Calendar of Events in Camden

Concert - Casey Abrams

Event date/time: Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 7:30pmcasey

24-year-old singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and American Idol finalist Casey Abrams, proves he is here to stay with his self- titled debut album on Concord Records.

Casey co-wrote sang played bass, acoustic guitar, drums, Wurlitzer and even recorder. He opens with the finger- snapping cool of “Simple Life,” affirming there’s a genuine artist at work here. “Ghosts” and “Get Out,” prove Casey’s capability as a contemporary songwriter, “Wore Out My Soul” shows his R&B balladeer chops and he makes musical mini-movies on both “Great Bright Morning” and “Midnight Girl.”

Casey’s story is that of a born natural, but it’s also the story of a person who studied diligently and worked extremely hard, striving toward his dream of a life in music. He was born in Austin, Texas to professionally accomplished, extraordinarily creative parents. The walls of Casey’s childhood home resonated with, “the music of the 1950s and ‘60s,” he states. Even then, he was “hearing those blues riffs and little things that make a song what it is.”

Casey tried out for American Idol in Austin. “I had a heart attack when they chose me,” Casey recalls. “I was like: this is the ticket. As soon as I got that foot in the door I knew I could make it. I was so happy.”

Not too long afterwards, he found himself in London recording his debut album. “It was the best experience, so fun,” he enthuses of being in London, working with producer Martin Terefe. "It didn’t feel like I was making an album, just having a good time, hanging out and making and writing music with friends. London’s just such a creative place.”  Casey Abrams toured with Postmodern Jukebox in 2015,

Location Address: The Strand Theatre, Rockland, ME

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Concert ~ Hal McIntyre Orchestra

Event date/time:   Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 2PMHal

A founding member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra as well as the leader of his own big band, alto saxophonist and clarinetist Hal McIntyre was born November 29, 1914, in Cromwell, Connecticut. By his late teens he was already the veteran of a series of groups and formed his own eight-piece band in 1935, later landing his big break when offered a temporary gig playing alto behind Benny Goodman. The Goodman stint lasted just ten days, but it brought McIntyre to the attention of Miller, and in 1937 he joined the first incarnation of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, remaining with the group for four years. At that point Miller urged McIntyre to form his own band, even offering financial support; billed as "The Band That America Loves," the McIntyre Orchestra debuted at the Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, New York, in 1941. Featuring vocalists Gloria Van, Ruth Gaylor, and Al Nobel, as well as bassist Eddie Safranski and tenor saxophonist Allen Eager, the band went on to headline venues including New York's Commodore Hotel, Hollywood's Palladium Ballroom, and Chicago's Sherman Hotel. During the war years the group regularly played overseas for U.S. troops as well. McIntyre continued leading the orchestra well into the 1950s (including an appearance backing the Mills Brothers on their 1952 chart-topper "Glow Worm") before its ranks finally splintered; he died in a house fire at his home in Los Angeles on May 5, 1959.  Tickets are Reserved Seating $28/$23 or $22, $20 and children 12 and under $15/$12. Available here, by calling our box office at (207)470-7066 or stopping at Camden Town Office M-F 9A-3P for ne fee walk up.  

Location Address: Camden Opera House

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Photo Tour: Lighthouse Sunset

Event date/time: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 12-8pmphoto tour

This is an afternoon and evening excursion. A drive down a picturesque, coastal peninsula brings you to the historic Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, which sits on the rocky, wave worn ledges of Muscungus Bay. While there explore the grounds, the buildings, and the beautiful rock formations. ‘Lessons on Location’ will cover framing, composition, demos on seeing, camera handling tips, menu settings, discussion on exposure, and image review. 

Location Address: Public Landing, Rockland, ME

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Concert - Le Vent du Nord

Event date/time: Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 7:30pmvent

Quebec’s Le Vent du Nord (Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Olivier Deres and Rejean Brunet) knows how to turn the lost past into intense and beautiful performances that push their roots in striking global directions. Considered a driving force in progressive folk, Le Vent du Nord captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party!

