Artist Beverly Shipko at the Michael Good Gallery

“You CAN have your cake and eat it, too!”  The newly revamped Michael Good Gallery in Rockport opened “You can have your cake and eat it, too!” last month.   Artist Beverly Shipko, whose paintings and prints fill much of the gallery will also hold an , Sunday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. The talk follows a grand re-opening reception Saturday, July 8, from noon to 5 p.m. The festive afternoon includes live jazz, complementary drinks, decadent desserts and treats inspired by Shipko’s work. 

Shipko is an American artist best known for her oil paintings of partially consumed classic desserts. She confesses: “I believe that on some level all people are attracted to things they are not supposed to have. I am no exception.” Her “slice of life” approach has resulted in unforgettable images of Oreo cookies and ice cream sandwiches “bitten”, plus cakes, pies, and fruit tarts in states of human consumption. More recently, she has been exploring packaged desserts, bakery displays, and vending machine treats.

Michael Good Gallery – NOW Located in Rockport

325 Commercial Street, Rt. 1

Telephone: 207-236-9623

OPEN Mon-Sat, 11-5

June – August, Presenting Beverly Shipko.

Artist talk July 9 from 10am – 12pm

Limoncello Cheesecake with a Fresh Raspberry Sauce

Ingredients
  • FOR THE CRUST
  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter

    FOR THE FILLING

  • 4 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ⅓ cup limoncello
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 4 large egg whites
  • ¼ cup sugar

    FOR THE SAUCE

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup homemade raspberry liqueur with the raspberries
OR
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • ½ cup raspberry liqueur (store bought)
  • ½ cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make the crust. Mix the graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar together in a bowl. Stir in the melted butter until thoroughly blended. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of a springform pan. Bake in the oven until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool.
  3. Make the filling. Place the cream cheese in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Keep beating while you gradually add the sugar. Then add the egg yolks, one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl after each one. Add the limoncello and sour cream and mix until they are combined well.
  4. Next beat the egg whites in a clean bowl until soft peaks form. Continue beating while gradually adding ¼ cup sugar in a slow stream, until stiff peaks form. Be careful not overbeat. With a spatula, gently fold ⅓ of the meringue into the cream cheese mixture. Repeat twice more with remaining meringue, mixing carefully and doing your best not to deflate the egg whites. Mix until you don’t see any large streaks of meringue. Pour the filling onto the crust, and place in the oven. Pour hot water into a pan and place in the oven beside or under the cheesecake.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until the top is almost set (it doesn’t jiggle when you move the pan), about 50-55 minutes. Turn off the oven, prop the oven door open about 2 inches, and allow the cake to cool completely in the oven, about 1 hour. Pop in the fridge and chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight before serving.
  6. Make the topping. Add the raspberries and the raspberry liqueur (and the sugar depending on if you are using store bought liqueur or homemade) to a medium pot and bring to a low simmer. Simmer for about 7 or 8 mins until the raspberries have broken down a bit. Mash them up a bit with a fork. If you want you can strain the whole works or you can strain half. We like to just strain half.
  7. When you are ready to serve the cake, slide a knife between the cake and the pan to loosen it from the edges. Open the springform pan and slide the sides off. Place on your serving platter or cake stand and pour the raspberry sauce over the cake. Top with fresh raspberries and serve.

Mushroom Hunting Adventure Getaway Package

Available late July through early November, our guide will lead you through the woods for 2 hours, pointing out different mushrooms species (edible and poisonous) and instruct you on species identification.  Camden Hills State Park (located 3 minutes from the Inn) is a great place to find Porcini, Hen of the Woods, Chicken of the Woods and many, many other wild mushrooms!

Mushroom hunting is a sport — one in which the mushrooms may actually have a chance of “winning” if the person eating does a poor job of species identification. However, picking mushrooms and eating them is a safe occupation, provided one knows the toxic types, properly identifies the species and stays with the most common edible ones.

Literally thousands of species of mushrooms are regularly consumed by mushroom hunters. The king bolete (porcini) is a popular delicacy. Sulphur Shelf (Chicken of the Woods) is often gathered because it occurs in bulk, recurs year after year, and has a wide variety of culinary uses. Chanterelles and morels are among the most popular types of mushrooms to gather, the latter being fairly hard to misidentify by anyone with practice.

Identification is not the only element of mushroom hunting that takes practice — knowing where to search does as well. Most mushroom species require very specific conditions — some will only grow at the base of a certain type of tree, for example. Finding a desired species that is known to grow in a certain region can be a challenge and that is where our Mushroom Expert steps in.  For more information on mushroom hunting here.

Package also includes two nights lodging, sumptuous breakfasts each morning and dinner for two, featuring the Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu. 

“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!

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Space still available for summer/fall 2017!