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Rockland, ME

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Rockland is the quintessential coastal Maine town. In addition to being one of the largest suppliers/shippers of lobster, Rockland has also been named the Top Adventure Town in Maine by National Geographic, one of the Top 9 Small Foodie Towns in Maine, and the Coolest Small Town by Budget Travel. Not only is Rockland a fabulous place to visit, it's an even better place to live. 

Culture

Among its plethora of historic shops, you will find numerous galleries including the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Wyeth Center, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Rockland is also host to many annual events throughout the year that are fun for the whole family. 

Rockland is most notably known for the Maine Lobster Festival. The Maine Lobster Festival is five days of family fun that starts the first weekend of August. For more than 70 years, The Maine Lobster Festival has been attracting people to Rockland from all over the world. You will find delicious local lobster dinners, carnival rides, nationally renowned entertainers, Maine craftsmen and artists, cooking contests, and so much more. All the proceeds from the festival go back into the local community, supporting everyone from local emergency services, high school sports teams, food pantries, college scholarship funds, and more. 

For half a century, Rockland has been home to annual Friendship Sloop Days. Friendship Sloop Days celebrate the heritage of Friendship Sloops and there is breakfast and Skippers' meeting each morning, you can visit the Sloops docked at the public landing, and at night people are encouraged to attend a bring-your-own community barbecue under the stars. 

The Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbor Show celebrates the land and sea in Rockland. This event is all about the coastal lifestyle. It is the only in-water boat show in Maine. Enjoy more than 70 boats in the water and 150 exhibitors on the shore. Over the course of three days, visitors can enjoy live entertainment, hands-on demos, great food, and more.

Every July Rockland hosts the North Atlantic Blues Festival. Enjoy live music from 11am to 7pm for two days. Thousands of blues fans flock to Rockland to see some of the world's best blues artists. On Saturday night join in the Club Crawl; the streets close to traffic and bands play all along the street as well as in local bars. 

Dining

Described as a farm with a restaurant at the edge of it, Primo is truly farm-to-table. This four-acre farm has a menu that changes daily based on what is harvested in the mornings. Offering the freshest ingredients possible, it is truly a dining experience you won't find anywhere else. Award-winning Chef Melissa Kelly is truly passionate about what she has created at Primo and you can taste and feel it in every dish she creates. Inspired by traditional Italian cuisine, but focused on what coastal Maine living has to offer, Primo offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience you won't want to miss. 

Cafe Miranda is a cozy bistro with a big menu. They make their own pasta and all of their produce, meat, and seafood is locally sourced. For more than 20 years Cafe Miranda has been delighting locals with farm-to-table meals. 

Located on Main Street in Rockland, In Good Company offers a compelling wine selection, a full bar, and a rotating menu that has light tapas as well as full entrees. In Good Company utilizes locally produced meats, seafood, and produce in all of their meals. 

Claws, a walk-up window on Main Street in Rockland is a local favorite for delicious, straight from the ocean seafood in a no-frills atmosphere. Claws is open seven days a week (rain or shine) May - October. Enjoy open-air eating in good weather or enjoy a fully enclosed heated patio during stormy days. 

Schools 

Students in Rockland attend RSU 13 with students from neighboring South Thomaston, Thomaston, Owl's Head, Cushing, and St. George. Students in Kindergarten - Fifth Grade attend South School in Rockland. Students in grades 6-8 attend the newly constructed Oceanside Middle School which is located in the former Oceanside High School West building in Thomaston. High school students attend Oceanside High School. 

Pen Bay Christian School is also in Rockland. This private Christian school serves children pre-school through elementary age. PBCS's 11-acre campus is shared with Littlefield Memorial Baptist Church. The campus overlooks Penobscot Bay and includes a sports field and large playground. 

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