Santa’s visit to downtown Bath last weekend was a joyful occasion for Bath’s children, and a wonderful sharing of community. Many thanks to all the cookie-bakers, carolers, ornament-making helpers, face-painters, Girl Scout elves, punch servers, the Box 19 club, and all the businesses and community members who contributed to help us to light up the Children’s Tree and make the downtown festive for the holidays. Special thanks to our Christmas in Bath sponsors, Bath Savings Institution, Brackett’s Market and Mid Coast Hospital… and, of course, to Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Downtown Bath’s next event will be the annual Holiday Open House next Friday evening, December 13th from 5-8pm when we will light up the downtown with luminaries. Shops will stay open late with special sales, refreshments and demos. It’s a great opportunity to get in the spirit and get your holiday errands done! Stay tuned for more details in next week’s enews.
That evening through December 22, we also invite you to join the judges in selecting the “popular choice” in downtown Bath’s Window Decorating Contest. Keep an eye out for the red ballot boxes in businesses around town and vote for your favorite holiday window or storefront. All ballots will be entered in a drawing to win a gift basket of stocking stuffers from downtown businesses. The winner will be announced on December 23rd.
Click here for a full schedule of holiday activities throughout our cool little city, aka the Christmas City on the Kennebec!
And, last but not least… if you appreciate the community building activities and downtown business support provided by Main Street Bath, please consider making a tax deductible donation to our annual fund before the end of the year. With over 400 volunteers helping to make every dollar count, it will be money well invested! Click here to donate today!
Happenings around town in the next week include:
- Springer’s “Let It Snow” event - thru Dec 14
- Heather Moore Jewelry Event at Springer’s - Dec 5 & 6
- 42nd Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Café at West Bath School – Dec 7
- Bath Farmers Market - Dec 7
- Mrs. Claus story-time at the Patten Free Library – Dec 10
- YMCA “Festival of Trees” at the Maine Maritime Museum – Dec 10 & 11
- Bath Historical Society 2014 Calendar now available
- Mobile Food Truck Winter Coat Collection
- Admiral Steakhouse Weekday Specials
- Robert Coin Jewelry Holiday Trunk Event at Springer’s – Dec 13
- Book-signings at Bath Book Shop - Dec 14 & 21
- West Bath Historical Society Christmas Service & Carol Sing – Dec 17
- Room At The Top at Dreamland Theater - TONIGHT – Dec 5
- Member Holiday Show and Sale at the Centre Street Arts Gallery - Nov 27 – Dec 24
- Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro - Dec 6
- Elmhurst Art Sale - Dec 7
- “A Matter of Life and Death” screening at PFL - Dec 10
- Studio Theater of Bath presents Twisted Christmas – Dec 13 & 14
- Lauren Crosby at the Chocolate Church Arts Center - Dec 13
- Sweetback Sisters at the CCAC - Dec 14
- Call for Artists for “Winter Dreams” show at the CCAC gallery - Jan 6
- “Going Coastal” Exhibit at Maine Maritime Museum
- Hands-on Pasta Making at Now You’re Cooking - Dec 10
- Patten Free Library announces “Little Free Library” at YMCA - Dec 13
Scroll down for more details. Hope to see you downtown!
Jennifer Geiger, Director, Main Street Bath
Springer’s Jewelers Annual “Let it Snow” Event, 76 Front Street
Springer’s Jewelers Annual “Let it Snow” Event, Friday November 29th through Saturday December 14th.
If it snows 6 inches or more on Christmas Day your jewelry purchases are FREE, see Springer’s Jewelers website or store for details, some exclusions apply.
Heather Moore Jewelry Event at Springer’s Jewelers, 76 Front Street
Heather Moore Jewelry Grand Opening Event! Friday & Saturday December 5th & 6th. Heather Moore is the ultimate in personalized jewelry.
Roberto Coin Jewelry Holiday Trunk Event, Friday December 13th. The finest Italian fashion jewelry!
Visit our website for details at springersjewelers.com.
42nd Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Café at West Bath School, 126 New Meadows Road, West Bath
42nd Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Café at West Bath School, . Saturday, December 7th, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Shop local handmade crafts including: jewelry, knitted items, quilts, baked goods and other specialty foods, wooden gifts and doll clothes. Join us for breakfast or lunch—we’ll have lots of tasty goodies to eat. NEW this year: don’t miss an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus!
