Congratulations! We’ve made it to the last third of July, yet there’s still a fair bit of summer left to enjoy.
I’m excited about the Georgetown Historical Society’s Celebration of the Arts July 27 – It’s sure to be a special event. Also, This week’s opportunity for fun include the ever dependable Bath Farmer’s Market every Saturday 8:30am-noon, Gazebo Concerts every Tuesday and Friday at 7pm; and Music on the Waterfront Park dock every Saturday at 6pm. Check out the listings below for details.
Other happenings in the coming weeks include:
- Batman Teen Event at Patten Free Library - July 25
- Bath Farmers Market - July 26
- Georgetown Historical Society’s Celebration of the Arts - July 27
- Mobile Food Truck - July 29
- Thorne Head Preserve Twilight Hike- July 31
- PFL Teen Writing Contest – August 1
- Random Acts of Kindness Day – August 16
- Grand Opening – Blacksmith Exhibit at Maine Maritime Museum - August 16
- Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro - July 25
- Gazebo Concert in City Park - July 25 & 29
- Summer Saturdays Concert Series - through August 30
- Summer film series at the Patten Free Library - July 29
- Teen Summer Nights Film Series - July 23
- Bath Shakespeare Festival presents As You Like It - through Aug 2
- John Mock in concert at the Maine Maritime Museum - July 24
- Brad Terry presents Jazz in Bath at Centre St. Arts Gallery - July 27
- Bath Historic Architecture Tours at MMM
- Red Cloak Haunted History Tours - July 25 & 3
- Mindfulness Meditation Class at Patten Free Library - July 30
- Exploring the History of Bath’s Jewish Community exhibit and talk - July 20
- 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 – through September 28
- PFL to host college application workshop, register by August 1 - August 12
- Mid Week Trips on the Maine Eastern Railroad – August 6, 20 & 27
Scroll down for more details.
See you downtown!
Cathy Matero, Assistant to the Director
Batman Teen Event, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
During the week of July 21, PFL will join bookstores, comic book sellers, and other libraries across the country to celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary. There will be a Batman book and graphic novel display in the library’s teen space. On Friday, July 25, starting at 3 p.m. in the Community Room, there will a continuous screening of various Batman television programs from the 1960s through the present as well as Batman-themed snacks and activities. No pre-registration is required.
Contact Roberta Jordan at Patten Free Library (443-5141 x25, email@example.com) to register for the catapult workshop or with questions about the Batman celebration. Students in grades seven through twelve who are interested in participating in the teen summer reading program or attending teen movies on Wednesday evenings can also contact Jordan for details.
Bath Farmers Market, Waterfront Park, Commercial Street
The market is in full summer bustle at Waterfront Park each Saturday between 8:30 and 12. We’re busy. New items are coming every week. Stop at the Bling for Baths Blossoms table, buy raffle ticket on a gorgeous amethyst bracelet and support the flowers that line the city streets each summer.
In the market: cruise the singular variety of summer bounty that our growers have to offer. Fresh strawberries at their peak- tomatoes, summer squash, peas and cucumbers piling up. An amazing variety of cooking greens and lettuces, herbs too. Look for raspberries in the next few weeks. Don’t forget to freeze or can your favorite berries and other seasonal to brighten winter days. Seedlings perennials and annuals to plant are on sale so grab a few extra to fill out a bed. Lots of eggs, and yogurt, plenty of cheese. Fish poultry and meat abound :, halibut and pollock are coming, fresh beef and duck are good. Bread is here for every purpose-loaves, rolls, and a broad spectrum of sourdoughs. Mushrooms, Maple syrup honey and coffee. Candles and felted items, wool sweaters, blankets and skeins are here to round out your shopping.
Pick of the market fresh kimchee from Gracies Gardenis here. Portobello sausage robust and delicious at the Turkey Farm honors the grill. Rye bagels rule at hootenanny, perhaps with goatchego from Appleton, rubbed with cocoa powder and olive oil. Micro Mainea offers four-inch pots of purple kohlrabi and brussels sprouts, brassica heaven for a crispy add on to salads or sandwiches . Crab is plentiful and delicious now at Pemaquid Lobster but will be gone soon so stock up. Oyster Creek has cheesy, creamy white bear claws, and bright orange chanterelles. Theytill havey a small amount of truffle each week. Goransons offers really solid heads of bright red radicchio. Want small eggs? stop for pullets or green ones atSparrow Farm. Pick up a potted Dahlia at Hawkes Farm or an alluring bunch of richly red Asiatic lilies from Sheepscot Flower Farm.