Since its founding in 2002,  the band has become compelling Francophone ambassadors, winning critical acclaim and audience adoration across Europe, Oceania and America. The quartet has performed well over 1,400 concerts, racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.Some of the band's catchy songs and tunes are taken from the Québec traditional folk repertoire while others are original compositions. Le Vent du Nord has a rich and varied instrumentation, polished musical arrangements, and fabulous vocals!

The group collaborates with diverse musicians, including Väsen to Harry Manx, Julie Fowlis, The Chieftains to pan-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople and several Symphonic orchestras. 

Location Address: The Strand Theatre, Rockland, ME

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Vietnam's The Moving Wall

Event date/time: Thursday, May 26 - Monday, May 30, 2016 from 12-8pmwall

Knox Museum in Thomaston will host the Vietnam Combat Veterans’ The Moving Wall for five days over Memorial Day weekend in 2016. The memorial wall, which is a half-scale replica of Maya Lin’s original design located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, will be exhibited on the grounds of Montpelier from May 26 to May 30. Visiting hours will be 24 hours per day, except during special ceremonies. Admission is free, and all are encouraged to attend. 13,000 people are expected to visit.

Location Address: Knox Museum, Thomaston, Maine 04861

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"Lobster, Lobster, Lobster" Cooking Class at the Hartstone Inn

Event date/time: June 4th or June 5th, 2015 - 1-3pmHartstone Inn

A trip to Maine should be based around eating as much lobster as one can. This class will help you achieve that goal! Chef Michael will share his techniques for cooking and “breaking down” lobsters, and guide you through four very diverse preparations.  Maine Lobster with a Vanilla Beurre Blanc, Lobster and Gruyere Soufflé with a Grilled Corn Cream, Maine Lobster and Asparagus Salad with a Tangerine Dressing, Avocado and Lobster Cakes with a Chive Sour Cream and Roasted Tomato Jus.  Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food!  Enrollment is $45 per person our make it a getaway and book a Cooking Class Package!

Location Address: Hartstone Inn, 41 Elm St., Camden, Maine

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Comedian Earl David Reed

Event date/time: Friday, June 10, 2016 - 7:30pmearl

Earl David Reed is known for his dynamic presence, hard-driving wit, and hilarious improvisational style -- skillfully interacting with audiences of all kinds. A stand up comedian for 15 years, he has performed at over 100 comedy clubs and colleges and is a favorite in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. The Las Vegas Review-Journal has called him “ …an urban Don Rickles!” And Don Rickles himself commented “This guy works the room like a Las Vegas showgirl…funny without being offensive.” His TV credits include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, HBO, Showtime, FOX’s Comic Strip Live, A&E’s Comedy on the Road, and NBC’s Friday Night Videos. Earl can also be seen on DVD as one of Bill Engvall’s All-Stars of Country Comedy comedians with Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy.

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The Strand Theatre, Rockland, ME

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Concert - The Klezmatics

Event date/time: Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 7:30pmklez

THE KLEZMATICS erupted out of New York City's East Village in 1986 and revitalized klezmer for the new century. Their klezmer is steeped in Jewish spiritualism and Eastern European tradition, while incorporating more provocative themes such as social rights and anti-fundamentalism with eclectic musical influences such as gospel, punk, and Arab, African, and Balkan rhythms. Over the course of more than twenty years they have released many albums of wild, spiritual, provocative, reflective, and ecstatically danceable music, forever redefining and transcending traditional labels. 

Today, with three original members -- Lorin Sklamberg (lead vocal, accordion, guitar, piano), Frank London (trumpet, keyboards, vocals) and Paul Morrissett (bass, tsimbl, vocals) -- still on board, alongside longtime members Matt Darriau (kaval, clarinet, saxophone, vocals) and Lisa Gutkin (violin, vocals), THE KLEZMATICS are without a doubt the most sccessful proponents of klezmer music in the world!

THE KLEZMATICS have performed in more than 20 countries and released 10 albums to date.

