2018-08-24 / Community

Community News

Trolley Museum fast-tracking projects

A 5,600-square-foot expansion of Seashore Trolley Museum’s Fairview Carbarn is well underway. The capital project follows closely on the heels of the 4,200-square-foot expansion of Fairview completed in January, 2018.

In 2016 the museum made major improvements to its Donald G. Curry Town House Shop.

The Fairview expansions improve storage for 50 collection vehicles and also improve the appearance of the museum campus. Funding for the project has come from donations by museum members and grants from the 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation and the East Hill Foundation.

The museum has raised $310,000 of the $350,000 needed for the expanded space to be made fully functional.

Established in 1939, Seashore Trolley Museum, the operating entity of New England

Electric Railway Historical Society, is the world’s oldest and largest electric railway (and public transit) museum.

Seashore Trolley Museum is located at 195 Log Cabin Road, Kennebunkport. www.trolleymuseum.org

For more information, contact Sally Bates, 967-2800, ext 101 or email director@neerhs.org.

Rink fundraiser features skating with Dumoulin

West Brook Skating Rink on Pool Street is nearly 100 years old and needs serious care and upkeep. Save the West Brook Skating Rink will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at Biddeford Ice Arena, 18 Pomerleau St., where participants can skate with Brian Dumoulin, a Biddeford native and member of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.

Dumoulin, along with Maine Mariner Trevor Fleurent, learned how to skate at West Brook Skating Rink, even crafting their own Stanley Cup, that’s now a keepsake in the Dumoulin family.

Tickets are $10 for entry only/$20 for entry and skate. Both ticket levels are open to all ages. There will be a raffle and 50/50.

The arena’s new concession stand will be open to serve food and refreshments. The upstairs lounge/cash bar will be open for adults.

Discover Hope Woods in heart of Kennebunk

In the heart of Kennebunk, there is a hidden, and threatened, treasure nestled behind Kennebunk Free Library and the Unitarian Church, across from where Summer Street intersects with Main Street.

Hope Woods, 72 acres of undeveloped forest and open meadows containing a network of trails and an abundance of wildlife, provides a natural oasis of open space adjacent to Kennebunk’s downtown area. It is a recreational area with about 2 miles of meandering trails through a conglomerate of giant cedars, copper beech trees, a large hemlock grove and many towering pines.

The trails can be accessed at four points: Barnard Lane (through the cemetery), Wood Pond Lane (in the cul-de-sac), Fletcher Street (across from Mechanic Street) and Woodhaven Drive (near the intersection with Longwood). Signs are located at the trail entrances. Hope Woods is a place for a morning bird walk, a leisurely stroll, or an energetic jog.

Hope Woods belongs to Hope Cemetery, one of the most visible reminders of Kennebunk’s rich history. Established in 1790, the Fredrick Law Olmstead inspired parklike cemetery is the final resting place for generations of our citizens, chronicling more than 200 years of the Kennebunk area and its people.

A new organization, The Friends of Hope Cemetery and Woods, is partnering with the Kennebunk Land Trust to conserve the 72 acres of woods and trails through a conservation easement.

The easement will allow the woods to be protected for future generations. If interested in exploring the trails or learning more about Hope Woods, visit www.hopecemeterykennebunk.com/woods/.

Mark209 Gospel Singers to visit Cape Porpoise

The Keith McClelland Community Music Foundation will host the Mark209 Gospel Singers from Nashville at The Church on the Cape on Friday evening, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. This will be their second appearance at the church.

Mark209 features four-part harmony of southern gospel music.

Based in Nashville, Tennessee and utilizing some of Nashville’s top writers and musicians, Mark209’s repertoire consists of time-proven classics as well as new, country grace favorites. Their performance is a blend of humor, inspiration and encouragement.

Tri City Chorus seeks new members

Tri City Community Chorus is looking for new members. Tri City is a chorus for all ages and rehearses at the Masonic Hall in Saco. The hall is located on the third floor of the Saco and Biddeford Savings Bank at 252 Main St. The entrance and parking are at the rear of the building.

Rehearsals are Monday nights from 6:45 to 9 p.m., beginning Aug. 27 until the winter concert that is scheduled for Dec. 8.

For more information, email director Wes Maines at wmraines@comcast.net or call 475-7582.

Oldies dance raises money for Ronald McDonald House

The 15th Oldies Benefit Dance will be held 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Eagle’s, 57 Birch St., Biddeford. Ticket sales are limited to 250. Proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House of Portland. To date the events have raised more than $48,600.

The dance will include music from the ’50s, ’60s , ’70’s and ’8’s provided by Oldies ‘R’ Us. It also includes prizes for a dance contest, trivia questions, and oldies videos.

For tickets, call Bruce at 284-4692. More than 60 area businesses donated last year’s 106 door prizes and other items.

Kennebunk town office collecting school supplies

The town of Kennebunk’s General Assistance office has teamed with the United Way of York County’s Tools4School program to collect school supplies for children in August. Supplies are being collected in the lobby on the second floor of town hall.

For more information, visit www.kennebunkmaine.us/ civicalerts.aspx?AID=648.

Participants sought for Arundel’s 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.

Brick Store Museum’s 1968 exhibition collects stories

The Brick Store Museum’s summer exhibition, 1968, has already captured many stories of visitors to the exhibition who are asked to share their experiences from the tumultuous year.

The exhibit focuses on the year’s events, many of which contributed to 1968 being called “the year that changed the world.” The exhibition is sponsored by the Captain Lord Mansion and will run through November.

Visitors to the exhibition are invited to share experiences from the 1960s, to contribute to the knowledge of the mid- 20th century collected at the museum. Music of the period fills the exhibition with familiar sounds as photos of local and national events help to inspire memory.

The purpose of the museum’s 1968 exhibition is not solely to be a history display, but to serve as an active collection point for recent history that is still very much alive. Sharing personal history at the museum will help future generations learn how people in the 1960s lived their lives. Topics covered in the exhibition include family life, Vietnam, protests and riots, civil rights, and the women’s movement. Those with stories to share, or interested in what others have shared, visit the exhibition before it closes in November.

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