Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel
Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

In This Issue
A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS ON GOKENNEBUNKS.COM
DISPLAY YOUR RACK CARDS AT THE VISITOR CENTERS
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AT BENTLEY'S
SOCIAL MEDIA 101 RESCHEDULED
REGISTER FOR SERVSAFE CLASS
MEMBER NEWS
Chamber News July 2014

THANK YOU TO OUR NEWSLETTER SPONSORS

      

 

      

 

WELCOME

 

We welcome the following businesses who have recently joined the Chamber:

 

Abode of the Kennebunks

 

Ambidextrous Inc.

 

Capital Resorts

 

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church

 

Labbe Excavating, Inc.

 

Maine-ly Drizzle

 

 

UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS

 

July 9
Business After Hours
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bentley's Saloon & Campground

July 17
Business Before Hours
7:30 am - 9:00 am Presentation
Social Media 101 - The Basics 
Presented by Nathan O'Leary, Mainely SEO
Held at Chamber Office
Contact the Chamber to register 

August 4
Certified ServSafe Manager Food 
Safety Class
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Held at Duffy's Tavern & Grill
Contact the Chamber to register


 
FUN ON THE GOLF COURSE
  

 

We had a great turnout for the Chamber Golf Tournament. Thank you to Dutch Elm Golf Course, players, sponsors, donors and volunteers for making it a fun day! Visit our blog for a recap of the day's activities.

 

 
LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
 

Recent legislative updates are available on our website. Learn more here.

 

 

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2013-2014 Board of Directors
  

Chair 

 

David "Duffy" Cluff

Duffy's Tavern & Grill

 

Vice-Chair

 

Laura Dolce

York County Coast Star 

 

Secretary

 

 Christopher Doiron

Biddeford Savings Bank

 

Treasurer

 

Eileen Brogli

Kennebunk Investment Services

 

Past Chair

 

Sarah Lindblom

Captain Jefferds Inn

 

Senior Trustees

 

 Vicki Lyons

Southern Maine Health Care

 

Todd Shea

Town of Arundel

 

Board Members

 

Michelle Moore Allen

Bath Fitter of Maine

 

Mark Birmingham

Coldwell-Banker 

 

Sandra Bisson

Peoples United Bank

 

Eric Brodar

Inn at English Meadows

 

 Damien Callahan

Port Inn Kennebunk

 

Kim Chilton

Bank of America

 

Hydi Dixon

HydiDrive

  

Beth Geary

Kennebunkport Resort Collection

 

Tina Hewett-Gordon

The Nonantum Resort

 

Kerrie Leclair

Animal Welfare Society

 

Bill Macdonald

Home Check in Maine

 

Ken Mason

Seaside Inn

 

Matthew Williams

Hodsdon & Ayer

 

Rick Wolf

The B&B Team

 

Linda Zuke

Weirs Motors

 

Staff

 

Denise Clavette

Executive Director

director@gokennebunks.com 

 

Traci Freed

Membership & Marketing Manager

members@gokennebunks.com 

 

Dawn Brennan-Daly

Operations Manager

info@gokennebunks.com 

 



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Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce

 

  

Administrative Offices & Tourism Information  Center

16 Water Street

 Downtown Kennebunk

207-967-0857

 

Tourism Information Center

1 Chase Hill Rd

Lower Village Kennebunk

  

Mailing Address

PO Box 740

Kennebunk, ME 04043

 

www.gokennebunks.com 

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 A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

Greetings,

 

Thank you to all of our Chamber members, for being a part of what makes the Chamber a great resource for residents, visitors and the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel community.  Our visitor center, located in Lower Village, and our information center at 16 Water Street in Kennebunk, have been a buzz of excitement as tourists and people who live here are stopping in to get information, rack cards, brochures and maps.  It's an exciting time of year!  

 

I want to take this opportunity to thank teams, golfers, sponsors, prize donors and Dutch Elm Golf Course for a successful and fun 25th Anniversary Golf Tournament held on June 16.  We had 27 teams, and the day was just spectacular!  Our Business After Hours, and our educational seminars have been popular, so stay current on our happenings by visiting our website www.gokennebunks.com.

