Art, music highlight Harvest Hootenany

Posted Sept. 04, 2011, at 10:18 p.m.

Coming up Friday through Sunday, Sept. 9-11, the visual arts and music will be celebrated throughout the region thanks to the Country Roads Arts and Artisans Tour and the second annual Hootenany at the Camden Snow Bowl.

The Country Roads and Artisans Tour showcases the highly refined skills of local craft designers and artists. It includes a wide variety of work, all carefully and thoughtfully handmade at studios in midcoast Maine. Some of the artists and artisans use centuries-old techniques, while other work takes advantage of more modern processes.

Most of the studios on the tour are open all year, but on one special September weekend, the public is invited to go behind the scenes of creativity and visit with the artists and artisans on the free open studio tour. For more information, call 236-9619.

Note that all studios are open10 a.m.-5 p.m. the three days of the tour, but regular hours differ. For more information, pick up a brochure at either of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber offices, at participating studios or online at

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The Camden Snow Bowl will play host to the second annual Harvest Hootenanny on Saturday, Sept. 10, a great day of family fun.

Pull up a hay bale and kick back with a friend or jump right into the fun. If you love live music, great local food and a kid-friendly atmosphere, the “Hoot” is the place for you! All proceeds go to support Five Town Communities That Care’s efforts to promote the healthy development of youth in the Five Town area.

Dancers, shake your tail feathers from noon to 5 p.m. to the high-energy sounds of Evergreen, The Breezemere Bottom Boys, Three Button Deluxe, The Katahdin Valley Boys and Roosevelt Dime. When you need a little cooling off, ride the chairlift and catch the sounds from the summit of Ragged Mountain. For those who like to rock and ride, bring your mountain bike on the lift with you. Snow Bowl bike trails will remain open all day.

Kids can bop to the rhythm in the bounce house, join in a treasure hunt, enjoy balloon sculpting or get their faces painted — just some of the children’s activities on offer all day at the Hoot. For more information, call 236-9800 or visit

If you are looking for fun things to do, arts to explore and more from Waldoboro to Northport and all points in between, a pair of great places to find out more (other than the listings in the Midcoast Beacon) are the Chamber’s websites and As we bring the two sites into alignment, you can still find information on all manner of events and happenings, and it’s all just a mouse click away.

Dan Bookham is the executive director of the new Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce that combines the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville and Rockland-Thomaston Area Chambers of Commerce. Contact him at 236-4404 or

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