GRAND LAKE STREAM – More than 50 folk artists and craftsmen in the northeast and an outstanding line-up of talented musicians will gather in Grand Lake Stream 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. July 27-28 for the 25th annual Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival. Local organizers will once again have this small Washington County village hopping with activity for the entire family, as they celebrate 25 years of wonderful music, folk art, food and fun.
Live musical performances will be on stage under the tent, rain or shine, and include Maine’s premier American roots, Celtic, bluegrass, folk and jazz musicians. Local ukulele favorites, The Grand Lake Stream Strumming Wildcats, will perform both days. Saturday evening, a special contra dance will be held at the school gym at 7 p.m., in celebration of the Festival’s 25 years of success. The public is welcome to attend this event, with music by Little Burnt Potato with Ed Howe. Bill Olson will be the caller. There is no charge, but donations to the Festival will be greatly appreciated.
Traditional and contemporary folk art and handcrafts in a wide variety of mediums will be exhibited for sale by artists and craftsmen from across Maine and beyond, with many demonstrating their talents.
Talented quilters from The St. Croix International Quilters will be at the Festival displaying a variety of quilts made by members from both sides of the US/Canadian border. The annual quilt raffle to benefit the Festival will feature a unique design by local quilter, Bonnie Gagner.
There will be fly tying demonstrations, snowshoe making instruction, along with an interpretive exhibit featuring locally built Grand Laker canoes. Children will be entertained throughout the weekend with the ever-popular arts and crafts program.
Historians will enjoy the Remembrance Tent with displays of archival and heirloom photographs chronicling the history and heritage of Grand Lake Stream and its residents.
Breakfast, lunch and cool treats are served each day in the food tent, with local food vendors offering burgers, wraps, lobster rolls, smoked-salmon, Cajun gumbo, BBQ beef, pork & chicken, ice cream, strawberry shortcake and more.
Admission is $8 for one day or $12 for both days. Children under 12 are admitted at no charge. Pets welcomed on leashes. Parking is on-street. For more information, visit the Festival website at grandlakestreamfolkartfestival.com or follow the Festival on Facebook.