 

Being a Chamber member has many benefits!  Did you know that with your membership, the Chamber offers unlimited free job postings for your business?  Log in to your listing, and enter the job posting.  If you need assistance, contact our office to guide you through the steps.  If you're looking for a new job, look at employment opportunities on our website

 

With an open-door philosophy, the Chamber welcomes you to stop by.  We would love to hear from you.  If you have ideas, concerns, or need help navigating through business resources and information, feel free to call me or set up a time to meet.  I would be more than happy to help. 

 

Best regards,

Denise Clavette 

   

PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS ON GOKENNEBUNKS.COM

 

Now that our new website is live, take a few minutes to sign in to your member account and explore all the features available to you! Complete your business profile, create a photo gallery, link to your website and social media sites, add your events to the community calendar and post employment opportunities. There is so much you can do to market your business to the over 6,600 visitors that use our site each month! Download more information on updating your listing.

 

 

 

DISPLAY YOUR RACK CARDS AT 

CHAMBER VISITOR CENTERS

  

Maine is vacationland and the Chamber visitor centers in Downtown Kennebunk and Lower Village are busy with tourists and residents. 

 

A benefit of your membership is displaying your rack cards, menus, event posters and other collateral in the visitor centers. Please drop off your information at one of our locations so we can add it to our displays and let visitors know about our Chamber members!

 

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS JULY 9TH

 

  

Our next Business After Hours will be held at Bentley's Saloon & Campground in Arundel on July 9 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Come join us for an evening of networking, door prizes and raffle.  Light refreshments will be served. The cost of the event is $5 for members and $10 for 

non-members. Hope to see you there!

REGISTER FOR SOCIAL MEDIA 101

  

Our Business Before Hours event, Social Media 101, on June 26 was cancelled because the presenter was sick. The seminar has been rescheduled to July 17 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.  Nathan Leary, owner of Mainely SEO, will demonstrate the value of using social media to reach customers, how it can lead to new customers and how it drives repeat business from current customers. Social media networks to be covered include  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest.

 

If you would like to attend this seminar, please register by contacting Traci Freed at 207-967-0857 or members@gokennebunks.com.  


CERTIFIED SERVSAFE MANAGER FOOD 

SAFETY CLASS

 

The Chamber is offering the Certified ServSafe Manager Food Safety class on August 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Duffy's Tavern & Grill. The cost is $139 per person with textbook and pre-test and $119 per person without textbook and pre-test. Both fees include national exam and certification. Learn more about the course here.

 

Please contact Dawn Brennan-Daly at 207-967-0857 or info@gokennebunks.com to register. The registration deadline is July 28.

 

 MEMBER NEWS 

 

Arundel Barn Playhouse Presents A Chorus Line

 

  

 Arundel Barn Playhouse is pleased to announce the presentation of A Chorus Line from July 1 to July 12 on Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Wednesday matinees at 2 p.m. and special performances on Friday July 11 at 2 p.m. and Sunday July 6 at 8 p.m.  Call the box office at 207-985-5552 and visit the website for more information and prepaid reservations.  

 

Photo left to right: Nic Casuala, Chris Newhouse, Daniel Copeland, Lexi Duffy, Martin Glyer, Roger Reed, Ashten Bannister, Brian DiRito, Danae DeShazer, Kate Turner, Martin Bonventre, Lee Cohen, Alexandra Sarnacciaro, Rachel Grindle, Elizabeth Ayotte.  Photo by Dick Morin.

 

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Dance, Dance, Dance!

 

On Sunday, July 6, put on your dancing shoes, and come to Christ Church at 6 Dane Street, Kennebunk to have a really good time!  The fun begins at 4:00 p.m. when Coastal Sound quartet will be playing dance music from the Big Band era through the Beatles for your pleasure.  The quartet is made up of outstanding reedsman Jack Kupp, highly talented trumpeter Thomas Kremser, professional drummer Ron Breton, and "Maestro" Warren King leading the group on piano.  

