Neighborhood festival

As part of the 31st anniversary of National Night Out, the city will host its seventh annual Bacon Street Neighborhood Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The grassroots-style festival is realized via donations and volunteer efforts. It is held to promote safe and united neighborhoods that shun crime, drugs and violence, as well as to improve family-friendly community spaces. Progress continues to be made in the Bacon Street neighborhood and residents invite the greater public to come view the parks, a community garden, the Canopy Park Resource Center and playground.

The theme of this year’s festival is “It’s Time,” and will include music, a petting zoo, pony rides by Mustang Rescue, games, food, a bouncy house, costumed characters, a pie eating contest, a dunk tank, York County Emergency Management Agency Command Truck and activities for all ages.

No preregistration is required for the contests.

Participation is free and there will be prizes and candy for children.

Brightwater Blue and BillyBilly will be performing live music throughout the afternoon.

The street will be closed from High Street to Piersons Lane for the entire time of the festival.

For more details or to view a schedule of events, go to or email Linda Waters at [email protected]


Historic window workshop

The public is invited to attend a daylong historic window preservation workshop being held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center at 290 Norlands Road.

The workshop follows a recent restoration project to replace 12 windows at the 1867 historic homestead.

The class will cover traditional window maintenance and offer guidance on simple techniques to keep them working properly and energy efficient.

Marc Bagala will guide participants on how to identify basic window parts, disassemble a window without doing damage, identify which parts need repair or replacement, tips and techniques for making windows energy efficient, identify compatible materials for maintenance, how to reassemble windows so they work freely in their jambs, and for fun, hands-on glass cutting and glazing.

Cost of the workshop is $50 and includes instructional materials and lunch and benefits the window restoration project.

Space is limited.

Reservations are required by Wednesday by calling 897-4366 or email [email protected]


Planetarium comes to library

Scott Negley will bring his portable planetarium to the Kennebunk Free Library on Tuesday for two free showings detailing the summer skies.

Learn which planets are visible at this time of the year, how to identify some constellations and get a peek into the upcoming Perseid Meteor Shower that runs annually from July 17 to Aug. 24.

Shows will be at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., and are suitable for ages 5 through adult. Space is limited and pre-registration is required for both shows.

The library is located at 112 Main St.

For more details or to pre-register, call 985-2173 Ext. 5 or go to


SAT prep classes offered

Maine Prep’s SAT prep classes for Kennebunkport area high school students will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Monday from Aug. 11 to Oct. 6 at the Perkins House at Louis T. Graves Memorial Library, 3 Mast Cove Lane.

Classes are designed to teach students strategies to use in the math, writing and reading sections of the SAT, preparing them for the October 2014 SAT and PSAT tests.

For more details, call Maine Prep at 798-5690 or email [email protected]

The web address is

• “Imagine! Create! Build!” Lego Club will meet from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library at 18 Maine St.

The creative building sessions are open to ages 8 and older.

Pre-registration is required by calling 967-2778 or go to

• The annual Giant Book Sale Blowout at Louis T. Graves Library will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Perkins House, next door to the library.

The event will feature a wide variety of book genres and food and farmer’s market vendors selling luncheon items.

All proceeds from the sale will directly benefit the library’s programs and services.

For more details, call 967-2778.


Bicentennial exhibit

The Counting House Museum has unveiled its new bicentennial exhibit “Main Street, South Berwick: 200 Years of Downtown History.”

Many tales and little-known facts collected since South Berwick’s founding in 1814 are in store for the visitor in the new exhibit, that is sponsored by the Old Berwick Historical Society and featuring highlights from the museum’s collection of about 10,000 documents and photographs on local history and about 1,000 historic objects.

The bicentennial exhibit is expected to be on display for two years, with regular weekend hours through mid-October. Also at the Counting House are an archaeology display, an exhibit on trades of South Berwick from the 1600s through the 1900s, and a World War II love story.

The Counting House is staffed by historical society volunteers from 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends and at other times by appointment.

Admission is by donation.

For more details or to schedule a visit, call 384-0000 or go to [email protected]


Author discusses stonewalls

Author Kevin Gardner discusses his book “Granite Kiss: Discovering New England Stonewalls” from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Soldiers Memorial Library, at 85 Main St.

While building a miniature “stone wall,” Gardner will share his explorations into the history and techniques of this long-ago art.

A Q&A session will follow. Light refreshments will be served. For more details, call 625-4650.


Classic cars on display

Par Sem Day will kick off Saturday morning with a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9, followed by an antique and classic car and tractor display on the Parsonsfield Seminary campus at 504 North Road.

There will be judging in 16 classes of vehicles with trophies being awarded for the top three winners in each, as well as for Best in Show.

Registration for the car show is from 7:30 to 11, and voting ends at noon, with awards being given around 2 p.m.

The day also will include musical entertainment, a pie walk, food and craft vendors, ice cream, book and plant sales and a giant flea market.

Car show entrant’s fee is $5 per car. Proceeds are to benefit the Friends of Par Sem’s efforts to preserve the historical property. For more details, call 625-4449.


Wolves may be at your door

John Glowa and Meredith Kellogg, of the Maine Wolf Coalition, will speak about Maine wolf population recoveries at noon Tuesday at Merryspring Nature Center and park, located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza.

After being absent for more than a century, evidence of wolf populations returning to Maine has been recorded.

This program will begin with a history of wolves in Maine including their biology, past range and public attitudes toward the species.

Glowa and Kellogg will then describe the efforts by wolves and the Maine Wolf Coalition to return these animals to Maine, as well as the hindrances wolves face from becoming re-established in the state.

Admission to the talk is free for Merryspring members and $5 for all others.

For more details, call 236-2239 or email [email protected]


Blueberry festival at church

South Freeport Congregational Church’s Summer Blueberry Festival will be held Friday through Sunday on the church grounds at 98 South Freeport Road.

Attic treasures and a jewelry sale will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, with a free concert by the Chandler Military Band to follow at 7 p.m.

The sale continues the next day with more activities for families, including, “Spark’s Ark” Animals, miniature horse carriage rides, interactive music by Earth Jams, “Vandini” magic and balloon show, Hula Hooping, a bounce house, face painting, games and more for an admission fee of $5.

Fine arts and crafts, lobster roll lunch, barbecue cookout dinner, blueberry baked goods and fresh squeezed blueberry lemonade will be available for purchase and a concert by “The Half Moon Jug Band” will be held at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show are $10 and can be purchased at:

Sunday events include a blueberry pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. for $6.

For a complete list of events, visit or call 865-4012.

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