Spring festival at Wolfe’s Neck Farm

Wolfe’s Neck Farm will be open Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., for a day of activities, food, music, hayrides and demonstrations. There will be opportunities to explore the trails and gardens, interact with the barnyard animals, learn about seeds and plants and work with fiber arts. For younger children, there will be craft activities, face painting, a hay pile and tractors to climb, as well as hayrides and live music. Food from a variety of vendors will be available for purchase.

Demonstrations will include sheep herding, chicken tractors, horse handling, pasture-raised sheep, gardening and planting, jam making with University of Maine Cooperative Etension, beekeeping, goat milking and composting. Live music will be provided by Martin Swinger.

Admission is $6 per person. Ages 3 and under are free, 50 discount for members of Wolfe’s Neck Farm and free admission for past summer camp attendees who wear their tie-dye camp shirt. Proceeds will benefit Wolfe’s Neck Farm educational programming.

Free family admission is offered in exchange for two-hour volunteer shifts. Those interested in volunteering should fill out a volunteer form at www.wolfesneckfarm.org.

FHS students shine at Model United Nations

Forty-three Freeport High School students recently traveled to Gorham to take part in a Model United Nations event. The students participated in an intense day of committee meetings. The FHS team performed well, with some individuals earning honors.

Josef Biberstein received the highest honors, the Diplomacy Award. Other students who earned honors were Lily Kolle, Hannah Schnyder, Simon Handelman and Taylor Schenker.

The other participants were Ryder Bennell, Leah Harrison, Andrew St. John, Courtney Broderick, Bailey Karnes, Alexis Erlandson, Ryan Rosado, Maya Pierce, Callie Toothaker, Alston Lybolt, Bennett Hight, Yacob Olins, Morgan Karnes, Sarah Watts, Dehlia Mitchell-Gray, Max Heathco, Mathieu Starke, Abigail Gray, Erik Ly, Chloe Whittaker, Caleb Abbott, Abigail Smith, Lauren Carter, Jasmine Olins, Kyle Dorsey, Cassie Parker, Addie Morang, Maddie Squibb, Ella Russell, Kyle Rosado, Jemayla Nelsonwood, Chase Coleman, Nate Smail, Perrin Davidson, Max Greenwood, Lily Johnston, Devin Robinson and Chloe Hight.

Yard sale benefits community chorus

The Greater Freeport Community Chorus will hold a multi-family yard sale fundraiser Saturday, May 23, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the yard and barn at 181 Main St., Freeport, next to the Freeport Community Library entrance. The rain date is Sunday, May 24.

The group will be selling household items, collectibles, tools, small furniture, antiques, clothing, baked goods and more.

The chorus is a nonprofit organization with the goal of enriching the community by promoting choral arts. The adult, mixed-voice group welcomes new members and does not require an audition or past choral experience.

Bike-to-school event on Friday

Freeport Middle School, in conjunction with the Active Living Task Force, is hosting a Safe Routes to School Bike/Walk event on Friday, May 22.

Students, staff, and parents are encouraged to meet at one of the following locations and use some form of non-engine-powered transportation to travel to school. Bicycle route locations for students will include a drop-off and meeting place at Shaw’s parking lot, 200 Main St., from 6:45-7 a.m., and at the South Freeport Post Office on South Freeport Road, from 6:30-6:45 a.m., both to arrive at Freeport Middle School by 7:30. A walking drop-off and meeting location for students will be at McDonald’s upper parking lot on Mallett Drive from 7-7:15 a.m., also to arrive at Freeport Middle School by 7:30.

The Safe Routes to School Bike/Walk Day events will also include a bike rodeo in the Freeport Middle School parking lot, featuring bike inspections and safety demonstrations. In accordance with state law, biking participants will be required to wear a helmet. Freeport Middle School will also host two bicycle field trips that day, enabling students to bike to downtown Brunswick or Bradbury Mountain.

Freeport Middle School received one of 10 Safe Routes to School mini-grants from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine awarded this spring. Freeport Middle School and the Freeport Active Living Task Force collaborated to compile the grant application and events scheduled for Friday.

The Maine Safe Routes to School Program required that awardees provide at least one safe walking and/or bicycling experience for students and engage in at least one other Safe Routes activity. Freeport Middle School students were provided with bicycle safety education sessions last week.

Order online for Falcon wear

Those looking for a way to show Freeport High School spirit can support the class of 2016 by purchasing Falcon wear (shirts, jacket, shorts and more). All items make great gifts, and Father’s Day and graduation are right around the corner! The online “store” is open through May 22 (closes at noon). Find it at


Language teacher wins training scholarship

Erin Taylor, a teacher in Freeport High School’s language department, has won a scholarship to the summer workshop sponsored by the Cambridge Latin textbook series. The series was adopted this year at the school at Taylor’s encouragement and it has been popular with students.

The workshop consists of three days of training with master teachers of Cambridge Latin from around the country in the company of about 40 teachers from around the country, as well. It is offered in four locations around the U.S. every summer, and Taylor will be able to attend the one in her native Texas.

‘Azure Like It’ Thursday

The Fenix Theatre Co. of Portland has invited the public to a fundraising event in support of its upcoming summer production in Portland of “Hamlet.”

The event, “Azure Like It,” will take place at Azure Cafe in downtown Freeport on Thursday, May 21, at 6 p.m. The ticket price includes hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and door prizes. Tickets are available through brownpapertickets.com. For more information, contact Julie George-Carlson at 210-8057.

