CONNECT Community Fair

CONNECT: Experience all our community has to offer

Thanks to all who came out to support our inaugural nonprofit fair! Stay tuned for our event in 2017! In the meantime, here are the details from our 2016 event:
KENNEBUNK — Get out Wednesday, Oct. 5, and experience all this community has to offer. Featuring more than 30 nonprofit and service organizations, "CONNECT" is a new fair to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the South Tower of the Livewell Center, next to Quest. Admission is free and open to the public.

CONNECT is designed to both educate and entertain. Hosted by The Chamber, EVOLVE: Young Professionals Group, and the Livewell Center tenants, the fair will feature the nonprofit businesses and services located within Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel. New and longtime residents can learn more about services offered "in their own backyard," and participate in hands-on activities. Kennebunk Fire & Rescue will have trucks outside the event, for example, and the Education Foundation of the Kennebunks & Arundel will be bringing their robotics from recent competitions. Guests can touch and pet the BlixxHorses, as well as rescue dogs from Lucky Pup. SMHC will offer blood pressure checks, the United Way will feature a reading corner and popcorn, and visitors can help make tug toys for their friends at the Animal Welfare Society. 

The Chamber is also planning a scavenger, where visitors can compete for prizes. All guests will be entered to win one of several donated door prizes as well.

For information, call 967-0857 or email



Animal Welfare Society: Join the Animal Welfare Society in making braided fleece toys for the dogs and cats currently at the shelter.

Ben's Fight:

BlixxHorses: Meet Fritz & Lexxie from 4:30–5:30 to interact, touch and learn about horses. A bitless bridle demonstration, or dance to music will be performed at 5:15. As part of their "Recycle Twine" project, they will have blue twine to donate with a list of uses.

Brick Store Museum: Match that historical photo and “What’s Your Story?” poll! View local artifacts and find some giveaways, too.

The Center: Stop by to learn more about our local senior center.

Downeast Divas: Stop by the swabbing station and see if you’re a potential match for bone marrow donors. 

Education Foundation of the Kennebunks & Arundel: Come see some of their grants in action, such as demonstrations of student-designed quadcopters and pi pads, fatal-vision goggles and sport stacking cups. On display will be a student-built t-shirt-throwing robot and 3D printed student designs.

Friends of the Schoolhouse: Come view their old pictures of this town treasure!

Hope Cemetery: Pick up a color-coded map and use it to explore walking trails on 80 acres of woods and fields in downtown Kennebunk's Hope Cemetery & Woods.

Kennebunk Fire & Rescue: Climb aboard a fire truck and ambulance!

Kennebunk Free Library: Sign up for a library card and learn all about all that the library offers our community.

Kennebunk High School Music Boosters:

Kennebunk Land Trust: Grab a free copy of the land trust's property and trail map, and check out Master Maine Guide and Master Maine Naturalist Tony Liguori's avian and mammal skulls.

Kennebunk Police Department (Volunteers in Policing program):

Kennebunk Rec: Come take the Kennebunk Recreation Fitness Personality Quiz and find out what motivates you to exercise!

The Landing School: Origami boatbuilding

Lucky Pup Rescue: Lucky Pup Rescue will have some adoptable cuties as well as information about our rescue and the opportunities we have for volunteers and adopters. 

MaineHealth Care at Home:

MaineStage Shakespeare: Test your knowledge of the Shakespeare's most famous works as the Shakestars (local kids who love The Bard) perform short scenes. Guess the play, win a homemade cookie!


A Place to Start / A Place to Gather: What does dementia feel like? Participate in activities that replicate what it feels like to have dementia and perform some small tasks.

River Tree Arts: River Tree Arts: Stop by the table to create your own card for a loved one!

RSU 21 Adult Education: Take an employment personality survey to find your match and find that perfect job!

Severe Shyness Support: Picture someone who is socially isolated: we will brainstorm how to invite them out of their isolation. Receive a free copy of "Brave, a Memoir of Overcoming Shyness" while they last.

Southern Maine Health Care / Pediatrics: Stop by for a fun fall-themed arts and craft project for children. 

Southern Maine Health Care / Rehabilitation: Balance challenges for young and old, plus tips on preventing falls.

United Way of York County: Enjoy popcorn and a good book in the United Way's reading corner to support early childhood literacy.

York County Community College: The YCCC Culinary Arts and Baking programs will be providing samples of a chowder along with artisan breads for dipping.