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Our region includes twelve communities in Midcoast Maine: Brunswick, Harpswell, Topsham, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Richmond, Bath, West Bath, Phippsburg, Woolwich, Arrowsic, and Georgetown.


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May Arts in the Park

(This event is not being held in 2007) Maypole Dance

Imagine a giant chessboard unfolding in Library Park, Bath with children and adults taking the roles of king, queen, knight, bishop, rook and pawns.  That is exactly what happened at this year’s May Arts in the Park festival on May 20th, when Patten Free Library’s chess club moved outside, and players donned crowns, costumes and hats to take on their parts.  Poor weather forced the festival to move to its rain location, the Bath Area Senior Center, but that didn’t discourage families from enjoying juggling class, art workshops, and music inside, before braving the elements to take part in the giant chess game and Maypole dances.   

The festival, a family arts event with a May Day theme, began at 11 a.m. with the call of the bagpipes.  Participants made crowns, added beads and bells to their costumes, and joined the musicians’ parade to the Maypole.  Art workshops included May-basket making and crown making, led by Erica Helgerson and Charlotte Kaplan, and “Beads and Bells,” led by Joanne Marco.  Trevor Bostic and Joe Faustine showed off their juggling skills and Georgetown puppeteer Martha Feehan taught the techniques of stick-puppet making.  Susan Perrine demonstrated ways to decorate a flying pennant or “flyangle;” Brenda Cummings helped families create their own family coat of arms as a badge or on a shield.  Artvan program volunteers led shield and jousting stick projects.  Patten Free Library Chess club volunteers, led by Hal Bonner, gave chess instruction before the exciting life-size game.

May Arts in the Park was sponsored by Five Rivers Arts Alliance with support from Bath Dance Works and the ArtVan program.   Thank you to Main Street Bath and First Federal Savings for the loan of tents.  This event was made possible by a grant from the Alfred M. Senter Fund. 


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CONTACT: Five Rivers Arts Alliance 108 Maine St. Brunswick, Maine 04011 (207) 798-6964 info@fiveriversartsalliance.org

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