As we prepare to welcome August please take a moment to ask yourself “have I been enjoying the Gazebo and Waterfront concerts?” If not then get out there and shake something!
Then, check out this week’s happenings: A twilight hike at Thorne’s Head with KELT, a wine tasting at Now You’re Cooking, and a Fabulous Fun Fiber Crafts Show at Halcyon Yarn are just some of your options. This week’s opportunities for fun also include the ever dependable Bath Farmer’s Market Saturday 8:30am-noon, Gazebo Concerts every Tuesday and Friday at 7pm; plus Music on the Waterfront Park dock every Saturday at 6pm.
Check out the listings below for details and other happenings in the coming weeks
- Thorne Head Preserve Twilight Hike- July 31
- PFL Teen Writing Contest – August 1
- Now You’re Cooking Wine Tastings – August 1, 14 & 15
- Bath Farmers Market - August 2
- Fabulous Fun Fiber Crafts Show - August 6
- KELT to Celebrate 25 years- August 12
- Random Acts of Kindness Day – August 16
- Grand Opening – Blacksmith Exhibit at Maine Maritime Museum - August 16
- Mobile Food Truck - August 26
- Teen Summer Nights Film Series - July 30
- Bath Shakespeare Festival presents As You Like It - through Aug 2
- Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro - August 1
- Gazebo Concert in City Park - August 1 & 5
- Summer Saturdays Concert Series - through August 30
- Summer film series at the Patten Free Library - August 5
- Summer Creativity! Markings Gallery – Aug. 1-Aug. 30
- PFL to host college application workshop, register by August 1 – August 12
- Red Cloak Haunted History Tours – July 31, August 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 17
- Bath Historic Architecture Tours at MMM
- Cooking Classes at Now You’re Cooking - July 31
- Behind the Scenes tours at the Maine Maritime Museum
- New Trolley Tours at MMM- July & Aug
- Naval Architecture and Wooden Surfboards Exhibits at Maine Maritime Museum
- Mid-Week Trips on the Maine Eastern Railroad – August 6, 20 & 27
- Evolution of the Maine Lobster Boat, Maine Maritime Museum – August 14
- Preserving Your Fresh Maine Blueberries , Now You’re Cooking – August 26
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See you downtown!
Cathy Matero, Assistant to the Director
KELT Twilight Hike, Thorne Head Preserve
The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) continues its Summer Exploration series on July 31 with a Twilight Hike from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at Thorne Head Preserve in Bath. Put fresh batteries in your flashlight, dig out your favorite marshmallow roasting stick, and come explore KELT’s most popular preserve as the sun sets. A family friendly event, join Maine Master Naturalists, Becky Kolak and Ruth Indrick, on a guided hike to discover the nightlife of the preserve followed by a campfire and s’mores in the preserve parking lot.
Registration is strongly encouraged and any questions can be directed to Becky Kolak at 442-8400 or email@example.com. A rain or shine event, the hike is free and open to the public. This program was generously sponsored by the Merrymeeting Bay Trust.
Competition for Teen Writers, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Patten Free Library is inviting submissions beginning August 1 for its annual teen writing contest, “Write On!” Any student in grades seven through twelve residing in the library service area or attending schools in R.S.U. 1 may participate in the contest, and may submit one piece of original work in the categories of short fiction and memoir.First and second prizes will be named in two categories (short fiction and memoir) and two age groups (grades 7 to 9 and grades 10-12). First prize winners will earn a $100 gift certificate, and second prizes winners will win $50 gift certificates. Submissions will be accepted until November 14; all entries will be judged by a panel of library staff, trustees, local educators, and teen library council members.Winners will be announced in early December. Submission guidelines can be obtained through the library website beginning August 1 or by contacting Roberta Jordan at the library (443-5141, ext. 25, or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wine Tastings, Now You’re Cooking, 49 Front Street
Now You’re Cooking Wine Tasting , August 1st from 5 to 6:30 p.m. A Special French Wine Tasting with Jean Louis de Castro from Long Island Wine Merchants and Adam from South Portland Wine Company. Jean and Adam will have with them five wines from the Loire Valley and surrounding area. This is a great opportunity to taste some exceptional whites and reds from one of the most famous wine regions in France.
