November 23, 2022
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PLEASE NOTE: The Chamber offices will be closed for business November 24-27. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Thanksgiving Dining and Take-Out in the Camden-Rockland Region
In addition to our weekly dining grid found in the left column of this newsletter, we have compiled a a list of member restaurants and other establishments in our region that will be offering Thanksgiving meals, from sit-down dining to a la carte curbside, and more.
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.

To post your free listing and see all the great listings already posted, click here:
Chamber Gala is set for February 10, 2023
Scheduled for Friday, February 10, 2023 at the Samoset Resort, the evening will celebrate and recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to our community this past year.
Nominations are now 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:
Holiday Celebrations on tap in the Camden-Rockland Region!

The St. George Business Alliance is hosting Yuletide in St. George, November 25-26. FMI, visit their web page.

Rockland Main Street will present Festival of Lights November 25-27. For the event schedule, click here. More details at Rockland Main Street's Facebook page.

The Camden Area Business Group presents Christmas by the Sea, December 1-4 in Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville. For complete event brochure, click here. FMI, visit their Facebook page.

The Town of Rockport will be hosting Holiday on the Harbor, First Night Rockport on New Year's Eve, including fireworks and dance party. More details forthcoming at Town of Rockport, Maine Facebook page.
Has your business or organization been in the "Featured Member" spotlight?
Each week, the Chamber features one of our members here in our Friday Report e-newsletter (distributed to 2,000 emails) and on our Facebook page (5,000 followers). Featured Member posts link directly to your Chamber business profile webpage and to your Facebook page.

Simply click below to complete the two easy steps. Featured Members will be chosen as submissions are received (limit of one featured listing per member, per calendar year). We invite you to take advantage of this great Chamber member benefit to promote your business.
Our fleet is nearly winterized, but reservations for next season are brisk! Prices remain current through the end of the year, so it's a perfect way to find that special holiday gift. Charters available June through September. Regular trips range from weekends through 7 days. Call us at 800-736-7981 or visit
To learn more about becoming a Featured Member, click here.
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Natalie’s Winter Bistro returns
Camden Harbour Inn will once again add an alternative dining option to the already award-winning Natalie’s restaurant. The inn is offering bistro-style dining for the winter season with Natalie’s Winter Bistro. The Winter Bistro is available at the bar and our cozy lounge with fireplace. Natalie’s Winter Bistro is open Thursday through Monday from 5pm to 8:30 pm (last reservations). Open until mid-May; not available on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years-Eve and Valentine’s Day. Natalie’s Fine Dining Restaurant will be open during the Holidays and serving special dinners. Natalie’s also offers Holiday Party events and packages. Call us today to book your party: 207-236-4200. More...

PAWS Holiday Events are right around the corner
PAWS Animal Adoption Center in Camden invites the public to its series of events this holiday season. The online 50/50 Raffle for the Animals runs from Nov. 14th – Dec. 7th. The online Auction for the Animals event opens on November 24th at noon and runs through Dec. 4 with hundreds of items to bid on. The series of festive events culminates with the Tinsel & Tails Gala and Silent Auction on Thursday, December 1st at 5:30pm at 16 Bay View in Camden. More...

Salvage Sculptures by André Benoit at Rockport Public Library
During the month of December, the Rockport Public Library will feature a show of multidimensional mixed media art from abstract assemblist sculptor André Benoit. The display will showcase Benoit’s signature human and animal forms and iconic motifs created with repurposed wooden remnants. The exhibit will be located on the “Art Wall” in the library’s lower level. More...

“SME Trade in a Changing Global Reality”-Jim Wilfong speaks in Rockport
The Camden Conference, in partnership with the Rockport Public Library, will host James Wilfong for a presentation discussing international economic restructuring in a time of pandemic, war, and climate change on Wednesday, December 14 at 6:30pm. The event is in person in the Rockport Room. No registration is required. More...

Concerts and Crafts to Herald the Season at First Congregational Church in Camden
The First Congregational Church of Camden will host several festive events during ‘Christmas by the Sea’ weekend in Camden, December 2-3, including two holiday concerts and a craft fair. Come and enjoy the crafts, music, and holiday cheer in downtown Camden. More...

MCST Adult Ed Course Catalog nears completion
Director Heidi Nolan and her staff are working on final edits for the Winter/Spring 2023 Mid-Coast School of Technology Adult Education course catalog. With more than 50 new and returning classes, the coming semester offers opportunities from website design to welding to watercolors, from antiques to aviation. With more than a dozen training courses in healthcare careers, welding and machining, and accounting tools like QuickBooks and Excel, MCST is the place to build your future. More...

Professional Development course in Communication at UMA Rockland Center
UMA Rockland Center is offering an exceptional course, COM 104: Communication in Groups & Organizations, taught by the highly regarded faculty member, Steve Moro. The course will run on Tuesday evenings, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, from January 17 through May 5, 2023. This course could serve as a quality professional development opportunity for anyone in the local community. Scholarships are available for qualified applicants. Interested? Contact Kathryn Ebert, Student Services Coordinator, at UMA Rockland Center at or call 207-596-6906.
Members in the Spotlight...
Machias Savings Bank named one of Best Places to Work in Maine!
Machias Savings Bank is proud to be named one of the “Best Places to Work in Maine” for 2022. This year, Machias Savings Bank came in #4 in the Large Employer Category. The designation by Best Companies Group recognizes businesses that have established and consistently fostered outstanding workplace environments. The assessment process administered by the independent research firm evaluated each company’s employee policies and procedures and surveyed responses from employees. More...

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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.

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Chamber Board of Directors

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
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