Main Street Bath announces the 4th annual Bath Blarney Days celebration "City of the Irish" | Arts & Culture

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Main Street Bath announces the 4th annual Bath Blarney Days celebration "City of the Irish"

Bath - March 11-17, when for one week the City of Ships becomes the “City of the Irish”. 

The city will celebrate all things Irish with a week of festivities as we march, sing, run, eat, drink, enjoy family activities and welcome spring with the “wearin’ o’the green”. 

The event will be launched on Sunday, March 11, with an Irish Sing-along at Byrnes’ Irish Pub from 5-7pm. There will also be a pig roast at Beale Street Barbecue from noon- 9pm and the Bath Antiques Show at the Bath Middle School.

On Monday, March 12, Byrnes’ Irish Pub will conduct an Irish Sessiun from 7-9pm, followed by Irish Trivia on the evening of Tuesday March 13.

On Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17, downtown retailers will hold a March Madness Sale with “green tag” items, discounts and demos.

On Friday, from 5-7pm, a free Irish cultural evening at City Hall Auditorium will feature Irish poetry, music and art. Irish-American Poets Marita O'Neill, Michael Machlin and Helene McGlauflin will read selections of their work, interspersed with Celtic music by Sharon Pyne and friends. Michael Connelly will give a brief talk about the history of the Irish in Maine, and present slides of Ireland’s castles. Tea and scones served!

Also on Friday evening from 7-9pm, the Maeve Gilchrist Trio will perform at the Chocolate Church Arts Center.

Events will be held throughout the day on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17. The shenanigans begin at 9am with a family “fun run” followed by a 5K “Shamrock Sprint” at 9:30am. The race is sponsored by the Morse Sports Boosters to benefit Fields for Our Future. Entry forms can be picked up at the Bath Recreation Department or downloaded at Following the race at 11am, Bath’s 4th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, already the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Maine, will proceed through the downtown from Middle Street, turning east on Centre Street and north on Front Street, concluding with an Irish Blessing in the gazebo in City Park. After the parade, a Tug o’ War will begin at Bath City Hall at 1pm, and an Irish Soda Bread contest will be held next door at Now You’re Cooking (entries must be dropped off by 1pm for the 1:30pm judging).

The celebration continues throughout St. Patrick’s Day at downtown Bath pubs and restaurants, including bagpipers and Celtic music all day at Byrne’s Irish Pub.

The day will conclude with a “Blarney Ball” from 7-10pm at the Winter Street Center with music by the Big Chips Trio, dancing, light refreshments and desserts, a cash bar and door prizes. Tickets are $15/person, and benefit Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc.

Leading up to the week’s events, downtown Bath is offering a chance to win a pot full of treasures from downtown businesses with a “Pot o’ Gold Passport Challenge” beginning March 1st. To play, pick up a passport and visit all participating businesses to have your passport stamped, then return the completed passport by March 18th to the ballot box in the lobby of Bath City Hall. A winner will be drawn from all completed entries on March 19th; the winner takes all! Passports are available at the Main Street Bath office at 15 Commercial Street and at participating downtown businesses.

Other related March events include screenings of the Irish-themed films “Once” at 7pm on Thursday, March 8th and “Secret of Roan Inish” on March 22nd at the Winter Street Center’s Dreamland Theater.

For a complete list of activities visit the Main Street Bath website at

Long known as the “City of Ships”, Bath, Maine finds its soul and identity in shipbuilding. From its architecture and cultural offerings to its urban downtown, Bath’s shipbuilding roots define its character


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