Bath rings in spring with annual Mayfair and more

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BATH — With spring finally here to stay, the City of Ships will celebrate May 3 with its annual Mayfair event, a variety of yard sales, and the re-opening of the outdoor farmers market.

Maypole dancing and music will be held on the Customs House lawn from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and sidewalk chalk art with the Art Van will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Meanwhile, Renys will hold a tent sale in the Water Street parking lot from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and other merchants’ sidewalk sales will be offered from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., while yard sales will be held at Library Park.

A scavenger hunt will run downtown between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., with a $25 Gift of Bath certificate as a prize. Participants can either start at Ornament at 11 Centre St., or download a form at

Tony Dance & Fitness will offer Zumba dancing for children at 26 Centre St. from 1-2 p.m., and local food producers will offer samples at Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine, 170 Front St., from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bath Hair will hold an open house at its new location, 99 Commercial St., from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Bath Farmers Market will host its outdoor opening day at Waterfront Park from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Local produce, pork, fresh and frozen chicken, maple syrup, flowers, cheese, eggs, herbs, seedlings, plants and baked items will be among the offerings.

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Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.