This week Bath kicks off the ArtWalk season with our first 2013 Third Friday Bath ArtWalk and Tour! Join us downtown for a celebration of Bath’s diverse arts community.
There’s plenty more going on all week…music, theater, outdoors and educational activities… and of course, shopping! Check out the listings below for more details.
Other happenings around town in the next few weeks include:
- Downtown Bath Cash Mob - May 16
- Bath Farmers Market - May 18
- Celebrate Arbor Day with a Free Tree - May 18
- BIW Strides for NAMI - May 18
- Downtown Lease Space Available
- Bath 3rd Friday ArtWalk and Tour - May 17
- Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro - May 17
- Live music and bagpipes at Byrne’s Irish Pub - May 16-19
- Studio Theatre of Bath presents Moon Over Buffalo - May 17 – 26
- Katahdin Show reception at Centre St Art Gallery – May 24
- “Sculpture for the Garden” at Markings Gallery - thru June 30
- Arbor Day Week-long Celebration – May 18 – 25
- PFL College Prep series continues - May 22 & 29
- Debate Champs exhibition at PFL - May 25
- ” Wyoming” masts celebration at Maine Maritime Museum – June 1
- Spring Classes at Halcyon Yarn - thru June 12
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Downtown Bath Cash Mob, Front & Centre Streets
Downtown Bath’s Third Thursday May Cash Mob is this week, Thursday, May 16. Mobsters should meet at Hallett’s Clock on the corner of Front and Centre Streets at 5:30pm to learn this month’s destination business. Bring $20 to spend, bring a friend, and come out to show your support for our downtown’s small independent businesses!
Bath Farmers Market, Waterfront Park, Commercial Street
We are back in Waterfront Park, on Commercial St just south of the Kennebec Tavern and Bathport stores. We open at 8:30, close at 12. Bring your friends and family, well behaved dogs on leashes, and a spirit of adventure as you cruise our eclectic selection of 29 vendors ; we’ll have music, lots of parking along the street, and you can walk the hill and have lunch or browse downtown.
Our dairy producers are bringing in lots of fresh cheese. Try the decadent blue velvet or the edgy Ragged Isle from Hahns End. Balfour Farms is introducing a new cheese- Fire in the Kitchen, spiked with red pepper and basil. The name’s derived from an event during the making of the first batch-ask Heather!
Hens are laying wildly, so pick up fresh eggs from Sparrow Farm when you stop for their radishes, herbs or strawberries, or from Mainely Poultry. Goranson offers eggs too, and right now has soft buttery lettuces and excellent arugula. Watercress is still piled up at Oyster Creek next to excellent shiitake and crimini. Cornerstone Farms has returned with its luscious pork. Also back is Angela from Jyang-Lee, with oriental sauces and prepared sesame noodles and wontons. Look for her very popular fresh spring rolls around Memorial Day.
Maine Saltwater Creations returns with fish and crab cakes, as well as weekly soups: always a vegetable option! Also back is Fiddlers Reach Winery with lovely mead-not too sweet and gently but truly flavored. Like sipping a spring meadow.
New this year is The Maine Meal-thoughtfully prepared gourmet entrees and vegetables for 1 or 2-the food is colorful and very appetizing,. MicroMainea and The Turkey Farm are fresh from their first winter market, offering microgreens and turkey meat and sausages.
Sheepscot Flower Farm has lots of seedlings for your gardens and beds-some very pretty cut anemones in true blue red, and white; Hawkes is bringing in seedlings as well, offering an everlasting strawberry that should bloom all summer-yes! Now that it’s warming up, look for more and more greens, asparagus and strawberries over the next few weeks.
Special treats: Mainely Poultrys’ rich goat milk for make your own yogurt or ice cream-Goransons’ gorgeous rhubarb (for at least 3 weeks.)-a hanging basket of pansies from Hawkes- young mustard greens from Squire Tarbox –raspberry squares from Chase Farms-maritake or hen of the woods from Oyster Creek Mushroom-chicken fettuccine from the Maine Meal-rich Sumatra decaf from Big Barn Coffee.
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Kick Off Arbor Week with a Free Tree, Bath Community Forestry Committee, Waterfront Park
The third full week in May is Maine’s celebration of TREES! As a Tree City USA community, Bath prides itself in being the City of Ships as well as the City of Trees. After all, the first ships built in Bath were made of trees from the forests of Maine. So you could say that trees were the start of something big for Bath.
