Happy 4th of July everyone! Join us at the inn for the Festival of Independence. Rockland’s LimeRock Inn is the perfect place to use as a base for the weekend’s activities. From Friday night fireworks in Camden Harbor, to Saturday’s festivities (parade and evening fireworks) in Thomaston, to the weekend’s Fabulous 50′s and Sensational 60′s auto and air show at Owls Head Transportation Museum, this is the place to be. Not to mention, all the great restuarants, the Farnsworth Museum & Wyeth Center, Maine Lighthouse Museum, and awesome downtown shopping. There’s something going on here this weekend to satisfy anyone’s passion. Come check us out!
Archive for June, 2009
The North Atlantic Blues Festival is only two weeks away. The event takes place July 11 & 12 in Harbor Park right here in Rockland. A crowd of 12,000 is expected. The whole things starts with a Blues Pub Crawl on friday night. After a whole day of blues saturday, Main Street is closed for the BIG Blues Pub crawl. What is most exciting for us about this event is that we have the same guests from year to year. It is like having a big family reunion!! Let’s hope the weather holds out. There is a great lineup this year. Please click here for more information.
We received an invite several days ago from Lynn Archer who owns the Brass Compass Cafe. She said that the Food Network was coming to town to film her cooking her famous King of Clubs Lobsters Club Sandwich. Something about the whole thing seemed fishy to us. You see, two years ago, Rockland was in a very similar situation when the food network came to film the pie moms. As it turned our, it was all a sham and it was actually a throwndown with Bobby Flay. We were very excited to be part of that show. So this morning, Frank and I went down to Buoy Park in Rockland for the filming of this show and low and behold who showed up but Mr. Bobby Flay. He challenged Lynne to a throwndown! Unfortunately, we were not able to stick around for the results as our duties at the inn required us to return. This is wonderful news for Lynn and the folks at Brass Compass Cafe and Rockland. If you’ve not had the chance to eat at her place, it is a must stop for lunch. Everything on the menu is made fresh daily. You can check out their menu here. This photo is from the throwdown from two years ago. It is of Bobby Flay and all the innkeepeers.
Back by popular demand! Comedienne Paula Poundstone will be performing her stand up routine at the Strand Theater on August 14th. Paula will be selling copies of her book, “There’s Nothing In This Book I Meant To Say” with proceeds going to the Friends of the Rockland Public Library. As a board member of the Friends, I will be working on promotions for the event along with another board member. I urge everyone to get their tickets early as she will definitely sell out! After the show, make sure to pick up a copy of her book. She will even be there to autograph them. It should be a night filled with laughter and your book purchase will be helping the library. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here. To learn more about the Rockland Public Library, please click here.
Each year, the Historic Inns of Rockland host a press tour for national media. We have a great lineup of writers coming on the tour this year. They will get to experience some of the best things in Rockland including our museums, restaurants and outdoor activities. Three years ago, our press tour was capped off with a lobster bake in the back garden of the Captain Lindsey House. A food editor from Woman’s Day magazine took this very funny picture of me. I don’t normally don this type of getup when eating lobster but for some reason the mood struck me this particular evening. We all look forward to another successful tour!
Today, we connected with a local woman that has pigs (she is also the director of the Lincoln Street Arts Center.) Rather than composting our food scraps, she has provided us with a container to put our food scraps in. We just have to put it out daily and she will swap it out for a clean bucket. She will then give the scraps to her pigs. This is a brilliant idea. Honestly, we just don’t have the time to compost and rather than all the scaps ending up in the dump, they will be put to good use. It’s a win win situation and a very interesting twist on recycling.
This Sunday, June 22nd, marks the second annual lobsters boat race here in Rockland. Lobstermen from all over midcoast Maine will come to Rockland harbor for the chance to win over $12,000 in prizes. Spectators will have a spectular view of the whole event from the breakwater. The races kick off at 1o a.m.
This Saturday marks the Summer Sostice Festival here in Rockland. The day kicks off with a book plant & bake sale on the lawn of the Rockland Public Library from 2 – 5 pm. Main Street will then be closed from 5 – 9 pm. There will be all different kinds of festivities on Main Street including a rock climbing wall and a monkey jump! Food vendors will be serving eveything from funnel cakes to sausage and peppers and several live music acts will be spread throughout the area. The highlight of the event will be a whoopie pie eating contest in front of the Rockland Cafe. This is not to be missed as different age groups compete to see who can stuff their faces with the most whoopie pies. It is absolutely hysterical!! Last year drew in excess of 5000 people. Youthlinks will also have a balloon dropping fundraiser. Last year, Frank has the pleasure of being one of the volunteers to get soaked. This picture is from just before he got hit!! It’s gonna be a really fun day and is one of the many reasons Rockland rocks!!
That’s the mantra of Main Street! In Rockland, it’s our beautiful and artfully restored Strand Theater. This photo was taken on Friday, June 5th at the closing of the Maine Downtown Center Annual Conference. Do you recognize that handsome fella down in front?
Our downtown matters! Rockland’s downtown is vibrant and alive. Anchored by the Farnsworth Museum and The Strand, Main Street is home to award winning restaurants and chefs, a useful variety of local shops; and an enjoyable array of galleries from reclaimed to fine art.
If you have not been to Rockland, it’s worth the trip. If you haven’t been recently, it’s worth the trip back. From rotating exhibits in the museum and galleries to the every changing storefront windows, there’s always something new to discover.
From Boston, we’re just 30 minutes North by Cape Air at Logan Airport. Round trip tickets can be purchased for as little as $150. Train enthusiasts can take a two-hour excursion from Brunswick and enjoy one of the most scenic rail trails in North America. Of course, nothing could be finer than sailing up the Maine coast into beautiful Penobscot Bay and being greeted in Rockland Harbor by the Breakwater Lighthouse.
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June 18th will be the start of the Maine in America celebration in Rockland & Rockport Maine. This ten day festival celebrates Maine’s role in American art. As part of the festivities here in Rockland the Farnsworth Art Museum & Wyeth Center has just installed a scultpture by artist Robert Indiana entitled “EAT.” This sculpture was created for the 1964 Worlds Fair. An interesting tidbit was the the sculpture only stayed up for one week as people lined up by the dozens thinking the sculpture would lead them to food!! Please click here for all the details during this ten day extravaganza. It will be a very exciting time to be in Midcoast Maine!! I will post photos once the sculpture is fully installed and lit up in all its glory!