FMI please contact Lisa at 443-9145 or Nancy at 841-7746
Bath Farmers Market, Bath Freight Shed, Commercial Street
Saturday Farmers Market is in full swing down at the Bath Freight Shed on Commercial Street, behind the Customs House. If you ate too much last week don’t worry; we have plenty of food for light and healthy meals, and you are welcome to it. This week our music is by Twisted Strings.
In the market this week: lots of creamy yogurt, vanilla lemon and plain, from goats and cows. Fresh milk too and cheeses galore-soft and hard, ripe and new. Root vegetables in a rainbow: carrots in red yellow and orange, beets in red and gold; red white and blue potatoes, big yellow rutabagas, rusty white celeriac. Back it all up with gorgeous orange and yellow squashes from very small to very large; we are blessed to have both fresh and frozen seafood cakes: Salmon, haddock, cod. Fresh fish and shellfish, numerous cuts of beef, turkey, goat and chicken, whole ducks (what a treat), lots of apples still, plenty of honey and maple syrup, granola and coffee. Bakers are bursting out loaves of country, sourdough, Continental, wheat and whole-grain, even gluten-free. Lots of desserts – tarts, cookies, pastries and pies; dried beans, houseplants, wool and felted goodies for Holiday gifts.
Picks of the week: toasted oats sourdough from Borealis; fresh eggs from Mainely Poultry; fresh leeks ginger and turmeric from Sparrow Farm; coconut curry squash soup from Maine Saltwater Creations soft cheeses from Hahns End – Mt. David is ready, Golden Ridge is coming ;along; savory pastries for lunch from Beryls’ cheesy bear claw and firm Elm oyster mushrooms from Oyster Creek Mushroom; brand-new – lobster taute, a savory pie ,and lobster bisque from Pemaquid Lobster and Seafood; everything bagels from Hootenanny; goat meat for a spicy winter stew from Dragonfly Cove, and daikon, arugula and braising greens from Goranson Farm.
Stop at the Bath Historical Society table for picturesque and authentic calendars, postcards and magnets – great stocking stuffers.
FMI call 549-7611 or email email@example.com
Mrs. Claus story-time at the Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Mrs. Claus is coming to town!
Tuesday, December 10, 6:30-7:30 pm
Children can wear their PJs, enjoy some holiday refreshment and listen to holiday music whle making a paper stocking in the Storytime room. Then, the children will march down the hall to hang their stockings with care by the Library’s fireplace where Mrs. Claus will read to us all.
YMCA “Festival of Trees” at the Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Tuesday, December 10 -
10am-1:30pm - Tree viewing with yummy treats and beverages, cookie decorating, and stories by Mrs. Claus. Now charge, however donations are always appreciated. Theme: A Traditional Christmas
Wednesday, December 11 -
10am-4pm- Open House viewing of 22 trees decorated by area businesses & non-profits. No charge donations welcome.
5:30-8pm – Champagen Gala, with hot & cold hours d’oeuvres, harpists, and caroling with the Oratorio Chorale. Tickets $25 at the door, $20 in advance.
Bath Historical Society announces 2014 Calendar
Bath Historical Society is pleased to announce that its 2014 wall calendar is now available. The new calendar features vintage photographs of the Mom-and-Pop stores formerly located throughout Bath, which were featured in the two BHS lectures about Neighborhood Grocery Stores delivered by Charlie Burden and Kerry Nelson. A unique gift, the calendar is very affordable at only $10. Calendars will be on sale during the holiday season at the Bath Book Shop, Brick Store Antiques, Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine, Now You’re Cooking, the Library Bookstore, Ornament and the Patten Free Library circulation desk. To order by mail, please send a check to Bath Historical Society at 33 Summer Street, Bath, and please add an extra $3 to cover shipping and handling costs. We wish you a historic year in 2014!
Winter Coat Collection for Mobile Food Truck
Please help keep your neighbors warm this winter!
We are collecting as many Men’s, Women’s and Children’s coats, hats, snowpants and mittens as we can to hand out this winter. We are also looking for new and gently used blankets. If you have a donation call Glenis Elliott at 837-0014. These winter items wil be distributed at the monthly Mobile Food Truck, located at Grace Episcopal Church, on the last Tuesday of every month from 2-4pm.