Celebrate Arbor Day Week this year by picking up a free tree at Waterfront Park, Saturday, May 18th, 9:00 a.m.-noon. The Bath Community Forestry Committee is asking you to celebrate trees by planting a tree for a loved one, a newborn, an anniversary, a birthday, or just because we all need trees!
BIW Strides for NAMI, Bath Waterfront Park, Commercial Street
When: Saturday May 18th at 10am
Where: Bath Waterfront Park
How: Register online at namimaine.donorpages.com/BIWStrideevent
Join your coach’s team or create your own and help us reach our goal to raise $10,000!
• FREE T-shirts to the First 200 Registrants
• Post walk Refreshments
• FREE massages
Downtown Lease Spaces Available, Front Street
Front Street Location
Two units available
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Bath 3rd Friday ArtWalk and Tour, Downtown and around town
The 3rd Friday Bath ArtWalk & Tour kicks off with our first event of the season this Friday on May 17! The 2013 Bath ArtWalks will be held on the third Friday of each month, 5-8pm, from May through September.
This year’s first Bath Art Walk on May 17 will include a juried exhibition of student art at Mae’s Café (5:00 – 7:30 pm) at the corner of High and Centre Streets. The student exhibition from Morse High School’s fine arts program is in its sixth season, but this is the first time it has connected with the Art Walk.
Other group exhibits will be on display at Bath City Hall Auditorium and Nancy Carleton Real Estate offices on Commercial Street. Brochures with participating artist locations will be available at group venues in during ArtWalk, and in advance at the Main Street Bath office at 15 Commercial Street.
Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro, 128 Front Street
This week the donna of the double bass, Ms. Xar Adelberg, returns to the New Space in the company of newcomer Tom Luther at the keyboard. The eclectic Ms. Adelberg is well known to devotees of Friday Night Jazz. Her skills on the bass dependably delight and dazzle. Composer and pianist Tom Luther has lately been pursuing improvisational jazz with his acoustic quintet, which recently released its first CD, “Everything Is Blue.” Doubling down on double bass and piano jazz this Friday, May 17 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM!
Live Music at Byrne’s Irish Pub, 38 Centre Street
It’s a BUSY weekend at Byrnes Irish Pub. We kick off the weekend with live music on Thursday Night (5/16) with Jud Caswell from 7-10pm. Friday is our 10 months to St. Patty’s Day celebration. The Maine Public Safety Pipe & Drum Corps will be in the house at 8pm and Karaoke with DJ Joe will immediately follow. Saturday is live music with Bitter Brew from 8-11 and as always Sunday is the Irish American Sing Along from 5-7. Lots of Food and Drink Specials all weekend. See you at the pub!
Studio Theatre of Bath presents Moon Over Buffalo, Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington Street
Studio Theatre of Bath presents Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig, a madcap comedy that tracks the hopes and mishaps of a group of traveling actors, directed by Thom Watson.
Performances are May 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 7:30pm, and May 19 & 26 at 2pm, at the Chocolate Church Arts Center.
Katahdin Show reception at Centre St Art Gallery, 11 Centre Street
Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, at 11 Centre Street in Bath invites the public to a reception on Friday, May 24 from 5 -7 pm, to open the new exhibition: “Katahdin and the Great Outdoors” featuring the work of all nineteen gallery artist plus guest artist Jillian Herrigel, of Phippsburg.
Several works, in watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel, featuring Mount Katahdin, Maine and other landscapes, will be on exhibit until June 29, 2013.
Admission to the gallery is free. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm through May 31; from June 1, the gallery will be open Wednesday though Monday, noon to 6 pm, except Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday noon to 4 pm.
“Sculpture for the Garden” at Markings Gallery, 50 Front Street
Sculpture For The Garden at Markings Gallery May 1- June 30
Obie Buell of Sullivan , Jim and Holly Galante from Falmouth are featured artists at Markings Gallery with granite and metal garden sculptures.
May 1- June 30, Daily 10-5.
FMI 207-443-1499 or Markingsgallery.com
Arbor Day Week Celebrations Include Plantings and Awards Throughout the City
Every year, during the third full week in May, the State of Maine celebrates Arbor Week. As in previous years, the Bath Community Forestry Committee (BCFC) has planned a number of events during this year’s Arbor Week between May 19 and May 25. Anyone can attend the following events:
May 18 – One of the most rewarding tasks in life is planting a tree and watching it grow over the years. Do you have a graduation, a birth, a wedding, or perhaps a memorable date you would like to celebrate? Plant a tree! Pick up a free evergreen tree between 9:00 a.m. and Noon at Waterfront Park to remember that special event.
