Schoolhouse Arts Center holds auditions for ‘Harvey’

Schoolhouse Arts Center will hold auditions for “Harvey,” its first production of the 2018 season. Tryouts will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9 and from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 10 at Schoolhouse Arts Center, 16 Richville Road.

Directed by Chris Roberts and assistant directed by Hollie Pryor, the play tells the tale of a man and his invisible 6-foot rabbit named Harvey and the family and neighbors who try to have him committed.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Audtioners should be prepared to list any conflicts.

Callbacks will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 11. Performances will be held April 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22.

There are roles for six adult male actors, ages late teens through 50-plus, and six female actors, ages late teens through 60-plus, with all roles available.

For more details, go to or email directors Chris Roberts at [email protected] or Hollie Pryor at [email protected]


Brick Store Museum hosts Free February program

The Brick Store Museum will present the Free February program, to coincide with the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s Paint the Town Red initiative. Festivities will kick off with a hot chocolate bar, treats, and a meeting with photographer Michael Fillyaw from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 117 Main St.

The program opens the museum to regional residents and guests alike, with free admission for the entire month of February.

Two new exhibitions will coincide with the month-long program: “The Way Life Is: Photography by Michael Fillyaw,” and “A Toast to Temperance: Maine’s Ban on Alcohol in the 19th Century,” along with current exhibitions “Design & Function: Furniture, Portraits and Art, 1685-1840,” “Festival of Style” and “The Golden Age of Radio.”

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more details, call 985-4802 or go to


York County Audubon holds Gull Identification Workshop

York County Audubon will present a two-part “Gull Identification Workshop,” led by professional birder Derek Lovitch, on Saturday and Sunday.

The Saturday portion of the workshop will include two sessions at the Mather Auditorium at Wells Reserve, 342 Laudholm Farm Road in Wells. “Beginning Gull Identification” will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and “Advanced Gull Identification” will follow from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The second session will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, with participants meeting at the Back Cove parking lot on Preble Street Extension, opposite Hannaford’s, to carpool for some birding identification.

The cost is $10. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

To sign up, go to, click on the “What’s Coming Up” link, and then scroll down to find the registration form.


Registrations are accepted for Beginner Bee School

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine State Beekeepers Association are accepting registrations for their upcoming five-week Winter Beginner Bee School set to run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 22 through March 22 at Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St..

Instructor Larry Peiffer, master beekeeper and former MSBA vice president, will discuss honeybee colonies, hive construction, pests and diseases, honey production and seasonal management of the hive. Participants may also observe hives and gain hands-on experience during a field lab at a later date.

Cost is $95 per person, $140 for two people who share textbooks and materials, and includes a one-year membership in the York County Beekeepers Association.

Feb. 16 is the deadline to register. Find more information and register online at, or call the UMaine Extension York County office at 800-287-1535 (in state), 324-2814, or email [email protected] To request a disability accommodation, ask for Frank Wertheim.


Thomaston boy selected dystrophy ambassador

Evan Riley of Thomaston has been selected as the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s state ambassador for a second term.

Evan, age 9, will make public appearances throughout the state, representing individuals with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility. Those appearances are intended to bring awareness to the MDA’s mission and encourage charitable donations to help provide life-saving resources and support for families affected by such physical challenges.

Riley, a Grade 4 student, was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at age 2.


Wells High students named in scholastic competition

Eleven Wells High School students have placed in various categories in the 2018 Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition, sponsored by the Maine College of Art at Portland.

Five of those students received Gold Key awards, qualifying them to advance to the national level of the competition later this year; four of them received Silver Key awards and five received honorable mentions.

Those recognized include: Alexandra Chase (a Silver Key in Painting), Brianna Christie (a Gold Key in Mixed Media, a Silver Key in Ceramics, and an honorable mention in Ceramics), Claudia Davis-Meggs (a Gold Key in Photography), Sara del Rio Vazquez (two honorable mentions in Photography), Lauren Dow (a Gold Key in Digital Media), Paul Ersing (a Silver Key in Ceramics and one honorable mention in Sculpture), Raven Goodell (two honorable mentions in Photography), John Keniston (a Gold Key in Painting), Nick Maynard (a Gold Key in Portfolio with eight photographs), Megan Schneider (a Silver Key and one honorable mention both in Photography), and Channing Wang (a Silver Key in Portfolio with eight photographs).