Walsh, Wyeth book launch

ROCKLAND — From 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, the Farnsworth Art Museum will hold a book launch and signing for “Sammy in the Sky” by Barbara Walsh, illustrated by Jamie Wyeth. The event, free and open to all, will take place in the museum’s Victorian garden, on Elm Street between Main and Union streets.

“Sammy in the Sky” is a tale of love, loss and remembrance. Sammy the hound dog loves his girl, and she loves him. When illness cuts Sammy’s life short, the girl’s family keeps his spirit alive by celebrating his love of chasing wind-blown bubbles, keeping guard at night and offering his velvety fur for endless pats and tummy scratches. Painter Jamie Wyeth’s illustrations, infused with his realist style and lifelong fondness for dogs, radiate the joy and sadness of every tongue-licking, tail-wagging moment in this heartening and lovingly rendered story written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barbara Walsh.

The book signing will be limited to “Sammy in the Sky” for autographs by Jamie Wyeth and Barbara Walsh. Other merchandise will not be signed. The book will be available for purchase at the Museum Store, corner of Elm and Main streets. For more information, call the Museum Store at 596-5789.

Bay Chamber Concerts

Bay Chamber Concerts presents “St. Lawrence Premieres” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. The concert will feature Bay Chamber’s resident string quartet, the St. Lawrence, with Anne-Marie McDermott, piano, and Anthony Manzo, bass. They will perform Mendelssohn’s Sextet for Piano and Strings, Op. 110, Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18, No. 4, and Osvaldo Goliljov’s Yiddishbuk for String Quartet.

The next evening, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, Bay Chamber Concerts will present “The Grand Sextet!” at the Rockport Opera House. The St. Lawrence String Quartet will be joined by Anne-Marie McDermott, piano, and Anthony Manzo, bass, to perform Glinka’s Grand Sextet in E-flat Major for Piano and Strings as well as works by Joseph Lanner and Schubert.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.baychamberconcerts.org or call the box office at 236-2823.

Rockland Art Walk

ROCKLAND — In conjunction with Rockland’s Art Walk, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug, 5, the Caldbeck Gallery, CRAFT and Landing Galleries will present an evening of live music with Blind Albert in the Landing Gallery Courtyard on Elm Street. Vince Gabriel, aka Blind Albert, is a soft rock and blues singer and guitarist. For more information, call 594 5935.

‘The Pirates of Penzance’

BELFAST — The Major-General played by Randy Nichols retreats to the ruined chapel in his ancestral home and is comforted by his daughters played by Angela El-Zeind, Marina Macho, Maeve Weggler, Emma Grimsley and Frederick, played by Ryan McCrary as they rehearse a scene from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.”

The set was designed by carpenter Steven Wickenden and constructed on the Belfast Maskers Festival Stage in Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast. Costumes were designed Juliette Rombotis, a summer intern from Greece.”The Pirates of Penzance” runs every night at 7 until Saturday, Aug. 6. Admission on Thursday is $8, $5 for children 12 and under. Admission for the rest of the run is $15, $10, $5 children. Tickets are available at the park one hour before showtime; by calling the box office at 338-9668; or at Yo Mamma’s Home, 96 Main St., Belfast.