Master Illusionist Lyn Dillies at the Camden Opera House

Saturday,  April 18, 2015 at 7pmLynn Davies
Camden Opera House

A Parent’s Choice Award Winner, Master Illusionist, Lyn Dillies brings the world of magic to our town. Lyn has rave reviews wherever she stages her shows of mystery, magic and illusion.Lyn has been deemed America’s Premier Female Illusionist by the Society of American Magicians, and is a pioneer in her field. With her stunning array of astounding illusions, Lyn’s talent ignites each show with energy and excitement. She has developed the perfectly balanced touring illusion show that has all the Las Vegas glitz while being family friendly.

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Pairings 101- Italia at Cellardoor Winery

Saturday, April 11, from 2-4PMitalia
The Farmhouse at Cellardoor Winery

Pull a seat up to the table! Cellardoor Winery is about to embark on a culinary tour of Italy’s richly diverse culinary regions, all worthy of your palate’s exploration. Indulge yourself in the Italian lifestyle as they discover their passion for food and wine.  The class includes wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a specially crafted tasting menu created by Chef Lani Stiles and the team at Megunticook Market, as well as sensory evaluations and aroma identifications. As always, seats for this pairing are limited so early reservations are recommended.  $40 per person

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Seth Glier and the Jason Spooner Band at the Strand Theatre

April 11, 2015 at 7:30pm
spoonerRockland Strand Theatre

Singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist SETH GLIER is a seasoned troubadour known for hispassionate live sets of Americana, folk, blues, pop and soul. Averaging over 250+ live performances annually he has played major folk festivals and shared the stage with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Martin Sexton, Emmylou Harris and Ryan Adams. The young songwriter has scored a Grammy nomination by weaving tales of love, pain and self-realization wrapped in sweeping melodies and striking vocals. Northern New England’s JASON SPOONER BAND includes singer/songwriter Jason Spooner, with his heavy roots, folk & blues influences; classically-trained bassist Adam Frederick’s jazz foundations; and rock-solid drummer Reed Chambers, who adds deep-seated roots in funk, soul & reggae. The award-winning folk festival veterans have a unique blend of roots, folk and blues, focused around Jason’s rhythmic flat-picking style and image-rich song-writing, and the band’s air-tight foundation.

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Easter Brunch Sunday, April 5th 2015

Hartstone Inn Easter Brunch


Bananas Foster Crepe with a Rum Whipped Cream

Choice of Entree:

Maine Crab, Tomato and Scallion Quiche
with Herb-Grilled Potatoes

Prosciutto Eggs Benedict with a Pesto Hollandaise.
Baby Greens with a Champagne Vinaigrette

Cast Iron Baked Strawberry-Vanilla Pancake
with Whipped Cream, Powdered Sugar and Bacon


Blueberry Crème Brûlée with an Almond Lace Cookie

Trifle of Dark Chocolate, Butterscotch Pudding and Salted Caramel

$25 per person
Seating times beginning at 10:30am.
Call 207-236-4259 to place your reservation.

The Camden Opera House schedule this winter

Camden Opera House Schedule

Photo Credit: Leapologist/Camden Opera House/Flickr

There is no shortage of things to do in Camden, whether you’re interested in catching a classic film, enjoying live music or immersing yourself in an opera. The Camden Opera House is a wonderful venue just down the street from Hartstone Inn that hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Peruse the Camden Opera House schedule below to see what events are on the calendar during your stay.

The Camden Opera House Schedule

Feb. 25, 2015, 3 p.m. – Folk singer Greg Brown

Feb. 28, 2015, 3 p.m. – Original Annie (film)

March 1, 2015 – Benvenuto Cellini – English National Opera

March 21, 2015, 3 p.m. – Mary Poppins (film)

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Maine Restaurant Week – March 1-14, 2015

1505519_10151809826346755_817547889_nRestaurant Week  is a celebration of the culinary talents of area restaurants. During restaurant week, restaurants offer specially priced three-course meals. Chefs work hard year round to take care of their customers. During restaurant weeks, they go above and beyond. The first restaurant week concept originated in New York City in the early nineties and caught on in Maine in 2009.
At the Hartstone Inn, we offer a special three course menu for $35 during Maine Restaurant Week.

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.

Witness the U.S. National Toboggan Championships

Photo Credit: Erik Hansen/US National Toboggan Championship/Flickr

Photo Credit: Erik Hansen/US National Toboggan Championship/Flickr

More than 400 teams will participate in the 25th annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl Feb. 6-8, 2015. This fun-loving, yet very competitive event promises thrilling races down a 400-foot chute, comical costumes and loads of entertainment for participants and spectators alike.

What you can expect to see

There are race divisions for two-, three- and four-person “traditional” toboggan teams. These teams will race toboggans that meet strict standards outlined below. Just for fun, there is an experimental division, in which teams race toboggans that have been built with materials and design elements that do not meet traditional standards, but they sure look cool.

Team names range from “Chute I’m out of Beer” and “Two Wingnuts” to “Luge Mistake” and “Four Flakes,” proving the team names are as handcrafted as the toboggans. Team members often wear costumes to go along with their team name.

