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SECRET GARDEN TOUR OF THE KENNEBUNKS – JULY 13, 2024

Secret Garden Tour of the Kennebunks Saturday, July 13, 10 AM

We are very pleased to announce that Graves Library’s Secret Gardens of the Kennebunks will be held again on Saturday, July 13, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (rain or shine). Six homeowners have agreed to open their private gardens for this one day only to help raise money for the Library. Tickets are $40 each, and they can be purchased in advance on Eventbrite or at the Library at 18 Maine Street. “Day-of” tickets will only be available for sale at Consolidated School. On the day of the event, ticket holders should begin at Kennebunkport Consolidated School, 25 School Street, to pick up their map and any instructions. A detailed map revealing the secret locations of the six participating properties will be provided to all ticket holders on the day of the tours. Visitors will be treated to a wide variety of garden styles and plant types amid lovely natural settings hidden from view behind stone walls, seaside cottages, and privacy hedges. Volunteers will be located at each garden to help with questions and where to park. This year, we are also offering a special addition to the tour. If you are looking for a delicious option for lunch, our friends from Texas Grace will be here with their food truck. We encourage you to use the bathrooms and shop at our pop-up garden boutique. Other bathroom options are located behind Alisson’s Restaurant in Dock Square. All proceeds for this event benefit the Graves Memorial Public Library. Click here for tickets. Please call us with any questions. (207) 967-2778 or visit www.graveslibrary.org.

 

AN EVENING with AMERICAN AUTHOR, JOURNALIST, and PROFESSOR PAUL HENDRICKSON- JUNE 20, 2024

PAUL HENDRICKSON – A BENEFIT FOR GRAVES LIBRARY – JUNE 20, 2024

 

We are thrilled to welcome celebrated author Paul Hendrickson to our 13th annual Author Event on June 20 at 5:00 PM at the historic Kennebunk River Club Casino, 116 Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport.

Paul Hendrickson is an American author, journalist, and professor. His eighth book, Fighting the Night, will be published on May 7, 2024. It is an account of his father flying Black Widow night fighters on Iwo Jima in the last part of World War II. The book will come out on the twenty-first anniversary of his father’s death.

He is the author of the 2011 New York Times best seller and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and LostFor the 2004 book Bound for Glory: America in Color 1939-43, Hendrickson wrote the introduction and accompanying text. In 2003, he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and Its Legacy. His 1996 work about Vietnam, The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost Warwas a finalist for the National Book Award. He is the recipient of writing fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lyndhurst Foundation, and the Alicia Patterson Foundation. Before joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, Hendrickson was a staff feature writer at the Washington Post from 1977 to 2001.

Hendrickson was born in California but grew up in the Midwest and in a Catholic seminary in the Deep South, where he studied for seven years for the missionary priesthood. This became the subject of his first book, published in 1983: Seminary: A Search. He is also the author of Looking for the Light: The Hidden Life and Art of Marion Post Wolcott, a finalist for the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award.

In 2009, Hendrickson was a joint visiting professor of documentary practice at Duke University and of American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Hendrickson has degrees in English from St. Louis University and Pennsylvania State University. He is married and has two grown sons and lives with his wife, Cecilia, outside Philadelphia.

“We are honored to have Mr. Hendrickson join us this year,” said Graves Library Executive Director Mary-Lou Boucouvalas. “We are also extremely grateful for the wonderful community support provided by our event sponsors. One hundred percent of the funds raised will support the ongoing operations of the Library.”

This special fundraiser is being underwritten by Spinnaker Trust, along with the Kennebunk River Club, Lupine Books, Allyn and Norma Lamb, Mike and Denise Iafolla, Robert and Marjie Dennis, Mutasia, Billy and Rosemary Shore, John and Mary Mills, Tom and Sarah Vander Schaaff, Kitchen Chicks Catering, the Colony Hotel, Anne and Ken Raynor, Edison Press, Hurlbutt Designs, Schooner Eleanor, SoPo Wine Company, Maine & Vine, and The Wine House on Main.

The ticket price of $75 includes an autographed copy of Fighting the Night. Tickets can be purchased at Graves Library and online through Eventbrite. Call (207) 967-2778 or visit our website at www.graveslibrary.org for more information. Seating is limited.

PROGRAM FOR THE EVENING

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM                       DOORS OPEN PROMPTLY AT 5:00 PM.   RECEPTION WITH WINE AND LIGHT REFRESHMENT

5:50 PM – 6:00 PM                       WELCOME and THANK YOU TO SPONSORS

6:00 PM – 6:10 PM                       ANNOUNCEMENT OF JOYCE BUTLER STUDENT HISTORY AWARD

6:10 PM – 6:15 PM                       INTRODUCTION OF PAUL HENDRICKSON

6:15 PM – 7:00 PM                       INTERVIEW WITH PAUL HENDRICKSON

7:00 PM – 7:30 PM                       BOOK SIGNING

WIN THIS ELLEN GRANTER PAINTING

“This painting, created in the depths of a rainy cold winter still evokes the memory of the beautiful sand, blue skies, and summer clouds of the beach in Maine”. [Artist Ellen Granter] WIN THIS PAINTING

We are pleased to offer an original oil painting to be raffled off early September, 2024.  This 26 x 26 oil on canvas entitled “July Forever” is the creation of New England artist Ellen Granter. It is surrounded by a handmade maple float frame with mahogany splines by Bill Stearns.

To support Graves Library and take a chance on this lovely painting, please stop by Graves Library located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport.

You can also pay directly through our PayPal Account by clicking WIN THIS PAINTING.

Plug in the amount ($10 or $25) and click the credit card button below to finalize your purchase.  The winner is responsible for shipping and handling costs (if applicable).

      $10.00 (one chance)         or        $25.00 (three chances) 

Information about the Artist:

Ellen grew up in upstate New York. She received a BA in Political Science and a Masters in Chinese History from the University of Vermont. She studied Mandarin Chinese at Middlebury College, and lived in both Hong Kong and Beijing. She worked in the Boston area as a technical illustrator for biotech, then as a graphic designer for educational publishing. She was accepted into the Copley Society of Art in 2003, and was awarded the John Singleton Copley Award in 2008, and the distinction of Copley Master in 2009. Her artwork is shown in galleries throughout the U.S. and is held in many private and corporate collections. Her mother, Janet Welch, first came to Goose Rocks Beach when she was in High School, as a summer companion for a friend of her mother’s. This began a love affair with the beach, and her parents have been joyously gathering their family there since the mid 1960’s.
We are grateful to Ms. Granter for generously donating this painting valued at $2,400 to benefit Graves Library. Click here for a chance to WIN THIS PAINTING
Additionally:  Maine Art Hill in Lower Village, Kennebunk will be showing Ms. Granter’s work at a special exhibit all through July.  We invite you to check out additional works by this very talented artist.