Sloops, lighthouse museum offer sea events

Posted July 17, 2011, at 6 p.m.

We have some really fun events both on the water and in one of our treasured museums this week in Rockland.

Friendship Sloop Days will take place Thursday through Saturday, July 21-23, with the Friendship Sloop Society holding its annual homecoming and regatta at the Public Landing in Rockland with sloop races, demonstrations and visits to many historic sloops. Admission is free. On Wednesday, July 20, the sloops arrive in Rockland Harbor and tie up at the Public Landing.

The schedule is:

July 21

• Skippers meeting, 9 a.m.

• Races start off the Rockland Breakwater, noon.

• Rowboat races, all ages welcome to participate, 4:30 p.m.

• BYO barbecue under the tent, 6 p.m.

July 22

• Skipper’s meeting, 9 a.m.

• Races start off the Rockland Breakwater, noon.

• Sloops on public display at the dock, 4 p.m.

July 23

• Skippers meeting, 9 a.m.

• Parade of Sloops, 11:30 a.m.

• Races start off the Rockland Breakwater, noon.

• Awards ceremony and public dinner under the tent, 5:30 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.fss.org/ .

The first Maine Lighthouse Museum Celebration Weekend, a new event in Rockland, will take place Friday through Sunday, July 22-24, at the museum.

The schedule is:

July 22

• Breakwater Wine and Cheese Reception, 6-7 p.m. before John Mock concert beginning at 7 p.m. Mock, through his music and photography, captures the heritage of the sea with his unique concert presentation of original instrumental compositions on the guitar, concertina and tin whistle. Tickets are $12, available at the door.

July 23

• Preview many auction items, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Live auction, 5 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the museum.

• Book signing event noon-4 p.m., with 10 authors, including Tim Harrison, Virginia Wright, Cathryn Falwell, Robert Fuller, Carole Lambert, and Thomas and LeeAnn Szelog.

July 24

• Cruise the bays. Drop by the Maine Lighthouse Museum and then head down to the pier and board either A Morning in Maine, the M/V Rendezvous or Captain Jack’s Lobster Boat, tell them you came from the Maine Lighthouse Museum and a portion of the ticket price will be donated to the museum. For more information, call the museum at 594-3301.

Shari Closter is the interim executive director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 596-0376, email shari@therealmaine.com or visithttp://www.TheRealMaine.com.

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