2019-01-18 / Community

Community News

February’s featured artist is announced

Kennebunk Free Library announced its Feb. 1-28, exhibition will be Maine Impressions, the oil paintings of Marguerite Genest.

The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular library hours when the gallery is not in use for library programs.

Genest began painting in childhood, inspired by her sister and her mother’s flair for design and fashion.

At Elms College in western Massachusetts, she concentrated on oil painting learning to paint detailed, realistic still lifes, portraits and landscapes earning a bachelor of fine arts degree.

As her painting evolved Genest exhibited seascapes, landscapes and portraits. At that time, she became interested in the way children learn, culminating in a doctorate in educational psychology allowing a career in helping parents understand how their children learn best, training teachers and using art to create visual learning aids.

Since relocating to southern Maine, she has discovered a love for our beaches and the people and pets that gather there.

“I am inspired by the many moods and colors of the sea,” Genest said. “I especially love the dramatic colors of sunsets over the oceans, which are never the same, but always amazing. When painting pet portraits, I am inspired by the soulfulness in the eyes of the animals, which lend an endearing quality to the paintings.

“The message behind my art is that of awe and the gratitude I feel for being able to live in a place surrounded by the ever changing beauty of the coast of Maine. Being present to all this area has to offer is important to me as I paint both the sea and the lovely pets that enjoy and savor this beautiful place as much as I do.”

Library releases program schedule

Science experiments can often be messy, gross and funny, but they are always amazing. Visit Kennebunk Free Library on Monday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. to make Color Changing Slime.

Children will discuss the chemical reaction and make their own with patterns and designs. The program is open to children ages 5 and older. Registration is required.

Teens Friday Fun

Visit the library at 3 p.m. every Friday for crafts, activities and experiments. The program is for teens and ages 10 and older.

Upcoming schedule:

 Feb. 1, String Art.

 Feb. 8, Card Game Tournament.

 Feb. 15, Origami.

 Feb. 22, Puzzle Making Contest.

Discovery Station

Discovery Station is a new monthly STEAM program designed for children 2 to 5 years of age accompanied by a parent or caregiver. STEAM is an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math through activities that support curiosity and creativity.

STEAM activity stations will give children, with their parent or caregiver, an opportunity to engage in hands-on learning while having fun.

Visit the library 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 and learn all about weather. The program is limited to 12 children. Registration is required.

Homeschooling Group

The library has started a group for parents of homeschoolers to discuss and share resources.

A librarian will be available to answer questions and offer guidance. The next meeting will be held 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

The programs are free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St. For more information or to register, call 985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Chamber to host Instagram 201 seminar

Keep up in the ever-advancing world of social media and learn about Instagram and Facebook stories at a new free workshop starting at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce.

Alison Graham of Life in the Ali and Boston Beer Company will lead the Instagram 201 seminar to explain the difference between a post and a story and best practices for businesses.

Rounding out the panel, Alaina LeBlanc Tridente and Cyndi Smith will also speak on best practices in administration and photography.

Participants should have a Facebook and Instragram account and some basic understanding of the different platforms.

The workshop will be held upstairs at the Chamber of Commerce office at 8 a.m.

Following the classroom-style presentation, at 9 a.m., participants are invited to walk around downtown Kennebunk with Graham and put their skills to practice.

At 4 p.m., Graham will lead a field trip to do the same things around Kennebunkport’s Dock Square and Kennebunk’s Lower Village picturesque landmarks.

All segments are free and open to the public with RSVP.

For information about Graham, check out her Instagram accounts, aligrams3 and samueladamsct.

For information on the Chamber, check out GoKennebunks on both Instragam and facebook. For information on the Chamber, visit www.gokennebunks.com.

Brick Store Museum is ‘Opening Doors’

The Brick Store Museum is opening new doors to the future. Opening Doors is the theme that will propel the Brick Store Museum forward to reach new audiences and build broad outreach across our communities.

Opening Doors means new digital tools that will capture the attention of the smartphone generation; and providing high tech tools to help students capture the history of our town with sophisticated 3D modeling.

Opening Doors will allow scholars to research the 70,000 items in the museum collection online; and access the museum spaces with extended hours and more educational programs. Opening Doors brings concerts, lectures and community events throughout the year. Opening Doors is an investment in the future.

The Brick Store Museum is seeking to raise $2 million in a capital campaign to expand its museum services just as they are needed the most.

On Dec. 14, the Brick Store Museum officially opened its new front door – on Main Street – with a holiday party that celebrated the extensive physical renovations that have been made to improve the exhibit space in its first building, and to mark the start of the public phase of the Open Door Capital Campaign.

Nearly 50 percent of the goal has already been raised through the generous donations of community leaders. The Museum now needs the community’s help to raise the final $1 million.

“The museum is a place for many things,” said David Moravick, museum board president. “We have developed a smart phone app to bring the historic district to life.

“We’ve added a new gallery in the Dane Street building specifically to provide a space for local artists to exhibit. We are taking the museum to community centers, businesses and schools with traveling exhibits. Our collections are being photographed so that they can be made available to anyone in the world online. And we have been able to finally provide a front entrance to the museum on Main Street.”

Executive Director Cynthia Walker agreed.

“There is so much more we need to do to be a sustainable, essential community history and art center that will inspire a better future for everyone,” Walker said. “This campaign looks specifically toward the future and the museum’s long term goals.”

The Brick Store Museum opened in 1936 in a general store built of brick, which sits at the top of Main Street in the heart of Kennebunk. Over the years, the museum has expanded down the block and now has six galleries and an educational program center. The Brick Store Museum is a nationally-recognized and accredited museum by the American Alliance of Museums (one of only a few in the state of Maine).

