Freeport FebFest - a celebration of arts & culture fine art, music, dance, culinary arts, theater and more

 

all genres
all February
all around town

performances, exhibits,
screenings, lectures,
workshops & more!

 

Month-Long Exhibit

Art Guild of Freeport
Freeport Community Library
Multi-artist exhibit of works by local artists.

Enjoy the arts and cultural heritage all month long!

Events will be added to this calendar as they are annnounced -- continuing right through February! Bookmark this site or join us on Facebook to get the most up to date information.

Please note: We will do the best we can to keep this information current. However, we recommend you contact the event presenter to confirm details or get storm cancellation information.

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What Happened During FebFest 2017

Monday, February 1
Art Guild Of Freeport exhibit opens
Members of the Art Guild Of Freeport will show their work at Freeport Community Library throughout the month of February. Works by Christine Deveault, Debra Serino, Beth Edmonds, Jennifer Laughlin, Jerry Corey, Caroline Payne, Anne Thompson Schutz, Janet Lawrence and Shelly Breton.

ADDRESS: Freeport Community Library, Library Drive
EVENT CONTACT: http://www.freeportlibrary.com
ADMISSION: free

art by Christy Deveault

Crabapple Jam in Concert at Freeport First Friday Just DessertsFriday, February 3
MASISTA & Freeport Community Services Present
Freeport First Friday "Just Desserts" featuring Crabapple Jam
The second Freeport First Friday Just Desserts concert of 2017 features local acoustic band Crabapple Jam, who perform covers and originals in a variety of genres including bluegrass, folk, and pop.
First Friday Just Desserts is an all-volunteer effort; all proceeds benefit Freeport Community Services.

TIME: 6:45pm. Doors open at 6:30pm -- please be prompt so you don't miss a single note!
ADDRESS: Freeport Community Center, Depot Street

ADMISSION: $5, includes dessert, coffee, tea...tips for the band appreciated.

Five Skiers, 1912Friday, February 3
L.L.Bean Lecture Series event.
Maine's Nordic Skiing Heritage: 1870-Present
Guest Speaker: Scott Andrews, Ski Museum of Maine
Cross-country skiing and jumping were Maine's first ski formats 146 years ago, and Nordic continues to be an important part of our state's ski scene today. The majority of Maine's Olympians have been Nordic skiers, coaches and officials. At the grassroots level, dozens of small Nordic ski clubs participate in racing, while many thousands of Mainers and visitors enjoy recreational cross-country skiing on hundreds of miles of trails all across the state. L.L.Bean has played a key role in the development of the sport – both competitive and recreational – and historic images from the company's archives will be included in this educational Fireside Chat presented by Scott Andrews, the Ski Museum of Maine's research director. As an added bonus, we will have a vintage Nordic ski equipment show-and-tell starting at 6 p.m. So dig out your classic equipment and bring it in for a wonderful nostalgic evening for Nordic ski fanatics!

TIME: 7:00pm
ADDRESS: L.L.Bean Flagship Store - camping department atrium
EVENT CONTACT: llbean.com/adventure
ADMISSION: FREE. Space is limited. Save your spot today at llbean.com/adventure

Miss Lisa's Songs & StoriesSaturday, February 4
Miss Lisa's Songs & Stories

Music, Dancing, Songs & Stories for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. First Saturday of the month - October through April.

TIME: 10:30am to 11am
ADDRESS: Freeport Community Library, Library Drive - Children's Room
EVENT CONTACT: http://www.freeportlibrary.com
ADMISSION: FREE

Last Night, Greenland (photo by Peter Ralston)Tuesday, February 8
Freeport Conservation Trust presents
Arctic Observations with Peter Ralston
Join Freeport Conservation Trust for a stunning photo journey to Greenland and the Northwest Passage. Talented photographer and co-founder of the Island Institute, Peter Ralston, will share stories and images from his summer 2016 trip to the Arctic on a sailing yacht. You will be treated to dramatic landscapes, wildlife from whales to polar bears, and Inuit villages. Peter will ponder rapid and dramatic changes in the region brought on by global warming. Refreshments will be served.

TIME: 7:00pm
ADDRESS: Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot Street
EVENT CONTACT: www.freeportconservationtrust.org
ADMISSION: Free

Saturday, February 11
Read to a Therapy Dog

These beautiful, sweet therapy dogs love to have children read to them. Call the library or stop by the Children's Room to sign up for a 15-minute reading time. Limited to 4 readers per day.

