December 8, 2023

Km K & K Chamber names award winners at annual event

Outgoing Kennebunk Town Manager Mike Pardue was in on the shock naming Kennebunk Police Chief…

Outgoing Kennebunk Town Manager Mike Pardue was in on the shock naming Kennebunk Police Chief Bob MacKenzie as the 2022 Joel Stevens Community Spirit Award, supplied in memory of a beloved neighborhood member. Courtesy Picture/Bob Dennis

ARUNDEL — When life gives you lemons, you celebrate with lemonade — or lemon-spiked cocktails from sponsor Batson River Brewing & Distilling. That is just what additional than 230 individuals did Thursday, Sept. 15, as aspect of the Kennebunkport-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s yearly Travel to Be the Most effective Awards evening.

“We were thrilled to come alongside one another Sept. 15 for the initial time in three yrs to host Drive to Be the Very best,” stated Chamber of Commerce Government Director Laura Dolce. “More than 200 members of our organization community joined us to rejoice this year’s honorees, all so pretty deserving.”

Drive was a celebration of all that the community has collectively realized with a can-do spirit through a pandemic, celebrating people firms that have absent earlier mentioned and past, as nicely as all those who have been considered “the best” by well-known vote, organizers claimed.

Versus a backdrop of lemons (and lovely charcuterie) on a late-summer season night at Vinegar Hill New music Theatre in Arundel, Generate featured stay tunes by the Lisa, Jim, and Byon Band outdoors, furthermore live songs by the Beau Dalleo Band within the barn, as very well as multimedia shows coordinated by Blake Baldwin and Video Creations.

As portion of the festive night time, the Chamber awarded its once-a-year honors to the subsequent users of the local community:

Municipal Staff of the 12 months, Wendy Lank, Town of Arundel Volunteer of the 12 months, Kathy Baker Climbing Star, Colby Marvin Bracy of the Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport President’s Award, Paul Humphrey, operator of Mornings in Paris, Kennebunk Organization of the 12 months, Sea Appreciate in Kennebunkport, owned by Stacy and Barry Miller Remarkable Achievement, Steve Kingston, operator of The Clam Shack, Kennebunk Pushed Female, Danielle Frechette, owner of River’s Edge Spa and Salon, Kennebunk Nonprofit of the Yr, Tommy McNamara Charitable Foundation Unique recognition, Keith Trefethen, Town of Arundel Town Manager for seven years Particular recognition, Mike Pardue, Kennebunk Town supervisor leaving just after six several years Joel Stevens Group Company Award, Kennebunk Law enforcement Main Bob MacKenzie.

As made a decision by well-liked vote, Drive to Be the Most effective awards were specified to:

Greatest nightlife, Previous Vines Wine Bar, The Pilot Home Finest breakfast, Mike’s American Diner, Mike’s All Working day Breakfast Finest outside eating, Arundel Wharf, The Boathouse Ideal cocktail, Aged Vines Wine Bar, Batson River Brewing & Distilling Finest beer checklist, Alisson’s Cafe, Federal Jack’s Most effective takeout, Mekhong Thai, The Clam Shack Very best spa/hair salon, River’s Edge Spa & Salon , The Nail Spa by Thao Ideal art gallery, Maine Artwork Hill, Wendy Webster Excellent/The Port Most effective cup of espresso, Mornings in Paris, Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks Ideal ice product, Rococo Ice Cream, Ben & Jerry’s Greatest lobster roll, The Clam Shack, Alisson’s Cafe Best bakery/baked goods, Boulangerie, Mornings in Paris Best store/reward shop, Daytrip Modern society, Dannah for Adult males Finest garage/automobile products and services, Guay’s Sunoco, Arundel Ford Ideal financial institution, Kennebunk Financial savings, Camden National Finest health club/yoga spot, Spurling Conditioning, The Day by day Sweat Most effective landscaping assistance, Terrapin Landscapes, Solari Home Care and Excavation Very best genuine estate organization, Pack Maynard & Associates, Kennebunk Beach Realty Most effective dwelling enhancement enterprise, Hazelwood Handyman Solutions, Huston’s Dwelling Renovations Finest trails/walks, Hope Woods, Eastern Trail Very best chowder, Alisson’s Cafe, Cape Pier Chowder Home Greatest marriage ceremony venue, Nonantum Vacation resort, The Colony Hotel Ideal golfing program, Webhannet Golfing Course, Cape Arundel Golfing System Greatest area publication, Vacationer & Town, Kennebunk Put up Ideal satisfied hour, Previous Vines, Pedro’s Ideal loved ones action business enterprise, New England Eco Adventures, Seashore Trolley Museum Finest area for a initially date, Backyard Avenue Bowl, The Dropped Fire Best passionate getaway, Seaside Inn, White Barn Inn Greatest place for a household continue to be, Seaside Inn, Nonantum Vacation resort Very best local band/musician, Lisa Mills and Ocean Ave, Chris Ross Band Ideal consumer service, Seaside Inn, New England Eco Adventures Best economical products and services, Kennebunk Cost savings, Nvest Monetary Greatest photographer, Bob Dennis, Chris Smith Most effective h2o/recreation exercise, New England Eco Adventures, KBIA Preferred non-income, Seashore Trolley Museum Tommy McNamara Charitable Foundation.

Sponsors incorporated Batson River Brewing & Distilling “First Gear” sponsors Video clip Creations, Mike’s American Diner and Nvest Economic “Second Gear” sponsors River’s Edge Spa & Salon, Southern Maine Overall health Treatment, Alisson’s Restaurant and Vinegar Hill Music Theatre.

For details on The Chamber, which includes Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel, pay a visit to

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