Liberty Town News

By Cindy Canavan | Jul 09, 2012


Summer is always a busy time here in Liberty. I know I have been exceptionally so and, yes, there was no column last week. Sometimes, the days just slip away and you do realize this is a volunteer position, right? Here’s what I know that is happening around town.

The major fundraisers for the Liberty Library occur during the summer months. They thank all who baked pies and contributed plants for the pies and perennials sale.  A special thank-you to Rick Sawyer at Fernwood for his donation of hostas.

The library is now gearing up for its annual book and bake sale next Saturday, July 21. It is now accepting donations of books and paperbacks that are gently used, with the exception of textbooks and encyclopedias. This year there will be a white elephant table. The table will feature fine glassware, assorted knickknacks and other fun items. The Liberty Library is seeking donations of these items. The library is also seeking vintage jewelry for the jewelry sale table. Vintage jewelry is any jewelry that is a day old after purchase! Check your cupboards and jewelry boxes; if it is in good condition (no junk, please!) and you care to contribute to our sale, call Toni Clark @589-4444 or Brenda Moody @ 589-4850. They will happily make arrangements to accept your donations.

The artist for the month at the library is Hugh Mahon, a summer resident of Liberty, who winters in Livingston, N.J.  Hugh's work includes scenes of Liberty and Belfast past and present in various media. Stop in and check out his work.

The Old Post Office Museum is now open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. The Liberty Historical Society is looking for volunteers to staff the museum. If you like history and you have the time, contact Gail Philippi at 589-4730 or stop by Frapoli’s. If you like Liberty, stop in and look at all the old photographs and other interesting items. Then join the society to help preserve our heritage here.

The Walker School Reunion is coming up Sunday, July 29. It will be held at the Walker School in Liberty from 10:30 a.m. until the last person leaves, which is usually in the late afternoon. People are asked to bring their own picnic lunch. The coffee pot will be on and donuts will be available too. It would be great if the younger people would attend and everyone that is interested is welcome. For more information, contact Edna Mitchell in Montville.

This year, the town of Liberty is celebrating who they are and have been for more than 185 years! Liberty Days - Past and Present is happening for two full days on Saturday, July 21, from 8 a.m. until dusk and Sunday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Events will take place at and around the Walker Elementary School, Liberty Tool Company, Davistown Museum, Liberty Place, Liberty Town Office, Liberty Graphics Store, the Old Post Office Museum and the Liberty Baptist Church.

Liberty Days is showcasing the talented people, beautiful scenery and amazing resources of the area. We are proud of our heritage and wish to share our past accomplishments and history, as well as our present interests and resources. We even have our own state park and the cleanest lake in Maine, Lake St. George. We have something for everyone. Schedules are available at local stores and the Liberty Town Office.

Saturday's events begin with the Liberty Baptist Church Yard Sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. for all you bargain-hunters out there.

Next comes the Liberty Library Book, Bake and Jewelry Sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Baxter the Library cat will be there handing out finger puppets too!

Ever seen Haystack Mountain from the top? Meet behind the Walker Elementary School at 9:30 a.m. to hike with Sheepscot Wellspring and Land Alliance veteran Bond Blake. The hike is a moderate-level, wear good hiking shoes. It will take an hour and lasts for a mile.

An Arts and Crafts Fair will be happening in the village from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and includes quilting, photos, stained glass, sweetgrass baskets and much more.

Skip Brack, owner and author at Liberty Tool Co., will be giving talks on boat building and Liberty at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Davistown Museum.

Music will be filling the air and don't forget to bring the kids! Citizens Association of Liberty Lakes (CALL)  will be playing Bait Fishing, a game of learning how to fly fish, on the Liberty Town Office grounds from 1-3 p.m. A local artist, Connie Bellett, will be providing face painting. Waterfall Arts will have a sand able to get your creative juices going.

Getting hungry? The Eastern Star puts on a bean suppah from 4:30 p.m. until 6 at the Masonic Hall on West Main Street.

Craft and tool demonstrations will be going on both days in front of Liberty Place and the Liberty Tool Company.

Liberty Historical Society will present an historical walking tour throughout the village on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and at 2:30 pm. Sign up in advance at the Old Post Office Museum. Donations to the society will gladly be accepted.

Sunday brings more fun and adventure. There will be another morning hike up Haystack Mountain at 9:30 a.m. for those who missed Saturday.

The Liberty Baptist Church will hold an historical church service from 10:30-11:45 a.m., complete with costumes and photos from the 1800s. The Church Yard Sale continues from 1-4 p.m.

Liberty Library will have a talk by Michael Beaudry titled "Settling the Wilds" at 1 p.m., followed by refreshments at 2:30 and a story slam at 3 p.m. The Arts and Crafts Fair continues from noon- 4 p.m.

Free lemonade and popcorn will be a gift from our town to you, handed out by our local scout troops until it runs out. And if you want to sample our local wares, Local Roots Market and Cafe will be selling some local goodies right next to the tool company and, of course, John's Ice Cream wagon will be right there, too. A local vets' group, the Gary Owens Club, will be cooking up shish kabobs for the occasion!

In case you don't find what you like, there is always Peavey's Store, the Corner Restaurant, Lori's Cafe, 10-4 Store and Liberty General Store out on Route 3. For a small town, we have it all! The party goes on, come rain or shine! So come one, come all, and have a great time celebrating Liberty. Then go jump in the lake!

I have to get to the lake soon! That’s all I have for now. My yahoo email has been messing up lately, so to be sure I get your information, please feel free to call and leave a message at 589-3054. Have a glorious week!

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