Chocolate Church Arts Center

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804 Washington Street, Bath, ME, USA
Chocolate Church Arts Center - Lovely stained glass windows at the Chocolate Church in Bath, Maine.
Chocolate Church Arts Center - The Natives Are Restless!
Chocolate Church Arts Center - In church
Chocolate Church Arts Center - The Chocolate Church is enormous, and thanks to its towering height...easy to spot.
Chocolate Church Arts Center - Dang, I always miss someone...George Winston would have been fun!
Chocolate Church Arts Center - Church is on the right, but this building is the ticket office.
Chocolate Church Arts Center - This reflects how much I aspire to be a good photographer...

Chocolate Church Arts Center Bath Reviews

vances vances
538 reviews
Swing Low, SWEET Chariot... Mar 24, 2012
Once upon a time it was an honest church, and obviously not known by its current moniker. Originally it was the Central Congregational Church; a splendid Gothic revival structure raised in 1847. It was renamed in the late 1970’s and took on a new role to present music, theater and visual arts - a mission I may attest has been faithfully fulfilled across the decades. The first time I went to ‘church’ was circa 1986 for a fabulous evening of sea shanties, and several years later I took a lovely lady on a first date to see John Gorka perform. John was great, but the date was better and we eventually got married.

For such an out-of-the-way location, the quality of musical acts presented is astounding. Kim and I caught many great performances here during our years living in Brunswick, and I am seriously motivated to move back each time I’m in the neighborhood and see their calendar. The performance enjoyed this evening was “The Natives Are Restless”, a mighty who’s who gathering of the bedrock of local talent. What a night! It was an incredibly diverse and rich selection of Americana, spanning jazz standards, blues classics, country, the sixties, pop favorites and originals from the rotating cast. After each song a few performers would jump off the stage and be replaced by others, though everyone was out for several songs. There was always a broad selection of instruments up there, including a full horn section (the ‘blues buzzards’) and occasional appearances by lap steel, mandolin, etc.

My favorite original was “I’m stuck here in Bangor while you’re down in Buxton, it’s just like living in Bath” – a rousing country anthem stressing the local flavor of the evening. The show was put together by Earl Bigelow, an icon of Midcoast Maine music, and it seemed he was personally greeting everyone who came in before the show. Definitely a partisan crowd, but the packed house leant a terrific sense of community to the affair, relying on locals since the tourists have yet to return. As you might notice from the pictures, George Winston is appearing next, reinforcing the high caliber of talent the Chocolate Church attracts. While I have no idea why all these dynamite performers would play the church, I can only stress that you be certain to check the schedule if you are planning to be in Maine. A fun return to a unique venue.
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vances says:
You are right on, Roger ---- I forgot to mention the wonderful acoustics in the church!

:^)
Posted on: Apr 07, 2012
X_Drive says:
The name alone has me hooked!! And there is something about church buildings that make music sound so great!! :D
Posted on: Apr 07, 2012
vances says:
So George Winstone is your favorite 'rock' artist, I presume...

:^)
Posted on: Apr 07, 2012
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