“Play with Clay” Getaway Package

 

More getaway package fun!

Our new “Play with Clay” Getaway Package includes two night’s lodging, dinner for two featuring the Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu and a full gourmet breakfast each morning.   In addition, learn to work with clay at Belfast Clay Studio. Try your hand at a pottery wheel and also do hand building at the table. Leave with two items that are functional, microwave and dishwasher safe and very durable. They take care of the firing and also glaze them in the colors you choose! 

Let your creative juices flow in the relaxed atmosphere of their studio all the while playing in “the mud”!  This package is available year round and is for all ages!

 

 

 

Glendarragh Lavender Farms – Open Farm Days!

“Experience the sights and scents of English and French lavender varieties in the scenic St. George River Valley of Appleton this June and July.  The farm is open during the harvest to allow pick-your-own, education walks, a farm gift store, and time to enjoy the sights and of Maine’s only USDA-registered lavender farm for the height of bloom. ”  – Glendarragh Farms, Appleton Maine

 

Glendarragh Farm Lavender Open Farm Days

Monday through Saturday, 10am – 3pm
June 24, 2017 through July 22, 2017

Camden Main Street Summer Store

                       10am to 5pm, daily 

                 www.mainelavender.com

     

 

Maine Lobster Festival is Not to be Missed!

How many pounds of lobster do you think are eaten each year at the Rockland Lobster Festival? While you ponder that a moment, we’ll go ahead and tell you that in addition to delicious food, the annual Rockland Lobster Festival is a great place to enjoy a parade, live music, arts and craft vendors, a marine tent and much more. This five-day festival, held at Rockland Harbor Park on the city’s waterfront, draws tens of thousands of folks who share a deep love for lobster, as well as Maine.

And now the answer you’ve been waiting for! If you guessed that 20,000 pounds of lobster are consumed during the annual Rockland Lobster Festival, then you would be correct! Lobster is served a variety of mouth-watering ways during the festival. Don’t miss tasting the famous Maine Lobster Roll!

Rockland Lobster Festival Schedule of Events

The schedule of events is always packed with a range of live music and demonstrations. Here’s a sampling of what you can experience at the upcoming festival.

  • Enjoy watching  – or maybe even participate in – the Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking Contest where top “chefs” compete for $525 in prize money, as well as some serious bragging rights.
  • If you enjoy beer or wine, be sure to visit the Steins & Vines Tasting Event, where you can sample local beers and wines made in Maine. There is an additional fee for this tasting event. This year’s participants include Rock Harbor, Sebago Brewing, Allaghash, Peak Organic Brewing, Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery and many more.
  • Additional entertainment includes live bands, storytellers, the coronation of the Maine Sea Goddess and more.
  • There is also plenty of fun for the kids. Just look for the Children’s Tent, where various activities will take place including face painting, storytelling, balloon animals, crafts and much more!

For more information on the festival’s events, please visit the website.

Where to buy tickets

The 2017 festival will be held August 2-6. Tickets can be purchased at the festival gates. On opening day, Wednesday, tickets are just $1 for adults and free for children between the ages of 6-12. The festival opens at 12 and closes at 10 p.m. on opening day. Admission for Thursday through Saturday is $8 for adults.  Sunday is “Family Fun Day” and admission is free for all ages!

Getting to Rockland from Camden

Rockland is just about a 20-minute drive from Camden via U.S. 1. Enjoy the ride along the scenic highway, park for free at Oceanside East High School and take a free shuttle bus to the festival. The shuttles run every 30 minutes.

 

Craft Breweries in Mid-Coast Maine

The Mid-coast Maine region is home to some of the best breweries in Maine — a state well-known for delicious craft ales and lagers.  Whether you’re just visiting or you’ve been here a while, a day spent sampling suds from these local breweries is never a mistake.  Listed below are three located in a close proximity to Camden! (Please drink responsibly.)

 

ROCK HARBOR PUB AND BREWERY

Owner/Operator Dan Pease seized an opportunity to bring great pub fare and craft beer to this ever-growing food-centered city of Rockland.  Two years later in 2011, Rock Harbor Brewing Company was born.  With the brewery up and running for more than six years now, Rock Harbor has between 5 and 10 of their own beers on tap at all times.  Rock Harbor has become a must-see when you visit Rockland.  Dan brews beer almost daily to keep up with the local demand.  Stop in for a burger, a beer flight, a pint, or a brewery tour.  (We hear that the fried pickles are worth trying as well!)

 

MARSHALL WHARF BREWING COMPANY

Located on the waterfront in beautiful downtown Belfast, Marshall Wharf offers 17 draft lines dedicated to their own beers.  The brewery store and tasting room is currently open every day except Monday and they sell fill and sell growlers to go.  Three Tides, located right next door is owned by the same Belfast couple also offers Marshall Wharf beer and has a tasty tapas menu. 

 

 

LIBERTY CRAFT BREWING

Offering small batch micro brews made using a unique wood fired system, Liberty Brewing offers a rotation of 24 premium beers.  Located in Liberty and overlooking the Camden Hills, this small town brewery offers 6 of their beers on draft at a time along with burgers, brats and panini.s.   On Saturday’s in season, they offer wood fired pizza and live music.

