Banners went up this week in downtown Bath, bringing some springtime color to the sidewalks until summer’s flowers arrive. This year’s theme was “On the Waterfront”. Take a look around the next time you’re downtown to see this year’s artwork installed on the lampposts, or click here to view online.
Do you have too much “stuff”? Need to do some spring cleaning? Sign up for Bath’s City-Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, May 3rd during Mayfair! Click here to download your yard-sale sign-up form and join us in one of the time-honored rites of spring!
Main Street Bath congratulates long-term board member, community volunteer and downtown supporter John Marsh of Bath Savings Institution for the his appointment with unanimous approval this month as a Commissioner to the Maine State Housing Authority!
Happenings around town in the next few weeks include:
- Downtown Bath Cash Mob! - Apr 17
- Sagadahoc Preservation Inc seeks Executive Director - thru Apr 18
- Bath Farmers Market - Apr 19
- Latin Dance Workshop at Tony Dance Studio – Apr 19
- Bath Historical Society Annual Meeting - Apr 19
- Winter Street Center Paranormal Midnight Explore benefit - Apr 25
- “Keep Bath Beautiful” day – Apr 27
- Storm Drain Stenciling Blitz – Apr 27
- Mobile Food Truck dates
- “Life of Brian” at the Dreamland Theater - Apr 17
- Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro - Apr 18
- Old-time Country Family Dance - Apr 18
- Mehuman Jonson Trio concert at the Chocolate Church - Apr 18
- “The Cherry Orchard” at the Chocolate Church - Apr 25-27, May 2-4
- Independent Films available at PFL
- “Birds!” exhibit at Markings Gallery - April – May
- Art Classes at Centre St. Arts Studio - Apr – May
- Cooking Classes at Now You’re Cooking - Apr 24
- Spring-centered Class at Halcyon Yarn - Apr 26
- Poetry Month Events at Patten Free Library - Apr 15 & 22
- Patten Free Celebrates Law Day – May 1
- 42nd Symposium and exhibit “Those Contrary Winds” at Maine Maritime Museum - May 3
- Patten to Repeat iPad Workshop Series for Seniors – May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6
- KELT Spring Stewardship Talk - May 31
- Reservations for Kennebec Explorers Day Camp now available
- “Going Coastal” Exhibit at Maine Maritime Museum
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The ospreys are back!
Jennifer Geiger, Director
Downtown Bath Cash Mob! Corner of Front & Centre
WHEN: Thursday, April 17th at 5:30 p.m. (third Thursday of the month)
WHERE: Meet on the corner of Front and Centre streets (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 442-7291 or on the Main Street Bath website.
Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc. seeks Executive Director
Sagadahoc Preservation Inc., a community based preservation organization in Bath, ME seeks part-time ED (25 hrs/wk). At least 5 years experience in administration with knowledge & interest in historic preservation. BA in preservation or related field preferred. Fundraising/grant writing experience required. See full job description at www.sagadahocpreservation.org Deadline to submit resume April 18th to P.O. Box 322 Bath Maine 04530 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bright days after winter give meaning to spring rituals of hope and renewal. Celebrate them with food fresh from farm and field. Come to market Saturday, 9-12, at the Freight sShed. Beryls Pastries will be away until our first summer market on May 3. Hahns End is back. Red Beans and Rice will be in the music corner.
In the market: with kids and calves arriving, our farmers have fresh goat and cows milk; lots of familiar cheeses are back and a few new ones. Greek yogurt-from cows or goats. Spinach and lettuce, radishes and braising greens have joined the carrots and parsnips. Microgreens and sprouts, and occasional fresh berries, eggs galore. Fill up an Easter basket –pile up intricately carved beeswax candles from Shepherds and Such, lavender hand cream from Pleasant Pond, a soft scarf from Meadowcroft, and a dozen beautifully dyed eggs of goats milk soaps from Appleton Creamery for your spring basket– what a pleasant treat.
Picks of the week: everything you need to make a festive holiday meal.
For Brunch- Hootenanny bagels with Bevre from Balfour; Chase Farm hot cross buns; Borealis Blueberry loaf with Hahns End fresh butter. Dragonfly Cove pancakes with Turkey Farm maple blueberry breakfast sausage; granola with honey from Pleasant Pond & goats milk from Mainely Poultry. Fresh Guatemalan Coffee from Big Barn
For Dinner- Start with St. Johns River Oysters from Pemaquid Lobster, or roasted vegetable soup with tomatoes and quinoa from Maine Saltwater. Roast grass fed lamb from Meadowcroft, a chicken from Mainely Poultry, or braise a brisket from Kelly Beef; bake fresh salmon, from Pemaquid Lobster. Serve with roasted baby parsnips and shallots from Tarbox or new carrots and braising greens from Goranson. Sauté a wild mushroom mix, (shiitake, hon shimanji, oyster) from Oyster Creek and serve with orzo.
