March kicks off our “Banners Over Bath” outdoor arts project to bring color to downtown Bath in early Spring. Calling all artists and creative students of the arts! Click here for more information on how to create your own custom banner. This year’s theme is “On the Waterfront”.
Then, snow or no, we’ll be celebrating Bath Blarney Days and all things green on March 14-17. The call is out for participants in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 15th. This year’s theme, “Go Green!”, encourages Environmental, Springtime, Business, and other green-themed entries along with traditional Irish. Click here to download your entry form.
As a lead-in to Bath Blarney Days, we invite you to participate in Downtown Bath’s “Pot O’ Gold Passport Challenge“. To play, simply download the attached form, get it stamped in the 30 participating businesses before March 18th, and drop it in the ballot box at Bath City Hall. You’ll be entered in a drawing to win a pot full of prizes! Click here to download your passport challenge form!
This year we’ll put more “Blarney” in Blarney Days with Voices of the Sea at the Main Maritime Museum on Friday March 14; Liz Lardie performing excerpts from her play Temporary Living Arrangements at the Kennebec Tavern during Saturday’s Pub Crawl on March 15th; and Irish-American poetry along with traditional music at Cafe Creme at 4pm, Sunday, March 16.
The following week, Bath’s gala social event, So You Think You Know Bath will be held on March 21st. Contestants representing 9 Bath non-profits will compete in four rounds to prove who really knows Bath… and who just thinks they do! Come join the fun and test yourself, but no calling out the answers! Heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar… Click here for more details!
Other happenings around town in the next few weeks include:
- Bath Farmers Market - Mar 8
- Wine Tasting at Now You’re Cooking - Mar 13
- Voices of the Sea at Maine Maritime Museum - Mar 14
- Blarney Ball at the Winter Street Center - Mar 15
- Downtown Cash Mob is Back! - Mar 20
- Midnight Explore at the (haunted) Winter Street Center - Mar 22
- “Fuel for Friends” donations/assistance
- Mobile Food Truck dates
- “Cool Hand Luke” at the Dreamland Theater - Mar 6
- Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro - Mar 7
- Art Classes at Centre St. Arts Studio - Mar – May
- Student Art Show opening at Patten Free Library - Mar 7
- Wood Carving Classes at Wayne Robbins Studio - begin Mar 12
- Chris Smither returns to the Chocolate Church - Mar 15
- Independent Films available at PFL
- “Birds!” exhibit at Markings Gallery - April – May
- Natives Are Restless at the Chocolate Church - Mar 28 & 29
- Computer Security Talk at the Patten Free Library - Mar 12
- Careers in Computer Information Systems - Mar 12
- “Those Contrary Winds” weather exhibit at Maine Maritime Museum - Mar 15 – June 1
- “Going Coastal” Exhibit at Maine Maritime Museum
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Jennifer Geiger, Director
Bath Farmers Market, Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street
Believe it or not spring is almost here, so hop like a bunny down to the Freight Shed this Saturday morning. We’re there from 9 to 12. Music is by Married with Chitlins. And next week Bath celebrates Blarney days and we’re part of it so bring a big basket and walk around town after you shop with us.
In the market: pick up vegetables for a boiled dinner next weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day; if you’re not a corned beef fan, try it with a brisket or a goat roast, chicken, turkey legs or even grilled fish. We’ve still got some winter vegetables, lots of onions and potatoes, celeriac and squash. Braising greens are looking good, lots of microgreens, lettuce and different sprouts. Radishes too. Breakfast breads and treats, lots of desserts, rich roasted coffee, and of course cheese cheese cheese. Stock up at Gracies Garden, as they may be out for a few weeks. We’ve got goats milk, lots of granola, honey and Maple syrup. Frozen cranberries, cranberry and other fruit preserves. You can talk to Kim at Shepherds and Such about her upcoming class in tea making at Boothbay Adult Ed on the 16th. Check in with Caitlin at Appleton Creamery about her upcoming classes, one on April 16 another on April 19 and 20th.
Picks of the week: at Pemaquid Lobster- mussels and seafood chowder; at Hootenanny, Rosemary Parmesan Ciabatta, or rustic sourdough. MicroMainea winter mix one –arugula, Brussels sprouts, red amaranth, and Swiss chard – wow. At Goranson fresh baby turnip greens, black beans and popcorn. At The Turkey Farm smoked Turkey salad, and shepherds pie with sweet potatoes. Hahns End brings in its gorgeous Bleu Velvet and tasty Ragged Isle. Grab a blueberry hand pie from Chase Farm Bakery, or a decadent Boston Creme cupcake. Mainly Poultry has plenty of eggs and chicken salad, stop at Big Barn Coffee for a jar of aromatic Sumatra. Maine Saltwater Creations offers scallop cakes and great vegetable soup options. The hon shimeji mushrooms at Oyster Creek are great for stir-fries. Grab a slice of cherry and dark chocolate bread pudding at Beryls and your day will be complete.
