The event takes place Sept. 19-20, 2014 in the towns of Portsmouth, Newmarket and Lee, New Hampshire.
The weekend’s festivities kick off with a private screening of Hori Smoku: The Life of Norman K. Collins at the Hotel Portsmouth. This feature-length documentary explores the life of iconoclast Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins. Collins is the father of modern-day tattooing, whose uncompromising lifestyle and larger-than-life persona made him an American legend. Through rare interviews, photographs, and archival footage, Hori Smoku tells the story of this radical entrepreneur who built an underground movement that eventually went mainstream. Complementary rum-soaked Holy Donuts will be served. Coffee, beer & wine will be available at a cash bar.
Following the screening, there will be a pub crawl through four of 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. Pubs to be “crawled” include The Coat of Arms, Ri Ra Irish Pub, The Red Door, and D Street Tavern.
Saturday morning, the festival convenes at Newmarket’s Stone Church Meeting House, one of New England’s most unique live music venues and brewpubs. Attendees will hear a series of short talks on the theme of Radical Entrepreneurship.
Topics on the agenda include a presentation by the founders of the Ale House Inn, which has garnered rave reviews, numerous awards, and managed to outcompete a growing market of big chain hotels. Two leaders in the nano-brewery market will discuss their business Earth Eagle Brewings, widely regarded as the premier nano-brewery on the Seacoast. A co-founder of Lamassu Bitcoin Ventures, one of the first companies in the world to create a Bitcoin ATM machine, will discuss his business. The Free State Project‘s Carla Gericke will discuss her personal vision of “building a Yankee Hong Kong” in New Hampshire.
Keynote speaker Zachary Caceres, Executive Director of the Startup Cities Institute, will talk frankly about the triumphs and struggles of an entrepreneurial life. He’ll discuss why entrepreneurs will lead the 21st century, and why this is an optimistic and unprecedented period in human history. Attendees will see how entrepreneurship can create a meaningful life that unites practicality and personal ethics. Caceres will cover some of the wildest projects on the frontiers of radical entrepreneurship – and how entrepreneurs, with some courage and ambition, can build a freer society for all.
Live bands will entertain some festival goers at the Stone Church for the rest of the afternoon, while others will enjoy a sold-out, sunset cruise of Portsmouth Harbor and the New Hampshire coastline on a chartered boat.
Attendees will have access to a full cash bar and lunch menu at the Stone Church.
Saturday evening features the grand opening of the Praxeum, a new liberty meet-up space in downtown Portsmouth.
Sunday morning there will be a limited capacity game of disc golf in beautiful Bellamy Woods. The course has a full 18 holes, is moderately challenging, and free! Please bring your own discs (frisbees).
The festival wraps up with the Bedrock Gardens Open House. Bedrock Gardens, located in the quiet town of Lee, contains thousands of different plant species and is full of Jill’s Fine Garden Art – fantastical sculptures welded from reclaimed farm machinery and equipment. From its humble beginnings, Bedrock has become a 20-acre destination garden that the owners are now striving to preserve as a publicly-accessible garden for students, art lovers, and plant fanatics. It is a little-known, but well-respected gem of the upper New England garden circuit and attracts visitors from around the world.
Jason Robertson, an FSP early-mover from Hawaii, has joined Bedrock’s volunteer team in order to turn the gardens into a sustainable business. Jason encourages anyone who likes plants, art, or beautiful things to come check out Bedrock while visiting the Seacoast this weekend.
Bedrock Gardens is only open to the public on the third weekend of the month from May through October. 10 am – Noon on Saturday. Noon – 4 pm on Sunday. $8/adult suggested donation. Directions and more information at BedrockGardens.org.
The Freecoast Festival organizers are the same team that produced the Free State Project’s record-breaking PorcFest X in 2013.
New Hampshire is rapidly becoming the focal point for liberty-oriented events in the U.S. Just in 2014, it has played host to the annual New Hampshire Liberty Forum, the Atlas Summit in Bedford, PorcFest XI in Lancaster, Burning Porcupine in Grafton, and the upcoming second annual Keenevention in October.