Archive for the ‘Rockland’ Category

North Atlantic Blues Festival

Sunday, June 28th, 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.

Blues Festival

Paula Poundstone comes to the Rockland Strand August 14th

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

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 SPaula Poundstoneay” 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.

2nd Annual Lobster Boat Race this Sunday

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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 Place Matters!

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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?

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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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Rockland’s Windjammers

Monday, June 15th, 2009

In yesterday’s post, I spoke of the new schooner marina at Lermond’s Cove but failed to mention the three schooners docked there.  They are the The J&E Riggin, The Stephen Taber & The Schooner Nathaniel Bowditch.  Of course, Rockland does have the largest fleet of historic Windjammers in the country.  You can check out the rest of them here

Lermond Cove Schooner Marina, Rockland Maine

Lermond Cove Schooner Marina, Rockland Maine

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Why Rockland Rocks!

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Cafe MirandaSo last night, we got lucky (in many ways).  I just realized how that sounds, so get your mind out of the gutter.  What I mean to say is that our check-ins arrived early; we had a full house; and we were able to sneak downtown for dinner out on a Saturday night.

We walked into Cafe Miranda to see Denise and Tom Perkins (former owners of LimeRock Inn) and longtime Penobscot Bay sailing enthusiasts.  Kerry had the night off, but had stopped in for a minute, so we got to visit with him too.  We sat outside under the canvas with the warmth of the fire.  It was turning out to be a great night.

Kerry and his friend, Chris, joined us for a drink, then headed on their way.  Karla, as always, took special care of us.  And we struck up a conversation with the couple, Bob and Karen, sitting at the next table.  Turns out they are vacationing on the midcoast from suburban Philly.  Although their first time in the area, Karen had done a tremendous amount of research.  So, they sounded like oldtimers.

Our entrees came; their appetizers, then entrees came; and the conversation just moved freely from topic to topic.  It was just one of those relaxing, outdoor dinners that make Cafe Miranda special.  Bob and Karen are great people and the evening reminded us why we left New Jersey for a truly better life in Maine.  It was a night filled with old friends and “new” old friends.  One of many in this special place called Rockland.

Frank on TV….again!

Monday, January 12th, 2009


Today, Frank went down to Portland to do a cooking segment taping for the WCSH6 show “207″. It’s a daily news magazine that focuses on all things Maine. Frank has been on before demonstrating how to make gingerbread houses and was invited down again to demonstrate how to make his Key LimeRock Pie. The segment will also help promote this years Pies on Parade event that takes place on the 25th.

On on interesting side note, while Frank was on the way down to Portland, he got a call from the local NBC news reporter for some quotes on the Cruise Ship industry here in Rockland. Frank is the chamber cruise committee chairman and he was featured in a story on this evening’s news. Since Frank was already in the Portland news station, they just interviewed him there. Leave it to Frank!