BATH — This week’s Then & Now is a bit on the sadder side for those of us who remember the bandstand that has been part of the Bath Municipal Band’s shows – especially Heritage Days – for years and years.

The municipal bandstand was purchased back in 1967, and for decades was used as a portable bandstand by both the Bath Municipal Band and other area organizations.

At the time of its purchase, it was fairly state-of-the-art, considering its ability to be easily folded up into a portable package.

The Coastal Journal story in 1967 reads: “Having raised over $6,000 of the needed $12,000 to purchase a portable bandstand during the past 18 months, and facing a second price raise in the near future on the original cost of $10,000 two years ago, the members of the band voted unanimously to place an order for one immediately so as to assure delivery in time for this year’s summer concerts.”

That’s quite a hefty first sentence, and tells most of the story in one go!

The bandstand was purchased through the efforts of both the band itself and citizens of Bath, who donated a decent sum (around $3,200). For that reason, the bandstand was named “The Spirit of Bath.”

The later picture is from March 2015. Due to heavy snowfall, the building the bandstand was housed in collapsed. The weight of all that snow atop the building did quite a number on the old bandstand, which was a total loss. It has since been dragged away and scrapped.

“It is history. It looks to me like somebody hit it at 110 miles an hour with a trailer truck,” said former Heritage Days Chairman Ed Rogers at the time of its demise. “I’ve never seen anything so demolished.”

Luckily, the Bath Municipal Band has a tent they had been using more for concerts anyway, so the loss of the bandstand wasn’t too much of a burden.

Special thanks to the Patten Free Library’s Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room for assistance. Early editions of the Coastal Journal are preserved on microfiche and archived at the library.