Weekend celebration to serve as fundraiser for lighthouse museum

Posted July 24, 2012, at 5:17 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The second annual Maine Lighthouse Museum Celebration Weekend Friday-Sunday, July 27-29, to raise funds to support the museum, will kick off with a wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m. Friday, July 27. The soiree will precede a concert given by Irish musician and photographer John Mock. Tickets are $12.

The Great Book Signing will headline Saturday’s lineup of events and will include writers Angeli Perrow, author of many children’s books including “Lighthouse Dog to the Rescue” and “Many Hands”; Steven D. Powell, author of “Patch Scratching”; Sara Hoagland Hunter, author of “The Lighthouse Santa” and illustrator Julia Miner; John R. Cobb, author of “Judith, a Quoddy Tale”; John Bird, author of “Rockland, Maine’s Tidal Turn”; Dorothy Simpson, author of “The Island’s True Child”; Susan Raven, author of “There Was a Little Girl”; and Richard Cheek, contributing editor of the new book “From Guiding Lights to Beacons for Business: The Many Lives of Maine’s Lighthouses.”

Also scheduled for Saturday is the Giant Craft Fair to benefit the museum set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The fair will include demonstrations from crafters including Mary Carver, Linda Graham, Linda Sherlock, Debra Thuss, Jeff Spera and Faith Deane. On also on hand will be representatives from Maine Lights Collection, Russells of Camden, Mainely Naturals, Kitty Smith Designs, Seaside Soap and Candle and T Harbor Treasures.

The centerpiece of Saturday’s events will be the silent and live auctions which will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m. The live auction begins at 7 p.m with the silent auction running concurrently. The auction will include nautical- and marine-themed items.

A buffet lunch provided by Brick’s Restaurant will be served at noon Sunday, July 29, at the museum. Immediately afterward Marla Rogers, a lighthouse keeper’s daughter, will give a talk, “Friends of Flying Santa,” about her experiences of growing up at lighthouses in Maine and Massachusetts. Admission to the buffet and the talk is $25.

Museum admission will be free during the celebration weekend. Ticket holders for the John Mock concert and the buffet and Rogers’ talk will be admitted free of charge to nearby Owls Head Transportation Museum by showing their tickets.

The museum’s Memorial Brick Campaign is continuing for the west entrance of the museum. The cost of a brick is $75. To access a printable order form, visit mainelighthousemuseum.org or mail a check to Maine Lighthouse Museum, Brick Campaign, One Park Drive, P.O. Box 1116, Rockland 04841.

To obtain tickets for the concert and the talk, call the museum at 594-3301.

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