The Maine Antiques Festival is a Blast!

The Maine Antiques Festival is August 5-7, 2016 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.

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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.

 

Icelandic Trail Riding Adventure Package

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Available: May through October – Click here to check room availability.

Package details: Package includes two nights lodging, sumptuous breakfasts each morning, dinner for two, featuring the Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu and a 90 minute introduction to Icelandic Horses.   Your riding adventure will begin at noon at our very own Pepper Hill Farm, located just 15 minutes away in South Thomaston.  The Icelandic Horse is renowned for its five natural gaits. While most other breeds have only three or four gaits, the Icelandic Horse can Walk, Tölt, Trot, Pace, Canter or Gallop. Your guide will demonstrate the various gaits and assist you with your questions. You will have the chance to get to know your horse in our indoor or outdoor arena. You’ll learn why Icelandic horses are so unique!  Once comfortable you will be riding the trails through the woods and fields on the farm with your guide. We also have an onsite track which gives the horses good footing and distance to show off their gaits and their very smooth ride. 

As an added bonus, we’ll send you with a picnic lunch for two complete with an Italian Grinder, homemade dill-potato salad, fresh seasonal fruit and for dessert, a Maine whoopie pie!  Find pricing information HERE.

• Horseback Riding Requirements HERE.

 

 

 

 

New Center for Maine Contemporary Arts – Opens June 26th

Experience the art of this generation and the next. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s exhibitions and educational programs are made to inspire and attract visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

With its iconic sawtooth roofline, CMCA’s striking new building—designed by architect Toshiko Mori—provides exceptional exhibition space for presentation of work by contemporary artists. The complex also includes a gift shop, an ArtLab classroom, and a courtyard open to the public.

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Located in the heart of Rockland’s downtown arts district, CMCA is in walking distance of the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, the Strand Theatre, and dozens of art galleries, restaurants, and hotels. Be ready to say wow!

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Upcoming Exhibitions
 

Jonathan Borofsky, Human Structures, June 26  -August 21, 2016
Alex Katz, Small Paintings, June 26 – August 17, 2016
Rollin Leonard, Vernal Pool, June 26 – August 14, 2016
Lauren Henkin, Second Nature, June 26 – August 14, 2016
Don Voisine, X/V, September 2October 28, 2016
2016 Biennial, November 4, 2016January 24, 2017

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HOT DEAL! June Getaway Special with Dinner!

Enjoy a discount when you book your last minute, mid-week, June getaway!  Stay one night, Sunday through Thursday in the room of your choice for just $225!  The price includes our five course, Chef’s Tasting dinner menu for two and a sumptuous breakfast in the morningUpgrade to a suite and the price is only $245.  Stay a second night for just $125!

*Valid through June 29, 2016 on new reservations only. Rates based on double occupancy and subject to availability.  Can not be combined with any other promotion or special offer.

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Harbor Watch Cottage – Save 20%! Sleeps Eight People!

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HOT DEAL!  Rent our spacious Harbor Watch Cottage the week of June 18-25, 2016 for only $1999.

Our premiere rental cottage is spacious for families and/or friends traveling together.  Harbor Watch Cottage sleeps eight and  is located in the heart the village.  It offers lovely views of the harbor — with panoramic vistas from many rooms!  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!  Plus, it couldn’t be closer to the boutiques and restaurants of charming downtown Camden!

Find more information on our home and to check availability of additional weeks here.  Call us at 207-236-4259 to take advantage of this super discount!

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Concert – Le Vent du Nord at the Strand Theatre

Event date/time: Saturday, May 28, 2016 – 7:30pmvent

Quebec’s Le Vent du Nord (Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Olivier Deres and Rejean Brunet) knows how to turn the lost past into intense and beautiful performances that push their roots in striking global directions. Considered a driving force in progressive folk, Le Vent du Nord captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party!

Since its founding in 2002,  the band has become compelling Francophone ambassadors, winning critical acclaim and audience adoration across Europe, Oceania and America. The quartet has performed well over 1,400 concerts, racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.Some of the band’s catchy songs and tunes are taken from the Québec traditional folk repertoire while others are original compositions. Le Vent du Nord has a rich and varied instrumentation, polished musical arrangements, and fabulous vocals!

The group collaborates with diverse musicians, including Väsen to Harry Manx, Julie Fowlis, The Chieftains to pan-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople and several Symphonic orchestras. 

Location Address: The Strand Theatre, Rockland, ME

Contact Website: www.rocklandstrand.com

Vietnam’s The Moving Wall at the Knox Museum

Event date/time: Thursday, May 26 – Monday, May 30, 2016wall

Knox Museum will host the Vietnam Combat Veterans’ The Moving Wall, a half-scale replica of Maya Lin’s original design located on the National Mall in Washington, DC,  May 26 – 30, 2016.

Visiting hours will be 24 hours per day, except during special ceremonies. Admission is free, and all are encouraged to attend.

13,000 people are expected to visit The Moving Wall over Memorial Day weekend.

The Moving Wall – the first of its kind in 1984 – has been touring the country for over 30 years, offering thousands who would never have the chance to get to Washington, DC, the opportunity to witness this important American monument.

This will be its first appearance in mid-coast Maine.

Location Address: Knox Museum, Thomaston, Maine 04861

Contact Website: www.knoxmuseum.org

 

“Stay in May” Getaway Special

 Celebrate the sunshine and warmer weather with a May getaway! The daffodils and tulips are blooming and our waterfront town is beginning to bustle. breakfast
Our “Stay in May”, two night package is just $239!
“Stay in May” Getaway Special includes:
  • Two nights in the traditional queen or king room of your choice
  • Wine and an assortment of our decadent, house-made chocolates in your room upon arrival
  • A sumptuous, two course breakfast each morning complete with fresh squeezed juice and coffee
  • A $55 dining credit to be applied to our five course dinner for two
  • Upgrade to a deluxe suite for only $20 more per night
Booking online? Just write MAY SPECIAL in the notes section of the online reservation form!

*Valid on through May 28, 2016 on new reservations only.  Can not be combined with any other promotion or special offer.

 

Mother’s Day Brunch – Sunday, May 8, 2016

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Starter:

Baked Blintz with a Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote

Choice of Entree:

Baked Eggs with Chimichurri, Prosciutto and a Roasted Fingerling Potato Hash

Lobster, Asparagus and Gruyere Quiche with a Spring Salad

Brown Butter Banana Waffles with Dulce de Leche and Cumin Spiced Bacon

Dessert:

Dark Chocolate Espresso Tart with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Blueberry Crème Brûlée with a Lemon Madeline

$25 per person /Reservations 207.236.4259 

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Chef Michael’s Orange-Spiced Rice Pudding Recipe

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by Chef Michael Salmon  
yields 6 portions

If you’ve stayed with us at the Inn, you may have had this delicious breakfast dish.  
It is one of our most requested recipes!

1/2 cup water
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Arborio rice
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cups heavy cream
3 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup regular raisins
1/2 orange, zest and cubed pcs
1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice

  1.  Boil water in a large pan.
  2. Add salt and rice. Cover and simmer over low heat (stirring occasionally) for 15-20 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed.
  3. Add milk, cream and sugar and increase heat to medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to maintain the simmer. Cook UNCOVERED, stirring frequently for 30 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to low (stirring every couple of minutes) and cook for 15 minutes more. Spoon should stand upright in the pan. Stir in the remaining ingredients and serve.