2018-11-02 / Community

Community News

Something’s hatching at Kennebunk Free Library

Junior paleontologists ages 3-5 are invited to visit Kennebunk Free Library and explore dinosaur eggs on Nov. 15 at 3:45 p.m. Participants will leave with a mini dinosaur. Registration is required. Wear clothes that can get messy.

• Dinosaur excavation

Celebrate DiNovember at Kennebunk Free Library with a dinosaur excavation for scientists aged 6 and older. The adventure starts on Nov.13 at 3:45 p.m. All participants will have their own sandy brick and use child-friendly tools to find treasures. All treasures can be taken home. Registration is required. Wear clothes that can get messy.

The events re free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 985-2173.


Kennebunk Free Library will recognize those who helped improve the shelving in the children’s room with a gathering on Monday, Nov. 19 between 4 and 6 p.m. (Courtesy photo) Kennebunk Free Library will recognize those who helped improve the shelving in the children’s room with a gathering on Monday, Nov. 19 between 4 and 6 p.m. (Courtesy photo)

Children’s room donors recognized

The children’s room at Kennebunk Free Library received a major makeover in the form of new shelving for picture books, board books, DVDs, and graphic novels.

Visit Kennebunk Free Library on Monday, Nov. 19 between 4 and 6 p.m. for crafts and light refreshments and to thank those that made the long-awaited for project come to fruition. These upgrades were made possible by generous donations from The Friends of Kennebunk Free Library and George and DD Harrington and Family.

With the new shelving additions, brows- ing and accessibility have increased. The DVDs are now all housed in one shelf range instead of the three separate areas where they had previously been given a home. The library worked with Huston and Company to install the wooden tops and sides of the new shelving units.

This is a drop-in event for all ages.

For more information, contact Library Director Michelle K. Conners at 985-2173.

Secret Santa application forms are now available

Secret Santa has begun its 31st year of assisting families living in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel and finding themselves with lack of sufficient funds to provide Christmas gifts for their children.

Application forms are available from Oct. 9 through Nov. 10 at the general assistance office in each town for parents and/or legal guardian of children up to the age of 18 who are in need.

Though Christmas is more than two moths away, the time to submit your application is now. Due to the unique nature of the Secret Santa program, applications must be filled out and submitted by Nov. 9 in order to allow enough time to involve the community and shop for the specific gifts requested for each child.

Families who do not apply by the deadline may have to be referred to other organizations. All applications are strictly confidential.

For more information, email ajdt@mac.com or call 423- 2186.

Library friends scheduled annual meeting for Monday, Nov. 5

Friends of the Kennebunk Free Library annual meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5. The public is encouraged to attend and learn about the highlights of the past year, and help plan for 2019.

Wine and cheese will be served, along with other light refreshments. Bring a friend, be a Friend.

For more information or to RSVP, call 985-2173.

The meeting agenda and 2019 membership application are available at www.kennebunklibrary.org/friends.asp.

First Congregational Church plans two music events

First Congregational Church of Kennebunkport announced two musical events to be held during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.

Joyce Painter Rice, music director and organist, The Rev. Charlotte Bell and church members invite the public to attend its Thanksgiving Hymn Sing on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. An offering received will be given to community charitable assistance, for winter heating, shelter and food.

The second musical event will be the church’s annual Christmas Prelude Concert on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted.

For directions or more information, call 967-3897.


Kennebunk Free Library will host an activity for children age 6 and older based on the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that buried Pompeii and other nearby towns. The event is planned for 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. (Courtesy photo) Kennebunk Free Library will host an activity for children age 6 and older based on the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that buried Pompeii and other nearby towns. The event is planned for 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. (Courtesy photo)

Library to host Mt. Vesuvius program

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius ranks among the worst volcanic catastrophes in European history, burying Pompeii and other nearby towns beneath thousands of tons of ash and debris.

The towns were lost for centuries before being rediscovered, perfectly preserved, providing a window into life in ancient Rome.

On Thursday, Nov. 8 at 3:45 p.m. children ages 6 and older are invited to come learn a little about Vesuvius and the towns it buried through hands-on activities.

Craft a mosaic worthy of ancient Rome, make a petrified plaster cast to take home. There might even be a boom at the end. Registration is required.

For more information or to register, call 985-2173.

Brokerage announces associate

Coldwell Banker Resident Brokerage in New England announced that Wells resident Audra Bickford has affiliated with the company’s office in Kennebunk as a sales associate. Bickford will provide residential real estate services in Wells and Kennebunk as well as the surrounding communities of York County.

“We are delighted to welcome Audra to the Kennebunk office. She has an outstanding reputation for sales excellence and will surely continue to provide high quality service through Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage,” said Jon Finch, sales manager of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Kennebunk.

“Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s reputation for providing sales associates, as well as customers and clients, with the support and resources necessary to be successful in today’s real estate environment is attractive as I look to grow my business,” said Bickford.

Chickadee Book Club at Kennebunk Free Library

Kennebunk Free Library has a book club for kindergarten second graders. Meet to read and talk about Chickadee nominated picture books, and have some fun. The club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 14 and will feature “Sarabella’s Thinking Cap” by Judy Schachner. Copies can be reserved via Minerva online or at the library. Reading the book ahead of the club meeting is encouraged, but not required. Registration is required and is limited to 15 readers.

For more information or to register, call 985-2173.

