Fiddlers take center stage in Patten

PATTEN, Maine — The 5th annual Fiddlers and Fiddleheads Festival drew a large group to the Lumberman’s Museum May 19 for a fun-filled day of food and music.

With two stages in action, the music encouraged listeners to tap their toes, sway and if they dared … dance. The small Log Jam stage was closest to the road, surrounded by food venues and shaded seating.

Gus La Casse, a teenager from the Trenton area took command of that stage with foot stomping flare as folks sat back, mingled, indulged in tasty foods and just had a great time.

Over at the Main Stage, housed in an open-ended tent the Muddy Marsh Ramblers brought their bluegrass sound to the venue. The foursome also had heads bobbing as they worked through their playlist. Houlton locals Tim and Dorene Humphrey were on hand to take in the performance. The couple said they were, “looking forward to the music.”

There were artisans on hand with lots of goods for sale and many festival goers took the opportunity to tour the museum. Additionally, the Katahdin Story Booth Project was there with their new trailer to capture stories of the region from any and all who wished to share. Kreg Ettenger, the director of the Maine Folklife Center noted that some of the stories can be heard on the website:

Chris Drew, the Master of Ceremonies was pleased with the early turnout and all that was on offer. It was a rousing success.


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