The American Folk Festival in Bangor will look different for the next few summers; extensive construction on the Bangor Waterfront will force three out of the festival’s four stages to move around.
It’s not the first time the footprint of the festival has changed, though nothing significant has changed in six years.
“Our Dance Pavilion was originally set up where the Federal Courthouse currently sits, and our marketplace was on the banks of the Kenduskeag. So we are nimble,” Heather McCarthy, the festival’s executive director, said Tuesday in a statement announcing layout changes over the next three summers.
Since 2013, the Railroad Stage, the festival’s largest, has been located on the large grassy area adjacent to the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion and across the street from Bangor Savings Bank’s newly opened waterfront campus.
But presently, the area is a construction site, as contractors are replacing pipes and a piece of equipment known as a sewage regulator. That work is expected to last through the fall, though contractors will temporarily halt work to accommodate concerts and other waterfront events.
For this year’s festival, the Railroad Stage will move to the usual location of the tented, seated Penobscot Stage. The stage itself will face the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge.
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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