Main Street Bath is a “grass-roots” organization, but volunteer efforts in the past week have been all about the flowers. The Design Committee’s “yard” sale at the visitors information center during Mayfair raised over $500 to help fund the downtown flower baskets for this summer. Then on Monday, members of the Morse High School freshman class joined us for the annual Buzzy Fitzgerald Community Service Day to pack up the left-over tag sale items for donating and help with landscaping the garden at the visitor center’s south end. Even the weather kicked in with a classic spring mix of sun and rain at just the right times.
On May 21st Bath will celebrate the first day of Arbor Week with the planting of two Honey Locust trees on the Customs House lawn and at City Park. The saplings were donated to the city by the Bath Forestry Committee and are direct descendants of the famous tree under which Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address.
When we all work together, we make Bath bloom!
Happenings around town in the next few weeks include:
- Now You’re Cooking 12th Anniversary – May 10-13
- Ugly Sweater Contest at Mae’s Cafe - May 11
- Fight Hunger/ Free Zumba for Kids - May 11 & 13
- Farmers Market at Waterfront Park - May 12
- Bath Democratic Committee Gathering – May 12
- Arbor Week Commemorative Tree Plantings - May 21
- Sale and new items at April 56
- May news at Ornament
- CACC Mud Boots & Black Tie Fundraiser - May 12
- Japanese boatbuilding talk at Maine Maritime Museum - May 10
- War of 1812 Exhibit opens – May 26
- Lunch at the Library – May 30
- MHS Class of 1967 Art Raffle – thru June 11
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See you downtown!
Jennifer Geiger, Director, Main Street Bath
Join Us May 10th through May 13th for a Celebration of Our 12th Anniversary!
We will kick-off our celebration Thursday, May 10th with a Swiss Diamond demonstration from 2 to 4. These amazing nonstick pans are a treat to cook with, and this is your opportunity to see them in action and enter our drawing to win a 3-piece set.
Join Maia in the kitchen on Friday, May 11th from 11 to 1 and from 3 to 5 as she pulls the Vitamix from the shelf and shows you why this is a true kitchen machine that can do almost anything! Enter our drawing to win one for your own kitchen.
Friday, May 11th from 3 to 5 is your opportunity to learn the best way to sharpen your knives and enter our drawing to win a Wusthof Classic knife.
Join us on Saturday, May 12th from 9-12 for a Nespresso recipe contest. Try your hand at creating a delicious recipe and you could be the winner of a Nespresso Pixie for your own home.
Also, on Saturday, May 12th at 11:00, join the fun and see first hand the Sodastream home soda maker in action, as well as many fun and interesting Chef’n kitchen tools, including the “StemGem” strawberry huller.
Join us for our first-ever cooking competition on Sunday, May 13th at 12:00! Mike and Archie Banfield, one of the amazing chefs at Bowdoin College, will square of in a paella showdown. You be the judge and enter our drawing to win a Shun knife.
Also on Sunday, May 13th all day, Julia will be demonstrating how easy and fun it is to make Cake Pops at home with the NordicWare pan!
Drop-by during our celebration and enter our raffle to win any of a number of amazing kitchen products generously donated by many of our vendors!
Ugly Sweater contest goes Hawaiian – May 11
Ugly sweater werers and field lovrers unite! Ugly is going Hawaiian!
Join us with our hosts: Now You’re Cooking and Mae’s Café to welcome summer Hawaiian style. Live Music, appetizers, wine and beer tasting.
Silent Auction; buy a brick to support our turf field! Help us make Turf McMann a reality! Friday, May 11th, 6-8:30pm
“Kids” at Tony Dance Studio has chosen the Bresnahan’s family from West Bath to help with food donation. The family lost their house in a fire this past April 29. They had no insurance and right now are living in a friend’s camper temporarily. The Bresnahans have a dog, so we look forward to some dog food donations as well.
Tony Dance Studio believes in the power of community, collaborating and building strong relationships, based on trust. We offer FREE Zumba kids classes every Fridays 4 to 4:45pm and Sundays 2-3pm. All you have to do is have your child bring a can of food for charity; with this they get involved in the community and build strong ties to it. Tony Dance Studio will pick a shelter, food bank or a family who are in need and donate the collected food.
Every Friday and Sunday Free Zumba for Kids ages 4 – 12YO
Outdoor Farmers Market Opens for Season, Commercial Street
We’re back at the river, feeling good. The Bath Market opened its summer season as part of citywide Mayfair, braving cloudy early skies to end in a pleasant morning, and a lot of people coming by. This week and next we are south of the Freight Shed down in back of the Customs House. There is plenty of parking under the highway. It’s relaxing at the waterfront, watching the river in spring. The treats at the market flow as sweetly as the water.
More of our growers are bringing in fresh greens-kale, spinach and braising or salad mixes. Goranson and Sparrow Farms have greens on offer; lettuce and herb seedlings are sprouting. Kyle at Squire Tarbox has some lovely young garlic, looking like purple tipped scallion. Jan Goranson had some early rhubarb which went fast. This is a come early cause it goes fast item.
