Keep The Cheer Here
Holiday Campaign

The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce invites you to help us "Keep the Cheer Here" this holiday season, by shopping locally and enjoying the events that will be offered in the Camden-Rockland Region. Check back here often as more businesses and organizations add their holiday hours, happenings and specials to our growing list. "Keep the Cheer Here" will be promoted on this page through December 24, 2020. Note: this promotion is open to all businesses and organizations located in the Chamber's service area, which is defined as those located in Knox County and towns that directly border Knox County. Simply click the button below to add your message.

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Allegro Cleaning Services LLC

619 Rockland Street, Rockport • 207-691-4109

We have Gift Certificates available for house cleaning. Great holiday or birthday gift idea! Call or email for details or to order.

Archipelago

386 Main Street, Rockland • (207) 596-0701
Wednesday - Saturday, 10 - 4 • Online Shopping Available

Over 300 Maine artists and makers fill the store and gallery with gifts and goodies. Shop in-store, or online for delivery or curbside pick up. Check our website for specialty Gift Bundles for wine lovers, bird lovers, kids, and more! Many one-of-a-kind hand made items. Gift certificates available.

Bangor Savings Bank

11 Hamlin Way, Bangor • 2074235252
Monday-Friday 8 am to 5 pm. 24/7 on website • Online Shopping Available

Buoy Local is the Buy Local program for Bangor Savings Bank. You can purchase loaded Buoy Local gift cards at our branches or online at www.buoylocal.com for your friends and loved ones. These cards can then be used at our 1200 participating Buoy Local merchants in Maine and New Hampshire. Give the gift of local.

Beltie Holiday at Aldermere Farm

20 Russell Avenue, Rockport • 207-236-2739
Sat. December 5, 9am-noon

Aldermere Farm offers self-guided, outdoor fun during Camden’s Christmas By the Sea. December 5 between 9am-noon don your most festive (or ugliest) holiday sweater and take a selfie with a Beltie in front of the pen by Aldermere’s Visitor Center. Take home a Beltie ornament making kit. There will be a collection slot for donations to fund supplying Aldermere beef to food pantries and designated parking areas along Russell Ave. Please follow the CDC’s guidelines for wearing masks and social distancing. Tips for preparing for outings to MCHT preserves are available at mcht.org/covid-19-update.

Christmas By the Sea

Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, • 207-236-4404
December 4-13; various events and times

A much loved holiday tradition is forging ahead to bring good tidings to the Camden area starting the first weekend in December, as the Camden Area Business Group presents Christmas By the Sea. The 34th annual Christmas By the Sea will include holiday displays, tree-lightings, virtual visits and a story time with Santa Claus live from the North Pole, a family treasure hunt, and other fun surprises. Follow our Facebook page here, as event details are added.

E Stanley Photography

, Rockland • 207-542-5087
7 Days a Week

Looking for pictures for Christmas?
E Stanley Photography in Rockland is offering kids special holiday studio mini sessions for a VERY special price of just $50 for the whole month of November!
We can accommodate any schedule. Our studio is open ALL DAY Monday thru Friday and Saturday and Sunday.
With this special offer you get one 30 minute session with a holiday backdrop and a quick turn-around of 10-15 enhanced images that you can easily download from our proofing site for your holiday cards and gifts!
Don’t miss out on this special as there are limited sessions available. Call Elizabeth to book your session today at (207) 542-5087 or email elizabeth@estanlyphotography.com

Farnsworth Museum Store

Corner of Main and Elm streets, Rockland • 207-596-5789
10AM-4PM Mon-Sun • Online Shopping Available

Beautifully curated items to discover. We have many unique museum gifts including holiday items, reproductions, jewelry, sculptures, scarves, exhibition catalogues, wall art, stationery, books, puzzles, art supplies and instruction, and more.

Fusion Audio Video

261 Commercial Street, Rockport • 2072308388
Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Gift certificates available. Order your audio-video equipment now for Christmas as availability is tight due to Covid.

Graffam Bros. Seafood Market

211 Union St, Rockport • 800-535-5358
Mon-Sat, 8:30-5 • Online Shopping Available

Since 1946, Graffam Bros. Seafood has been shipping lobster all around the country. Our Market is open year round, offering the freshest seafood on the midcoast. This holiday season, our Market has everything from local Maine ornaments, the finest Caviar, Ducktrap River Products, Sushi, Holiday Gift Boxes and Gift cards, and of course, lobster shipped straight to your front door. Chosen once again as the #1 Seafood Restaurant, and #1 Chowder in VS Best of the Best Awards, you can't go wrong choosing Graffam Bros. Seafood as the perfect gift for that special someone.

