The Arrowsics will perform at a dance and dinner to benefit the Bath Area Food Bank.BATH — A Midsummer Dinner and Concert for the Bath Area Food Bank will be held on Saturday, July 28, at the historic Bath Freight Shed on the Kennebec River in downtown Bath, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature food and drinks provided by local vendors and a concert by The Arrowsics. Proceeds from ticket sales will be used to purchase food for the Bath Area Food Bank. The benefit is being sponsored by Bath Natural Market and the Bath Freight Shed Alliance.
The event was born when local businessman Mark Schoninger, who owns Bath Natural Market with his wife Louanne, won a private party with local foods and live music to be held in the Bath Freight Shed, an outcome of his support for the restoration of Bath’s only remaining 19th century freight shed on the water. Schoninger saw an opportunity to turn the party into a benefit dinner and concert for the Bath Area Food Bank, an organization whose resources have been taxed by a growing demand and a decrease in contributions. The Bath Freight Shed Alliance quickly agreed with Schoninger’s vision for what the event could become: A chance to bring the community and local food growers together in support of the Food Bank, while simultaneously celebrating the historic building in a fun evening of good food and music.
The organizers found it particularly fitting that the event should be held in a venue that the Freight Shed Alliance seeks to adapt as a public gathering place connected to local food, supported by and used by the whole community, and envisioned as a future home for the Bath Farmer’s Market.
The Arrowsics, brother and sister Trevor and Molly Geiger, will supply the music for this event. Citing influences that range from Neil Young to Joni Mitchell, the duo has its feet planted in the indie folk world, even as they acknowledge their sound to have shades of country. The Geigers formed their band in Chicago before returning to their native Maine. The duo recently released their second album, “Ring of Oak.”
The Bath Area Food Bank offers food assistance to individuals and families in the communities of Bath, West Bath, Phippsburg, Woolwich, and North Woolwich. The Food Bank assembles and distributes boxes of food staples at its facility at the Bath United Church of Christ, and provides meals via its soup kitchen at the First Baptist Church of Bath.
Tickets for the event are available at the Bath Natural Market or via the event’s website, event.pingg.com/foodbankbenefit. Ticket prices are tiered according to the pounds of food they will allow the Food Bank to purchase. For example, a $25 ticket buys 147 pounds of food, a $50 ticket buys 294 pounds, a $75 ticket 441 pounds, a $100 ticket 588 pounds, and a “gold level” ticket of $340 will buy a ton of food. All ticket levels will entitle participants to enjoy the dinner and concert.
During the week before the dinner, there will also be a food drive to further assist the Food Bank. While particularly in need of canned meats and pasta sauces, the Food Bank also welcomes donation of staple food items such as cereal, juice, mac and cheese, peanut butter, pasta, and other canned items such as baked beans, soup, fruit, and tuna. On July 24, 25 and 26, items may be dropped off at the Freight Shed, 27 Commercial St., Bath, from 10 a.m. until noon. At other times, food donations may be dropped off at the Food Bank’s location in the Bath United Church of Christ, 150 Congress Ave., Bath.
More information is available by calling Wiebke Theodore at 841-5505 or the Bath Natural Market at 442-8012.