The 2017 Calendar of Local Events

This page includes current local events for southern Maine,  

from Kittery to Scarborough. Listings are updated weekly in season. 

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 17
Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience, 8:30 AM to 4 PM, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, Wells. $25. FMI 646-1555 or wells reserve.org.

 

 

8th Annual Southern Maine Coastal Classic, is four days of AKC All Breed Dog Shows and Obedience and Rally Trials.

8th Annual Southern Maine Coastal Classic, four days of AKC All Breed Dog Shows and Obedience and Rally Trials. Activities begin daily at 8 AM, outdoors, rain or shine. Wassamki Springs Campground, 56 Saco St., Scarborough. Sponsored by York County Kennel Club of Maine, Inc. and Vacationland Dog Club, Inc. Public welcome; $5 per vehicle. Ample parking, snack bars and vendors. Event continues through Sunday, May 21. FMI vacationlanddogclub.org; yorkcountykennelclub.org; wamssamkisprings.com.

 

Faerie Houses at Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Display continues until May 20. FMI 985-2173 or kennebunklibrary.org.

 

Allure of Nature photography exhibit by Aja Dyer, Kennebunk Library, Spear Gallery, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Continues through May 31, during library hours. FMI 985-2173 or kennebunklibrary.org.

 

My Favorite Things, Sanford Art Association, 917 Main St., Sanford. This members juried show runs through May 31, during gallery hours. FMI 490-0543 or sanfordspringvaleart.org.

 

Kathy Clark, May's featured artist, Just Us Chickens Gallery, 156 State Rd., Kittery. Clark is a local potter, who works in both hand-built and wheel-thrown pottery. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5:30 PM. Continues to May 31. FMI 439-4209.

 

Patterns of Spring: Arrival of Maine Migratory Breeding Birds, 6 to 7:30 PM, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, Wells.

 

Monthly Poetry Evening, 7 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd., York. May prompt is "olio." Round table format facilitated by Priscilla Cookson. FMI 363-2818.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 19
All the Colors of Cuba Photography Exhibit, 5 to 9 PM, the Old White Church, 15 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. Exhibit is by Pamela Davis. Continues Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, 1 to 4 PM. FMI 929-6472.

 

 

Steel Magnolias is playing at City Theater in Biddeford through May 27.

Steel Magnolias, by Robert Harling, City Theater, 205 Main St, Biddeford. Runs Fridays and Saturdays, to May 27, 7:30 PM; Sundays, 2 PM. Tickets $20. FMI and reservations, 282-0849 or citytheater.org.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 20
1st Annual John Andrews Memorial 5K Walk/Run, on-site registration and check-in 7:30 AM; race 9 AM, O'Reilly's Cure, 264 Rte. 1, Scarborough. Register online by mail, or day of race (cash or check only). Checks ($20 pre-registration, $25 day of event) payable to Eastern Trail Alliance, P. O. Box 250, Saco, Maine, 04072. Proceeds benefit the Eastern Trail. FMI and to register www.active.come/scarborough-me/running/distance-running-races/john-andrews-memorial-5k-walk-run-2017.

 

1st Annual York County Federal Credit Union 5K Run/2-mile Walk Race to End Hunger, 8 AM, race starts at 9 AM, York County Shelter Program Campus, 147 Shaker Hill Rd., Alfred. FMI and to register, 324-1137.

 

Kennebunk Farmers Market, 8 AM to 1 PM, Garden St. municipal parking lot, downtown Kennebunk. Continues every Saturday, rain or shine.

 

Environmental Sensory Awareness Workshop, a two-day workshop on May 20 and 27, 9 AM to noon, at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. Content includes environmental sensory awareness, nature writing and landscape photography. Fee is $60; preregistration is required. FMI and to register, contact Touching Earth EcoArt Collaborative: ecoartcollaborative1@gmail.com or 207-251-6019. Presented by Touching Earth EcoArt Collaborative in collaboration with the Wells Reserve. A one-year Wells Reserve membership is included in the workshop fee. The Wells Reserve is at 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells.

 

Annual Book Fair, 9 AM to noon, St. David's Episcopal Church, 138 York St. (Rte. 1 south), Kennebunk. Features a wide variety at bargain prices. Raffles for a Kindle and a basket with reading-related items. FMI 985-3073.

