Five really fun things to do when you visit Historic Inns of Rockland this summer

The Historic Inns of Rockland are gearing up for summer time in Rockland, looking forward to another fun summer on Maine’s Midcoast.  While we innkeepers are busy baking muffins, tidying your rooms and helping to plan a fun day in Rockland, we live vicariously through your itineraries.  We love it when guests return to the inns and tell us all about the boat trips, shopping, sightseeing and great dining they found in Rockland and Camden.

To help our guests plan a fun day in and on Penobscot Bay, we’ve compiled this list of five of our favorite places to go and things to see we love to suggest to our guests.  Here it is for you.

Take Rocky on a photo tour

In your room, you’ll find an adorable stuffed lobster.  We like to call him “Rocky”.  Throughout the summer the Historic Inns of Rockland encourage guests to take Rocky with them for a photo tour, then post their photos on Facebook for comments.  You will find yourself with the most adorable photos of Rocky’s day on the bay.  Rocky will encourage you to visit Midcoast Maine’s most scenic corners.

Visit McLoons Lobster Shack

We’re not sure what we love more – the food or the setting at McLoons Lobster Shack.  And the drive to this scenic location is also spectacular.  From lobster rolls to clams and homemade desserts, the lobster is as fresh from the sea as you can find and the setting is right out of a coffee table book.  You’ve got to try at least one lobster at McLoons during your visit. Not a Maine lobster lover?  Fear not, burgers and grilled cheese sandies are on the menu too!

Walk the Breakwater

Rockland Harbor is protected by nearly a mile-long breakwater with a stunning lighthouse at the end.  The Rockland Breakwater is not only a manmade miracle, once in the running for the 8th world wonder, but a really fun photo opportunity too.  Capture photos of the stately windjammers as they come in and out of the harbor. Wear comfortable and sensible shoes when you go and you’ll have an even better time.  Be sure to take the camera too.

Visit a museum

From the renowned Farnsworth Art Museum to the not-so-well-known but still fascinating Sail, Power and Steam Museum, Rockland is filled with fascinating museums.  Visit the Audubon’s Project Puffin Center to learn all about the lives of these fascinating and adorable birds native to Maine, then stroll over to the Maine Lighthouse Museum for the largest collection of lighthouse artifacts in the country (not to mention a great gift store).  You also won’t want to miss the Owls Head Transportation Museum too.  Even for those who think they don’t love planes, trains and automobiles, this museum is fascinating and has a great line-up of events all summer long.

Read a book

Yes, you read that right.  Vacations are for relaxing and how often do you have time to simply sit and read a book?  Whether it’s on the porch swing at the LimeRock Inn, on the deck overlooking the harbor at the Granite Inn or with a piece of homemade pie in hand at the Berry Manor Inn, the key part of this suggestion is relaxing.  The three Historic Inns of Rockland are all about R&R&R (rest, romance and relaxation), so that’s got to be a key component of your vacation in Rockland.

The Historic Inns of Rockland, Maine are three beautifully restored inns, all located within an easy stroll of downtown Rockland.  Known for their sustainable approach to luxury and quality amenities, the three inns include LimeRock Inn, Granite Inn and Berry Manor Inn.  Learn more about the Historic Inns of Rockland, including an availability calendar and full profiles of each inn at www.HistoricinnsofRockland.com.

 

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Destination Weddings and Elopements on the Coast of Maine

Tis the season for weddings, and there’s no better place to say “I do” than in Midcoast Maine. Just about every day, one of the three Historic Inns of Rockland innkeepers hear from brides-to-be how much they want a Maine Midcoast wedding.  From intimate elopements to larger Maine weddings, Rockland’s three premier historic inns – the Berry Manor InnGranite Inn, and LimeRock Inn – are ready to host the perfect coastal Maine wedding.

The three Historic Inns of Rockland will work together to provide a distinctive venue to host the ideal Midcoast Maine wedding and ensure it’s as special as the bride, the groom and the mother-of-the-bride (of course!) have always dreamed. Plan on great customer service in a beautiful indoor or outdoor setting to create that special wedding day and the perfect Maine experience.