 

Also…The Maine Beer Trail: Visit breweries, get rewarded.  Established in 2009, the Maine Beer Trail spotlights the high quality and creative diversity of fresh, hand-crafted, Maine-made beer. The purpose of the Trail is to give visitors a unique way to enjoy the vibrant micro and craft brewing industry found throughout the state. The Maine Beer Trail is an easy to follow brochure that can be used throughout the state to find nearby pubs and breweries. When we launched in 2009, there were about 25 breweries on the trail. Today there are more than 80 breweries that welcome visitors all around the state. Hit the Maine Beer Trail and get rewarded!

 

2017 Maine Boats, Homes & 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 2017 event will be held Aug. 11-13.  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.

Maine Boats Homes and Harbor Show Activitiesboats

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 – Treasures Galore!

The Maine Antiques Festival is August 4-6, 2017 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 Festival

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.

 

Premiere Weekly Rentals – Sleep up to 10 People!

Harbor Watch Cottage – 4 bedrooms/sleeps 8
Camden Cottage – 5 bedrooms/sleeps 10

Our premiere rental cottages, located in the heart of downtown Camden are spacious for both families and friends traveling together. 

Both homes offer lovely views of the harbor — with panoramic vistas from many rooms at our Harbor Watch Cottage
and the porches and upper rooms of Camden Cottage
Plus, they couldn’t be closer to the boutiques and restaurants of charming downtown Camden! 

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!

Our rental homes have onsite parking, free WiFi, gas BBQ grills, decks/porches, cable TV, DVD players and more!

Find more information, including photos and check availability here

Space still available for summer/fall 2017!

 

 

 

Comedian Caroline Rhea at the Camden Opera House

Event date/time: Friday, July 14, 2017 at 7:30pm

“Caroline Rhea is a Canadian stand-up comedian and actress who is best known for her role as Hilda Spellman on the ABC show Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. She has performed numerous comedy specials, including three one-hour standup specials for HBO, Showtime, and Bravo. She is also known as the voice of Linda Flynn-Fletcher on the Disney Channel series Phineas and Ferb and as a regular on Hollywood Squares with her friend Whoopi Goldberg. Rhea was chosen by Rosie O’Donnell as the new hostess of her syndicated talk show, renamed The Caroline Rhea Show and hosted the reality television show The Biggest Loser on NBC for the first three seasons. She appears regularly on ABC’s Match Game with Alec Baldwin and is reprising her roles as Eugenia Scrimmage in the Bruno & Boots movie franchise and Noleta Nethercott in A Very Sordid Wedding.

Opening for Caroline is local Comedian Erin Donovan. Erin Donovan is the creator of the I’m Gonna Kill Him blog, video series, and comedy show. She writes a column for The Bangor Daily News whose readers weekly request that she no longer be paid and assert that God must have been drunk when he created her. She is regularly featured around the internet at sites like Errant Parent, Aiming Low, Scary Mommy, The Mouthy Housewives, and BaristaNet.

Donovan’s blog was nominated by Nickelodeon for Best New Blog in 2010 and, most recently, Erin was named by BlogHer as a 2012 Voice of the Year and won the People’s Choice Award in Humor.  General Admission Tickets: $25 Advance; $30 at the door.

Contact Website: www.camdenoperahouse.com

 

Camden Farmer’s Market has Returned!

New location!

Maine Media Workshops & College – Food Memoir Writing Workshop

A Sliver Of Life: The Art And Practice Of Writing Food Memoir

Event date/time: June 3 & 4, 2017

“In a literary world that demands our increasingly splintered attention and focus, it is the sensate that best anchors and grounds both the writer and the reader, and provides the necessary ingredients for a transportive story. It is food that strongly connects us to our humanity, history, and well-being, which is why readers have such a visceral response to narrative writing about the primal act of eating; whoever we are, wherever we come from, we all engage in it. To eat is to live; to not eat is to die. The successful food memoir, then, engages and engrosses the reader at the very place where the mundane — the simple, commonplace act — becomes a provocative and compelling narrative catalyst.

In this weekend class, learn how to create food writing that teems with life at the most basic and primitive level. Practice effective methods for writing with authenticity both gastronomical and beyond; develop your individual, unique voice that reaches out from the page and engages the reader; create a trustworthy narrative persona writing from the past; wrap personal narrative around the act of eating; and craft knife-sharp description using taste, olfactory sense, and reliable (and unreliable) memory.

The class will engage in active, short-form writing exercises, explorations of style, sharing of work, readings from and discussions of classic food memoir and narrative of other genres, and individual work review meetings with instructor. By the end of the course, transform your writing skills to create compelling writing for a personal essay, blog, magazine or longer book form in a way  that will leave your readers hungry for more.”

Instructor: Elissa Altman

Elissa Altman is the critically-acclaimed, award-winning author of Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking, the James Beard Award-winning blog of the same name, the Washington Post column “Feeding My Mother”, and a finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize. She is a contributor to publications ranging from Tin House and Dame Magazine to O: The Oprah Magazine, Saveur, and the New York Times and has spoken live at TEDx on the moral imperative to care for senior citizens. 
 

Location Address:  Maine Media Workshop and College, Rockport, Maine

Contact Website: www.mainemedia.edu