FMI call 549-7611 or email email@example.com
Join us for our monthly wine tasting on Thursday, March 13th between 5 and 7 p.m! We’ll have wines to complement Irish cuisine in honor of Bath Blarney Days.
We serve light appetizers and provide tasting notes. There is no need to sign up, just drop by between 5 and 7 p.m. Plus, we will have a fabulous drawing prize. We look forward to seeing you.
“Voices of the Sea” at Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
In 2012, Maine Maritime Museum launched a program to showcase the talents of men and women who earn a living working Maine’s waters. Voices of the Sea gives these hard working mariners the opportunity to provide a glimpse into the trials and beauty of their workaday world through music and poetry. Now in its third year, Voices comes to Bath during Bath Blarney Days to celebrate the stories of our working waterfront.
Friday, March 14; 7 p.m, Long Reach Hall
Members $15; nonmembers $17; children $10
Hosted by John McDonald, Maine’s Storyteller, with appearances by Bath’s own Kevin Gilmore, poet Sally Woolf-Wade, musician Bob Bowman and others.
Blarney Ball at the Winter Street Center, 243 Washington Street
Get your dancing shoes ready for Bath’s 3rd Annual Blarney Ball! Again this year, Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. is pulling out all the stops to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with music, dancing, great refreshments and lots of fun. Big Chips Trio is ready to play all the great hits to keep the crowd dancing. A cash bar will be available along with light appetizers provided by the many volunteers of SPI. The evening will take place at the beautiful Winter Street Center, 880 Washington Street in Bath, on Saturday, March 15th from 7:00 to 10:00pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. If you show a receipt from a Bath restaurant dated March 15th you will receive $5 off your ticket purchase at the door. Thank you to the evening’s sponsors – Brackett’s Market, M.W. Sewall, Pam Joy Art and Wilson’s Pharmacy – and to Bath Savings Institution for sponsoring Big Chips Trio. All proceeds benefit Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. and their continuing preservation efforts.
FMI/ tickets go to www.sagadahocpreservation.org or call 443-2174.
Downtown Cash Mob is Back!, Front & Centre, Downtown Bath
After a two-month winter hiatus, the Third Thursday CA$H MOB is back in March!
WHEN: Thursday, March 20th at 5:30 p.m. (third Thursday of the month)
WHERE: Meet on the corner of Front and Centre (under Hallett’s clock)
DETAILS: Bring a $20 bill (or more), your family and friends, and have fun discovering or being reacquainted with one of downtown Bath’s great stores.
FMI: 207-442-7291 or www.visitbath.com
Midnight Explore at the (haunted) Winter Street Center, 880 Washington Street
March 22 – Weekend of the Spring Equinox - Midnight Explore, 9 pm to midnight
Join the Mysterious Destinations team for a Midnight Explore at the haunted Winter Street Center in Bath. Two floors of documented paranormal activity will offer plenty of chances for new evidence to be found by YOU, after a brief training about paranormal detection equipment, how to use it, and the history of the building.
Mysterious Destinations will provide a variety of equipment for guests, though participants are also encouraged to bring their own gear, with cameras and flashlights recommended. The price for the Midnight Explore is only $35 per person with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Winter Street Center. Hot coffee, bottled water and light refreshments will be provided.
By reservation only, 207-380-4677, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fuel for Friends program is managed by Midcoast Maine Community Action (MMCA). They work in collaboration with the towns, local churches, the United Way, RSU 1. They are one of 10 community action agencies, throughout the State of Maine. Federal fuel funds for distribution, by these agencies, have been cut and, of course, the need is greater than ever this year.
Donations to MMCA, notation, “Fuel For Friends”, can be sent to MMCA, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, Maine 04530.
Folks seeking assistance, can apply directly to MMCA, 442-7963.
Mobile Food Truck 2014 dates, Grace Episcopal Church, 1100 Washington Street
Mobil Food Truck Dates (Note: Each truck is the last Tuesday of the month)
Tuesday, March 25th
Tuesday, April 29th
Tuesday, May 27th
Tuesday, June 24th
Tuesday, July 29th
TIME: 2:00-3:30 RAIN OR SHINE! WE REQUIRE EVERYONE TO ARRIVE CHEM FREE.