High school production of ‘Almost, Maine’ opens Nov. 16

The students of Kennebunk High School return to the stage for this year’s production of “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani on Nov. 16, 17 and 18. Look for 7 p.m. shows on the 16 and 17 and a matinee at 2 p.m. on the Nov. 18.

On a Friday night in the deepest winter, the residents of the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine (so far north it’s almost in Canada) are falling in and out of love in unexpected, unusual, and often hilarious ways. As the northern lights hover magically overhead, knees are getting bruised, and hearts are getting broken. But the bruises heal and hearts mend -- almost -- in this delightful romantic comedy about love, loss, and real people.

“Almost, Maine” features students Nicole Bilodeau (Phyllis), Riley Cerabona (Ginette), Riley Counts (Lendall), Nate Durham (Steve), Sarah Durham (Glory), Finley Fairfield (Rhonda), Donald Frost (Man), Eli Grabowski (East), Lia Hansen (Waitress), Zach Macisso (Dave), Aiden MacLeod (Pete), Lily Kirn McMahon (Gayle), Elsa Molarsky (Deena), Curtis Morgan (Jimmy), Lydia Pietrowski (Sandrine), Maeve Sheehan (Hope), Jules Tadlock (Marci)

Co-stage managers are Maggie Hebert and Brendan Rynne.

For tickets or more information, call 985-1110, ext. 1107.

Wells Veterans Day 5K benefits Honor Flight Maine

The Wells Chamber of Commerce will host is fifth annual Veterans Day 5K on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. The 5K run/walk will start and end at the Wells Elks Lodge, 356 Bald Hill Road in Wells. Proceeds for the event will benefit Honor Flight Maine.

Avita of Wells is the primary event sponsor.

The first 100 registrants will receive a free long-sleeve T-shirt. The Wells Elks will have food and beverage for sale after the race (bring identification). Prizes will be awarded to male and female in the following categories: Overall, under 20 (male/female), 20-29 (male/female), 30-39 (male/female), 40-49 (male/female), 50-59 (male/female), 60-69 (male/female) and 70-plus (male/female).

For registration information, visit www.wellschamber.org call 646-2451 or visit www.runsignup.com/race/me/wells/vd5k.

Church plans Lobster Roll and Chowder Luncheon

First Congregational Church of Kennebunkport’s members will again participate in the area’s annual Christmas Prelude celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The church’s annual Lobster Roll and Chowder Luncheon will be served in the church’s Ober Hall and will run until 1:30 p.m. or until sold out.

At 9 a.m. until 1:30p.m., (or once sold out), there will be items for sale at the cookie walk, vintage and holiday greens tables in the church sanctuary.

For directions or more information, call 967-3897.

Museum seeks applications for Bauman Gallery

In spring 2018, the Brick Store Museum opened a brand-new gallery space on its campus, the Bauman Family Gallery.

The small gallery is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary Maine artists.

Artists are invited to submit an application to exhibit in the gallery for the 2019 schedule.

Applications can be found on the Brick Store Museum website, www.brickstoremuseum.org.

Thanks to a donation from the Bauman Family Foundation, the museum continues founder Edith Barry’s legacy in highlighting local arts.

In the 1950s and 60s, Barry offered art workshops and exhibitions in the Program Center space, which has now been overhauled to offer the small gallery to the community. Artists and arts organizations can apply to the museum to be considered by its curate committee for a six-week exhibition in the space, which is open from May through December each year.

Artists in all media are invited to apply.

For more information on the space, complete with measurements and photos of the gallery, artists can visit www.brickstoremuseum.org or call 985-4802.

St. David’s Episcopal Church to host Harvest Fair on Nov. 3

St. David’s Episcopal Church will host its annual Harvest Fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the church.

The church is located at 138 York St. (Route 1 south just before the Wells town line) in Kennebunk.

Food abounds with baked goods and sweets for sale along with homemade frozen pot pies, jams and jellies. Lunch will feature sandwiches provided by Kitchen Chicks as well as award-winning soups by local providers. Free coffee and doughnuts, along with musical entertainment will be provided during the day.

The silent auction will include more than 60 items and gift certificates from local restaurants, stores and salons, including a golf bag from President George H.W. Bush with inscribed clubs, Red Sox tickets and a handmade dollhouse.

The basket raffle will feature more than 30 collections of themed items. This year, there will be a separate raffle for a handmade queen-size quilt made by one a parishioner. Sales are limited to 50 tickets.

There is plenty of parking and weather is not an issue as the Great Hall has plenty of warm, dry space. For more information, call 985-3073 visit Facebook or www.stdavidskennebunk.org.

Art in fashion contemporary show opens at Brick Store

The Brick Store Museum’s contemporary Bauman Family Gallery is featuring a dual show discussing the role of art in fashion.

Two women artists, clothing designer and fabric artist Elaine Pew and encaustic and acrylic artist DiTa Ondek, will display their works in the month-long Art in Fashion exhibit, through Nov. 29.

During the month, visitors to the museum receive admission to all of the museum’s current exhibits, including From the Kennebunks to the Argonne Forest: The Great War That Changed America, and 1968, as well as the Bauman Family Gallery and the outdoor installation called the Museum Poppy Project.

Pew creates wearable art by collecting exotic textiles from around the world and interweaving them into her pieces. Her work has shown around the country, including the Maine Center for Contemporary Art. Ondek creates works that include encaustic paintings into which vintage gowns are incorporated. Additionally, her acrylic works focus on the simple drying of clothes on a clothesline.

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