Each of the three Historic Inns of Rockland offer beautiful common rooms and areas to accommodate intimate and sophisticated gatherings such as elopements and intimate weddings, bridesmaid teas, wedding showers or an informal welcoming gathering. Dreaming of an outdoor wedding? The LimeRock Inn offers beautifully landscaped grounds complete with a wedding gazebo appropriate for a stunning ceremony or tented reception for up to 100 people. All of your guests will enjoy luxurious accommodations in the thirty seven guest rooms offered at the three Historic Inns of Rockland, all within walking distance of the wedding events, downtown shops and the waterfront.

The Historic Inns of Rockland host numerous elopements throughout the year.  In fact, visit the websites for any of the three Historic Inns of Rockland or click on the links below and you’ll find full information for Maine elopements or small wedding packages. And just to add icing to the wedding cake, PJ Walter, LimeRock Inn co-owner, is also a talented wedding photographer too.  You can see examples of his work and photos of many of the elopements and small weddings hosted by Historic Inns of Rockland on the PJ Walter Photography Facebook page.

Contact the Berry Manor Inn, Granite Inn, or LimeRock Inn at 1-877-ROC-INNS for more information regarding a destination wedding on the coast of Maine. The inns will provide you with a single point of contact to work with to ensure that every detail is addressed to your complete satisfaction.

Maine Destination Wedding Resources:

Historic Inns of Rockland small Maine Weddings:  Click here for an overview.

Elopements and Small Weddings at Berry Manor Inn: Simply click here for full package information.

Destination weddings, elopements and small weddings at LimeRock Inn:  Click here for more information.

Special events in Midcoast Maine at Granite Inn:  Click here for details.

All photos by PJ Walter, PJ Walter Photography.  (Check www.PJWalterPhotography.com, coming soon).

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Spring Flings in Rockland: Savor the Flavor

Spring comes beautifully to Rockland, Maine.  This Midcoast Maine town is filled with the smell of salt air and the clink and clank of rigging in the boats as yachtsmen return to Rockland harbor to uncover and launch their boats in Rockland Harbor.  The three Historic Inns of Rockland, Berry Manor Inn, LimeRock Inn and Granite Inn, get gardens ready to plant and begin moving furniture back on to the porch.  Sun bathes these porches for guests, and we’ve even seen a few hardy souls enjoy morning coffee on the decks and porches of the inn.

Spring is the perfect time for a romantic getaway to Rockland, Maine and the Historic Inns of Rockland.  Quiet time rates are still in effect and there’s plenty of availability at the inns as we get ready for the busy summer months.   It’s the ideal time to stroll Rockland’s vibrant Main Street, enjoy Rockland restaurants or take in a museum.

Visit our package page and you’ll find a number of great options for romantic escapes and outdoor fun compliments of Historic Inns of Rockland. A favorite trip to Maine’s Midcoast comes with the Savor the Flavor Quiet Season Package. The package combines luxury accommodations with three very different restaurants in a unique dine-around dinner. The restaurants are within easy walking distance of each other and from any of the three Historic Inns of Rockland where accommodations are offered. All restaurants are chef-owned and operated and all three feature eclectic menus and locally sourced cuisine. You pick the three restaurants you wish to enjoy from our list, and your innkeeper will take care of the reservations.

The evening begins at 6:00pm with hearty appetizers at restaurant #1, then on to restaurant #2 at 7:00 pm for more hearty appetizers.  You will finish the evening at restaurant #3 with either more hearty appetizers or a choice of dessert tastings and coffee.  This package is available Wednesday through Saturday through May (excluding holiday and special event weekends) with ten day advanced notice required. (The ten day notice gives us time to set up your reservations at all three restaurants).

