BATH — For fans of yard sales, Mayfair could be considered something of a dream come true.
Bath’s annual event features not only non-profit organizations and residents selling their wares outside, but also music in the streets, a tent sale, games, food and other attractions.
Mayfair takes place this year on Saturday, May 2.
“I think last year there were about 50 yard sales citywide,” said Erika Helgerson, Bath’s community relations coordinator, co-chairwoman of this year’s event with Mary Milam.
Yard sales will run from early morning to afternoon. If it rains, all City Park sales will be held at the Bath Elks Lodge.
People come from many Maine communities to attend Mayfair, Helgerson said.
“Probably a big draw just to bring people into Bath is the yard sales,” she explained, “because there are some amazing … homes that are having these yard sales. And you never know what you’re going to find.”
A pancake breakfast at Starlight Café at 15 Lambard St. will kick things off at 7 a.m. The event, to benefit project graduation at Morse High School, will run until 11 a.m. and the all-you-can-eat meal is $5.
The Bath Farmer’s Market will open at 8:30 a.m. at Waterfront Park, offering Maine products such as organic raw milk, fresh and frozen chicken, butter, eggs, cheese, plants, seedlings, plants, herbs and bakery items from local vendors.
Various local businesses will participate in the downtown Mayfair tent sale, which will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Renys parking lot. Downtown sidewalk sales will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Bath Youth Meetinghouse & Skatepark at 26 Summer St. will host a sausage and hot dog barbecue from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sharon Pyne and friends will host a maypole, music and dancing on the Custom House Lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Along with the Bath Sweet Shoppe’s all-day “Guess the Number of Candies” competition, a scavenger hunt will also be held downtown. Scavengers can pick up forms at Main Street Bath or one of several participating businesses; they can find all the items and enter to win a $50 ‘Gift of Bath’ gift certificate.
Other events include sidewalk chalking at the corner of Front and Centre streets from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., as well as face painting, a craft sale and bake sale for the Plant Memorial Home at the corner of Front and Lambard streets from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A Dahlov Ipcar book signing will be held at Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine at 170 Front St.
“It’s always fun to go to these events downtown,” Helgerson said. “I think it’s a good family event.”
Flyers with more information about locations and times of yard sales can be found at downtown Bath businesses, as well as by calling Main Street Bath at 442-7291 or logging onto www.visitbath.com.
Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.