Calendar of Events in Camden

"Dim Sum" Cooking Class at the Hartstone Inn

Event date/time: March 4th or 5th, 2016 - 1-3pmHartstone Inn Dim Sum

Chef Michael Salmon and participants will prepare a variety of dim sum, starting with three fillings: Thai Pork, Turkey and Shiitake and Shrimp. Then we will make three varied dipping sauces: Thai-Lime, Garlic-Chili and finally a Ginger-Sesame Dipping Sauce. Then it’s time to wrap the filling into various shapes for steamed dumplings and fried dumplings. Next we will make potsticker dough and form and cook potstickers. The final recipe will be crisp Shrimp Toast.  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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Concert ~ Lunasa with Karan Casey at the Camden Opera House

lunasaEvent date/time:  March 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM

The hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet returns to Camden with opener Karan Casey! 

Lúnasa is composed of Kevin Crawford (flutes, low whistles and tin whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), Seán Smyth (fiddle and low whistle) and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles). Lúnasa have sold more than quarter of a million albums in the course of the band’s career and boast an impressive back catalogue of 7 highly acclaimed and award-winning studio albums.

The band is internationally acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental outfit of recent times. They are renowned for their stunning shows honed by superb musicianship and a constant touring cycle. They have performed over 1,500 shows across 36 countries since the band formed in 1997. The band has appeared at internationally renowned venues such as The Hollywood Bowl, National Concert Hall (Dublin), Sydney Opera House and Moscow International House of Music. They have been invited to appear at the White House.  Their inventive arrangements and bass driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Their recordings have been hailed as some of the best and most important world music albums anywhere, while their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music.

Opening for Lunasa is Karan Casey, who has long been one of the most innovative, provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Her career has spanned twenty five years from the early days as a jazz performer in George’s Bistro in Dublin to her heady days in New York with the band Solas to her now established solo career and she has sold over half a million albums.

Karan released her first album with the group Solas, which quickly became the most celebrated Irish band in the U.S., and her four years with the group were pivotal. Since embarking on her solo career Karan has released 6 solo albums, a duo album (with John Doyle), an album for children and numerous contributions to other artists' projects – appearing on more than 50 albums in total. She has toured constantly throughout North America, Europe and Japan, performing solo, with her own band and with many other diverse artists. Recent years have seen Karan appearing with Folk legends James Taylor, Liam Clancy, Peggy Seeger, Mick Moloney and The Dubliners and Imelda May as well as performances with Solas, Lunasa, Tim O’Brien and Capercaillie’s Karen Matheson and collaborations with pianist/composer Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and with Breton guitarist Gilles le Bigot’s "Voix de la Terre".   Karan has won awards for “Best Folk Album” and “Best Folk Female” from Irish Music Magazine and been nominated for the BBC Folk Awards and the Danish Grammys and was a key member of Paul Winter’s Grammy-award winning “Celtic Solstice”

General admission tickets are $25 advance; $30 night of the show. Available here, (207)536-5850, Camden Town Office M-F 9AM-3PM for no fee walk up, 1 hour before the show at Box Office. 

Location Address: Camden Opera House

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"Body Traffic" at the Camden Opera House

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One of the most talked-about companies nationwide” (L.A. Times) and named as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2013, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the dance world. Internationally recognized for performing work by many of today’s top choreographers, and for an approach uniquely reflecting the diverse landscape of its Los Angeles home base – warm, innovative and sexy BODYTRAFFIC is a family of eight vibrant dancers driving the company’s commitment to art and entertainment.

BODYTRAFFIC has performed for sold-out audiences at prestigious theaters and festivals throughout North America - Jacob's Pillow, New York City Center, the LA Philharmonic's opening night gala, and many more. BODYTRAFFIC displays sheer animal magnetism" San Francisco Weekly "It's all green lights for BODYTRAFFIC...Los Angeles Times

Reserved seating $25, $30; students 18 and under $20.