The Savor the Flavor Quiet Season Dine Around Package includes:

  • Accommodations at your choice of three premier Historic Inns of Rockland, Granite Inn, LimeRock Inn or Berry Manor Inn.
  • Homemade breakfast for two each morning of your stay (let us know ahead of time if you have any dietary restrictions)
  • Reservations at your choice of three local restaurants choosing from this list: Cafe Miranda, In Good Company, Suzuki Sushi, The Landings & Fog Bar & Cafe.
  • Vouchers for your tasting dinner all three restaurants for the chef’s tasting menus (beverages and any associated tax & gratuities not included).
  • Walking map of downtown Rockland to help guide your dine-around dinner.
  • Self-guided tour map of specialty food shops in the area
  • A reusable shopping bag to carry back your doggie bags from dinner!

One-night packages start at $205 (plus tax) for single or double occupancy. Specific policies for cancellations, advanced deposits, check in and check out times vary with individual inn. This package cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Please mention any food allergies or preferences at booking.  Simply book this package directly with your choice of inns and you’re in for a great spring getaway.

For more information about the Historic Inns of Rockland, visit their websites at www.LimeRockInn.com, www.OldGraniteInn.com or www.BerryManorInn.com.  See you in Rockland this spring!

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Summer Gardens at Historic Inns of Rockland

After the winter we’ve had and the recent touch of spring warmth, all eyes are on springtime.  Longer days and sunshine throughout those days has us thinking about spring and summer getaways.  If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Some might say Puritans, but we say gorgeous gardens surrounding the Historic Inns of Rockland.  It’s not too early to start planning a getaway!  The Lobsters, Lighthouses and Luxury package is a great reason to come in June, and our summer gardens are another reason to plan your getaway throughout July and August.

Check for availability on our handy Historic Inns of Rockland availability calendar.  While there’s almost always room at the inn, during festival periods, the inns fill up. The early planner gets the best room choice and will enjoy their own stroll throughout the summer gardens at Granite Inn, Berry Manor Inn and LimeRock Inn.

If your stroll for now is from your armchair or desk chair, that’s okay.  This preview of what’s to come in our summer gardens will get you psyched for a summer getaway to Maine’s Midcoast and the Historic Inns of Rockland.

Berry Manor Inn

Let’s start at the Berry Manor Inn where gardens explode in color throughout the summer.  The kitchen garden right outside the kitchen door means guests are treated to fresh herbs throughout the summer at breakfast time too.

Granite Inn

Hanging baskets, gorgeous gardens and harbor views surround the Granite Inn thoughout the summer.  Here’s the view from the front porch, the perfect place to awake with a steaming cuppa Joe or to relax in the evening with a cool beverage. \

LimeRock Inn

From the front porch which earned the LimeRock Inn a Yankee’s Editors Pick to a quiet tete-a-tete in the rear gazebo, beautiful flowers fill the view from the LimeRock Inn.  Here’s what’s in store for those making summer visits.

Whether it’s June, July, August or throughout the fall months, a getaway to the Historic Inns of Rockland promises to be colorful and flower-filled.  We look forward to welcoming you to these three Midcoast Maine inns, surrounded by beautiful gardens.

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Combine lobsters, lighthouses and luxury inns into the perfect Midcoast Maine June getaway

They call Rockland, Maine the Lobster capital of the universe.  Why?  Its seaport legacy goes way back to more than a century and a half ago when it was among the busiest of seaports on the East Coast.  Lobstering has been a key component among the fishing industry of Maine’s Midcoast for a long time.  The proclivity for fresh-from-the-sea Maine lobster was the impetus for the country’s largest Maine Lobster Festival held each year in Rockland for the past 67 years. And Maine lobster is the reason the Historic Inns of Rockland have created a fabulous package offering unique ways to enjoy the lore of the luscious lobster! Throw in a choice of three luxurious Rockland inns and Maine lighthouses too, and you’ve got everything it takes for the perfect Maine June getaway.

Historic Inns of Rockland’s Lobsters, Lighthouses & Luxury Package

Two of Maine’s most iconic images are included in this package. The Historic Inns of Rockland have combined Maine’s finest sightseeing adventures into one package offered throughout the month of June. Stay two consecutive nights in June and enjoy lighthouses, lobsters and luxury at your choice of three Historic Inns of Rockland, Granite Inn, LimeRock Inn or Berry Manor InnTwo night packages start at are offered from $475 for single or double occupancy (prices vary depending upon dates of booking and choice of inn and room booked).