Opening day, Friday, Feb. 6, teams register and have their toboggans inspected between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The 400-foot toboggan chute is open to teams and, conditions permitting, the public ($5 per person) until 3 p.m. The first official toboggan runs begin at 4 p.m. for two- and three-person teams.

Also on Friday, the third annual Down the Chute Beer and Wine Tasting will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sample beverages from 14 Maine brewers and wineries, cast your vote for your favorite, and take home a souvenir drinking glass. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

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Camden Winterfest 2015

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.

Camden Winterfest  US Toboggan Championships








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 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 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

Artisan Chocolate Making Class

Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 1-3pm


Join Kate Shaffer of Black Dinah Chocolatiers as she guides you through the magic world of professional chocolate making.  Kate’s beautiful and delicious, handmade chocolate treats have been featured in both Gourmet and Martha Stewart Living magazines.  The two hour class will include:

  • A brief overview of how chocolate is made, from bean to bar
  • Tasting chocolate and figuring out what you like
  • What does it take to be a truffle?  Making ganache
  • Working with chocolate: Melting and tempering, enrobing, moulding, decorating
  • Storing chocolate
  • Sampling and enjoying chocolate

This is a hands-on course, and though some of the techniques are advanced, all that’s required of participants is a willingness to have fun and a LOVE of chocolate!

Make it a getaway and book our Cooking Class Getaway Package.  Live locally?  Join us just for the class, only $45.  Space is limited.  Reserve today!

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Fiber Weekend at the Hartstone Inn

Do you enjoy knitting or needle felting?  Maybe it’s a skill you’ve always wanted to acquire?  Treat yourself to a creative getaway in a beautiful setting.  Learn something new, get creative inspiration, complete a simple knitted or needle felted project, enjoy gourmet cuisine and meet new friends!  

Fiber Weekend Package

Available: December 12 & 13, 2014 or Jan 16 & 17, 2015 or March 21 & 22, 2015 
Package details: Relax and “unwind” with a weekend of knitting or needle felting led by two fabulous instructors!  Package includes two nights lodging, sumptuous breakfasts each morning, Friday night welcome dinner and our Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu on Saturday night.

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Needle felting uses special barbed needles to tangle loose fibers together to form a solid object.  This art form is versatile and rewarding for beginners as well as those who have been felting for years and want to create pieces that are more complex.

This workshop will teach needle felting techniques applicable to a variety of projects and levels of expertise. Participants will learn skills needed to create with confidence their own needle felted sculptures and will start and complete a simple project.  They will learn techniques to make 3-dimensional forms as well as flat forms and bowls.  Topics covered are: understanding different fibers and how they felt, needle sizes and what they do, color blending, surface decoration, facial expressions, and working with an armature. Experienced needle felters can receive advanced instruction.

All materials will be provided (foam pad, plenty of wool fiber, 4 felting needles of different sizes, instruction guide booklet)

Fiber Felting    Fiber Weekend

Sue Stasiowski

Fiber SueSue Stasiowski is a fiber artist who became interested in needle felting after years of making hand knit clothing and blankets. Sue spends most of her time needle felting and knitting in her home studio, and also makes time to experiment with other art forms such as fiber wall hangings, bowls and other three-dimensional sculptures. Her work is sold at Leslie Curtis Designs in Camden, The Art Alliance Gallery in Belfast, and will be available at Archipelago in Rockland beginning this winter. Sue also works by commission and her art has been commissioned or purchased by people as broadly-based as Texas, Maryland, and Virginia as well as throughout the Northeastern United States.  Sue is a member of several artistic professional associations, especially in fiber arts.  She lives in Camden, Maine, with her husband.


Bring your knitting needles, yarn and current knitting projects or start from scratch and join us for a knitter’s weekend workshop.  Participants will work with our knitting expert on a variety of projects.  Beginners will learn to cast on and bind off, learn the knit and purl stitch, learn basic increases and decreases, learn to read patterns, and start and finish a simple project during this weekend.  Experienced knitters will get one-on-one help with more complex projects such as cables, lace work, kitchener stitch, linen stitch, and more.  We may also take a field trip to a local alpaca farm or walk to Camden’s yarn store, The Cashmere Goat, where you can browse patterns and shop local Maine yarns such as Blueberry Farm Alpaca and Swans Island Yarn.

Fiber Weekend Fiber Weekend

  Becca Johnson
Go to and search for “RebeccaJean” to see more of Becca’s work.

Materials:  Bring your own yarn and knitting needles and a pattern that interests you, or pick one of several free patterns that will be available.  Extra yarn and needles will be available for practicing something new.

Fiber WeekendBio:

Becca Johnson has been knitting for several years, enjoying working and helping other knitters at Camden’s local yarn shop, The Cashmere Goat, where she works part-time.  Before working at the knit shop, she was employed as a full-time weaver at Swans Island Blankets for several years.  In addition to her love of fiber, she loves to paint, primarily in watercolor. Her work has benefited The Children’s House Montessori School and Youth Arts.  She lives in Camden with her husband and two children.