Community News – Artisans Marketplace debuts May 28

The Kennebunk Artisans Marketplace will open at Kennebunk’s Waterhouse Center.

The Kennebunk Artisans Marketplace will open Saturday, May 28 at Kennebunk’s Waterhouse Center. The market is open every Saturday from May 28 to October 1. Photo by Dan King

The market offers shoppers a wide variety of items created by more than two dozen Maine artisans. A jury application process is used to ensure a high level of quality and diversity for all items sold. The market is open every Saturday from May 28 to October 1.

For a complete list of approved vendors and their products, visit The Waterhouse Center is located at 51 Main St. in Kennebunk. Vendors could change from week to week.

The St. David’s Book Sale is back

Saint David’s Episcopal Church in Kennebunk will hold its first book sale in three years.

After three years of the coronavirus pandemic, the church announced it had a “huge inventory of great books and puzzles to choose from. In addition to the sale, raffle tickets will be offered for a chance to win one of three great prizes.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to noon. St. David’s is located at 138 York Street (Route 1) in Kennebunk. For more information, call 985-3073.

Seaglass Chorale concert planned

On Sunday, May 22 at 4 p.m., the Seaglass Choir and Seatones will perform at St David’s Episcopal Church, Route 1 South, Kennebunk.

Under the direction of Jean Strazdes, the choir, according to a May 12 statement, “will bring to the community an offering of light featuring Lux Aeterna that is thoughtful, spiritual and joyful. Additionally, the Seatones, an a cappella selected group of Seaglass Chorale members, will add a more uplifting and joyful light to this concert with their own selections.

Donations will be accepted at the door and via the website,

Conway Wins Atria Honors

Atria Kennebunk Community Sales Manager, Michael Conway, recently won an Atria Senior Living Sales Excellence Award for his achievements within the Kennebunk Seniors Community. Conway’s sales results in the first quarter of 2022 met national award standards set by the Louisville, Kentucky-based retirement home provider.

According to a May 12 press release from Atria, “Award thresholds require high performance to maintain community occupancy, gain new residents, and earn strong online reviews from families and caregivers. “.

Michael Conway

“We are so proud of Michael for his business accomplishments,” Kymberly Cordair, regional vice president of Atria Senior Living, said in an email. “He is one of only four recipients of the Atria Sales Excellence Award nationally, and his results most of all reflect his dedication to our Kennebunk community and to helping potential residents of the area find the community to live for. age that suits them.”

According to the company, “Atria Kennebunk is an independent living, assisted living and memory care community where residents enjoy an active lifestyle in a luxurious residential setting. In addition to culinary options that include three chef-prepared meals a day, Atria Kennebunk’s Engage Life program offers social calendars filled with activities and events that support lifestyle choices that contribute to successful aging.

Arundel plans Memorial Day ceremony

The Arundel Historical Society will host a Memorial Day Ceremony on Sunday, May 29 at 11 a.m. It will take place at the City Fire Station on Limerick Road at the Veterans’ Memorial.

The event will include an invocation, honor roll reading and wreath laying, followed by tap dancing. The public is invited to attend and remember the veterans.

The softball league is looking for ballplayers

The Kennebunk 50-plus Co-Ed Softball League is about to enter its sixth season. The league is designed for players aged 50 and over and in a co-ed format, with an emphasis on fun, safety and the company of others. In 2021, players ranged from their mid-50s to those just over 80. Players included those with prior softball experience, as well as those with few or many years in the past.

All games and practices are held at Lloyd Nedeau Softball Field in West Kennebunk near Clear Crossing Road.

As the 2022 season approaches, the league encourages new and returning players to register, especially those who wish to enjoy team activity and outdoor exercise.

Officiating matches will take place every Monday, starting June 6 at 5:15 p.m., to accommodate most people’s work schedules. We are also offering all players weekly practice sessions on Friday mornings, starting at 9 a.m., June 3 for warm-ups, batting practice.

Those interested can register on the Kennebunk Department of Parks and Recreation website, For more information, call Dan Peacock at 207-899-8708.

The league is open to all residents and currently includes several players from neighboring towns.