The Lobster, Lighthouse & Luxury package includes:

  • Two nights luxury accommodations at your choice of Historic Inn of Rockland in June
  • Breakfast for two each morning
  • Two tickets to Maine Lighthouse Museum for a self-guided tour
  • Self-driving map to 6 local area lighthouses
  • Souvenir Lighthouse Map highlighting all of Maine’s lighthouses
  • Two tickets to Captain Jack’s Lobster Adventure Cruise where you lobster with a real Maine lobsterman and learn lobster lure (advanced reservations required)
  • Tour of one of the area’s oldest working lobster pounds (reservations required)
  • Fresh from the water Maine Lobster lunch with fixings on the wharf
  • Two “Got Lobstah” t-shirts
  • Two each chocolate lobsters

Want more? Add a third night and receive a collection of special offers from over 40 local businesses for discounted museum tickets, discounted activity tickets, free desserts or appetizers with purchase of two dinner entrees and 10% or greater from participating retailers. This collection of exclusive Historic Inns of Rockland offers is valued at over $300.  Consider booking the weekend of June 27 and 28th and take part in the Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge when seven participating lighthouses will be open to the public including the towers.

For more information, visit www.HistoricInnsofRockland.com or call 207-596-6611 or consult each participating inn’s website for more specific pricing and details of this package: LimeRock Inn (www.LimeRockinn.com), Berry Manor Inn (www.BerryManorInn.com), or Granite Inn (www.oldgraniteinn.com ).

Photo Credit:  Photos by PJ Walter, LimeRock Inn.

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Historic Inns of Rockland take the party up and down the coast

We’ve got a little inside scoop for you. There’s a new association of inns starting up along the Maine Coast and Historic Inns of Rockland are leading the way.  After spending ten years putting Rockland, Maine inns on the map, the three Historic Inns of Rockland are joining forces with Kennebunkport and Bar Harbor inns to create the perfect Maine Coastal inn itinerary called Inns Along the Coast.  Now, those in search of a Coastal Maine B&B Getaway will have the opportunity to go to one website for itineraries and profiles of beautiful inns and B&Bs with stops along Maine’s Coast in three different key locations:  Kennebunkport, Rockland and Bar Harbor.

It all started when the Historic Inns of Rockland decided to reach out and partner with other inns and B&Bs in key Maine coastal vacation destinations.  Knowing that their guests often planned more than one stop along the Maine Coast, the three Historic Inns of Rockland decided it was time to formalize some partnerships and create a one-stop shopping spot for those seeking B&B stays on Maine’s Coast.  They chose Kennebunkport and Bar Harbor as additional coastal destinations to Rockland because of the number of guests who tend to seek accommodations in these destinations when they come to Maine.  “Our guests are always asking us for referrals in Kennebunkport and Bar Harbor,” says Cheryl Michaelsen of Berry Manor Inn, “now we have a great list of partner inns to refer to,” she finished.

Hoping for an April launch, the new Inns Along the Coast association will originate with eight member inns including the three Historic Inns of Rockland, Granite Inn, LimeRock Inn and Berry Manor Inn, joined by Captain Jefferds Inn, 1802 House and Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunkport and The Saltair Inn and Canterbury Cottage B&B in Bar Harbor.  All member inns are year-round properties, independently owned and best of all offer friendly innkeepers willing to share local knowledge and serving up a fabulous breakfast to start the day.  Knowing that today’s traveler seeks the personal touch, what sets these eight inns apart are not only refined and chic accommodations but also personalized service, itinerary planning and genuine hospitality that one simply doesn’t find in larger hotels and resorts.  At long last, Inns Along the Coast will offer a perfect itinerary for visiting inns along Maine’s Coast.

