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Crossroads Celtic Festival on tap
Silas and Nolan of Wilton leading from 2-4 p.m. in a Giant Jam Session held at Stella's on Congress Street in Rumford on Sept. 14.
RUMFORD -- The Crossroads Celtic Festival is coming to Congress Street on Saturday, September 14.
Envision Rumford is planning a Street Faire 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. The Street Faire will run from 1-5 p.m. The big Crossroad Celtic Festival concert in the Rumford Falls Auditorium goes on at 7 p.m.
"The things 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.
Envision Rumford member Jennifer Kreckel said, "Anyone who want to be a crafter, we trying to find high-end artisans that -- the atmosphere of this craft fair is to try to make it something along the lines of hand workers -- wood workers, painters -- something that is more like what you see at Celtic festivals."
"We're also going to have food in the old Delle Shop (72 Congress St.). We're trying to do our ethnic diversity of the Rumford area and trying to contact people who are doing Irish, Lithuanian, Polish, German, Phillipino, Italian, Chinese, Cambodian," she said.
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 taste of the River Valley, they're asking $5 for a non-profit, with the price yet to be determined for commercial food venders.
For the music, Davis noted that the performers at Skye Theater are proven and very good. Further, Phill McIntyre of Skye Theater stated to her that he "would love to do some of the performances here in Rumford."
Silas and Nolan will be leading from 2-4 p.m. in a Giant 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.
Performing on 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 giant 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 would like to volunteer, be a part of something truly unique! For more information or to sign up, call Tammi Lyons at 364-3365, ext. 221 or email her at email@example.com.