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The Strand Theatre, Rockland, ME

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Camden Festival of Independence

Event date/time: July 3–5, 2016Camden Festival of Independence

Midcoast organizations team up to offer three days of fun over the Fourth of July holiday period. Concerts, family events, parades, and fireworks (July 4), with fun and affordable options for all tastes. For more information, contact the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce: 207-236-4404.

Location Address: Downtown Camden

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Concert - Cowboy Junkies

Event date/time: Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 7:30pmcowboy

Cowboy Junkies are a Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band. The group was formed in Toronto in 1985 by Margo Timmins (vocalist), Michael Timmins (songwriter, guitarist), Peter Timmins (drummer) and Alan Anton (bassist).The Junkies first performed publicly at the Beverley Tavern and other clubs in Toronto’s Queen Street West, including The Rivoli. Their 1986 debut album, produced by Canadian producer Peter Moore, was the blues-inspired Whites Off Earth Now!!, recorded using an ambisonic microphone in the family garage.

The group’s fame spread with their second album, The Trinity Session,recorded in 1987 at Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity. Their sound, again using the ambisonic microphone, and their mix of blues, country, folk, rock andjazz earned them both critical attention and a cult following. The Los Angeles Times named the recording as one of the ten best albums of 1988.

The band was nominated for Group of the Year at the Juno Awards in 1990 and 1991. In the early 1990s Margo Timmins was named “one of the fifty most beautiful people in the world” by People Magazine. The group has continued to tour North America, Europe, Japan and Australia with extensive North American and European tours following album releases in 2002 and 2004. In 2008, they released Trinity Revisited in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the original recording of The Trinity Session.

The band has appeared on countless major television shows in North America from Saturday Night Live to Late Night with David Letterman and the Tonight Show. Their music has been featured in dozens of television programs and feature films.

Location Address: The Strand Theatre, Rockland, ME

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Post Comedy Theatre

Event date/time:   Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 7:30 PM post

The creator of Post Comedy Theatre and Post from the Road (who did make it through elementary school) discovered the joys of the stage at Ohio State University, where he studied theater and dance before hitting the road with a touring mime and improv troupe. The experience of traveling up and down the East Coast in an old milk truck that served as a tour bus, performing everywhere and anywhere, and passing the hat for payment, not only stretched Post’s talents but also developed his knack for playful give-and-take with audiences. He crafted his signature style during intensive workshops with Tony Montanaro, the legendary performer and teacher who ran Celebration Barn in South Paris, Maine. Post credits Montanaro for “flipping the switch,” helping him see how he could combine his love of character work in a career spanning more than forty years. The sketches that make up Post’s one-man variety show – Post Comedy Theatre – have captivated audiences across the United States as well as in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Turkey, and Europe. He has appeared on the Today show, and he was invited to perform for children in Beslan, Russia, at the school that had been devastated by a terrorist attack in 2004. A PBS special on his work, “Robert Post – in Performance,” won an Emmy. The list of grants and other awards that he’s received is now much longer than his teacher’s listing of maladaptive behaviors.

Post juggles – literally (he can keep the balls in the air) and figuratively, balancing his performance schedule with educational programs in schools, master classes, workshops, and stints as a director. He has directed for opera and ballet companies as well as for schools and universities. He has also served as a visionary coach and mentor for individual performers, much as Tony Montanaro helped him find his own vision. His wide-ranging travels have led to Post from the Road, a delightfully quirky video series featuring his encounters with – and bemused observations on – the weird and wonderful byways of American culture.  Tickets are general admission. Adult $14, Senior $12 and children 16 and under $9. Tickets are available here, by calling the box office at (207)470-7066 or stopping at Camden Town Office M-F 9A-3P for no fee walk-up.

