Sandy Severance, a Mayflower descendant, has been a volunteer and docent at The Kennebunkport Historical Society’s Nott House for the past 26 years; she has been on the Society’s board of directors and currently serves as its president. She is also president of the Women’s Association at South Congregational Church, a Kennebunkport house of worship originally founded in 1838 by one of Sandy’s husband’s ancestors. She is the church historian, a member of the Scholarship Committee, and a member of the choir under the direction of Rebecca Schnell. Severance also sings soprano in Senior Moments, a choral group that performs at The Church on the Cape in Cape Porpoise.
An avid gardener, Severance is an active board member and historian of the Seacoast Garden Club, for which she personally helps tend to the gardens by the monument in Dock Square and in front of the post office in Kennebunkport. Nearly seven years ago, she was part of a committee that undertook the restoration of the extensive Victorian Garden at the Nott House. She chairs the club’s Scholarship Committee and co-chairs the Youth Activities Committee. Last spring the club sponsored local children’s art and essays that won four state blue ribbons and two national second-place finishes.
Severance is vice president of the Good Cheer Club, a local entity that for 70 years has raised funds to help local charities. The organization also makes mittens and hats for area schoolchildren, knits afghans and throws for home-bound elders, and sews carry-alls to fit on walkers.
On loan from the Severances for the exhibition are family photos depicting seven generations of Gooch-Severance-Mason innkeepers.