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”

The Sweetback Sisters at the Strand Theatre

Event date/time:  May 30, 2015 at 7:30pmThe Sweetback Sisters

Rollicking, infectious country swing! THE SWEETBACK SISTERS’ charismatic charm harkens back to the golden era of the silver screen cowgirl, wrapped around a core of deeply felt love for traditional country music styles. Emily Miller and Zara Bode’s precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson. Their repertoire combines country music from before they were born and new interpretations of those traditions — to create a fresh take on what it means to be country. THE SWEETBACKS have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Location Address: Rockland Strand Theatre

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Mangia: An Italian Cooking Class at Cellardoor Winery

Event date/time: Sunday, May 23, 2015 from 5:30-8:30pmCellardoor Winery

From the Cellardoor Winery website:

‘With the unofficial start of summer upon us, the heavy, hearty comfort foods of winter give way to dishes influenced by the light, fresh and colorful bounty found at Maine’s farmers markets. We’re celebrating the start of a new season with an Italian twist, taking cues dai monti al mare (from the mountains to the sea). Chef Christina Sidoti will take over our Farmhouse Kitchen for a special cooking class and dinner, complete with making fresh pasta dough and summer-inspired sauces to creating decadent cannoli.”

Location Address: The Farmhouse at Cellardoor Winery

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The Maine Antiques Festival is a Blast!

Maine Antiques Festival

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The Maine Antiques Festival held each August 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

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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

Photo Credit Walknboston Penobscot Bay Brewery Half Moon Stout Flickr

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

Photo Credit: madamjujujive / North Atlantic Blues Festival / Flickr

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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