To learn more about and donate to the Open Door Capital Campaign, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org, or call Walker at 985-4802.

Parade, block party to highlight bicentennial

Kennebunk will celebrate its 200th anniversary with a parade, community block party and more on June 27, 2020, in downtown Kennebunk.

“It’s our goal as a committee to bring this milestone anniversary celebration to the streets of Kennebunk, for the people of Kennebunk,” said Kathy Ostrander Roberts, chairman of the town’s Bicentennial Committee. “We plan to celebrate our community pride and recognize our town’s history with all of the many activities we have planned.”

To date, there are plans to have a parade on June 27, complete with floats, antique cars and marching bands, followed by a community block party on Main Street that evening, which will include a series of tables running the entire length of Main Street, live music, entertainment and more.

Some of the other events and activities that may be included:

 Bicentennial quilt.

 Time-capsule.

 Patriotic bunting, decorations, flower plantings and banners.

 KHS student scholarship.

 Interactive history map.

 Costumed history interpreters.

 Plein air art demonstration and sale.

 Designation of a new Historic Register District to commemorate the freed slave settlement of Kennebunk.

 Art installations in all three villages.

 Commemorative bicentennial stamp and first day cancel event.

 Bicentennial coin.

 Publication of a commemorative bicentennial booklet.

 Special bicentennial souvenirs.

The Bicentennial Committee has been meeting to plan the celebration. The committee is made up of seven voting members, two alternate members, two selectmen liaisons, a community outreach coordinator and the director of the Chamber of Commerce.

Several sub-committees have also been formed to spearhead different aspects of event planning.

Sponsorships are available for the event by contacting the town clerk’s office at 604-1326 or bicentennial@kennebunkmaine.us.

The committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the town hall and welcomes ideas and suggestions. Volunteer opportunities are available.

First Parish to host annual MLK Breakfast

The Rev. Jeffrey M. McIlwain, pastor of the North Star AME Zion Church, Newington, New Hampshire, and chaplain of the Cumberland County Jail, will give the keynote talk at this year’s breakfast honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The event will take place on the holiday, Monday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church. The church is located at 114 Main St. in Kennebunk.

During his talk, McIlwain will draw on his 22 years of experience at the jail and his concerns about injustice.

The audience will also hear him play bass and sing with the North Star Gospel Jazz Ensemble.

McIlwain entered the ministry in 1992, when he served as associate minister at Green Memorial AME Zion Church in Portland, his home church. He volunteered at the jail for four years before becoming chaplain in 2001.

As chaplain, he oversees 50 religious volunteers and ministers to the needs of the corrections staff as well as the inmates.

A breakfast including quiche, sausage, blueberry buckle, fruit and coffee will be served in the Parish Hall at 9 a.m.

The program will follow at about 9:45 a.m. in the upstairs sanctuary.

Entrance is through the side door of the church, which will open at 8:30 a.m. A chair lift is available.

Tickets for the breakfast and program are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets for just the program are $10 for adults, free for students.

Tickets are available online at www.uukennebunk.org. To pay by check, call 985-1411.

More activities offered at library

Brush off the carving skills and join Kennebunk Free Library for a free soap carving workshop.

On Thursday, Jan. 17, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., children ages 7 and older are invited to learn how to carve a bar of soap into a fun design. Work from a template, or go freestyle. While no sharp objects will be used in carving, a variety of toothpicks, plastic butter knives and similar instruments will be available to use.

Registration is required.

The event is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk. For more information, call 985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

 Bubble wrap art

The last Monday in January is National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Come celebrate bubblewrap with a bubble wrap art project on Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m. There might be a chance to pop some bubble wrap, too. The program is for ages 4 and older. Registration is required.

The event is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information or to register, please call 985-2173, ext. 5 or visit www. kennebunklibrary.org.

 Tech Time at the Kennebunk Free Library Visit Kennebunk Free Library on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon for the new service, Tech Time. Participants will work one-onone with a librarian to answer technology questions.

To make an appointment, call 985-2173. Participants are asked to bring their technology. The February Tech Time dates are Feb. 1, 8 and 22. For more information and to register, call 985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

 Lego Club

The library is offering a Lego Club for children ages 4 and older. The Lego Club will meet on Wednesday Jan. 23 at 4 p.m.

Build new and imaginative creations or ask the librarian for a challenge to complete. All Lego blocks will be supplied. Do not bring Legos from home. Registration is required.

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

Next AFIO meeting set for Jan. 19

The next meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers is Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Brick Store Museum’s program center at 4 Dane St. in Kennebunk.

The topic will be Sino-U.S. Relations: Global Competitors or Inevitable Armed Conflict? The featured speaker will be John Doughty, who is a veteran scholar, researcher and analyst of global affairs. He will examine deteriorating China-U.S. relations. He will discuss the tensions building on the trade front, China’s military expansion into the South China Sea and key events in Chinese history that may provide clues to future developments.

Doughty was formerly a senior financial analyst at Bath Iron Works, trustee of the Maine Historical Society and currently serves on the boards of directors at World Affairs Council of Maine and the Camden Conference.

The meeting is open to the public and a question period will follow.

Embracing Aging group begins again in January

Embracing Aging: Moment to Moment is a discussion group open to any senior who is interested in sharing the aging journey with others. The winter session began Jan. 9 in the parlor of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk. The group meets every other week for eight sessions from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The emphasis is on embracing: How to embrace this last chapter of life with openness and love, not denying the difficulties, pain or losses that happen along the way? How to live moment to moment, being present to what life is offering?

For more information, contact Helen Rousseau at hrousseau@roadrunner.com or 332-0046.

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