KENNEBUNK — Those who live by the motto “Life is short, enjoy dessert first,” are in for a major treat coming up in Kennebunk.

On Thursday, Oct. 26, Community Harvest, a nonprofit organization serving Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel, is hosting its annual “Savory & Sweet Soiree” at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport.

The annual event is a benefit auction that helps raise funds to support the year-round beneficial Community Harvest programs that assist local residents. 

“What is better than bidding on some unique local items and then capping it off with a slice of some homemade pie,” said Jeanne Gomez, of Community Harvest’s Board of Directors. “The Savory and Sweet Soiree is a great way to show support for your neighbors and it is a perfect way to spend an autumn evening.”

Gomez said that the annual soiree is one of Community Harvest’s largest fundraisers and all profits from the event benefit Community Harvest’s year-round programs such as the Harvest Café, Project Pilgrim and the Noel Dinner, which serve more than 1,200 meals to people in need.

Soiree activities begin at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 with participants having an opportunity to bid on various auction items donated by local businesses. 

According to Gomez, guests will be able to make bids on local restaurant gift cards, gorgeous gift baskets, fun experiences and much more.

Tickets to the event may be purchased for $20 in advance by calling 967-1911 or for $25 at the door.

Eva Barnfather, Community Harvest’s Savory & Sweet Soiree chairperson, said that one the highlights of the event is more than 20 freshly baked pies.

“We’ll have all the favorites, strawberry rhubarb, lemon-meringue, blueberry and chocolate cream,” Barnfather said. “And for those of you who are looking for seasonal pies, we’ll have apple and pumpkin pie. I have a team of dedicated volunteers who bake from sunrise to sunset the day before the Savory & Sweet Soiree. We couldn’t pull this event off without their baking expertise.”

Community Harvest was founded in 1999 and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization situated in Kennebunk. The nonprofit organization focuses on food, fellowship, and financial assistance for those living in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel, and offers all services free of charge. 

More information about programs and services offered by Community Harvest can be found by visiting

Barnfather said that donations of gift certificates, art, crafts, and services are still being accepted by Savory & Sweet Soiree volunteers. Those interested in making a donation of any kind are asked to call 967-1911.

— Executive Editor Ed Pierce can be reached at 282-1535 ext. 326 or by email at [email protected]

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