Posts Tagged ‘Rockland Maine’

207: Pies on Parade survival tips

January 13, 2010

See Pies on Parade details here.

Top 10 Pie Parade survival techniques

By Cheryl Michaelsen and Pie Tour veteran guests of Berry Manor Inn

List is garnered from former guests of the Berry Manor Inn and veterans of the Pies on Parade events. Cheryl’s husband–Piehead Mike, at right–ticks off the tips:

1. Friends don’t let Friends Drive “Pie-Eyed”.  Treat yourself to a 1 or 2 night package at one of the Historic Inns of Rockland.

2. 2Pre-schedule time at the gym on the Monday following to enjoy the Pie Parade guilt free.  (Pie-lates would be a good choice!)

3. Dress for Success:  Baggy pants with elastic waistband to “stretch” for pie consumption, comfortable shoes to power walk between pie venues to burn calories and layers to accommodate the dash in and out of pie stops and the flush of the sugar high.

4. Bring your own water bottle and cutlery – fork, spoon or spork!  This saves time and helps the environment.

5. Put extra tape on your “Pie Sticker Ticket” so it adheres to your coat, hat or purse in any weather and allows you to “flash” it at the door to bypass the lines.

6. Plan your pie route in advance to optimize the number of pie stops you make in the allotted time.

7. If you plan to “Power Pie” and make it to all stops, set the timer on your cellphone to keep you on schedule. With 15 venues, 10 minutes per venue with 5 minutes transport in between.

8. Pace the sweet pie intake – start heavy on the savory pies and then move to the sweet pies to balance the sugar hit.

9. Conserve space in one’s “Pie Hole” — share pie samples with friends to increase the number of pies one can taste.

10. Smile – you can’t spell “Helping” without “P”- “I”- “E” and by participating in the event you are helping to raise funds for food and fuel for our local community.

Remember buy your tickets early there is a limited number and may not be any at the door on the day of the event.

Bourdain in Maine 2

January 5, 2010

Yup, he was here (and he got a taste for a Maine winter in addition to Maine fare). Reports are beginning to trickle in: In Portland, he visited Street & Co., J’s Oyster, Duckfat, and one more, which one of my sources is trying to get today.

In Rockland, he spent Saturday at Primo, then spent all day yesterday in and around town. Early reports had him dining at Conte’s, but I’ve yet to have a confirmation on that (but he had to be somewhere on Sunday). Stay tuned….   UPDATE

Meet Chuck Berry

January 3, 2010

No, not the rock n roll icon, but W. Chuck Berry, “the highly trained disciple of the all great weather prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil.”

Chuck makes a personal appearance at the Berry Manor Inn, in Rockland, every February, giving the local twist on Ground Hog Day. While the Berry Manor is a fabulous escape anytime, this Ground Hog Day package includes

• lodging at the four-diamond historic B&B (it’s home of the Pie Moms, a reason alone worth visiting)

• an exclusive showing of the movie Ground Hog Day complete with all the trimmings (cider, popcorn, warm cookies

• a ground hog Beanie Baby

• ground hog trivia at breakfast (ground hog pancakes, of course)

• locally made ground hog candy

The package, available only Feb. 2, is $140-$200 per room.

Now let me tell you a bit about the inn and those rooms. This place is a gem, a ruby-colored mansion tucked on a side street in downtown Rockland, and an easy walk to shops, museums, and restaurants. It’s elegant and inviting and not at all stuffy. There are beaucoup areas to relax and unwind — enough so that it’s easy to escape other guests, should you desire.

Guest rooms are comfy, not frilly (varying from pretty to handsome), and even the smallest is quite spacious. Expect all the usual amenities and and quite a few unexpected ones (a B&B with chocolates and turndown? Nice!). Many rooms whirlpool tubs and/or fireplaces. There enticing enough that you might want to just hunker down and not come out except for breakfast and the always available sweets in the guest pantry. (They included blueberry pie while I was there; mmmmmm).

Innkeepers Michael and Cheryl are a hoot. If you’re the ultra serious type who doesn’t think listening to a toy hamster belt out a tune at breakfast is fun, or who doesn’t appreciate a rubber ducky in the tub, than this isn’t the place for you.