Salad from MicroMainea- arugula microgreens, piled high and garnished with thinly sliced radishes from Sparrow Farm; set out a dish of winter radish or celeriac from Gracies Garden. Pies from Chase Farm or blueberry torte goat cheese from Appleton Creamery spread on sweet crackers offer a light finish.
If you want to celebrate by going out, stop at Solo Bistro where Jon Merry of Dragonfly Cove will be preparing dinner on the 20.
FMI call 549-7611 or email email@example.com
Que Pasa at Tony Dance Fitness Studio?
- Saturday April 19th - Latin Dance Workshop from 6:30 – 8.00PM
Zero experience necessary your will learn beginner Rumba, Chacha and Salsa!!!
Fee for this workshop only $15.00
- Monday, April 21st Beginner Salsa
- Tuesday, April 22nd Intermediate Salsa
Both classes are at 7:30pm and will run in 8-week sessions. Price $96 Non Members, $80 members
FMI 386-3221 or www.tonydancestudio.com
The Bath Historical Society Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 19.
The Pattens of Bath: Shipbuilders and Philanthropists presented by Dr. Charles E. Burden Saturday April 19, Patten Free Library Community Room, Summer Street, Bath. Program at 10:30 preceded by refreshments and a short business meeting at 10:00. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Bath Historical Society.
FMI 443.5141, ext. 18
Winter Street Center Paranormal Midnight Explore benefit, Winter Street Center, 880 Washington Street
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.
“Keep Bath Beautiful” day and Storm Drain Stenciling Blitz, from Bath City Hall, 55 Front Street
The Bath City Council invites you to join them for their third annual “Keep Bath Beautiful” Clean Up Day on Sunday, April 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
City Councilors will provide maps, trash bags, recycling bins, gloves, hand sanitizer and refreshments to those who are willing to help Keep Bath Beautiful by cleaning up refuse along streets and roadsides. A meeting area will be set up at Bath City Hall, 55 Front St. Families and volunteer organizations are encouraged to get a group together to participate.
For more information about Keep Bath Beautiful Clean Up Day, contact Council Chair Mari Eosco at email@example.com or 542-5444.
Keep Bath Beautiful Clean Up Day is partnering the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust Storm Drain Stenciling Blitz on April 27 from 1pm to 4pm. Teams of 2 to 5 members can pre-register to stencil storm drains with the message “Keep it Clean, Drains to River” throughout downtown Bath. Participants will be trained in stenciling technique before heading out to paint. This volunteer activity is perfect for families, neighborhood groups, scout troops, service clubs, and local businesses to promote a cleaner city and unpolluted waterways. Storm drain stenciling is a nationally used and fun community-building activity. By painting the friendly “keep it clean” message near storm drains, it serves as a reminder to residents and visitors that what goes down the city’s storm drains can end up in the Kennebec River.
Mobil Food Truck Dates (Note: Each truck is the last Tuesday of the month)
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.
“Life of Brian” at the Dreamland Theater, Winter Street Center, 880 Washington Street
Sagadahoc Preservation’s Dreamland Theater will screen Monty Python’s Life of Brian on Thursday, April 17th. Life of Brian, is a 1979 British comedy film starring and written by the comedy group Monty Python and directed by Terry Jones. It tells the story of Brian Cohen a young Jewish man who is born on the same day as, and next door to, Jesus Christ and is subsequently mistaken for the Messiah. For the rest of his life, Brian finds himself regarded as something of a messiah — yet he’s always in the shadow of this other guy from Galilee. Brian is witness to the Sermon of the Mount, but his seat is in such a bad location that he can’t hear any of it (“Blessed are the cheesemakers?”). Ultimately, he is brought before Pontius Pilate and sentenced to crucifixion, which takes place at that crowded, nonexclusive execution site a few blocks shy of Calvary. Rather than utter the Last Six Words, Brian leads his fellow crucifixees in a spirited rendition of a British music-hall cheer-up song “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”
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 Now You’re Cooking.
Feel free to bring supper. Soft drinks and candies are available for $1 each.
The Winter Street Center is the home of Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. and serves, in part, as a community center and is located across from Library Park at 880 Washington Street in Bath. For more information or to get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The full schedule may be viewed at sagadahocpreservation.org or on the Dreamland Theater Facebook page.
Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro, 128 Front Street
The New Space at Solo brings back pianist Jesse Feinberg together with the guru of jazz guitar, Gary Wittner, for some sophisticated sounds to sup with this Friday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 PM.
Bath Old-Time Country Family Dance
Friday, April 18th 6:30-8:00
It is time for one more Old-Time Country Dance at Bath Dance Works before we break for the summer. Jigs, Polkas and Waltzes will be played by local fiddlers and guitar players. Come circle left and promenade in this historic ballroom from 6:30 until 8:00 on Friday, April 18th. Heathy snacks will be provided and there is a donation of $5 per person.
Call your friends and meet downtown Bath for an old fashioned good time. No experience or partner necessary. All ages are welcome. Simple dances are taught by Sharon Pyne and Doug Protsik.
FMI call Sharon Pyne at 522-3900 or email email@example.com.
Mehuman Jonson Trio concert at the Chocolate Church, 804 Washington Street
Mehuman Jonson and her Trio returns to Bath for a special “3rd Friday Art Concert” at the Chocolate Church Arts Center on Friday, April 18. Mehuman (pronounced “Maymon”) wowed the crowd a few months ago at a New Year’s Eve party, and is back by popular demand. She brings a unique and refreshing blend of soul, jazz, rock, and rhythm & blues, creating music that is both danceable and highly listenable. The show begins at 7:30pm.
Ms. Jonson has an amazing background. She has toured with many of the best names in popular music, including Nora Jones, Meshell N’ Degeocello, Sheila E., Ani Difranco, Rufus Wainwright, and many others. Accompanying her on standup and 11-string electric bass is Max McFarland on bass and Casey Hufnagel on percussion providing a solid and exciting rhythm track.
Mehuman Johnson cut her teeth on old time gospel spirituals, straight ahead jazz, country blues, and classic rock and roll. Ms. Jonson delivers a powerful and punchy mix of “funky pulse-poet potions she calls folk hop for hip folk.”
Ticket price only $10. Tickets are available www.chocolatechurcharts.org or by calling the box office 207-442-8455. Doors open at 7:00pm for 7:30pm show.
The Cherry Orchard at the Chocolate Church, 804 Washington Street
The Cherry Orchard is the last play by Russian playwright Anton Chekhox. Since the initial production of 1904, directors have explored the dual nature of the play. This spring, Howard Waxman directs this play that runs April 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3, 4. Don’t miss this timeless story of an aristocratic Russian woman and her family as they return to their family estate (which includes a large and well-known cherry orchard) just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage.
Tickets available now online or by calling 207-442-8455.
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
Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, is offering a variety of art classes in their studio at 11 Centre Street.
Pat Chandler will teach a two-day Pastel Portrait workshop, Saturday – Sunday, April 12-13; cost $200.
Debra Arter will teach Gelatin Printmaking on Saturday, April 26, 10-4; cost $70, includes materials.
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.
Michael Vermette Plein Air II workshop May 17-18, 2014. Now enrolling for watercolor and oil painters, advanced beginner and beyond. The cost is $200 and students provide their own equipment. The instructor may collect an additional small fee for additional materials.
FMI centrestartsgallery.blogspot.com or call 207-442-0300.
Cooking Classes at Now You’re Cooking, 49 Front Street
with Chris Toy
Thursday, April 24th | 6-8 p.m.
Join Chris for this hands-on class and learn to roll your own nori sushi rolls and California rolls. Chris will also share with you his favorite recipes for seafood miso soup and ginger ice cream.
Get a jump on spring with some spring-centered classes at Halcyon Yarn:
April Flowers: Hooked Flower Brooches, Saturday, April 26. Let Susie Stephenson get you started making fun and decorative flower brooches to decorate you hat, coat, sweater or just about anything. These are fun and colorful accessories for you or for a special gift.
FMI www.halcyonyarn.com/classes or call 207-442-7909 to register.
Poetry Month Events at Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Patten Free Library is celebrating National Poetry Month in April with some exciting events!
Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair returns to PFL on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30pm. The spotlight this time is on his memoir, The Words I Chose: A Memoir of Family and Poetry, published in 2012. Copies of his memoir and his newest book of poetry will be on sale by Bath Book Shop.
Patten Free Celebrates Law Day in Libraries, 33 Summer Street
Bath attorney Don Lawson-Stopps will spend time at Patten Free Library on Law Day, Thursday, May 1, to provide resources and assistance to people in need, talk about statewide legal issues and meet with library patrons. Lawyers in Libraries: Law Day 2014 is a free event that is open to the public. It will take place from noon-2:00 pm in the library’s community room. No appointment is necessary.
