Calendar of Events in Camden

May 30 at 1:00 pm -- “Lots of Lobster” Cooking Class

Event date/time:  Saturday, May 30, 2015 or Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 1-3pmLobster on Ice

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 of the Hartstone Inn will share his techniques for cooking and “breaking down” lobsters, and guide you through four very diverse preparations: lobster bisque, maine lobster and vegetable timbale, crispy lobster and asparagus spring rolls with a wasabi butter and red curry of Maine lobster with shrimp and pineapple.   Classes are informative, fun and filled with delicious food.  $45 per person.  Planning to stay overnight?  Book our Cooking Class Getaway Package.

Location Address: Hartstone Inn, Camden, ME

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May 30 at 7:30 pm -- The Sweetback Sisters at the Strand Theatre

Event date/time:  May 30, 2015 at 7:30pmbulldog

Rollicking, infectious country swing! THE SWEETBACK SISTERS’ charismatic charm harkens back to the golden era of the silver screen cowgirl, wrapped around a core of deeply felt love for traditional country music styles. Emily Miller and Zara Bode’s precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson. Their repertoire combines country music from before they were born and new interpretations of those traditions — to create a fresh take on what it means to be country. THE SWEETBACKS have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Location Address: Rockland Strand Theatre

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Jun 13 at 1:00 pm -- “Mediterranean Cuisine” Cooking Class

Event date/time:  Saturday, June 13, 2015 or Sunday, June 14, 2015 from 1-brusch3pm

Join Chef Michael of the Hartstone Inn as he shares some of his favorite recipes from the Mediterranean region. We will prepare four dishes: Roasted yellow pepper bruschetta with fresh mozzarella, beets in romesco sauce, Tunisian grilled cod with a roasted shallot compound butter and herbed tabbouleh, and for dessert, frittelle di riso – arborio Rice Fritters.  Classes are informative, fun and filled with delicious food.  $45 per person.  Planning to stay overnight?  Book our Cooking Class Getaway Package.

Location Address: Hartstone Inn, Camden, ME

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Jun 17 at 5:00 pm -- Pairings 101 – Greece at Cellardoor Winery

Event date/time: Wednesday June 17, 2015 from 5-7pmCellardoor Winery

Think: crystal clear blue waters contrasted by an impressive island hillside draped in crisp white. We’re taking inspiration from the mediterranean and exploring the bright, fresh flavors with our Greece edition of Pairings 101 on June 17. Join us as we dive behind the scenes of food & wine pairings, testing your senses and learning all about the basics of aroma identification and sensory evaluations. The class includes wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a specially crafted tasting menu created by Chef Lani Stiles and the team at Megunticook Market, as well as sensory evaluations and aroma identifications. As always, seats for this pairing are limited so early reservations are recommended. $40 per person.

Location Address: The Farmhouse at Cellardoor Winery

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Jun 18 at 8:30 am -- Vinalhaven Island: One-Day Photographic Excursion

Event date/time: June 18, 2015 from 8:30am – 5 pm 

The tour includes two 75-minute ferry rides, rocky coastal landscapes, bay scenery, marine wildlife, working harbors, island culture, a quaint village, and unique shops and galleries. Photographic discussions will cover camera settings, controlling exposure, framing, foreground/background relationships, point of view, and capturing the right moment.

Location Address: Vinalhaven Island (ferry ride necessary)

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Jun 20 at 4:00 pm -- Summer Solstice Celebration & Street Party

Event date/time: June 20, 2015 from 4 – 8pmRockland Summer Solstice

Imagine Main Street filled with live music, food vendors, and family-oriented entertainment. No cars are allowed and kids can play in the street. Celebrate the solstice at this smoke-free outdoor party.

Location Address: Main Street & Downtown Rockland, ME

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Jun 20 at 6:30 pm -- Midsummer at the Museum

Event date/time:  June 20, 2015 from 6:30 – 10:30 pm. knox museum

Annual Knox Museum community solstice celebration honors Finnish Heritage House neighbors and their annual Juhannus feast, and features a pig roast, live music, bonfire, Wife-Carrying Race, games, flower hair garlands, luminaries, and fireworks! Rain or shine.

