There’s no denying that coastal towns around the world have a deep connection with the water that surrounds them. Here in Camden, Maine, it’s no different. Local rivers, harbors and, of course, the Atlantic Ocean have provided not only jobs and sustenance for generations, but also recreational activities, serenity and much more. The Camden Windjammer Festival is just one of the ways residents and visitors alike celebrate Camden’s nautical heritage. When you attend this annual festival, you can expect to see plenty of beautiful sailboats, to enjoy craft and food vendors, and, perhaps most importantly, to learn about the maritime traditions that have been a part of our coastal culture for generations. Continue reading “Don’t Miss the Camden Windjammer Festival”
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 2015 event will be held Aug. 14-16. 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. Continue reading “The Maine Boats Homes and Harbors Show”
The annual Maine Wild Blueberry Festival in Machias features two fun days of entertainment, contests, shopping and of course blueberries! Held each August, the festival offers locals and visitors alike the chance to celebrate the little berry that some say helped put Maine on the map. After all, even though Maine is one of the nation’s smallest states, it still produces more blueberries than any other state. More than 90% of the nation’s blueberry crop comes from Maine. Continue reading “The State of Maine Wild Blueberry Festival is Delicious”
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 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
Maine Restaurant Week March 1-14, 2015
Three course menu / $35
- SOUP – Green pea with smoked ham hock & soft herbed marscapone
- SALMON – Beetroot and vodka salmon gravlax, whole grain mustard potato salad, watercress, crisp focaccia
- DUCK – Confit duck & caramelized onion tartlet, shaved peccarino, aged balsamic & port reduction, chive creme fraiche
- CHICKEN – Roasted breast glazed with lemon & thyme, butternut squash purée, roasted fingerling potato, savoy cabbage, chicken jus
- SEA BASS – Lobster risotto with spring onion & chive, wilted kale
- BEEF – Slow cooked with Maine made root beer, horseradish creamed potato, heritage carrots, wild mushroom ragout
- SOUFFLE – Kahula coffee flavored, Maine sea salt caramel creme anglaise
- CREME BRULEE – White chocolate & raspberry, home baked shortbread
- LEMON TART – Toasted Italian meringue, vanilla ice cream
Seatings begin at 5:30pm each night. Call us at 207-236-4259 to reserve your table.
January 31–February 8, 2015
Located in both downtown Camden and at the Camden Snow Bowl, Winterfest is a community celebration of winter. With live music, downtown rail jams, snow sculptures, ice carving and ice skating—there’s fun for all ages! All events are free and open to the public.
Saturday, Jan 31st
Winterfest Kickoff Celebration – noon-3pm, Camden Public Library Amphitheatre
Community ice carving, live music indoors & out, crafts for kids, hot food
Saturday, Jan 31st & Sunday, Feb 1st
Maine’s only Nationally-Sanctioned Snow Sculpture Competition – Village Green
Sculptors work all weekend, Judging takes place Sunday at noon
CamJam Harborside Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding – Harbor Park
Demonstrations Saturday all day and Sunday morning in Harbor Park
CamJam Freestyle Ski Competition — Sunday, 1-3pm
Monday, Feb 2nd
Alex the Jester — 6pm, Camden Opera House
Tickets available at the door and at local retailers: Clean Bee Laundry, Graffam Seafood,
Camden Public Library, Camden Town Office
Kids $2, adults $5, children up to age 3, free. Family rate $15.
Tuesday, Feb 3rd
Free Family Movie — 6pm, Camden Public Library
Frozen Singalong with Anna and Olaf
Wednesday, Feb 4th
Winter themed movie — 7pm, Camden Opera House
Cool Runnings – Film features the Jamaican Olympic Bobsled team!
Tickets available at the door:.
Admission $4, children up to age 3, free. Family rate $15.
Thursday, Feb 5th
Concert featuring Red Molly — 7pm, Camden Opera House
with opening acts: David and the Lowdown, Miners Creek
Tickets available at www.camdenoperahouse.com/events.cfm and at local retailers:
Manny’s, HAV II, Clean Bee Laundry, Grasshopper Shop (Rockland),
Side Country Sports (Rockland), Camden Town Office
$20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Friday, Feb 6th
25th Annual US National Toboggan Championships: 2 & 3-person teams, 4pm
Down the Chute Beer & Wine tasting – Camden Snow Bowl, 3-7pm
Downtown Dance – 8pm, Peter Ott’s Restaurant, Bay View Landing
Banff Film Festival, 7pm, Strom Auditorium (Camden Hills Regional High School)
Vote for your favorite winter-theme drink at www.camdenwinterfest.com in the “Frost Heave Challenge” featured at Camden’s bars all weekend
Saturday, Feb 7th
25th Annual US National Toboggan Championships – 8am-4pm, Camden Snow Bowl
Bus shuttle service from the Village Green to the Snow Bowl runs 7am – 5pm
Costume Contest – noon, Camden Snow Bowl
Chili Challenge, 11am – 1:30pm, Camden Snow Bowl
Pond Hockey: Rockport vs. Camden – Hosmer Pond, Snow Bowl
Snow Plow Parade – 5:30pm, Main Street, Camden
Fireworks over the Harbor, 6:15pm, Harbor Park
Banff Film Festival, 7pm, Strom Auditorium (Camden Hills Regional High School)
Sunday, Feb 8th
25th Annual US National Toboggan Championships — 9am-3pm, Camden Snow Bowl
Bus shuttle service from the Village Green to the Snow Bowl runs 8am – 4pm
Pancake Breakfast – 8am-11am, Camden Snow Bowl
World Championship Toboggan Races – 11:30am, Camden Snow Bowl
Award Ceremonies – 3pm, Camden Snow Bowl
September 25-28, 2014
From the CIFF website:
“Nestled against the mighty Atlantic during fall’s explosion of color, the Camden International Film Festival becomes a uniquely intimate setting to experience the very best in international documentary film. Recognized as one of the top 25 documentary film festivals in the world, one of the 12 best “small town” film festivals in the US and New England most respected documentary event, CIFF highlights work that shows dedication to craft and a unique and artistic approach to telling a darn good story. We like films that blur the line between fact and fiction, films that inspire, inform and entertain.”
View the list of 2014 films here.
Sound like fun? Purchase a festival pass here.
Date: September 19, 20 & 21, 2014
Time: Gates open at 9am
Location: Unity, Maine
Since 1977, this celebration of rural living offers something for everyone, in a traditionally festive atmosphere. Features farmers and their livestock, Maine-grown organic foods, music and entertainment, learn basic gardening skills and see vendors of Maine-made crafts, folk arts, food, plants, agricultural tools and environmentally friendly living items and much more.
Friday, August 29th – Sunday, August 31st
FIREWORKS AT 9PM ON FRIDAY!!
Celebrate Camden’s maritime heritage and living traditions at the annual Camden Windjammer Festival. From the great age of sail when coasting schooners were launched in the harbor, through the birth of the windjammer business in the 1930s, to today’s windjammer fleet and elegant yachts, sailing ships have always defined our lovely, vibrant community.
On Friday, watch the magnificent schooners as they maneuver into the harbor, bid on dinners aboard one of the fleet, and then watch a talent show by schooner crews in Harbor Park followed by fireworks over the harbor. The fun continues all weekend with a lobster crate race, a Build-A-Boat contest, displays of maritime activities and history, Chowder Challenge, Sea Dog Show, pirates, tours of the windjammers and fun for all.
View the full schedule here.