100 sailboats and powerboats to participate in regatta

Posted Aug. 17, 2011, at 1:37 p.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — The new Penobscot Bay Rendezvous Regatta will celebrate boating and boat building Aug. 18-21. The festival is designed both for sailors and land-lovers.

The regatta will have about 100 sailboats and powerboats in Thomaston, Rockland and Camden.

“It will be an amazing weekend as we celebrate 75 years of windjammer history here in the Camden and midcoast area. Just imagine the paradox of the gleaming regatta fleet passing through the returning windjammer fleet at the mouth of the harbor; it will be simply spectacular,” said Dan Bookham, executive director of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce.

The regatta also will have fireworks at 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at Water Street in Thomaston.

The full schedule of races and water events can be found at penobscotbayrendezvous.com.

Owls Head museum featuring auto auction

OWLS HEAD, Maine — Up to 200 antique, classic and special-interest vehicles are expected to be for sale during the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s 34th annual New England Auto Auction Aug. 20 on museum grounds.

The auction will offer early luxury cars such as a 1913 Rambler Touring car and muscle cars like a 1970 Dodge Charger, as well as the unique top-down fun of 1948 Crosley convertible and a 1987 Ferrari Mondial.

The museum will also have a few of its antique aircraft flying during the week leading up to the auction. Biplane rides will be available aboard the 1933 Waco and 1941 Stearman. Free Model T rides also will be offered.

For more information call 594-4418 or visit owlshead.org.

Author to discuss why she left Amish community

ROCKLAND, Maine — Author Saloma Furlong will talk about her book, “Why I Left the Amish,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Rockland Library.

When Saloma Miller Furlong’s father died during her first semester at Smith College, she returned to the Amish community she left 24 years earlier to attend his funeral. Her journey home prompted a flood of memories. In this memoir, Furlong traces the genesis of her desire for freedom and education and chronicles her conflicted quest for independence.

Trust meeting to include talk on freshwater fisheries

APPLETON, Maine — Members and friends of the Georges River Land Trust will gather 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, for the trust’s annual meeting and celebration at the Appleton Preserve.

A short business meeting will start at 2 p.m. and the membership will vote on the new slate of board members. After the business meeting, Dan Daly of Georges River Chapter of Trout Unlimited will speak about the fresh water fisheries of the St. George River, with emphasis on the cold-water species such as brook and brown trout.

A picnic potluck will follow the talk and the land trust will provide drinks. Attendees are asked to bring food to share. For more information call 594-5166.

Birthday concert to benefit volunteer ambulance service

ST. GEORGE, Maine — Sally Robinson Long, now 87, is throwing a public birthday party to support the St. George Volunteer Ambulance Service. Music by local talent will play before supper.

The party is 3 p.m. Sat. Aug. 27, at Odd Fellows Hall in Tenants Harbor.

Donations in lieu of presents should go to the St. George Volunteer Ambulance Service.

Long has lived her whole life in St. George. Her birthday wish is to raise money for the St. George ambulance service. Many of the volunteers are Sally’s relatives.

The St. George Ambulance has 18 licensed volunteers with four paramedics. There are also six volunteer drivers. They respond to approximately 210 calls per year. Training approximately 40 hours or more per volunteer is not uncommon. Their budget is approximately $240,000 per year. This money is raised through donations, fundraisers and grants.

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