Freecoast Festival 2019 Schedule!

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The 2019 Freecoast Festival is just two weeks away!! This year, the festival promises attendees the opportunity to experience “A Week in the Life of the Freecoast Liberty Community.” The festival will commence with us opening the doors to showcase our Liberty Community Center in Dover, the Praxeum.

We will kick things off with a full week of varied activities led by local community members to give a feel of what weekly life looks like for a Freecoaster. These activities range from joining a game night and bonfire to participating in the weekly homeschool co-op group. This weeks events will precede the celebration of the Grand Opening of the Praxeum on Friday evening. A speaker series will follow on Saturday with a variety of speakers ranging from State Representative Hershel Nunez to various members of grassroots organizations before heading to Portsmouth for the annual harbor cruise. The festival will culminate Sunday with an expo featuring workshops and market day at the Praxeum.

The following is a schedule of events for the festival. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, they are still available here. Please check back in the days leading up to the Festival, as more events are still being updated and added.


Unless otherwise noted, all events are hosted at or will meet at:

The Praxeum
97 Piscataqua Road
Dover, NH

Carpooling is encouraged.
Please drive carefully— there is a blind turn entering and exiting the parking lot

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

9am-2pm Co-Work
Have some work to get done? Join other Freecoasters as they work together in the quiet and convenient shared work space at the Praxeum.
Host: Chris Rockwell

2pm-5pm Life Learning Co-op
Every Tuesday, parents and children gather in the afternoon for free-form learning and socializing. Come and have your children take part, or just come to ask questions about homeschooling and parenting in NH.
Hosts: Janet Ellis & Julie Rost

5:30pm-6:30pm Beer & Cider Tasting
The craft beer scene is thriving on the Seacoast. Come mingle and share your favorite beverages with Freecoast Festival attendees! Bring a handful of your favorite craft beer, ciders, wines, or meads (please no Bud, Coors, Miller, etc). In exchange, you get a tasting cup to try all the fine brews brought by others.
Host: Jenny D

6:30pm-11pm Game Night & Bonfire
What can be better than getting to know new friends in a fun and entertaining setting of game night? How about following it up with a cozy bonfire while star gazing!
Host: Joslyn & BJ Mumford

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

9am-2pm Co-Work
Have some work to get done? Join other Freecoasters as they work together in the quiet and convenient shared work space at the Praxeum.
Host: Chris Rockwell

10am-12pm Meet and Play @ Jackson’s Landing (10 Old Piscataqua Road, Durham)
Gather with kids and parents at a favorite local playground to get to know some of the families of the Freecoast!
Host: Becky Anderson

10am-1pm Town Tour Series: Northcoast
**RSVP by 9/1 to reserve your spot for this tour!**
We will meet at the Praxeum and drive to Wakefield, where weather permitting we will peek at Mount Washington. We will drive to the village of Milton Mills for a stop at an old fashioned country store, then on to Milton for an ice cream. Kid friendly, with lots of lakes to see. Transportation for the first 14 people provided from the Praxeum. Find out why so many Freecoasters land in the “Northcoast”
Host: Janet Ellis (Wakefieldnh@gmail.com)

3:30pm-6pm Paddle Sagamore Creek in New Castle (Portsmouth Kayak Adventures- 185 Wentworth Rd, Portsmouth)
**Moved to September 5th at the same time due to Thunderstorms**
Join us for a 2-hour paddle excursion and explore the islands in the Sagamore Creek, located between Portsmouth and New Castle, NH.
Meet at Portsmouth Kayak Adventures at 3:30pm. Paddle out at 4pm, return by 6pm.
Bring your own gear or rent either a kayak (single/double) or Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) from Portsmouth Kayak. You’ll get all gear and instructions before we get on the water. Kayak rental is $30 per person. If you bring your own kayak/SUP, launch fee is $10. RSVP no later than Friday 8/23 and let event host Iiro know what you want to rent, ensuring we reserve enough kayaks and SUPs for everyone.
Host: Iiro Lehtinen (603-812-5057)

