Friday, January 23, 2009
Camden’s Winterfest Returns
The Seventh Annual Camden Winterfest will be on Saturday, January 31, in the Camden Amphitheatre and the Camden Public Library. The centerpiece of Winterfest activity remains the Community Ice Carving Event. A dozen teams representing local community organizations will transform ordinary blocks of ice into crystalline ice sculptures using the traditional tools of the ice-carving artisan. Chef Tim Pierce of the Samoset Resort donates his time to teaching the teams the craft of ice sculpting.
Other popular features of Winterfest are the wagon rides, hot food outside, and cool music inside the library. The events start with a march by the teams from the Village Green to the Amphitheatre followed by an opening ceremony and the commencement of ice carving at 12:00 noon. Horse-drawn wagon rides continue throughout the afternoon, from 12:30 to 3:30. This year Winterfest features two “living art sculptures” entitled “Blizzard” and “Glacial” from the Global Warming Series by Meredith Alex.
Winter crafts for children will be available in the library, 12:00 to 2:00, hosted by the children’s librarians, Amy Hand and Susan Lewis. “All That Jazz” and other musicians will be performing under the rotunda in the library from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Family wintertime activities are encouraged throughout the afternoon, including sledding and snowman building. This year’s Winterfest Ice Carving will not be a competition but a celebration of the individual style and spirit. The Awards and Closing Ceremony will be at 4:00 pm.
The “snow day” for Winterfest is Sunday, February 1.
The Winterfest festivities continue on Sunday with an open cross-country ski race. All are welcome, the race will be hosted and organized by the CHRHS cross-country ski team and coach Dave Ridley. The race takes place Sunday morning, February 1, at Camden Hills Regional High School at 10:00 am. The race is a 5 km freestyle format. Registration is from 8:30 to 9:30 am; those interested in participating should call Dave Ridley at 236-8567.
Winterfest is a popular winter event, presented by The First and hosted by the Camden Public Library, with sponsorship by the Camden Downtown Business Group. With or without snow, families are encouraged to come and play. Horse and wagon rides are offered free of charge. A merry band of culinary volunteers serve a variety of delicious hot soups donated by local restaurants, light snacks, and their world famous Arctic Grilled Cheese sandwiches.
Winterfest began six years ago as a modest effort to enliven our parks with community activity, engage and include the teens and youth of the community, and draw attention to the restoration of the parks. The event has its historic roots in the Camden Winter Carnival, a festive winter event celebrated in the Amphitheatre and at the Camden Snow Bowl in the late ’30s, discontinued in 1941. In 2008 an expanded program of outdoor and indoor activities attracted a crowd of more than 800 onlookers.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I had a similar experience to this about 10 years ago when I was in Ireland. I went to Ireland for my honeymoon and was not expecting to eat very well. Maybe some potatoes and hash everyday, didn't matter, I was on my honeymoon. Anyway, I have to tell you the places we did eat at in Ireland were excellent, from the little pubs to the nice restaurants we happen to come upon. In Ireland there was always fresh meat and dairy, wonderful vegetables. The dinner last night was similar - excellent meat, wonderful vegetables, all local fare.
Oscar and Raymond, the owners of Natalie's and Camden Harbor Inn are fine hosts. They make you feel welcome and like a friends daughter said, "like a movie star".
One of the neatest things I like about upscale dining is the attention to detail that most of us do not reward ourselves on a day to day basis. Natalie's Restaurant has a calming atmosphere with lovely comfortable chairs. They also encourage you to linger and enjoy the moment. Something as an Innkeeper I neglect.
I would not by any means call myself a foodie, but I have eaten in some fine restaurants. I went to Alain Ducasse's restaurant in Monte Carlo, I have eaten in many fine restaurants in Manhattan - Peter Luger's Steakhouse (more of a steakhouse than fine dining, but the best one in the world), The Inn at Little Washington in Virginia, just to name a few. The thing that all of these restaurants have in common is the excellent service and Natalie's is right in line with the best.
I wish Natalie's a bright future.
If you are coming to the Mid Coast of Maine - Natalie's Restaurant should be on your todo list. The Concierge at the Camden Windward House Bed and Brealfast would be delighted to make you a reservation.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Winter has come to Camden Maine. The Camden Windward House is once again tested with the forces of nature. It is awesome to live in a house that is over 150 years old.
We had a man come to the Inn to look at the lack of insulation in the attic. The man said he had only 2 other times in his career seen a house with no insulation in the attic. I personally found it amazing to see the lack of insulation. The man came and went and left an estimate to change the situation. It was funny though, he said that this old house has lasted this long without the insulation, I should just leave it alone. Why go messing with something if it is not broke.
Past innkeepers have put new windows and some insulation in the walls, they have added new rugs and patch some holes. But really this house is the same it was in 1854. You can hear the wind and feel an occasional breeze on your neck. No wonder people believe these houses are haunted.
Windward House still proves itself to be a well built house and I am sure it will make another winter. Winter is a fun time to come to Camden, the town is open but quiet, the locals are all chatty with issues of past and future, the Inns are solid, some cold, but warm by their fireplaces. The Harbor has lots of boats wrapped in plastic and the trees are all bare. The Lake is starting to freeze and the snow is starting to fall.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Labels: Winter Fun and Maine year round lodging
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Liberal Democrat Paul Coddington, who represents Bessacarr and Cantley, takes over as chair of Doncaster Council after being elected to the position at Friday's annual general meeting at the Mansion House.He was first elected to the local authority in 1999 and replaces Labour's Tony Sockett at the helm.After being sworn in last week, a slightly shocked Mr Coddington thanked his colleagues, family and local electorate for handing him the prestigious opportunity."I want to play my part in bringing people together and working for the common good," he said."One of the tasks of chair of council is to encourage fair debate. "I also want to do what I can to encourage people in the voluntary sector and continue working with the young people in the borough."I want to create better relationships and build bridges between communities."