CAMDEN — Each spring the Camden Area Business Group organizes a special weekend to kick off the summer season, and to celebrate Camden’s new business owners and operators, including those who have purchased existing businesses or have relocated to a new spot within town during the past year.
Camden is Blooming will take place this year on the first weekend in June, from Friday, June 4 through Sunday, June 6.
The festivities will kick off on Friday morning with sidewalk sales throughout the downtown area. Browse the sidewalk tables for merchandise at bargain prices, and then go inside the shops for a look at the season’s new offerings. Say hello to familiar friends who have navigated the pandemic and meet many of the new shopkeepers who have filled Camden’s empty storefronts.
While you are shopping, be sure to admire Poetry on Windows (POW), now in its second year, presented by the Stewardship Education Alliance (SEA). POW is a visual celebration of United Nations World Oceans Day showcasing the creative works of local poets and students on shop windows throughout downtown Camden.
From 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 4, be sure to check out S.E.A. FAIR at the Camden Public Library Amphitheatre on Atlantic Avenue. Enjoy this family-friendly celebration of the coastal environment and
a chance to meet people making a difference in its protection. Enter a drawing for exciting outdoor prizes.
Sidewalk Sales continue on Saturday, June 5, as well as the Poetry on Windows displays. Saturday is also Camden Farmers Market day, with the season’s best offerings to be found at 116 Washington Street, Camden, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Gardeners will also want to check out the Rockport Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, which will be held on Saturday morning, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Aldermere Farm, 70 Russell Avenue, in Rockport.
Downtown Camden will be filled with live music on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Matt & Mac playing live jazz music in front of Camden National Bank, 2 Elm Street, and Alice Limoges singing her original music on the deck at the Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce, 2 Public Landing.
Rounding out Saturday afternoon, from 12 to 4 p.m., will be a Cornhole Tournament, presented by the Satellite Club of West Bay Rotary. This event will be held at Flatbread, 399 Commercial Street, Rockport. Cost to enter is $40 per team; must register by June 1. Prizes will be offered, and net proceeds will benefit local non-profits. Email email@example.com if you’d like more information about the Cornhole Tournament.
Sidewalk sales and Poetry on Windows will continue on Sunday, June 6.
Camden is Blooming is an event of the Camden Area Business Group. For more information about the group, visit www.camdenmaineexperience.com or find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/camdenmaineexperience.