Concert ~ Lunasa with Tim O’Brien at the Camden Opera House

Event date/time:  February 26,, 2016 at 7 PM

Location Address: Camden Opera House

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From the Camden Opera House website:

Returning to the Camden Opera House is the ever popular Celtic band Lunasa with special guest Tim O’Brien!

Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien embark on a transatlantic journey exploring the common roots, interplay and mutual influences at the heart of American and Irish music.
Musicoligists and fans of the two styles of music – bluegrass and Celtic – agree that both styles of music have the same roots, share a lot of the same characteristics, and even some of the same instruments – fiddle, guitar, upright bass. Both are known for their liveliness and danceability, all the while tugging at your heart strings in some nostalgic but inexplicable way. Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien are masters of their respective genres and, over the years, both have more than dipped their feet in the waters of each other’s musical ponds. With great respect for the traditions from which they all came, O’Brien and Lúnasa keep those same traditions fresh with their virtuosic musicianship and frequent original compositions.

Since coming together in 1996, Lúnasa has performed over 1800 concerts and achieved a worldwide reputation as a different kind of Irish traditional music band. The all-instrumental quintet is noted for double bass and guitar-driven rhythms, original compositions mixed with material from Celtic regions such as Brittany, Galicia, and Asturias, and a surprising focus on slower melodies involving three-part harmonies played on the traditional pipes, fiddle, and flute. By any reckoning, Lúnasa is regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest traditional music bands. with an enviable back catalogue of seven highly acclaimed, award-winning studio albums boasting more than a quarter of a million sales. . Their recordings have been hailed as some of the most important world music albums anywhere. The music of Lúnasa is typified by the drive and passion that defines Irish music itself. Lúnasa is Kevin Crawford (flutes, low whistles and tin whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), Colin Farrell (fiddle and whistles), and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles).

Tim O’Brien is one of the spearheads of contemporary bluegrass. As co- founder and lead vocalist of Hot Rize and Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers, O’Brien served as a bridge between the traditional sounds of the hill country and the modern styles of bluegrass in the 1980s. Since the band’s breakup, O’Brien has continued to expand the music’s borders as a soloist, a duo partner with his sister Mollie, and with his band, the O’Boys. O’Brien’s songs have additionally been recorded by Kathy Mattea, the Seldom Scene, New Grass Revival, and the Johnson Mountain Boys. Playing guitar since the age of 10, O’Brien also plays fiddle, mandolin, and banjo. New CD Pompadour is his first solo release in four years. The album swirls together bits of bluegrass, deep-roots Appalachian music, field hollars, old-school rock ‘n roll, traditional jazz, and even James Brown funk. Lúnasa’s bass player, Trevor Hutchinson, joins O’Brien on Pompadour; and the two have toured together in New Zealand. The band’s piper, Cillian Vallely, has also toured with O’Brien in The Crossing, a group that combined Appalachian and Celtic sounds.
Coincidentally, both Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien recently performed separately at Scotland’s acclaimed festival Celtic Connections. American audiences will have the opportunity that Glasgow audiences did not – to see these artists perform together and blend their two traditions. O’Brien has just returned from a tour in Ireland and the U.K., while Lúnasa is coming off their sold-out headlining appearance at Dublin’s Tradfest 2016, as well as shows in Letterkenny and Derry. These concerts provide a rare opportunity to see (and of course, hear) an epic collaboration.

Reserved seating tickets available here $22, $25 and $28 or by calling 207-470-7066 or stopping at Camden Town Office for no fee walk-up.

Contact Website: www.camdenoperahouse.com

$179 MIDWEEK SPECIAL – Overnight with dinner EXTENDED through March 10th!

Ready to relax and unwind after this winter? How about a luxurious getaway, complete with delicious food at a rate that can’t be beat!
Stay one night, Sunday through Thursday in our best available room, enjoy our five course, Chef’s Tasting dinner menu for two and a sumptuous breakfast in the morning – all for just $179! 

Upgrade to a spacious suite complete with a gas fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, private entrance and more – only $199!     

Added bonus – extend your stay for only $99 more per night!

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*Valid through March 10th, 2016. Can not be combined with any other offer or promotion. Valid on new reservations only.  Excludes February 14th, 2016.