Location Address: Knox Museum, in the orchard behind Montpelier, Thomaston, ME

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Jun 26 at 5:00 pm -- HoBo 2015 – Homeward Bound at Cellardoor Winery

Event date/time: Friday, June 26, 2015 from 5-10pmHoBo 2015

Early in the 20th century, a hobo searching for work and safe haven carved a symbol in our farmhouse door, a symbol that we so proudly display on our wine labels, hanging from our winery and throughout. While this particular hobo symbol signaled to fellow travelers that our 200-year old farm was a safe, welcoming place, “HoBo” in and of itself means “homeward bound”. The journeymen dating back to the Depression who worked the farms enjoyed safe haven here with hopes of making it home.

In this same spirit, Cellardoor Winery invites you “Home” to their vineyard for a festive evening of food, wine, and dancing to live entertainment by one of our favorite musicians.  In short, good times with good friends. And for those who can’t wait to find out about the entertainment, they are thrilled to announce that Huey Lewis and The News will be headlining this evening!

Location Address: The Vineyard at Cellardoor Winery

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Jun 26 at 7:30 pm -- SESSION AMERICANA with Ellie Buckland at the Strand Theatre

Event date/time: June 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm Session Americana

Boston’s award-winning SESSION AMERICANA, known for their fresh take on old-fashioned, timeless music, is a constantly evolving line up of folk/rock/roots veteran singer-songwriters. Their inventively entertaining live shows, based on their original music, may spontaneously reach back into traditional American songs. Maine native ELLIE BUCKLAND is a songwriter, singer, and fiddler, whose passion for songwriting and performing is influenced by traditional country, bluegrass and fiddle music. General Admission Tickets: $12/Advance, $15/Day of Show. Lobby and balcony bars will be open for 21+.

Location Address: Rockland Strand Theatre

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Jun 28 at 12:00 pm -- Cellardoor Winery at Home Smackdown

Event date/time: Sunday June 28, 2015 from 12-4pm Cellardoor Smackdown

Move aside, Iron Chef! Cellardoor Winery is turning up the heat in the kitchen of their vineyard tent with their biggest food & wine pairing extravaganza and cook-off ever. Join us for the pairings, featuring an incredible menu of gourmet bites, and stay for the cook-off, complete with creative, competition-worthy recipes submitted by YOU and prepared by the fabulously talented Trillium Caterers.

Thinking of throwing your hat (or, more specifically, your recipe) into the ring for a chance to be the Smackdown King or Queen? Your creativity could win you some serious bragging rights – not to mention a featured ad spot in Maine Magazine! Head over to to purchase your tickets, check out the official Smackdown rules, and purchase your Starter Kit (available thier Lincolnville and Rockport locations as well as at Don’t wait too long, though; the recipe submission deadline is May 1, 2015!

Location Address: The Farmhouse at Cellardoor Winery

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Jun 30 at 7:00 pm -- Mary Chapin Carpenter at the Camden Opera House

Event date/time: June 30, 2015, 7:00pm

Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards, was named the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 1992 and 1993 and in 2012 was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her compositions have also been covered by a diverse assortment of artists including Joan Baez, Wynonna Judd, Cyndi Lauper, Trisha Yearwood, Maura O’Connell, Mary Black and Dianne Reeves and has also collaborated, on record and/or on stage, with the likes of Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Dolly Parton, the Indigo Girls and Tony Bennett. Tickets and reserved seats $48-$56 are available beginning April 4th at, by calling (207)470-7066 or stopping by Camden Town Office M-F 9am – 3pm.

Location Address: Camden Opera House

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Jul 4 (all day) -- Camden Festival of Independence

Event date/time: July 3–5, 2015fireworks

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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Jul 8 at 7:30 pm -- The Gothard Sisters at the Strand Theatre

Event date/time: July 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm Gothard Sisters

Folk Roots Music, Fiddle Tunes and Irish Dance!  The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic all-female Irish music and dance group from the Pacific Northwest, USA. The three girls (who are truly sisters!) perform and record new Celtic arrangements of well-known traditional tunes and songs, as well as their own original compositions from their 6 recorded studio albums. As champion Irish dancers who have competed overseas multiple times at the World Championships, they include the visual elements and the exciting rhythms of Irish step dancing into tightly choreographed, high-energy variety shows.

Location Address: Rockland Strand Theatre

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Jul 10 at 11:00 am -- North Atlantic Blues Festival

Event date/time: July 10, 2015 – July 12, 2015 from 11am – 7pmNorth Atlantic Blues Festival

22nd annual blues music festival held outdoors overlooking picturesque Rockland Harbor. Touring blues artists from the U.S. and abroad will perform on the main stage. Saturday evening Main Street is closed to traffic for the famous Club Crawl.

