Downtown Bath was singled out this week as one of ten great “evening strolls” on the travel pages of msn.com … click here to read all about it!
The downtown truly is a beautiful place to walk or linger with its shady sidewalks and cascading flower baskets. To help fund the downtown flowers, Main Street Bath is continuing our Adopt-A-Basket program. Once again this year, if there is a particular lamppost location that you would like to sponsor for $120.50 (the cost of purchasing and maintaining one basket for the season) we’ll send you an adoption certificate and a photo of your own little bundle of blossoms, and will recognize you or acknowledge your donation in memory of a loved one as sponsoring that location.
Tomorrow evening the summer Gazebo Concert Series in Library Park will present the Italian Heritage Band at 7pm. Free concerts are held every Tuesday and Friday at 7pm throughout the summer. Click here to view the full schedule.
Other happenings around town in the next few weeks include:
- Bath Farmers Market – Aug 4
- Spirit of the Sea Anniversary Celebration - Aug 5
- Wine Tastings at Now You’re Cooking - Aug 6 & 8
- Tall Ship visit: tours and excursions at Maine Maritime Museum – Aug 11 & 12
- Bath Country Club Summertime Celebration and Open House - Aug 17
- Call for Crafters for West Bath Christmas Fair
- Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro – Aug 3
- Merrymeeting Community Band in the Gazebo- Aug 3
- 3rd Friday Artwalk & Drive – Aug 17
- Shaker box making workshop at MMM – Aug 7 & 8
- Lectures at Maine Maritime Museum – Aug 10 & 16
- Patten Free Library offers Introductory Word Processing - Aug 16
- Pie Baking Class at Now You’re Cooking – Aug 18
- Kayaking on Merrymeeting Bay – Aug 19
- Kennebec Explorers Camp at MMM – Aug 20 – 24
- Winter Street Church summer tours - Tuesdays & Thursdays
- “Subdue and Take” War of 1812 Exhibit - thru Oct 28
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See you downtown!
Jennifer Geiger, Director, Main Street Bath
Here we are on the cusp of summer, moving into august and hints of autumn. Happily we still have three more months to visit park and river, every Saturday thru the end of October, down on Commercial Street in Bath. We open at 8:30, run till noon. But if you have something special in mind, get there early. People show up first thing; Beryls’ line is 10 deep at 8:55, and Borealis Breads is moving its’ crunch crusted wares at a fast clip too.
August gives us a continual parade of fresh produce. Summer squashes, patty pain, yellow and long green ones, egg plants lettuce, continue to be very prolific. Same with chard and kales. Hitting their peak are peppers-lots of gorgeous purple ones right now and baby beets, in a dazzling arra of reds and yellows, even some orange ones. Don’t forget these young beet greens are a delicate dish on their own
Squire Tarbox offers a lovely batch of radishes and a great mound of both sweet and white onions that make you want to crunch right into one. Fresh Start Farms has lots of young leeks and scallions; their kohlrabi (green and red) and their golden cauliflower are particularly nice as well.
Jan Goranson brought in her first sweet slender corn last week-and this is just the beginning. She also has bushels of large and small tomatoes aching for eating or freezing: a little orange-red grape variety caught the eye-there were a few bronze babies mixed in-super for salads and easy to freeze for mid winter pick me ups on pasta. Another tomato feast is available at Small Wonder. Peter and Sarah have a sweet variety of heirlooms, some designated for the smart folks that joined Tomato Passion, but plenty left for the rest of us. Their very names allure: taxi, Monica, black prince, orange blossom islander. Some lovely yellow plumy looking ones, hollow inside, are great for stuffing.
Balfour has chocolate milk and lemon and vanilla yogurt. Appleton has a blueberry barque torte layered with berries, blueberry chutney and chevre. They also suggest a round of their basic chevre drizzled with fresh honey-Pleasant Pond has lovely jars of it as well as flavor sticks-and covered with chopped fresh mint -grab a bag from Sparrow Farm . How great can breakfast be?
