2018-07-20 / Community

Community News

Participants sought for Arundel’s 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.

Library plans Sewall portrait dedication for Friday, Aug. 3

Kennebunk free Library will host a portrait charcoal study dedication 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. The full-sized portrait is of Kennebunk philanthropist Elmina B. Sewall.


Donald LaRochelle is the featured artist for August at Kennebunk Free Library. At left, LaRochelle’s Old Port Waterfront. (Courtesy image) Donald LaRochelle is the featured artist for August at Kennebunk Free Library. At left, LaRochelle’s Old Port Waterfront. (Courtesy image) The portrait was commissioned by Sewall’s friend, William Curran. The painter, Tony Falcone, worked from pictures and captured Sewall in her mid-60s when she created her foundation.

The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation supports work in Maine to improve the well-being of people, animals and the environment while fostering relationships that strive for social equity and community resilience.

As a child, Elmina Brewster Sewall was given two piggy banks. Her weekly allowance was divided equally: half in a piggy bank designated for her own spending and half in a piggy bank marked charity. Thus began “Sis” Sewall’s lifelong commitment to helping those in need. She long focused her volunteer and philanthropic efforts on animal welfare, land conservation, and issues affecting human well-being.

In 1996, Sewall was named Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in her hometown of Kennebunk. She stated then “I like to help people out. … I like to do what I can.”

Since Sewall’s death in 2005, the foundation’s board of directors has sought to continue her philanthropic legacy.

The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation makes grants in Maine in the following three areas of interest: Animal Welfare, Healthy People Healthy Places and Legacy.

Kennebunk Free Library is an annual recipient of a Sewall legacy grant. Light refreshments will be served at the dedication.

For more information, call 985-2173.

First Parish to host 42nd annual Blueberry Fair

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on Main Street in Kennebunk will hold its 42nd annual Blueberry Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28 rain or shine.

The fair will feature 43 artisans and crafters from all over New England. There will be a variety of art objects; paintings in different media as well as sculpture, photography, pottery, porcelain and stoneware ornaments, hand-painted silk scarves and clothing, soaps, wood products and more. There will be local musicians and Kennebunk Free Library will sell fiction and non-fiction books.

Lunch will be served in the Parish Hall between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and feature New England fish chowder, crab meat rolls, organic hot dogs and blueberry pie. Outside offerings will include organic hot dogs, vegetarian wraps and herbal iced tea, blueberry buckle and muffins, coffee and soft drinks all day.

A raffle will be held for a 16-foot Chesapeake kayak. Entry to the fair is free. For more information, call 985- 3700.

No Place Like Home volunteers provide rides for older adults

The volunteers of No Place Like Home offer free rides to older adults in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel. The organization is supporting older adults who would like help to stay in their homes and to stay engaged with the community.

Volunteers will do small tasks around the home and are now offering rides around town to seniors for non-medical activities. Volunteers will help by moving furniture, putting in light bulbs, promoting the program and recruiting new volunteers, among many other things.

Seniors interested in receiving assistance or those who would like to support older adults, should contact No Place Like Home at 558-2270 or email nplhmaine@gmail.com.

August exhibition at library features oil paintings

Kennebunk Free Library announced its August exhibition, “Urban and Coastal Structures By a Retired Engineer,” the oil paintings of Donald LaRochelle.

The public is invited to view the exhibit at 112 Main St., Kennebunk, during regular library hours when the gallery is not in use for library programs.

LaRochelle was born in Lewiston. He received art training from the Sisters of Mercy at St. Joseph’s Elementary School and then was instructed as a member of the art club at Lewiston High School. In 1953 he graduated from the University of Maine with a BS in civil engineering and a minor in structures.

After retiring in 2007, he received landscape oil painting lessons from Dennis Poirior through Wells High School Continuing Education. LaRochelle has taken two courses at the Maine School of Art: The Coastal Landscape in Oil and Personal Practice. Diane Forde of the Seeds Studio in Wells taught LaRochelle color mixing and still life.

All this has culminated in this exhibit, which uses perspectives in depicting buildings, covered bridges and the waterfront in Maine, New Hampshire and Italy. He has previously exhibited at Kennebunk Free Library, Conway Library (New Hampshire) and Wells Public Library.

LaRochelle and his wife, Ann, live in Wells. They have six children, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Farm to Fork Dinner scheduled for Aug. 9 at Wardbrook Farm

Tickets are available for the Farm to Fork Dinner at Wardbrook Farm, hosted by Community Outreach Services of the Kennebunks and benefitting neighbors in need.

It will be COS’s third annual Farm to Fork dinner and promises to top last year’s sell-out event. Wardbrook Farm in Kennebunk is again the site for the event and Details Event Staging will design the evening. The night will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres starting at 5:30 p.m. in the farm’s barn, live music by local band Stealing North, a silent auction and, of course, a three-course meal, created by local chefs including Germain Lucarelli of Ports of Italy, Joel Souza of Old Vines, Michael Somerset of The Spirit Restaurant and Jake Peterson of Crotux at Garden Street Bowl. The meal is laid out, family style, on Kennebunk’s largest farm table in the midst of the farm’s rolling fields.

Seating is being expanded this year, but is limited. To order tickets, visit www.coskennebunks.org/farmtofork or call 632-6767.

There are support opportunities still available. For more information, call Michelle Allen at 632-6767 or email michelle@ambi-inc.com.

Museum gears up for annual Southern Maine Steampunk Fair

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

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.

Participants 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 Sherlock Holmes,” Steampunk is a Victorian view of the future.

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 should contact the museum at info@brickstoremuseum.org.

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