TIME: 10:15am to 11:15am
ADDRESS: Freeport Community Library, Library Drive - Children's Room
EVENT CONTACT: http://www.freeportlibrary.com
ADMISSION: FREE

Monday, February 13
Freeport Community Library presents
Author Kristin Krause Nam (Last Voyage of the Hornet)
In 1866 the clipper ship Hornet caught fire and sank, leaving the passengers and crew-thirty-one men in all-adrift in three small boats in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The men struggled for survival for an astonishing forty-three days on less than ten days of rations and drifted for thousands of miles before reaching shore. In the retelling of this incredible tale, down-on his-luck newspaper reporter Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain launched his writing career.

TIME: 6:30pm
ADDRESS: Freeport Community Library (Meeting Room), 10 Library Dr
EVENT CONTACT: http://www.freeportlibrary.com
ADMISSION: FREE

Tuesday, February 14
Story Time at the Library

TIME: Infants & Toddlers 10:00-10:30am, preschoolers 10:30-11am
ADDRESS: Freeport Community Library (Children's Room), 10 Library Dr
EVENT CONTACT: http://www.freeportlibrary.com
ADMISSION: FREE

FPI (Freeport Players Improv)Thursday, February 16
Freeport Players presents
F.P.I. (Freeport Players Improv)
Don't miss the debut performance of Freeport Players' new improv troupe! Short-form sketches and improv games shaped by you, the audience!

TIME: 7:30pm
ADDRESS: Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr
EVENT INFORMATION: www.fcponline.org
EVENT CONTACT: info@fcponline.org
ADMISSION: Pay-What-You-Can (suggested donation $8).

Transport of Cannon from Fort TiconderogaFriday, February 17
L.L.Bean Lecture Series event.
Geology and Topography of the Southern Berkshires: Impact and Implications on the Transport of Cannon from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston, 1776
Guest Speaker: Bruce Rueger
In the fall of 1775, Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain in New York was captured from the British by American forces. Artillery at the fort was sorely needed for the defense of Boston, so Henry Knox was recruited to lead a group of Americans to transport the cannon from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston. Knox successfully completed this task between late December, 1775, and early January, 1776. Crossing the Taconic and Berkshire ranges in western Massachusetts in the winter was no easy adventure. Learn from Colby College professor Bruce Rueger about the challenges of the local geology on this expedition. Last winter, Bruce captivated more than 200 people at the L.L.Bean Flagship Store with his wonderful talk about Benedict Arnold's journey through Maine. You don't want to miss this one – Bruce is a wonderful storyteller and an incredible resource.

TIME: 7:00pm
ADDRESS: L.L.Bean Flagship Store - camping department atrium
EVENT CONTACT: llbean.com/adventure
ADMISSION: FREE. Space is limited. Save your spot today at llbean.com/adventure

Flavors of FreeportFriday-Sunday, February 17-19
FreeportUSA presents
Flavors of Freeport
Throughout the weekend you will find a variety of foodie events from chocolate factory tours and a lobster brunch to free tastings and demonstrations all over town. FreeportUSA's Flavors of Freeport features two nights of premier events! A Chef's Signature Series and Ice Bar on Friday, showcasing Freeport area restaurants, and food & alcohol producers, and the Ice Bar featuring a funkadelic dance party with Motor Booty Affair on Saturday!

Chef's Signature Series and Flavors of Freeport Ice Bar! 21+
FreeportUSA's signature event showcasing chefs and food producers in the greater Freeport area. Enjoy delicious samples from some of Maine's best chefs, sample local brews and beverages, and learn about what's new in Freeport's culinary world. Best of all, the great variety will leave you delighted and coming back to Freeport for more! The Flavors Ice Bar features frosty beverages, beautiful ice sculptures, fun photo opps, snow machines, roaring fires and a DJ to get you moving!
DATE/TIME: February 17; Chef's Signature Series 5-8pm, Ice Bar 5-9pm
ADDRESS: The Hilton Garden Inn, Park St

Flavors of Freeport Ice Bar with music by Motor Booty Affair! 21+
The Flavors of Freeport Ice Bar features frosty beverages, beautiful ice sculptures, twinkling lights, fun photo opps, snow machines and roaring fires to cozy up to with friends and loved ones! At 6 p.m. the adjacent ballroom opens to present the funkalicious sounds of Motor Booty Affair! Maine's ultimate disco party band will have you shakin' your groove thang in no time! Funky costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded to the best!
DATE/TIME: February 18, 5-9pm
ADDRESS: The Hilton Garden Inn, Park St.

EVENT CONTACT: website
ADMISSION: Click here to buy tickets, this event tends to sell out!

Tuesday, February 21
Story Time at the Library

TIME: Infants & Toddlers 10:00-10:30am, preschoolers 10:30-11am
ADDRESS: Freeport Community Library (Children's Room), 10 Library Dr
EVENT CONTACT: http://www.freeportlibrary.com
ADMISSION: FREE

HootenannyMASISTA presents
Tuesday, February 21
Hootenanny

HOOTENANNY! A word that means COME SING WITH US!
Daric & Ellen & Mark & MASISTA will be at the Freeport Public Library Tuesday night, February 21st, at 7:30pm to sing songs we always sing along with! We'll supply the words and music, you bring your voices - think of it as group karaoke! Studies show that music reduces stress and anxiety, decreases pain, strengthens immunity, and fights dementia. Group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and more fun than working out (except in a Zumba class). Group singing is the one thing in life where feeling better is guaranteed.

