'Rib-raising' fundraiser to be held in Bath

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BATH — A “rib-raising” party will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, to celebrate the second season of the reconstruction of a historic ship.

The ribs raised this summer are preliminary pieces of what will become a to-scale version of the Virginia. The vessel was the first English ship built in the New World, constructed more than 400 years ago at the Popham Colony, in what is now Phippsburg.

Saturday’s event, which will be held at the historic freight shed at 27 Commercial St. from 3-5 p.m., will offer live music, exhibits and a “local foods” dinner.

There will also be a bike raffle; tickets are $3 each, or $10 for four chances, for a 2010 Kona Dew Drop bike valued at $800. Proceeds will go toward the Freight Shed Alliance, a non-profit organization aiming to adapt the shed – the last industrial waterfront structure on the Kennebec River – into a public gathering site.

Dinner is available for a donation of $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Proceeds will go toward Maine’s First Ship’s “Virginia” project.