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Celtic music, ethnic food coming to Rumford
EnvisionRumford members Jennifer Kreckel and Randall Smith display one of the banners for the upcoming Crossroads Celtic Festival in Rumford. Smith will be playing his bagpipes that day along Congress Street. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
RUMFORD -- The Crossroads Celtic Festival is coming to Congress Street on Saturday, September 14.
EnvisionRumford is planning a Rumford Heritage Festival to provide entertainment, wares, food and displays downtown to help celebrate this great event. There will be a Celtic Jam between the hours of 2-4 p.m. which will be held in Stella’s (Bartash). The Festival will run from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The big Crossroad International Celtic Festival concert in the Rumford Falls Auditorium goes on at 7 p.m.
"Events like our Lumberjack and Pumpkin festivals are drawing local people more than anything else. I think we're going to find that this International Celtic Festival is going to draw from way beyond our borders and our small towns. I don't think we realize the enormity of it, but I believe it's going to draw people to the River Valley and to Rumford from out of the area," said Envision Rumford member Charlotte Davis.
EnvisionRumford member Jennifer Kreckel said, "We are trying to find high-end artisans to be part of the Festival. We are trying to make the atmosphere of our craft fair to be something like what you find at other Celtic Festivals -- wood workers, painters, artists, potters, hand-made items."
"We're also going to have ethnic food in the old Delle Shop (72 Congress St.). We want to show the ethnic diversity of the Rumford area. We are trying to contact people to do Irish, Lithuanian, French, Polish, German, Filipino, Italian, Chinese, Cambodian and other ethnic cuisine of the area," she said.
The cost is $10 for food table. The profits from the food sales go directly to the vendors. For the craft fair, Kreckel said they're pricing tables at $10 for someone not doing a demonstration, and $5 for someone doing a demonstration or a non-profit.
For the music, Davis noted that the performers at Skye Theater are proven and very good. Further, Phil McIntyre of Skye Theater stated to her that he "would love to do some more performances here in Rumford in the future."
Silas and Nolan will be leading from 2-4 p.m. in the Celtic Jam Session held at Stella's on Congress Street in Rumford. The event is one of the day long activities planned for Rumford leading up to the Crossroads International Celtic Festival "Our Roots are Showing" concert at the Rumford Auditorium that evening at 7.
Featured at the 7 p.m. concert will be three groups: Arsenault, Domique Dupuis and the Lina Boudreau Trio.
Performing at the Celtic Jam will be Silas and Nolan Rogers. Using fiddle, guitar, banjo, and cello, Silas and Nolan Rogers bring their youthful, energetic renditions of traditional and contemporary fiddle music to stages and gatherings across Maine. With a repertoire ranging from foot stomping Cape Breton jigs and reels to melodic American waltzes, the brothers from Wilton are members of Mount Blue's Franklin County Fiddlers and are frequent flyers at Maine Fiddle Camp.
From contra dances and festivals to the stage at Skye Theatre, these young artists have captured the musical heritage from the soul of Maine for a new generation.
Also returning to Rumford for the Celtic Jam will be Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, who were cut short at the Fourth of July rain out performance at Hosmer Field. They will join in the jam session to a couple of songs and tunes. The jam is open to everyone. Bring your instruments and join in the fun. Open to the public at no charge.
If you're a crafter or artist, or if you would like to volunteer and be a part of something truly unique, or for more information or to sign up, call Tammi Lyons at 364-3365, ext. 221 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will also be a performance at 49 Franklin Street on Thursday, September 12 at 7 p.m. This will be a Celtic Caberet type performance featuring Squid Jiggers, Kathleen Gorey McSorley and Jacqueline Schwab, and Scot Grassette.
Tickets for the performances in Rumford on September 12th and 14th can be purchased on line at http://crossroadscelticfestival.com/shows.