A vintage base ball game between the Dirigo Base Ball Club of Maine and Mudville (of Holliston, Massachusetts) is scheduled for noon on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Kennebunk’s Parsons Field, Courtesy photo

The Brick Store Museum will host a vintage base ball game between the Dirigo Base Ball Club of Maine vs. Mudville (of Holliston, Massachusetts) at noon on Saturday, Aug. 6. The game will be played on Kennebunk’s Parsons Field, at the corner of Dane and Park streets. Tickets to the game are $5 per person, with children younger than 12 admitted free.

“Making history come alive is our job,” Executive Director Cynthia Walker said in an email. “This vintage baseball game is an example of how communities can have fun with the past. It’s something that’s touched all of our lives.”

Parking is available downtown with a short walk to the park. The game will feature vintage sports costumes worn by players, and the game will be played by 1860s rules (which includes no mitts). Participants will receive the rules of play in order to follow along.

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Attendees are encouraged to bring camp chairs and picnic blankets to enjoy the game. A concession stand will be on site with hot dogs by Shields Meats and other game-day snacks. Tickets can be purchased at the door, online at brickstoremuseum.org/calendar, or at the Brick Store Museum.

The vintage base ball game is sponsored by Kennebunk Savings Bank, Hancock Lumber and Hannaford.

White shark discussion planned at library


Sue Perkins will visit Kennebunk Free Library on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. to discuss the increased presence of white sharks off the coast of Maine.

Perkins is a graduate student in biology at the Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) Project Dragonfly program. Her research focus for the past two years has been on the presence of white sharks in the Gulf of Maine. As part of her conservation outreach and course work, she has received a Maine SeaGrant to develop a pop-up educational booth called Respect the Locals.

Sue Perkins will visit Kennebunk Free Library on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. to discuss the increased presence of white sharks off the coast of Maine. Courtesy photo

Perkins will take the booth to state park beaches as well as coastal community events to talk about sharing the waters of the Gulf with white sharks, how to be shark smart and shark safe when using the water recreationally, and the conservation success story that is going on in the Gulf of Maine. Perkins is also a science teacher at Brunswick High School.

The program is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St. in Kennebunk. For more information, call 207-985-2173 or email [email protected]

Children’s book author to visit Kennebunkport

Join Giovanna (Gigi) McBride, author of “Gigi at the White House,” will visit Kennebunkport on July 31 and Aug. 1 for reading and book signing events. The events are free and open to the public.


“Gigi at the White House” is a children’s book based on Gigi’s real-life experience visiting her mother Anita McBride, chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush, at work. The book follows Gigi on many adventures exploring the White House at the Easter Egg Roll, Fourth of July, Halloween, and Christmas.

The reading and book-signing schedule:

Sunday, July 31: Book Signing and Reading with Giovanna McBride
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.

Location: The Knotty Elephant, 3 Union St., Kennebunkport

Monday, Aug. 1: Pop-Up book signing and reading
Time: 10 to 11 a.m.

Location: Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library, 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport


New look for Riverfest ducks

Little ducks newly painted. Courtesy photo

How does an organization add pizzazz to its largest fundraiser that’s celebrating its 30th year? That’s what Kennebunk Portside Rotarians asked themselves as they embarked on another summer of selling plastic ducks to be raced in the annual Riverfest race. Member Laura Andrews came up with the idea of giving new life to the old ducks with a little paint and a lot of creativity. A makeover has been in the process for many of the old, river-worn little ducks.

According to a Rotary press release, “Buyers of the refurbished ducks have been enthusiastic about the chance to sponsor a little duck with personality for the race to be held on Saturday Aug. 13 in the Kennebunk River basin near Dock Square.”

The fastest duck will win its sponsor $1,000. Rotary members will offer the ducks on weekends at locations in the Kennebunks, including Bradbury Brothers, H & B Provisions and Cape Porpoise Kitchen.

Rotarians selling ducks for the annual Riverfest Duck Race, from left, are Rand Gesing, Susan Gesing, Ted Trainer, Stephanie Simpson and Bill Junker. Courtesy photo

Last year’s event raised nearly $10,000. All proceeds were used to support community or international projects including youth development programs, college scholarships, dictionaries for third graders, Community Outreach Services food pantry, Caring Unlimited, substance abuse prevention, and disaster relief — to Ukraine refugees and Midwest tornado victims.