Pretty good. Cornerstone Farms is back with flavorful nitrate fre bacon and sausages. They also have precut kebab pieces form the cutlets, if you are looking for a quick dinner. Lots of blueberries at Pleasant Pond-Popps is bringing them in too. .
Grab an armful of showstopping stargazer lilies from Sheepscot Flower Farm and take them home to dazzle your family and friends or just luxuriate in their elegant perfection with a glass of Merrymeeting Mead from Fiddlers Reach Winery. It tastes like all flowers in the field.
FMI 549 7611, or email@example.com
Spirit of the Sea Anniversary Celebration, 33 Summer Street
CELEBRATING THE 50th BIRTHDAY OF THE ”SPIRIT OF THE SEA”
Sunday afternoon, August 5th, from 3 to 5pm, in Bath City Park, the Friends of the Zorach Fountain will host a 50th Birthday Party to celebrate the William Zorach fountain, “Spirit of the Sea” which was installed and dedicated to the City of Bath in August 1962.
There will be music featuring the Bath Municipal Swing Band, refreshments, and a short program of speakers including representatives of the City, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Zorach Family. The ceremony will include a special remembrance of the late Margie Bliss who with her husband, Arthur, initiated the restoration project for this sculpture and founded the Friends of the Zorach Fountain in 2002. At this gathering, the Friends will honor Margie’s vision and perseverance and will present an exciting new proposal for improvements to the pond and surroundings.
The public is cordially invited to attend this celebration!
We will have two wine tastings this month! On Monday, August 6th from 5-7 p.m. join us and Rob Nicoll of Fiddler’s Reach Wine (Bath, ME) as we welcome the participants of the 2012 Maine Fibers Arts Tour hosted by Halcyon Yarn.
Then on Thursday, August 9th from 5-7 p.m. join us for our monthly wine tasting with Joyce from Old Bridge Cellars and Steve from Pine State Distributors as they share with us some of their favorite Australian wines.
Our wine tastings include tasting notes and light appetizers. Our tastings are free and there is no need to sign-up—just come to 49 Front Street in Bath.
FMI call the store at 443-1402 or visit us online.
Tall Ship visit: tours and excursions at Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Pride of Baltimore II here next weekend to board and/or sail!
The majestic topsail schooner Pride of Baltimore II, a reproduction War of 1812 privateer, will visit Maine Maritime Museum to celebrate the Museum’s 50th anniversary next weekend. Arriving in Bath on Friday, August 10, the vessel will be open for boarding on Saturday and Sunday, the 11th and 12th from 10 am to 1 pm only each day. For a rare experience, there are two, 2-hour sailings both afternoons, at 2 pm and 5 pm, for a limited number of passengers. Pride is one of the fast, highly maneuverable vessels that are commonly referred to as Baltimore Clippers that captured or sank some 1,700 British merchant vessels during the war, and served as blockade runners bringing munitions and other armaments through the British naval blockade of the U.S. coastline.
Saturday & Sunday, August 11 & 12, 10am to 1pm
The majestic topsail schooner Pride of Baltimore II, a reproduction of a War of 1812 privateer, will be open for boarding at the Museum’s Deering Pier. All boarding passes $5.
FMI and tickets visit www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org.
Saturday & Sunday, August 11 & 12, 2pm or 5pm
Adventure: Sail aboard Pride of Baltimore II. Adults – $55; Children – $30 ?A two-hour excursion on board Pride of Baltimore II, a reproduction of a War of 1812 privateer. This quick, highly maneuverable style of vessel is commonly referred to as Baltimore Clippers, which were responsible for capturing or sinking more than 1,700 British merchant vessels and out-running the British naval blockade of the eastern seaboard during the war.
To make reservations visit www.pride2.org/come_aboard/day_sails.php for tickets and FMI.
Bath Country Club Summertime Celebration and Open House, Whiskeag Road
Golf, Games, Kid’s Activities, Barbecue, and FIREWORKS!
