November, 2020
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Thursday November 26, 2020 Mt. Battie Star Lighting Ceremony

Event Date:  Thanksgiving Evening, Thursday, November 26th

Details:  The Star above the Memorial Tower on Mt. Battie will be lit for a 2nd time in 2020; it is a sign of hope and the holidays that is greatly anticipated every year.  The star is aglow till the New Year, so do not miss it!  A Camden, Maine Tradition!

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/savethemtbattietower

December, 2020
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Fri-Sun December 12-6, 2020 34th Annual Christmas by the Sea

Event date/time: December 4-6th, 2020

Christmas by the Sea is a December tradition in the Camden area that kicks off the holiday season, eagerly anticipated by families near and far.  It includes a harbor visit from Santa, parade, and so much more! Visit during this special weekend to kick off your holiday preparations and celebrations.

Location Address: Camden, Maine

Visit the Christmas by the Sea Website >

Cooking School - A Taste of Provence
Sat & Sun December 5 & 6, 2020 A Taste of Provence Cooking Class

Event date/time:
Saturday, December 5th or Sunday, December 6th, 1-3 pm

The cuisine of Provence is very colorful and lively. Chef Michael’s culinary Tours to Provence delve into the heart of the cuisine from this inspiring region. Get a sneak peak into some the Provencal dishes that he prepares in this beautiful location. We’ll start off with a “Sous Vide” dish of Olive Oil-Poached Salmon with Roasted Peppers. Our stovetop smoker will make an appearance as we smoke tomatoes for a Smoked Tomato Soup with Fougasse, an amazing and beautiful Olive Bread to dip in the soup. For a main course, Chef Michael will demonstrate the art of ”Papillote” with his Sea Bream Tapenade Papillote (made with local Maine fish) and finish the afternoon with a stunning Pistachio and Apricot Torte.

Location Address: Hartstone Inn, Camden, Maine

January, 2021
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Tray of Pasta ready to boil
Sat & Sun January 9 & 10, 2021 Pasta Pleasers Cooking Class

Availability:
Saturday, January 9th or Sunday, January 10th, 2021, 1-3pm

Class details:
Learn how to make pasta in your own kitchen. Techniques include making the dough, rolling out, forming and cutting various shapes of pasta, filling pastas such as agnollotti and cooking pasta. Specific dishes include: Pappardelle alla Norcina, with a hearty sauce of pork and black truffles, Spinach Agnollotti with Oregano, Chicken and Cream, Crisp Ricotta Gnocchi with tiger shrimp, eggplant and peppers, and Orecchiette Pasta with a Sicilian Pesto.

Location:  Hartstone Inn, Camden, Maine

Cooking School - Cold Weather Comfort Food
Sat & Sun January 23 & 24, 2021 Cold Weather Comfort Foods Cooking Classs

Availability:
Saturday, January 23rd or Sunday, January 24th, 2021, 1-3pm

Class details:
Late January in Maine begs for comfort food…hearty, filling, and warm in the belly. We start off by making Scaccia, a street bread made in southern Sicily, that is layered with basil, tomato and grated hard cheese. Next we turn to a personal favorite of Prosciutto Baked Fresh Mozzarella with Garlic and Tomatoes, served with crisp crostini to sop up every bit of goodness. Fried Crisp Polenta with Mushrooms and Pecorino follows, and a citrusy Lemon-Hazelnut Tart, will have you looking forward to warmer weather.

Location:  Hartstone Inn, Camden, Maine

February, 2021
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Private Patio Deck with Two Adirondack Chairs
Fri, Sat & Sun February 5, 6 & 7, 2021 30th Annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships

Event Date:  Friday, February 5th – Sunday, February 7th, 2021

Event Details:  The one-of-a-kind historic toboggan chute at the Camden Snow Bowl is 400-feet-long and rises 70-feet in elevation, allowing many toboggans to reach speeds up to 40 miles per hour as they slide out onto frozen Hosmer Pond. If there is clear ice on the pond, some sleds will go the entire way across – about a quarter mile – after exiting the chute. “A cross between an Alice in Wonderland costume ball and a family reunion, the nationals claim to be the only organized wooden toboggan races in the country. “— Franz Lidz, Sports Illustrated. Come eat, drink, and laugh! Anyone can watch or register, just get your team in before it sells out. Vendors sell delicious hot food, craft beer, and souvenirs. There is also live music and a costume parade. This event is a serious photo opportunity! See the website for schedule, parking and team registration (beginning Nov. 1).

For more information:  https://www.camdensnowbowl.com/toboggan-championships

Sous Vide Cooking
Sat & Sun February 6 & 7, 2021 Sous Vide Cooking - A Game Changer Cooking Class

Availability:
Saturday, February 6th, 2021 or Sunday, February 7th, 2021, 1-3pm

Class details:
Professionally, I have been involved with Sous Vide cooking for over 20 years. My first circulator cost about $1200…quite an investment compared to the modern day equipment that is available for under $200. If you enjoy cooking at home, and have not been “bitten by the Sous Vide Bug”, it is a game changer. Sous Vide cooking is just starting to take off with home cooks, and this course will introduce you to the equipment, concepts and basic techniques needed to get you started. During the two hour class we will cook everything from vegetables, potatoes, and fish to BBQ pork ribs, beef tenderloin, chicken thighs and even creme brûlée.

Location:  Hartstone Inn, Camden, Maine

Sat & Sun February 20 & 21, 2021 Seafood Frenzy Cooking Class

Availability:
Saturday, February 20th or Sunday, February 21st 1-3pm

Class details:
The Maine coast is home to some of the best seafood anywhere! We will take advantage of that bounty in this class with Swordfish Caponata, grilled swordfish served over a medley of braised Mediterranean vegetables with a lemon-dressing. Cod Fillet will be seared and served over White Beans with Shrimp in a Chorizo Broth. Maine Lobster follows, and will be butter poached over a Fava Bean Custard. Paella is an ideal way to showcase seafood, and Chef Michael will share some of his secrets on this rather time-consuming crowd pleaser.

Location:  Hartstone Inn, Camden, Maine

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