Georges River Land Trust April Benefit Dinners

georges riverWe excited to once again extend an invitation to the supporters of Georges River Land Trust of dinner with us to benefit their conservation efforts. Make your dinner reservation here at the Hartstone Inn on April 4, 2016, and 50% of your dinner bill will be donated to the Land Trust. If you can’t make it on this date, there are two more opportunities to dine and donate: April 11 and April 18!

Take your friends and family for a sublime evening of dining and donating! Preview our current dinner menus here.

These dinners were a huge success last April raising a total of $1000. We look to surpass that this year!

Please call us at (207) 236-4259 to make your dinner reservation. Be sure to mention that you are supporting Georges River Land Trust!

 

 

 

Jungle Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live at the Camden Opera House

Event date/time:  March 4, 2016 at 7:30 PMjack hanna

America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award winning television series to the live stage with Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world’s most spectacular animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures. From the jungles of Rwanda to the savannas of Australia, Jack has explored the corners of the globe as one of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors. You’ve seen his countless appearances on David Letterman, Good Morning America and so many more – now you can enjoy Jungle Jack’s infectious energy as he takes you “into the wild!” to see some of the world’s most fascinating animals, LIVE!

Location Address: Camden Opera House

Contact Website: www.camdenoperahouse.com

 

 

Maine Restaurant Week Package

Available: March 1 – 12, 2016 – Click here to check room availability.

Restaurant Week is a celebration of the culinary talents of area restaurants. During this week, area restaurants near and far offer specially priced three course meals.  Chefs work hard year round to take care of their customers.  During restaurant week, they go above and beyond! The first restaurant week concept originated
in New York City in the early 1900’s and caught on in Maine in 2009. 

Package includes a one night stay, sumptuous breakfasts in the morning and dinner for two, featuring our Maine Restaurant Week Menu. ($175 – $250 based on room selection) View our three course Maine Restaurant Week menu here.

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Maine Restaurant Week March 1 – 12, 2016

THREE COURSES / $35

APPETIZERS

  • POTATO AND LEEK SOUP – white truffle oil
  • SEARED SCALLOPS – warm radicchio, house-made pancetta
  • PAPARDELLE – braised lamb ragu, whipped ricotta

ENTREES

  • HERB CRUSTED SOLE PROVENCAL – jasmine rice, haircot verts
  • BEEF TENDERLOIN – thyme butter, sherried mushrooms, smashed potatoes, asparagus
  • CHICKEN BREAST – spinach and brie stuffed, plum tomato orzo, grilled zucchini

DESSERTS

  • GRAND MARNIER SOUFFLE – orange crème anglaise
  • CHOCOLATE GANACHE TART – homemade vanilla ice cream, salted caramel
  • GLAZED MEYER LEMON POUND CAKE – whipped cream, fresh raspberries

 

Valentine’s Day Weekend Dinner Menus

Valentine’s Weekend Menu – February 13, 2016 – $65 pp

OVER-SIZED LOBSTER TORTELLINI
grilled fennel, hazelnuts, brown butter

 PORTABELLA MUSHROOM SOUP
dry sherry cream, crisp croutons

SORBET
red raspberry

RACK OF LAMB
whole grain mustard crust, buttered fingerling potatoes, rosemary jus

DARK CHOCOLATE SOUFFLÉ
  Chambord crème anglaise

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Valentine’s Day Weekend Menu – February 14, 2016 – $65 pp

MUSHROOM CREPE
marscapone, roasted duckling, dry sherry

 LOBSTER BISQUE
cognac cream, croutons

SORBET
red raspberry

POTATO-CRUSTED FILET MIGNON
garlic-grilled tiger shrimp, broccolini

TRIO OF CHOCOLATE
  dark chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache tart, white chocolate truffles 

 

(We are happy to accommodate dietary restriction, food allergies and strong dislikes.)

 

Book our “SWEETHEART” Valentine’s Day Package!

“Sweetheart” Valentine’s Day Getaway Package

Hartstone Inn Valentine's Day

 

Surprise your Valentine anytime during the month of February!  Your romantic, two night getaway will start off with a romantic bottle of bubbly and our decadent homemade chocolates.  Our award winning dining room will spoil you with memorable multi-course breakfasts each morning and our five course Chef’s Tasting dinner menu for two one evening.  There are so many options for your day of fun – skiing, wine tasting, tobogganing or massages!
Or, just relax and enjoy each others company by a warm fire.  Either way, love will definitely be in the air!