Organizers of the series are the Maine Justice Action Group Collaboration on Innovation, Technology and Equal Access to Justice (the Collaboration) which includes the Maine State Bar Association, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Maine’s public libraries, the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the State of Maine Judicial Branch and other organizations interested in helping people access the legal resources they need, all working under The Maine Justice Action Group.
The goal of the day is twofold: to provide Maine citizens with access to legal advice and information and to demonstrate how legal access is critical to a community’s well-being: An entire community suffers when neighbors and friends go through foreclosure, are not safe in their homes, or cannot afford heat or food.
Participants in Lawyers in Libraries: Law Day 2014 will have an opportunity to meet with a lawyer based in their community and receive information about free resources, low-cost legal assistance and legal referrals. In addition, some attendees will have the opportunity for a brief private consultation with an attorney about personal legal matters. For more information, visit www.lawyersinlibraries.org.
“Those Contrary Winds” symposium and exhibit at Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Impact of Weather on Maritime History is focus of 2014 Maritime History Symposium – May 3
MMM’s 42nd Annual Maritime History Symposium, to be held Saturday, May 3, is titled “These Contrary Winds: Weather and its Effects on Ships, Mariners, and Maritime History.” After all, weather has been the companion on every voyage ever made. Scheduled speakers will present on weather and climate topics at both the micro and macro levels, discussing specific instances when weather was the overriding element of a maritime event or about long range climate trends that changed the course of maritime and human history. An exhibit of the same name will be on view in the museum’s Marjorie M. Kramer Gallery featuring paintings, photography, and artifacts which highlight the perverse yet privileged place of weather in the eyes of the mariner.
FMI visit www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org.
Patten to Repeat iPad Workshop Series for Seniors, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
On Friday, May 9, Patten Free Library will be host the first of five weekly iPad workshops for seniors. All five sessions are free, open to anyone aged 55 and over, and will be held on Friday mornings from 10:30 to noon in the Library’s Community Room.
The May 9 session, “Getting Started: Understanding Your Machine” will cover the basic topics relating to the use and enjoyment of the iPad. Participants will learn the basics about device controls, adjusting iPad settings, basic navigation, how to use the apps that come with the device, how to browse for and add apps, and how to use other features such as the calendar and email. The session will also include a conceptual introduction to “the cloud” and how it enables sharing of information and data across devices.
“We have done this series of workshops twice since February and are so pleased that we are still getting requests to offer it again,” said Roberta Jordan, the Outreach and Instruction Librarian who offers the workshops at Patten. “They are small and hands-on, so participants can develop confidence and basic skills. Most importantly, the workshops allow participants to develop an understanding of the range of activities the iPad makes possible, whether it’s playing Scrabble online, listening to podcasts, or making and sharing videos.”
Participants should have their own iPad, but no pre-registration is required. Future sessions include: Messaging (Text and Video) on May 16; “Taking, Storing, and Sharing Your Photos and Video,” (May 23); “Music, Video, and Podcasts” (May 30); and “eBooks and Audio Books” (June 6).
FMI contact Roberta Jordan at 443-5141, extension 25.
Reservations for Kennebec Explorers Day Camp, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Reservations for Kennebec Explorers Day Camp are now available online.
Maine Maritime Museum’s week-long summer day camp Kennebec Explorers Camp, conducted in conjunction with the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, will be offered in four sessions this year: June 23-27, July 21-25, August 4-8 and August 18-22. Enrollment in this highly popular camp for students ages 6 to 11 is limited and spaces fill quickly. Early enrollment is encouraged to ensure choice in schedule. Campers will explore the ecosystem of Merrymeeting Bay, and the dynamic history that occurred on its waters and along the shore - gaining a sense of stewardship for this special place. Outdoor excursions and guided activities include hands-on projects, site visits, boat cruises and kayaking expeditions on the Bay.
KELT Spring Stewardship Series
KELT SPRING STEWARDSHIP SERIES – Introduction to Google Earth, and Chainsaw Training and Maintenance
Saturday, May 31, Chainsaw usage, safety, & maintenance, 8:30am-3:30pm: Outdoor stewardship enthusiasts are encouraged to attend a chainsaw use and maintenance course lead by veteran wood cutter and part time logger, John Cullen. This is an introductory class on chainsaw safety and homeowner maintenance. The rain date for this event is June 1st. Only $35 per person thanks to sponsorship by The Nature Conservancy, the Phippsburg Land Trust, and KELT. Registration required by May 28th.
Please contact Becky Kolak at 442-8400 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up.
“Going Coastal” Exhibits at Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
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.