Grasshopper Shop of Rockland

400 Main St, Rockland • 207-596-6156
Mon-Sat: 9:30-6, Sunday 11-5 with increased hours in December • Online Shopping Available

Once again voted Midcoast Maine's favorite gift store, the Grasshopper Shop has everything you need for gift giving this holiday season. Follow us on Facebook for updates on our sales and promotions. Shop in store or online!

Hawthorn Inn

9 High Street, Camden • 207-236-8842 • Online Shopping Available

For all our specials/packages click here

During the month of November, for every $100 in gift certificates purchased receive an additional $15 voucher. Purchased gift certificates never expire. The $15 promotional voucher expires December 23, 2021.

hello hello books

316 Main Street, Rockland • 207-593-7780
Open for appointment shopping only • Online Shopping Available

We're currently open only for safe, masked appointment shopping (reserve a spot here https://bit.ly/hhbooksappt), but you can order onlline at https://www.hellohellobooks.com 24/7 for local pickup, local delivery, or shipping. We've created a shoppable holiday catalog here https://bit.ly/hhbcatalog to make it easy to find books and gifts for your entire list. Brand new merch is available here: https://bit.ly/hhbmerch; order by December 4th to receive by the 24th! Follow us on Instagram https://instagram.com/hellohellobooks to keep up with new arrivals and promotions. We are proud to be Rockland’s local independent bookshop, small but powerful since 2011!

Knox Museum

30 High Street, Thomaston • 207-593-1010

Lights Over Montpelier - A Sparkling Experience
Atop the hill overlooking Routes 1 and 131 in Thomaston this holiday season, Montpelier will be decked out in pine, evergreen and lights. We invite families to join their friends and neighbors beginning at dusk each night for a sparkling drive-through experience at the Knox Museum beginning December 5, 2020 and running through January 9, 2021.

In lieu of Knox Museum’s annual Holiday Open House, where visitors are invited inside to view the beautifully decorated rooms, this outdoor display of lighted trees, garlands and window candles will provide a complementary bookend to Thomaston’s illuminated trees in The Mall on the southern end of town. We invite the community to enjoy the experience from the warmth of your car and invite you to return many times throughout the holiday season. We all need a symbol of hope and peace this year more than ever.

Loyal Biscuit Co

408 Main St, Rockland • 207-594-5269
Mon - Fri 10am - 6 pm; Sat - Sun 10am - 5 pm • Online Shopping Available

Maine's Best Pet Store, Loyal Biscuit Co, has everything you need to spoil the dogs and cats in your life this holiday season. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates on our sales and promotions. Shop online or at any of our seven locations throughout coastal and central Maine.

Maine Windjammer Association

PO Box 1083, Rockland • 1-800-807-9463

Doesn't the idea of an outdoor, scenic, on-the-water eco-trip visiting islands and harbors along the Maine Coast sound like the perfect way to get back into travel? Book your trips for this summer now. All boats in the fleet have 2021 schedules in place on their individual websites, or connect with them all at SailMaineCoast.com. Better yet, consider a gift certificate for a Maine Windjammer Association cruise for that hard-to-shop-for person this holiday season. On WINDJAMMER WEDNESDAY, December 9, 2020 only, Maine Windjammer Association gift certificates will be 10% off. This is the first time ever that gift certificates have gone on sale, and it happens only one day of the year. Call 1-800-807-9463 to get in on the sale for a sail on December 9th only. Gift certificates continue to be on sale throughout the holiday season, and each of the 8 boats in the fleet offer their own gift certificates for future sails too.

McLoons Lobster Shack

, • 207-293-1382 • Online Shopping Available

McLoons Lobster Shack's face masks are back for the holidays! Get your order in for one of our locally handmade masks available in lobster, nautical & seasonal patterns. Both kids and adult sizes available. All proceeds are being donated to the Rockland District Nursing Association.
Via RDNA, "Our area is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases. Purchasing (and wearing!) one of these masks helps keep our community safe, while supporting RDNA nurses and their care for area elderly and medically vulnerable residents."
Online orders can be placed at mcloonslobster.com/merchandise through DECEMBER 5th, for shipping by December 15th or local pickup on December 12th.
Local pickup will take place in Rockland on December 12th from 10A-12P at the Rockland Congregational Church.

Megunticook Market

2 Gould Street, Camden • 207-236-3537
Monday- Saturday 7am-7pm; Sunday 8am-6pm

Open daily for the holidays - custom cut prime meat, specialty food, prepared foods, pies and bakery, pizza and sandwiches, craft beers, wine and cheese. Gift cards and gift baskets for the holidays. Download a catering menu here or call ahead to order. Happy Holidays!

Moments in Maine

, Rockland • 207-691-8400 • Online Shopping Available

Moments in Maine brings the beauty of the Maine coast into your home through our books, calendars, fine art prints, greeting cards and more!

