2019-03-15 / Community

Community News

Graves Library to host session with botanist

Envisioning Kennebunkport as an Arboretum will be presented 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Graves Library Community Room on Maine Street in Kennebunkport.

Nina Pearlmutter, Ph.D. Botany, and member of the Kennebunkport Shade Tree Committee, will outline new opportunities to update the town tree database to make it available for residents and visitors to enjoy strolls through the variety of trees the town has to offer and describe significant species that have been planted and cared for by residents.

Included will be information on the benefits of urban and forest trees and the possible incorporation of the system in the newly-acquired 84-acre town parcel.

This is the final presentation in the series on Kennebunkport’s trees co-sponsored by the Kennebunkport Shade Tree Committee and the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. The public is welcome.

For more information, call John Ripton at 908-399-2706 or email jartphotos@gmail.com.

Pearlmutter is a Kennebunkport resident and a member of the town’s Shade Tree Committee. She holds a PhD in botany and plant pathology from Purdue University.

Pearlmutter will address the ecological and cultural benefits of creating a conservancy program in Kennebunkport that would include preservation of trees and plants and developing self-guided walking tours through the town’s historic tree-lined streets and town nature trails for recreational and educational purposes. Kennebunkport as Arboretum is an imaginative idea and a model for any town’s green future.


Irish music trio Fódhla will perform at West Kennebunk United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. (Courtesy photo) Irish music trio Fódhla will perform at West Kennebunk United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. (Courtesy photo)

Irish music trio in West Kennebunk

West Kennebunk United Methodist Church will keep the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day alive with a concert that features the Irish music trio, Fódhla at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24.

Comprised of flutist Nicole Rabata, fiddler Ellery Klein and guitarist Bethany Waickman, Fódhla (Foh–la) is well-known to audiences in southern Maine, New Hampshire, and the Boston area.

After 15 years of performing together and recording on each other’s solo albums, Rabata and Klein decided that forming a group was long overdue. With the addition of Waickman on guitar, the trio forges a sound rooted in traditional Irish music, with influences from their experience playing a wide range of musical styles.

Fódhla have been well received at festivals such as Portland’s Saltwater Festival, the Maine Celtic Celebration and the Boston Celtic Music Festival. Their debut recording, “Notes from Millpond,” was released in December 2015 to a sold-out show at Acoustic Artisans in Portland.

West Kennebunk United Methodist Church is located at 160 Alfred Road in the village of West Kennebunk.

The concert, which is part of the church’s fund-raising efforts, takes place Sunday, March 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. Admission is by donation at the door. Suggested levels: $18 adults, $12 youth and seniors (under 18/ over 65), with a $40 maximum for parents with children.

For more information, call Paul Wells at 985-2831.

Pre-kindergarten artists to be featured at library

Kennebunk Free Library announced its April 1-30 exhibition, “Celebrating the Young Child,” the artwork of the pre-kindergarten students at Kennebunk Elementary School.

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.

The exhibit is in recognition of The Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

The 2019 Week of the Young Child is April 8-12.

RSU 21 welcomed students in the towns of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel to the Pre-K program at Kennebunk Elementary this fall.

Nomination papers available at town hall

Nomination papers are available at Kennebunk Town Hall for those interested in serving the community.

Nomination papers are available for the following:

 2 seats on the board of selectmen.

 2 seats on the RSU 21 Board of Directors.

 1 seat on the Kennebunk Light and Power District Board of Trustees.

 2 seats on the Kennebunk Sewer District Board of Trustees.

Nomination papers should be signed by at least 25 Kennebunk registered voters, and not more than 100, with name on the municipal election ballot for the June 11, 2019 annual town meeting vote.

Nomination papers must be filed with the town clerk no later than April 12, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call Town Clerk Merton Brown at 604-1326.

Johnson to discuss his newest book

On Monday, April 1 at 6 p.m., author Carl Johnson will be at the Kennebunk Free Library to discuss his newest book, “The Best Team Ever?”

Red Sox fans will always remember the 2018 team as the most exciting they have ever seen. This book takes readers, game by game, play by play and day by day through one of the most magical seasons in the history of the Red Sox franchise. Relive those come-from-behind wins, those spectacular blowouts, and the highs and lows of that fabulous season.

Johnson is a baseball columnist and historian with the Journal Tribune. He writes a weekly column on Major League Baseball and also produces a blog on the subject at baseballworldbjt.com. In addition, he produces baseball columns for several other newspapers. He also lectures on baseball and its history.

The program is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St. in Kennebunk. For more information, call 985-2173.

Genealogy Group meets on Saturday, April 6

On Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m., the Kennebunk Free Library Genealogy Group will host a discussion about the day-to-day lives of ancestors.

The Power Point lecture by Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. provides insights into how Maine families lived a century ago.

Comprised of 80 real photo post cards made between 1900 and 1930, the talk focuses on children at play, school and work as well as their interaction with parents and grandparents.

The program is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St. in Kennebunk. For more information, call 985-2173.

Eastern Trail Alliance is a marathon beneficiary

Bob Dunfey, volunteer race director for the Maine Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay, announced March 6 that Eastern Trail Alliance will be one of the five primary beneficiaries of this year’s event. The marathon is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 6. Eastern Trail Alliance will receive a $20,000 donation from the event.

“The Eastern Trail Alliance is honored to have been selected for a $20,000 gift this year,” said Nancy Borg, Eastern Trail executive director, in a written statement. “Thank you Maine Marathon for showing avid trail users, cyclists and supporters that you support the importance of preserving and maintaining greenways like the Eastern Trail for the benefit of all.”

