New Year’s Resolution: Maybe yours was to find the time to connect with the places you love and explore the places you have not?
In the face of the cold winter, it’s so easy to just hunker down. When the days are short, the nights are cold, just thinking of the outside can have a daunting number of layers (literally)….. when winter closes in, a new adventure just might be the thing to light up, and warm, your days.
While the summer just vibrates in Camden, with the comings and goings, the boats, lobsters, lighthouses, ice cream, a landscape of mountain trails, and hidden beaches— the winter goes at a gentler pace but the midcoast is full of quiet adventure. While the sailing fleet is wrapped up, the harbor is alive with fishing (and smaller) boats quietly coming and going, the streets are quiet but the Snow Bowl is alive with downhill and cross country skiing (and the US Toboggan Championships!!!), the streets are quiet but the Opera House will be filled during concerts and the Camden Conference, the fabulous art galleries invite you in to peruse pieces of art work by the many wonderful local artists, the same landscape of beaches, mountains and trails await your exploration and introspective moments… And, at the end of the day, perhaps with gentle snow falling, drinks in front of a warm fire, wine dinners from around the world, new friends, quiet conversation; there’s so much happening in Camden in February- here’s a list of things that shouldn’t be missed!
02. February 1st / 2:00 – 5:00 pm/ The 2nd Annual Corn Hole Tournament/ United Farmers Market in Belfast.
Have you played corn hole? It’s SO. MUCH. FUN! And all ages are welcome. FMI visit https://www.facebook.com/events/481450265894600/
03. February 1st / 10am-12pm/ Fly Tying Workshop/ Maine Sport Outfitters
Get a jump start on your spring fishing by making your own flies. Join Maine Sport Outfitters’ fishing guru and master fly tyer, Seth Taylor, for another FREE fly-tying workshop
04. February 4th / 5:30pm/ Woodworking for Beginners Workshop/ The Apprentice Shop
From their event post on FaceBook, “This multi-week workshop is intended for those who have little to no experience using tools or working with wood. The goal is to help participants develop familiarity with both power tools and hand tools, as well as confidence to tackle simple projects at home or pursue further studies in woodworking. Participants will gain these skills through making a mallet and a toolbox. All tools and materials provided.” This sounds like a fun way to get out and try something new and in the meantime learn a cool skill. FMI visit www.apprenticeshop.org.
05. February 7th,8th,9th / Strom Auditorium / Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour Brought to you by Maine Sport Outfitters
Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world. Traveling to exotic landscapes and remote cultures, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action films, the 2020 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world. Join Maine Sport Outfitters when Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Midcoast Maine, at the Camden Hills Regional High School (Strom Auditorium) on Friday, February 7th at 7:00 PM, Saturday, February 8th at 7:00 PM and Sunday, February 9th at 4:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased at Maine Sport Outfitters in Rockport or ONLINE Adult: $15, Student: $10 (priced per show.) FMI call (207) 236-7120 or visit http://mainesport.com/banff/
06.February 7th– 9th/ US Toboggan Championships/ Camden Snow Bowl
One of the most unique and fun events that happens in Midcoast Maine. Visit https://www.facebook.com/usnationaltobogganchampionships/ for more info. Don’t miss this fun time!
Check out the great video below, by The Timer Cross’s Jeremy Grant.
07. February 7th/ 5-8pm/ Northern Italian Countryside Chef’s Table Experience/ 16 Bay View
Join Executive Chef, Andrea Barbour, for a 3-hour culinary demonstration celebrating the Northern Italian Countryside. The menu will consist of Trenette Genovese, Zuppa di Pesce, Zabaione with Fresh Berries and Espresso Biscotti; a full dinner will be served concurrently, and each course will be paired with wine…delish! Not only do you get to eat ahhhmazing food but Andrea will teach you how to make these delicious dishes so you can create them for your next dinner party. This demonstration will start at 5pm, run for approximately 3 hours, and is only $75 per person. To purchase tickets, click HERE
08. February 8th/ 10am-4pm/ Beginner Beekeeping Workshop/ MOFGA, Unity
This beekeeping course will cover the essentials to get you going in the world of beekeeping, including where to locate your apiary, characteristics of different races of bees, where to purchase bees and equipment, how to assemble that equipment, and how to establish your fist hive and get it through the first season. Instructor David Smith is an experienced beekeeper who has maintained over 200 honeybee colonies for 35+ years. He has served as assistant state apiary inspector, and he owns and operates Sparky’s Apiaries in Hope, Maine. Fee: $75; $55 for MOFGA members; scholarships available. FMI click HERE
09. February 8th /4:30-6:30/ West Bay Rotary Chili Challenge/ 16 Bay View Hotel
Help choose the best chili in the Midcoast and help local charities at the same time. Local restaurants will serve up their best chili at the annual West Bay Rotary Chili Challenge and you can be a judge. You get to try them all and vote for your favorite. Net proceeds from the event will benefit local charities and non-profit organizations. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and are available at the event. 16 Bay View will offer a cash bar at the event. FMI visit the FaceBook event page HERE .
10. February 14th /4-8pm/ Valentine’s Day Wine Pairing/ Vintage Room
Start your Valentine’s evening off the right way by joining us in the Vintage Room to enjoy 3 romantic courses with a flight of 3 perfectly paired wines. $65 per couple. Email Andrea to reserve your spot today!
11. February 21st-23rd / “The Media Revolution: Changing The World” at the 33rd annual Camden Conference/
Camden Opera House
A truly informative and intimate conference with presenters from all around the world. It’s not to be missed. FMI visit https://www.camdenconference.org
12. February 29th/ Classic Southern American Chef’s Table Experience/ 16 Bay View
Celebrate Mardi Gras by joining Executive Chef, Andrea Barbour, for an intimate 3-hour culinary demonstration celebrating the Classic Southern American cuisine. The menu will consist of BBQ Gulf Shrimp & Grits, Local Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Bananas Foster and Beignets; a full dinner will be served concurrently, and each course will be paired with wine. This starts at 5pm, runs approximately 3 hours, and is $75 per person.
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
To purchase tickets, which there are only 8 of, click HERE
13. Soft Strength Yoga/ Union Hall
Lastly, indulge in some self care in the new year with some yoga & meditation with Missy Hatch/ Linda Shepard at Union Hall.