PAWS: Music and performance to benefit shelter
We are truly delighted to tell you about two wonderful events that some of our friends are putting on this month to benefit PAWS.
The Midcoast Brass Quintet will perform a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Chestnut Street Baptist Church in Camden. The program will cover a lot of musical ground, with classical works by Franz Joseph Haydn, Gabriel Fauré, J.J. Mouret, Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Johann Sebastian Bach and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (of “Pyotr and the Wolf” fame, of course), to name just a few — and, on the popular and jazz side, Fats Waller, Lew Pollack and Henry Filmore.
If some of those names aren’t familiar to you, all the more reason to go. You might just find some new music to love! And what is life without music? Kind of like life without pets, we expect — rather dull and best avoided.
The Midcoast Brass Quintet features Megan Kennedy on trombone, Doug Kennedy on tuba, Carolyn Kanicki on horn and Peter Stuart and Bruce Cole on trumpets. Tickets for the concert, $20 for adults and $10 for children, are available at HAV II and Loyal Biscuit in Camden; Reading Corner in Rockland; City Drawers in Belfast; and at the door the night of the performance. For more information, call the shelter at 236-8702.
A.J. Gurney is one of America’s best known and most talented playwrights. And “Sylvia” is one of his funniest plays. This story of a street-smart poodle/Lab stray and the couple that adopts her has been called “delicious and dizzy,” a “delightful comedy,” “rousing” and “hilarious and touching.” And you can see for yourself at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Boathouse at Steamboat Landing Park on the Belfast waterfront.
“Sylvia” is directed by Larraine Brown, with accomplished actor Amanda Raleigh starring in the title role and supported by an outstanding cast, including Brian Ross as Sylvia’s owner Greg and Jennifer DeJoy as Greg’s wife, Kate, with the highly talented Jeff Brink reprising his multi-gendered performance in the three additional roles.
Tickets are $20 each and are available in Belfast at Loyal Biscuit, the Colonial Theater, City Drawers and Left Bank Books; and in Camden at Loyal Biscuit and HAV II. We recommend “Sylvia” very highly, though it is definitely not suitable for children due to occasional strong sexual language and content.
Back at the shelter, please meet Rye, a very social girl who is tired of her nonexistent social life here at the shelter and wants to be out and about, enjoying fine dining and strolling the halls at her new mansion. Take our word for it, she is one outgoing little lady — and she’s gorgeous as well, with some of the most remarkable black-and-white coloring we’ve ever seen. Be sure you bring your heart with you, and be prepared to lose it!
Who wants to be the next cat model for “Catfancy?" Pippa does! This little diva wants the world to know how cute and lovable she really is, and she will melt your heart with those stunning eyes and her spectacular purring. She’s another of the beautiful black-and-white creatures that are often called tuxedo cats. We, however, prefer to think of them as chiaroscuro, a wonderful Italian word that means “light and dark” and comes a lot closer to describing the mixture of joy and mystery that is the very essence of the cat.
On our wish list: non-clumping cat litter, canned cat food and dog and cat toys. Thank you for your help.
As the dark begins to set in earlier and the nights grow longer, we think how lucky we are to have our furry friends curled up at our side. If this unique kind of companionship is not yet part of your life, please let us help you find a forever friend. We love all our creatures dearly, and we know you will too if you stop in to see us at 146 Camden St. in Rockport. We’re open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and pawsadopstion.org is never closed. And thank you, as always, for your caring and support.