National Folk Festival adds fourth stage to their line up
SALISBURY, Md. – The National Folk Festival is only a couple of months away, and organizers are announcing more exciting news. A fourth stage has officially been added to host crafts people, performers, and demonstrations specific to Maryland’s culture. The Folk Festival is teaming up with the Maryland State Arts Council, which is supporting the festival through Maryland Traditions Program. “They bring so much expertise and care to this area. It’s an awesome program and I’m so happy we get to have it this year,” said National Folk Festival Local Manager Caroline O’Hare.
The stage will host old time music, cloggers, black smithing, competitive marble games, and a 6th generation quilter. There will also be performances and demonstrations by Pocomoke Indian Nation, a Pilipino cultural group, a Korean percussion group, Puerto Rican dancers, and urban dancers. O’Hare says with the fourth stage, they want to specifically highlight Maryland’s culture. “That’s something we want to do, is not only celebrate America but really celebrate Maryland. We’re happy for people that live here to learn a little bit more about the cultures around them, but also to have different visitors coming and visiting, and finding out that Maryland isn’t just about one thing. We have an incredibly colorful history,” said O’Hare.
Organizers say they’re still looking for volunteers for the Maryland Traditions Folk Life Area. “If you’re really interested in the history or Maryland, about the folks arts and traditions, we would love for you to volunteer,” said O’Hare.
If you’re interested in lending a hand, you can sign up by clicking here.