Music this week is by The Alehouse String Band. Don’t forget to talk to Kim at Shepherds and Such about her Mondays at the farm during August, full of kid focused and familyfriendly activities. Plan a day away. I’ll be away for a while, so my next column will come in on August 2. FMI 549-7611 or email Joan.Detel@Comcast.net
Georgetown Historical Society’s Celebration of the Arts, 132 Seguinland Road, Georgetown
July 27th at The Moorings Bed and Breakfast, 132 Seguinland Road, Georgetown, Maine 04548
Highlighting the abundance of creativity generated by residents of this island community, painters, printmakers, sculptors, and fine-crafters display, sell and demonstrate their work while talented musicians entertain with lively tunes. Add free light refreshments, plus a youth pavilion and the exquisite rocky coast location to this free event and you’ve got a totally perfect summer day. 12noon-4pm. Light/moderate rain will not cancel though heavy rain will. More info contact 207-371-9200.
FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org www.georgetownhistoricalsociety.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)
Tuesday, July 29th
Tuesday, August 26th
Tuesday, September 30th
Tuesday, October 28th
Tuesday, November 25th
Tuesday, 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.
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).
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
Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro, 128 Front Street
Molly Pitcher (vocals) & Dave Clark (guitar) this Friday (July 25 ) 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.
July 25 – Italian Heritage Band
July 29 - 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 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
July 29 Stand by Me (1986-Adventure/Drama-R)
August 5 In the Heat of the Night (1967-Crime Drama-NR)
FMI 443.5141 x25 | www.patten.lib.me.us
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 23: Pitch Perfect (2012) (112 minutes)
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.
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. The concert series begins at 6pm on July 12, with the folkrock trio Truth About Daisies.
All concerts begin at 6pm; bring a blanket or lawn chair. The summer concert line up includes
July 26 – An Evening with the Saltwater Hillbilly
August 2 – Cilantro
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
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.
John Mock in concert at the Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Thursday, July 24, 6:30pm
Q: When is a concert more than a concert?
A: When the performer is JOHN MOCK
Attending a John Mock concert is like walking barefoot on a warm sandy beach with your best friend, as an offshore breeze and gentle waves provide the perfect accompaniments to your conversation. John employs two vibrant talents, music and photography, to transport his audiences to where he finds his inspiration – the shoreline. He shares his love of the sea through elegant and unique original instrumental compositions accompanied by striking photographs and accented by beautifully crafted stories and narration.
Members $15; nonmembers $20
Brad Terry presents Jazz in Bath at Centre St. Arts Gallery, 11 Centre Street
Brad Terry, clarinet, and Peter Herman, guitar, will perform a jazz concert at the Centre St Arts Gallery, on Sunday, July 27, from 5 to 6:30 pm.
Seating is limited and reservations are suggested. A $20 admission fee is requested.
Brad says: “I have been playing this wonderful American music called ‘Jazz’ ever since my neighbor Benny Goodman convinced my mother to buy me a clarinet when I was fourteen. I have been lucky to have known and be challenged by, played and recorded with some of the world’s greatest Jazz players and now, at seventy - seven I’m being challenged again by a brilliant twenty-five year old guitar player, Peter Herman. We play tunes I’ve known for 50-60 years that he’s hearing for the first time and he brings with him a flood of new and refreshing harmonic and melodic ideas. He has mastered a lot of amazing technique and throws musical curve balls at me, definitely keeping me on my toes. We play a variety of standard jazz tunes and spontaneously create musical conversations that take us to surprising and often unlikely places.”
FMI call Centre St Arts Galley at 442-0300 or check the blog: Centrestartsgallery.blogspot.com.
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
Red Cloak Haunted History Lantern Lit Walking Tour of Bath
7:30 – 9:00
July 25, July 31
Explore some early history of Bath as well as some mysteries and haunted tales!
Mindfulness Meditation Class, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Have you heard about mindfulness and wondered what all the buzz is about? Have you considered trying meditation but don’t know where to begin? Join Helene McGlauflin and other students for a series of free Wednesday morning classes at Patten Free Library on July 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 10-11am. Participants are welcome to come to any or all sessions. No experience necessary. Class size is limited to 15; to register, contact Leslie Mortimer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-5141 x25.
Mindfulness meditation is the practice of sitting quietly for periods of time and paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and nonjudgmentally (Jon Kabat Zinn). It is a simple practice that is easy to learn. The physical and psychological benefits of mindfulness meditation are becoming well established: It reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, produces relaxation in body and mind, and fosters clarity of mind and optimism.
Each session will offer participants:
*the chance to learn more about mindfulness meditation: its effects on the brain, its benefits and challenges.
*the specifics of sitting: how to sit, where to sit, when to practice
*short periods of meditation
*the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the practice
Helene McGlauflin is a counselor, writer and yoga teacher. She has been practicing meditation, yoga and other contemplative arts for 20 years, and teaching them to children and adults for 8 years.
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
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 (email@example.com) 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.
Naval Architecture and Wooden Surfboard Exhibits at Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Exhibit: Eye Sweet & Fair: Naval Architecture, Lofting and Modeling
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
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.