It’s still November, but it’s beginning to look a lot like… well, you know! With so many community elves lending a hand to make the city festive, there is definitely holiday magic in the air. Whatever your holiday traditions may be, we hope you’ll enjoy the season in downtown Bath.
This weekend many community organizations are holding their holiday fairs throughout the city. Bath’s full Holiday Calendar is printed and available at downtown businesses, or can be viewed online here.
Happenings around town in the next few weeks include:
- MidCoast Hospital Holiday Bazaar - Nov 30
- Indoor Bath Farmers Market - Dec 1
- West Bath School Craft Fair and Cafe - Dec 1
- Pet Photos with Santa at Bath Animal Hospital – Dec 8
- Wine Tasting at Now You’re Cooking – Dec 13
- Downtown Holiday Open House – Dec 14
- December Cash Mob – Dec 20
- Maine Maritime Museum store sale – thru Dec 23
- Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro - Nov 30
- Centre Street Arts Gallery opening - Dec 1
- Violinist Ben Powell at the Chocolate Church - Dec 1
- “Sex, Lies and the Devil Inside” auditions – Dec 2 & 3
- “Meet Me in St.Louis” screening at PFL – Dec 4
- Classical Guitarist Brian Cullen at PFL – Dec 5
- “Some Like it Hot” screening at Dreamland Theater – Dec 6
- Open House for Sea Cadets – Dec 1
- Festival of Trees – Dec 4 & 5
- E-readers at PFL - Dec 4
- Food for Fines at Patten Free Library - thru Dec 8
- Ahead Full at Fifty anniversary show at Maine Maritime Museum
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See you downtown!
Jennifer Geiger, Director, Main Street Bath
Friday, Nov. 30—Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar and Wreath Sale, 8 am to 2 pm, Mid Coast Hospital,
Baskets of greens, baked goods, Christmas decorations, soaps and lotions. Order wreaths at gift shop, 373-6018, for pick-up Nov. 30–$12 with red bow, $10 without, and $30 decorated with sea shells and red bow. Proceeds benefit health career scholarships and Auxiliary pledge of $150,000 for walk-in clinic.
Hope to see you Saturday-don’t forget, we’re open every week now. Service animals only please. FMI call 549 7611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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West Bath School PTO 41st Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Café
Saturday, December 1, 9 am – 2 pm – Shop local handmade crafts including: jewelry, knitted items, quilts,baked goods and other specialty foods, wooden gifts and doll clothes. Join us for lunch—we’ll have chili, fish chowder, hot dogs and more! Plus: Coffee, tea, hot cocoa and muffins.
FMI please contact Deb at 504-4603
Join Us For Our 4th Annual Photos With Santa Claus, Saturday, December 8th from 1 – 2:30 pm.
Raffles, Food and Fun!!!
*Photo of your pet with Santa: $10.00
*Photo of kids and pets with Santa: $15.00
*Special on nail trims for your pet: $5.00
All proceeds will be going to The Cleo Fund, a local organization that helps spay and neuter stray animals.
Join us on Thursday, December 13th from 5-7 p.m. for our monthly wine tasting! We will sample some great wines that are sure to be a hit at your holiday festivities!
Our wine tastings include light appetizers and tasting notes. Our tastings are free and there is no need to sign-up—just come to 49 Front Street in Bath.
For more information about our wine tastings, call the store at 443-1402 or visit us online.
Maine Maritime Museum store sale, 243 Washington Street
The Museum Store offers special discounts to all shoppers during holiday season; members save even more !
Looking for a special holiday gift for that person on your list who loves all things nautical? The MMM Museum Store has hundreds of maritime related items to choose from including jewely, books, clothing, and gift items. During the holiday shopping season, November 23 through December 24, all shoppers receive a 10% discount on purchases, either in-store or online. Members and volunteers will receive a 20% discount during the same period. The discount applies to all in stock items, sale and clearance merchandise. It does not apply to gift certificates or memberships. The 10% discount will be automatically taken on online purchases. Members enter ‘member’, volunteers enter ‘volunteer’ in the discount code box to receive their additional discounts. Don’t miss this opportunity for significant savings on that special item you’ve had your eye on for some time.
Friday Night Jazz this week brings flugelhornist and trumpeter Richard Marsters back to the New Space at Solo Bistro, together with first-timer Rob Duquette on the guitar. Rob is on the music faculty at UNE where he teaches jazz and world music. Richard is a longtime horn man who was a featured soloist in the Navy Band for four years early in his career. He’ll be blowin’ some hot jazz this cold Friday with Professor Duquette from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!
The Centre Street Arts Gallery will celebrate its Grand Opening on Saturday, December 1, from 10 am to 6 pm. A reception at 4 pm is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day.
Nine local artists have formed the co-operative gallery. Bath artists include Judy Conlan, Livy Glaubitz, Marnie Hackenberg, and Victoria Jackson. Sharon Bouchard and Jane Rosenfield are from Brunswick, Letty Husson and Lea Peterson are from Georgetown, and Claudette Gamache lives in Phippsburg. These artists are all painters, working in watercolor, pastel, acrylic and oil media. They have had work shown in local galleries and some have exhibited on a national level.
Victoria Jackson initiated Centre St. Arts Gallery with eight other artists whom she has known and worked with in the past. All of these artists, who are now partners, felt that Bath and the surrounding towns were full of artists and art lovers who would support exhibitions and educational opportunities if offered in Bath.
Centre St. Arts Gallery will be offering classes and workshops, as well as open studio sessions and life drawing sessions. Guest artists will give gallery talks, and be invited to exhibit their works in solo shows.
A limited number of Memberships will be available on a juried basis. More information will be available in the Gallery on Dec.1.
