People with a hankering for nostalgia or sweets will find a variety of both in Freeport over the weekend. The Freeport Renaissance Association will host its annual Fabulous Fudge Festival on Saturday.
“The fudge festival is in its fourth year,” said Sue Hunter, co-chair of the festival.
Hunter, a Freeport resident and native, started the event after attending the Chocolate Walk in Lititz, Pennsylvania.
“All of the fudge is homemade by members of the Renaissance Association.”
The fudge will sell for $5 per half-pound and a large variety of flavors will be available, she said.
Flavors will include chocolate, sea salt-caramel, Almond Joy, peanut butter and white chocolate cherry, to name a few.
“The white chocolate-cherry is my favorite,” said Hunter.
“The festival has been extremely successful for us. We made over $1,000 last year.”
Guests can purchase fudge at The Canvas, the Furer House and the quilt show.
Hunter said the fudge sale has expanded this year to include a quilt show, house and garden tour and business bingo.
“We’re going to start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday by dedicating two gardens in our business district.”
An area Girl Scout, working on a badge, started the Hope Garden.
“The Freeport Renaissance Association took over the maintenance of the Hope Garden and (members) added more plants, trees and flowers,” Hunter said.
The group also installed benches and a fence.
“There is a pergola in the garden that is used during the summer months for concerts sponsored by Wolfie’s Pizza,” she said.
The Park-It-Here Bicycle Garden is the second garden featured in the dedication ceremony. Hunter said the Renaissance Association purchased the property, which includes seven bike hitches, flowers, plants, trees and a picnic table.
“The garden is surrounded on two sides by fences,” she said. “They will be installing an iron archway in memory of Mark Fuhrman, who passed away unexpectedly this year.”
Fuhrman was making flower sculptures out of bicycle wheels for the garden. After his death, the archway was constructed using memorial donations, she said.
The garden is dedicated to Ozzie Gardina, who once owned and operated a dry cleaning business on the site. Gardina and his wife were deaf and lived above the business, Hunter said.
“They contributed to the success of businesses in Freeport,” she said. “He was known to be a great dancer and his family says he could feel the beat of the music.”
At 10 a.m., festivities begin with the Seven-Generation Quilt Show, the Furer House and Garden Tour, Business Bingo and the fudge sale.
The quilt show will include over three dozen quilts handmade by the Todd family. Hunter said the Todd family founded Freeport, which was originally called Todd’s Town. The quilts are owned by Sue Ellen Todd Walters and were made by Walters, her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother. They will be displayed at St. Mary’s Hall on High Street.
Hunter said the Furer House and Garden Tour will take place at the home of Michael and January Furer on Fourth Street.
“The beautiful Colonial Revival style residence was built by a riverboat captain for his daughter, Page Hudson, when she got married,” Hunter said. “It has a massive, twotiered portico. The extensive oak paneling dominates the downstairs through the Palladian windows and original, stained-glass windows.”
Visitors can get a sample of something chocolate, a Business Bingo card and instructions for the game and raffle from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Canvas, at the intersection of Fifth and High streets, or at any participating business. At the end of the festival, winners will be drawn and notified.
For more information on the organization and the Fabulous Fall Fudge Festival, visit the Freeport Renaissance Association page on Facebook.
Anita Bowser is a staff writer at the Leader Times. Reach her at 724-543-1303 ext. 1315 or firstname.lastname@example.org.