Also Thursday, August 14th from 5 to 7 p.m. NYC’s monthly wine tasting with Kurt Spann from Winebow. Kurt represents some wonderful wines and he will have with him some of his favorites.
New to us this summer are wines from Breakwater Vineyards. Join us on Friday, August 15th from 5-7 p.m. for our Bath ArtWalk wine tasting and a wonderful selection of wines from this Maine winery.
We provide light appetizers and tasting notes, and there is no need to sign-up, just stop-by! Our tastings are always FREE.
Bath Farmers Market, Waterfront Park, Commercial Street
Summer seems to be flying by, farm and field giving up their bounty: you can find most of it here at the Bath Farmers Market, 8:30 to 12 each Saturday. Stroll down to Commercial Street towards the river from front, and bring a big basket or bag.
In the market: we’ve gone well beyond lettuce, though what we have is gorgeous too- all shades of red and green. It’s hard to choose from the Napa cabbage, long green leafy heads of radicchio or short red round ones; tatsoi and bok choy or fresh celery, snap and sugar peas .Broccolini, broccoli raab, an occasional caluliflower, and kohlrabi. Beans have burst out, – yellow green purple. Summer squash is here – little green and yellow ones, chunky grown-ups zucchini and dark yellow densely delicious. Pattypans crept in this week, and WE have blueberries. New potatoes in many colors and shapes, corn shoots and pea tendrils. At least 11 to 12 kinds of mushrooms – and truffle too – sweet. Eggs, cheese meat and poultry, baked goods and breads abound.
Picks of the week raspberries at Pleasant Pond Farm plump and juicy, and the last sweet strawberries from Sparrow Farm. Pick up the first lemon cucumbers at Goransons, dress with lemon basil fragrant and light, from Tarbox Farm. Gracies Garden has fresh pickles and spicy kimchee. Garlic lovers sausage at the Turkey farm is great for the grill or a light summer sauté: try with some of that radicchio. Cocoa Jack cheese from Appleton Creamery, Lynn from Hahns End or Italian Herb feta crumbles from Balfour all give you a dairy fix to remember. Pickup swordfish or some fresh scallops from Pemaquid Lobster. Gift hunting? Look at the cleanly designed handmade yogurt cases at Shepherds and Such, or the eye-catching jewelry from Claudia Sortwell at Big Barn Coffee – she has some special blue and green and brown pieces right now. And of course indulge yourdelf at Sheepscot Flower Farm – be enchanted by the blue glitter sea holly and the luminescent dahlias in sunrise/sunset colors.
Music this week is by Rick Turcotte. FMI 549-7611 or email Joan at Joan.Detel@Comcast.net.
Fabulous Fun Fiber Crafts Show, Halcyon Yarn, 12 School Street
The public is invited to the Fabulous Fun Fiber Crafts Show, a part of Halcyon Yarn’s annual FiberME tour. The free exhibit is open from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6 at the Halcyon Building, 12 School Street in Downtown Bath. It will feature 17 fiber artists displaying and selling their creations for enjoyment and sale.
Halcyon Yarn’s FiberME Tour and Fabulous Fun Fiber Craft Show shine a spotlight on Maine’s status as a fiber arts mecca. The FiberME tour brings fiber enthusiasts from all over the country (and world!) to visit mills, farms and fiber artists’ studios throughout Maine. This year’s FiberME Tour will be held August 3-8. The tour is sold out for 2014, but all are invited to share in the excitement of the Fabulous Fun Fiber Craft Show with tour participants.
