2018-11-30 / Community

Community News

Free shuttle to Prelude festivities

Free shuttle service will run this weekend between the Kennebunk Kennebunkport Arundel Chamber of Commerce on Water Street in Kennebunk and Village Marketplace in Lower Village for Prelude festivities.

Shuttle hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; Kennebunk Parks and Recreation buses will run between the two stops on a 30-minute loop, picking up and dropping off on the top and bottom of every hour.

The annual service offered by Kennebunk Rec and the Chamber of Commerce is free, thanks to sponsors Kennebunk Savings Bank and Alisson’s Restaurant, and in lieu of fares, donations will be collected for the Chamber’s Little Pantry.

Shuttle hours for Prelude’s second weekend, Dec. 7-8, will be 4-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For shuttle information, visit www.gokennebunks.com. For Prelude calendar of events, visit www.christmasprelude.com.

Seashore Trolley Museum will host its Christmas Prelude Daytime Trolley Ride on Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 and Dec. 7-9. (Courtesy photo) Seashore Trolley Museum will host its Christmas Prelude Daytime Trolley Ride on Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 and Dec. 7-9. (Courtesy photo)

Trolley Museum offers Prelude activities

Open for Kennebunkport’s 37th annual Christmas Prelude, the Seashore Trolley Museum is offering daytime rides on decked out trolleys. Tickets are $10 and include warm, chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate. Daytime Prelude rides will be offered at the following dates and times:

 Friday, Nov. 30, noon to 3:30 p.m.

 Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 Friday, Dec. 7, noon to 3:30 p.m.

 Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 Sunday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Seashore Trolley Museum is also hosting special evening limited seating holiday events. Book today at www.trolleymuseum.org or call 967-2800, ext.110. Seats are still available (but going fast) for the following events:

 Golden Chariot Ride and Cocktail Party, Friday, Dec. 7, 5 p.m.

Take a ride in Seashore Trolley Museum’s very own sleigh. The Golden Chariot, a completely open trolley, will whisk participants down the tracks with only the glow of the holiday lights on the trolley illuminating the way. Tickets are $25/person and include two cocktails and appetizers at the visitor’s center after the ride.

 Surprise! Santa’s on the Trolley. Saturday, Dec. 8, 5 p.m.

A short story and sing-along when at the visitor’s center. Board the trolley with a jingle bell and a covered cup of hot chocolate to sip on during this after-dark ride in a heated trolley car. When you board the trolley, Surprise. Santa’s riding with you. Tickets are $25/person and include a bag filled with goodies to take home.

The museum is dog-friendly with plenty of parking.

For more information, visit www.trolleymuseum.org or contact Katie Orlando at 967-2800 x101 or email director@neerhs.org.

Shadow Puppets at Kennebunk Free Library

Because the Julian calendar was confusing, Dec. 13 was believed to be the shortest day of the year in Italy. What better way to turn that darkness into something fun than by making shadow puppets?

Visit the library on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 3:45 p.m. and learn to make your shadow puppets, and maybe even create a show with them.

Registration is required. All ages welcome, but must be able to confidently use scissors or be accompanied by an adult helper. The event is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information and to register, please call 985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Library to host annual art auction on Jan. 26

Kennebunk Free Library is holding its annual art auction from Wednesday, Jan. 9 through Saturday, Jan. 26 with all proceeds benefiting the library.

New this year is an opening wine and cheese event on Jan. 9. The social evening will be hosted by the library trustees and is open to the public.

Additionally, bidding will take place online so participants can view and keep track of the auction from home. Art will be available for in-person viewing throughout the length of the auction in Hank’s Room at the library.

All art is received through generous donations from community individuals, local artists, and businesses and ranges from originals to prints and features several formats from oils, to mixed media, to popular posters.

The library is accepting donations both new and used. Donations can be dropped off at any time when the library is open.

For more information please call 985- 2173.

Museum hosts Season of Giving Arts Sale

The Brick Store Museum will open its second annual Season of Giving Arts Sale on Saturday, Nov. 24, running through Friday, Dec. 21.

More than 25 artists, crafters and makers of locally-crafted handmade items will be displaying their works for sale. Part of the Brick Store Museum’s mission is to celebrate current local arts and entrepreneurs. The Season of Giving Arts Sale serves as a brick-and-mortar pop-up shop for artists during the popular holiday season.

