Camden Windjammer Festival, September 2nd-4th, 2016

Camden Windjammer Festival 2015Celebrate 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.

 

 

Appleton Cheese Trail – Foodie Fun!

Appleton Creamery and ME Water Buffalo Co., two local creameries will be offering their cheeses for sale and farm visits every Saturday through the month of October (fall weather permitting).  You can pick up the Appleton Cheese Trail rack card from their booths at many Midcoast Maine farmers’ markets and local info kiosks.  On it you will find a map showing each farm along with other agricultural attractions in the Appleton area and details about open hours and such. Download Appleton-Cheese-Trail Map pdf. Find Appleton Cheese Trail on FacebookAppleton-Cheese-Trail-Details

 

APPLETON CREAMERY
780 Gurneytown Road
Appleton Maine
Saturdays 11am to 5pm
other times by appointment
207 785-4431 please leave message
info([email protected]

Farm Stand open for cheese and farm
products. Guided cheese tastings $5 per person, accompanied children free. Relax and watch the goats from our
observation deck.. 
appletoncreamery.com

 

ME WATER BUFFALO CO
232 Old County Road
Appleton Maine
Saturdays 10am to 2pm
Hay Rides at 1pm
207 785-6493
mewaterbuffaloco(at)gmail(dot)com

Farm stand open for water buffalo cheeses, yogurt, gelato, meat and other farm
products. Visit with the water buffalo.
mewaterbuffaloco.com


APPLETON AREA AGRICULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

Deer Foot Farm – 1221 Union Road, Appleton
Savage Oakes Wineyard –  174 Barret Hill Road,  (off Rt 17) Union
Sweetgrass Farm – 347 Carroll Road, Union
Glendarragh Lavender – Rt 131, Appleton Village & Camden

 

 

Chilled Summer Gazpacho with an Herbed Sour Cream

By Chef Michael Salmon
serves 8gazpacho

Gazpacho  
2 medium-sized beefsteak tomatoes
1 small Vidalia onion
1/2 English cucumber (also known as seedless cucumbers)
1/2 red bell pepper
2 scallions
32 ounce tomato juice
8 ounce V8 juice
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper salt to taste

1. Core the tomatoes, cut them in half across the equator to expose the seeds and gently
squeeze out the seeds. Dice the tomatoes, onion, cucumber and bell pepper into 1/2-inch
cubes. Slice the scallions. Combine all the ingredients, mix and refrigerate, covered, for at
least 2 hours. May be made up to 2 days in advance.

Herbed Sour Cream
1/2 cup sour cream
4 sprigs fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 scallion, green part only, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon of Caribbean dry spice mix
salt to taste

1. Mix all together.
Presentation
8 red cherry tomatoes, cut in half
2 medium-sized golden tomatoes, cut into 8 wedges
8 sprigs of cilantro

1. Ladle the soup into the desired serving bowls and decorate with a scoop of the herbed sour
cream, 2 cherry tomato halves and 2 golden tomato wedges. Top with a sprig of cilantro and
serve.

Hartstone Inn Cooking Class Schedule 2016-2017

We have received SO many inquires regarding when our next cooking class schedule would be on our website and – here it is!

Join Chef Michael in the Hartstone Inn kitchen for a cooking class weekend.  Classes cover a wide range of topics from regional and ethnic cuisines to seasonal and holiday offerings. Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food. Weekend packages include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, a gourmet candlelit dinner for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class. Additional enrollment into the cooking class is $45 per person. Classes are held on Saturdays and/or Sundays from 1-3pm in the afternoon. See schedule of classes below for specific class dates and topics. Click on the course topics for detailed descriptions of each class and photos of the recipes to be created.  Watch the Video of our Scheduled Group Classes