KELT TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS AND NEW COMMUNITY PRESERVE, Georgetown
GEORGETOWN- On August 12th, US Senator Angus King will help the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) celebrate 25 years of conservation and announce the creation of a new 160-acre community preserve in Georgetown. The Mooring Bed & Breakfast on Seguinland Road will host this membership celebration and community event. A social hour and cash bar will begin at 5 pm, followed at 6 by a traditional lobster bake.
Event tickets ($50 per individual or $125 per patron) are limited and can be purchased online at www.kennebecestuary.org or by calling Anne Reiter at 207-442-8400. Event sponsors include Jorgensen Landscaping, The Mooring, Reed & Reed, Sharon Drake Real Estate, Stantec, Taylor Rental and Woodex.
Random Acts of Kindness Day, Front Street Bath
Saturday August 16th from 10am-5pm. Goals for kindness day: To bring our community of Bath together in a day dedicated to doing small Random Acts of Kindness. To show people that even the smallest amount of kindness can have the biggest impact. All are invited and activities are free.
What will you see at kindness day? Kindness Day will have a mixture of speakers and music, fun interactive stations and happy people! Some examples of the stations you might see are:
- Wisdom station from the wonderful people of the Plant Home
- Write a love letter to yourself/others
- Get your portrait drawn by a child
- Relay knitting (people can do one row or 100!) to knit scarves and blankets for the needy
- Affirmation station
- Take a flower, give a flower
- Pet a puppy (animals need kindness too!)
- Listening stations where someone will just listen to anything you have to say!
Special activities include an opening kick-off by comedian John Ater and music performed by the amazing Max Ater.
We invite merchants and community members to contribute any way they feel they can promote their own form of kindness! Whether it be through their ideas, donations, or even creating a kindness station of their own!!
Our wonderful community of Bath, Maine can be the start of something amazing and beautiful that can continue on for years. Just imagine a whole day where you can be enveloped with kind smiles, thoughtful comments, and our community working together to spread the love.
Contact information: Bryanna Ringrose (Morse class of 2015) Email: email@example.com
OR Taylor Bisson*(Morse class of 2015) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenneth D. Karmer Blacksmith Shop Exhibit, Maine Maritime Museum
Free Admission. The only missing original building from the historic Percy & Small Shipyard, a blacksmith shop, will now be represented by the Kenneth D. Kramer Blacksmith Shop Exhibit, approximating the original’s dimensions and location and evoking its purpose. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a working blacksmith shop as blacksmithing skills and techniques are demonstrated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. FMI visit www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org.
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)
Tuesdays, August 26th, September 30th , October 28th , November 25th , December 30th
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.
Teen Summer Nights Film Series, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
“Teen Summer Nights,” is a Wednesday night movie series.
Movies will be shown in the library’s air-conditioned Community Room. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for light refreshments and chat; movies will begin at 6:00 p.m. All the movies in the series have a PG-13 or PG rating. The full schedule includes:
July 30: Ender’s Game (2013) (114 minutes)
August 6: Divergent (2014) (139 minutes)
Questions about the programs may be directed to Roberta Jordan, Outreach and Instruction Librarian, at email@example.com, or by calling 443-5141, extension 25.
Bath Shakespeare Festival presents As You Like It, Library Park, 33 Summer Street
Bath Shakespeare Festival presents As You Like It
July 17-August 2, 2014 – Thursdays at 6pm and Saturdays at 5pm, Library Park, 33 Summer Street
As You Like It is the story of the plucky Rosalind who is separated from her true love when she is banished to the forest of Arden. Roaslind uses a clever disguise to try to reunite with her love and, in the process, sets off a most remarkable series of comic events.
Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro, 128 Front Street
Gary Wittner (guitar & vocals) this Friday (August 1 ) evening from 6:30 – 9:30 PM at Solo Bistro!
Don’t forget that we are now open Sundays for brunch and dinner and Mondays for lunch and dinner!
Gazebo Concerts in City Park, 33 Summer Street
Every Friday and Tuesday evening at 7pm through August 22.
