Plant sales


The Freeport Historical Society is offering perennials from local private gardens and select annuals grown locally at a Town and Country Plant Sale, Saturday, May 21,

From 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at 45 Main St., Freeport. Members and those joining as new members can be early-bird buyers at 8:30 a.m. The organization is coordinating its sale with plant sales on the same day at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport and St. Mary’s Garden Club in Falmouth. Maps to each other’s event are provided at each site and include coupons for discounts from area businesses. For more information, see or call 865-3170.

Rain or shine, the annual Wolfe’s Neck Farm Plant Sale is Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport. A selection of perennials, annuals, herbs and seedlings, from full shade to full sun, will be available. All plants are donated by friends, neighbors and volunteers. There are plants for the beginning gardener and those with green thumbs. Local master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. Those who want to donate plants should bring them to the farm on Friday May 20, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Appalachian Trail

hiker to speak

Bob Rose of Yarmouth will talk about his adventure as a through-hiker of the Appalachian Trail at the next meeting of the Freeport Woman’s Club, Friday, May 20, at 1 p.m., at the Freeport Community Library.

In 1996 he flew to Georgia and literally walked home to Maine. His presentation will document the 5½-month trek, traveling south to north with the advancing seasons to reach Mount Katahdin by summer’s end. He will share facts, photos and personal stories about the challenges of his 163-day “Walk In The Woods,” and his successful and ultimate backpacking trip and journey of a lifetime. The public is invited.

The Freeport Woman’s Club is a service organization that has been in existence for 90 years. It meets once a month for a business meeting and program. The club’s fundraising projects include a spring bazaar and a bake sale on Election Day. Money raised provide local scholarships, community improvements, donations to Freeport Community Services and support for women seeking career education. The monthly meetings include presentations on a variety of topics. New members are welcome. Contact Betty Duckworth, 847-0240 or [email protected]

Writers group sets

public reading

The Casco Bay Writers’ Group will present “A Public Reading,” Thursday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m., at the YMCA of Southern Maine, Casco Bay branch, 14 Old South Freeport Road in Freeport. Group members will read selections from their recent work, including mysteries, memoir, fiction and non-fiction. Refreshments will be served.

Farm to Table

dinner tickets

To celebrate the upcoming season of fresh local food and its value in the community, tickets are now on sale for the first Wolfe’s Neck Farm to Table, 21-plus event on Sunday, June 19, from 5-8 p.m. The fresh flavors of the season will be prepared by the chefs at Gather Farm Fresh Eatery and Frontier Cafe at a variety of tasting stations. Also featured will be beer from Maine Beer Co., spirits from New England Distilling and live music, all at the historic Mallett Barn.

Future dinners are planned for Sunday, Aug. 14, a family farm celebration with Fire & Co.; Sunday, Sept. 11, a pig roast with Masa Miyake; and Sunday, Oct. 16, a harvest dinner with Union. For more information, visit

Masons cooking

baked chicken

The Freeport Masons will host a baked chicken supper on Saturday, May 21, at the Masonic Lodge on Mallett Drive in Freeport, from 5-6:30 p.m. The menu will feature baked chicken, mashed potatoes, assorted vegetables, home-made biscuits, a surprise dessert and beverage, for $9 per adult and half price for children under 12.

Parkinson’s workshop

The YMCA of Southern Maine, Casco Bay branch, will host a Parkinson’s workshop focused on swallowing and speech on Friday, May 20, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Yonca Berk-Giray will lead the workshop. This event is free and open to the community.

Yard sale to benefit

community chorus

The Greater Freeport Community Chorus will hold a yard sale fundraiser Saturday, May 28, offering household items, collectibles, tools, furniture, antiques, clothing and more.

The sale will run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the yard and barn at 181 Main St., Freeport, right next to the Freeport Community Library entrance. The rain date is Sunday, May 29.

The chorus is a nonprofit organization with the goal of enriching the community by promoting choral arts. The adult, mixed-voice group does not require auditions or past choral experience. For more information, go to

Bean bike talks

this weekend

Mark Hayes, CEO of Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, N.H., will present a talk, “Bike Parks of the 21st Century,” Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m., in the L.L. Bean camping department atrium in Freeport. Hayes will share the history, design and evolution of bike parks that continue to evolve to suit the beginner, the expert and everybody in between.

On Saturday, May 21, also at 7 p.m. in the L.L. Bean camping department atrium, there will be a film screening, “Circumnavigating the Cordillera Real and Quimsa Cruz Ranges on Two Wheels,” presented by Bill Yeo, who in 2015, along with three companions, spent two weeks cycling through myriad conditions and trails. Those who attend can learn about their adventures, from climbing 17,400 feet to remote mountain villages, to cycling beside 1,000-foot vertical drops.

Main Street Mile race

on Memorial Day

Freeport’s sixth annual Main Street Mile, sponsored by the Nike Factory Store, will take place on Monday, May 30, at 8 a.m. The race is 1 mile, and participants can run it as fast as they can or jog/walk with their whole family. Prizes will be awarded to the first and second male and female finishers in age groups including 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and above. Trophies will be awarded to the first and second male and female finishers in the following age groups: 6 and under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 16-18.

Registration is $10 or $8 per immediate family members of four or more. Registration and more information is available at or at the Nike Factory Store, Freeport Village Station, May 28 and 29. Race day registration is from 7-7:30 a.m. at the Nike Factory Store and is $15 per individual or $10 per immediate family members of four or more. T-shirts are guaranteed for first 100 registrants.

