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

Appetizers

  • 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

Entrees

  • 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

Desserts

  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 SCHEDULE:

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

“Toboggan Building 101″ Package

Try your hand at bending, sanding, finishing and fastening a 2-4 person toboggan. Suitable for both racing or casual recreation!  All tools and materials provided

Available: Saturday & Sundays, November 22 & 23, 2014 or December 20 & 21, 2014
Package details: Our two night getaway package includes a fun filled weekend of toboggan building (Saturday & Sunday),  just in time for a winter of sledding.  You’ll receive two days of instruction in basic techniques of building your very own toboggan.  Mark your calendar to bring your handcrafted toboggan back to the Inn in February for the U.S. National Toboggan Championships.  Who knows… you may become the champion!  Dinner for two is also included, featuring the Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu and of course, a sumptuous breakfast each morning. 

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Toboggan Building Package 

Camden Winterfest Week

Camden WInterfest 2013Winterfest is Camden’s annual celebration of winter and community. A week full of fun activities in Camden’s Harbor Park includes ice sculptures, sledding, and rail jam expositions. The Camden Public Library is also the site for live music, arts and crafts, and food sampling from local restaurants. Plus legendary snow sculptors will be creating huge masterpieces throughout the downtown. The full schedule is below:

Friday, January 31, 2014
Professional Snow Sculptors arrive in Camden and begin planning their snow masterpieces with snow delivered to various sites around town by The Camden Snow Bowl.

Watch these giant snow sculptures all weekend at these locations:
Camden Village Green
Amphitheater
Library front lawn
Camden Snow Bowl

Saturday, February 1
Camden Public Library activities all day in Harbor Park and inside the library: ice sculpting, live music, sledding, hot soups and light snacks from local restaurants, face painting, and arts and crafts

Rail Jam – noon-4pm, Harbor Park: Camden Parks & Rec Department will host “CamJam” activities in Harbor Park. Rails will be installed in Harbor Park for skiers and snowboarders to try out the downtown slope

Sunday, February 2
CamJam – 1:00pm, Harbor Park: Trick skiing and snowboarding competition sponsored by the Camden Snow Bowl. Finals to be held at the Snow Bowl on Friday, February 7.

Friday, February 7
US National Toboggan Championships begin, Camden Snow Bowl
CamJam World Championships – Camden Snow Bowl
“Down the Chute” beer and wine tasting from West Bay Rotary

Make it a getaway and book our Hartstone Inn Gourmet Getaway Package.  Package includes two nights lodging, sumptuous breakfasts each morning and dinner for two, featuring the Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu.

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Winter Fun in Camden – Hartstone Inn Ski Packages

Skiers Riding a Chair Lift

It is officially wintertime here at the Hartstone Inn.  The air is chilly and there’s snow on the ground.  That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of outdoor fun to be had!  The Camden Snow Bowl is just a short distance away from us and it offers skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, skating, tubing and a toboggan chute.   Book one of our three winter getaway packages and enjoy all winter in Maine has to offer!

Down with Downhill Package

Package details: The Down with Downhill package offers a romantic, two-night getaway with a gourmet twist.  Down with Downhill welcomes with a multi-course breakfasts each morning, afternoon tea and cookies, our Chef’s Tasting dinner menu for two prepared by award-winning chef-owner Michael Salmon, and two one-day lift tickets or snowshoe rentals at nearby Camden Snow Bowl.

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Learn To Ski Package

Package details: Have you always wanted to learn to ski?  Our Learn to Ski package includes everything you need – rental equipment, lift tickets and enrollment in a 1.5 hour group skiing lesson for two people at the Camden Snow Bowl.  Our package also includes two nights lodging, our Chef’s Tasting dinner menu for two one night and a sumptuous two course breakfast each morning.   Enjoy Maine’s winter weather and learn something new at the same time.

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“Toboggan Building 101″ Getaway Package

Toboggan Building PackageA new package for winter – “Toboggan Building 101″!  Our two night getaway package includes a fun filled weekend of toboggan building (Saturday & Sunday),  just in time for a winter of sledding.  You’ll receive two days of instruction in basic techniques of bending, sanding, finishing and fastening your very own toboggan.  Mark your calendar to bring your handcrafted toboggan back to the Inn the first weekend of February and who knows… you may become the National Toboggan Champion!  Dinner for two is also included, featuring the Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu and of course, a sumptuous breakfast each morning.

