It’s also home to the American Folk Festival, the 14th edition of which kicks off this Friday. It was the festival, which originally began in 2002 as the National Folk Festival, that first made people in the Bangor area believe that the waterfront was not only worth reviving, but could also become a tourist destination.
But as the waterfront has changed, so has the folk festival — a little. Is it keeping pace with the growth around it?
“We’re coming up on 20 years now that this festival has been around. That’s a generation of people that don’t remember a time before it. New people have moved to Bangor and know it as a very different place from what it was before,” said Felicia Knight, a public relations professional and former Bangor resident, who from 2003 to 2008 was communications director for the National Endowment for the Arts. “If there’s a hint of it starting to blend into the landscape here, well, that’s a testament to its success — but it’s also a challenge for the future.”
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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