The Eastern Trail is both a trail and a vision. The trail today is 22 mostly off-road miles from Bug Light in South Portland to Kennebunk. A scenic on-road route then follows quiet country roads to Kittery. When complete, the 65-mile trail will be an off-road connection for commuting and recreation from Casco Bay to the Piscataqua River.

“As part of the 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway, the nation’s longest connected biking and walking route, the Eastern Trail represents a commitment to public health, environmental sustainability, economic development, and civic engagement,” Borg said. “Together, we are connecting people to nature and communities via a safe, accessible trail.”

The Maine Marathon, organized by the Maine Track Club, is a volunteer driven, nonprofit event with proceeds going to local Maine charities.

Since 1997, we’ve donated over $4.1 million to charity. Over 50 volunteer race coordinators plan the event during the year and over 800 volunteers deliver the event on race weekend.

For more information contact Jen Steele Skillings, event coordinator, at jen@easterntrail.org or Dunfey at mainemarathon@gmail.com or 475-5656.

Lego Club meets at Kennebunk Free Library

Kennebunk Free Library is offering a Lego Club for children ages 4 and older.

The Lego Club will meet on Wednesday March 27 at 4 p.m. Participants will build new and imaginative creations or can ask the librarian for a challenge to complete.

All Lego blocks will be supplied. Particpants are asked not to bring personal Legos. Registration is required.

The program is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St. in Kennebunk. For more information, call 985-2173.

Museum to feature high school art

During the month of March, the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk will feature its annual student art show, now in its fourth year, Untitled: The Kennebunk High School Art Show.

The show runs through March 31, and features artwork from every Kennebunk High School visual arts student in grades 9 through 12.

The show provides a scope of visual artworks across a broad range of media and subject matter, highlighting some of examples of visual art currently happening in our community at the high school level.

During the show’s run, all RSU21 students will be admitted to the museum for free.

All across America, the month of March is celebrated as Youth Art Month, a month promoting art and art education throughout our schools and communities at large. Thousands of American schools participate in observing Youth Art Month, often with the involvement of local art museums and civic organizations.


Hsiang Tu Hsiang Tu

First Parish to host concert pianist

Award-winning pianist Dr. Hsiang Tu will perform Claude Debussy’s Twelve Etudes for Piano Saturday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk. This masterpiece, completed in 1915, is the last he composed for piano.

“Each étude presents the pianist with not only a multitude of technical challenges but also endless interpretive riddles,” Tu said in a press release. “Even today, these pieces can surprise and perplex, and to hear them all in one recital is an experience not to be missed.”

Other late works by Debussy will also be included. Tu holds a doctorate in piano performance from Julliard and now teaches at the University of New Hampshire. He was praised in the New York Times for his “eloquent sensitivity at the piano.”

A reception will follow the concert. Tickets are $10 at the door. No admission charge for children.

Arundel Conservation Trust schedules meeting

On Thursday March 14 at 6 p.m., the Arundel Conservation Trust (ACT) will host its first ever annual meeting. The meeting is open to the public.

“We welcome everyone to join us to hear details about ACT’s progress and what we have planned for our Arundel conservation efforts this year,” said ACT President Joan Hull in a written statement. “Attendees will get to meet our board members, learn about volunteer opportunities and see a calendar of 2019 community activities we have planned.”

The meeting will be held at the Community Center at the Cape Arundel Cottages on Route 1. The address is 1976 Portland Road (Route 1) in Arundel. Appetizers and refreshments will be served. The agenda will also include announcement of the first Community Hero award.

Registration open for library road race

Registration is open for Kennebunk Free Libary’s 22nd Edition Road Race. This year’s race will be held on Friday, July 12 at 6 p.m..

The first 200 registrants will receive a road race T-shirt and a goodie bag, stuffed with gifts from sponsors.

This year, in response to participant feedback, the race made a change to its prize structure.

The road race draws a broad range of ages – last year, the youngest racer was 4; the oldest was 84.

To ensure that everyone has a chance to be recognized for their efforts this year, prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in each of six age categories: 14 and under, 15-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over.

For more information, visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

May Day Festival planning gets underway

As February ramps up, the Downtown Commitee has started planning for Kennebunk’s 21st annual May Day Festival.

The event will be held on Saturday, May 4. in downtown Kennebunk,. The Kennebunk May Day Committee invites citizens to take part in the planning process.

This year’s festival will feature all the popular, family-oriented activities enjoyed for years and some fun new additions.

Fresh ideas are always welcome so please consider coming to a meeting and bringing those ideas.

Local artists/crafters, community organizations, and antiques enthusiasts are all encouraged to participate. Visit www.kennebunkmaine.us/mayday.

Photos from last year’s event are available on the website as well as last year’s schedule. The 2019 schedule will be available in April. The website also has sign-up sheets for this year’s craft markets and nonprofit tables.

Need more information?

There’s an email link at the above website. For more information, email Linda Johnson at ljohnson@kennebunkmaine.us or call 604-1341.

Older workers Job Fair set for Tuesday, April 2

Local hotels and restaurants need more help in the Kennebunks.

The Older Employees Staffing Alliance is planning a job fair in a low-key setting at The Center in Lower Village Kennebunk.

The event for older adults is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 2.

Local businesses are looking for part-time and full-time seasonal frontdesk, reservation and sales agents, gift shop attendants, night auditors, maintenance and landscaping workers, housekeepers, cruise and bus greeters, concierge staff, hosts, bartenders, breakfast attendants, pet sitters, childcare, pool and marina attendants and more.

The fair is free and open to the public. Job-seekers must RSVP in advance of the fair, visiting either from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Call the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Arundel Chamber of Commerce at 967-0857 or email events@gokennebunks.com.

Compiled by Dan King, editor@kennebunkpost.com.

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