December 9, 2022
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Join us at Business After Hours
Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 5 - 7 PM

First National Bank
63 Union Street, Rockland 

Join us at First National Bank for an evening of networking with your peers from around the region. Enjoy festive food and drink, live music, and fabulous door prizes! No pre-registration required. All are welcome!
The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize
as a Supporting Partner of The Chamber

 Supporting Partners are Pen Bay Chamber members who provide financial support of $10,000 or more annually through sponsorships, advertising and promotion, premium membership, and/or donations above and beyond regular membership dues.

Our sincere thanks to Camden National Bank for their generous and ongoing support of The Chamber.
Christmas & New Year's Dining
In addition to our weekly dining grid found in the left column of this newsletter, we are now compiling a list of member restaurants and other establishments in our region that will be offering Christmas and New Year's Eve meals, ranging from sit-down dining to a la carte curbside, and more.

Please email your offerings to
The list, which is updated as new offers are received, is found here:
Storefront Treasure Hunt runs through December 11
The Third Annual Christmas by the Sea Storefront Treasure Hunt is still underway! You can download the official entry form and instructions here. Hard copies of the form can also be picked up at the Camden Chamber Office (inside and in the box to the right of the front door). Prize winners will be drawn from all correct entries received by December 11 at 5 PM. Happy Hunting for the Twelve Elves of Christmas!
Christmas By the Sea Ornaments benefit AIO Energy Assistance Program
You can still purchase 2022 Christmas By the Sea ornaments at our Camden office. At $10 each, it's the perfect gift for a colleague, a neighbor, or a stocking stuffer!

Proceeds will be donated to the Area Interfaith Outreach Energy Assistance Program. Ornaments are also on sale at Camden Public Library, Wooden Alchemy, and at the Guini Ridge Farm Christmas Market. This year's ornament was created by Rob Jones of Wooden Alchemy.
Chamber's shop local campaign, Keep the Cheer Here, heralds in the holiday season

Chamber members are invited to add a free listing on our third annual 'Keep The Cheer Here" webpage, where viewers can find details about your holiday shopping hours, your special events, links to your online shopping page, and more!

"Keep the Cheer Here" is a centralized hub for local retailers and event planners to share their holiday tidings, which the Chamber will promote via local media and social media, encouraging people to shop local and celebrate local during this holiday season.

Post your free listing and see all the great listings already posted here:
Chamber Gala is set for February 10, 2023
We hope you'll join us on Friday, February 10, 2023 at the Samoset Resort, for our Annual Gala and Awards Dinner. The evening will celebrate and recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to our community this past year.
Decorate a Table at the 2023 Gala!
Chamber members will have the unique opportunity to decorate a table at our 2023 Gala, allowing your business/organization to be seen by hundreds of Gala attendees. Signing up to decorate a table is FREE and only costs what members are willing to put into the decorations and main centerpiece which will be raffled off during the event. A limited number of tables are available, so reserve your table to decorate today! Click below to get started:
Nominations are open for our 2022 Annual Awards, including the prestigious Community Person Of The Year award, milestone anniversaries, and a variety of other award categories to honor outstanding businesses, organizations, and individuals. Nomination deadline is December 23. To view the award categories and to submit a nomination, click here:
Welcome Home, Midcoast event is December 19 in Rockland
Have you recently moved to the Rockland/ Camden area? Are you a Boomerang who decided to move back? Or maybe you're a community member looking to make new connections! We all call Maine home, so come out to meet others in your community!
Join us at Ada's Kitchen on Monday, Dec. 19 from 5 to 7 pm.
We are a one-stop-shop for children's edutainment regarding all things coastal Maine and more with hands-on, inquiry-based learning, fun activities that change monthly, and programs that teach culturally.
To learn more about becoming a Featured Member, click here.
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United Midcoast Charities’ Annual “Day of Giving” Is December 10
United Midcoast Charities’ annual “Day of Giving” is this Saturday! Dozens of local retailers and restaurants will be donating part of the day’s proceeds to support more than 50 agencies in Knox and Waldo counties. “There are a lot of good reasons to shop locally on December 10th,” said UMC President John Viehman. “Day of Giving is a terrific way for all of us to support more than 75 local businesses while also helping those in the community who are struggling to address their most basic needs of food, housing, health and safety, and economic security.” More...

