Sunday, August 24, 2008

American Folk Festival 2008

The American Folk Festival is held each year in Bangor, Maine. I think it was going on the week after I moved to Maine initially, so I missed out on the 2007 festivities. However, I think I made up for that in a big way tonight.

Here are some pictures:

This first shot is of Beth sporting the latest in free headware. The semi behind her is slowly bringing the steel drum band down the street as the one and only bit of the evening parade.

Sometimes Mainers just enjoy pulled pork. Sometimes they have sassy sayings too...

Do I need to explain this one? This is Beth again, and, no, she didn't taste the mustard, but I certainly did. I tried some sort of Honey Wine Mustard, and it was fantastic. Mike is standing there behind Beth and he too enjoyed the mustards.

Ummm...duh, it's a giant L.L.Bean backpack. Ayuh.

And my favorite picture of the festival. These two lovelies are the anchors of the local Bangor news. You can check out their bios here. Anyway, I watch these kids give the news every day, so I was beyond thrilled to see them enjoying the previously mentioned steel drum band. As soon as they danced by me, I knew I had to make my move. I briefed Beth on her duties (aim camera, press button) and made a beeline for the pair. Turns out Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio are really nice and they were super willing to take the awkward photo with me. I'm sure they weren't as excited as I was...but I can understand that. :) I mean...they're Bangor royalty.

As you can see, the folk festival was a lot of fun. We listened to quite a few bands, ate a good deal of fried food, and enjoyed many a craft booth.

Since this was the most fun I've had in Bangor in a good while, I'm going back tomorrow by myself. Looking forward to more of the same!


trresa said...

You had a wonderful day, I'm so excited for you! But the obvious not even mentioned was that fancy purse on your shoulder....very cute!

Anita said...

Looks like great times were had by all Manda. Now what I noticed was this - beth, I think it was Beth, was wearing shorts, tank and sandals while Mike(?) was dressed in long sleeves, long pants and tennis shoes...what's up with that?

jess said...

sweet, mambi!!!
i'm very glad you got your picture with those too. my question is, did you call their names? "tony! a picture please!!" haha