2015-12-04 / Community

Community News

A 40-foot Christmas tree lights up the night sky after Saturday’s ceremony at the downtown plaza in Kennebunk. (Kevin A. Byron photo) A 40-foot Christmas tree lights up the night sky after Saturday’s ceremony at the downtown plaza in Kennebunk. (Kevin A. Byron photo) Arundel Historical Society book commemorates town

The Arundel Historical Society has a gift idea for those interested in local history.

The society released a book, “Arundel- Proud to be ... 1915-2015,” in September. The book commemorates the town’s 100th year as an independent town. It is a compilation of recollections, photos, documents and articles collected by the book committee from citizens, town sources, newspapers, etc., and is chock full of information about Arundel’s history. There is a suggested donation for the book and it can be picked up at Arundel Town Hall or by placing an order at 283-9699.

Proceeds go to the Arundel Historical Society.

Kennebunk Free Library to host ‘A Secret Music’ author

Local author Susan Doherty will discuss her debut novel, “A Secret Music,” on Thursday, Dec. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. at Kennebunk Free Library.

Set in 1937 Montreal,A Secret Music” is about Lawrence Nolan, a sensitive 14-year-old music prodigy who grows up in the shadow of his mother’s mental illness.

Under the burden of this shameful secret he raises himself and his younger brother. Lawrence counteracts the pain and mounting mistrust caused by his mother’s emotional absence by escaping into the intensity of Chopin and Schubert, the only language he understands. The novel tells the story of a talented young boy forced to confront the weight of his own conscience, set in a time when radio was in its infancy and live performance a vehicle for recognition.

Doherty has a bachelor of science from Concordia University in Montreal and studied journalism at Ryerson University. She has worked for Maclean’s Magazine, for a Parisian digital publishing company and has done freelancing for The International Herald Tribune, La Tribune de Genève, La Suisse, and the Independent in London.

Doherty started her own company, On Location Productions in Canada, and has worked in advertising for 18 years. Doherty has numerous volunteer affiliations that have been incorporated into her writing including The Douglas Psychiatric Institute and the Royal Conservatory of Music. As a volunteer in the area of mental illness, she works with patients suffering from psychosis and is currently researching bi-polar illness and paranoid schizophrenia for her second book, “The Ghost Garden,” a non-fiction biography about an Ottawa woman and her lifelong struggle with schizophrenia.

The program is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 985- 2173.

Legion Post 74 to distribute flags

American Legion Post 74 will distribute flags 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec 5, in front of Down East Wines, Western Ave., Lower Village Kennebunk.

Members of the Post will be on hand to answer questions on eligibility for joining the American Legion or just to show support to veterans past and present.

A raffle will be held with the winner receiving two-nights at the Kings Port Inn, Port Inn, Portsmouth, New Hampshire or The Port Inn, Kennebunk. The winner will have a choice of properties.

The winner to be drawn after the completion of Prelude weekends. Any member of the Post can be contacted for tickets before or after Prelude celebrations.

Monies raised will be used to continue ongoing programs in local schools, Blind Camp, flag and /or grave markers for Memorial Day, in all local cemeteries. The Post also supports Habitat for Humanity, Honor Flight for vets as well as Wreaths Across America.

Christ Church to host St. Petersburg ensemble

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., Christ Church will host the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble, an a capella quartet that will present a program ranging from traditional Russian music to popular Christmas songs. Vocalists Kirill Sokolov, Sergey Shapinsky, Andrei Volikov, and Vadim Smantser formed the group in 2003.

With just four performers, they present works generally performed by much larger groups. Their repertoire encompasses various epochs and styles, from ancient Russian chants to Western European chorales to contemporary compositions, along with Russian folk songs, and secular and religious music.

For more information, visit http://sfcrook.com/steve_project/index.html

The ensemble will have CD’s and Russian souvenirs available for purchase immediately after the concert.

Christ Church will also offer an exhibition of traditional Russian art along with the concert. Master Iconographer Marina Forbes will display framed paintings in the Russian orthodox tradition, available for purchase. For more information, visit www.christchurchkennebunk.org or call 985-4494.

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