May 20 – Bath will accept the Tree City USA award from the Arbor Day Foundation for the 13th consecutive year. This year’s event is in Auburn at the Hilton Garden Inn 1:00 p.m. and 19 communities in Maine will accept Tree City USA awards.
May 22 – The Hill House Assisted Living center on Whiskeag Road will celebrate its citizens with the planting of some trees on the property by the City Arborist, Tom Hoerth.
May 23 – The BCFC will present its landscape awards at 2:30 p.m. to Mary and Lee DeRosa of 65 Green St. for the residential award and at 3:30 p.m. to the owners of the Sedgwick Building at 765 High St. for the business award.
Morse High School students will pot several hundred pine seedlings, donated by CMP for the company’s reforestation program, between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. .
May 24 – Bath Middle School students will plant a variety of fruit trees at the South End Park, known to many as the “dog park”, between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with a break for lunch.
Patten Free Lbrary College Prep series continues, 33 Summer Street
Patten Free Library continues its information sessions for local high school students and their families about the college search and application process, with two remaining Wednesday sessions, May 22 and May 29. Both are free, open to the public, and run from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the library’s second floor community room. No pre-registration is required. The sessions are geared to meet the information needs of high school sophomores and juniors and their families.
On May 22, the topic is “Testing . . .Options and Strategies.” Rebecca Kosakowski of Midcoast College Counseling and David Ingmundson of Morse High School will provide an overview of the various standardized tests to consider taking during junior and senior years, and provide tips for preparing for the tests and improving scores
On May 29, Beth Caputi, the owner of College Compass, and Mike Dutton of The Will to Play will lead the session entitled “Shameless (But Effective) Self-Promotion.” Caputi will talk about options for developing application supplements that showcase artistic, musical, and athletic talent, and Dutton will talk about the timetable and strategies involved in athletic recruiting.
FMI 443-5141, extension 25
Patten Free Library to Host Exhibition by Debate Champs, 33 Summer Street
On Saturday May 25, The Patten Free Library (PFL) will host “Debating the Criminal Justice System: Rehabilitation or Retribution,” a public exhibition of debating techniques and procedure by state high school debate champions Kyle Hietala of Bath and Ben Dobbins of Falmouth. The debate demonstration is free, open to the public, and will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25th in PFL?s second floor Community Room. No pre-registration is required.
Debaters use rhetoric, logic, evidence, and moral philosophy as they try to prove the superiority of arguments on two sides of an issue. In a typical tournament, there is no audience participation; however, at this demonstration, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the debaters as they proceed through their arguments, and in a question-and-answer session at the end of the debate.
The subject of the debate — whether rehabilitation ought to be valued above retribution in the United States criminal justice system — is familiar territory for the pair. Hietala and Dobbins are both elite debaters who have tackled this subject at multiple state tournaments in Maine, including the state championship at Brunswick. Hietala is a two-year state champion in the Lincoln-Douglas debate format; Dobbins has qualified for the national debate competition, to be held in Birmingham, Alabama in June.
Library director Lesley Dolinger is thrilled to host the event and hopes it will draw many community members. “This is the first program offered by our new Teen Library Council, and has been organized by council member David Rice, a sophomore at Morse, who is also a debater. He will also be moderating the event. It should be entertaining and informative for anyone with an interest in politics, history, philosophy, or government.”
Rice is eager to host more events of this kind. Community members with suggestions for future debate topics or events or with questions about the May 25 demonstration may contact him by email at email@example.com.
FMI call Roberta Jordan, the outreach and instruction librarian at Patten Free Library at 443-5141, extension 25.
” Wyoming” masts celebration at Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Maine Maritime Museum will celebrate completion of the Wyoming sculpture with a free open house on June 1. A Schooner Fare’ concert will conclude the festivities!
Maine Maritime Museum has been waiting for more than seven years for the completion of the sculptural evocation of the schooner Wyoming, a monumental, life-size representation of the largest wooden sailing ship ever built in the United States. The wait is now over.
On Saturday, June 1, the Museum invites the public to join in the celebration with a free open house day of events, activities and family fun. Doors open at 9:30 and the party continues all day, concluding with an outdoor concert by Maine’s internationally renowned duo “Schooner Fare” from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
“This is a special moment, a transformative one for Maine Maritime Museum, and an exciting one for the residents of Maine and for anyone interested in maritime history. It’s a powerful example of how art can bring a story to life and ignite the imagination,” says Amy Lent, the Museum’s executive director. “The Wyoming sculpture was already astonishing visitors from all over the world and the six masts make it even more spectacular. It’s a tremendous Maine icon and we’re throwing a big party and inviting the public to celebrate with us.”