August 1 - Merry meeting Community Band
August 5 - Bath Municipal Swing Band
Grab a blanket or BYOB lawn chair and come enjoy a summer evening of community and music outdoors in downtown Bath! Main Street Bath presents this series of free concerts each Tuesday & Friday at 7:00 pm in the Gazebo at City Park by the Patten Free Library.
In case of inclement weather call 207-442-7291. Decisions to cancel will be made by 4:30pm.
Summer Saturdays Concert Series, Waterfront Park, Commercial Street
For eight consecutive Saturdays through August 30, the Bath waterfront will be the stage for a variety of musicians with the Summer Saturday Concert Series presented by the Chocolate Church Arts Center.
All concerts begin at 6pm; bring a blanket or lawn chair. The summer concert line up includes
August 2 – Cilantro (rain location: Chocolate Church)
August 9 – Hollow Body Eclectic
August 16 – Married with Chitlins
August 23 – Lauren Crosby & Friends
August 30 – Love to Burn
This is the first off-site concert series presented by The Chocolate Church Arts Center. FMI call 442-8455
Summer film series, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
“Hot Times in the City”… A selection of the best summer movies ever! Tuesdays at 6:30pm
August 5 In the Heat of the Night (1967-Crime Drama-NR)
FMI 443.5141 x25 | www.patten.lib.me.us
Summer Creativity! Markings Gallery
Aug. 1-Aug. 30 New work by a multitude of creative Maine folks! A multi media collection including turned wood by Peter Asselyn of Durham and Mark Irving of Bath. Woven scarves,jackets, home elements presented by Janice Jones of Bradford, Hillary Hutton of Vienna, Amy Smith of Arrowsic. Jewelry involving an array of techniques and materials by Peggy Johnson of Portland, Judith Barker of Yarmouth, Stephanie Sersich of Topsham, and Jennifer Nielson of Portland is sparkling in the cases. Other artists are included in clay, glass, fiber,mixed media and photography. Reception during Third Friday Artwalk Aug. 15th 5-8 Markings Gallery , Bath 443-1499
Patten Free Library to Host Common Application Workshop
Registration opens August 1 for an August 12 workshop on the Common Application for college admission. The event is for rising high school seniors and will be held at Patten Free Library from 6-8 p.m. in the library’s Community Room. Several local college counselors will be on hand to help students learn the basics about the Common Application web site and to get a jump-start in developing a strong personal profile. The event is free and open to any high school senior; pre-registration is required.
Interested students must pre-register for the event (to get an accurate head count for pizza), and should bring their own laptop or tablet (a limited number of library laptops are available). Students may register by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone, 443-5141, extension 25. When registering, please provide the registrant’s full name, contact information (email or phone), and whether a parent plans to attend, too.
Red Cloak Haunted History Tours
Red Cloak Haunted History Lantern Lit Walking Tour of Bath
7:30 – 9:00, July 31, August 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 17
Explore some early history of Bath as well as some mysteries and haunted tales!
Bath Historic Architecture Tours, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath Historic Architecture Tours
MMM’s newest experience – an architectural trolley tour of Bath called “The City that Ships Built” – begins next Tuesday, but it only runs twice a week
(2 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays) for 10 weeks, so availability is limited. Learn about the famous families of Bath and the landmark buildings that shaped this historic city. Sewall, Moses, Patten, Hyde…you’ve heard the names, now hear their stories. Make your reservations now for this all-new inspiring and informative tour conducted in cooperation with Sagadahoc Preservation Inc.
Members $20; nonmembers $27; under 17 $12
Cooking Classes at Now You’re Cooking, 49 Front Street
INCREDIBLE INDIAN CUISINE with Chris Toy Thursday, July 31st | 6-8 p.m.
Chris Toy is in the kitchen creating a wonderful Indian meal. Join Chris for this hands on class and learn to make naan bread for your homemade hummus, that delectable dip made from chickpeas and tahini! Learn how to prepare curry roasted chicken wings and basmati saffron rice. The finishing touch will be a pineapple and coconut sorbet.
