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Winterfest

man making ice sculpture
February 2, 2019

Winterfest 2019
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Camden Public Library

Community Ice Carving in the Camden Amphitheatre, music, hot food, and winter carnival fun inside and out. Saturday, February 2, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Polar Plunge in Camden Harbor at 11:00 am! The Ice Carving and Winter Carnival at the Library kicks off the week-long Camden Winterfest, which will culminate in the Toboggan National Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl. A book sale in the Blue Door Book Shed will accompany the festival on both weekends.

The Gibson Brothers

greyscale photo of two older muscians
February 1, 2019

1:00-2:30; 7:30
Strand Theatre
Rockland

The bluegrass stars bring a new mix of country, soul and 70's rock! The sibling duo (Eric & Leigh) was named Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2012 & 2013. With the retro sounds on their 14th album Mockingbird, they have cemented their reputation as musical trailblazers. Tix and info: RocklandStrand.com

Mallet Brothers Band

the band
February 7, 2019

7:30 pm
Mallet Brothers Band and Toboggan Nationals Weekend
Camden Opera House

Maine’s own roots rock masters the Mallet Brothers Band arrives just in time for Toboggan Nationals weekend!

The Mallett Brothers Band is an independent rock and roll / Americana / country band from Maine. Their busy tour schedule since forming in 2009 has helped them to build a dedicated fan base across the U.S. and beyond while still calling the state of Maine their home. With a style that ranges from alt-country to Americana, country, jam, and roots rock, theirs is a musical melting pot that's influenced equally by the singer/songwriter tradition as by harder rock, classic country, and psychedelic sounds.

The Mallett Brothers Band has performed at some of the country’s top venues and festivals, including Austin Texas’s famed Continental Club; Alexandria, Virginia’s Birchmere (sharing the stage with Oklahoma red-dirt rockers The Turnpike Troubadours), New Hampshire’s Meadowbrook Pavilion (opening for The Allman Brothers Band, and again opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd); Nashville’s Bluebird; and Little Rock’s The Rev Room, to name a few.

US National Toboggan Championships

person in bear costume on toboggan
February 8 - 10, 2019

All day
US National Toboggan Championship
Camden Snow Bowl

More than 400 teams of winter fanatics from around the world will make the trek to Camden, Maine, from Feb. 8-10, 2019, to have their chance at racing down the 400-foot toboggan chute.

"Every year the teams get more enthusiastic and creative with their costumes," said event Chairman Holly Edwards. "Toboggan Nationals is all about turning the winter weather into something to celebrate, and we want everyone to have as much fun as possible."

For more than 25 years, costume-clad racers of all ages have slid down the ice-filled wooden chute onto the frozen surface of Hosmer Pond. The toboggan teams come dressed in a variety costumes -- from the Cowardly Lion and Dorothy Gale to Crash Test Dummies and bags of Wonder Bread -- complete with even more creative team names. At noon on Saturday, the costumed racers participate in the annual costume parade before a line of distinguished guest judges. There are trophies for best costumes too!

With races down the chute lasting all weekend, registration is Friday, 10 a.m. To 7 p.m., and teams start their races early in the morning Saturday and race until late afternoon. The fastest teams compete in the finals on Sunday to earn the title of champions at the U.S. National Toboggan Championships.

Camden Hills Winter Snowshoe Exploration

snow around lake with bare trees
February 9, 2019

9:00am - 3:00pm
Camden Hills State Park
280 Belfast Rd., Route 1, Camden

Join North Star Adventures for a Camden Hills Snowshoe Adventure. We will begin our journey from Maiden Cliff Trail head at 9:00am for an adventure along the ridge trail to Ocean Lookout. We will be hiking at a leisurely pace so that you may enjoy the fantastic views of Lake Megunticook and Penobscot Bay. After a lunch made from locally sourced ingredients we will drop down into the hardwood forest that skirts the base of Mt. Megunticook and complete our loop. Enjoy the ice formations, wildlife tracks and winter forest as we experience winter on foot. The complete loop back to the Maiden Cliff parking lot is 6 miles. This is one of my favorite winter snowshoe loops. While no experience snowshoeing is necessary you should be in good physical condition.

Alekssandra, Kett & Ines Piano Trio

headshots of trio
February 13

12:00 pm
Music@Noon: Aleksandra, Kett, and Inês Piano Trio
Farnsworth Art Museum

Polish-born Aleksandra Labinska holds a Doctorate in violin performance from Boston University, has received numerous awards and performed in many prestigious concert series around the world; cellist Kett Chuan Lee was the youngest member of the National Symphony and Radio Television Orchestras in Malaysia before coming to the United States in 2003 and is the cellist of the Boston String Quartet.

Portuguese pianist Inês Andrade has performed at Carnegie Hall, Centre Le Phénix (Switzerland), Centro Cultural de Belém (Portugal), Alexander Girardi Hall (Italy), and Auditório Jotamonte (Cape Verde).