6pm-9pm Dash Meetup (Liars Bench Beer Company- 459 Islington St, Ste 4, Portsmouth)
Come and convert some of your money into crypto, and then use that crypto to buy food and drinks.
Host: Joël Valenzuela

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

8am-10am Hampton Beach Run/Walk and Breakfast (61 NH-1A, Hampton, NH 03842)
Join the Freecoast Sports and Outdoor Club for a run on Hampton Beach!  Planning on a casual pace for roughly a 5k on the sand at low tide. If the group is large enough, we can always split into different groups to accommodate different paces. Meet at the South end of the parking lot on the beach near 61 NH-1A, Hampton, NH 03842 and be prepared to pay the meters a few dollars.  Planning to grab coffee or a light breakfast after the run.
Host: Kyle Mohney 

9am-2pm Co-Work
Have some work to get done? Join other Freecoasters as they work together in the quiet and convenient shared work space at the Praxeum.
Host: Chris Rockwell

12pm-3pm Town Tour Series: Exeter (Meet in the bandstand in the center of town)
After your visit to the coast, come to Exeter, a charming and historic NH town. Take a downtown walking tour, stop for lunch at a great little soup-and-sandwich place, watch chocolate-making at the Free-Stater-owned chocolate shop, and visit the weekly Farmers Market.  Meet at 12PM at the Bandstand (center of town, easy to find) and that there is normally sufficient on-street free parking available. Tour will be leaving promptly from the Bandstand at 12:05, so be on time!
Hosts: Kathleen & Carl Wikstrom

2pm-5pm Exeter Farmers Market
A regular meetup all season long, this beautiful market features prepared food and drinks, fresh produce, and handcrafted goods. Walk to the far side of the market, just past the vendors, and join our group on the grass along the Squamscott River.

3:30pm-6pm Paddle Sagamore Creek in New Castle (Portsmouth Kayak Adventures- 185 Wentworth Rd, Portsmouth)
**Moved from September 4th at the same time due to Thunderstorms**
Join us for a 2-hour paddle excursion and explore the islands in the Sagamore Creek, located between Portsmouth and New Castle, NH.
Meet at Portsmouth Kayak Adventures at 3:30pm. Paddle out at 4pm, return by 6pm.
Bring your own gear or rent either a kayak (single/double) or Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) from Portsmouth Kayak. You’ll get all gear and instructions before we get on the water. Kayak rental is $30 per person. If you bring your own kayak/SUP, launch fee is $10. Please RSVP to let event host Iiro know what you want to rent, ensuring we reserve enough kayaks and SUPs for everyone.
Host: Iiro Lehtinen (603-812-5057)

4pm-6pm Wine and Cheese on the Dover Docks (43 Clearwater Drive, Dover)
Dover is situated just west of Portsmouth. It touches two major tidal rivers and guards the mouth of the very large tidal Great Bay.  Come, sit, sip some wine, and enjoy some cheese on the dock overlooking both rivers and the Great Bay, as we watch the tide rush in from the Atlantic, raising their waters some seven feet.  Bring a bathing suit if it’s warm and you’re a strong swimmer. Bring a $10 contribution for materials and space is limited. Park in one of the parking spaces and walk around behind 43 Clearwater to the dock and river. (Please RSVP to DennisGPratt@Gmail.Com as we must buy sufficient materials for those who are coming. If you did not respond in time for us to buy for you, there will be a chance that we cannot accommodate you.)  The meetup in Dover at 6pm is just on the other side of town so plenty of time to get to the next event.
Hosts: Dennis & Carol Pratt

6pm-10pm Dover Liberty Outreach Meetup  (Thirsty Moose Taphouse, 83 Washington Street, Dover)
Are you tired of big government? Just want to live free? You’ll be in good company at our weekly liberty meetups every Thursday night.
The goal of these meetups is to provide a place for those interested in the philosophy of liberty to learn more and get involved in our vibrant community of families, entrepreneurs, and activists.
It’s all about good ideas, good people, and good eats. So come on down!
Host: Sarah Scott