 

VIEW RATES FOR OUR SWEETHEART VALENTINES DAY PACKAGE HERE

VIEW OUR CURRENT DINNER MENUS HERE

 

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C.J. Chenier LIVE at the Camden Opera House

Concert – C.J. Chenier LIVE at the Camden Opera House

Event date/time:  February 4, 2016 at 7 PMcj chenier

C.J. Chenier, a Creole born and raised in an indigenous American culture with its distinct language, cuisine and music, delivers a soulful vocal and accordion! Chenier, a GRAMMY® nominated world renowned musician and recording artist, has performed alongside many internationally recognized artists including his GRAMMY® awarded father, Clifton Chenier “The King of Zydeco”, Paul Simon, Joe Sample and Ray Parker, Jr., The Gin Blossoms, and John Mayall. He has appeared on the Jon Stewart Show, CNN and was featured on VH1 and Entertainment Weekly. 

C.J. has exhibited his musicianship at many large festival venues such as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Chicago Blues Festival and Austin’s SxSW Music Conference. In addition to a GRAMMY® award nomination in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category, C.J. has received many major awards inclusive of the Living Blues Critics’ Poll Award, Indie Award (from AFIM) for Best Zydeco Album, Coups de Coeur (Blows of Heart) Blues Category Award from l’Académie Charles Cros (France) and Best of the Beat Best Zydeco Album (Offbeat).

Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door available here, by calling the box office at (207)470-7066, or Camden Town Office M-F 9am – 3pm.

Location Address: Camden Opera House

Contact Website: www.camdenoperahouse.com

Winter Fun in Camden – Hartstone Inn Ski Packages

Skiers Riding a Chair Lift

It is officially wintertime here at the Hartstone Inn.  The air is chilly and there’s snow on the ground.  That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of outdoor fun to be had!  The Camden Snow Bowl is just a short distance away from us and it offers skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, skating, tubing and a toboggan chute.   It has a new 4,000-foot triple lift and it’s the only ski destination on the East Coast with stunning views of the ocean! 

Book one of our two winter getaway packages and enjoy all winter in Camden has to offer!

Down with Downhill Package

Package details: The Down with Downhill package offers a romantic, two-night getaway with a gourmet twist.  Down with Downhill welcomes with a multi-course breakfasts each morning, afternoon tea and cookies, our Chef’s Tasting dinner menu for two prepared by award-winning chef-owner Michael Salmon, and two one-day lift tickets or snowshoe rentals at nearby Camden Snow Bowl.

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Learn To Ski Package

Package details: Have you always wanted to learn to ski?  Our Learn to Ski package includes everything you need – rental equipment, lift tickets and enrollment in a 1.5 hour group skiing lesson for two people at the Camden Snow Bowl.  Our package also includes two nights lodging, our Chef’s Tasting dinner menu for two one night and a sumptuous two course breakfast each morning.   Enjoy Maine’s winter weather and learn something new at the same time.

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Announcing Our Newest European Foodie Trip Destination…Sicily!

We’re excited to announce our newest European Foodie Destination… Sicily!  Once you are in the country there’s no need to worry about confirmations, parking, tickets, reservations – we will take care of everything!  The itineraries marry our love of terrific food, culinary adventure and great company. If you have the desire to learn something new, would like to explore beautiful villages, meet local producers and like to cook (or just eat), then this may be the perfect fit for you.

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We will be meeting at the Catania Airport and begin our tour from there.  Throughout the week our itinerary will cover the highlights Vally of Noto – including:

* Ispica’s Palazzo Gambuzza and the surrounding countryside famous for organic farming
* Touring Scicli and learn about the regions famous cannoli.
* Explore Modica and taste the chocolate the city is known for.
* Learn about Sicilian Cheese and taste a few varieties of wines.  Did you know that Sicily has more vineyards than any other region in Italy?
* How does Sicilian Olive oil compare to other regions?
* What do they grow in all of the greenhouses?  What are the Sicilian secrets for sundried tomatoes?
* What’s the difference between Gelato and Ice cream?  (There will be lots of tasting!)

Foodie Adventure excursions and dates through 2017 can be found at ChefMichaelSalmon.com.

 

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