Bath tradition continues with another 'Old Fashioned Christmas'

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BATH — The City of Ships is serving up another season of holiday festivities through the end of the year.

As part of Main Street Bath’s “An Old Fashioned Christmas” the streets will sing the three Fridays before Christmas, Dec. 9, 16 and 23. Carolers can climb aboard a trolley at City Hall every 30 minutes from 6-8 p.m.

A window and storefront decorating contest will take place from Monday, Dec. 12, to Sunday, Dec. 18. The votes will go into a drawing for a gift basket from downtown merchants. Ballot boxes will be at Brackett’s Market and downtown banks and businesses, as well as on Hallett’s Clock.

Winners will be revealed at the “Sing! It’s Christmas!” annual community sing-along at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19.

A downtown Bath open house from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, will see the streets lined with luminaria and merchants, banks and restaurants staying open late for holiday shoppers.

Artists will be showing off their work that day, too. Painter and drawer Tina Ingraham will be at 4 Centre St. from noon to 8 p.m., and Carolyn Judson will showcase paintings, pottery tiles and sculptures at 52 Front St. from 5-8 p.m.

Kelly Corbett, Joyce Dare Johnstone and Susan Perrine will host a group show at Bath City Hall, 55 Front St., from 5-8 p.m. Perrine develops designs with fiber-art techniques, Corbett creates hand-dyed yarns form Maine-grown wools, alpaca and mohair, and Johnstone is a Bath jeweler.

Throughout December people can donate new, unwrapped presents at “Santa bags” that can be found in the lobbies of the Patten Free Library, Bath City Hall and the Bath Area Family YMCA, and the gifts will be given to the Bath Soup Kitchen.

Speaking of Santa, Red Boxes throughout downtown Bath are the places to drop off letters to Saint Nick, as well as holiday cards for seniors around the area.

The holiday events wrap up with the 10th annual Paul Revere bell ringing at City Hall from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30. The celebration will also be marked by live music at the Black Barnacle Pub, Byrnes’ Irish Pub, Cafe Creme, the Chocolate Church Arts Center and Solo Bistro. Holiday baked goods will also be available at the Bath Sweet Shoppe, Brackett’s Market, Mae’s Cafe and Starlight Cafe.

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

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Santa arrived on an antique fire truck to kick off the annual “Old Fashioned Christmas” in Bath on Nov. 26.

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.