Hartstone Inn Cooking Classes

Cooking Class Calendar

Date Topic Instructor Status
2016
Saturday, November 12th, 1-3 pm Lobster, Lobster, Lobster Michael Salmon Open
Sunday, November 13th, 1-3pm Lobster, Lobster, Lobster Michael Salmon Open
Saturday, December 3rd, 1-3pm Holiday Hors d’Oeuvres III Michael Salmon Open
Sunday, December 4th, 1-3 pm Holiday Hors d’Oeuvres III Michael Salmon Open
Saturday, December 17th, 1-3 pm Caribbean Cuisine II Michael Salmon Open
Sunday, December 18th, 1-3 pm Caribbean Cuisine II Michael Salmon Open
Date Topic Instructor Status
2017
Saturday, January 7th, 1-3 pm Mediterranean Cuisine Michael Salmon Open
Sunday, January 8th, 1-3pm Mediterranean Cuisine Michael Salmon Open
Saturday, January 21st, 1-3 pm Maine Seafood II Michael Salmon Open
Sunday, January 22nd, 1-3 pm Maine Seafood II Michael Salmon Open
Saturday, February 11th, 1-3pm Romantic Dinner for Two Michael Salmon Open
Sunday, February 12th, 1-3 pm Romantic Dinner for Two Michael Salmon Open
Saturday, March 4th, 1-3 pm Dim Sum Michael Salmon Open
Sunday, March 5th, 1-3 pm Dim Sum Michael Salmon Open
Saturday, March 25th, 1-3 pm Sous Vide – Provençal Cuisine Michael Salmon Open
Sunday, March 26th, 1-3 pm Sous Vide – Provençal Cuisine Michael Salmon Open
Saturday, April 8th, 1-3 pm From the Spring Garden Michael Salmon Open
Sunday, April 9th, 1-3 pm From the Spring Garden Michael Salmon Open

 

2016 Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show

When you attend the annual Maine Boats Homes and Harbors Show in Rockland, Maine, you will be attending the only in-water boat show in the state. In addition to viewing an array of beautiful boats (usually more than 70 boats), you can also enjoy more than 150 vendors offering everything from furniture to jewelry and art to marine goods and services.

The Maine Boats Homes and Harbor Show is held each August. The 2016 event will be held Aug. 12-14. This Friday through Sunday event offers fun for all ages, combining the attractions listed above with live music, artisans, food, dog trials and lots of fun activities for all ages.

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In addition to strolling around and enjoying the boats and vendors, other attractions include:

  • Demo Docks: This is your chance to experience incredible power and sailing crafts firsthand. (Appointments required.)
  • Boston Whaler Rondezvous: A gathering of Boston Whaler enthusiasts and their boats
  • Retrofit Rennaissance: An array of boats that have been revitalized by regional boat builders
  • Live Music: Be sure to make your way to the Bandstand where you can have a seat and enjoy live music
  • Boatyard Dog Trials: An atypical dog trial that will leave you laughing (additional details below).
  • Kids Activities: The kids’ tent offers plenty of activities from crafts to playing with boats in a model pond.

Don’t Miss the Boatyard Dog Trials

If you’ve ever been to a dog trial, you know there is a serious aspect to the competition. Not this dog trial! While the dogs participating in the Boatyard Dog Trials possess many skills, the most important goal of this trial is to showcase how much fun the dog and his/her owner have together. Laugh with the crowd as you watch handlers and their dogs complete a unique obstacle course with lobster traps, piles of rope and other unexpected obstacles. There is also the “Dinghy Hop” during which the dog and his/her owner will have to make their way in and out of a “very unstable dinghy.” And finally, there’s the “Freestyle,” where the dog and their handler show off tricks and skills with a Frisbee.

You know this event will be a lot of fun when you read the rules that require participants finish the contest completely soaked and that cheating is not only tolerated but encouraged. The only other “real rule” is that the Freestyle has to include a Frisbee.

 

The Maine Antiques Festival is a Blast!

The Maine Antiques Festival is August 5-7, 2016 at the Fairgrounds in Union, Maine, is a great way to find unique treasures. The festival features more than 350 vendors from across the country and Canada, which makes it Maine’s largest annual antiques show. Whether you’re a collector, a browser or looking for a specific piece of furniture to complete a room, a trip the Maine Antiques Festival is a blast. Union is only about a 20-minute drive from The Hartstone Inn in Camden, making it a fun and easy excursion while you’re in town.

Details about the Maine Antiques Festivalantiques fair

The three-day festival is held at the Fairgrounds in Union, Maine. There are several admission tickets available. You may choose to shop with the early birds and purchase a ticket for Friday. Or, you may choose to shop with the masses on Saturday and/or Sunday. This rain or shine event offers indoor and outdoor shopping areas. Be sure to take your time and look closely at the items that are offered. You just might find a valuable treasure!

Vendors offer a wide variety of formal and informal items, including vintage linens, antique postcards, books, maps and prints, 18th and 19th early American furniture and accessories, china, collectibles, rugs, games, sports memorabilia, silver, crystal, estate jewelry, repurposed furniture, paintings, maritime antiques, glass, tools and much more.

