Mary Chapin Carpenter at the Camden Opera House

Event date/time: June 30, 2015, 7:00pm

Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards, was named the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 1992 and 1993 and in 2012 was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her compositions have also been covered by a diverse assortment of artists including Joan Baez, Wynonna Judd, Cyndi Lauper, Trisha Yearwood, Maura O’Connell, Mary Black and Dianne Reeves and has also collaborated, on record and/or on stage, with the likes of Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Dolly Parton, the Indigo Girls and Tony Bennett. Tickets and reserved seats $48-$56 are available beginning April 4th at, by calling (207)470-7066 or stopping by Camden Town Office M-F 9am – 3pm.

Location Address: Camden Opera House

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Cucumber Martini Recipe

Cucumber MartiniSpringtime means warmer days, tulips –  and new cocktails!  Our Cucumber Martini is the perfect addition to our specialty cocktail menu.  Follow the recipe below and enjoy one at home, or join us for Happy Hour every night beginning at 5pm!

Cucumber Martini
Makes 1

2 oz. cucumber infused vodka
1/2 fresh squeezed lime
2 to 3 slices cucumber
2 mint leaves
1/2 oz. simple syrup

In shaker, muddle 1 cucumber slice and one mint leaf.  Add vodka, lime juice and simple syrup.  Shake well.

Pour over ice and garnish with cucumber slice and mint leaf.  Enjoy!

Penobscot Marine Museum Celebrates Marine History

Penobscot Marine Museum

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When you visit Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine, you experience the importance of the marine culture on the state of Maine and its residents. The emphasis is on the experience, as a small seaport village has been replicated for visitors to explore and enjoy.

Penobscot Marine Museum was founded in 1936 and originally located in the Old Town Hall, which was built in 1845 and donated to the Museum by the town. Since then, the museum has acquired and built structures that have allowed it to replicate a “seaport village from the Great Age of Sail.” Continue reading “Penobscot Marine Museum Celebrates Marine History”

Try Penobscot Bay Brewery’s 9 Fine Brews

Penobscot Bay Brewery

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Penobscot Bay Brewery in Winterport, Maine, serves up 9 locally made brews ranging from a blonde ale to a stout. The brewery’s tasting room is the perfect spot to try all of the popular local brews, as well as a range of wines produced by the brewery’s sister company Winterport Winery. Winterport is just an hour’s drive from Camden, making it an easy day trip to try Penobscot Bay Brewery’s fine brews.

Locally made handcrafted beer

Penobscot Bay Brewery began in 2009 and specializes in small batch, handcrafted brews. Its signature ale is the Old Factory Whistle, a rich red brew. Penobscot’s latest offering is the Mountain Man Double IPA, an American Double India Pale Ale. Other brews include a rye IPA, a spiced lager, a blonde ale and a stout, just to name a few.

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Don’t Miss the North Atlantic Blues Festival

North Atlantic Blues Festival

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The North Atlantic Blues Festival is an incredible two-day event held each July in Rockland, Maine. The festival features an array of national blues performers and is held at a venue that overlooks beautiful Rockland Harbor. When you attend the festival, you can expect to enjoy two full days of live music on the main stage, as well as a Club Crawl Saturday night, and a plethora of food, beverage and craft vendors set up on Main Street.

The North Atlantic Blues Festival

The 2015 North Atlantic Blues Festival will be held July 11-12. A stage will be set up in The Public Landing on Main Street where ticket holders will be able to set up a chair or beach blanket to sit back, relax and enjoy the music. The festival gates open daily at 9 a.m. and the music begins at 11 a.m. Free, live music will also be performed on Main Street. Continue reading “Don’t Miss the North Atlantic Blues Festival”

“Dine and Donate” to Benefit the Georges River Land Trust

The Hartstone Inn in Camden extends an invitation to the supporters of Georges River Land Trust for a night out to benefit their conservation efforts. Make your dinner reservation for May 4th, 11th or 18th and 50% of the food charges on your dinner bill will be donated to the Land Trust.

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.

Bring your friends and family for a sublime evening of dining and donating! Preview our dinner menu online here.

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Jonathan Edwards and Cheryl Wheeler at the Strand Theatre

Event date/time:  May 8, 2015 at 7:30pmJonathanCheryl

Four decades into a stellar career, folk singer/songwriter JONATHAN EDWARDS delivers songs of passion, insight, and humor with his pure and powerful tenor. His repertoire includes such classics as “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “Sometimes,” “One Day Closer,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” “Emma,” “Everybody Knows Her,” “Athens County,” and the 1971 anthemic “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” the protest proclamation that resonated with thousands of young fans. EDWARDS has released 15 albums, including the bluegrass “Blue Ridge,” and his collection of children’s songs, “Little Hands.” Folk singer/songwriter CHERYL WHEELER is a natural storyteller with a beautiful voice; though her songs are often emotional portraits of people, her live concerts also include comic routines and serious discussions. A gifted writer, WHEELER’S songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Boggus, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O’Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near. WHEELER has released 13 albums since 1986.

Location Address: Rockland Strand Theatre

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Sausage Making Class at Maine Street Meats

Thursday, April 16th 6-8pm

Head butcher, Sean Durnan, will guide participants in all aspects of fresh sausage making, from choosing the right cuts of pork, grinding, seasoning, mixing and stuffing.  Sean has been practicing whole animal butchery for over 6 years and is experienced with cutting beef, pork, lamb and poultry.

This class will be held at Maine Street Meats.  The cost is $75 per person includes 2 hours of hands on instruction and fresh homemade sausage to take home.

Call the shop to register or for more information. 207-236-6328 (236-MEAT)

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Hartstone Inn

Sunday, May 10th, 2015
10:30am-1pm /  $25 per person


Pound Cake and Lemon Mousse Trifle and Fresh Fruit

Choice of Entree:

Maine Crab Cake Eggs Benedict with an Arugula Salad and Lemon Parmesan Dressing

Bacon, Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Quiche with Rosemary-Grilled Potatoes

Cast Iron Baked Blueberry-Raspberry Pancakes with Whipped Cream, Powdered Sugar and Seared Ham


Chocolate Ganache Tart with Homemade Coffee Ice Creamand Toasted Hazelnuts

Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée with a Shortbread Cookie

Call 207-236-4259 to reserve your table.


$225 Overnight, Midweek Spring Special with Dinner

Come fall under the spell of our Camden, Maine bed and breakfast — one of the grandest historic inns in our seaside village and enjoy special, spring pricing!

Stay one night, Sunday through Thursday in our best available room or suite, enjoy dinner for two featuring our five course, Chef’s Tasting Menu and a sumptuous breakfast in the morning for just $225!  Extend your stay for only $99 more per night!  With free WiFi, onsite parking and complimentary afternoon tea and cookies, this all inclusive getaway at $225 can’t be beat!

Call us today at 207-236-4259 and let the spring savings begin!

*Valid through May 21st, 2015 on new reservations only. Rates based on double occupancy and subject to availability.  Can’t be combined with any other promotion or special.

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