GRAND LAKE STREAM, Maine — The 17th annual Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.
There will be more than 50 folk artists and craftsmen from the northeastern U.S. and Canada. Collectible folk art and functional handcrafts will be presented. Artists will be demonstrate their talents and items offered for sale will include handmade musical instruments, twig furniture, quilts, folk painting, turned wooden bowls, dried flowers and herbs, pottery, photography, stained glass, spinning, weaving, felting, clothing, baskets, iron work, dolls, wood carvings, jewelry and more.
The festival will include live music. The Sunday morning “Old Time Music Jam” from 10 to 11:30 will offer an opportunity to play with some of New England’s premier musicians. Anyone with an instrument is welcome to join the gathering.
A highlight this year is a Saturday night concert by Maine’s own David Mallet and his band. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. with tickets available for $15 at the gate.
Interpretive exhibits will include wool fly-tying demonstrations, bamboo fly rods, canoe paddle making and cedar canvas canoe construction. The presentation will include a display of antique logging and woodworking tools with videos and information celebrating Grand Lake Stream’s history. Canoe builders, craftsmen and Maine Guides will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the cultural heritage of Grand Lake Stream.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 for one day or $8 for both. All display and activities are under large tents in case of rain.
For information, visit www.grandlakestreamfolkartfestival.com, call the Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival Committee at 796-8199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.