Location Address: Camden Opera House

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"Sous Vide - Provencal Cuisine" at the Hartstone Inn

Hartstone Inn Travel to Tuscany Cooking ClassEvent date/time:  Saturday, March 25th or Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 1-3pm

Sous Vide cooking is just starting to take off with home cooks, and this course will introduce you to the equipment, concepts and basic techniques needed to get you started.  Recipes from Chef Michael Salmon's Foodie Trip to Provence will be featured and include: Chicken Breast with a Foie Gras-Fig Cream and Herbed New Potatoes, Olive Oil-Poached Salmon with Roasted Peppers, Provençal Vegetables and Beef Tenderloin with a Ratatouille Butter.

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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"Doo Wop Project" at the Camden Opera House

doo-wopEvent date/time:  Apr 2, 2017 at 3:00 PM

The DOO WOP PROJECT is street corner singing for a whole new generation. Their show begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. Throughout the show, DWP takes you on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons…all the way to Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Amy Winehouse.  Featuring current and former stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, and their hot band, The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate — and in some cases entirely reimagine — some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history.

Enjoy a night filled with harmonies and classic ‘60s hits such as Dion and the Belmonts’ “I Wonder Why,” Thurston Harris’ “Little Bitty Pretty One,” The Del-Vikings “Come and Go With Me,” The Capris’ “Morse Code of Love,” and many more. The show also includes doo-wop-inspired renditions of contemporary songs such as Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie,” Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours.”

Reserved seating: $29 orchestra and front balcony; $26 rear orchestra and rear balcony, available here, (207)536-5850, Camden Town Office M-F 9AM - 3PM for no fee walk up.

Location Address: Camden Opera House

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"From the Spring Garden" Cooking Class at the Hartstone Inn

salmon-nicoiseEvent date/time:  Saturday, April 8th or Sunday, April 9th, 2017 from 1-3pm

Spring in Maine is a pretty big deal. Hopefully the snow is gone and our gardens are beginning to produce some Spring bounty. I will take advantage of this local produce and have created a menu that reflects the season.  The menu will include Seared Sea Scallops with Spring Pea Cream and Smoked Salmon, Baby Spring Greens with a Strawberry-Chive Dressing and Radishes, Grilled Salmon Niçoise with Fiddlehead Ferns and Spring Asparagus and Spring Rhubarb Crème Brûlée with a Lemon Madeleine.  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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"Hal McIntyre Orchestra" at the Camden Opera House

hal-mcintyre-orchestraEvent date/time:  May 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM

The Hal McIntyre Orchestra returns for Mother's Day 2017! This year they will perform a tribute To Frank Sinatra. The iconic songs and jazzy vocals of "Ol' Blue Eyes such songs as "Luck Be a Lady Tonight," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Fly Me to the Moon" and many other timeless tunes will be featured. You wanted them back and we got them!!

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. The band is currently directed by long-time drummer Don Pendleton, and they recreate the sounds of the golden era of big band for audiences nationwide.

Reserved seating tickets: $28 and $12 for children available here, (207)536-5850 or Camden Town Office M-F 9AM-3PM no fee walk-up.

Location Address: Camden Opera House

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North Atlantic Blues Festival

Event date/time: July 15 & July 16, 2017 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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70th Annual Maine Lobster Festival

Event date/time:  August 2 -6, 2017Maine-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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Camden Windjammer Festival

Event date/time: September 1-3, 2017

Celebrate Camden’s maritime heritage and living traditions at the annual Camden Windjammer Festival. From the great age of sail when coasting schooners were launched in the harbor, through the birth of the windjammer business in the 1930s, to today’s windjammer fleet and elegant yachts, sailing ships have always defined our lovely, vibrant community.

On Friday, watch the magnificent schooners as they maneuver into the harbor, bid on dinners aboard one of the fleet, and then watch a talent show by schooner crews in Harbor Park followed by fireworks over the harbor. The fun continues all weekend with a lobster crate race, a Build-A-Boat contest, fish relay race, nautical skills, displays of maritime activities and history, Chowder Challenge, tours of the windjammers and fun for all.

See the full schedule of events here.

Location Address: downtown Camden, ME

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