2018-08-31 / Community

Community News

Land trust’s Annual Report set for Sept. 18

Kennebunk Land Trust is hosting its Annual Report To Community and Thank You Reception 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at the Brick Store Museum program center.

The Program Center is located on 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. The aim of the program is to share this year’s accomplishments, indicate goals and plans for the upcoming year, thank supporters and further connect with the community. The event is free and open to the public. No reservation is required.

Tim Glidden, president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, will be the evening’s guest speaker.

Glidden has been the president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust since 2011. Prior to that, he led the Land for Maine’s Future Program. He currently serves on the Land Trust Alliance’s National Leadership Council. With his earlier work at the Natural Resources Council of Maine and as the principal analyst for Natural Resources at the Maine Legislature, he has been a participant and observer of Maine’s environmental sector for 35 years.

End-of-Summer event planned at museum

The Brick Store Museum will host its annual End-of-Summer Gathering on Friday, Sept. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. The Gathering is an open-house-style evening, complete with live music and wine tastings, celebrating local arts and humanities at the museum. Tickets to the event are on sale. Half of the ticket cost is a tax-deductible donation to the museum’s annual fund.

Participants can expect to find a quartet of programs during the Gathering:

1.) A tasting tour, through the museum’s storage vaults, of a variety of wines and spirits created by locally-owned winery Eighteen Twenty;

2.) An auction preview for the museum’s annual online auction, complete with pre-bidding on fantastic items;

3.) Live music by String Tide, a Brunswick based string quartet playing folk grass music; and

4.) A visitor-curated digital exhibition, via Instagram, called the Insta-bition, in which visitors can photograph their favorite artifacts in the museum’s storage rooms and post them as a complete exhibition online. Visitors are invited to bring their own devices, or borrow one at the museum.

The evening is supported by friends of the museum at Hurlbutt Designs. Tickets are for sale on the museum’s website, www.brickstoremuseum.org, at the Brick Store Museum at 117 Main St. in Kennebunk and can be reserved by calling 985-4802.

No Strings Attached seeks musicians

Community string ensemble No Strings Attached invites local violin, viola, cello and bass players to learn about its fall 2018 session.

No Strings Attached is an informal orchestral ensemble for those who love playing music simply for the joy of it. Repertoire ranges from medium easy to medium advanced. Members include recent beginners and those who played earlier in life and are rediscovering the fun of playing together, to lifelong dedicated amateurs and a few pros.

The group meets on Thursday evenings two or three times a month at Christ Church, 6 Dane St. in Kennebunk. Interested string players are welcome to try out the group for an evening before registering.

For more information or to register, email Pamela Doughty at pdoughty74@gmail.com or call 232-9778.

Artists sought for museum’s holiday sale

The Brick Store Museum is planning ahead for the holidays, and will open its second annual Season of Giving Arts Sale, running Dec. 1 to Dec. 22.

Artists, crafters and makers of any handmade items are welcome to apply for the display. Part of the Brick Store Museum’s mission is to celebrate current local arts and entrepreneurs. The Season of Giving Arts Sale will serve as a brick-and-mortar pop-up shop for artists during the popular holiday season.

Applications, and more information, can be found on the Museum’s website, www.brickstoremuseum.org/events/seasonofgivingartssale, or at the Museum’s front desk at 117 Main St. in Kennebunk.

Regional artists are invited to submit an application to the juried sale. Applications are due by Sept. 30, with selection by Oct. 6.

The Arts Sale will be set up by museum staff and volunteers, and does not require artists to be present. A museum representative will coordinate all sales, as artists’ works will be displayed with other accepted entries so that shoppers can purchase multiple artists’ items at once. This also allows artists exhibiting in multiple shows during the busy holiday season to take part.

Library accepting applications for 2019 featured artist exhibits

Kennebunk Free Library is accepting applications for artists to exhibit during the 2019 calendar year. Since its inception in 2001 Hank’s Room Gallery, rechristened the Speers Gallery in 2010, has offered exhibit opportunities to both amateur and professional artists.

The gallery has been host to a variety of mediums including photography, textile arts and mixed media assemblages in addition to renditions in oil, pastel, enamel oil, encaustic, pen and ink, and watercolor.

The application process is open to either individual or group shows. Applications must be received by Oct. 15 to be considered for exhibition in 2019.

The submitted applications will compete in a juried review conducted by an art committee consisting of members from the library and art communities. Upon completion of the review, applicants will be contacted regarding the committee’s decisions.

Application forms are available at the library or by visiting www.kennebunklibrary.org.

The offering of monthly artist exhibits allows Kennebunk Free Library to serve the diverse cultural, informational, educational, and recreational needs of the community.


Carol Santora’s painting “Conga Line” portrays the lighter side of chickens. It will be raffled off on Sunday, Sept. 9. Proceeds go to the Art Guild of the Kennebunk’s scholarship fund. (Courtesy image) Carol Santora’s painting “Conga Line” portrays the lighter side of chickens. It will be raffled off on Sunday, Sept. 9. Proceeds go to the Art Guild of the Kennebunk’s scholarship fund. (Courtesy image) Art Guild of the Kennebunks hosts awards exhibit on Sept. 9

Art Guild of the Kennebunks hosts its final exhibition of the season from Friday, Sept. 7 thru Sunday, Sept. 9 at the South Congregational Church Community House at 8 Temple St., Kennebunkport, across the street from the post office.

