2018-08-10 / Community

Community News

Nonantum to host Seaglass Chorale fundraiser

In recognition of its 25th anniversary year, Seaglass Performing Arts is holding a fundraiser, A Tasting of Fine Wines, Craft Beer and Appetizers. The event is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Seaglass relies on continuing support to ensure that it can continue sharing music with Maine’s communities.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.seaglassperformingarts.org, Morse Hardware on Post Road in Wells or from any Seaglass board member.

Simon, Hirschy join Legacy Properties Sotheby’s realty team

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty announced that Randal Simon and Rosane Hirschy have joined its Kennebunk office. The duo, known as The Simon Says Team, are the most recent addition to a team of real estate professionals for its York County flagship office.

A 32-year real estate veteran, Simon has been one of the top performing agents in the Kennebunks for many years. He has sold more property in Kennebunkport since 1996 than any real estate agent. He has also achieved a No. 2 annual ranking overall in the state of Maine during his career.

He was very well known and widely followed with his newspaper column “Simon Says,” which ran weekly for more than a decade in local newspapers. He also launched a successful television program which added to his influence and notoriety in Maine real estate.

A Maine native, Hirschy has been successfully practicing real estate for more than a decade. The ongoing success and evolution of the Simon Says Team is fostered by her professionalism and commitment to real estate and the client experience. The partnership experience and service mantra created by Hirschy and the team approach has been a strong foundation from which to continue to build on their mutual success.

Brick Store Museum tour celebrates shipbuilding heritage

To celebrate the area’s shipbuilding heritage, the Brick Store Museum will present a special tour focusing on the seafaring past. On Saturday, Aug. 18, visitors are invited to learn about the Kennebunks’ shipbuilding era during the Shipbuilding Odyssey, beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets are now on sale at the museum and online.

The Shipbuilding Odyssey begins at the museum’s Program Center at 4 Dane St. with a brief illustrated look at what life was like in the Kennebunks’ many 19th-century shipyards.

Guests then embark on a narrated trolley excursion stopping at historic locations associated with shipbuilding along the Kennebunk River in the 1800s, including the sites of the former Bourne & Kingsbury and Titcomb yards, the Landing and the locks.

The adventure concludes back at the museum at 1 p.m., where guests will receive a commemorative souvenir. Advance reservations are required as space is limited.

For more information or to reserve, call 985-4802, or purchase tickets online at www.brickstoremuseum.org/ programs.

Waterhouse Center site of Summer Band Blast 3

The Waterhouse Center at 51 Main St. in Kennebunk will rock once again on the afternoon of Aug. 19, when Summer Band Blast 3 kicks off at 5 p.m.

An afternoon of entertainment offered by local musicians, including The Kennebunk River Band, Women of Note, Lincoln Continental, The Dock Squares, Leap of Faith, Ketchfish Band and other special guests, the free concert will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

As the event is a benefit for the Community Outreach Services Food Pantry, concert-goers are asked to bring a nonperishable food item or cash donation to help those in need in the local community. Grab a chair and some dancing shoes and enjoy the fun, rain or shine community event.

For more information, call Faith at 985-6570.

Bob Lown will be Kennebunk Free Library’s featured artist for September. Among his works are Mill’s Road Pond (left) and Turbat’s Creek. (Courtesy images) Bob Lown will be Kennebunk Free Library’s featured artist for September. Among his works are Mill’s Road Pond (left) and Turbat’s Creek. (Courtesy images) September’s featured artist is announced

Kennebunk Free Library announced its featured exhibition for September, Watercolors: Scenes of the Kennebunks, the paintings of Bob Lown.

The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular library hours.

Lown has been painting since 1960. In his younger years when his time was filled with job and family, his painting had to be tucked in between other priorities. Upon retirement in 1995, he was able to paint more regularly.

Though mostly self-taught, Bob has been able to take courses from various artists while on vacation and in retirement. Some memorable teachers were George Shedd, Carlton Plummer, Phoebe Flory, Russell Whitten, Carl Schmaltz and Dewitt Hardy.

He is an active member of Art Guild of The Kennebunks. On Sept. 7, the exhibit will be included in the Art Trail of the Kennebunks from 3 to 5 p.m. The public is invited.

Nominations sought for 2018 annual awards

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for its annual awards.

Each year the Chamber of Commerce honors certain businesses/individuals with six awards. It’s a highlight of the year, and a wonderful way to recognize people who go above and beyond to make this community special.

Winners will be announced at DRIVE, the Chamber’s annual meeting-dinner-awards night. This year it will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at a location to be announced. Nominnations are now being accepted through Aug. 15.

Business of the Year Award: This award recognizes a business which has made significant investments to support the region’s economic growth, has set a new leadership standard for business innovation and quality, or has expanded employment opportunities through the establishment of a new business or business expansion.

Volunteer of the Year Award: The Volunteer of the Year is an inspiring individual whose character and timeless commitment to the welfare of others and the betterment of the common good have gone above and beyond the expected. This Chamber member has proven via extraordinary actions and deeds that excellence in volunteerism improves the lives of all and enhances vitality in each and/or all the communities the Chamber serves.

Nonprofit Business Award: This award recognizes a nonprofit organization which, through the efforts of staff and volunteers, has made a significant contribution in their domain, through fund raising, employing innovative business concepts to create a flourishing environment in which all businesses can grow.

President’s Award: This award recognizes individual or group effort which, through professional or civic deeds, has made a significant contribution to the high quality of life in the communities, or the enhancement of community or regional assets. The award recognizes accomplishment achieved through non-profit organizations, public sector activities or business efforts.