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

9am-11am Odiorne Point Hike and Explore (570 Ocean Blvd, Rye)
Join the Freecoast Sports and Outdoor Club for a hike around Odiorne Point!  Great views of the ocean and mouth of the Piscataqua River in addition to some early New Hampshire historical sites. Total hike should be under 3 miles with no hills. Will meet at Odiorne Point Stat Park parking lot and head out from there.  Although it will be the off season, it is possible that the park entrance will be staffed and charge $4 per person at the gate so be prepared.  
Host: Kyle Mohney

11am-1pm Town Tour Series: Portsmouth – AFP Luncheon (767 Islington Street, Portsmouth)
Enjoy catered lunch and a tour of the NH headquarters for Americans for ProsperityHow to make liberty in your lifetime a reality”.
Hosts: New Hampshire Americans for Prosperity

2-5pm Town Tour Series: Portsmouth – Art Walk and Wine Tasting (10 Middle Street, Portsmouth)
After the luncheon at AFP, walk or drive the short distance to near Market Square in downtown Portsmouth. If you get there well before 2pm, take some time to walk around the quaint, artsy town and pop into the Free State Bitcoin Shoppe before heading over the Art Walk. Then, the group will start gathering at Discover Portsmouth (10 Middle Street Portsmouth) around 2PM. (There is a large parking lot immediately across the street.) Arrive early (e.g., before 2PM) to explore at their excellent artwork. We’ll leave from there at 2:30 to go wine tasting and explore some more art. (Please RSVP; there is a chance we could have too many people and we’ll have to turn away the last ones to register.)
Hosts: Carol & Dennis Pratt

5pm-10pm Registration and Praxeum Grand Opening
Friday night at Freecoast Festival is the Grand Opening of the Praxeum! After raising over a quarter of a million dollars, the Human Action Foundation unveiled its newly purchased liberty community center at last year’s festival. This year, the redesign is complete and all festival participants are invited to celebrate the Grand Opening with complementary refreshments, a dedication ceremony, a history of the project, and a vision for the future of freedom in thought and deed!
Host: Mike Vine

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

9am-2:30pm Speaker Series at the Praxeum. A food truck will be available for lunch and snacks or feel free to bring your own.

9:30am-10am New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition
New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition:  NHHRC is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to the implementation of public health strategies that reduce the harm associated with drug use and misuse. NHHRC engages in policy advocacy, multi-sector education, resource and policy development, coalition and capacity building, and direct services. Their mission is to develop, support, and promote policies, practices, and programs that reduce the harmful consequences of substance use and misuse in New Hampshire.

10:10am-10:40am A Message from AFP
Through broad-based grassroots outreach, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is driving long-term solutions to the country’s biggest problems. AFP activists engage friends and neighbors on key issues and encourage them to take an active role in building a culture of mutual benefit, where people succeed by helping one another. We recruit and unite concerned citizens in 35 states to advance policies that will help people improve their lives. Join us as we discuss working with unlikely allies to advance liberty.
Speaker: Ross Conolly

10:45am-11:15am How to Renegade Right
Carla Gericke is known as Queen Quill, First of Her Name, Demander and Defender of Truth, Giver of Confidence, Liberator of Arcadia, Queen of the Free Staters, and Mother of Porcupines. She promises to not burn down your village because she, first and foremost, believes in peaceful, voluntary human interactions. Carla is pro-markets and anti-state, knowing government is force, funded by theft, and she knows we can do better. Since 2008, Carla has been building a voluntary society in the Free State of New Hampshire. Live free, or die trying!
Speaker: Carla Gericke

11:15am-12pm Live Free on Crypto: Living on Decentralized Money in the Freecoast
Speaker: Joël Valenzuela and panelists