British folk music at school

The monthly Mid-Week Music concert series continued on May 18 with an evening of British folk music. For this show, Dana Pearson (guitar, octave mandolin, banjo) and Mark Gunter (piano, guitar) will be joined by violinist Paul Wells, co-host of the WMPG radio show North by Northeast (“Music from Our Little Corner of the Continent”). It will take place at the Kennebunkport Historical Society’s Town House School at 135 North St., and will be repeated on Sunday, May 22 at 1 p.m.

The tunes will range from the venerable classics “She Moved Through the Fair”, “Loch Lomond” and “The Parting Glass”, to more
modern numbers like Richard Thompson’s “Beeswing”, Paul Brady’s “Heather on the Moor” and Traffic’s “John Barleycorn Must Die”.

Tickets are $15 for Kennebunkport Historical Society members and $18 for non-members. Evening show is BYOB (21+ only); the single malt would be quite appropriate. For more information and tickets, visit, email [email protected] or call 967-2751.

Last week of the Jane Morgan exhibition

For the first time ever, more than 30 pageant dresses exclusively selected from the private collection of Jane Morgan, an internationally acclaimed stage and film star from the golden age of entertainment, debuted at the Brick Store Museum. in February. The exhibit, “Jane Morgan: In My Style,” will run until May 21 before leaving to be shown at New York Fashion Week in the fall.

The collection spans the singer’s career on stage, screen, and television from the 1950s through the 1980s. Morgan, known for her song “Fascination,” has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame; sang the Oscar-winning song twice; received numerous awards and accolades throughout her international singing career and is well known for the special dresses she wore at every appearance, including for Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana; heads of state such as the French President, Charles de Gaulle; Presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush and George W. Bush.

The vintage designer dresses were prepared for the exhibition with the help of guest curator Bonnie Bien, owner of LA PRESSE PR, who as a teenager traveled with Morgan and personally assisted her for four years. Morgan and Bien worked together to select the one-of-a-kind designs for the “In My Style” exhibit. Bien’s experience working with fashion designers has prepared her for exposure to such famous designers as: Kathryn Kuhn, Donald Brooks, Stephen Yearick, Ben Reig, Ruben Panis, Oleg Cassini, Monte Streitfield, Gunter Project 2, Don Loper of California and Marion Wagner, who created the unique and one-of-a-kind performance dresses.

The museum is open six days a week (closed only on Mondays). For more information, visit

Former intelligence officers schedule May 21 meeting

The next AFIO (Association of Former Intelligence Officers) meeting will be held at the Brick Store Museum’s Program Center at 4 Dane St. in Kennebunk on Saturday, May 21 at 2 p.m.

The speaker, Dr. Seth Jones, is a defense expert with a background in strategic and international studies with a particular focus on national security. America’s main rivals – Russia and China – are using irregular warfare against the United States to undermine American power while adapting American techniques and having made huge gains without traditional warfare.

Jones will also focus on how the United States needs to change their prospects in this competition before it’s too late. Jones, a Bowdoin graduate, has taught national security and has written numerous articles and published books on irregular warfare, counterterrorism, and covert action. He is the director of the Transitional Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Poetry reading offered at the museum

WePoets & Verse founder Madeleine Tunison, along with Patricia Davenport and Quincy Moy, announced that several Portland poets will be reading at an upcoming Bohemian Sunday poetry reading scheduled for June 5. The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk.

Guests will hear Shana Genre, Meghan Sterling and Katherine Hagopian-Berry read selected poems. They will be joined by local poets from the Kennebunks. Free entry. For more information, visit

The Seashore Trolley Museum is looking for volunteer trolley operators

The Seashore Trolley Museum is looking for new recruits from the community who want to learn a new skill and help the museum provide guest experiences this season by becoming volunteer trolley operators on a heritage railroad.

The museum is hosting its annual Cart Driver Training on Thursdays, May 26, June 2, June 9, and June 16 from 6-9 p.m. via Zoom. The course will cover the mechanical aspects of tram operation, railway rules and safety, history and visitor interaction. Upon successful completion of the course, new operators will be paired one-on-one with seasoned operators. They will operate and drive side-by-side carts until they are ready and fully qualified to operate solo for museum visitors.

To be eligible to use carts, volunteers must become museum members ($40/year), be 18 years old by the end of the course, and have a valid motor vehicle driver’s license from any US state. The course fills up quickly. Interested persons are encouraged to register early. For more details or to register, call 207-967-2800, ext. 101 or email [email protected]

Photo by Cynthia Fitzmorris

Photo by Cynthia Fitzmorris