American Folk Festival honors volunteers

Recipients of the Gerry Turner Volunteerism Awards for outstanding dedication to the American Folk Festival in Bangor are (from left) Esther Bushway, Al Bushway, Alec Decker, Bill Mulherin, Abby Durrah, Wendel Cross and Kip Emerson.
Courtesy of American Folk Festival
Recipients of the Gerry Turner Volunteerism Awards for outstanding dedication to the American Folk Festival in Bangor are (from left) Esther Bushway, Al Bushway, Alec Decker, Bill Mulherin, Abby Durrah, Wendel Cross and Kip Emerson.
Posted Nov. 06, 2012, at 4:43 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Organizers of the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront celebrated the close of the festival year by honoring 10 festival volunteers with the annual Gerry Turner Excellence in Volunteerism Awards.

Recognized for their dedication, enthusiasm and excellence in service to the festival were Bill Mulherin, adult volunteer; Wendel Cross, Alec Decker and Abby Durrah, junior volunteers; Al and Esther Bushway, volunteer leaders; The Music Sales Leadership Team of Mary Brooks, Alice Rancourt and Lauren Rothschild, volunteer crew; and Kip Emerson for Spirit of the Festival.

The award recipients were nominated by their fellow volunteers.

“The American Folk Festival is an event that wouldn’t be where it is today without the help of such a dedicated team of volunteers,” said American Folk Festival Executive Director Heather McCarthy. “The 10 volunteers we recognized this year are shining examples of the type of volunteers we are fortunate enough to see year-in and year-out — hardworking, dedicated and enthusiastic about the festival.”

The awards are named after Gerry Turner, a festival volunteer who was involved with the American Folk Festival from the beginning. Turner supported a number of events and organizations in Greater Bangor with his time, energy and advocacy. Though Turner died in 2011, he left a legacy of excellence in volunteerism for all.

In August, the folk festival concluded its 11th year in Bangor, presenting 17 performing groups, craft and food vendors and the Children’s Village. Organizers received plenty of positive feedback and are continuing to work with the board of directors over the next several months on next year’s festival, while continuing to look at ways to improve the event.

Plans are under way for the 2013 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront, scheduled for Aug. 23-25 of next year.

For information on the American Folk Festival, visit americanfolkfestival.com.

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