Rising star violinist Ben Powell, whose 2012 CD New Street has drawn comparisons to Stéphane Grappelli, performs at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 1 at the Chocolate Church Arts Center.
Powell puts on an amazing show and is not only an extremely gifted player, but a charming fellow.
“There is something about the tone, the delicate but assured touch, the unique vibrato and soaring filigrees of Ben Powell’s violin playing that immediately conjure up memories of Stéphane Grappelli.” – Bill Milkoswki, JazzTimes
Powell is joined by Maxim Lubarsky on piano, Bob Nieske on bass, Bob Tamagni on drums. The program will include a tribute to Grappelli as well as Powell’s music for quartet. Tickets are $15, $12 in advance.
FMI call 207-442-8455 or log on to http://chocolatechurch.com/concerts-special-events/.
Studio Theater of Bath auditions for Sex, Lies and the Devil Inside (an evening of one acts) will be Dec. 2 @2PM and Dec. 3 @6PM. These are all adult roles, but we need backstage help as well…Lights,sound, stage management, concessions.
On Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30pm, Patten Free Library in Bath will screen the classic “Meet Me in St. Louis” starring a young Judy Garland.
For the 4 weeks from November 27 to December 18, any donations collected at the Tuesday night film series will be given to the Bath Area Food Bank.
Join us on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:30 pm for an evening of live Brazilian, Spanish and contemporary guitar music.
Sagadahoc Preservation’s Dreamland Theater will screen “Some Like it Hot” on December 6th at 7pm at the Winter Street Center, in Bath.
Movies are shown every Thursday at 7pm at the Dreamland Theater at the Winter Street Center in Bath. The suggested donation is $5. The 2012-2013 season is underwritten by Jorgensen Landscaping. Movies are generously donated by River Bottom Video in Bath. All proceeds go toward the maintenance of the Winter Street Center.
Feel free to bring supper. Soft drinks, popcorn and candies are available for $1 each.
The open house for the Jason Dunham (DD-109) Division Naval Sea Cadet Corps is scheduled to be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., at Winter Street Center, located at 880 Washington St.
The Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a federally charted youth training organization for young people ages 10-17 who train with the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard and other military organizations.
Established in 1958, with over 380 units nationwide, the NSCC supports a drug, alcohol, and gang-free lifestyle with emphasis on leadership and community involvement. Our program provides: leadership training, maritime skills, aviation training, physical fitness programs, and foreign exchanges with over 15 nations, plus scholarships and fun!
Festival of Trees, Winter Street Center, 880 Washington Street
The Bath Area Family YMCA Continues a Holiday Tradition
Come view Christmas trees decorated by 22 area businesses and non-profits as the Bath Area Family YMCA hosts the 18th Annual Festival of Trees at the Winter Street Center, 880 Washington Street in Bath on December 4 and 5. The theme of this year’s event is “A Black & White Christmas”. This event includes a silent auction of gift baskets donated by Byrnes’ Irish Pub, Henry & Marty Restaurant, Springer’s Jewelers, Life is Good, House of Logan, Betsy’s Salon and Spa and many other items. Several decorated trees will also be auctioned. These include trees decorated by Dot’s Ice Cream, Bridgham & Cook British Goods and other businesses.
The schedule for the event:
Tuesday, December 4—“Tots & Trees” from 9:30-11:30 am. Come decorate a cookie and enjoy other seasonal refreshments. Mrs. Claus will visit and read some Christmas stories. Expect a visit from Santa! Donations are appreciated
Tuesday, December 4—“All Ages Welcome” from 4:00-5:30 pm. Come view the trees and enjoy some seasonal refreshments. Donations are appreciated.
Wednesday, December 5—“Holiday Gala” from 5:30-8:00pm. Sparkling cider, champagne and hors d’oerves (hot and cold) will be served. The Oratorio Chorale will perform. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at Springer’s Jewelers, Now You’re Cooking and the YMCA.
FMI please contact the Bath Area Family YMCA at 443-4112 or www.bathymca.org.
Patten Free Library to Offer “Finding Free eBooks” Program
On Tuesday, December 4, Patten Free Library (PFL) will host a hands-on information session on the best on-line sources of free downloadable eBooks. The presentation is free, open to the public, and will be held from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the library’s second floor community room.
“By now, many patrons are familiar with downloadable eBooks, and know that we offer over 2,600 titles through the Patten Free Library web site and the Maine InfoNet Download Library,” says Roberta Jordan, an outreach librarian at Patten. “After our most recent presentation on eReaders and library eBooks, however, we realized that patrons would like to know more about how to access and use sites like Project Gutenberg and Open Library. This session will introduce patrons to the hundreds of thousands of free books that are available to read on a computer, a tablet, or a dedicated eReader.”
The session will provide an overview of the expansive collections accessible through several different web sites, as well as a live demo on how to download titles from them. In addition, the presentation will include a review of the process for browsing, checking out, downloading, and reading eBooks in Patten Free Library’s collection.
FMI contact Roberta Jordan, the Outreach and Instruction Librarian at Patten Free Library, at 443-5141, ext 25
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. The Bath Food Pantry is located at the United Church of Christ, 150 Congress Avenue, and is open 6 to 8 pm on Tuesdays and 2 to 4 pm on Fridays.
See it during the holidays! Ahead Full at Fifty is a Big Hit!
The new 50th Anniversary exhibit Ahead Full at Fifty: 50 Years of Collecting at Maine Maritime Museum has been creating quite a buzz. Perhaps you’ve seen some of the news coverage on TV or in your local newspaper. If you were here for the opening reception you know the excitement the exhibit has created. If you are looking for a great way to spend a few hours or want to take out of town visitors to a truly special place in Maine, the holiday season is the perfect time to visit and take in this fascinating exhibit. The Museum will be open daily from 9:30 to 5 except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
FMI visit www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org.