2018-11-09 / Community

Community News

All-faith Thanksgiving service scheduled

The clergy of the Kennebunks invites residents of Arundel, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport to an all-faiths community Thanksgiving worship service at Christ Church, Kennebunk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20.

All are invited to join local clergy in this time of showing gratitude for the blessings received.

Christ Church is located at 6 Dane St. in Kennebunk. Parking is available in back of the church by Kennebunk Town Hall and across Dane Street in front of the church. The church’s handicapped entrance and elevator are located in the back.

An offering of nonperishable foods and cash will be taken to support the Kennebunk food bank.

For more information, call 985-4494.

Brick Store plans Veterans Day event

The Brick Store Museum invites the public to a local celebration of Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, on Sunday, Nov. 11.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, also known as the War to End All Wars, a phrase coined by H. G. Wells.

To commemorate the day, Monica Grabin will give a singing history performance, Over There! And Back Again, focusing on the end of the war and the social effects of the war here at home.

Tickets are $5 at the door and free for museum members. The concert will feature songs from the Great War and those performed in the post-war 1920s. Songs of World War I are poignant and often devastating, but the 1920s produced some of the most fanciful and best-loved of all our popular songs.

Grabin has a trove of these songs, spanning many different genres that she’s very excited to share. Join Monica and the museum at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the museum’s Program Center at 4 Dane St. for an evening of memories.

Prior to the concert, visitors are invited to explore the museum’s From the Kennebunks to the Argonne Forest: The Great War That Changed America, exhibition, and its memorial Poppy Garden installed in the museum courtyard. The museum will be open on Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased in advance at the Brick Store Museum, or online at www.brickstoremuseum.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. No advance reservations are required.

Bid early, bid often at Chamber auction

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s annual Holiday Benefit Auction is now live online. Think of the online auction as a showcase of the best items, top services and most unique experiences this area has to offer. Folks in town and across the country have been checking in daily and bidding to benefit this local nonprofit serving local businesses and serving visitors.

As of early this week, some 120 local businesses have donated more than 220 unique items, services and experiences to the benefit, which is online via www.biddingforgood.com through 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12.

The event culminates with auctioning off the Newport package by live auction on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Breakwater Inn and Spa in Dock Square, Kennebunkport. This featured item – a trade with the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce members for services – will include two nights in Newport, Rhode Island, which includes a two-night stay at Seamen’s Institute, a $50 gift card to The Fifth Element restaurant; and two Winter Passport Newport Mansion passes.

Among the gift cards for local shops, restaurants, hotels, spas, classes and experiences:

 Two tickets to Saturday’s Fire and Ice at the Nonantum Resort.

 2018 season beach passes from both the town of Kennebunkport and Kennebunk.

 Tour of Goat Island Light with a lobster lunch, courtesy of Kennebunk Savings.

 1880s stained glass window donated by Old House Parts.

 Housewarming cooler bag of treats from Ronel J. Dubois Insurance.

 ‘Nite Lite’ hand-painted silk scarf donated by Manna Art.

 Raised garden bed donated by Ambidextrous Landscaping.

 Runner’s relief basket and stretch session, from Active Balance Spine and Sports Care.

 Shaw & Tenney flat blade oars donated by Bay of Maine Boats.

 Signed copy of “Soup” by Derek Bissonnette, donated by Cider Mill Press.

 Twirler metal kinetic garden wind spinner donated by Digs, Divots & Dogs.

 Two front row seats to 2019 Kennebunk High School graduation, donated by RSU 21.

 $200 gift certificate for services - Hazelwood Handyman.

 Three loaves of holiday bread – beer, cranberry and pumpkin – donated by Big Horizon Mortgage.

 $500 toward wallpapering from Mazoway Painting + Wall Covering.

 Antique fan in shadow box donated by Little River Antiques & Estate Sales.

 Portrait sessions by local photographers.

 Jewelry from the area’s leading designers.

 Side chair from Huston & Co.

 Artwork from local artists.

 Ben & Jerry’s catered sundae party for 25.

 Brand new Brother business laser printer donated by BEU.

 Cocktail or Dinner Party in Your Home From Kitchen Chicks Catering.

 Color caricature by local artist Steve Hrehovcik.

 Custom backsplash for your kitchen from Distinctive Tile & Stoneworks.

