By Sallyann Hadyniak | May 11, 2018
Photos by: Sallyann Hadyniak The other side if the mug has the American flag on it and the inscription "Help Restore Keen Hall."

Freedom Community Historical Society

Historical Society:Freedom Residents:

The Freedom Community Historical Society is selling a collector’s item for $25.00.  It is a customized mug showing the American Flag on one side and the Keen Hall on the other side with inscriptions.  This is a fund raiser that only you can make successful.  You can purchase one or more of this beautiful mug by calling Myrick Cross at 382-6155.  We have a limited supply, so buy yours now.

It will make a memorable gift for that special someone in your life for any occasion.

Keen Hall has been declared on the preservation list as a historical building.

Villageside Farm:

Polly and Prentice at Villageside Farm on Rt. 137 will open their greenhouse doors each Saturday morning in May from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. They are set up in a spacious, bright greenhouse with nice signage and plenty to choose from. They have so many seedlings for your garden: 18 varieties of tomatoes, 16 varieties of peppers, 6 types of onions, many types of squash, melons and cucumbers, dozens of herbs, flowers and some fun oddities. Please stop by on a Saturday morning and get your garden off to a great start with seedlings grown right here in Freedom. is their website which has more details.

Pleasant Hill Cemetery;

The Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association will be having their annual Chicken BBQ, silent auction and quilt raffle on Saturday May 19 at the Freedom Congregational Church on Pleasant Street from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The chicken is being cooked by the Freedom Volunteer Fire Department. We have a beautiful handmade quilt to raffle and will be having a silent auction. The chicken will be $8.00 each with salads, a roll, dessert and a drink. We will have take-out available if you would like to take it with you. If you would like to help out with something for the meal or the silent auction we would happily accept. We are a 501(c) (13) tax deductible entity.

Pleasant Hill Cemetery Board members will have quilt raffle tickets. They are Bob Price, Tom Clay, Rita Doughty, Kim & Steve Holmes, Trudy Price, Jackie Ingraham, Earland Stevenson, Beverly Bradstreet, Paul McFarland. Tickets will also be available at the BBQ, May 19, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Hike the Hill and Chicken BBQ:

Well hikers, we're within a month of our event and things are coming together nicely. As spring comes alive, so too the events and opportunities to get out and be part of our communities. In Freedom Village alone, there is a full schedule of events for the weekend. I hope that we can count on seeing you at our BBQ on Sunday May 20 to help support the Wilderness Walk for Warriors as they work to help Veterans and their families in our state. See you there!  Hike begins at 10.00 a.m. and BBQ at 1:00 p.m.  Meal $8.00, Hike by donation or $5.00 suggested.  Location, Freedom Fire House.

Save the Dates:

Freedom Booster and Rec. Comm:

We have set our dates for this year for our events which include an indoor week long yard sale in June from the 4th-12th, a parade consisting of antique cars, motorcycles, boats, chicken BBQ, yard sale and games on August 18. (Parade theme to follow)  We need and are looking for 4 color guards.  Veterans Day on November 11.   Halloween Party and Trunk or Treat on October 28 and Christmas Craft Fair December more information to follow.  Stay Tuned.  Also check our Freedom Booster & Rec. Comm.  Face Book page for updates.  Stop by and take notice of our “Let Freedom Bling” page too.   We are selling Paparazzi   Earrings, necklaces, long and short, bracelets, children’s jewelry, men’s jewelry. Everything is lead and nickel free and only $5.00.   Children’s jewelry is only $1.00.  New pieces will be4 added frequently.

Freedom Makers Studio – Summer opening and events!

So, what is Freedom Makers Studio anyway? It is a storefront, gallery, workshop space and gathering place. The gallery, which highlights local artists and makers from western Waldo County, will re-open Memorial Day weekend for a couple of special local events. First is a benefit performance on Saturday eve May 26 by Tremolino, featuring Freedom’s own Leslie Stein and other local musicians to play Portuguese Fado music.  The second is an open house on Sunday,  May 27 from 12-3 p.m. Come down for a visit and refreshments and see what we have in the store and hear about future plans. All are invited to visit the new life in Fred Flye’s old barber shop, or the old Scout Hall, or the Knights of Pythias Hall, at 25 Main St in Freedom.

FMI, see the calendar at the Freedom Makers Studio website: or contact Lissa Widoff at Summer hours start June 7 – Thursday 4-6, Fri 1-6, Sat 1-6 and other hours by chance or appointment. Please come and see the works of our creative local artists and make suggestions for what you’d like to see.  Contact Lissa to get on the mailing list. We look forward to many more special summer events!


The Selectmen will meet on Monday, May 21, at the Town Office starting at 6:00 p.m.  All Selectmen’s Meetings are open to the public.  The Town Office is located at 71 Pleasant Street, between the Freedom Fire House and the Freedom Congregational Church.


On Friday, May 25 your recyclables will be picked up starting at 7:00 a.m.  Please remember it is always the last Friday of the month.

Mark the Date:

Friday, June 1 will be the collection of brown goods~ Have your “stuff” curbside by 7:00 a.m.

Brooks Ladies Fellowship will be having their annual fundraising Craft/Antique Fair on June 2, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you have “old” items in your barn or garage that you think are antiques, or if you make crafts, jewelry, soaps, etc., we would like to invite you to have a table at our event. Inside tables are $10.00, limit two per vendor. Outside 10’ by 10’ spaces are $25.00 limit two spaces per vendor. For more information and registration form please contact Karen at 722-3056. Deadline is April 30, 2018 or when capacity is reached. Because of limited space, we cannot “hold” spaces, registration and payment are required to guarantee space.


16th Annual Festival of Art

June 7–10, 2018

Senior College at Belfast invites all Maine artists, 50 and older, amateur and professional, to participate in the 2018 Festival of Art to be held at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, June 7 thru 10, 2018.

The registration period for artists is March 1 thru 31, 2018

(Art work to be delivered on Wednesday, June 6, 2018) Registration form and information may be requested at:, or leave a message at 338-8033

All types of visual art are welcome: paintings, sculptures, woodcarvings, jewelry, fabric arts, pottery, glass, and photography are just a few examples.  Artists will have an opportunity to sell their work if they wish. For more information, you may contact 207-223-4459.

Crafting, knitting, crocheting, cross stitching etc.

Every Tuesday the S & B Girls will be meeting at the Town Office starting at 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. We do all kinds of crocheting, knitting, stitching and or crafts. Anyone can come on down and join us, learn how to do what is of interest to you and join in the fun. Every week books are available for your taking to choose from for patterns and instructions of anything you may want to do. The books are donated and they are yours for the taking. (Free). Looking forward to seeing some new faces so won’t you join us in the fun and two hours of relaxation?

Voice of Freedom:

Happy Birthday to Coach Steve Shaw who celebrated his special day with his family. 
Wishing you many more happy and healthy years Steve, and may all your tomorrow’s bring you a lot of happiness and joy.


Please make sure you put a garbage sticker which cost $1.50 on each garbage bag that you put out to be collected.

Until next week, take care, stay safe, and be kind to each other and God Bless.





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