Mark your calendar– on Friday, August 17th, we’re celebrating the rebirth of The Bath Golf Club with a huge open house and summertime celebration!
The fun starts at 5pm that night with a special “Super Hully Gully”– our popular weekly 9-hole scramble will play that night off BOTH nines! And then at 6:30pm, things really get underway with music… activities for the kids… golf skills challenges with prizes… cash bar and summer barbeque available! To top it all off, a professional fireworks display will be launched after dark from the edge of the 15th fairway, filling the sky above the golf course!
Members and non-members alike are invited to attend the festivities– cost to play in Hully Gully is just $8… Summer Barbeque is $12 adults, $8 kids 12 and under… and there is no charge to simply come out for an evening of family, friends, fun and fireworks! This promises to be a genuine “humdingah!”
RSVP online by clicking here or call us at the Pro Shop at 442-8411.
Call for Crafters for West Bath Christmas Fair
CALL FOR CRAFTERS- For the Christmas Craft Fair at West Bath School on December 1st. $25 per 8-foot table. Looking for handmade goods such as: jewelry, knitted items, quilts, baked goods, food items, doll clothes, wooden gifts and more.
FMI and entry forms, please contact Deb at 504-4603
Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro, 128 Front Street
This Friday we welcome back the dean of jazz guitarists in Maine, Gary Wittner, and his vocalist/percussionist partner in the Latin jazz duo Dos Canosos, Raoul Freyre. The duo’s name refers to the performers’ gray hairs, but there is nothing old or old fashioned about these guys other than their longstanding friendship and mutual passion for Latin jazz. Dos Canosos this Friday from 6:30 to 9:30!
Friday – August 3rd – Come and enjoy this free open air concert in the park as part of Main Street Bath’s summer gazebo concert series. Bring a picnic!
Maine’s Cool Little City, invites you to the 3rd Friday Artwalk and Drive. The next ArtWalk is Friday, August 17 from 5pm – 8pm. This year’s line up of more than 30 artists includes several emerging artists and many familiar faces. The ArtWalk has again teamed up with the Maine Songwriters’ Association (MSA) with musicians playing at the Clock at Front and Centre Streets.
An easy place to start the ArtWalk is at the Roy Farmer Associates/Carleton Group offices at 99 Commercial Street on the waterfront. Each month they exhibit an extensive collection of local work. They will also have the latest information on what to see and do for those new to our ArtWalk.
Many artists have their studios and exhibits in the downtown area of Front and Centre Streets. Blue and white balloons will identify locations and the ArtWalk brochure is available at all artist locations and at many businesses in Greater Bath. You’ll find ceramics, glass, paintings, jewelry, murals, wood and other materials used for artistic expression.
Half a dozen artists have their studios just outside the downtown…the Drive part of our ArtWalk. Take the loop down Washington, cross to High; work your way up, back over and down Washington. End up back downtown.
As you finish the evening; stop by one of Bath’s fine restaurants for some dinner and refreshments.
ArtWalks take place on the third Friday of each month from 5pm until 8pm June through September.
Shaker Box Making Workshop
Tuesday & Wednesday, August 7 & 8, 1pm; (Please Note: Registration deadline is August 1)
Boatshop at Maine Maritime Museum, Bath
Nonmembers – $75; Members – $70
Build as many as three beautiful stacking Shaker boxes, each made of cherry and cedar with copper tacks in two, 2-hour sessions. No woodworking experience needed; all materials provided. Students age 8 to 15 okay with an adult. Limited class size. Registration closes August 1.
FMI and reservations visit www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org
Friday, August 10, 6pm - Lecture: “Privateer Prowess” – Captain Jamie Trost
Jamie Trost, captain of the War of 1812 privateer reproduction Pride of Baltimore II, will discuss the important role that privateers had in the successful outcome for the fledgling United States in the War of 1812. FMI and tickets visit www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org.