Tickets: Adults $30; Under age 25 $10

Ticket includes a freshly-prepared lunch provided by Atlantic Baking Company plus access to the museum following the performance.

All programs and artists may be subject to change.

Tone

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Friday, February 22

6:00 pm
Music@Dusk - TONE
Union Hall
24 Central St., Rockport
Music@Dusk

Born from a mutual love of jazz harmony, lilting melody, and timeless poetry, TONE features vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles and pianist Jarrett Cherner. Sarah is a rising vocalist/composer based in New York City. She has played at The White House, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Bern International Jazz Festival, and many more. Her musical output has been described as a "genre of one" (DownBeat Magazine), "soulfully articulate" (New York Times) and "an unmatched sound" (Jay Z’s Life+Times).

Brooklyn-based pianist, composer and bandleader Jarrett Cherner has captivated listeners with his lyricism, technical facility and consistently evolving musical vision. Originally from San Francisco, he garnered praise as "one of the most exciting young pianist-composers on the Bay Area scene" (San Jose Mercury News). He has toured throughout the U.S. as well as South America, Canada, Mexico, and Europe, as both a leader and sideman.

All programs and artists may be subject to change.

Tickets:
Adults $30
Under age 25 $10

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

maine's best auction experience. Thomaston place aution galleries

Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3, 2019

Auction begins at 11:00 a.m. each day
51 Atlantic Highway, Thomaston

Plan a trip to Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on the first weekend of March 2019 for our wonderful Winter auction of 1,000+ lots of fine art, antiques, and decorative items. Auction items can be viewed at www.thomastonauction.com. Live, absentee, telephone and internet bids accepted.

Please check their website or call 207-354-8141 for changes and/or additional information.

Ranky Tanky

looking down on band clustered together

Wednesday, March 6

7:30
Camden Opera House
29 Elm St., Camden

“Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!”

In this spirit, this Charleston, SC based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston, SC are “rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.

Music@Dusk - Derek Gripper, guitar

man holding guitar
Friday, March 8

6:00 pm
Union Hall
24 Central St., Rockport

From Cape Town, Derek Gripper transcribes the kora music of Mali, including the music of Toumani Diabaté and other West African composers, for classical six-string guitar. The results mark a meeting point of the written tradition of Western classical music and the oral tradition of the West African griots. Reacting to his ninth album release, "One Night On Earth" guitar legend John Williams said he thought it was "absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it".

All programs and artists may be subject to change.

Tickets:
Adults $30
Under age 25 $10

Music@Noon: Edoardo Carpenedo and Tudor Dornescu

two men in tuxes
Wednesday, March 13

12:00 pm
Farnsworth Art Museum
16 Museum St, Rockland

Italian-born Edoardo Carpenedo impresses audiences with "technical strength, sweet and singing tone and deep sensitivity" Charleston City Paper. He has received numerous awards in national and international competitions, including the prestigious Trofeo Febo Villani. As a chamber musician, Tudor Dornescu performs regularly with the Mirage Violin Duo in a variety of chamber music concert series. He recently toured over 22 cities in China and has been invited to return for a second tour in June 2019.

Maine Maple Sunday

maple tap
Sunday, March 24th

Save the date!

Maine Maple Sunday is a long standing tradition where Maine’s Maple producers open their doors to their sweet operations for a day of educational demonstrations, tours, fun family activities and samplings of syrup and other great maple products.

Plans for this year's Maine Maple Syrup Sunday have not yet been confirmed but Some sugar shacks extend the fun by starting on Saturday! More to come in the next newsletter about this!

Music@Dusk - Kobayashi/Gray Duo

two women in formal blue dresses
Friday, March 29

6:00 pm
Union Hall
24 Central St., Rockport

The Kobayashi/Gray Duo is in massive demand throughout the world for their performances of standard repertoire as well as works by more than twenty-five 19th to 21st century women composers. The Duo has two recordings of works by women composers – Feminissimo! Women Playing Music by Women (2008) and Boldly Expressive! Music by Women (2000).

Mile 12 | Low Lily

band in casual clothes in abandoned room
Friday, March 29

7:30 pm
Camden Opera House
29 Elm St. P.O. Box 1207, Camden

Bluegrass band Mile Twelve (Boston) teams up with with Roots band Low Lily (Vermont) for a double bill that will knock your socks off!

Both bands formed in 2014 and grew out of the thriving Boston acoustic music scene. Both have toured extensively for the past four years, captivating audiences at festivals and halls throughout the US and around the world. Between Mile Twelve’s updated bluegrass aesthetic and Low Lily's modern approach to roots music, the sounds of the evening will vary from the high-energy festival vibe to more lyrical moments, and there may be a few surprises in store as well!

Contact the Camden Opera House for ticket information.

Camden/Rockland Calendar of Events

The Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce posts year-round events in Camden and Rockland. There is something planned for each season! The Windjammer and Lobster Festivals in the Summer; Check out the link below to see what is what fun activities are happening in Camden during your visit!

https://www.camdenrockland.com/events

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