Classes are $50 per person or $80 for two, unless otherwise indicated
Sign-up online or by calling 207-443-1402
All classes include recipe cards, a 10% discount on non-sale items, and delicious food.
Look for full details of Chris Toy’s Greek cooking class on Thursday, August 28th from 6 to 8 p.m. to be posted on the events page of our website.
Behind the Scenes tours at the Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Behind-the-scenes curatorial tours begin next week: Collection vaults – Wed & Fri, Small craft – Mon & Thurs
During July and August visitors can go behind-the-scenes to explore the museum’s extensive collection of artifacts and small boat holdings. Because there are more than 22,000 artifacts in the museum’s extensive collection the vast majority are rarely on view. With a curator as your guide you’ll learn the fascinating background stories.
If there is a particular artifact or craft you’re interested in seeing you can ask the curator to include it on the tour.Tickets are available online. Members $8; nonmembers $20; under 17 $8
New Trolley Tours a hit at Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
This season, visitors to Maine Maritime Museum will have new opportunities to explore and experience the state’s renowned shipbuilding heritage through new tours offered in Bath.
The museum has developed two new trolley tours, “The Bath Iron Works Story” and the “Historic Bath Architecture: The City that Ships Built” in response to the BIW decision to suspend the museum’s popular shipyard drive-thru tours because of safety and security concerns during a period of heightened shipyard construction and shipbuilding activity.
“We have taken the BIW Tour 3 years in a row (bringing different guests each time). We thought the tour this year was very good…more information than on the other tours.” That comment came from a visitor from Peabody, Mass., and is indicative of the responses received regarding the new “BIW Story” tour. So if you’ve been waiting to hear about the tour before making reservations, don’t dally or you might not get the dates you want. After all, Andree C. of New Orleans commented, “The Trolley tour and movie (part of tour) were very indepth and BIW is impressive, even via film. I would come here and take the Trolley Tour again.”
The tour will be offered Monday through Saturday beginning on June 2 and running through October 11.
A second new tour, developed with the assistance of Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc., is called, “Historic Bath Architecture: The City than Ships Built,” and focuses on the impact that shipbuilding had on the architecture and life of the city, which bustled with maritime activity in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Tickets for both tours and additional information are available on the museum’s website at www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org
Thursday, August 14, 6 p.m. Nonmembers $7; members $5
President of Maine Built Boats Jon Johansen traces the progress of lobster boats from simple skiffs to today’s powerful boats and discusses the men who led the evolution.
FMI or to register visit www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org.
Naval Architecture and Wooden Surfboard Exhibits at Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Exhibit: Eye Sweet & Fair: Naval Architecture, Lofting and Modeling – through November 2
This exhibit traces the evolution of naval architecture and examines a myriad of techniques and technologies used to comprehend the complex of curves and volumes that becomes a vessel. Drafting, lofting, modeling and the extraordinary changes computer aided design processes have wrought will be addressed.
Exhibit: Home Grown Shapes: Wooden Surfboards of Maine - through September 28
Maine boasts the world’s largest wooden surfboard company, along with many individuals who design and build their own boards. Home Grown Shapes examines why Maine surfers choose to build with wood and showcases their amazing creations.
Mid Week Trips on the Maine Eastern Railroad
Preserving Your Fresh Maine Blueberries , Now You’re Cooking, 49 Front Street
Just in time for Maine blueberry season, this class will give you all the information you need to take this tasty berry from fruit to jam. Join Allison Carroll Duffy from Canning Craft in this hands-on class and learn essential canning techniques to safely preserve your Maine fruit. Each class participant will take home a jar of jam preserved during the class. Allison also will have on hand her new book, Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin.
Look for full details of Chris Toy’s Greek cooking class on Thursday, August 28th from 6 to 8 p.m. to be posted on the events page of our website.