Freeport Historical Society is hosting an exciting day and evening on the waterfront in South Freeport on Saturday, June 22. Families and individuals are invited to come down to Brewer South Freeport Marine for a lively public celebration of Freeport’s maritime past, including tours and sails aboard the windjammer Frances, pirate-themed kids’ activities, guided historic walking tours, knot-tying and oyster-shucking demonstrations, and maritime shanties and jigs.
In the evening, Freeport Historical Society will stage the Harborside Gala at Brewer South Freeport Marine, with entertainment by pianist Wally McPherson and the Jason Spooner Band, sushi bar with chef, delicious hors d’oeuvres, Gritty’s beer, and signature Harborside rum beverage. Silent and live auctions will feature Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots tickets; L.L.Bean paddlesports package, chair by Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers; Harraseeket Castle charm by Brown Goldsmiths; and much more. All events will benefit Freeport Historical Society and their public programs and two historic properties.
Celebrating the maritime history of Freeport, the windjammer Frances will be at Brewer South Freeport Marine for deck tours and sailing tours. Owned by Maine Sailing Adventures, whose mission is to bring the lore and memory of the traditional windjammer era back to southern Maine, the Frances was built in Portland with support from Wallace Soule, a Freeport native, who was an integral part of the hull and finish work construction. She is an environmentally conscious vessel, sailing traditionally without an engine aboard. With her wide beam and high caprail design, all ages are able to move freely about the deck, even while under full sail.
Also on hand, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, providing education for all ages, will be the Compass Project, showcasing their skills in boat-building; the crew of the Frances, teaching knot-tying; Freeport Shellfish Commission and Maine Clammers Association, featuring a saltwater touch tank; Freeport Historical Society, leading guided walking tours of South Freeport; and Maine Oysters Inc., offering a sampling of their Flying Point Oysters. A tent for kids will feature face painting, pirate tattoos, photo booth, mini-boat building, and storytelling. Hannaford Supermarkets will offer festive barbecue fare for lunch, while Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster Company will serve up their famous chowder, all included in the entrance fee.
Funds supporting the public programs of Freeport Historical Society will be raised through ticket sales for the Harraseeket Heritage Day events, guided South Freeport walking tours, sailing tours aboard the Frances, and entrance to the Harborside Gala, as well as all proceeds from the evening auctions. All events are open to the public, and advance tickets for sailing tours and the Harborside Gala are now available for purchase at Freeport Historical Society, in person (45 Main Street, Freeport) or online at www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org, or at Brewer South Freeport Marine.
Harraseeket Heritage Day events will be held from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Brewer South Freeport Marine, with an entrance fee of $5 per person, or $20 per family. Deck tours of the Frances will be held during that time and are included in the entrance fee. Guided walking tours are $5 per person and will be led by architectural historian and author, Annie Robinson. Two-hour sailing tours will depart at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, with a limited supply of tickets for $30 per person available in advance. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent and must provide their own PFDs.
Harborside Gala tickets are $50 per person and are available in advance or at the door. Events begin at 6:00 pm, with hors d’oeuvres, sushi bar, and music from pianist Warren McPherson offered during the silent auction. Beverages will be available for purchase. At 8:00 pm, the live auction will begin, followed by live music and dancing, with the Jason Spooner Band performing.
Sponsors include Brewer South Freeport Marine; Hannaford Supermarkets; Todd H. Doolan of Morgan Stanley; Autowerkes Maine; Bob Knecht, Town & Shore; Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster; Mary K. Noyes, entrepreneur(e); and Curtis Thaxter – Attorneys at Law.
Established in 1969, Freeport Historical Society is a non-profit with a mission of collecting, teaching, preserving and sharing the history of Freeport, Maine. FHS’s website is www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org
Save the Dates!
Sunday, June 23, 1:30p 4th Annual Vintage Baseball Game at historic Pettengill Farm. Dirigo v Ipswich. Vintage baseball card collection, reading of Casey at the Bat, music, food.
10a-noon Mini-Baseball camp for kids, 7-12yo, Noon “Fun Run” and lots more! Music, food, ice cream and beer
Guided Freeport Village Walking Tours start June 13th, 3p and June 15th, 9a. and continue each Thur and Sat through Labor Day. $10./adult An engaging 50 minute introduction to the Freeport of long ago .
Additional tours may be available by appointment. Call 865-3170
Please support our generous and community-minded 2013 sponsors: L.L. Bean, Bath Savings Institution and Bath SavingsTrust Company, Taggart Construction, Chilton Furniture, Hilton Garden Inn, Brown Goldsmiths, Riley Insurance, Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen & Topside Tavern, and Freeport USA