Available: Saturday – Sundays, November 2-3, December 7-8, January 4-5, (2014)
Price: Traditional Room – $745, Suite – $845

 

Camden Winterfest 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013
 
Camden WInterfest 2013Live music, ice skating, ice carving, hot soup…we LOVE winter in Camden!
 
“The Winterfest Committee urges you to save the date, January 26, 2013!   Winterfest returns to the Camden Amphitheatre for the 11th annual celebration of winter and community ice carving on January 26 at noon. The Winterfest Committee is extending an open invitation to everyone in the community to try his or her hand at the traditional craft of ice carving.

The centerpiece of Winterfest activity is the community ice carving. Community groups, individuals, schools, and businesses are invited to sign up for an ice block to carve on the day of the celebration. Groups and individuals will transform ordinary blocks of ice into crystalline ice sculptures using the traditional tools of the ice-carving artisan. Tim Pierce, chef and master ice-carver of the Samoset Resort, will lead an ice-carving workshop on January 13 at 3:00 pm to instruct the groups on the use of the tools. The fee for a block of ice for carving is $50.

In addition to the one day winter celebration, the Winterfest committee collaborates with the Friends of the Amphitheatre Ice Rink to once again reopen the free public ice rink in the Amphitheatre.  The opening date for the ice rink will depend on the weather. For a successful ice season we must wait until the ground is frozen before filling the rink.

Winterfest activities begin at 12:00 noon in the Camden Amphitheatre and Camden Public Library. With or without snow, families are encouraged to come and play, skate, and enjoy Camdens downtown public parks while the carving takes place. Winter indoor crafts and face painting are offered free of charge to children in the Picker Room of the Camden Public Library by Childrens Librarian Miss Amy. The warm rotunda of the library hosts live music by All That Jazz. Outside a merry band of culinary volunteers serve a variety of delicious hot soups donated and light snacks. There will also be live music performed outdoors again this year!”

 
 

Winter Fun Getaway Packages – Skiing and Ice Climbing in Camden

Hartstone Inn Skiing

It is officially wintertime here at the Hartstone Inn.  The air is chilly and there’s snow on the ground.  That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of outdoor fun to be had!  The Camden Snow Bowl is just a short distance away from us and it offers skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, skating, tubing and a toboggan chute.   Book one of our three winter getaway packages and enjoy all winter in Maine has to offer!

Down with Downhill Package

Available: December – March
Price: $102 in addition to room charge (double occupancy). Click here to check room availability.
Package details: The Down with Downhill package offers a romantic, two-night getaway with a gourmet twist. Down with Downhill welcomes with a multi-course breakfasts each morning, afternoon tea and cookies, a five-course feast for two prepared by award-winning chef-owner Michael Salmon, and two one-day lift tickets or snowshoe rentals at nearby Camden Snow Bowl.

Learn To Ski Package

Available: December – March
Price: $137 in addition to room charge (double occupancy). Click here to check room availability.
Package details: Have you always wanted to learn to ski?  Our “Learn to Ski” package includes everything you need – rental equipment, lift tickets and enrollment in a 1.5 hour group skiing lesson for two people at the Camden Snow Bowl.  Our package also includes two nights lodging, a gourmet five course dinner for two one night and a sumptuous two course breakfast each morning.   Enjoy Maine’s winter weather and learn something new at the same time!

Winter Ice Climbing Package

Available: January – March
Price: $307 in addition to room charge (double occupancy). Click here to check room availability.
Package details: Get ready to have fun, push your personal limits and create a lifetime experience. For beginner climbers and those with some experience there is good quality coastal climbing in the area at the beginner and intermediate levels. You will enjoy a gentle hike and receive an introduction to gear, harnesses, ropes and knots. Get experience using equipment and practice a variety of climbs from climbing low angle to steeper ice. Package includes a full day (6-7 hours) ice climbing for one (includes gear for the day). Add a partner for the climb or receive a pampering one-hour massage for an additional $50. Package also includes 2 nights lodging, sumptuous breakfasts and a five-course gourmet dinner for two at the Inn.