The centerpiece for the day will be a ceremony dedicating the sculpture to George Twombly – a prominent supporter of the project – and the highlight of the ceremony will be the raising of 8-foot by 12-foot-or-longer banners or flags on the masts, each representing an important element of the Wyoming’s history. Individuals instrumental in bringing the sculpture to reality and important to the Museum will serve as honorary flag raisers and cannons will announce when each flag reaches the mast top. The flags and banners will remain on the masts through the end of October and will be raised again each successive year in late May.
Other planned activities for the open house include traditional shipbuilding skills demonstrations such as steam bending, caulking, ship launching, treenail making, and others; kid’s crafts; period re-enactors; historic shipyard tours; a concert by the Bath Municipal Band and river and lighthouse cruises.
The Wyoming evocation, the largest outdoor sculpture in New England, is among the most visited and photographed sites in Maine. The design was conceived by acclaimed Maine sculptors Andreas von Heune and Joe Hemes.
Spring Classes at Halcyon Yarn, 12 School Street
Be inspired this spring with exciting array of classes for fiber lovers. The classes range for 2 1/2 hours to 2-day workshops in knitting, spinning, weaving and felting. Beginner to advanced intermediate.
Classes require pre-registration. Click here to check Halcyon Yarn’s website for details, materials and pricing.
Intro to Rigid Heddle Weaving
Sat.& Sun. May 18 & 19 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Rigid heddle weaving is an easy and fun way to get introduced to weaving. The looms are portable and light-weight and are a wonderful way to begin weaving lovely textiles featuring color and texture. In this class you will learn to warp the loom, basic weaving techniques and even some ‘tricks’ to fully use the rigid heddle’s weaving possibilities. This is a beginner class: no weaving experience is necessary. YOU MUST PROVIDE A RIGID HEDDLE LOOM OR with 2 weeks notice you may arrange to rent a loom for the class.
Intro to the Drop Spindle
Sun. May 19 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
You’ve been fascinated watching Quinn at Open House. Now learn to spin on a drop spindle with ease. Just come with enthusiasm and a drop spindle and have fun learning to create your own yarn. This is a beginner level class: no experience is necessary.
Change It: How to Modify Your Knitting Patterns
Fri., May 24 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Patterns are a great inspiration for a garment, but let’s make it fit! Learn how to alter the length and width of a sweater, what to do if you can’t get gauge, and how to either add or subtract ribbing at the bottom. Never again feel like you have to grow six inches or give away another sweater that was meant for you. Other intermediate level garment making questions will be discussed as time allows.
Advanced Beginner Knitting
Thur. June 6 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
This is a skill building class. You’ll begin with a review of some basics from the Beginner Knitting class and then move on to new techniques. The class will cover new cast on methods, a variety of ribbing options, slip stitches, faux cables, increases and decreases. All these pieces of the puzzle will be incorporated into a learning swatch you will be able to read and watch grow with your new knitting skills. Prerequisite: Beginner Knitting or sound ability to cast on, knit and bind off. Knowing how to purl will only help you move along more quickly.
Playing with Paj
Sat.& Sun. June 8 & 9 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Have you tried felting into silk gauze and enjoyed the results? Are you ready to experiment with some other types of fabrics, but aren’t sure what will work? Then this is the class for you!
In this class you will make a scarf or a panel (that could be a wall hanging or incorporated into a garment) using silk paj as the base fabric. We’ll also discuss using dyes to color your base fabrics before you start felting and we’ll discuss some of the fabrics that will work well for nuno felting: china silk, habotai, organza, gauze, scrim, voile, and tissue wool.
On the first day of this two-day class, you will dye silk and merino wool in a crockpot for samples and for your final project. On day two, you will use your dyed silk and merino wool to complete a final project of a scarf or panel.
Crochet On The Edge
Wed. June 12 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Here’s a class that will add that perfect finish to those projects that might seem a bit lacking. Crocheting on the edges of your knit items will create a unique and beautiful garment or just add that little special touch that makes your project complete. Join our own expert crocheter, Annalee, and add that edge to your knitting. Basic crochet experience required: chain stitch, single, half double, and double crochet helpful.