November 18, 2022
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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 are now compiling 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:
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 (5,000 followers) and Instagram (1,100 followers) pages. Featured Member posts link directly to your profile page on the Chamber website.

Simply click below to complete the two easy steps. Featured Members will be chosen as submissions are received. We invite you to take advantage of this great Chamber member benefit to promote your business.
Ports of Italy on Route One in Rockport features house-made pasta, local seafood, and seasonal produce at the center of our traditional Italian menu.
We're open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch.
Call us at 207-236-1011 to book your holiday gathering for parties up to 40 people.
To learn more about becoming a Featured Member, click here.
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Hope for the Holidays: Holiday Shopping
New Hope Midcoast is holding a holiday sale of Maine-made gifts from now through December 15 with pick up from 9-1 on Friday or Monday, December 16 and 19 at 5 Beech Street, Rockland or at 18 Belvedere Street, Damariscotta. Items for sale include tea towels from designer, jennie blue, hand-made chocolates and spices from Sugar and Spice Farms, “There’s Grounds for Hope” coffee from Rock City Roasters, and Maine Gold syrup. Proceeds benefit the agency’s comprehensive supports for Midcoast Maine residents affected by domestic abuse including a 24/7 hotline, legal advocacy, emergency sheltering, transitional housing, presentations and trainings. More...

PAWS Raffle for the Animals is underway!
The PAWS 50/50 Raffle for the Animals is underway and will close on December 7, awarding one lucky winner with a jackpot worth 50% of the total amount raised.
To purchase entries into the PAWS 50/50 Raffle for the Animals or to find out more about PAWS holiday fundraising events, including their upcoming Auction for the Animals Online and the Tinsel & Tails Gala, visit their website at or email More...

Plan Ahead for Thanksgiving Travel
In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, the Amtrak Downeaster is encouraging passengers to book tickets early to ensure availability. The Amtrak Downeaster will operate a limited schedule of four round-trips on Thanksgiving Day itself, Thursday, November 24, 2022. Complete schedule information is available here. More...

42nd Annual Festival of Lights Craft Show Supports Homeless Pets in need
As the days get shorter and cooler, we know that fall is here, and inevitably winter will follow. Though that means cold and snow, it also means the holidays! Start the season with the annual Festival of Lights Craft Show hosted by Pope Memorial Humane Society. Two thousand twenty-two marks this Midcoast Maine tradition’s 42nd year! The show takes place on Saturday, November 26th, at the Rockland Elks Lodge (210 Rankin St in Rockland) from 9 am to 3 pm. More...

“Beyond Supply Chains – America’s Changing Economic and Trade Policy”-Bill Hall at Rockland Public Library
The Camden Conference and Rockland Public Library present Bill Hall on Thursday, December 1 at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to all. It will also be available on Zoom. Please email to receive the Zoom link. Remember global supply chains? The pandemic hit, and then suddenly the backstage became the frontstage. More...

Georges River Land Trust’s Bonfire Party, December 8
The Georges River Land Trust invites EVERYONE to join and toast its hard-working volunteer corps around a roaring bonfire at the Gibson Preserve, 637 Woodman’s Mill Rd. in Searsmont, on Thursday, December 8th from 3 to 5pm (Rain/snow date on Friday, December 9). Anyone interested in learning more about the Georges River Land Trust or motivated to help care for 70 miles of trails, 18 preserves or monitor 51 easements are encouraged to attend and meet like-minded volunteers. More...

Bartlett Woods Publishes 25th Anniversary Cook Book
Bartlett Woods Retirement Community is pleased to announce the publication of The 25th Anniversary Cookbook. The non-profit independent and Assisted Living apartment house, located at 20 Bartlett Drive in Rockland ME, continues to serve Midcoast Maine families since 1998. Titled “Pass the Plate,” this project is the first of many 25th anniversary events. 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. Give us a call 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

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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