December 2, 2022
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NOTE: The Chamber's Camden office at 2 Public Landing will be open this Saturday, December 3rd from 9 AM to 2 PM. Stop in to purchase a Christmas by the Sea ornament and pick up a schedule of the weekend's events, including the Chamber-sponsored Storefront Treasure Hunt.
Chamber sponsors Christmas by the Sea Storefront Treasure Hunt
The Third Annual Christmas by the Sea Storefront Treasure Hunt is underway! You can download the official entry form and instructions here.
Hard copies of the form can also be picked up at the Camden Chamber Office (inside and in the box to the right of the front door). You have 10 days to complete the mission. Prize winners will be drawn from all correct entries received by December 11 at 5 PM. Happy Hunting for the Twelve Elves of Christmas!
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:
Holiday Celebrations on tap in the Camden-Rockland Region!

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 Thomaston presents a Downtown Christmas Festival on Saturday, December 3 from 2 to 4 pm. Click here for details.

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.
Send us your Christmas & New Year's Dining & Take-Out offerings
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 Christmas and New Year's Eve meals, from sit-down dining to a la carte curbside, and more.

Please email your offerings to
The list will be posted starting next week, and we'll continue to add your offerings as we receive them.
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 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.
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Otto’s Challenge benefits Camden Area Christian Food Pantry
For the fourth time in three years, the mysterious and stealthy Otto the Cat has come forward with a challenge to benefit Camden Area Christian Food Pantry (CACFP). For every $1.00 raised by Camden Area Christian Food Pantry between now and December 16, the generous and anonymous benefactor will match it with $2.00, up to $6,700. CACFP’s goal is to raise $3,350 for a grand total of $10,050. More...

Maine Coast Photography by Bob Trapani Jr. at the Camden Public Library
The Camden Public library welcomes Bob Trapani Jr. for a solo photography exhibit titled “Wonderment of the Maine Coast” at the library’s Picker Room Gallery during the month of December. Trapani has spent years working on the Maine coast and has even been called “Mr. Lighthouse” by Down East Magazine. Trapani is also a photographer and writer, and through his craft strives to inspire a more profound appreciation of coastal Maine with its many layers of underlying beauty. More...

Maine Women’s Network-Midcoast Chapter to meet on December 7
The Maine Women’s Network – Midcoast Chapter is pleased to have resumed in-person events for the 2022-2023 season! Please join us at our next event at 7:30am on Wednesday, December 7th at Oliver’s Bistro at Cedar Crest in Camden where we will have breakfast, networking time, and a presentation by April Shaw-Beaudoin, titled “10 Steps to a More Effective Business.” This will be a presentation full of great tips: April and her husband own Ominitzing, a marketing and branding agency building big brands for small businesses. More...

Ruckus hosts Angel Tree for the Animals again this year
Ruckus Donuts is pleased to announce that the @popememorialhumanesociety Angel Tree is up!!! For the 2nd year, Ruckus is beyond proud to offer this holiday tradition for their favorite local charitable cause. The Deal: Take an Angel (or three) and fulfill each Angel’s wish on the tag. Take the items from the fulfilled Wish (along with the tag) to Pope Memorial Humane Society. They will sign your tag, after which you can redeem it with Ruckus for a free donut & drip coffee, plus your tag will be entered into a drawing for all kinds of cool Ruckus donuts, coffee & bling! More...

Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery’s Annual Holiday Open House is Dec. 10-11
Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery, of Union, is hosting their eleventh annual Holiday Open House Saturday and Sunday, December 10th and 11th, 11 am to 5 pm. Shop from local food producers with delicious holiday selections for your table and gift giving. More...

Songwriting Workshop for Teens and Tweens at Rockport Library
The Rockport Public Library announces a new “Songwriting and Song-Sharing Group” for tweens and teens. The group will meet on December 14 and January 4, from 4:30 pm to 6:00 p.m., and will be facilitated by board-certified music therapist Dan Wenger. More...

OUT Maine’s New Training Will Improve Maine’s Health and Behavioral Health Care for LGBTQ+ Youth
Maine Cancer Foundation has funded a one-year project to improve the health and behavioral care provided to Maine’s LGBTQ+ youth. In partnership with the Maine chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), OUT Maine will expand the network of informed healthcare and mental health providers serving LGBTQ+ youth in Maine. The resources and training will provide pediatric oncology providers, pediatricians, family physicians, and other child healthcare professionals who address cancer prevention with the resources and tools needed to provide affirming health care. More...

The Big Rockland Chill, presented by The Strand, seeks your participation!
Rockland Community Members are invited to take part in a new winter festival, The Big Rockland Chill, which will be hosted by the Strand Theatre in January 2023! If your business or organization would like to host an activity or run a special promotion or sale as part of the event, please consider joining in on the celebration! The Strand Theatre will include your information on the marketing materials and map in hopes of generating more traffic on Main Street post-holidays, and encouraging the community to get outside and enjoy winter together. More...

BBBS of Mid-Maine Needs Volunteer Program Coordinators
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine (BBBSMM) is looking for adult volunteers to serve as coordinators at eight of its school-based mentoring programs. Coordinators are adults (18 years or older) from the community who can dedicate 1½ hours, one day each week from October through May (except school vacation weeks) to supervise Big/Little match meetings of high school mentors and elementary school Littles. More...
Members in the Spotlight...
McDonald joins Allen Insurance and Financial
Allen Insurance and Financial is pleased to announce that Alison McDonald of Union has joined the company as a receptionist. McDonald is a graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School and has attended the University of Southern Maine. More...

Member to Member Marketplace...
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.

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
Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce board meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of each month. For details, contact

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
Still available at the Chamber offices. Stock up for the holidays now while we still have supplies!