Inns Along the Coast is in the process of creating packages and suggested itineraries for those seeking to explore the Maine Coast and stay in independently owned and service oriented accommodations.  Look forward to a shared availability calendar, so travelers can plan their trips easily on their own schedules too.  Whether you’re a foodie, adventure seeker or in search of arts and culture, Inns Along the Coast will offer an itinerary combining stops in Kennebunkport, Rockland and Bar Harbor.

Of course, if you can only choose one location, Rockland offers a central point to explore the Maine Coast and islands via day trips.  Catch a ferry to explore the many beautiful islands in Penobscot Bay. The ferry is within an easy stroll from any of the three Historic Inns of Rockland.  Enjoy Rockland’s museums and vibrant Main Street stores and eateries one day, then take a day trip up to Bar Harbor (just two hours up the coast) to spend a day in Acadia National Park or down to Kennebunkport for a day on the beaches.  Of course, you’ll find lots of lobster, lighthouses and lore in all three locations too.

Stay tuned to the Historic Inns of Rockland’s Facebook page and this blog for announcements of the Inns Along the Coast launch.  Right now, you’ve got the inside scoop on what’s happening, but soon we’ll be announcing this new association from the rooftops and we hope you’ll agree that Inns Along the Coast is a great concept for those seeking a Maine coastal “itINNerary”.

 

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11TH Annual Pie Tour breaks donation & participation records.

Photo Caption:  Participating business representatives from the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour gathered at the Granite Inn to present a check for $25,695 to the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food Pantry and Fuel Assistance Program. Pictured here from left to right:  Lynn Archer (Archer’s on the Pier), Pinny Beebe-Center (AIO), Kimberly Snow (Snowdrop Confections), Nicole Payson (FIORE Olive Oils & Vinegars), Linda Pieper (AIO), Edwin Hantz (Granite Inn), Cheryl Michaelsen (Berry Manor Inn), Joan Hantz (Granite Inn), PJ Walter (LimeRock Inn).

Innkeepers, restaurants and business members who participated in the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour presented a check to the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food Pantry and Fuel Assistance Program for $25,695 representing all ticket, auction and oil donations from the event. This brings the total donations for AIO’s food and fuel assistance programs from the 11-year tenure of this event to $109,285 and set a record for the largest single-year total raised in any of the 11 pie tours to date.  The outcome from this event surly shows that Mainers care about those who are hungry and in need of assistance within their communities.

Included in the donation total was $4,289.20 raised specifically for the AIO Fuel Assistance Program including a generous match for the donations raised during the tour by Maritime Oil.  For the first time, donation cans in the shape of oil drums were distributed at the Historic Inns of Rockland and other businesses prior to the event and during the tour.  All monies raised will be specifically earmarked for fuel assistance during the upcoming cold winter months.

More importantly, this donation translates into more than 56,000 meals for hungry Midcoast Mainers, which means the donations from Pies on Parade will feed the more than 700 food-challenged people served by AIO Food Pantry in the 17 Knox County communities served by AIO.

The 2015 Pies On Parade Rockland Pie Tour set records for both ticket sales and  attendance. More than 650 people braved the windy weather to consume pie at 23 different venues serving up more than 800 pies and 11,000 pieces of pie. All participating businesses donated more 400 estimated hours of time and thousands of dollars in products and services to ensure a sizable donation could be made to the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry and Fuel Assistance Program this year (100% of proceeds from the ticket sales, oil can donations, and Silent Auction were donated to the AIO Food Pantry and Fuel Assistance Program).

More than 41 donations from additional businesses throughout Rockland were offered for a silent auction which took place the night before the Pie Tour at Trackside Station Restaurant in Rockland, helping to boost the donation from the 2015 Pie Tour.

Linda Pieper, Volunteer for the AIO Food Pantry, offered these comments to those involved in the 2015 Pie Tour on behalf of all those at the Food Pantry, “AIO is so grateful for all that each of you do for us every year. When we work together we demonstrate what the word “community” means, and here in Rockland it means a whole lot to the people and families who come to AIO for help. (Some have shown their gratitude by acting as volunteers at Pies on Parade to pay you back for help they have received in the past.) We can only imagine the amount of time and effort you put in each year, but we do see the results of your labors every time we can help someone  keep warm, or have a few days’ worth of food to help them through a difficult time. If only you could see what a difference you are making in peoples’ lives! Thank you again and again.”

