The Community Club of Freedom lasagna dinner night in honor of our member veterans was a success. Many thanks to the committee members who set the tables, built the lasagna and salads, served, cleaned dishes: Bill, Rich, Amy, Barbara, Carole, Claire, Diana, Janice, Judy, Paul, Lisa, Tanner and Jack Wheeler family team. A big thank you from cook Margie. And, of course, a giant thank you to Margie from the rest of us for her hours of planning, prepping, and cooking the delicious dinner.

Ring in the holidays Friday, Nov. 22, at the Freedom Village Store from 6 to 9 p.m. Maryann Hogan will be serving her famous, homemade soup (until supplies run out). Get a start on your holiday shopping with a variety of local homemade items and treat yourself for all your hard work shopping for loved ones.

Freedom Rings in the Holidays begins Friday, Nov. 22, and goes through Sunday, Nov. 24. The locations are as follows: our church, the town hall, the gallery, Freedom Village Store, the library, Brooks Sugar House, 45 East Danforth Road, 665 Eaton Road, and includes artisans who feature jams and jellies, baskets, home decor, felting, ornaments, primitives, cookies, art, quilts, jewelry, photo cards, children’s’ books, maple syrup, wood work, partridge berry wreaths, pillow cases, table runners, fabric designs, eco dyed wearable art, balsam wreaths, etched glassware, upholstered items, accent pieces, folk art Santas, snowmen and angels, map coasters, rustic wooden signs, country crafts, woodburned ornaments, Scandinavian crafts, mustards, fudge, etc. Don’t forget the delicious luncheon at the town hall on Saturday. Freedom is the place to be this weekend. Come early for the best selection. Hours are Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Maps are available at all locations.

The luncheon will be at the town hall on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, which is used to serve the needs of the community. The luncheon will feature the famous minestrone soup and corn chowder as well as sandwiches and desserts and beverages. Take a break from shopping and enjoy the luncheon. Guaranteed delicious.

On Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., join award-winning photographer David Lee Black at the Freedom Public Library as he discusses his current show in the library, which is titled “The Vanishing Light of Ireland.” Black is known throughout New England for his gallery shows, creative workshops, and ground-breaking portraiture.

One place that has always remained close to his heart, however, is County Clare in Ireland. Black will be on hand that evening to talk about his love for the people and places of Ireland and answer your questions about his motivation and creative processes.

That evening will be your last opportunity to see Black’s striking black-and-white prints of County Clare and The Cross of Spancil Hill Horse Fair, his breathtaking photos of the Blarney Castle and surroundings, and some whimsical and poignant sculptures that capture the mood and spirit of the Irish countryside. Many of the photos will be included in Black’s forthcoming book, “The Vanishing Light of Ireland.

Lisa Wheeler can be contacted at

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