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ANNUAL AUTHOR EVENT WITH DAVID MARANISS, NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR AND WASHINGTON POST ASSOCIATE EDITOR

*Stay tuned for more details and link for purchasing tickets to this very special event!*

The Trustees of the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library are pleased to announce their Annual Author Event to be held at the Kennebunk River Club on Thursday, September 29, 2022.  This year’s fundraising event will feature award-winning author and journalist, David Maraniss.

What do Bill Clinton, Vince Lombardi, Al Gore, Roberto Clemente, Barack Obama, and now Jim Thorpe have in common? They have all been the subject of books by author David Maraniss.

David Maraniss is a New York Times bestselling author and associate editor at The Washington Post. He is a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and won a Pulitzer for National Reporting for his 1992 coverage of then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton.  He was also part of The Washington Post team that won a Pulitzer for their 2007 coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting, among his numerous other literary awards. He currently lives in Washington D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin with his wife Linda.

Details about ordering tickets for the September 29 event coming soon.

For more information about David Maraniss, visit his website.

Here is what people are saying about David’s latest book (August release), A Path Lit by Lightning

Jim Thorpe rose to world fame as a mythic talent who excelled at every sport. He won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, was an All-American football player at the Carlisle Indian School, the star of the first class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and played major league baseball for John McGraw’s New York Giants. Even in a golden age of sports celebrities, he was one of a kind.  But despite his colossal skills, Thorpe’s life was a struggle against the odds. As a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, he encountered duplicitous authorities who turned away from him when their reputations were at risk. At Carlisle, he dealt with the racist assimilationist philosophy “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.” His gold medals were unfairly rescinded because he had played minor league baseball. His later life was troubled by alcohol, broken marriages, and financial distress. He roamed from state to state and took bit parts in Hollywood, but even the film of his own life failed to improve his fortunes. But for all his travails, Thorpe did not succumb. The man survived, complications and all, and so did the myth.  Path Lit by Lightning is a great American story from a master biographer.

 

 

 

 

 

We are very grateful to our Premier Sponsor, Spinnaker Trust, for helping to make this event possible!

SECRET GARDEN TOUR OF KENNEBUNKPORT – JULY 16, 2022

According to Cicero, “if you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

 

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We are very pleased to announce that Graves Library’s Secret Gardens of Kennebunkport will be held again on Saturday, July 16, 2022 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (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 via the link above or at the Library at 18 Maine Street. On the day of the event, ticketholders should begin at Kennebunkport Consolidated School at 25 School Street to pick up their map. Day-of tickets will only be available for sale at Consolidated School.

A detailed map will be provided on the day of the tours to all ticket holders to reveal the secret locations of the six participating properties. 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. The magical garden settings include an abandoned granite quarry, a historic riverfront home, a wooded wonderland, and yards with sweeping ocean and harbor views.

This year, gardeners will especially appreciate the option to stop at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust annual plant sale at 57 Gravelly Brook Road- perfect for shopping, grabbing lunch from Beach Dawgs, and dessert from Gemini Cakes! Additionally, tour goers are encouraged to avoid the parking crush by visiting the gardens on the trolley that will be looping past the stops to drop off and pick up visitors.

All proceeds for this event benefit the Graves Memorial Public Library. Please call us with any questions. (207) 967-2778.

We are very grateful to our Premier Sponsor, Kennebunk Savings Bank!

Additional sponsors are:

Proscape Irrigation
Spang Builders
Chez Rosa
Farm + Table
Hazelwood Handyman
Huston & Co.
Terrapin Landscapes
Dock Square Emporium
Fleurant
JAK Designs
Rococo Ice CreamSchlegel Realty
Smith & Company Realty
Blackrock Farm
In Town Trolley

Thank you for your support!

 

We also thank our food vendors, Beach Dawgs and Gemini Cakes, for participating in the fun!

         

 

 

GARDEN TOUR OF KENNEBUNKPORT – July 16, 2022

According to Cicero, “if you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

We are very pleased to announce that Graves Library’s Secret Gardens of Kennebunkport will be held again on Saturday, July 16, 2022 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (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, non-refundable, and can be purchased in advance online via Eventbrite beginning May 7, or at the Library at 18 Maine Street. On the day of the event, tickets will only be sold at Kennebunkport Consolidated School at 25 School Street.

A detailed map will be provided on the day of the tours to all ticket holders to reveal the secret locations of the six participating properties. 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. Colorful perennials and annuals, a scenic pond, woodland sculptures, ocean views, a Zen-inspired rock garden, trellised blooms, and many more delights are waiting to be discovered during this special garden tour opportunity.

All proceeds for this event benefit the Graves Memorial Public Library. Thank you for your support!

Please call us with any questions. (207) 967-2778.