 Family pack of alpaca survival socks donated by Pamelamas Alpaca Farm.

 Giant Live Edge teak bowl donated by Farm + Table.

 Grohe Relexa Rustic wall mount hand-held shower donated by Garrett Pillsbury.

 12 sprays of Christmas donated by Essentially Healing Leaves.

The holiday auction is the Chamber’s largest fundraiser that helps support its mission to serve local businesses, residents and tourists of our three towns, one community.

The online auction opened Oct. 24 and runs through 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12.

For auction information, call 967-0857 or find a link to the online auction via www.gokennebunks.com.

Raftopoulos wins excellence award

Nichole D. Raftopoulos, of Nvest Financial Group, has been awarded the 2018 Business Excellence Award in Financial Services for small organizations from the NH Business Review. The annual awards honor business leaders in New Hampshire for their “industriousness, innovation and imagination.”

The annual Business Excellence Awards ceremony honoring all recipients was held Nov. 1 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Raftopoulos was selected as a leader in her industry who exemplifies excellence in her field and with the public she and Nvest Financial Group serve.

Wells Chamber to host 33rd Christmas parade

The Wells Chamber of Commerce announced the 33rd annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 9. The parade steps off at 2 p.m. from the Wells Plaza and proceeds north on Route 1 to the Wells Junior High School

The Grand Marshal will be Tony Hafford of TC Hafford Basement Systems. Hafford is the winner of the Chamber’s Above and Beyond Award, an award created to recognize members of the Wells Chamber of Commerce based on dedication, commitment, sense of community and support to the Chamber throughout the year.

The MWA is a non-juried membership organization of more than 100 men and women artists from Maine and northern New England. The purpose of the group is to promote and give exposure to Maine artists and their work in all media.

Maine Women in the Arts is a statewide, nonprofit

Hafford regularly offers time and resources to help make Chamber events successful.

The primary event sponsor is Kennebunk Savings, Gold sponsor is Avita of Wells and the Silver sponsor is DF Richard Energy.

York Hospital in Wells will serve hot cocoa and cookies in front of the junior high school gymnasium at the conclusion of the parade.

Families, youth groups, civic groups, businesses and individuals are cordially invited to join us. There is no charge to participate. For more information on the parade, contact the Wells Chamber of Commerce at 646-2451 or visit www.wellschristmasparade.com.


January Romp on the Beach by Liz Roper. (Courtesy image) January Romp on the Beach by Liz Roper. (Courtesy image)

Maine Women in the Arts show begins Nov. 29

Maine Women in the Arts’ annual Holiday Art and Craft Show will be held Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 in conjunction with Kennebunkport’s Prelude celebration. The show will be held at the Masonic Lodge in Kennebunkport and offers a selection of original fine art pieces, including paintings, photography, pottery, sculptures and books as well as handmade holiday crafts.

It is an opportunity to begin celebrating the season and selecting gifts for friends and family. Admission is free.

Join the festivities beginning with the opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.

There will be live music as well as many of the artists in attendance. The show will continue Friday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Masonic Lodge is located at 10 North St. (via Temple Street) in Kennebunkport.

To support the MWA scholarship fund, artists donate handmade gift items to create a basket for the show.

“The Prelude show is our biggest of the season,” said MWA President Pam Edwards. “With the opportunity for our artists to show off crafts, cards and beautiful seasonal items not available at our other shows.” organization, founded in 1977. For more information, visit www.mainewomenarts.com and Facebook.

Something’s hatching at Kennebunk Free Library

Junior paleontologists ages 3-5 are invited to visit Kennebunk Free Library and explore dinosaur eggs on Thursday, 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.

 Children’s room shelving donors recognized

This August the children’s room 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.

The 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, browsing 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 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 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.

‘Almost, Maine’ opens Nov. 16 at high school

The students of Kennebunk High School return to the stage for this year’s production, “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani on Nov. 16, 17 and 18.

Look for 7 p.m. shows on Nov. 16 and 17 and a matinee at 2 p.m. on 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.

Church plans holiday musical 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.

Bickford joins Coldwell Banker in Kennebunk

Coldwell Banker Resident Brokerage in New England announced that Wells resident Audra Bickford has joined 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 to 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.

Lobster roll, chowder lunch planned for Dec. 1

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 invites applications for gallery

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.

A donation from the Bauman Family Foundation has helped the museum continue 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.

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