 

Saturdays in History – History Games, anytime from 10 AM to 1 PM, Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit, 938 Post Rd., Wells. $4 per family, materials provided to make old-fashioned crafts. Sponsored by Crickets Corner Toys and Kites. Continues Saturday, May 27. FMI 646-4775 or infor@wohistory.org.

 

Basketmaking Workshop with Martha Chessie, 10 AM to 3 PM, Shaker Museum, 118 Shaker Hill Rd., Alfred. $30 in advance. FMI and to register Linda Aaskov, 490-5709 or alfredshakermuseum.org.

 

 

Brulé in Maine: An Artist's Journey exhibition opens at the Sarah Orne Jewett House and Visitor Center in South Berwick.

Open Gallery, 10 AM to 4 PM, Meadowlark Designs Woodworking, 143 Walker Rd., Lyman. Contnues May 21. FMI 467-5532 or meadowlarkdesigns.net.

 

Brulé in Maine: An Artist's Journey exhibition opens, 11 AM to 5 PM, Sarah Orne Jewett House and Visitor Center, 5 Portland St., South Berwick. A 1960s-themed champagne cocktail reception follows Saturday, May 20, 5:30 to 7 PM. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Exhibition continues through August 27. FMI 384-2454 or historicnewengland.org.

 

Birthday Carnival, noon to 4 PM, Animal Welfare Society, 46 Holland Rd., West Kennebunk. Celebrating 50 years of helping 150,000 pets. Carnival games, bounce house, music, food, obstacle course demonstrations, balloon animals, birthday cake and more. Open to the publc; admission is free. FMI 985-3244.

 

International Women's Club of New England, meeting and luncheon, Nonantum Resort, Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Speaker Susan Roche, Executive Director, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project will describe her work. FMI and to attend, call Lucille at 318-7304.

 

Meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 2 PM, featuring Thomas Twetten, a retired CIA chief of spies. He will discuss issues the CIA has to confront in technology and countering terrorism, followed by a question and answer session. Admission is free; all welcome. The Program Center is on Dane St. in Kennebunk.

 

Family Country Dance, 7:30 to 9 PM, Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. All ages past toddlers welcome, no experience necessary. Caller Reggie Osborne. $10, $15 couple, $20 family. FMI and reservations 929-6472.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 21
"Ode to Spring" concert, 2 PM, Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk. Classical and contemporary music with pianistWarren King, violinist Margaret Hopkins and flutist Diana McNulty. FMI 985-4494.

 

Pasco Lecture with food writer Christine Burns Rudalevige, 2 PM, Graves Library, 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport. Lecture series is sponsored by the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, Kennebunk Savings Bank and the Graves Library Snack Team. Light refreshments served. FMI 967-2778 or graveslibrary.org.

 

Spring Film Series: A Man Called Ove, 3 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd., York. FMI 363-2818 or ypl@york.lib.me.us.

 

TUESDAY, MAY 23

 

Volunteer for Weeding Wednesdays at Hamilton House gardens in South Berwick.

Pre-School Story Hour, 10:30 to 11:30 AM, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, Wells. An introduction to animals through a storybook reading, a short trail walk, and a related craft project. This month, Faraway Fox by Jolene and Justin Thompson. Ages 3 to 5. Free. FMI 646-1555 wellsreserve.org.

 

Author Kingsley Gallup will read from her book, Project Personal Freedom, at 6:30 PM, at the Wells Public Library. Her presentation will be followed by a question and answer period and discussion about how to attain personal freedom, no matter your circumstances. Gallup’s book is intended for a wide audience – from people dealing with occasional stress, to those who suffer chronic conditions such as depression, anxiety and PTSD.  Gallup is a nationally certified counselor and mediator. She lives and works in Kennebunk.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24
Weeding Wednesdays, 10 AM to noon, Hamilton House gardens, 40 Vaughans Lane, South Berwick. Work includes seasonally appropriate tasks. Drop-ins welcome. Continues the second Wednesday of each month. FMI 384-5269.

 

Creation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, noon to 1 PM, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, Wells. $2 suggested donation. Bring a lunch. Conversation facilitated by Lucas St. Clair. FMI 646-1555 or wells reserve.org.

 

THURSDAY, MAY 25
Ladies Retail Therapy Day, 10 AM to 7 PM, PJs Unique Peek, 17 Western Ave., Kennebunk Lower Village. Discounts, giveaways and refresements. FMI 204-0088.

