Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Maine’s Artists Showcase at Biathlon World Cup

Winter sports enthusiasts will be treated to the best of Maine’s culture in the coming weeks as over 35,000 visitors, including 3,000 members of the European press, descend upon Aroostook County for the 2011 Biathlon World Cup in Presque Isle and Fort Kent for Olympic-level competition.

The Maine Arts Commission has worked with event organizers in an effort to provide the very best in entertainment and cultural offerings for spectators during their two-week stay in Maine. Festivities include live music, exhibitions of Maine art and much more.

In Presque Isle, support from the Maine Arts Commission will allow artisans Thom Cote, Brian Theriault and Laney Lloyd to bring Maine’s traditions alive though demonstrations of carving, traditional snowshoe making and weaving. The funding will also support performing artists as they round out existing offerings for the February 4 and 5 festivities.

In Fort Kent, the events will run for five days beginning on February 9. The 10th Mountain Ski Club has been given funding to support artists at the Lions Pavilion, the University at Fort Kent, the venue at Lonesome Pines, the area high school and the Ice Castle venue.

Support from the Maine Arts Commission will allow for extended programming of artists like Pete Kilpatrick and Dark Hollow Bottling Company. It will also bring The Acadian Singers and local singing sensation Melanie Saucier to the festival to perform traditional songs associated with the St. John Valley. The funds will also help traditional arts exhibitions by local artists involved in weaving, basket making, snowshoe making, rug hooking, wood sculpting, ploys (buckwheat pancakes) and more.

More information for the Presque Isle event can be found online using this link. http://discovernorthernmaine.com/2011-biathlon-world-cup/presque-isle-world-cup/
Information for the Fort Kent event can be found using this link.
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