The Gothard Sisters at the Strand Theatre July 8th

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

Contact Website: www.rocklandstrand.com

Don’t Miss the Camden Windjammer Festival

Camden Windjammer Festival

Photo Credit: Dan4th Nicholas / Camden, ME / Flickr

There’s no denying that coastal towns around the world have a deep connection with the water that surrounds them. Here in Camden, Maine, it’s no different. Local rivers, harbors and, of course, the Atlantic Ocean have provided not only jobs and sustenance for generations, but also recreational activities, serenity and much more. The Camden Windjammer Festival is just one of the ways residents and visitors alike celebrate Camden’s nautical heritage. When you attend this annual festival, you can expect to see plenty of beautiful sailboats, to enjoy craft and food vendors, and, perhaps most importantly, to learn about the maritime traditions that have been a part of our coastal culture for generations.

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The 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 2015 event will be held Aug. 14-16. 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. Continue reading “The Maine Boats Homes and Harbors Show”

Hartstone Inn Raises $1000 to Benefit the Georges River Land Trust

Hartstone Inn Georges River Land Trust

Hartstone Inn chef/co-owner Michael Salmon presents Georges River Land Trust director Gail Presley with a check for $1000.

The Hartstone Inn held three benefit dinners in the month of May to support the Georges River Land Trust.  50% of the total food sales of diners who reserved tables to support the Land Trust, was donated.  When rounded up, this totaled $1000!

The mission of the Georges River Land Trust is to conserve the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region through permanent land protection, stewardship, education, and outdoor experiences.

Interested in supporting the Georges River Land trust by volunteering or donating?  Visit their website here.

 

 

The Most Beautiful Camden Hills State Park Hiking Trails

 

Hiking is one of those activities in which the rewards are many. While hiking can be strenuous at times, you have the opportunity to connect with nature, listen to the birds sing, dip your feet in cool streams and marvel at the view when you reach the top. Hiking in Camden, Maine is a very popular activity among visitors and locals alike. If you happen to experience any of these beautiful Camden Hills State Park hiking trails, you’ll quickly understand why.

It’s easy to access the hiking trails from the Hartstone Inn. After fueling up on a delicious breakfast in our restaurant, drive about two miles north of the inn to find an access point to the Multi-Use Trail. Continue reading “The Most Beautiful Camden Hills State Park Hiking Trails”

Rockland ME Restaurants to Explore for Lunch

Rockland ME restaurants

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If you are heading to nearby Rockland, Maine for a day trip, you will likely need to grab a bite to eat while you’re there! We put together a list of just a few Rockland ME restaurants to explore for lunch.

Rockland hosts several festivals including the Rockland Lobster Festival and the North Atlantic Blues Festival. It’s also home to the Strand Theatre, two beautiful lighthouses and the Maine Lighthouse Museum. Even if you fuel up on a delicious breakfast at the Hartstone Inn before you head out, you’ll still need to refuel mid-day before returning to the Hartstone Inn for a delicious gourmet dinner.

From Maine lobster to salads and pizza, you’re sure to find a great Rockland ME restaurant to fit the bill. Continue reading “Rockland ME Restaurants to Explore for Lunch”

Pairings 101 – Greece at Cellardoor Winery

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

From the Cellardoor Winery website:

“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

Contact Website:www.mainewine.com

 

“Mediterranean Cuisine” Cooking Class – June 13th & 14th

Event date/time:  Saturday, June 13, 2015 or Sunday, June 1Hartstone Inn Cooking Class4, 2015 from 1-3pm

Join Chef Michael here at the Hartstone Inn, as he shares some of his favorite recipes from the Mediterranean region. Participants 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

Contact Website: hartstone2014.wpengine.com

 


The State of Maine Wild Blueberry Festival is Delicious

maine wild blueberry festival

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The annual Maine Wild Blueberry Festival in Machias features two fun days of entertainment, contests, shopping and of course blueberries! Held each August, the festival offers locals and visitors alike the chance to celebrate the little berry that some say helped put Maine on the map. After all, even though Maine is one of the nation’s smallest states, it still produces more blueberries than any other state. More than 90% of the nation’s blueberry crop comes from Maine. Continue reading “The State of Maine Wild Blueberry Festival is Delicious”

The Rockland Lobster Festival Cannot Be Missed

Rockland Lobster Festival

Photo Credit: Maine Lobster Festival

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! Continue reading “The Rockland Lobster Festival Cannot Be Missed”