 

Immersion, a movie premiere, 7 PM, the Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. The movie is a close-up look at special surfers and the day-to-day lives of three special young men. Tickets $30 benefit the Special Surfers Programs. Credit cards for online registration; cash and checks payable to Special Surfers, for registration at the Nonantum or Fleurant Flowers and Design, 174 Port Rd., Kennebunk.Tickets include the viewing and hors d'ouvres. A cash bar also available. FMI and reservations specialsurfers.org.

 

 

Immersion, a movie about special surfers, premieres at the Nonantum Resort on Thursday, May 25.

FRIDAY, MAY 26
First Annual Multi-Artisan Exhibit, 10 AM to 5 PM, True North Gallery, 31 Dock Square, Kennebunkport. Exhibit continues through May 29 when there will be a drawing (after the parade) to win a framed 5x7 Jill Thompson original oil on board. FMI 318-3273 or info@thompsonandcompany.com.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 27
Pie and Plant Sale, Port Hardware, Port Hardware, Rte. 35, Kennebunk Lower Village. Sponsored by the Seacoast Garden Club whose programs and contributions benefit the community. Plants, donated by club members include perennials, annuals, seedlings, vegetables and herbs as well as homemade pies. FMI 423-3781 or ejvanbergen2@gmail.com.

 

Local Author Cynthia Graves to discuss Dusk on Route 1, 1 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Her book is a romantic novel set in Maine during a Christmas Eve blizzard. This program is free and wheelchair accessible. FMI 985-2173 or kennebunklibrary.org.

 

Vintage Base Ball Weekend begins at the Brick Store Museum at 2 PM with exhibits about the game, along with complimentary beer or soda from Shipyard Brewing and baseball snacks. The three-day celebration continues on Sunday, May 28, at 11 AM, with a double-header played between the Dirigo Base Ball Club of Maine and the Boston Beaneaters. The games will be played on the Kennebunk High School field. See story on Page 2 for details.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 28
Fences, Spring Film Series, 3 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd., York. FMI 363-2818 or ypl@york.lib.me.us.

 

Pancake Breakfast and Lawn Sale, 8 to 11 AM, Atlantic Hall, Cape Porpoise Square, Cape Porpoise. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, maple syrup and coffee $7/$4. Rental tables available for $12.50. Sale features vintage collectible items, plants, jewelry, old books and more. Benefits the Atlantic Hall Building and Maintenance Fund. FMI Ed Briggs 967-3357.

 

MONDAY, May 29

 

Vintage Base Ball Weekend begings Saturday, May 27, at the Kennebunk High School field.

White Columns and First Families Museum Opens, 10 AM to 4 PM, 8 Maine St., Kennebunkport. Tours on the hour; last tour, 3 PM. Free to members, $10 non-members. Continues through Columbus Day. FMI 967-2751.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31
Volunteer Trail Work Day – National Trails Day, 9 AM to 2 PM, site in Berwick or South Berwick TBA. Sponsored by Great Works Regional Land Trust. Preregistration is required. To register and FMI, call 646-3604.

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 2
Opening Reception, "Down to Earth, All Our Best," 5 to 7 PM, Red Door Pottery Studio, 44 Government St., Kittery Foreside. The show and sale features potters of the Southern Maine Clay Guild. Red Door Pottery Studio hours are any day of the week by chance or by appointment. FMI 439-5671.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 3
Annual Plant Sale, 9 AM to noon, Dyer Library/Saco Museum lawn, 371 Main St., Saco. Hosted by the Saco Bay Gardening Club. FMI 284-1114.

 

Over There, Over There with author Richard Rubin, 10 AM, Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. Books will be available for signing and purchase after Rubin's talk, and at Nonesuch Books in Biddeford. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsors are Kennebunk Library, Kennebunk Library Genealogy Group and the Brick Store Museum. FMI 985-2173.

 

Celtic Harp and English Tea, 4 to 6 PM, Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church, 5 Lebanon St., Sanford. Features harpist Judy Saiki and tea from the Tea Space, Ogunquit, finger sandwiches, home-baked scones and assorted sweets. Advance tickets $15, youth $10, family $40; at the door $18/$12/$45. Proceeds benefit the work of SUUC including the Corner Cupboard non-Food Pantry. FMI and tickets, 324-3191.

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