LOCATION: Grace Episcopal Church 1100 Washington St: Go north on Washington three blocks past the 4-way stop at North St. Just after you pass the church turn left on Edwards St, which leads to the parking lot. The Food Truck will be in this parking lot. There will be plenty of room to park in our parking lot. THERE ARE NO QUESTIONS ASKED. If you need food you are welcome to come. Please bring something to put your groceries in.
Please do not arrive before 1:30. After 1:30 join us for a snack while you wait.
“Cool Hand Luke” at the Dreamland Theater, Winter Street Center, 880 Washington Street
Sagadahoc Preservation’s Dreamland Theater will screen Cool Hand Luke on Thursday, March 6th at 7pm.
Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 American prison drama film directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring Paul Newman and featuring George Kennedy in an Oscar-winning performance. Newman stars in the title role as Luke, a prisoner in a Florida prison camp who refuses to submit to the system. The film, set in the 1940s, is based on Donn Pearce’s 1965 novel of the same name. Upon its release, Cool Hand Luke received favorable reviews and became a box-office success. The film cemented Newman’s status as one of the era’s top box-office actors, while the film was described as the “touchstone of an era”. Newman was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, George Kennedy won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2005, the United States Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry, considering it to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. The quote used by the prison warden in the film, which begins with “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate”, was listed at #11 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 most memorable movie lines.
Movies are shown every Thursday at 7pm at the Dreamland Theater at the Winter Street Center in Bath. The suggested donation is $5. The 2013-2014 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. This week’s movie is sponsored by the Maine Hosting.
Feel free to bring supper. Soft drinks and candies are available for $1 each.
Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro, 128 Front Street
Friday Night Jazz welcomes back Rafael Freyre on the bass and Gary Wittner on the guitar, singing and playing for your listening and dining pleasure. A little Latin, a little not, these two play with sophistication and soul! They are familiar and much appreciated performers in the New Space (and the old, for that matter!), and well worth coming out for on a cold early March evening. See and hear them at Solo Bistro this Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM.
Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, is offering a variety of art classes in their studio at 11 Centre Street.
Continuing Watercolor with Linda Murray begins Wednesday, March 5, for nine weeks, from 2 – 5 pm; cost $195.
Marsha Donahue returns for a three-day Watercolor workshop beginning Saturday, March 8 through Monday, March 10. Three days tuition is $350; two days tuition is $250.
Pat Chandler will teach a two-day Pastel Portrait workshop, Saturday – Sunday, April 12-13; cost $200.
Linda Murray returns May 9-11 for a 3 day Watercolor: Decalcomania workshop for $195. This technique presents many creative possibilities to the watercolor artist. The workshop will begin Friday, May 9 from 5-7 pm, and return Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 – 4:30 pm.
FMI centrestartsgallery.blogspot.com or call 207-442-0300.
Student Art Show opening at Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
An exhibition of student art will open Tuesday, March 4, in Patten Free Library’s second floor Community Room. It will include the work of local artists ranging in age from eleven to seventeen. The works in the show represent a variety of media and include perspective drawings, pencil sketches, watercolors, charcoal landscapes, prints, and color cut-outs. The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular library hours. The art will be on display through the month of March.
The art show is the project of the library’s Teen Library Council. The goal is to make the Student Art Show an annual library event.
There will be an opening reception on Friday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Light refreshments will be served.
FMI contact Roberta Jordan at Patten Free Library (443-5141, ext. 25).
Wood Carving Classes at Wayne Robbins Studio, 1302 High Street
Wood caving classes will be starting again at the studio of Wayne Robbins on March 12 at 6:30 to 8:30 and will run for 6 weeks. Equipment required is an Xacto type of sharp knife and a cut proof glove, both of which can be purchased on site. The cost is $90.00.
Chris Smither will perform his unique blend of folk blues on Saturday, March 15. The show begins at 7:30 pm at the Chocolate Church Arts Center.
Steeped in the southern blues roots, Smither’s music and wit have aged and become as complex as the topics he covers. His fingerpicks an acoustic guitar and delivers brilliant songs a by a bone-wise, hard earned, baritone voice.
Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. “Smither is an American original – a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.” Associated Press.
Chris Smither has always been his own man. He has zigged when others have zagged, eschewing sophisticated studio tricks and staying true to his musical vision. Perhaps no surprise that a number of his songs over the years have appeared on Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Diana Krall’s albums..
TICKETS: Tickets cost $22 advance, $25 door and are available online www.chocolatechurcharts.com or by calling the Chocolate Church box office 207-442-8455.
Independent Films available online at Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Patten Free Library in partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD), is pleased to announce the availability of IndieFlix for Libraries, a premier online streaming service and provider of award-winning independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world.
From the library’s website, patrons of Patten Free Library have unlimited access to thousands of streaming film-festival hits, including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more. IndieFlix is available on Apple®, Android™, and all Internet-enabled devices. Patrons can also watch films on TV with their Roku devices.
