Bath Heritage Days begins next Wednesday, July 4th, and along with the traditional Independence Day events will include pre-parade music at four locations along the parade route beginning at 10am, and free concerts on the Waterfront every night, Wednesday through Saturday, with a big Pre-Fireworks show on Saturday night. At the Gazebo and at Waterfront Park there will be concerts all day Saturday and Sunday, as well as music by the Bath Municipal Swing Band at the annual Chicken Barbecue in Library Park on Friday evening, and a patriotic pre-fireworks concert in the Gazebo at 8pm on Saturday. Click here for the full schedule and be sure to come and enjoy the party!
Other happenings around town in the next few weeks include:
- Arctic Schooner “Bowdoin” at Maine Maritime Museum – June 29 & 30
- Bath Farmers Market – June 30
- Bath Book Shop Book Signings – July 6 & 7
- Fireworks Cruise from Maine Maritime Museum – July 7
- Now Open – Best Thai II
- Back to the Kitchen Show at Markings Gallery – thru July & Aug
- Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro – June 29
- “25 Years of Rock” at the Chocolate Church Arts Center – July 5
- Aoife Clancy in Concert at the Maine Maritime Museum – July 13
- Senator Collins staff at Bath City Hall – July 2
- Lecture on Battle for the Bay at Maine Maritime Museum – July 10
- Summer yoga & massage at Kismet – Saturdays
- “Yoga in Bath” summer classes – Weekly
- CMCR “Fresh Walkamolies” Walking Group – Every Thursday
- Adopt-A-Book at PFL – June 5 – July 31
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See you downtown!
Carolyn Lockwood, Director, Main Street Bath
Arctic Schooner “Bowdoin” at Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
MacMillan’s Arctic schooner Bowdoin will be open for touring, Friday noon-4pm; Saturday 10am-4pm
Launched in 1921 for the famed explorer Donald B. MacMillan, Bowdoin, at 88 feet long, is the smallest vessel designed expressly for Arctic work. She sailed more than 300,000 miles during 26 voyages to the frozen north in exploration and scientific expeditions. Completely rebuilt in the 1980s by the MMM Boatshop, Bowdoin is an excellent illustration of the Museum’s role in preserving Maine’s maritime heritage. She is now a sail-training vessel for Maine Maritime Academy. Boarding Bowdoin is free with Museum admission.
It is almost July and the 4th is coming up and the Bath Farmers Market is full of new and familiar taste treats-everything to make a holiday meal or a patriotic party-come and sample the delicious summer harvest – available Saturday from 8:30 to 12 at Waterfront Park in Bath.
Tried and true have never been better-. We have lots of greens and lettuces-Fresh Start Farms is back this week with it’s almost baby collard greens, buttery and tender; also some red and white young onions that are almost too pretty to eat. Squire Tar box has the first snap peas and some tasty Pac choi. Radishes are abundant at all the farmers’ tables, snappy in red and purple. Garlic scapes are also fresh to the market, delicate and flavorful. There is still some rhubarb and asparagus at Goransons.
Strawberries are everywhere-bright juicy and oh so red. Think shortcake-with biscuits fresh from Chase Farms-pick up fresh milk from Goranson Creamery and take the cream off the top with a clean turkey baster-whip wildly to complete your shortcake dream. Or make a strawberry pie; blend with yogurt from Hahn’s end or Balfour, to make a smoothie. Toss them in salads with fresh radicchio, a soft cheese like petit poulet, and little bits of mint and chive. Buy some to freeze cause nothing says sunshine in February like strawberries for breakfast.
Hope for good weather on the fourth and break out the grill-sausage is available at Cornerstone Farms, Steaks and hamburger at Kelly Farms, Chicken parts at Mainely Poultry. Maine Saltwater Creations broadens our options this year, with fresh salmon and crab cakes, or treat yourself to Lobsters from Luscious Live lobsters-yes they can be grilled if you dare!
Pick up some of Appletons new 3’s Company-chevre blend-layers of cheese flavored with scape pesto, black pepper, and lemon thyme plus lemon peel. This is a true taste experience. At the other end of the spectrum is the no name cheese from Hahns End, slightly brown, nutty and good for nibblingl
Claudia Sortwell at Big Barn Coffee makes some very pretty jewelry-seeds and bone and stones from Central America-it are summer friendly in natural reds, turquoises and purples, with some unique pendant designs. Try a piece to pick up that special summer party dress…
Make sure to join us this weekend and discover your own favorite things. See you early-while its cool and pleasant, maybe you can grab a sticky bun from Beryl’s while some musicians tune up-or simply watch the water flow.
FMI 549 7611, or email@example.com
Bath Book Shop Book Signings, 96 Front Street
The Bath Book Shop has 3 book signings coming up:
Sat. June, 23 11 am to 1pm Gregory Allen signing his book, A patchwork of Me.
Friday, July 6, 11 am to 1pm Vicki Dondera , signing her books , Deadly Offer and a House to Die For. mysteries set in Maine
Sat. July 7, 11am to 1pm Jeff Pert, signing his fun book, Cartoons from Maine.
We welcome you to all of our signings.
Saturday, July 7, 8pm
Nonmembers – $35; members – $30
Cruise Bath’s colorful Heritage Days Festival waterfront, and enjoy on-the-river views of the impressive fireworks display. Bring along your favorite beverage, sit back and relax while you enjoy this once-a-year spectacle. Limited space.
