I hope you too will have a chance to spend some time enjoying Bath. For Arbor Week, the Forestry Committee has created a self-guided driving tour of Bath trees; follow the red, white, and blue ribbon path to check out some of the most unusual and notable examples of our urban forest. Pick up a tour guide at City Hall or the Cemetery Office at 1 Oak Grove Ave.
On Monday, the American Legion will hold memorial services including a Memorial Day parade starting at 10:30am and ending with a ceremony at the City Park monument at approximately noon.
This weekend the Maine Maritime Museum kicks off their busy summer of 50th anniversary events with the opening of a new exhibit on the War of 1812. The perfect follow-up is a visit to Fort Popham, which guarded the mouth of the Kennebec.
And, of course, our downtown shops and restaurants will be open with new summer merchandise and a cool drink for the foot-weary.
Join us downtown for:
- Bath Farmers Market - May 26
- Ornament welcomes Maine Shades
- “Back to the Garden” exhibit at Markings Gallery – thru June
- Front Street office space available
- 10th Annual House & Garden Tour - June 16
- Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro – May 25
- Coastal Art Glass opens new Studio - June 2
- James Cotton at the Chocolate Church Arts Center – June 2
- Studio Theater presents Neil Simon’s “Rumors” – June 8-16
- War of 1812 Exhibit opens - May 26
- BIW Trolley Tours - open for season
- 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
Outdoor Farmers Market Opens for Season, Commercial Street
Come join us at the market at Waterfront Park, and enjoy the beautiful new stone sidewalks greet made greater-what a pretty Saturday hangout on a gorgeous Maine morning.
Signs of spring are at every table and booth. From Hawks get some pansies or their trademark geraniums for or garden., Try some seedlings-Jacobs ladder are nice-or cut flowers there are still lots of those elegant parrot tulips-from Sheepscot Flower Farm/ Pick up a pretty tile to accent your flowers from Jyang-Lee-I especially like the iconic blue heron.
Sit in your garden of an evening and sip some of the local mead or honey wine made by Rob Nicoll of Fiddlers Reach Winery in Phippsburg, while you watch the sunset and the birds coming in for the night. Rob is happy to educate you about his mead and wine, and which are honey forward.Their very names are intriguing-Soft Southerly, The Mermaids Song. Enjoy them with some chevre from Appelton-right now they have their favorite marinated rounds, (herbs, pepper) and a new one with nettle pesto. You can also buy the nettle pesto separately. Slice up a savory pastry from Beryl’s, ham and cheese or baby bella with cheese, for a relaxing al fresco evening.
Lots of ramps and some fiddleheads still at Oyster Creek-grab these early. Jan Goranson has asparagus, rhubarb, arugula-they tend to fly off the table but check with her-sometimes there are more at the farm stand-and these are nice days for a drive in the country.
Sparrow Farm has some early organic tomatoes-little Black Pearls are especially delicious and their deep purple black really spark up a salad or sauce. Small Wonder Organics is actively signing folks up for the Tomato Passion Club-they offer a variety of carefully selected tomatoes over the season-talk to Sarah or Peter-they are also selling some nice seedling varietals-green zebra, for instance is another stunner in salads.
Most of the farmers have kale, and there are still lots of potatoes to be had. Radishes, salad and braising greens and cut herbs are starting to appear. Some early summer squash and celery as well are showing up. Over on the dairy side, Balfour is featuring cultured cream, something like crème fraise, and used in the same way. Hahns end will be brining in butter for this weekend.
Don’t forget to stop at our meat vendors for Memorial Day grilling supplies steaks and hamburger from Kelley Brothers are ready and waiting. Cornerstone Farms and Squire Tarbox have homemade sausages, pork chops, ribs and roasts. Mainely Poultry has lots of chicken and duck as well as chicken soup and salad for those in a hurry!
Looking forward to seeing you down by the river, 8:30-12 on Saturday.
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Ornament welcomes Maine Shades, 11 Centre Street
Ornament is excited to welcome Betsy Pare from Maine Shades to our store! Betsy has been in business making custom lampshades for years, and will be joining us here in the store with a workshop, where she will custom make her beautiful, handcrafted lampshades. We will carry these fabulous shades, and she will be taking orders, as well. We all know how difficult it is to find a nice lampshade, especially one that fits your decor perfectly. Watch for the new window display this week, and her arrival in the store. She will be here in her workshop making her custom shades two days a week. Additionally, Ornament is stocked and ready for summer so come in to see what’s new for yourself, or for any of your gift giving needs: host/hostess, bride & groom, birthday, anniversary, just because, or any other occasion.
Hand painted photographs by Jane Page-Conway, puppet characters by Lyla Ross, and theatrical felted sculpture by Susan Mills are nestled throughout the gallery. New lightweight one of a kind scarves , woven pieces by Janice Jones,and colorful felted hats are new choices in our wearable offerings.
We look forward to your joining us in the year’s first official artwalk on June 15th 5-8pm. Otherwise 10-5 daily.
Front Street office suite with 660 sq. ft., 2 spacious rooms, private bath, air, heat, lights and parking included.
June 16th – 10th Annual House & Garden Tour sponsored by Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc.
10:00am – 3:30pm (rain or shine)
To purchase Advance tickets: @ $25.00 visit our local Bath businesses: Now You’re Cooking, Springer’s Jewelers, Brick Store Antiques, Ornament,
New England Antiques and Bath Printing AND at Gulf of Maine Bookstore in Brunswick. OR, Check payable to: SPI, Box 322, Bath, ME 04530
Tickets day of tour $30.00 at Winter Street Center, 880 Washington Street, Bath. We look forward to your attendance at this premier annual event. For questions regarding Tour, please call: SPI office: 207-443-2174: or EMAIL your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org and visit website to order tickets online via SPI website.
Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro, 128 Front Street
This Friday we welcome the Memorial Day Weekend back with a classic Solo Bistro show: Bill Byrne on the saxophone together with his perennial piano-man Kenny Gaspar at the keyboard. It just doesn’t get any better than these two jazz pros. Kenny and Bill in the New Space @ Solo this Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!
Don’t forget we are now serving lunch! Tues- Sat, 11:30 – 2pm
Coastal Art Glass Grand Opening, 233 Water Street
Coastal Art Glass expands into their new Studio in Downtown Bath. Come join us for our Grand Opening on Saturday June 2nd, 5PM to 8PM at our new location at 233 Water Street, entrance off the municipal parking adjacent to Wilson’s back door. Refreshments and live music featuring Earl Bigelow, of The Natives are Restless fame. Say hello and see the new work.
We as Coastal Art Glass are excited to join in the growth of one of the five best downtown’s in America.
James Cotton at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington Street
June 2: James Cotton Superharp Band (BLUES) $32/$35, 7:30 p.m.
Living Legend of the Blues!
Studio Theatre of Bath presents Neil Simon’s Rumors, June 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30, June 10 & 17 at 2 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.
Bath Iron Works Trolley Tours, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Monday through Saturday
Nonmembers – $33; members $25; 6 to 16 years old $15
Get a behind the scenes tour of BIW to see how this Maine shipbuilding industry icon earned the axiom “Bath Built is Best Built.” Be among the first to see the Navy’s ultra-modern destroyer DDG 1000 Zumwalt being built. Fee includes two-day Museum admission.
FMI and to purchase tickets www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org.
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 26, Bath City Hall, 10am – 2pm
Sat. June 2, Brackett’s Market, 10am -2pm
Fri. June 8, Kennebec Tavern, 7pm