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Coastal Chamber lists lots to do and see this summer

By Dan Bookham, Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce

Ahh, summer! There’s so much going on in the Camden Hills that I barely have space to write a few pleasantries at the start of this column before I plunge into the meat of the event listings.

This weekend the summer HarborArts Juried Arts & Crafts Show, hosted by the CRL Chamber of Commerce, returns for its 35th year the weekend of July 16-17. The show features an eclectic mix of established and emerging artists in a variety of disciplines, and grows more popular each year.

A great range of artists and artisans will display, discuss and sell their work in a festive open marketplace nestled beside Penobscot Bay. Exhibitors line Camden’s Atlantic Avenue, spill into Harbor Park, and surround the adjacent Camden Amphitheatre — all overlooking one of America’s most beautiful harbors. There’s something for every taste and budget, and all the work is of fine quality. What’s more, you get to talk with the talented folks who created the art.

Each year the crowds flock to the heart of Camden to see and shop from artists and artisans who display, discuss and sell their work in a festive open marketplace next to Penobscot Bay. These annual celebrations bring scores of artists and artisans to Camden’s Harbor Park and Amphitheatre, their work in a wide variety of genres in a setting that has inspired artists for years. Fine works in watercolor, oil, acrylics and pastels blend with spectacular photography, sculpture and mixed media. High design jewelry, metal and woodcraft, pottery and exquisite furniture also are available.

The HarborArts shows are formally dedicated to show founder and artist Carol S. Sebold who passed away in 2010. If it were not for her, the show and all the joy it brings to so many would not be what it is today. We are thankful for the work Carol did in bringing this show to Camden and look forward to continuing the show for many years to come.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that music lovers have a treat in store this weekend with the North Atlantic Blues Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Harbor Park, Rockland. The acclaimed Blues Festival features national touring artists and has become one of the nation’s best blues events.

Whatever you find yourself doing this weekend, I’d like to offer you a big thank-you for getting out in your community, for patronizing local businesses, and helping make summer so vibrant and fun in the Camden Hills and Penobscot Bay.

Dan Bookham is the executive director of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce. Contact him at 236-4404, email at, or at

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