Riverfest is a community wide-event with broad sponsorship including lead sponsors Kennebunk Savings Bank and Proscape Irrigation and supporting sponsors Kennebunkport Climate Initiative, Jim Godbout Plumbing and Heating, Alisson’s, Northeast Credit Union, Nauticos, Duffy’s, Hurricane’s, H & B Provisions, Schlegel Realty, Thomas & Lord, Coldwell Banker/Ki Leffler, JP Unlimited/Harvey Flashen, J & M Lighting Design, Guay Sunoco and CL Landscaping Design. Sponsors of the three preliminary duck races are Kennebunkport Resort Collection, Seashore Trolley Museum and the Portland Sea Dogs.


Rotarians selling ducks for the annual Riverfest Duck Race, from left, are Rand Gesing, Susan Gesing, Ted Trainer, Stephanie Simpson and Bill Junker.

Bohemian Sunday Poetry Readings scheduled

WePoets & Verse will present Bohemian Sunday Poetry Readings at the Brick Store Museum auditorium from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14. Admission is free and open to the public.

A gathering of poets, both beginners and established, will read original poems and verse. Those who write poetry and wish to join the session, can email Madeleine Tunison at [email protected]

For more information, visit wepoets.weebly.com.

Pirate presentation planned at Kennebunk Free Library


Author James Nelson will visit Kennebunk Free Library on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. to talk about all things pirate.

A gnome stands watch from a median at the intersection of Route 1 and Summer Street in Kennebunk. Dan King photo

Nelson was born and raised in Maine, and for six years worked on-board traditional sailing ships before launching a writing career in 1994. He has since written more than 25 works of maritime fiction and history. He is the winner of the American Library Association/William Young Boyd Award and the Naval Order’s Samuel Eliot Morison Award.

Nelson has lectured all over the country and appeared on the Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic and BookTV. He currently lives in Harpswell, with his former shipmate, now wife, Lisa.

The program is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St. in Kennebunk. For more information, call 207-985-2173 or email [email protected]

August meeting scheduled by astronomical society

The Astronomical Society of Northern New England will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, Aug. 5 at the Talmage Observatory at Starfield in West Kennebunk. The meeting will include and outdoor potluck barbecue. Members and the public are invited. The society will provide grills, but all barbecue guests should bring their own food and beverages. The barbecue starts at 5 p.m.


At about 6:30, a general meeting will begin Mark Hamilton, an astronomical society ember, will give a presentation on astrophotography. The meeting agenda includes Bernie Reim’s What’s Up for the Month and Astro Shorts, where attendees and members share questions, activities, news and observations.

If cloudy, the meeting will proceed as planned. If rainy, a regular meeting will be held at The New School; regular time; 7:30 p.m. with no cook-out. The New School is at 38 York St., Kennebunk.

For directions to the Talmage Observatory at Starfield and The New School, visit www.asnne.org/where-to-find-us.php.

For more information or meeting updates, email [email protected] For more information about the society, including events, or to contact the club, visit www.ASNNE.org.

Recycling offered at library presentation

Kennebunk Free Library will present Easy Ways to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle on Tuesday Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Library Assistant Kat Boucher will share a method to minimize single-use plastics, recognize and utilize reusable materials, and reduce purchases of expensive and harmful household chemicals. Participants will be encouraged to share their own methods.


The program is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St. in Kennebunk. For more information, call 207-985-2173 or email [email protected]

Encaustic artist to give demonstration

On Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m., encaustic artist Kathy Ostrander Roberts will be at Kennebunk Free Library to give a demonstration of her technique. Encaustic painting is an ancient technique that involves the use of hot wax mixed with resin and pigment.

For more information, call 207-985-2173 or email [email protected]

Discussion features lighthouses of southern Maine and New Hampshire

Kennebunk Free Library will host lighthouse expert Jeremy D’Entremont on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation about the lighthouses of southern Maine and New Hampshire.


D’Entremont is the author or co-author of more than 20 books, including “The Lighthouses of Maine,” “The Lighthouses of Massachusetts,” “The Lighthouses of Rhode Island,” “The Lighthouses of Connecticut,” “Great Shipwrecks of the Maine Coast,” “The Lighthouse Handbook: New England,” “All About Nubble Light” and “Ocean-Born Mary: The Truth Behind a New Hampshire Legend.”

