The town of Kennebunk is seeking a donation for its Christmas tree that is placed in Tibbetts Plaza. Dan King photo

The town of Kennebunk is looking for a donation of a Christmas tree to help celebrate the holiday season. The tree will be displayed at Tibbetts Plaza.

The town is seeking a fir tree approximately 30 to 40 feet in height and full all the way around. The tree should also be easily accessible for transportation to the plaza. The town has a team ready to look at candidates.

For more information, email Linda Johnson at [email protected] or call 207-604-1341.

Mornings in Paris opens new creperie in Kennebunk

Mornings in Paris owner Paul Humphrey recently opened the Mornings in Paris Creperie just down the driveway from his original location in Lower Village Kennebunk.

The creperie features glazed walls, French music and framed tea towels in an intimate setting. The new creperie is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and serves up four savory and five sweet crepe choices (everything can be customized) along with cold brew, iced teas and regular and decaf Old Port Blend coffee.


Customers can order a specialty latte or a glass of wine and a crepe, or both at Mornings in Paris. “You can order everything up there, and come down and pick it up,” said Manager John Nickulas in a press release.

Humphrey said the creperie can also accommodate private parties for birthdays, bridal showers, business meetings, author signings or staff appreciation events, and can accommodate larger events at their main location. He also said they will introduce brunch crepes in the coming weeks, with a vegetarian option.

The creperie also carries a selection of packaged French cookies and Belgian waffles, as well as the French tea towels framed on the walls.

Orders can be called in at 207-352-3679. Mornings in Paris also serves crepes daily from 11 a.m to 5 p.m in its Ogunquit cafe location at 246 Main St.

Waterhouse Center will host Summer Band Blast 5 

Summer Band Blast 5 is scheduled for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Waterhouse Center in downtown Kennebunk. The Waterhouse Center in Kennebunk. Donations collected at the event will benefit Community Outreach Services. Courtesy photo

The Waterhouse Center in Kennebunk will be rocking once again on the afternoon of Aug. 21, when Summer Band Blast 5 kicks off at 5 p.m. The center is located at 51 Main St. in downtown Kennebunk.


An afternoon of entertainment will be offered by local musicians including Lincoln Continental, The Dock Squares, The Biddo Honeys, Byon Yeatts, Dana Pearson, Andy MacLeod, Gary Vail and other special guests.

The free event runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The show is a benefit for Community Outreach Services and concert-goers are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item or cash donation to help those in need in the community.

Patrons are also encouraged to bring a chair and dancing shoes and enjoy the community event. The event is rain-or-shine. For more information, call  Faith at 985-6570.

Swashbuckler’s Quest at Kennebunk Free Library

Summer Band Blast 5 is scheduled for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Waterhouse Center in downtown Kennebunk. The Waterhouse Center in Kennebunk. Donations collected at the event will benefit Community Outreach Services. Courtesy photo

Kennebunk Free Library will host Swashbuckler’s Quest on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. Participants are encouraged to try their hand at buccaneering obstacles and challenges, make crafts fitting for first-mates and dig for buried treasure. The event is for all ages. No registration is required. The program will be held outside. In the event of inclement weather, a rain date of Friday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. has been scheduled.

Swashbuckler’s Quest is part of the Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program. To learn more about the programs offered this summer, visit the library or the website. The event is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk. For more information and to register, call 985-2173 or visit the website


Outdoor story time dates set at library

On select days in August at 10 a.m., story times will be held outside Kennebunk Free Library near the faerie garden. Join Miss Maria for songs and stories. Participants are asked to bring a blanket or towel to sit on, and sunscreen. In the event of rain or inclement weather, story time will be held indoors.

The location of story time will be announced by 8 a.m. on the morning of the event, and will be shared on the Facebook page and website. The library will take a short story time break from Aug. 22 to Sept. 5. Upcoming story time dates include:

· Monday, Aug. 8

· Monday, Aug. 15, visit from Kennebunk Fire Rescue (rain or shine)

Masks are required when attending library programs. For more information, call 985-2173.


Pirate Week planned at library

From Aug. 8 to Aug. 13, Kennebunk Free Library will drop anchor for Pirate Week. With activities and events for all ages, the library has planned something to please even the scurviest scallywags and landlubbers. Events include:

· Pirate Story Time: Monday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. (ages 0-5)

· Pirate Escape Room Family Edition: Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (open to families with children ages 5 and older; registration required)

· Pirate Escape Room Teen Edition: Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. (open to teens ages 10 and older; registration required)

· Jim Nelson talks about Pirates in Maine: Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. (adult program)


· Swashbuckler’s Quest: Thursday, Aug. 11 at 2:30 p.m. (open to all ages, rain date is Friday, Aug. 12 at 2:30 p.m.)

Pirate Week is part of the Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program. For more information and to register, call 985-2173 or visit

York County Republican meeting set for Aug. 10 at Alfred Town Hall

The York County Republican Committee monthly meeting is Wednesday Aug. 10 at Alfred Town Hall Auditorium. The hall is located at 16 Saco Road in Alfred. Doors open 6:30 p.m.

A business meeting is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will focus on York County Republican Committee activities at Acton Fair, news from town committees, upcoming events and candidate updates, including a talk by the Rev. David Corbett, candidate for Senate in District 32.

For more information or to be added to the committee email list, email [email protected] or call 207-468-2395.


Vintage baseball game slated for Parsons Field

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.

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.

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, or at the Brick Store Museum.

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

New look for Riverfest ducks


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.

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.

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 [email protected]

For more information, visit

Recycling tips 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.”


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]

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


A Cape Porpoise driveway with Goat Island Light in the distance on the evening of Monday, Aug. 1. Dan King photo

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

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 by Aug. 24.

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