The Star-Herald

Folk Art festival slated for July 28 and 29

GRAND LAKE STREAM, Maine — More than 50 folk artists and craftsmen from around the Northeast, along with a musical lineup, will gather in Grand Lake Stream July 28 and 29 for the 24th annual Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival.  

Local organizers promise activity for the entire family.  The festival runs each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Live musical performances are on stage under the tent rain or shine and include Maine musicians offering American roots, Celtic, bluegrass, folk and jazz music.  Local ukulele favorites, The Grand Lake Stream Strumming Wildcats, will perform both days.

Traditional and contemporary folk art and handcrafts in various mediums will be featured by artists and craftsmen from across Maine and beyond, with many demonstrating their talents.

Quilters from The St. Croix International Quilters will display a variety of quilts made by members from both sides of the US/Canadian border.  The annual quilt raffle to benefit the festival will feature a unique design by local quilter, Bonnie Gagner.

There will be fly tying demonstrations, snowshoe making instruction, along with an interpretive exhibit featuring locally built Grand Lake canoes.  Children will be entertained throughout the weekend with an arts and crafts program.

Historians will enjoy the Remembrance Tent with displays of archival and heirloom photographs chronicling the history and heritage of Grand Lake Stream and its residents.

Breakfast, lunch and cool treats will be served each day in the food tent, with local food vendors offering burgers, wraps, lobster rolls, smoked-salmon, fried chicken, wood-fired pizza, ice cream, strawberry shortcake, and more.

Admission is $8 for one day or $12 for both days.  Children under 12 are admitted at no charge. Pets welcomed on leashes.  Parking is on-street.

For more information, visit the festival website at www.grandlakestreamfolkartfestival.com or follow the festival on Facebook.

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