Collection sites: Main Street Bath in the Bath Visitors Information Center/Train Station, 15 Commercial Street, and Coastal Glass, in Coastal Plaza (across from Walgreens)
Weekday menu at the Admiral Steakhouse, 798 Washington Street
NEW! Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – Two Prime Rib Dinners for only $29.95! Served with a choice of side and a vegetable!
Reservations Suggested on line at www.admiralsteak.com or 207-443-2555
Robert Coin Jewelry Holiday Trunk Event at Springer’s Jewelers, 76 Front Street
Roberto Coin Jewelry Holiday Trunk Event, Friday December 13th. The finest Italian fashion jewelry!
“Book-signings at Bath Book Shop, 96 Front Street
We have two book signings in December…
December 14th - John MacDonald will be at the Bath Book Shop from 11am – 1pm signing Maine Trivia, A moose and a Lobster Walk into a Bar, and Down the Road Apiece. His books make great Christmas gifts.
December 21st - Elizabeth Bodner will be at the Bath Book Shop signing her new book, Seven Women in Maine from 11am – 1 pm. This would make a great gift for the women on your list.
West Bath Historical Society Christmas Service & Carol Sing, Old West Bath Meeting House, Berry’s Mill Road, West Bath
West Bath Historic Society presents its Annual Community Christmas Service and Carol Sing
Tues, December 17, at 7pm
Service led by Rev. Mark D. Wilson
Open to all. Donations welcome. Light refreshments.
Sagadahoc Preservation’s Dreamland Theater will screen Room at the Top on Thursday, December 5th at 7pm. This 1959 film is based on John Braine’s novel of the same title. Working-class Englishman, Laurence Harvey, who married for money while having an affair with a French woman, soon realizes that he’s sold his soul in the process. This week’s movie is sponsored by House of Logan.
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.
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.
Member Holiday Show and Sale at the Centre Street Arts Gallery, 11 Centre Street
Under $100 - Member Holiday Show and Sale
A special exhibit in the small “Guest Gallery” of original art by member artists will be priced to go at under $100.
Wednesday, Nov. 27, though Tuesday, December 24, 3 pm.
Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro, 128 Front Street
Friday Night Jazz welcomes Zach Ovington back, together with New Space newcomer, Ellen Carlson and her violin(s). A mild-mannered banker by day, by night Zach metamorphoses magnificently into a multi-instrumental master musician who is purportedly primarily playing his guitar for this gig with famous fiddler Ellen Carlson. I’m guessing we will hear at least a few echoes of Grappelli and Reinhart, but with some impressive bluegrass chops, Carlson and Ovington may take things in a distinctly American direction as well. Come see and hear these extraordinary musicians this Friday evening from 6:30 to 9:30PM at Solo Bistro!
“A Matter of Life and Death” screening at Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
On Tuesday, December 3 at 6:30pm, Patten Free Library will show “A Matter of Life and Death” (“Stairway to Heaven”) (1946) A Britishairman (David Niven) must plead his case in Heaven’s court so he may return to Earth to be with the woman he loves (Kim Hunter).
Admission is free; refreshments are served.
The complete lineup of the library’s “Hark! Cinema Angels” series is available at www.patten.lib.me.us and in the library. The series ends on December 17 with the beloved holiday favorite “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Showtime for all films is 6:30pm. Admission is free; homemade refreshments are served.
Studio Theater of Bath presents Twisted Christmas, Winter Street Center, 880 Washington Street
A Nice and Naughty Evening of Entertainment!
Leave the kiddos at home and join us for a festive evening of songs, skits, audience participation and classic Christmas themes with a TWIST!
Friday December 13th and Saturday December 14th – 8pm
$10 per person – tickets available at door (cash or check only)
Holiday spirits available at our cash bar!
Lauren Crosby headlines at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington Street
To build on the routine of the 3rd Friday Bath Art Walk, the Chocolate Church has been presenting a series of concerts focused on local musicians as headliners and opening acts. The next benefit concert is in the series is unique by its date of December 13 and by featuring local musicians all under the age of 23. The concert featuring Lauren Crosby with Abby Dunn and Jesse Gardner as opening acts begins at 7:30 pm.
