June 18, 2018
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Washington County community gearing up for festival

By Tom Walsh, BDN Staff

GRAND LAKE STREAM, Maine — The remote Washington County community of Grand Lake Stream is gearing up for this weekend’s annual cultural celebration, the 18th annual Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival.

Events on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, will showcase more than 50 folk artists and craftsmen from throughout northeastern United States and New Brunswick. Their collectible folk art and functional hand crafts will be presented in a wide variety of mediums, and many of the artists will be demonstrating their talents.

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, ironwork, dolls, wood carvings and jewelry.

Live music will be ongoing throughout the festival, including performances by The Mark Tipton Jazz Quartet. The musical lineup also includes Jim Gallant, the University of Maine at Machias Ukulele Band and E-Motion. Ken and Jane Brooks will perform with Joe and Nellie Kennedy and Jeff Folger.

Also on the bill will be Chuck Donnelly and Emma Walsh, who perform Celtic and old-time fiddle arrangements, and the Lovelys. Impromptu performances will take place in Dragonfly Instruments’ booth throughout the festival.

The Sunday morning “Old Time Music Jam” begins at 10 a.m. and will feature musicians from throughout New England. Musicians of all ages are encouraged to join the gathering.

The events’ interpretive exhibits will include birch bark canoe building, wool fly-tying demonstrations and bamboo fly rod construction. There also will be a gallery of photographs showcasing Grand Lake Stream’s history, with local historians and craftsmen on hand to answer questions.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $8 for one day or $12 for both days. All activities will be staged under large tents.

A complete schedule of events is available at www.grandlakestreamfolkartfestival.com.

Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelled the names of two of the festival's performers. Performing Celtic and old-time fiddle arrangements will be Chuck Donnelly, not Donnley, and Emma Walsh, not Howe.

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