue founder Edith Barry’s legacy in highlighting local arts.

In the 1950s and 60s, Barry offered art workshops and exhibitions in the Program Center space, which has now been overhauled to offer the small gallery to the community. On June 30, the space will be rededicated as the Bauman Family Gallery, with the first exhibition being one of Barry’s own artworks. Going forward, artists and arts organizations can apply to the museum to be considered by its Curate Committee for a six-week exhibition in the space, running from May through December each year.

Artists in all media are invited to apply. For more information on the space, complete with measurements and photos of the gallery, artists can visit www.brickstoremuseum.org or call 985-4802.

Annual KBIA road race scheduled for July 8

The Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association provides recreational and enrichment programming to children ages 2-17 at its waterfront property between Mother’s Beach and The Cove at Lord’s Point in Kennebunk Beach. Each year, KBIA hosts A Day at the Beach 5K Road Race and 1K Kids Fun Run.

This year’s race on Sunday, July 8 will not only benefit the KBIA scholarship fund (which provides opportunities for local children to attend summer camp), but will also benefit the local nonprofit Kids Free to Grow, the child abuse prevention council of York County.

The family friendly event is held on a USTAF certified course that begins and ends at Kennebunk Beach. The course winds through a shaded, beachside neighborhood and finishes alongside the Atlantic. Post-race snacks and beverages are provided. There will be an awards ceremony for the top finisher in each age category immediately following the race. Free race T-shirts, designed by a Kennebunk High School student, will be given to the first 150 registered participants.

To register online, visit www.kbia.net. Packet pick-up and same day registration starts at 7:30 a.m. The Kids 1K Fun Run will start at 8:30 a.m. followed by the 5K at 9 a.m.

History Hopper app offers new tour

The Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk looks for new ways to bring history to life. Now, with its free History Hopper app (available on the App Store and Google- Play), it invites visitors and locals to share in the history using a smartphone.

The app was designed to bring local history to life and make the museum’s collections more accessible to a greater number of people, according to an announcement from Cynthia Walker, executive director of the museum.

The History Hopper app, which is free to download for iPhone and Android, allows smartphone users to digitally journey into the past of the Kennebunks.

From harrowing encounters between settlers and Indians, to shipwrecks, ghosts, U.S. Presidents and colorful characters, users share an open the door to the Museum’s rich collections through their smartphone. The app features more than 60 stories, illustrations, photos (including some rarely seem before) and videos that are tagged to specific locations within the Kennebunks so users can see where the events took place.

“We’re truly excited about the capabilities and usability of this app,” Walker said. “One of the greatest challenges facing museums, nationally, is finding relevance in a digital world. We’ve been looking for innovative ways to make our collections more accessible to the greater public and History Hopper fits the bill.”

The app was developed by Dietz Associates Inc., a Kennebunk marketing and design firm, which created, researched, coded and launched the app in partnership with the Brick Store Museum team.

Walker said that the museum board chose to make the download free as a gift to the community.

“The people of the Kennebunks have been so supportive over the years, we really wanted to give something meaningful in return,” Walker said. “We felt it was important to share our collections with a greater audience so that more people, residents and visitors alike, could enjoy the fascinating stories of the people and events that helped shape our communities.”

To download, go to the App Store on iPhones or GooglePlay on Android phones, tap the search icon on the bottom of the page, search for History Hopper, select History Hopper by tapping the name and click install.

For more information, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org or call 985-4802.

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