CMCA presents Artist Dialogue with Ian Trask + Dr. Aaron Rosen
On Saturday, December 10, from 2 to 3 pm, join us for a dynamic discussion between exhibiting artist, Ian Trask and Dr. Aaron Rosen as they explore themes found in Trask’s work including: the juxtaposition of improvisation and calculation, the importance of play, choreographing shadows, repetition and (eco-)systems in his practice. More...

Many dining options this winter at The Causeway!
The Causeway Restaurant is announcing 2022-2023 winter hours with their full menu available for carry out every night! Dinner service Thursday through Sunday from 5-8pm. Brunch every Sunday from 10 to 2 with Chef Fernando’s famous hollandaise sauce and the Midcoast’s original build your own Bloody Mary bar! New for this winter will be expanded Clark Bar happy hours Thursday/Friday from 4 to 5, Saturday from 12 to 5, and Sunday from 2 to 5 offering drink specials and hot small plates and Aphrodite Oysters. More...

Dot’s Market offers live holiday music on December 18
On December 18, Alice Limoges, Bill Barnes, and Bella Barnes will return to Dot’s Market for another performance of original music, jazz, and holiday music. They will be joined by Alice’s student Abby Aldridge-Peacock. This is Alice and Bill’s third concert at Dot’s, which is run by Bella’s mom and Bill’s niece, Susie Barnes. The concert runs from 2 to 4pm on December 18th. A $20 suggested donation will be collected, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. In addition to their typical repertoire, Alice and Bill will perform classic holiday favorites. It’s sure to be a soul feeding afternoon! More...

Gold And Global Politics – How the Financial Power of Gold Impacts Politics Past and Present
Gold has been the lifeblood of global trade for centuries. It has sparked wars, helped shift regional powers, crushed empires, won battles changing the course of history, and laid the foundation of our global monetary system. Its legacy is the bedrock of current political positions. Take a journey exploring gold’s impact on global trade and politics past to present with gold enthusiast and historian Mike Lynch on Sunday, December 18, 2-3:30 PM at the Camden Public Library.  More...

Member to Member Marketplace...
Tailored Living is now The Tailored Closet & PremierGarage
Same great company, brand new names! To celebrate, we have a gift for you. Between now and Feb. 1, 2023, if a new client mentions you as a referral, we will send you a $150 Visa gift card upon the completion of your referral’s project. You can see our customized storage solutions for your whole home at and Or contact Marci at 207-236-3319 or
Call Sterling Elite for your holiday transportation
The holiday season is right around the corner! Do you have a holiday party coming up for your company or family? Give Sterling Elite a call to reserve your group’s holiday transportation. Let us be your designated driver. Call us at 207-785-3100 or check out our website at to see all of our transportation options.

Have an offer to share?
Members are invited to email with details of goods, programs, products, or services they would like to offer to their fellow members. Please limit your offer to headline + 75 words and include an end date not to exceed 1 month.
Member Events...
Our online calendar is your guide to live & virtual events in the Camden-Rockland Region. Click here to view.

Have an event to share? Members are invited to share events on the Chamber Calendar. Login to your Chamber Profile Page to get started.
Chamber Board of Directors
Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce board meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of each month. For details, contact

Sheila Lowe, Chair

Jake Miller, Vice Chair

Jeffrey Hamilton, Past Chair

Richard 'Sandy' Cox, Secretary

Steve Matteo, Treasurer

Chris Austin

Maggi Blue

David Gogel

Jodie Heal

Martha Kempe

Diane Lebson

Joan LeMole

Richard Lyon

Rick Manning

Michelle Peacock

Dan Pease

Garry Schwall

Laura Tracy
Chamber Staff

Eric Belley
President & CEO

Amy Rollins
Member Services Director

Diane Norton
Director of Member Marketing & Development

Elizabeth Burrell
Information Center Associate

Chamber Offices

Camden Office
2 Public Landing
Camden, ME 04843 
Information Center open:
Mon-Fri, 10 am - 4 pm

Rockland Office
25 Park Street
Rockland, ME 04841
Information Center open:
Mon-Fri, 10 am - 4 pm
Still available at the Chamber offices. Stock up for the holidays now while we still have supplies!