Please join members of the the Freedom Historical Society at Camp Calumet Lakeside Facility on Wednesday, June 13, for a program at 7 p.m. entitled “Abenaki Who, When, Where and some Whys” presented by Paul W. Pouliot, grand council chief and principal speaker of the Pennacook-Abenaki People (Cowasuck Band). A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Pouliot is also a religious elder of the tribe, lecturer, Tribal Historian and Tribal Historical Protection Officer.

Pouliot’s grandparents were from mixed Wabanaki (Abenaki) and colonial French blood lines dating back into the early 1600s. His family migrated back and forth from Quebec to New England through the generations. As a youth, his father taught him of the ancestral roots of his grandmother and grandfather, both of whom were indigenous, and also taught him the ways of the woods and waters. Among his many accomplishments, Pouliot was a founding member of the New Hampshire Commission of Native American Affairs. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call (603) 539-5799.

The clock is ticking and Ducky Day will be here before we know it. Bonnie is collecting donations at her house/barn at 65 Old Portland Road. We need lots more donations to make this yard sale successful and worth the effort. Think spring cleaning, purging is a “good thing” for your home and it will greatly benefit Freedom Village Store.

Step back in time as you share the 14th annual Victorian Tea at the Parsonsfield Seminary on July 15. The guest of honor is Ona Judge, George Washington’s runaway slave, who outwitted the president. After the presentation, partake in a light repast of Victorian victuals and teas served in an elegantly decorated, 1832, historically preserved 42-room building. Space will be air-conditioned. Jane Wilcox Hively will be performing for her 12th year. Reserved your seat now as seating is limited. Proceeds to benefit restoration fund. Call Freedom’s Jan Smith at (603) 539-5233 for your $20 prepaid seat.

Freedom Elementary School will have its first annual art gallery exhibit, Friday, June 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Freedom Gallery on Elm Street. Under Kim Stephan, art teacher, students have been learning to critique their own works of art, becoming more aware of elements such as lines, shapes, colors, and textures, and looking closely enough to say why they like a particular work.

As part of their art experience the students visited Freedom Gallery to choose and critique their favorite piece of work among those exhibited by the gallery artists. This new exhibit at the gallery will include not only student pieces of art from their own portfolios, but also a separate section where gallery visitors can see student choices from their day at the gallery along with their comments. Join us Friday to see other perspectives, as well as some new works by the gallery artists.

Also coming up on Friday, June 22, is Joe Viger’s workshop “Making Better Landscape Photos” from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is $40. Since this is a mentoring workshop, numbers are limited so reservations are necessary. Call Barbara at (610) 762-2493 to make reservations.

Summer is coming and the Freedom Village Store is gearing up for many new customers from tourists to the company that visits us all from July 4 to Labor Day. The deck furniture is out (minus the umbrellas that were destroyed in a storm last fall) and new product is coming in on almost a daily basis. The Freedom Village Store now has raw honey, glass magnets, paper weights and jewelry maps of Freedom, Tamworth and Madison in them, Arnica Rub, Simple Sack pocket books and cash purses made from recycled products, Piccadilly pendants and jingle bracelets, cards that have pictures of all of the covered bridges in the state, organic catnip toys and more. Don’t forget the yard sale at the store on June 30. If you have items to donate, please leave them at Bonnie and Paul Ellis’ barn or bring them to the store on June 29.

The Freedom Historical Society & Museum is now open from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday and Wednesday through Labor Day. The Allard House has a fresh look with new curtains, the barn basement has been spruced up a bit, and our Freedom postcard collection now has descriptive information for every card and a spiffy new binder. Come and visit. While you’re there, pick up a copy of the 2018 Calendar and learn more about the history of camps in Freedom. It’s now on sale for $5.

Lisa Wheeler can be contacted at

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