Packet pickup at the Nike Factory Store is May 28, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and May 29, from noon-4 p.m.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Freeport Running Boosters, a nonprofit group that supports the Freeport High School track and cross-country teams.

Psychic fair

Leapin’ Lizards of Freeport will sponsor a Psychic and Crystal Fair on Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. -4 p.m., at 123 Main St. Psychics, mediums, aura scans jewelry and crystal vendors will be featured. Admission is free. For more information, call 865-0900.

Fishing derby

L.L. Bean has scheduled its 47th annual Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 4, from 8-11 a.m., at the Durham Rod and Gun Club on Pound Road. The derby is open to all children 3-12 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and the derby will be held regardless of weather.Kids must provide their own fishing poles, sinkers, bobbers, and worms. Prizes will be awarded to the various age groups for biggest fish, most fish (in total weight) and first fish caught.

Yard sale tables for rent

First Parish Church Congregational, 40 Main St., will hold a community yard sale on Saturday, June 25, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., in the church hall. Tables can be rented for $15. Call ahead and leave a message for Candy, 865-9288, or Brenda, 865-3700.

GOP to meet

The Freeport Republicans will meet Wednesday, May 18, at 6:45 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 33 Mallett Drive, lower level. The guest speaker will be Paul Schulz, candidate for the House of Representatives seat, District 48, Freeport/Pownal. Those who attend should bring non-perishable items to donate to Freeport Community Services. Needed are men’s, women’s and children’s personal items.

For more information or to be added to the email list, contact Jason Thyen, chairman, at [email protected]

Flock a friend

with pink flamingos

Freeport High School class of 2017 is Flamingo Flocking as a fundraiser to help support Project Graduation. Flocking is fun and simple: Fill out a flocking form, pick a “victim,” and a flock of plastic pink flamingos will migrate to that person’s lawn, where they will stay for at least 24 hours. The flock will then be picked up and moved to the next migration point.

Flamingo Flocking costs $25 donation. The flocking form can be picked up at the high school front office. For more information, contact Aly Fullagar of the Flocking Team, [email protected] or Tracy Watts [email protected]

New board

members needed

The Freeport Appointments Committee will meet soon to review applications for vacancies on some of the town’s boards and committees. There are vacancies on the Coastal Waters Commission and the Recycling/Solid Waste Committee. The Appointments Committee also maintains a list of residents interested in serving on other boards and committees for consideration when vacancies arise. Those interested can obtain an application at the Town Hall or see

Free film

The next free film scheduled to be screened at Freeport Community Library is a documentary, “He Named Me Malala,” on Thursday, May 19, at 1 p.m. The film, by Davis Guggenheim, is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then-15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

Public Works

open house

The Freeport Public Works Department is hosting an open house on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at 7 Hunter Road, in conjunction with National Public Works Week. The event will showcase the town’s public works professionals and some of the heavy equipment used regularly, including including dump/plow trucks, the excavator, bulldozer, loader, backhoe, sweeper and

sidewalk machine. The open house is a chance to meet the people, see the equipment essential to protecting the health and safety of Freeport residents, and learn more about the department and related environmental issues. Light refreshments will be served on site.

Spring Cleanup

For the month of June, Wednesdays-Fridays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Freeport residents will be allowed to bring one free load of waste to the Recycling Center using the cleanup coupon contained in the town mailer that they received in their mailboxes. Residents will be required to have a 2016 facility sticker. It costs $6, and can be purchased at the Recycling Center the day of disposal or can be purchased ahead of time at the Recycling Facility and the Town Hall. As in years past, some material will have fees associated with them, review the flyer for the list of acceptable items and fees or find it at

In the past, the Swap Shop has been closed during the cleanup Saturdays as there wasn’t sufficient help to supervise the donations. Last year, volunteers helped keep the Swap Shop open by managing donations and keeping the room organized. Volunteers are again needed this year. If interested, call Suzanne Duplissis at 865-3740.

College honors

Erik Ly of Freeport was named to the dean’s list at Emerson College, Boston, for the spring 2016 semester. Ly is majoring in marketing communications. The requirement to make Emerson’s dean’s List is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

Emily H. Sturtevant of Freeport was inducted into the St. Lawrence University chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. Sturtevant is a member of the class of 2018 at the Canton, N.Y., school. She graduated from Freeport High School. Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes students who are successful in academics, athletics, community and campus service, the performing arts and journalism.

First Parish Market

calling for vendors

Vendors are now being sought for First Parish Market, where artist, crafters and other vendors can sell their wares in front of First Parish Church Congregational, 40 Main St. in Freeport. The dates are July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10 and Oct. 8, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, contact Patty at [email protected] or call First Parish Church 865-6022 and leave a message.

Paddleboard donated for raffle

L.L. Bean has donated a paddleboard package (paddle and personal flotation device included) to The PORT Teen Center this spring. It will be raffled off during the Sunday to Sundae 5K race on Sunday June 5, at the Freeport Community Center. All proceeds will benefit the Teen Center. Tickets are $10 for one or $25 for three. They can be purchased the RSU 5 central office at 17 West St., Freeport, or by calling 865-6171. A limited number of tickets will be sold.

Upcoming meetings

Active Living Committee, Thursday, May 19, 7:30 a.m., Town Council Chambers.

A full listing of upcoming town meetings and agendas is available at

The annual Wolfe’s Neck Farm Plant Sale is among several in the area on Saturday, May 21. Courtesy photo

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