Bath’s newest restaurant opened for business on June 23rd. Best Thai II will be open seven days a week for lunch, from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M., and for dinner from 4 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. Owner Chanint Hanjitsuwan also runs Best Thai Restaurant in Damariscotta, and will offer the same menu in Bath. His partner, Prasit Intharakunha, runs the Mekhong Thai restaurants in Portland, Kennebunk and Wells. The restaurant will offer a range of Thai specialties, including seafood, vegetarian and vegan dishes, and will serve beer and wine. You can view the full menu at www.bestthaimaine.com.
For reservations or to order take-out, call 443-8655, or fax your order to 443-8656.
“Back to the Kitchen” Show at Markings Gallery, 50 Front Street
Whether that be the outdoor kitchen or indoor kitchen..we have many new pieces to make the process of cooking, serving, and entertaining..a very pleasing one!
Hand turned wooden salad bowls ,peppermills, rolling pins, ceramic cookware and serving pieces by Ann Prescott, Nan Kilbourn-Tara, Mark Irving, and Bruce McCreedy are filling up the shelves!
New linens and dishtowels handwoven by Janice Jones are here in lovely subtle colors with a delicate weave.
These are just a few of the pieces you can look forward to finding!
This special show will run for July and August .
We look forward to your joining us in the July artwalk on July 20th 5-8pm. Otherwise 10-5 daily.
Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro, 128 Front Street
This Friday we welcome back the previously prematurely touted Latin jazz duo, Dos Canosos, comprised of Gary Wittner on the guitar and Cuban-American coffee farmer, vocalist & percussionist Raul Freyre. Dos Canosos means “two grey-haired guys,” but like well-aged whiskey, these guys are very smooth and very, very good! Gary is a scholar of Thelonius Monk and teacher of the jazz guitar at Bowdoin and UMA, who has toured, playing and lecturing, in Europe, Africa and the Pacific, and Raul is a renaissance man whose passion for the music of his childhood buoys a room like nobody’s business! Lighten the load at Solo Bistro with Dos Canosos this Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!
Dance the night away to Great Rock music! Studio Theatre of Bath presents 25 years of Rock! July 5 at the Chocolate Church Arts Center at 7pm. Tickets for the July 5 encore performance of 25 Years of Rock: Billboard Hits ’55-’79 are NOW on sale! Get yours today, as this show will sell out!!
Tickets are available at the CCAC box office, online at chocolatechurcharts.org and by calling 442-8455.
Aoife Clancy in Concert at the Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Friday, July 13, 6pm
The 2nd Saltwater Celtic Music Festival kicks off Friday in Bath with Aoife Clancy, one of the divas of Celtic music. A native of County Tipperary, Ireland, and the daughter of Bobby Clancy of the legendary Clancy Brothers, Aoife began her music career early and ‘cut her teeth’ playing alongside her father in many an Irish pub. She was a member of the acclaimed Irish American Group “Cherish the Ladies” and has been a featured soloist with the Boston Pops and Cincinnati Pops.
Nonmembers $15; members $10
FMI and tickets at www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org
Senator Collins staff at Bath City Hall, 55 Front Street
SENATOR COLLINS’ STAFF TO HOLD LOCAL OFFICE HOURS IN BATH – U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that staff from her Portland office will hold local office hours in Bath at the Bath City Hall on Monday, July 2nd.
A staff member will be available to provide assistance with federal issues and agencies, such as the Social Security Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Internal Revenue Service. No appointment is necessary. All conversations are strictly confidential.
Monday, July 2nd from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.
FMI call Senator Collins’ Portland office at (202) 780-3575
Historian, author and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Professor Joshua Smith discusses his book that illuminates the little known struggle during the War of 1812 between privateers and small government vessels in the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of Maine.
Nonmembers – $7; members – $5
This summer, Kate Nicholson, licensed massage therapist, certified nutrition counselor and yoga instructor will be offering Slow Vinyasa Flow yoga on SATURDAY mornings 8:15-9:30 AM. Drop-in $10. Integrative massage is also available by appointment. Do your body good this summer from one of the best views in town!
Continuing and all-levels classes held at Bath Dance Works, Monday-Friday, taught by Susan Lubner, professional Kripalu teacher/Reiki II practitioner. 10 classes – $120; Drop-ins $15. Family/multiple class rates available.
June 21 Summer Solstice class at Popham – Meet at Bath Dance works at 4:15pm, weather permitting!
FMI 443-7481 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CMCR introduces “Fresh Walkamolies” Walking Group, Customs House, 1 Front Street
CMCR Corrective Motion Chiropractic and Rehabilitation
Come join the Fresh Walkamolies walking group. We meet at the Customs House in Bath Maine at 7am every Thursday, and walk for 30-45 minutes around the beautiful town of Bath. We look forward to seeing you there.
Please call CMCR at 207-844-0365 or email Dr. Louise Bryant at email@example.com with any questions.
Adopt-A-Book at Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
The Patten Free Library announces the return of its Adopt-a-Book program and invites patrons and community members to participate. This program will run from June 5-July 31, 2012.
To take part, simply visit the Library in Bath and browse the display of books available for adoption. Select a title, fill out the brief form, and present these items at the desk with $20 cash or check. Once a book has been adopted it then may be borrowed for the first time. A bookplate with your inscription will be created for future readers of the book to see.
Funds raised through the program are counted as contributions toward the annual fund; this year’s goal is $70,000. Providing financial support to the library is the reason for the program, but the personal reasons to Adopt-a-Book are many and varied. The library asks you to share your reason by adopting a book. Each custom bookplate is an opportunity to honor someone special, mark an occasion, or celebrate a milestone.
The Patten Free Library, located at 33 Summer Street in Bath, is open from 10 am to 8 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 10 am to 5 pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 am to 1 pm Saturdays.