Our two recently published books, Rockland Breakwater: A Journey Through the Seasons and Lighthouses of Maine: A Photographic Journey make great gift ideas. Need to send a holiday greeting or get your 2021 calendar? We have those too!

Give a gift from the coast of Maine and may the joy, wonder and memories of this special place stay in your heart forever!

Night in Bethlehem 2020

29 Chestnut Street, Camden • 207-236-2195
December 4 & 5, 6:00 - 8:00 PM each night

Chestnut Street Baptist Church would like to invite you to travel back in time and experience what it might have been like to be in Bethlehem on the night of our Savior's birth. Night In Bethlehem is a live nativity scene and retelling of the Christmas story, entirely outdoors in front of our church on Chestnut Street. This safe, open air environment integrates masks, social distancing, and the safety protocols instituted for our area during COVID-19. To avoid crowds and large gatherings, we ask that folks keep distant yet moving for all to view and to be within our current local and state guidelines for Camden and all Christmas by the Sea events.

For the latest details, please visit https://chestnutstreetbaptist.org/events/night-in-bethlehem-2020

Nīna June Restaurant

24 Central Street, Rockport • 207-236-8880
Wed - Sat, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Online Shopping Available

Prepared foods and gifts, from cheeses to chocolates to wines to pasta, and much more.

PAWS Auction for the Animals Online!

123 John Street, Camden • (207) 236-8702
Tuesday - Saturday 11AM - 4PM; Sunday 11AM - 3PM • Online Shopping Available

PAWS Animal Adoption Center in Camden is moving forward with its largest annual fundraiser of the year, entirely online. Starting Black Friday, PAWS will go live with its annual Auction for the Animals, until midnight December 9. The PAWS Auction for the Animals is by far the most important to the shelter, especially this year after the pandemic caused the Camden-based animal shelter to cancel three of its major fundraisers in the interest of public safety.

The auction will open to the public for bidding at midnight on Black Friday. Auction items will be viewable before the auction opens and will include bidding packages both large and small. For more information on how to take part in the auction in support of PAWS and local businesses, follow PAWS on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pawsanimaladoptioncenter or visit their website at www.pawsadoption.org.

Pope Memorial Humane Society

25 Buttermilk Lane, Thomaston • 207-594-2200
By Appointment • Online Shopping Available

The Pope Memorial Humane Society Pet Angel Tree is back for 2020 and virtual! Community members are encouraged to sign up to buy a gift for a local homeless pet in need. Additionally, there is some fun new Christmas themed PMHS gear you can buy online that will arrive on your doorstep by December 15th! All to support the pets in the care of Pope Memorial Humane Society. For more information, please visit the PMHS Facebook page or www.popehumane.org.

Puffin’s Nest

464 Main Street, Rockland • 207-594-2660
Monday-Saturday 10-4:30 • Online Shopping Available

Storewide Sales now through Christmas!

Red Cloak Tours

, • 207-380-3806
7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Online Shopping Available

Think about a unique "Adventure in Discovery" gift this year - a foodie box with a live zoom to learn the backstory on the iconic Maine foods you'll be tasting is perfect for out of state family and friends who are missing Maine this year! Gift Certificates for our tours, books or zoom presentations are available as well. We have books on Pirates & Treasure in Maine, ghost stories and haunted history. A special "Ghosts of Christmas Past" presentation is available for only $19.99! Our historic walking tours are available daily through the end of 2020, check out some of our new topics or go with an old favorite. Please call for more information or visit our website.

Rockland Foodservice, Inc

195 Park St, Rockland • 207-594-5443
Mon-Fri 9-5; Sat 9-4; Closed Sunday

Gifts for the beer, wine or food lover. Gift certificates, too! We just re-opened to in store shipping for the holiday season!

Schooner Olad

, Camden • 207-236-2323
Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm • Online Shopping Available

Give the gift of giving this season with Schooner Olad and Cutter Owl gift certificates and merchandise!

Gift certificates are a great way to share experiences with loved ones. Whether they're a sailing enthusiast or first timer, a two-hour sail on one of our beautiful wooden vessels is the perfect way to see the Maine Coast from the water. Also on our website, we have a great selection of t-shirts, hats, sail maker bags, and other sailing oriented gifts!

We are available for purchases at our online store at www.maineschooners.com or by calling 207-236-2323. Our gift certificates never expire and are good for up to 2 hours of sailing throughout our season. Orders typically ship the next day, so you'll have your items well in hand before you know it!

Seagull Cottage

389 Main St., Rockland • 207-594-9830
M-Sat. 9-5; Sun. 10-5

We have several nautical items, jewelry, Christmas ornaments and several Christmas items for decorating for the Holidays. We will be doing some discounts as we get closer to Dec. 25th. Also, ours hours will increase in December. Check out our Facebook page for new items.