A pleasure craft passes by the lobster boat Freedom in Cape Porpoise Harbor on July 22. Cynthia Fitzmorris photo

D’Entremont is the president and historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation, founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, and the historian for the U.S. Lighthouse Society. He has appeared on the History Channel, the Travel Channel, Public Television, and National Public Radio speaking about lighthouses and other subjects. He also produces and hosts a weekly podcast called Light Hearted for the U.S. Lighthouse Society.

For more information, call 207-985-2173 or email [email protected]

Wells Branch Fire Association golf tournament scheduled

The second annual Open Golf Tournament to benefit the Wells Brach Fire Association is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6 at Merriland Farm Par 3 Golf Course.

No tee times are needed to participate. The tournament is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature adult and child divisions, cash prizes and a raffle. Merriland Farm Par 3 is located on Coles Hill Road in Wells.


The entry fee is $25 for 18 holes, $20 for nine holes. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 7. For more information, call 646-0508.

Arundel Conservation Trust’s StoryWalk is in place

Arundel Conservation Trust invites visitors to its StoryWalk. The StoryWalk displays Miss Maple’s Seeds, installed along the the trust’s multi-purpose trail, so hikers can read and learn about nature as they walk the trail.

According to a trust news release, “Miss Maple’s Seeds is a gorgeous picture book that introduces the nature-loving Miss Maple, who celebrates the miracle in each seed. Illustrated with luminous paintings that feature beautiful landscapes, lush foliage and charming detail, this tender story celebrates the potential found in each seed. Even the grandest tree and most brilliant flower grows from the smallest of seeds into the magnificent plants they are destined to become. This is a terrific educational activity for hikers of all ages, who are interested in learning more about nature.”

The StoryWalk will remain in place through the summer months. There is no admission fee. The StoryWalk begins at the Arundel Conservation Trust Community Trailhead at the Arundel Municipal Building parking lot, 257 Limerick Road, Arundel.

For more information, volunteer or donate, visit www.arundeltrust.org or email [email protected]


Legion Post 159 plans drive-thru barbecues

American Legion Post 159 announced that it will host free drive-through barbecues on Aug. 19 and Sept. 2. The barbecues will be held at 5 p.m. at Legion Post 159, Route 9, Kennebunkport (across from the police station).

The menu will feature pulled pork, smoked chicken, bratwurst, beans, cole slaw, potato salad, jalapeno corn bread and brownies. Donations are welcome. For more information, call 967-2400.

Community Yard Sale is scheduled for Aug. 6

Kennebunk Free Library is hosting a Community Yard Sale on its lawn on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Shoppers will find an array of items from local artists and community garages.

Vendors can rent 10’x10’ spaces for $35 and 30”x72” folding tables are also available to rent for an additional $15. A clean-up deposit of $25 is required and will be returned at the conclusion of the event. Vendors receive prime visibility on Main Street, free advertising and all for a small donation to benefit the library.


Applications and fees are due by Monday, Aug. 1. Spots are limited. Applications and additional information can be picked up at the library or found on the website. For more information, call 207-985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Model of Positive Living Award nominees sought

The Center is seeking nominations for its eighth annual Model of Positive Living Award.

According to a news release from The Center, “The Model of Positive Living Award is given to a community member who is 50 or older who makes a difference in the lives of others through kind gestures, volunteerism and a can-do attitude. We are looking for folks who live their lives with vitality and compassion. We’re confident you know someone who has demonstrated these inspiring traits. Help us recognize their impact and influence.”

For a nomination form, visit The Center website. Deadline to nominate is Aug. 1. To make a submission, call or email The Center at 207-967-8514 or email [email protected] The award will be announced by The Center in September.

Chalk the Port seeks artists


Kennebunkport is inviting local artists to show off their talent and is asking them to register by Aug. 24 for Chalk the Port.

The Chalk the Port event returns Sept. 23-24 after a two-year hiatus; local artists participate starting at 8 a.m. on Sept. 24 and finishing up by 5 p.m. that day, creating pieces that celebrate the theme, “Kennebunkport: Past, Present, and Future.”

The free, family-friendly event takes place at the Recreation Complex at 20 Recreation Way, near Consolidated School.

“The first 10 qualifying local artists selected will be awarded a $100 stipend, to show the community’s appreciation for the talent right here in our own backyard,” said Town Manager Laurie Smith in an email.

To register, complete the application at www.chalktheport.com by Aug. 24.


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