Appleton has named its newest cheese-Gurnet Road Gouda, after the road they live on-it suits this cumin studded cheese. Balfour is offering a new Pyrenees type cheese, aged 90 days, sharp and dry. it is called Summit and is tasty indeed.
New this summer is Laura at Maine Saltwater Creations. She is happy to offer samples of her testy crab, salmon and fish cakes. She also has fish sticks on hand (everything is gluten free). She always has a fish chowder and a vegetarian soup option available-and you can order ahead for large parties at 650-8075, or check her out on facebook. Their chef is Gretchen Bates, who owned Katahdin Restaurant in Portland, Nice credentials!
Candace at Oyster Creek Mushroom has watercress, ramps coming, and fiddleheads now-another get there early item. Top off your shopping trip with a batch of the wildly beautiful parrot tulips from Sheepscot Flower Form… They are truly breathtaking.
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You are welcome to join us for food, fun, music and great people! Meet our local and county candidates in an informal setting. Connect with like-minded folks on issues and candidates that you want to support. Enjoy a performance by Bath singer/songwriter Peter Alexander. Bring your family and friends.
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Bath celebrates Arbor Week with planting of descendants of Gettysburg “Witness Tree”, Customs House, 1 Front Street
During Arbor Week, the lawn of the Customs House on Front Street in Bath will become the new home of a commemorative Lincoln Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos f. inermis) tree. The tree is a direct descendent of the famous “Witness Tree” under which Lincoln gave his Gettysburg address in 1863. The sapling will be planted during a ceremony scheduled for 11:30am, on Monday, May 21st, and dedicated to the memory of Edward D. True II, who served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the historic Customs House building from 1978 until his death in 2007.
A second Lincoln Honey Locust will be planted at City Park on Washington Street immediately following the dedication ceremony at the Customs House.
The two 15’ saplings were cloned from root cuttings of the original tree at Gettysburg, which sadly fell in 2008. They will be placed in the same locations as two earlier trees planted in Bath in memory of President Abraham Lincoln after his assassination. A newspaper report from the Bath Independent dated September 21, 1901, identifies those spots as in City Park “to the west of the Pagoda” and on the Customs House lawn “in the curbed grass plot directly opposite the west entrance to the Post office”.
Bath Arborist Tom Hoerth will plant the new Lincoln trees, which were given to the Bath Forestry Committee by Dr. Paul Doolan. Honey Locusts are native to the eastern United States and can grow up to 100’ in height.
Come to April 56 at 70 Front Strreet for amazing new colorful silk flowers. The lighted stems and branches are 20% OFF!
Also, we have a new selection of place-mats and napkins for our summer entertaining. Combine these with our hand-dipped tapers and lovely hand-painted candles from Africa!
Wonderful, colorful new gifts for Mothers’s Day, graduations, weddings.
Mud Boots & Black Tie Fundraiser, Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington Street
The Chocolate Church Arts Center invites everyone to take a walk down the red carpet for the Mud Boots & Black Tie Fundraiser on Saturday, May 12th, starting at 6 p.m. at 804 Washington Street in Bath.
This year’s theme is Hollywood Style, and will feature not only a real red carpet, but dazzling hor d’oeuvres, decadent desserts, a cash bar and a spectacular silent auction. Later in the evening, guests will move from the Curtis Room over to the CCAC main stage for the incredible vocal styling of Leila Percy, backed by the Scott Davis Jazz Quintet. Gentlemen are encouraged to wear “creative” black tie, and ladies a bit of Hollywood glam, along with mud boots for all. The silent auction is amazing, featuring some of the following items: a sunset wine cruise on the Damariscotta River for 6 – 8 people; world-class striper fishing on the Kennebec; 5 days at Sugarloaf Mountain in a 2-bedroom condo; original encaustic artwork by kdb Karen Dominguez; beautiful antique sterling silver berry spoon & cake server; 3 days/2 nights in beautiful Adirondack cabins on the Damariscotta river; a ride to and from the polls on election day with a former state representative; two truckloads of firewood; basket of fresh vegetables from Patchwork Gardens; one day offshore fishing on a 23 ft. Grady White; nautical gift basket; a week in St. Thomas at a private home . . . . . . . and much much more!!
Tickets are just $55 and available at the Chocolate Church Arts Center or by calling 442-8455. It’s going to be a wonderful evening, and all are welcome! Come help support this vibrant thriving arts center!
Japanese boatbuilding talk at Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Boat builder, writer and researcher Douglas Brooks will discuss Japanese boatbuilding at Maine Maritime Museum, Thursday, May 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
In his presentation, sponsored by the Museum and the Japan America Society of Maine, Brooks will share his experiences in learning the methods of traditional Japanese boat building when he apprenticed with five different boat builders during more than a dozen trips to various regions of Japan over the past 15 years. His presentation will focus on the techniques and design secrets of the craft – techniques that have been passed from master to apprentice with almost no written record.