Freeport church offers grief group

First Parish Church Congregational, 40 Main St., will offer a weekly Grief Group from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Those who are grieving a significant loss of a loved one, a job or autonomy are encouraged to attend. Individuals who have had a personal experience with loss and who are willing to share with others are also welcome. Led by the Rev. Leslie Foley, minister and board-certified chaplain, this group is an opportunity for personal sharing, support and exploration of “loss,” healing and prayer. The weekly event is open to the public. All are welcome.

For more information, call Foley at 865-6022.

Tortoise and Hare race coming up

The sixth annual Bow Street Market Tortoise and Hare 5K run will be held on Sunday, June 7, starting at 9 a.m.

The run follows a scenic route through Freeport and finishes at the Bow Street Market. A $100 gift card to Bow Street Market will be awarded to the overall male and female winners. Prizes will also be awarded to winners in each age group and the runners who can best predict their finishing time in each age group. More information can be found at www.runinarace.com or at Bow Street Market.

Maine author to speak at library

Author and photographer Mary Quinn Doyle, who has traveled around Maine photographing numerous types of farms, will speak Monday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m., at the Freeport Community Library.

In her travels, she has visited 185 farms, and 178 farms are featured in her recently published book, “Unique Maine Farms.” It was important to Doyle that the book support local communities like those featured in her book. “Unique Maine Farms” was printed in Maine, on paper from Maine. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Bean supper at the Grange

The second public baked bean supper of the season will be held at the Harraseeket Grange Hall, 13 Elm St., in Freeport on Saturday, May 23, from 5-6 p.m. The all-you-can-eat menu includes three kinds of home-baked beans (pea, yellow eye and red kidney), hot dogs, biscuits, brown bread, potato salad, pasta salad, cole slaw, homemade pies and beverages. The cost is $8, $4 for children under 10 and free for children 3 and under.

Spring cleanup

Freeport residents will again have the whole month of June to bring one free load of waste to the Recycling Center using the cleanup coupon contained in the town mailer that residents will be receiving in their mailboxes this month. Hours are Wednesday- Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Residents will also be required to have a 2015 facility sticker ($6), which can be purchased at the Recycling Center the day of disposal or can be purchased ahead of time. As in years past, some material have fees associated with their disposal. A list of acceptable items and fees is included in the flyer and at www.freeportmaine.com.

Maine author to speak at luncheon

South Freeport Congregational Church will host author Lea Wait at a luncheon on Friday, May 22, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the church, 98 South Freeport Road.

Wait’s latest book is “Twisted Threads,” the first in her Mainely Needlepoint series, with a background of custom and antique embroidery. The novel introduces readers to Angie Curtis, who grew up in Haven Harbor under the shadow of her mother’s disappearance. Now her mother’s body has been found, and she returns to Maine to find her mother’s killer.

Wait, who lives in Edgecomb, also writes historical novels for ages 7 and up set in 19th- century Wiscasset, the latest of which is “Uncertain Glory.” The book has been selected as a “Town Read” in eight Maine communities and has been nominated for an Agatha award. Wait’s’s next book, “Threads of Evidence,” the second in the Mainely Needlepoint series, will be published in September 2015.

Tickets for the event are $15 and can be purchased by calling the church prior to May 20 at 865-4012. The author will speak first, followed by lunch. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the luncheon.

Main Street Mile Race

The Nike Factory Store/Freeport Running Boosters have scheduled the annual Main Street Mile on Monday, May 25, Memorial Day, at 8 a.m. The 1-Mile Family Jog/Walk and Run/Race begins at the corner of Holbrook and Main streets. Trophies/prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in various age groups. For more information and/or registration, go to www.runinarace.com or visit the Nike Factory Store.

Veterans invited to church service

South Freeport Congregational Church will hold a special veterans service at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 24, with the Freeport Flag ladies serving as ushers. The church wishes to say thank you to all veterans who protect citizens every day. The Rev. Dave Bowling will do a special sermon and deacons will host the coffee hour.

Plant sale May 23 at Wolfe’s Neck Farm

Rain or shine, the annual Wolfe’s Neck Farm Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 23, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport.

A full selection of perennials, annuals, herbs and seedlings, suitable for full shade to full sun, will be available. Local master gardeners will be there to answer questions about plants and gardens. All plants are locally grown and donated by friends, neighbors and volunteers. Those wishing to donate plants should bring them to the farm on Friday, May 22, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds will support Wolfe’s Neck Farm.

Dinners feature farm-to-table menus

Wolfe Neck Farm’s Farm-to-Table Dinner Series has been scheduled for 2015. Past partners, the restaurants Miyake, Frontier Cafe? and Gather Farm Fresh Eatery will be returning, and Rosemont Bakery and Market has been added. Each dinner will be unique and feature locally grown foods that are fresh and available at the time.

All dinners are from 5-8 p.m., The first event is a pig roast and tasting, featuring chef Masa Miyake, Sunday, June 14. A family farm feast, with Gather Farm Fresh Eatery and Frontier Cafe?, is Sunday, Aug. 30. A harvest dinner, with Rosemont Market and Bakery, is Sunday, Sept. 20.

For information on and reservations and costs, or to join the host committee, visit www.wolfesneckfarm.org.

The 43 Freeport High School students who took part in a recent Model United Nations event. Courtesy photo

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