2018-07-13 / Community

Community News

Farm to Fork prepares for Aug. 12 meal

The mission of Community Outreach Services has always been clear in the community – to help neighbors in times of need.

When the fundraising committee first began a little over four years ago, this is exactly what they set out to do, along with helping others in the community to understand more about the organization and the needs of those in the community.

After a few years, and several fundraising events, the committee decided to take on its biggest project yet.

Community Outreach Services, being an organization already based around helping feed those in the community, the idea of a dinner, where residents can sit down and share in a locally sourced meal, prepared by local chefs in the community, was formed. The goal was an authentic; where everyone would sit down at a one long table on a summer night and eat together, as a large family, while enjoying the sounds and smells of a farm where food is grown. And so began the groundwork of what would soon be called Farm to Fork.

After two years of planning and the support of the community’s local businesses, individuals and resources, the vision finally came to fruition.

On a perfect summer night in August of 2017, COS set a table for 120 of its friends and neighbors at Wardbrook Farm in Kennebunk – 128 people.

The organization saw the community come together in a way that’s hard to imagine; the food was magnificently executed, the volunteers were in full force, the conversations between new and old friends were plentiful and a certain feeling that the committee felt deep down in their hearts as they looked on and heard the buzz about COS – the reason they had all come together.

They say it takes a village and in the case of Farm to Fork, that could not ring more true. From Rick Taranto and his crew at Details Event Staging, the crew at Wardbrook Farm, the volunteers that worked tirelessly behind the scenes to work out each detail and the chefs that brought it all together with the meal.

The committee is already hard at work on this year’s Farm to Fork event, to be held on Thursday, Aug. 12, once again at Wardbrook Farm in Kennebunk. We have a lot of ideas of how to continue to grow and foster this event to have continued success for many years to come. Don’t forget to mark your calendars and stay tuned for details of what’s to come with Farm to Fork 2018.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 632-6767 or visit coskennebunks.org/farmtofork.

Annual Steampunk Fair gears up

On Saturday, Aug. 4, the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk will host its fourth annual Southern Maine Steampunk Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The fair offers demonstrations of artwork and craft-making; meet-and-greets with Steampunk authors; a Steampunk Tea Duel; wandering performers; and Victorian lawn games, all with a futuristic twist.

New this year is a Steampunk High Tea, hosted by the Guild of Extraordinary Gentlewomen, at 1 p.m. Meet authors Joy Reed and Leanna Renee Hieber and attend presentations on Steampunk fashion and historical fantasy writing.

A Maker Station offers make-your-own jewelry. Also offered this year is a glimpse at a Tea Duel and how-to corset fittings.

Attendees are encouraged to come in costume, or purchase one at the fair. Not sure what Steampunk is? It’s the perfect marriage between history and future – a view of the world if Victorian aesthetics and steam power were in existence in modern day. Much like the design of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea or Sher- lock Holmes,” Steampunk is a Victorian view of the future.

More than 25 vendors are featured with crafts and artwork priced from $5 to $500, with a variety of work presented, such as jewelry, lamps, leatherwork, perfume, antiques, lace and clothing.

Food will be available for purchase. More information, including a list of vendors, a performance schedule, and food and beverage offerings, is available on the museum’s website, www.brickstoremuseum.org. Those interested in being a vendor or performer at the fair are welcome to contact the museum at info@brickstoremuseum.org.

Land trust project features virtual walks

Last Fall, Kennebunk Land Trust engaged in a project with Google that allows the public to virtually experience many of the trust’s preserves. The land trust used the Google Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack with a camera system. The Trekker is worn and walked through pedestrian walkways or trails on foot, automatically gathering images as it goes. That imagery is then stitched together to create the 360-degree panoramas seen in Google Maps. Staff and volunteers walked several of the Kennebunk Land Trust’s most visited preserves, using the camera to record the walks.

Anyone from across the globe can now virtually experience these areas as a result of this collaboration with Google. The goal of this project is to enhance access to the natural environment and foster new connections with a broader audience. The virtual trail system will aid in ensuring that these preserves can be enjoyed by all, regardless of age, ability or distance.

Sites that were recorded include: Alewive Woods Preserve, Oxbow Preserve, Wonder Brook Preserve, Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary, Butler Preserve, The Secret Garden and Hope Woods.

Though not a land trust preserve, Hope Woods was selected because of the land trust’s new partnership to protect the woods through a conservation easement. All of the walks were recorded in autumn to highlight fall foliage.

The Kennebunk Land Trust, founded in 1972, has conserved over 3,400 acres throughout its history, including the Kennebunk Plains. KLT is a membership driven organization and relies on its dedicated members and volunteers to achieve its mission of permanently conserving and stewarding land for both natural and human communities.

For more information, visit www.kennebunklandtrust.org or call 985- 8734.

Museum offers 1968 through singing concert

In conjunction with the Brick Store Museum’s newest exhibit, titled “1968,” the museum will present singing history concert by local musician Monica Grabin on Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. The concert will take place in the museum’s Program Center. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

National traumas such as the war in Vietnam, the battle for civil rights at home and dissatisfaction with government came to a head in the tumultuous year of 1968. Having lived through that time, and with the benefit of hindsight, Monica Grabin will present songs that shine some light on the era, along with stories of her own experiences. And although the times were difficult, there are a lot of inspiring and hopeful songs too, which helped us all get through living in the ’60s.

Before the concert, visitors are welcome to explore the museum’s galleries, currently showing the new exhibit, “1968.” RSVP is encouraged, but not required, by contacting Caroline Brown at cbrown@brickstoremuseum.org or 985-4802.

Art Guild of Kennebunks plans 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.

Etz Chaim announces summer schedule

Congregation Etz Chaim announced its summer schedule. Cantor Beth Strassler will lead Friday evening Shabbat services on 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 sought for 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 scheduled for July 28

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’ presale 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 plans July 14 events

Lobster dinner

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.

Pop up meditation

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 at Kennebunk Free Library features bottle rockets

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.

Trolley museum offers children’s programs

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning in July and August, the Seashore Trolley Museum is offering programs developed to interest, amuse and delight young children.

Monday Morning Magi, Wednesday, Seashore Trolley Story Time and Funny Friday all start at 10:30 a.m. and are followed by a 10:50 a.m. trolley ride.

For more information contact Sally Bates at 967-2800, ext. 101 or visit www.trolleymuseum.org.

Rotary announces essay winners

Kennebunk Portside Rotary’s annual fifth grade essay contest announced its winners with a June ceremony at Consolidated School in Kennebunkport.

This year’s format was adjusted a bit and Rotary pledged to honor a winner from each participating school, Consolidated, Sea Road and Mildred L. Day.

Students were challenged to identify a charity worthy of receiving a $200 donation and to justify their choice.

Nearly 200 fifth-graders from the three schools wrote essays with the teachers selecting the top few from each school. Rotarians then read the finalists and selected the top essay from each school.

The students were invited to read their essays at the Tuesday meeting in front of the Kennebunk Portside Rotarians and family and their teachers and principals who came to celebrate.

Winners: Chris Smith from Mildred L. Day School on behalf of U.S. Vets Program that helps veterans to get their lives reestablished; Avery Rossics from Consolidated School on behalf of ASPCA; and Emilia Ilyas from Sea Road on behalf of a great United Way Books program.

The students teachers received checks to the various charities and the teacher and students wrote letters and sent the checks.

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