The arts sale is open anytime the museum is open (closed only Mondays), with a special Prelude evening shopping event on Friday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission to the sale is free.

For more information, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org/events/seasonofgivingartssale, or the museum’s front desk at 117 Main St. in Kennebunk. More than 25 regional artists have been juried into the sale, including Karen Gola Glass, Maven Custom Leather, Parrott Designs, Wishbone Jewelry, Kennebunk Basketry, Anne Gable Allaire, Judy Bullard, Anne Bertucci and many more.

Work includes paper art; paintings; jewelry; basketry; custom drawings; sculpture; fiber and textile works; photography and more.

Mitten Tree returns to Graves Library

The Mitten Tree is back at Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport. Help the library decorate it with handmade or purchased mittens, scarves and hats through Dec. 18.

All donations will be given to the Kennebunkport Public Health Department for distribution in the community.

 Library closings for December

Graves Memorial Library will be closed Dec. 1, Dec. 22-26, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Call the library during inclement weather or check local television listings. The library usually follows local school closures and abides by any parking bans enforced by the town of Kennebunkport.

If there are major power outages, the library attempts to serve as a warming center for residents and friends.

Historical society to host Mrs. Claus visit

Prelude is rapidly approaching and the North Pole announced that Mrs. Claus will once again visit the Kennebunkport Historical Society’s Nott House mansion to read to the children of the area.

Mrs. Claus will be at the Nott house on Saturday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. All area children age 2- to 10-years-old are invited.

There is no admission charge and reservations are not required. There will be no tours of the house while the children are with Mrs. Claus. No food or drinks are allowed in the house.

Chickadee Book Club at Kennebunk Free Library

Kennebunk Free Library has a book club for kindergarten-second graders. The club meets 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, Dec. 12.

The group will discuss “Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants” by Sandra Markle. 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.

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

December’s featured artist is announced

The Kennebunk Free Library announces its December 2018 exhibition, Positive Aspects of Life, acrylic on wood panels by Holly Ross.

The public is invited to view the exhibit at 112 Main St., Kennebunk, during regular library hours when the gallery is not in use for library programs.

Ross is a professional artist with a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. With more than 20 years experience as a working artist, business owner, teacher/creator of an after-school art program taught in her art studio, as well as many years teaching experience in public school and community art programs, Ross continues to teach art and inspire kids to be creative.

“I believe the appreciation of art and learning to look at the world in a creative way can be a positive impact in all aspects of life,” Ross said.

Seaglass plans anniversary concerts

Seaglass Performing Arts has announced the schedule for its 25th anniversary season of winter concerts:

Seaglass Chorale’s 25th anniversary concert season will begin with its first of two performances of “A Wassail Festival” on Saturday, Dec. 1, at South Congregational Church in Kennebunkport at 7 p.m. The concert is a musical feast celebrating 25 years of Seaglass.

A second performance will take place on Sunday, Dec. 3 at Holy Parish Church in Sanford at 3 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.seaglassperformingarts.org, Morse Hardware on Post Road in Wells (see Sally Morse) or from any Seaglass Chorale member.

Library accepting artist applications

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.

Holiday children’s books debut at Prelude

Artist and illustrator Danie Connolly is launching her Christmas books, “The Third Turtledove” and “S.A.N.T.A.” during the first week of Prelude.

“The Third Turtledove” tells the story of Momma Turtledove who arrives at her daughter’s perch in the Peartree armed with her suitcases, fluffy pillow and slippers and favorite plant. All she wants is to recover from the hectic holidays seeking peace and quiet. Unfortunately, it’s more chaotic than she could ever imagine. The frolicking tale of the Twelve Days of Christmas is a brightly colored trip up and down every branch.

“S.A.N.T.A.” is a story about persistence and always finding the upside. When you’re as creative and inventive as Chris and Mary Smart you would think that success would be knocking on your door.” Connolly will sign copies of her books at Kennebunk Free Library at 1 p.m. Friday Nov. 30, Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks, 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday Dec. 1, Nonantum Resort – Breakfast with Santa, 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 and Fine Print Booksellers, 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 2.

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