“We are excited about this new service for our cardholders. For a reasonable price, IndieFlix allows us to expand on the popularity of our Tuesday night film series and high circulation of our DVD collection without taking up any shelf space. It delivers films in a convenient format 24/7,” says Leslie Mortimer, Adult Services Manager at PFL. “IndieFlix is so easy to use! All it takes is one click on our homepage to create an account and you can instantly start browsing.”
Go to https://www.rbdigital.com/pattenlibraryme/indieflix to sign up or see a reference librarian for more information on how to access IndieFlix.
Birds! exhibit at Markings Gallery, 50 Front Street
With spring upon us ( soon!) and the sounds of birds becoming more apparent, it’s a good time to focus on birds and related elements created by talented Maine artists.
Markings has new offerings by Bath naturalist, teacher and wood carver Wayne Robbins. His carvings capture the essence of many types of shore birds in native and exotic woods. Jim and Holly Galante from Falmouth are exhibiting playful critters made from found and recycled materials. Their pieces can stay out year round and make your gardens very special.
Other bird related pieces include ceramic sculptures by Bath artist Carolyn Judson, sculptural birdhouses by James Brewer, carved granite bird baths by Obie Buell, and a sterling silver peace bird pin by Peggy Johnson.
Open daily 10-5 closed Tuesday/Wednesday
FMI 443-1499 or Markingsgallery.com
Natives Are Restless at the Chocolate Church, 804 Washington Street
Assembly of local luminaries collectively known as The Natives Are Restless will take the Chocolate Church Arts Center stage at 7:30 p.m. March 28 and 29
This is a musical collaboration of song writers and musicians who gather and present their favorite tunes for performance, featuring many original songs. This concert has grown beyond the original motivation creating a venue for artists to realize their vision of their music fully produced in a live format the way they are able to make it sound in the studio.
This talented group comes together to lend complete instrumentation and backing harmonies to each other’s songs in what has become a much anticipated late winter, cabin fever reliever at the Chocolate Church
Also scheduled to perform are Peter Alexander and his band, Liz and Chris Lannon, Red Beans and Rice, Earl Bigelow’s Cilantro
Tickets cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Advance tickets for seniors and students cost $10. All proceeds benefit the Chocolate Church.
FMI call 442-8455
Careers in Computer Information Systems session, University College at Bath/Brunswick
Careers in Computer Information Systems session at the Midcoast Center for Higher Education on Wednesday, March 12 from 6:00-7:00 pm. We have a great panel, including:
- Cindy Osgood, IT Deputy Director, BIW
- Dr. Anne Applin, Assistant Profession of Computer Technology, SMCC
- Jim Smith, CIO, State of Maine
- Henry Felch, Assistant Professor CIS, UMA
- Glenn Wilson, EdD, Associate Research Professor and Director of Information and Innovation, USM
This is a wonderful opportunity for high school students, college students and adults in career transition to gain information about career pathways and education options in the fields of IT and CIS.
Join us for a panel discussion of computer information systems careers. Participants will gain an understanding of career opportunities and education/training options for this industry. This event is free and open to the public.
Please register in advance by calling University College at Bath/Brunswick at 442-7736
Computer Security Talk at the Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
On Wednesday, March 12, Patten Free Library will host a presentation by Roland Wales on managing computer security on Windows-based machines. The session is free, open to the public, and will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Library’s second floor Community Room. No pre-registration is required.
“Computer security is one of those topics that everyone wants to understand better,“ says Roberta Jordan, an outreach and instruction librarian at Patten. “We’re pleased to have an expert like Mr. Wales share some basic tips on how to protect the information on your machine and keep your computer running at its peak performance.”
Roland Wales has worked for over 30 years in computer application development and support. Most recently, he worked at Bath Iron Works, which has one of the highest computer security standards in the industry.
FMI please contact Roberta Jordan at 443-5141, extension 25.
“Those Contrary Winds” weather exhibit at Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Exhibit: Those Contrary Winds: Weather and its Effects on Ships, Mariners and Maritime History
On view March 15 – June 1, 2014
Marjorie W. Kramer Gallery, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath
A selection of paintings, photography and artifacts from MMM and private collections highlighting the perverse yet privileged place of weather in the eyes of the mariner.
FMI visit www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org.
Exhibit: Going Coastal: Humor, Parody and Amusement of a Maritime Nature on view through June 1, 2014
Going Coastal celebrates how we have enjoyed ourselves on, alongside, and at the expense of the maritime world. It traces the transformation of maritime amusements from shipboard traditions to sailor stereotypes and nautical nonsense ashore.