Already planning ahead, the 12th Annual Pies on Parade tour will be held January 31, 2016.  Pie Tour lodging packages are on sale now and sell out quickly. Pie Tour tickets go on sale immediately after Thanksgiving.  Contact LimeRock Inn, Berry Manor Inn, or Granite Inn to book a 2016 Pies on Parade lodging package.

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Pies on Parade Recipe Highlight: Fudge Pecan Pie from LimeRock Inn

As we get closer and closer to the Pies on Parade Pie Tour on January 25, 2015 we wanted to highlight a few of the recipes for pies which tourgoers will be trying.  Each pie venue will feature different pies, many offering a sweet and a savory pie for tasting.

Plan to come hungry to Pies on Parade and pace yourself.  With 25 different stops, you have to take small bites in order to taste all the pies!  You won’t want to miss one.

If you do not yet have tickets to the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Tour, call soon while they’re still available.  Tickets almost always sell out.  Call 207-596-6611 for your tickets today.

The LimeRock Inn will be featuring their Fudge Pecan Pie this year.  While nothing is better than the real thing, if you want to try recreating this pie at home, here’s the recipe.

LimeRock Inn Fudge Pecan Pie

CRUST

1 cup flour
1 dash salt
¼ cup vegetable shortening
1 Tbsp. salted butter, cold
6-7 Tbsp. ice water

Preheat oven to 350°. In a mixing bowl, combine flour and salt.  Cut shortening and butter into small pieces and add to flour/salt mixture. Using a pastry cutter, combine ingredients. Create a well in the center of the bowl and gently stir in cold water using a fork.  Once ingredients are wet, gently work ingredients into a ball of dough with your hands.  On a slightly floured surface flatten ball with your hand creating a circle.  Roll dough evenly from the center of the circle until dough is approximately 12” in diameter.  Place dough on a non-stick 9” pie plate.  Trim the edges.

FILLING

½ cup salted butter
3 Tbsp. cocoa
¾ cup hot water
2 cups sugar
½ cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp vanilla
8 oz. evaporated milk
1 cup pecan halves

In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter and add cocoa.  Stir until dissolved.  Add hot water, sugar, flour and salt and gently whisk. Add evaporated milk and vanilla. Whisk until batter is smooth.  Remove from heat.  Put pecan halves in the bottom of the crust. Immediately pour batter over pecans.  Bake for 50 minute or until the knife comes out clean.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Note from the chefs:  This pie is easiest to handle when served chilled.  Alternatively, serve at room temperature with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

 

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Live Auction to Support Local Food Pantry

Right about now, the 25 businesses participating in Pies on Parade are becoming a little pie-eyed. Pie is on every participant’s mind right now for the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Tour.  And, this year, the Silent Auction and Pie Party that precedes the Pie Tour will be bigger and better, creating even more ways to donate to the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food Pantry, the recipient of 100% of the funds raised from the Pie Weekend.  The Silent Auction and Pre-Pie Party will be held at Trackside Station on Union Street in Rockland, January 24th from 5:00 – 7:00pm, with the auction ending at 6:30pm.

Here are just some of the highlights in store for the Live Auction and Pie Party:

  • Trackside Station will have a complete menu of pie themed cocktails on the menu, including such favorites as Mint Chocolate Cream Pie, Coconut Cream Pie and Good ol Apple Pie, each including a delicious concoction of spirits and juices.  Trackside Station will donate 50-percent of the proceeds from the sale of these drinks to the AIO Food Pantry.
  • A number of unique and useful items will be on the auction table including this hand-written letter from Don McLean proclaiming his wife, Patrisha as Mrs. American Pie for her fabulous Lemon Meringue Pie, the never-before-published recipe for that pie, some of Patrisha’s best pie-making devices, including one that is little known but revolutionizes pie-making attempts, and a signed CD from Don McLean.
  • Prizes include restaurant gift certificates from Café Miranda, Terra Optima, Blackboard Deli, Archers on the Pier, McLoons Lobster, the Chowder House, Hannaford plus more.  Spas, including Rheal Day Spa, Skin Klinic and Synnergy have donated treatment gift certificates too.  There are boat rides from Captain Jack’s Lobster Adventures, a signed cookbook and jams from the J&E Riggins, coffee from Rock City Roasters and so much more.
  • Rockland’s own Miller Clan will be on hand to provide live music throughout the night.

