Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Enjoy The Bangor Folk Festival This Weekend

The American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront brings the world to you this weekend. This festival is a large-scale, three-day event that occurs each year at the end of August in downtown Bangor. This celebration presents music and dance from the many cultures that make up America today, and the entire event is free.

The Maine Arts Commission provided grant support for the festival and Chairman John Rohman, Director, Donna McNeil, and Maine Arts Commission, Member Felicia Knight will all be speaking at various functions and on various stages. Some of the spectacular entertainment that they will introduce includes

-over two dozen of the nation's finest performing groups sharing the traditional arts of their region, culture and heritage
-five stages of continuous music and dance
-traditional craft demonstrations and exhibits
-a children's area with performances and activities for the whole family
-dozens of food vendors offering ethnic food, regional specialties and traditional festival favorites

Those visiting the Folklife area, in the areas surrounding the Harbormaster’s building on Front Street, will enjoy Folk & Traditional Arts Activities that afford the chance to explore Maine’s natural resources, and talk with the artists that rely on those resources. Basket-making, snowshoes and other “gathered” arts will be showcased by the Maine artists that keep these traditions alive. In addition, the StoryBank project will again offer visitors the chance to record their own stories, and the cooking stage will feature several local experts in the use of gathered foods.

Of course the folk festival provides fun for all of the family with the Children & Family Folk Activity Area. Here is where the Maine Discovery Museum invites you to the children’s area which offers many choices for kids and their families. Located in Pickering Square, activities will include "active games", "quiet games" crafts and stage performances that include Brice Chapman’s cowboy rope tricks and story telling.

For full details of this amazing Maine event, visit the Website of the American Folk Festival.

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