Block party adds to Bath Autumnfest celebration

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BATH — A block party planned for Autumnfest this weekend signals summer may be over, but festivities in the City of Ships show no signs of slowing down.

The Saturday, Oct. 8, event – put on by the Main Street Bath organization – is also home to Bath’s annual Citizen Involvement Day, during which the city’s citizen of the year is named, a local youth is honored, and awards are given for community spirit and a community project.

A full schedule of events is posted at

The North Front Street Block Party, which will run from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., includes a scarecrow-decorating contest, photo opportunity stations, an apple-themed bean bag toss, pumpkin bowling and tic-tac-toe, and free flu shots.

The party will also include music by the Maine Marimba Ensemble, which, according to, “performs complex polyrhythmic arrangements of traditional and contemporary Zimbabwean music on handcrafted marimbas.”

“It’s going to be a fun afternoon, and we want to help keep people downtown and encourage them to participate on Front Street,” Jake Korb, Main Street Bath director, said in an interview Sept. 30.

The block of Front Street from the Library Bookstore to Elm Street will be closed to traffic, similar to Bath’s recent inaugural Open Streets events.

Other downtown events include the Bath Rotary 4-Way 5K, which starts at 9 a.m., scarecrow-making at the Customs House from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and business open houses and sales.

Both Citizen Involvement Day – featuring more than 40 nonprofit organizations – and the Bath Farmers Market take place at Waterfront Park from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bookending Autumnfest at the Chocolate Church Arts Center are a show by Castlebay at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, and the one-person stage performance of “Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington: An Evening with Margaret Chase Smith” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

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.