 

A dance floor will be available, or you can just enjoy the band from your chair.  Admission is $7, with proceeds benefiting the outreach projects and ministries of Christ Church, and refreshments will be available for good faith donations. Christ Church has plenty of parking, both on Dane Street and behind the church.  The church is fully handicap-accessible from the rear parking lot.  To learn more, go the website or call or email the church office, 207-985-4494, christchurch@gwi.net.

 

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The 17th Edition Kennebunk Free Library Road Race

 

The Kennebunk Free Library Road Race is coming Friday, July 11. Registration tables open at 4:00 p.m. (pre-register online or register that night). Race begins at 6:00 p.m. (certified 5K downtown loop).

Live music provided by Kennebunk River Band. Food is free to all registrants, inexpensive to supporters and visitors (picnics also welcome). Beer will be served to those with a positive ID (no exceptions) for a small fee. Prizes awarded to top finishers in running, walking and wheelchair categories. Certificates of completion available to all participants upon request. Raffle ticket sales continue that night and winners will be picked after the race. Lots of fun for all ages!

 

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Aquaholics Special Surfer Night

 

The third Tuesday of the summer months, Aquaholics provides free surf sessions for special needs kids and adults. Aquaholics currently provides the equipment, the volunteers provide the STOKE and donors will soon provide more equipment and events. The next Special Surfer Night is July 15. Special Surfers meet at Gooch's Beach at 5:30 p.m. Volunteers meet at Aquaholics at 5:00 p.m. Learn more here

 

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Carlisle Charitable Foundation Cowboy Ball Returns!               

 

The Carlisle Charitable Foundation Cowboy Ball returns to Spring Creek Farm in Lyman, Maine, Saturday evening, July 19, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m! Polish your boots, dust off your Stetson, and join us for a gala evening of dinner, live music, dancing, silent auction, best-dressed awards, and plenty of horseplay featuring encore celebrity emcee, Shannon Moss! The Spring Creek Posse is betting on a busy evening, so bring your bail money. For more information on the ball, tickets, sponsorships and the silent auction, click here.

 

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Animal Welfare Society Events

 

Broadway Duo Leslie Giammanco (The Phantom of the Opera) and Marcy McGuigan (42nd Street) will perform a Benefit Concert for the Animal Welfare Society at the Nonantum Resort, Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport on Thursday, July 31 at 3:00 p.m. Performing alongside them is David Lahm, a popular jazz pianist on the New York City Club Circuit. Enjoy the infused sounds of jazz, pop, and Broadway classics intertwined with David Lahm's unique jazz arrangements. You're sure to walk out humming one of your favorites. For more information call Animal Welfare Society (www.animalwelfaresociety.org) at 207-985-3244 x117 or The Nonantum at 207-967-4050. View the full calendar of July events for the Animal Welfare Society here.

 

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Jazz Concert at Atlantic Hall 

 

  Returning by popular demand is a Jazz Concert  featuring Jason Anick and The Rhythm Future Quartet on Sunday, July 27th at 7:30 p.m. at Atlantic Hall. Tickets are $20 regular seating and $30 preferred seating (first four rows). To reserve tickets, call Debby Pearse at 207-967-5852 or email atlantichall@roadrunner.com.

 

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38th Annual Blueberry Fair

 

   

The 38th Annual Blueberry Fair at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church will be held on Saturday, July 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., rain or shine. This very successful and long standing fair features more than 40 artisans and crafters from all over New England. There will be special tables offering such treasures as gently-used jewelry, face painting, CDs, and exciting fiction and non-fiction books. And once again, the fair will feature special, really low-priced books for children to encourage and enrich their summer reading. 


 Family Friendly  "Children's Zone": The Brick Store Museum, The Ogunquit Museum of American Art and The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust will have fun project for the kids to be creative and take home fun crafts. There will also be face painting.

Irresistible Lunch: Between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m include a beverage & scrumptious blueberry pie with your lunch. The meals: New England haddock chowder, crab meat roll or hot dogs. These are also served a la carte if you prefer. And, of course, there will be all kinds of delectable baked blueberry goods for sale all day, along with hot dogs, coffee and beverages. More information is available here.

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