2016 A Sampler of Traditions
Lucy Larcom Park, Saturday & Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m.
This year we celebrate 30 years of presenting craft artists at work in this interactive style of presentation! You will see some familiar faces as we welcome back some of the most skilled and engaging individuals who have demonstrated at the previous 29 Festivals. Their work is inspired by the human urge to make music, to celebrate, to commemorate, to worship, to adorn, or to delight the senses. Like the music heard on Festival stages, these craft traditions have been handed down within families, ethnicities, occupations, or apprenticeships.
Walk through the folk craft area and you will observe master craftspeople carving letterforms in stone, working clay, marbling paper, and carving fruit so stunningly it deters eating. Watch musical instrument makers plane a plank of spruce or insert a decorative inlay. Marvel at the material culture of Lithuanian mid-summer. Pose in one of the Crazy Hat Ladies Fiesta’s creations as you learn how one venerable tradition spawns a new one. You will even have the chance to sit down and personally experience cultural traditions of folk beauty that originate in Africa, India, and the American South.
A complete list of Master Folk Craft Presenters will be listed soon!
Curated by Maggie Holtzberg (Folk Arts & Heritage Program), Massachusetts Cultural Council