TIME: 7:30-9:30pm
ADDRESS: Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr
ADMISSION: FREE

Maine Short Film FestivalWednesday, February 22
Maine Film & Video Association presents
Maine Short Film Festival
The 90-minute program of 14 juried short films celebrates Maine, its land, its people, and its creative soul, highlighting: Maine artists, fisherman, boat builders, wilderness guides, transgender people, and youth in all film genres from many well-known and some new-to-the-scene Maine filmmakers. Discussion with select filmmakers will follow the screening.

TIME: 7:30pm
ADDRESS: Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive
FMI: mainefilm.org for a complete list of films with descriptions
ADMISSION: $8 adults, $7 students/seniors, $6 MFVA members

The Art of JournalingWednesday, February 22
Bowe Art Gallery presents
"The Art of Journaling" workshop
Learn techniques to create journal pages with verse, text with art or just art alone using stamps, washi tape, inks, typewriter text and papers. Class size limited to 10 people, reservations required. Bring a small sketchbook or even a small notebook to start your first page. There is a small material fee $10.00. Mail checks payable to Melinda Campbell to Bowe Art Gallery, 32 Main St., Freeport, Maine 04032, or stop by the gallery to pay by credit card.

TIME: 6-8pm
ADDRESS: Bowe Art Gallery, 32 Main Street
FMI: www.scottboweart.com/freeport-gallery/
ADMISSION: $10 materials fee

E.B. Mallett's tophat, from Freeport Hstorical Society collectionThursday, February 23
Freeport Historical Society presents
Stories of Freeport's Past: Celebrating Our Collection (opening reception)
Exhibit continues through May 31
Writing contest deadline April 15
This new exhibit showcases historic objects that tell interesting stories about Freeport history. One item on view will be the top hat of entrepreneur E.B. Mallet, who developed Freeport Village in the late 19th century by building a shoe factory, a sawmill and a gristmill, which encouraged industrial growth. Some "mystery" objects will also be on exhibit to inspire writers in the community to create their own stories as part of a writing contest -- The Art in Artifacts -- that will culminate in April. The objects in this exhibit are currently housed in our archive and so are not generally seen by the public.
Writers are invited to view the exhibit, select an item that moves you, and write! Submit your work to the Art In Artifacts contest by April 15. Writers of all ages are invited to submit their work, and all literary forms and genres are welcome. Contact the Historical Society for more information.

TIME: 5-7pm
ADDRESS: Harrington House, 45 Main St
EVENT CONTACT: website, 865-3170
ADMISSION: FREE (exhibit $5 for general public, $3 for Freeport Historical Society members and children 12 and under)

poet Jonas Werner at EcleticaFriday, February 24
Writers Read: A Coffee House for Local Authors
An open opportunity for writers to present their work to a supportive audience of peers and fans of the literary arts. Doors open and sign-up begins at 6:30pm. 6-minute limit per writer. All literary forms and genres welcome. Content must be original and appropriate for ages 16+.

TIME: 7-9pm
ADDRESS: Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr
EVENT CONTACT: Elizabeth at info@fcponline.org
ADMISSION: FREE (donations gratefully accepted)

Monday, February 27
Freeport Community Library presents
Armchair Travel Series: Lake Michigan
The annual armchair travel series begins with a scenic road trip of discovery around Lake Michigan with Sally Wash.

TIME: 6:30 pm
ADDRESS: Freeport Community Library (Meeting Room), 10 Library Drive
EVENT CONTACT: www.freeportlibrary.com or (207) 865-3307
ADMISSION: FREE

Tuesday, February 28
Story Time at the Library

TIME: Infants & Toddlers 10:00-10:30am, preschoolers 10:30-11am
ADDRESS: Freeport Community Library (Children's Room), 10 Library Dr
EVENT CONTACT: http://www.freeportlibrary.com
ADMISSION: FREE

Coastal WindsTuesday, February 28
Pine Tree Academy presents
Pops Concert with Coastal Winds and the Pine Tree Academy Band
The Coastal Winds (Freeport's Community Band), under the direction of Brendan Krueger, will be combining with the Pine Tree Academy Band for a concert of pops favorites.
A Family-Friendly Event

TIME: 7:00pm
ADDRESS: Pine Tree Academy gymnasium, 67 Pownal Rd
EVENT CONTACT: (207) 865-4747
ADMISSION: FREE