Please visit the Maine Antiques Festival website for the latest information on dates, admission fees and participating vendors. You may also visit the event’s Facebook page for a selection of photos from past events that will give you a glimpse into the antique selection that will be available.

While you’re shopping, you will certainly work up an appetite. Not to worry, food vendors will be on-hand serving up everything from pizza to lobster to reenergize you.

Directions to the Maine Antiques Festival from Camden

To get to the Fairgrounds in Union from The Hartstone Inn in Camden, head Southwest on Elm Street toward Wood Street. Turn right onto ME-90 West and drive 2.7 miles. Then turn right onto ME-17 West and drive 8.7 miles. Turn left onto Common Road and in just .10 of a mile, turn right onto Fairgrounds Lane.

 

Icelandic Trail Riding Adventure Package

Lets ride

Available: May through October – Click here to check room availability.

Package details: Package includes two nights lodging, sumptuous breakfasts each morning, dinner for two, featuring the Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu and a 90 minute introduction to Icelandic Horses.   Your riding adventure will begin at noon at our very own Pepper Hill Farm, located just 15 minutes away in South Thomaston.  The Icelandic Horse is renowned for its five natural gaits. While most other breeds have only three or four gaits, the Icelandic Horse can Walk, Tölt, Trot, Pace, Canter or Gallop. Your guide will demonstrate the various gaits and assist you with your questions. You will have the chance to get to know your horse in our indoor or outdoor arena. You’ll learn why Icelandic horses are so unique!  Once comfortable you will be riding the trails through the woods and fields on the farm with your guide. We also have an onsite track which gives the horses good footing and distance to show off their gaits and their very smooth ride. 

As an added bonus, we’ll send you with a picnic lunch for two complete with an Italian Grinder, homemade dill-potato salad, fresh seasonal fruit and for dessert, a Maine whoopie pie!  Find pricing information HERE.

• Horseback Riding Requirements HERE.

 

 

 

 

New Center for Maine Contemporary Arts – Opens June 26th

Experience the art of this generation and the next. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s exhibitions and educational programs are made to inspire and attract visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

With its iconic sawtooth roofline, CMCA’s striking new building—designed by architect Toshiko Mori—provides exceptional exhibition space for presentation of work by contemporary artists. The complex also includes a gift shop, an ArtLab classroom, and a courtyard open to the public.

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Located in the heart of Rockland’s downtown arts district, CMCA is in walking distance of the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, the Strand Theatre, and dozens of art galleries, restaurants, and hotels. Be ready to say wow!

CMCA
Upcoming Exhibitions
 

Jonathan Borofsky, Human Structures, June 26  -August 21, 2016
Alex Katz, Small Paintings, June 26 – August 17, 2016
Rollin Leonard, Vernal Pool, June 26 – August 14, 2016
Lauren Henkin, Second Nature, June 26 – August 14, 2016
Don Voisine, X/V, September 2October 28, 2016
2016 Biennial, November 4, 2016January 24, 2017

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HOT DEAL! June Getaway Special with Dinner!

Enjoy a discount when you book your last minute, mid-week, June getaway!  Stay one night, Sunday through Thursday in the room of your choice for just $225!  The price includes our five course, Chef’s Tasting dinner menu for two and a sumptuous breakfast in the morningUpgrade to a suite and the price is only $245.  Stay a second night for just $125!

*Valid through June 29, 2016 on new reservations only. Rates based on double occupancy and subject to availability.  Can not be combined with any other promotion or special offer.

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Harbor Watch Cottage – Save 20%! Sleeps Eight People!

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HOT DEAL!  Rent our spacious Harbor Watch Cottage the week of June 18-25, 2016 for only $1999.

Our premiere rental cottage is spacious for families and/or friends traveling together.  Harbor Watch Cottage sleeps eight and  is located in the heart the village.  It offers lovely views of the harbor — with panoramic vistas from many rooms!  The harbor is just outside your door, with its fleet of windjammers and bustle of activity.  Early risers won’t want to miss the sun rising over Camden Harbor!  Plus, it couldn’t be closer to the boutiques and restaurants of charming downtown Camden!

Find more information on our home and to check availability of additional weeks here.  Call us at 207-236-4259 to take advantage of this super discount!

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