Camden Opera House preps the Blue Café

Jul 13, 2018

Camden — There is a new, intimate performance space overlooking downtown Camden and the harbor.

Located on the third floor of the Camden Opera House in what was once the Oddfellows Hall, the Blue Café is a 40-seat mini-theater that soon will showcase unique music, literature and theater offerings. The adjoining gallery and lounge will include a cash bar provided by 40 Paper Restaurant and Bistro. Best of all, admission will always be free (with donations welcome).

“We have the best big room in the Midcoast,” said Opera House Manager Dave Morrison, referring to the 489-seat main auditorium, “so we wanted to have the best small one, as well.”

The goal is a space where “you can socialize with your friends, have a few drinks, and enjoy up-close-and-personal acts that you might not see in other places.”

Upcoming performances include: Aug. 10, pianist Scott Cleveland performing the Blues Spectrum, a musical journey through the history of the blues; Aug. 17: husband-and-wife writers Paul Doiron (the Mike Bowditch thrillers) and Kristen Lindquist (renowned poet) doing a tag-team reading of their most recent works with the Owl & Turtle bookshop on hand to sell books; and Aug. 31: composer and accordionist Marianna Filippi playing her first local performance after returning from Italy. Door will open at 7 p.m.

More dates will be announced as they are booked. The support of the opera house committee and generous support of annual appeal donors makes free admission to Blue Café possible.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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