If ground hog day doesn’t fit your schedule, check it out another time. Winter rates are a steal, beginning at $115 per night. And there are other quite attractive packages, too, like the Sleep Inn/Dine Out ($190-$250, through May), including a dine-around at three area restaurants. If you’re coming from Boston, add $114 to include round trip air via Cape Air to Rockland and the inn. Not bad, eh?

Ameranouche + Cellardoor + Lily Bistro

December 27, 2009

Trust me, by the middle of January, the holiday glow will have been replaced by dreariness along the coast, and you’ll be pining for a pickup. Here’s one: Lily Bistro, in Rockland, is pairing with Cellardoor Winery for a CSA five-course menu with wine pairings, followed by a live performance by the acoustic trio Ameranouche. Event takes place Friday, Jan. 15, with one dinner seating between 5-7 p.m. Cost is $65, tax and grat not included.

Rockland’s 2009 lobster trap Christmas tree

December 19, 2009

Bourdain in Maine

December 19, 2009

Yup, it’s true. The celebrity chef is coming to Maine in a few weeks to film a Maine show. He’ll be visiting four Portland restaurants and two in Rockland (one of which likely will surprise you), and, my source says, he plans to film something, perhaps a bean supper, inland.

Foodie news: Bourdain in Rockland

December 19, 2009

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain will be in Rockland in early January. He has reservations one night at a local restaurant (yes, I do know the date and the restaurant, but not telling). Lots of rumors have been circulating locally about Bourdain perhaps opening a restaurant here, but none with any substance. We’ll see, and I’ll keep you posted if my very reliable sources dig out more details.

Perfect last-minute gifts

December 19, 2009

While shopping in downtown Rockland, I found two late additions for my holiday want list that might be perfect for someone on your list, too:

• The gorgeous felted wool hats sold at and made by the staff at the Project Puffin Visitor Center. The hats have images of puffins knitted into them, quite realistic, too. And while you’re here, you might want to adopt a puffin for that impossible-to-buy-for person on your holiday list. Act quickly, the center closes after this weekend and doesn’t reopen untiol May (with the noted exception of the Pie Weekend, in Janaury).

• The chic Maine Bait Bag, designed and made by a woman in Owls Head. These little gems are made from lobster trap parts, but have luxurious silk linings in a rainbow of rich colors. And the metal strap can’t be cut by a grab-and-run thief. Quite ingenious and fashionable, too. Find them at Caravans.

Plan ahead for National Pie Day

December 8, 2009

Oh my, pie! Sweeten up the January doldrums and celebrate National Pie Day, Jan. 24 (who knew? but then, there’s a day for everything, isn’t there).

The Historic Inns of Rockland’s Pies on Parade gives you the chance to nibble your way through Rockland, sampling more than 40 different kinds of pie, with proceeds benefiting the local food pantry. Anyone with a ticket can participate in the inn-to-inn pie tour, which also takes in a number of Rockland businesses and features tastings of everything pie, from slaps of fruit-filled favorites to chicken pot pie to pizza pie. Tickets, which sell out quickly, are $25 adults, $10 kid 10 and younger.

Better yet, make it a weekend.

Two-night Packages (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday) at participating inns (Granite Inn, Berry Manor, Limerock Inn, Captain Lindsay)  include:

  • Two guaranteed tickets to the usually sold-out Pies on Parade
  • Two “personal” pies upon check-in
  • A copy of INNdulgences, the Historic Inns of Rockland cookbook,
  • Commemorative Pies on Parade poster
  • $50 in Midcoast Money plus two dessert vouchers
  • Exclusive tour of Audubon’s Project Puffin Center featuring “Puff (ed) Pastry Pies”
  • Exclusive tour of Maine Lighthouse Museum featuring “Lite Pies”
  • Invitation to a “Wine and Pie” tasting at the Wine Seller

Two-Night Package prices range from $315 to $605 single or double occupancy. Add a third night at a 25% discount.

David McCullough at the Farnsworth

November 8, 2009

Here’s a chance to hear renowned author and historian David McCullough. He’ll be presenting an illustrated lecture on The Influence of Paris on American Art, the topic of his current research. The talk, presented by the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Farnsworth Forum, will take place at Rockland’s Strand Theatre at 2 p.m. A question and answer period will follow.

McCulloughMcCullough is two-time winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. In December 2006 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. He’s also been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he’s received more than forty honorary degrees.

The fee is $25 for museum members and $30 for non members.  For details, visit the Farnsworth’s  website.