Location Address: Public Landing, Rockland, ME

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Jul 16 at 5:00 pm -- Pairings 101 – Americana at Cellardoor Winery

Event date/time: Thursday, July 16, 2015 5-7pm

American Flavor is a cornucopia of delights with cultural influences from East Coast to West. Join us as we pick the best local produce from the farmers markets to create an Americana-themed tasting menu reminiscent of home.  $40 per person.

Location Address: The Farmhouse at Cellardoor Winery

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Jul 18 at 9:00 am -- Carol Sebold Harbor Arts Summer Juried Arts & Crafts Show

Event date/time: July 18-19, 2015  9am – 4pm

Get ready for summer fun when our Annual Carol Sebold Fall Harbor Arts Juried Arts & Crafts Show returns to Camden’s Harbor Park on Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19 from 9 a.m until 4 p.m. Hosted by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, this admission-free, family-friendly event features something for everyone. Harbor Arts offers items for every taste and prices for every pocketbook. Art patrons will find works in watercolor, oil, acrylics, pastels, as well as photography, sculpture, and mixed media. Fans of handcrafted wares can shop for pottery, glass, woodcrafts, jewelry, and furniture. Fiber artists will also be in abundance with a wide selection of hand woven sweaters, gloves, scarves and much more.

Location Address: Harbor Park Camden, Maine

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Jul 30 (all day) -- 68th Annual Maine Lobster Festival

Event date/time: July 29, 2015 through August 2, 2015 

Road race, arts and crafts, food, lobster crate race, entertaiment, parade and more!  Five days of fun and feasting on the Maine Coast.

Location Address: Harbor Park, Rockland, ME

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Aug 8 (all day) -- Wings and Wheels Spectacular at the Owls Head Transportation Museum

Event date/time: Saturday & Sunday, August 8 & 9, 2015  9am-3pmWings and Wheels Soectacular

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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Aug 8 at 7:30 pm -- The WARREN HOOD BAND and THE REVELERS at the Strand Theatre

Event date/time:  August 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm Warren Hood and the Revelers

Swamp-Pop, Cajun, Country, Blues and Zydeco!  WARREN HOOD, the son of Austin, TX music legend Champ Hood, is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer. A former member of Bob Weir’s acclaimed “The Waybacks”, he has also performed and/or recorded with Lyle Lovett, Joan Osborne, Emmylou Harris, Ben Kweller, Little Feet, Elvis Costello, Susan Tedeschi, Gillian Welch, and Alejandro Escovedo.

Founding members of acclaimed Louisiana bands the Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys have joined together to form Louisiana’s Supergroup: THE REVELERS. Equally at home on a festival stage, late night dance party, or performing arts hall, the sheer power and raucousness of the band’s sound is tempered only by their unbelievable tightness as a group. In high demand as individual musicians, they have performed and recorded with T-Bone Burnett, Natalie Merchant, Linda Ronstadt, Preston Frank, Mamadou Diabate, The Duhks, Cedric Watson, and Tim O’Brien.

Location Address: Rockland Strand Theatre

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Aug 15 at 7:30 pm -- Comedian Paula Poundstone at the Strand Theatre

Event date/time: August 15, 2015 at 7:30pmPaula

32 years ago Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country — stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. A high school drop-out, she went on to become one of the great humorists of our time. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.” She tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.”

She performs an average of 75 dates per year. Her newest comedy CD, I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them in Boston was released in 2013, following I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them in Maine (2007). Paula’s first book, There is Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say, with a forward by Mary Tyler Moore, was published in 2006. Paula is hard at work on her second book.

Location Address: Rockland Strand Theatre

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Aug 20 at 7:30 pm -- Slaid Cleaves at the Strand Theatre

Event date/time: August 20, 2015 at 7:30pmSlaid Cleaves

The “Americana” music of Austin-based singer/songwriter and guitarist SLAID CLEAVES is rooted in country, blues and traditional folk songs. He has released 10 albums in his 20-year career; his latest release, Still Fighting the War, delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. A singular storyteller, CLEAVES writes with an optimistic voice; he is realistic and wise without being cynical. Tickets: $25. Lobby/ balcony bars open for 21+.

Location Address: Rockland Strand Theatre

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