Thursday, August 16, 6pm - Lecture: “Knights of the Sea: The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812” – David Hanna
Historian and author David Hanna recounts the historic naval battle that took place in Maine waters on a late summer day in 1813, as well as the paths that led two noble young captains to that fateful encounter and the legacy that resulted.
Nonmembers – $7; Members – $5
FMI and tickets visit www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org.
“We are seeing more and more patrons who are comfortable using computers to search the Internet and for e-mail, but are less comfortable with their word processing skills,” says Roberta Jordan, an outreach and instruction librarian at Patten. “This is the audience we hope to attract for this workshop on Microsoft Word. By working with small groups, we hope to get everyone comfortable with the basics of word processing — creating, formatting, editing, saving, and printing a document — in a very short time.”
Interested participants do not need to own a computer to register for the course. The library will supply laptops for registrants that it has acquired through the Maine Public Library Information Commons Project, a federally-funded program of the Maine State Library. If the session fills and demand warrants, Jordan plans to schedule additional workshops in early September.
FMI or to register for the workshop, contact the library’s Reference Department at 443-5141, extension 12.
FRESH MAINE BERRY PIES with Kristina VanReenen
Saturday, August 18th | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Learn the secrets to making the perfect all-butter crust for your favorite Maine berry pies. Kristina VanReenen, formerly of Kristina’s Restaurant and Bakery, will share her techniques for the most delicious and flaky pie crust without the use of shortening or lard. Bring your own rolling pin or use one of ours in this hands-on class. Kristina will create one lattice and one double crust pie and will share a piece of one of her fresh raspberry pies with you.
All classes include recipe cards, a 10% discount on non-sale items, and delicious food! Classes are $40 per person or $70 for two.
Sign-up online or by calling 207-443-1402
Kayaking on Merrymeeting Bay, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Sunday, August 19, 7am
Outdoor Adventure: Kayaking on Merrymeeting Bay
Cost: $30 to $75 depending on equipment needs, age and Museum membership
Spend an exhilarating 4 hours exploring the natural wonder that is Merrymeeting Bay with an expert guide and environmental narrator. No experience necessary. Disabilities accommodated. Three-day advance reservations required.
FMI and reservations visit www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org.
Kennebec Explorers Camp, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
(Please note: Registration deadline of August 7)
Monday through Friday, August 20 to 24, 9am to 4pm*
Day Camp: Kennebec Explorers Camp at Maine Maritime Museum, Bath
Nonmembers – $225; Members – $200
This five-day summer camp for ages 6 to 11 fosters children’s natural curiosity for history and science as they explore the history and unique ecosystem of Merrymeeting Bay through outdoor excursions, guided activities, hands-on projects, site visits, boat cruises and more. *Extended hours available.
FMI and reservations visit www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org.
SPI opens Winter Street Church for summer tours, 880 Washington Street
Beginning Thursday, July 12th, Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc. (SPI) will open the Winter Street Center to the public for tours. The former church building and parish hall will be open between 11 A.M. and 2 P.M. on Tuesdays and Thursdays during July and August. Visitors can view an exhibit that focuses on the architecture of the buildings and how their design was adapted over time in response to the changing needs of the church’s congregation. The exhibit, entitled Winter Street Center—Past, Present and Future, also encourages viewers to share their ideas about how the buildings, no longer used as a church, can continue to serve as a center for the community. The Winter Street Center is at 880 Washington Street in Bath, across from the City Park.
FMI www.sagadahocpreservation.org or call 443-2174.
Subdue and Take War of 1812 Exhibit, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Exhibit: Subdue, Seize and Take: Maritime Maine in the Unwelcome Interruption of the War of 1812
On view until October 28 – Maine Maritime Museum, Bath
A view into the maritime goings-on of the District of Maine in the fractious atmosphere of double-dealing, defiance, subterfuge, vitriolic satire, confusion and propaganda that the 1812 war brought to the Maine coast.