Location Address: Camden Opera House

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North Atlantic Blues Festival

Event date/time: July 16 & July 17, 2016 from 11am - 7pmblues fest

The North Atlantic Blues Festival is an annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor. Some of the top names in blues music have been featured at this prestigious East Coast festival. In addition to all day live entertainment, the festival has vendors selling a wide array of food, drinks and crafts.  Saturday evening Main Street is closed to traffic for the NABF Club Crawl. Attendees of legal age, wearing their wristband from the festival are allowed free admission to the many bars and restaurants featuring many of the top regional blues performers. There are also bands performing on Main Street for all ages at no charge.

Location Address: Public Landing, Rockland, ME

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Wings and Wheels Spectacular at the Owls Head Transportation Museum

Event date/time: Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7, 2016  9am-3pmwings

Featuring The Mallett Brothers Band on Sunday, Aug. 9! The airshow, or “Rally” is the Museum’s longest running and most popular event, featuring antique vehicles and guest aircraft. In 2015 assorted aerobatic performances, WWII Warbird demonstrations and more will headline a dazzling event that is sure to leave spectators smiling for weeks to come. Performers include Dan Marcotte Airshows, Parker Family Airshows, two P-51 Mustangs, a B-25 and more! All pre-1995 vehicles welcome to exhibit.

Location Address: The Owls Head Transportation Museum

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35th Annual Maine Antiques Festival

Event date/time: August 5-7, 2016cropped-maine-antiques-fest

The Annual Maine Antiques Festival is Maine's largest Antiques event. Over 100 dealers from across the US and Canada will be offering for sale a wide variety of vintage collectible and antiques spanning eras from the 18th century through the 1960's. Furnish or decorate your home with items that have stood the test of time. Or perhaps you area collector of vintage clothing or jewelry. We have it here in indoor, pavilion and outdoor under tent booths. Also great Maine food like lobster and native blueberry pies.

Location Address: 1 Fairgrounds Lane, Union, ME

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69th Annual Maine Lobster Festival

Event date/time:  August 3 -7, 2016Maine-Lobster-Festival-2

The Maine Lobster Festival is five days of fun and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine. The Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Rockland, Maine each year with the promise of fresh, local lobster dinners, nationally renowned entertainers, cooking contests, carnival rides,  Five days of fun and feasting on the Maine Coast.

Location Address: Harbor Park, Rockland, ME

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Film ~ The Seal Who Came Home

Event date/time:  Sunday, August 3, 2016 - 7:30 PMseal

The Camden Opera House in partnership with MPBN and with the support of the Goodridge family will present for the third year in a row the PBS documentary "The Seal Who Came Home". This heartwarming and unusual documentary depicts Andre's 25 years spent living in Rockport with the Goodridge family The past two year's showing was a community gathering and special evening. If you missed it, this is your chance! (well, you also could have another chance on Saturday, August 8 at 11 AM when MPBN screens the film on all Maine PBS Television Stations.

Andre was a harbor seal found as a pup by Harry Goodridge in 1961 in the waters off Rockport, near Robinson's Rock. Harry raised Andre, who lived for 25 years in both wild and human worlds, gaining love and admiration from people all over the world.

The 50 minute film, The Seal Who Came Home, is the final episode in an original series by MPBN titled My Wild Affair. The film shows the challenges, responsibilities and rewards of raising a wild animal as a pet and includes actual footage, photographs, and interviews with people who were close to Andre throughout his life.

The presentation is free to the public on a first- come first- serve basis. Doors will open at 6:30 pm; the film will begin promptly at 7:30 pm. As we did last year, the audience is welcome to remain after the film to share stories of their own personal memories of Andre.  

Location Address: Camden Opera House

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"Christmas by the Sea" in Camden Maine

Event date/time: December 2nd - 4th,, 2016Christmas by the Sea

A weekend celebration of the holiday season. Local businesses hold open houses, Santa makes three grand entrances in each of three communities - one by fire engine and two by boat.  Santa is also the special guest in the Friday night parade through downtown Camdne.  Bonfires, tree lighting, caroling, holiday plays, multiple craft markets, fireworks and more!  Sponsored by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce

Location Address: downtown Camden, ME

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