Municipal Award: This award recognizes an individual/ department who offers exemplary service and makes a different in the community in which he/she/ they serve.

Outstanding Achievement Award: This award recognizes an individual or group for going above and beyond in contributing to the three towns, one community the Chamber serves.

To vote, visit www.gokennebunks.com and click on the DRIVE Nominations Due” button on the homepage.

Kennebunk Land Trust to host par 3 golf fundraiser

Kennebunk Land Trust will hold a golf fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 24 at Hillcrest Golf, 77 Western Ave., Kennebunk.

Participants will tee off at 3 p.m. and a wine, beer and cheese social will follow at 4:30 p.m. Teams will consist of four players and hole sponsorships are available. There are two Eagle Sponsorships available. The Eagle Sponsor includes a larger sign at the first hold or putting green.

For more information, register a team or for sponsorships, email Sarah Stanley at sstanley@kennebunklandtrust.org or call 985-8734.

Registration and sponsorships are open until noon Friday, Aug 17.

First Church in search of Talent Night participants

First Church in Kennebunkport is continuing its music series with Roric Cunningham, cellist from the National Youth Orchestra of the United States taking the stage on Monday, Aug. 13.

The attention, however, is set to turn the tables with a new call for talent.

On Monday, Aug. 20, First Church will host its first Community Talent Night. Music Director Joyce Painter Rice is inviting singers, instrumentalists, story tellers, readers and other performers to gather their talents, families and friends.

“This is not about a Hollywood audition, but about sharing your voice, a passion, or a particular skill you have developed,” Rice said in a release. “I am hoping siblings might play duets on instruments they studied as children, or friends offer dramatic readings of famous works. The more eclectic the program, the more dynamic the evening will be.”

Rice has no particular design in mind for the program, but is curating all of its final content. She hopes to have at least 10 different participants and will work with each on final performances.

“I have no pre-conceived notion of what this evening might become,” Rice said. “But in my experience I am always stunned by the incredible talents many people simply dismiss. A special evening like this can be inspiring and delightful.”

For more information, email Rice at joyceorganist@aol.com.

Brick Store Museum accepting exhibit applications

The Brick Store Museum is accepting applications to exhibit at its upcoming artisan fair, titled William Barry’s Vintage Fair, that will focus on historic and traditional crafts and art, vintage-modern and retro antiques and current works, and local artistry and organizations sculpting the culture of the area today.

The fair will take place in the museum’s courtyard 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.

The Vintage Fair celebrates the area’s wealth of history and innovation, showcasing current artists and makers that employ history and historic methods in their current work.

Antiques, traditional craft, retro-inspired creations, collectibles and foodways are all included. Applicants can visit the museum’s website, www.brickstoremuseum.org/ programs to submit an application to exhibit at the fair.

Library announces upcoming events

Kennebunk Free Library’s Summer Art Sale will take place through Saturday, Aug. 18 during regular library hours.

The art sale will include select works, priced to sell. The works will be displayed throughout the library.

Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St. in Kennebunk.

Hey Now, You’re a Rock Star

Get ready to rock at Kennebunk Free Library. Come dressed as a rock star, then transform a librarian into one, too.

On Thursday, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m., youth ages 7 and up are invited to channel their inner stylist and give Miss Krissy a fabulous look for the day. Make a funky backdrop, bedazzle some props and come prepared for pictures. Registration is required.

The event is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information and to register, call 985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Vendors needed 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.

Participants sought for Heritage Day

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.

Holy Cross Blueberry Festival is Aug. 11

Holy Cross Lutheran Church will host its 11th annual Blueberry Festival, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church on the corner of Lord and Storer streets in Kennebunk.

The event is held each year to raise funds for a good cause.

Quilted items, bags, aprons and other hand-crafted items will be for sale at the festival. The church will also offer homemade doughnuts, blueberry pies, cookies and other treats for sale.

Blueberry shortcake topped with fresh whipped cream, the festival’s namesake dessert, will also be available.

All proceeds from the festival will benefit the In-A-Pinch Non-Food Pantry located in Biddeford. The pantry provides personal care/cleaning supplies to families without means to purchase them.

Crafters for a Cause — comprised of Holy Cross Lutheran’s social concerns committee and other members of the congregation — work all year to create crafts for sale at the festival.

Each year the social concerns committee reviews community needs to select the recipient of Blueberry Festival proceeds.

For more information, call 985-4803.

Land trust hosts virtual walks through preserves

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.

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

Volunteers provide free non-medical rides

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.

History Hopper app offers new type of tour

The Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk always looks for new ways to bring history to life. Now, with its free History Hopper app (available on the App Store and GooglePlay), 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 in a written statement. “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. It’s fun, fascinating, and informative and you can use it anytime. It literally places the history of our communities in your hands while at the same time encourages users to visit the museum to see the actual pieces they read about.”

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.

Graves Library to host ‘Bound for Gold’ author

New York Times best-selling author William Martin will visit Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 to launch his new book, “Bound for Gold,” published by Forge Books.

“Bound for Gold” continues Martin’s epic of American history with the further adventures of Boston rare-book dealer Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, Evangeline Carrington. They are headed to California, where their search for a lost journal takes them into the history of Gold Rush. The journal follows young James Spencer, of the Sagamore Mining Company, on a spectacular journey from staid Boston, up the Sacramento River to the Mother Lode. During his search for a “lost river of gold,” Spencer confronts vengeance, greed and racism in himself and others, and builds one of California’s first mercantile empires.

Tickets will be sold at the library beginning Aug. 1. Price includes the talk, wine and cheese reception and a discussion with the author. For more information, call 967-2778.

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