12pm-1pm Lunch Break

1pm-1:30pm Holding the Line!
Join Hillsborough County District 37 State Representative, Hershel Nunez for a speech looking at the Legislative Perspective in a Democratic Majority during the 2019 Freecoast Festival!
A strong advocate of cryptocurrency use, a firm believer in private interactions between consenting persons, and a leader within the private and free market trade within the community, Hershel not only serves in the government fighting for your freedoms but serves within the liberty realm of New Hampshire.
Speaker: Hershel Nunez

1:30-1:50 A Message from Anypay
By following the simple principle of letting crypto-spenders guide merchant adoption, Anypay has built personal relationships with hundreds of merchants on five continents and their dedicated user base. Today Anypay processes multiple types of cryptocurrencies in every kind of business from major e-commerce giants in New York City to owner-operated stores in the back-roads of Bamahu, Ghana. No matter how far we grow, we are led by the users — the real heroes of crypto adoption.
Speaker: Anypay

1:50pm-2:35pm Helping Teens Use Their Freedom Wisely
The Freecoast’s own James Davis joins us to talk about helping teenagers and their parents to come up with a state-free education plan. For the last year James has worked with BigFish Learning Cooperative in Dover, NH, as a mentor to young people who are pursuing their own dreams. Today he’ll be joined by some of these teens to talk about the highs and lows of self-directed communities, and he’ll share some of what he’s learned about how important liberty for teens can be.
Speaker: James Davis

2:40pm All-Inclusive Ticket Holders Leave for Dock

Cruise Begins for All-Inclusive Ticket Holders. Park at 315 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH. Cruise departs at 3:30 pm sharp!

Hors d’oeuvres served throughout

4pm-7pm Widows Watch
For the land lovers, join Tynan and Hershel on the Widows Watch during the cruise where Portsmouth sights will be seen, food will be noshed, and beverages will be enjoyed.
Hosts: Tynan Mohney and Hershel Nunez

7:30pm-Late Portsmouth Dinner and Pub Crawl 
Following Saturday’s cruise, join us for the annual pub crawl through Portsmouth’s famed night spots! In the tradition of the Ron Paul pub crawl held by supporters before his record showing in the 2012 NH primary, the Portsmouth pub crawl has been a beloved part of the Freecoast Festival that is not to be missed! Meet at cruise parking lot (315 Market Street) at 7:30, where Stephen will be splitting attendees into groups.
Host: Stephen Nass

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

8am-10am Morning Hike
Join the Freecoast Sports and Outdoor Club for a hike around Phoebes Nable mountain. This will be a relaxing morning hike with a brief steep slope followed by a great view. The latter half of the hike includes a relaxing walk through some woods with a babbling brook and an abandoned farm.
Host: Stephen Nass

11am-4pm Free Enterprise Expo and Market
Come spend the day at a special market day community event. This entrepreneur expo will get you excited about the thriving networks and businesses that have been created here, and new prospective porcupine businesses to come! What great potential for economic growth! There will also be several workshops and breakout sessions throughout the day from vendors, sponsors, and local organizations.  Attendees will also be invited to vote on your favorite table and the winner will be given the Porcs’ Choice Award!
Host: Emily Smith

Tentative Expo Schedule:
11:00 Expo opens

11:30-12:00 Glass Blowing Demo
12:00 Raffle Giveaway!
12:00-12:30 “Grieving Green” 
12:30-1:00 Glass Blowing Demo
1:00 Raffle Giveaway!
1:00-1:30 “Integrate into the Freecoast” 
1:30-2:00 Glass Blowing Demo
2:00 Raffle Giveaway!
2:00-2:30 Yoga with Stephen
2:30-3:00 Glass Blowing Demo
3:00 Raffle Giveaway!
3:00 Porc’s Choice Award
3:30-4:00 Final remarks
4:00 Raffle Giveaway!


We would also like to extend a very special thank you to our festival sponsors!

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