Trekkers, a local outdoor-based youth mentoring program, will celebrate its 20th anniversary by welcoming travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux to the midcoast on Wednesday, July 16. The evening’s events will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception for Theroux at the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland. Following the reception, Theroux will be the guest speaker at the Strand Theatre from 7 to 9 p.m.
Theroux, known for writing about his journeys through areas such as western Africa and Asia, will discuss the importance of travel and cultural exploration. The title of his presentation will be “Rites of Passage.” Trekkers’ alumni students will also present their stories of how travel and expeditionary learning experiences have shaped their lives.
On display at the Maine Lighthouse Museum reception will be 50 wooden lobster buoys specially decorated for Trekkers by 50 notable artists with ties to Maine. Ten of the buoys will be auctioned at the Strand Theatre following Theroux’s talk. Kaja Veilleux of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will be the auctioneer. The remaining 40 buoys are being featured in an online auction until July 21 (see www.biddingforgood.com/trekkers). All proceeds from the event and the auction will benefit Trekkers’ youth-serving programs.
Tickets for the Strand program are $20, general seating. Tickets for the reception, including preferred seating at the Strand, are $45 each and are nearly sold out. Tickets are available at the Trekkers office in Thomaston; hello hello books and The Reading Corner in Rockland; and the Owl & Turtle in Camden. For more information, or to reserve tickets, call 594-5095 or go to www.trekkers.org.