One hundred percent of proceeds from both the Silent Auction and ticket sales for the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Tour will benefit the AIO Food Pantry, serving 17 communities throughout Midcoast Maine.  Additionally, funds are being collected via special oil collection cans at the Silent Auction and throughout the Pie Tour, for the AIO Fuel Assistance Program. Maritime Energy has agreed to match up to $2000 of the funds raised for the Fuel Assistance Fund too.

Get psyched for the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Tour, being held January 25 from 1:00 to 4:00pm.  Attend the Pies on Parade Pre-Party, and make it a complete Pie Weekend of events.  You can eat and drink your pie-fill all weekend, and raise money so hungry Maine families can eat pie too.  Entry to the Pie Pre-party on January 24 is open to the public and free with no admission.  Tickets for the Pies on Parade event on January 25th are $30 each, and must be reserved in advance by calling 207-596-6611.

For more information on Pies on Parade, visit http://www.historicinnsofrockland.com/whats-new-2/.

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Pies on Parade Recipe Highlight: Berry Manor Inn’s Blueberry Pie

From now until Pie Day, we’re highlighting pie recipes which will be featured at the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Tour on January 25th.  While National Pie Day is celebrated each year on January 23rd, the annual Pies on Parade event always takes place on the closest Sunday to that date.

Why Pie?  We think it’s America’s favorite winter comfort food, but better yet, it’s a wonderful way to raise important funds for the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food Pantry.  We know people love to eat pie on a chilly winter day, so what better way to raise funds so others can eat pie than by holding a big Pie-A-Thon from one end of Rockland to the other!

Each $30 Pies on Parade ticket follows the 3-4-5 formula: a $30 ticket translates to 3 meals a day for a family of 4 for 5 days!  Since all proceeds from Pies on Parade are donated to the AIO Food Pantry, ticket holders can feel good knowing your day of pie-joyment will provide 60 meals to hungry families on Maine’s Midcoast. The Area Interfaith Outreach Center serves an average of 759 people each month, and 313 families.  The Pies on Parade Tour is their largest fundraiser of the year. We hope you’ll purchase a ticket and help the cause. Simply call 207-596-6611 to order your ticket today.  By doing so, you’ll provide 60 meals to needy families this year!

Berry Manor Inn serves up pie to guests 365 days a year. They are true pie gourmets.  While the best way to try this pie is to enjoy it on the Pie Tour, here is the recipe if you wish to re-create it at home.

Berry Manor Inn Pie Mom’s Ally’s Blueberry Pie

Pie Crust (Ally’s version is a thinner, flakey pie crust)

1 ½ cups flour
½ cup Crisco shortening (8 Tbsp.)
5-7 Tbsp. cold water

In a medium sized bowl, work flour and shortening together into pea-size balls.  Make a depression in the center of the flour mixture and add cold water one tablespoon at a time up to five.  Mix and continue to add tablespoons of cold water until the dough forms an adhesive ball.  Cover the ball with a damp paper towel and prepare the pie filling.

Pie Filling

4 cups Maine blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
¾ cup sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. tapioca

Preheat oven to 400°. Place all ingredients into a medium sized bowl and mix well.

When ready to assemble the pie, divide the dough into even sized balls and roll out on a well-floured board. Add the desired filling and cover with the top crust, rolling the edges of the bottom crust over the top crust for a tight seal.  Pinch the two crusts together around the circumference of the pie.  Add four slits for vent holes or draw a season-specific decoration. Bake at 400° for 40 minutes or until crust is golden.

 

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