Starlight Lodge At Rockport Harbor

360 Commercial Street, Rockport • 207-236-3276

For every gift certificate purchased of $100, receive an additional gift certificate of $50 for a future stay. Purchased gift certificates never expire but the additional gift certificate expires 12/31/21.

Strand Theatre

345 Main St., Rockland • (207) 594-0070 • Online Shopping Available

You'll find high-quality gifts for the Strand fans in your life on the SHOP page of our website -- or choose a gift certificate! For a cozy holiday, enjoy movies with your family in the comfort of your home by streaming instantly from the Strand's website. And don't miss the Strand Youth Film Fest awards and film screenings on December 11 at 7pm -- creative middle and high school student filmmakers from the midcoast area have sent in their entries -- who will win the Geiger Award? The event will be live-streamed on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The Apprenticeshop

655 Main Street, Rockland • 2075941800
Call M-F, 8am-5pm. Building is closed to the public but we're happy to meet you out front or talk over the phone and email. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas-New Years • Online Shopping Available

Gift Cards are available for the 2021 season!

Stay Tuned for our 2021 Classes to be posted in December. We're looking forward to getting on the water with you.

For all the latest news be sure to follow us at www.facebook.com/TheApprenticeshop/
or visit our website at https://www.apprenticeshop.org/

From All the Staff and Apprentices: Happy Holidays and Be Well!

The Causeway

5 3rd Street, Spruce Head • 2075947644
Dinner Thurs - Sunday 5pm - 8pm; Brunch Saturday & Sunday 9am-2pm • Online Shopping Available

Now offering holiday gift certificates

The Red Cottage

258 Main Street, Lincolnville • 207-763-4297
Friday and Saturday 11am-6pm; Sunday 12-4pm

One of a kind destination shop! Open House Christmas by the Sea. Come look. Just up from the Lincolnville General Store.

The Smiling Cow

41 Main Street, Camden • 236-3351
Shop is closed for the season... online shopping is open • Online Shopping Available

Although the shop is closed for the season, our website is open year-round for online shopping, where you can find some of our most popular in store items ranging from apparel to books and puzzles to Mainely Maine items and seasonal gifts. Beginning November 27th through December 20th we are offering free shipping on orders over $25.00 and for local shoppers, there is the option of free delivery to your home. If you're going to be in Camden, you can, also, call us if you'd like to arrange a pick up time at our store. Check out the website: smilingcow.com

Trekkers Annual Community Auction Fundraiser

58 Park Street, Ste 202, Rockland • 207-594-5095
Opens November 27 through December 5 • Online Shopping Available

Trekkers Annual Community Auction Fundraiser opens Black Friday (November 27) and run through December 5th! This year, it is completely virtual and features over a hundred items donated by businesses or made specially by hand by supporters, students and families, it's one local event you won't want to miss! There'll be something for everyone and 100% of proceeds support Trekkers programming.

Online Festivities on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/trekkersonline/

UScellular Rockland

725 Main St, Rockland • 207-594-1912
Monday-Saturday 9am-7pm; Sunday 11am-4pm • Online Shopping Available

UScellular is celebrating all December long with our Month of Giving! We'll have in-store giveaways all month long. Also, from December 14-18 UScellular customers can Win with US! You'll have a chance to win prizes every day, including a free year of service! And, all month long you can Give with US! Trade in your old phone and we'll donate $5 to Boys & Girls Club, or nominate a young trailblazer to win $10,000 through The Future of Good (www.thefutureofgood.com), or earn up to $1000 for your K-12 group through Community Connections (uscellular.com/communityconnections)

West Bay Rotary Christmas Tree Fundraiser

115 Commercial Street, Rockport • 207-554-6156

The West Bay Rotary Christmas tree fundraiser is back. Christmas trees and wreaths will be available for sale at Maine Sport Outfitters in Rockport from 11/27 until 12/20 or until trees are all sold. The hours are: 9 am - 6 pm the day after Thanksgiving, noon to 6 pm Thursdays and Fridays, and 9 am to 6 pm weekends. An honor box is also available for after-hours sales.

NET PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT CHARITIES AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.

This year, you can also purchase Lucky’s Christmas Vacation raffle tickets (while supplies last). Tickets are $10 each or six tickets for $50, and the winner will receive a certificate for seven nights at the Vanderbilt Beach Resort in Naples, Florida. Net proceeds from the raffle will benefit three local nonprofits that help people in need: Camden Area Christian Food Pantry, One Less Worry, and the Shields Mission Project. The raffle winner will be drawn at the Christmas tree sale on December 20th at 4 pm.