Brooks specializes in the construction of traditional wooden boats for museums and private clients. From 1985 to 1990, he worked in the Small Boat Shop at the National Maritime Museum in San Francisco and has since built boats at museums in Japan and across the United States.
In addition to building replicas of North American boats, during his research in Japan Brooks studied with five boat builders, building six types of traditional Japanese boats.
From that research, Brooks has published two books, and a third is to be published later this year. His first book, The Tub Boats of Sado Island: A Japanese Craftsman’s Methods, was published in Japan in 2003 and was honored by the Japanese Ministry of Culture. His second book, Sabani; Building The Traditional Okinawan Fishing Boat was published by the Museum of Maritime Science, Tokyo, in 2011.
“We are very excited to work with Maine Maritime Museum to bring Mr. Brooks to Maine,” said JASM President, David Fulenwider. “Building boats and going to sea are so integral to both Maine and Japanese cultures, and yet the tools, techniques, and designs used in Japan are often completely different than ours.”
The event is open to the public. Admission fees are $5 for JASM and Maine Maritime Museum and $7 for nonmembers.
FMI www.mainemaritimemuseum.org or call (207) 443-1316, M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Subdue, Seize and Take: Maritime Maine in the Unwelcome Interruption of the War of 1812, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Exhibit opens May 26 - To commemorate the bicentennial of the start of the United States’ second war with Britain, commonly known as the War of 1812, Maine Maritime Museum announces its latest exhibit, Subdue, Seize and Take: Maritime Maine in the Unwelcome Interruption of the War of 1812.
The exhibit will open to the public on Saturday, May 26 and will be on view until Sunday, October 28, 2012 at the Museum in Bath.
Contrary to the name given to the war, the conflict lasted from 1812 to 1814. It was a prolonged period during which a fractious atmosphere of double-dealing, defiance, subterfuge, vitriolic satire, confusion and propaganda flourished along the coast of the then-District of Maine. Statehood would not be achieved until 1820.
Maine Maritime Museum’s exhibit chronicles the nation-building hubbub – from the Eastport “Flour War” and the sacking of Hampden to the alarming frolics of the Royal Navy threatening the partially-built USS Washington at Kittery.
Artifacts and original archival documents from four Maine museums and numerous private collections have been brought together to present the story of how this often overlooked war impacted our state. Among these are a rarely-seen model of the privateer Dash, a cannon from HMS Boxer that was captured by the American brig Enterprise in a dramatic battle off the coast of Monhegan Island and two gowns worn at the 1815 Saco Peace Ball.
Above all, this war in Maine was waged passionately, and is due all the appreciation that its bicentennial demand
FMI www.mainemaritimemuseum.org or call (207) 443-1316, M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lunch at the Library, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
LibraryThing Creator Tim Spalding to Speak at Final “Lunch at the Library”
On Wednesday, May 30, the Patten Free Library (PFL) will host the final brown-bag lunch of the season with a guest speaker, Tim Spalding, the founder of LibraryThing (www.LibraryThing.com). The “Lunch at the Library” presentation is free, open to the public, and will begin at 12:00 p.m. in the Library’s second floor Community Room. No pre-registration is required.
LibraryThing is a Portland-based “dot-com” enterprise that was launched in 2005. Mr. Spalding started the site as a pet project that would allow him to catalog his own library, but the idea of creating and sharing libraries on-line quickly caught on with book lovers everywhere. Today, over 1.5 million users throughout the world are part of this social networking site that has been characterized in media outlets as a “Facebook for the bookish.”
“We are so fortunate that Tim Spalding will be our final speaker for the ‘Lunch at the Library’ series,” says Roberta Jordan, an outreach librarian at Patten. “This is a home-grown Maine business, and its purpose should appeal greatly to our patrons. In addition to providing a way to keep track of a personal library and the books that people love the most, LibraryThing lets users connect with communities of readers who share interests. It’s a unique way to reap the benefits of social networking; and, best of all, the only personal information you reveal about yourself is your opinions and tastes relating to books.”
MHS Class of 1967 Art Raffle benefits Morse High School Scholarship Fund
Brian Foster, artist, traveler, sea lover and member of the MHS Class of 1967 has produced an exceptional 36″ x 15″ painting of Morse High School as it appeared in 1967. The work is done in acrylic house paint on a pumpkin pine board salvaged from the pantry of the circa 1840 Donnell House now a part of the Maine Maritime Museum on Washington Street in Bath.
Raffle tickets for the painting will be sold through the drawing date of June 11th to benefit the Morse High School Scholarship Fund. The painting will be displayed and tickets will be available weekdays at Midcoast Hospital and MCCM, and weekends at the following ticket sale sites:
Sat. May 12, Bath Farmers Market, 9am – noon
Sat. & Sun, May 19 & 20, Shaws Market, 10am – 2pm
Sat. May 26, Bath City Hall, 10am – 2pm
Sat. June 2, Brackett’s Market, 10am -2pm
Fri. June 8, Kennebec Tavern, 7pm