Exhibit hours are: Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m.

Awards will be presented to exhibiting artists in a variety of categories, including oils, acrylics, watercolor, pastel and photography.

Loretta Turner, sales consultant at Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk, will serve as judge. In addition to original art, prints will be available for purchase. A Meet the Artist reception takes place Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.. The public is invited. Admission is free.

“What better way to lose yourself for a few moments than to go see the creativity of an artist’s work,” said guild president Wendy Webster Good in a written statement.

The gild has 71 juried members and offers exhibitions several times each season. Only juried members may participate in the exhibits.

Guild member Carol Santora,has donated her painting, “Conga Line,” which will be raffled off at the end of the show on Sunday, 4 p.m., to benefit the guild’s scholarship fund.

“After my observations of chickens at local farms, I wanted to portray the lighter side, strutting around, enjoying life, and exhibiting their cheerfulness,” Santora said. “They live social lives, display a range of personalities and I express all of that with exaggerated colorful plumage. “Conga Line’”resulted as one of a series of chicken and rooster paintings.”

The scholarship is awarded to a promising Kennebunk High School art student.

Museum recruits players for Bridge Marathon

The Brick Store Museum’s Bridge Marathon is one of the longest running programs at the institution, and is crucial to supporting the museum’s year-round operations.

The marathon is also a great way to get to know neighbors and the area. Teams are currently being formed for the upcoming 2018-2019 Brick Store Museum Bridge Marathon. New teams and individual players are welcome.

Play will begin in October and will consist of eight rounds. Each round consists of 20 hands of rubber bridge. Play is cumulative team scoring with recognition of high scores at the end of the season. The season will conclude in May 2019 at the annual bridge luncheon held at the Nonantum Resort where the eighth round is played and team awards will be presented.

For those who travel south for the winter, flexibility is offered in scheduling games and alternate hosting.

The entry fee benefits the Brick Store Museum.

To sign up or for more information, contact museum Engagement Coordinator Caroline Brown at: 985-4802 or email info@brickstoremuseum.org.

William Barry Vintage Fair planned for Sept. 8

The Brick Store Museum will host William Barry’s Vintage Fair, on Saturday, Sept. 8 to celebrate local history and art.

The fair offers free admission to the museum and history activities and games, along with a collection of vendors and artists engaging in history-inspired and traditional crafts and art, vintage-modern antiques and current works sculpting the culture of the area today.

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

The Vintage Fair is named after William Barry, one of Kennebunk’s early historians and an architect and naturalist in his own right.

Family-friendly activities will include a local history lecture by town historian Steve Spofford; traditional lawn games; historic photo matching games; ; an “up-down-and-through” tour discussing the history of the museum itself; a historic district walking tour; mural painting; craft stations; and more.

For more information, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org/programs. The Vintage Fair is presented by the Brick Store Museum to celebrate this area’s wealth of history and innovation.

Artists interested in exhibiting at the fair are welcome to visit the museum’s website, www.brickstoremuseum.org/pro- grams, to submit an application.

Developer to open Lucky Dog in K’port

Lucky Dog is a longtime dream-come-true for developer Tim Harrington (co-founder and creative director of Kennebunkport Resort Collection), Kevin Lord (owner of Thomas & Lord), and Matt Dyer (former beverage director of Earth at Hidden Pond).

“We believe in the year-round heart of Kennebunkport. We created Lucky Dog as an extension of the great times we have here – to welcome our visitors KPT-style, and to mingle with our neighbors,” Harrington said in a press release.

In 2014 they began by growing hops and lavender on their farm and orchard in Kennebunkport. A photo shared of Dyer’s bulldog Rigby wearing a hops garland during harvest inspired the brand. Today the crops are flourishing and flavoring Lucky Dog’s inaugural spirits and ales. The hybrid brewery/distillery is off-site in Biddeford, located in the plaza next to Big Lot, 421 Alfred Road.

Distilling is being led by Dyer, with Wade Benker-Ritchey as head brewer. The two are working to create unique flavors and exciting styles to serve in their tasting room, area restaurants and bars and to eventually package.

The official launch of Lucky Dog will be aligned with the opening of its tasting room doors at the former Tia’s Topside at 12 Western Ave. in Kennebunk in late September. Renovations are underway. Lucky Dog will donate a percentage of beverage proceeds to animal shelters in Maine.

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.

Discover Hope Woods in heart of Kennebunk
The trails at Hope Woods 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). (Courtesy photo) The trails at Hope Woods 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). (Courtesy photo)

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/.

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., 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.

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.

Sept. 8 meeting starts up Genealogy Group

A presentation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 kicks off the eighth year of the Kennebunk Free Library’s Genealogy Group.

The lecture by Francine Keating and Pam Stone Eagleson tells the story of Keating’s paternal great grandfather Joseph Eugene Brent, whose oil-colored tin-type image was given to her five decades ago by her dad’s second cousin. It is that picture which held clues that led to documenting family oral history and Joseph’s ancestry.

The Genealogy Group is free, open to the public and meets nine times a year, usually on the first Saturday of the month. New guests are welcome. For more information, call 985-2173.

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