Headliner Lauren Crosby, a Morse High School graduate, is a young folkie/bluesy singer/songwriter. For being only 19 years old, Lauren has performed at numerous bars, clubs, performance spaces, and festivals in Maine. Recently Lauren studied Jazz and Blues at the University of Memphis under the wing of Ms. Joyce Cobb, legendary blues vocalist. While in the Memphis music scene, Lauren found herself making several connections and singing on lead vocals with a Grateful Dead/Holler Roots cover band around Northern Mississippi and Memphis. In addition to pursuing her music career, she is a full time student at the University of Maine at Farmington. After college, Lauren plans to be a traveling singer/songwriter, record an album, and publish a book of poems.
Abby Dunn is a senior at Wiscasset High School. She has played guitar since the 8th grade and has been writing songs since 9th grade. Abby also plays the piano and the ukulele. Future plans include operating her own studio in or around Boston and becoming a producer.
Tickets are $10 and available online www.chocolatechurcharts.org or by calling the box office 207-442-8455.
Sweetback Sisters at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington Street
Sweetback Sisters bring Honkytonk flair to Christmas at Chocolate Church!
The Sweetback Sisters will add a burst of energy to traditional Christmas songs with their concert Saturday, December 14 at the Chocolate Church Arts Center located at 804 Washington Street, Bath. The show begins at 7:30pm with a southern country music flair uniquely their own.
Sweetback Sisters Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy.
Audiences go wild for their close harmonies, charismatic stage presence and the crackling musicianship of their cohorts. But while the Sweetback Sisters formed due to their deep love of classic country music, their individual foundations are quite varied. Even with well-known Christmas songs, the tension between their various backgrounds gives the music something original and exciting. Their music is an homage to what country music used to be: a melting pot of rock, jazz, and traditional music.
Tickets available online www.chocolatechurcharts.org or by calling the box office 207-442-8455 are $12 advance, $15 door.
Call for Artists for “Winter Dreams” show at the CCAC gallery, 804 Washington Street
CALL FOR ARTISTS: “WINTER DREAMS” CHOCOLATE CHURCH MEMBER SHOW
The Chocolate Church Arts Center at 804 Washington Street will accept artwork from member artists on Monday, January 6, 2014, from 2-6 pm in the Gallery.
Artists who are members or become members may submit 2-3 original artworks for the exhibition “Winter Dreams” which opens January 17, 2014 and will run through late February.
All work submitted must be framed or otherwise ready to display, and must be for sale, benefiting the Chocolate Church Arts Center.
“Winter Dreams” opening reception will be held on Friday, January 17, from 5 to 7 pm, along with the arts center’s Third Friday Series. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
More information and a Consignment Agreement will be available on the website:
FMI www.Chocolatechurch.com or by calling 207-442-8455.
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.
Pasta Making Class at Now You’re Cooking, 49 Front Street
HANDS-ON PASTA MAKING
with Chris Toy
Tuesday, December 10th | 6-8 p.m.
Join Chris in this hands-on class and experience the fun of making your own pasta. Chris will show you how to work with pasta dough, how to incorporate different grains, and how to make fresh vegetable pastas. Then enjoy a plate of your fresh pasta and discover just how good it tastes.
This class is $40 per person or $70 for two. All classes include recipe cards, a 10% discount on non-sale items, and delicious food.
Sign-up online or by calling 207-443-1402
Bath Area YMCA and Teen Library Council to Unveil “Little Free Library”
On Friday, December 13, the Bath Area Y and the Teen Library Council of Patten Free Library (PFL) will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on a new “Little Free Library” to be installed at the Y. The event is free, open to the public, and will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the Y lobby. The snow date is Monday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m.
Little Free Libraries (LFL) are the product of an international movement to promote literacy and a love of reading by building free book exchanges. There are now more than 10,000 such libraries throughout the world. The libraries are small, custom-made boxes placed in public locations and neighborhoods. Each chartered library displays the organization’s mantra: “Take a Book, Leave a Book.”
“When our Teen Library Council members saw the Little Free Library web site, they knew right away that this was something they wanted to be part of,” said Roberta Jordan, the librarian at Patten Free Librarian who coordinates the work of the council. “Then the father of one of council members got excited by the idea too, and offered to build the first one for us. The YMCA was equally enthusiastic about being the first location in Bath to have a Little Free Library. The project came together really quickly.”
Community members and organizations interested in building or becoming stewards of a Little Free Library in the Bath area may contact Mallory Goodine at email@example.com or Roberta Jordan, the outreach and instruction librarian at Patten Free Library at 443-5141, extension 25. For more information on the Little Free Library movement, see www.littlefreelibrary.org.