CHRISTMAS MAGICIAN SCOT GRASSETTE will perform at the Chocolate Church Arts Center in Bath Dec. 2.

CHRISTMAS MAGICIAN SCOT GRASSETTE will perform at the Chocolate Church Arts Center in Bath Dec. 2.

BATH

For the fifth consecutive year, the Chocolate Church is offering programs to highlight the diverse sights, sounds and sentiment of the season. And the gifts start being unwrapped this weekend, with Super Soulful Santa Saturday.

Pat Colwell & The Soul Sensations will deliver the Christmas spirit with a variety of holiday musical favorites, spiced with the unmistakable sounds of Motown when they perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25.

STREET URCHINS in the Chocolate Church’s theatrical production of Scrooge! From left front row: Sadie Daniels, Ethan McDonald, Evelyn Ringrose. From left back row: Isaac Ensel, Samantha Melquist, Cayden Green

STREET URCHINS in the Chocolate Church’s theatrical production of Scrooge! From left front row: Sadie Daniels, Ethan McDonald, Evelyn Ringrose. From left back row: Isaac Ensel, Samantha Melquist, Cayden Green

This old school R&B revue, featuring a full complement of backup singers and full horn section, will offer up versions of classic carols by the Temptations, Supremes, Otis Redding, Booker T and the MG’s and Jackson 5. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door.

Children and families can attend Christmas is Magic, with two performances — 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. — taking place Saturday, Dec. 2.

Magician Scot Grassette tells themed stories and performs tricks like Tinsel Trouble, tangled scarfs and misty illusions accompanied by Christmas tunes. Along with the music, there will be props that create a show chock full of Christmas laughs, wonder and excitement.

Grassette has developed his Christmas show over the past 30 years. He has authored articles for magic publications including the Society of American Magicians publications, “MUM,” and “Smoke and Mirrors” on Christmas themed shows.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Less than a week later, the Sweetback Sisters will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, with their honky-tonk becoming a country sing-along of Christmas tunes. Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door.

The next night — at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 — Turning of the Year combines the talents of accordionist John Whelan, with American roots band Low Lily and Scottish-style fiddler Katie McNally. This holiday mini-fest features traditional and original music from Ireland, Scotland, and America. Tickets are $18 advance and $22 at the door.

The community theatre production of “Scrooge!” — a variation on the Charles Dickens classic with added songs and choreography — comes to the Chocolate Church. This all-family show will be staged Thursday, Dec. 14, through Sunday, Dec. 17. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

One week before Christmas, the Chocolate Church will host a community gathering at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, for “Sing! It’s Christmas.” Admission is free for the community Christmas carol sing-along.

Closing out the Chocolate Church’s holiday season as it opened it, at Colwell & Soul Sensation returns to entertain the audience with classic Motown and soul music for a Newfoundland New Year’s celebration. Joining those in the Newfoundland time zone, revelers will welcome the new year at 10:30 p.m. — Maine time. Tickets for this 21-and-over event are $60 per person and $100 per couple.

Tickets for the holiday season events – and all Chocolate Church offerings — are available by calling the box office at (207) 442-8455 or visiting ChocolateChurchArts.org.


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