Planning your summer visit around the American Folk Festival

Guest post by Bob Duchesne

We live in a log cabin on a lake in Maine, with a garage full of canoes, kayaks, and water toys. So do you think we can convince family and friends to visit in winter? Don’t be silly. The guest room gets a workout, but only in July and August. Fortunately, everybody knows the rules. If you want to visit us during American Folk Festival Weekend, you’re going to have to sit with us in front of the Railroad Stage, because we’re not budging.

Courtesy Justin Russell Photography

Courtesy Justin Russell Photography

We plan our summer around the festival. All yard chores need to be done by mid-August or wait until September. Travel must conclude by opening night, or begin no sooner than 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.  It takes dedication in order to miss not a moment of the festival.

Our relatives are welcome to visit anytime. They can even borrow a car and drive themselves to Acadia. We hope they have a good time and take lots of pictures. We won’t be with them.

To my friends and kinfolk wishing to visit during this year’s festival: we can work this out. You can paddle in the morning, before the music starts. Then, we would be happy to offer you a choice of vibrant stages, with extraordinary music and entertainment. Thirsty? We’ll buy you a beer in the beer tent. We can promise you fine international cuisine for all of your lunches and dinners, provided that you don’t mind standing in line for a few minutes. Don’t worry about getting lost at such a big event. We won’t answer your cell phone call during a performance, but you can text. After the show is over, we’ll come find you. Probably.

Aerial view of the American Folk Festival courtesy Bangor Daily News

During your vacation to Maine, the free accommodations we provide should save you lots of money that you can throw in the bucket. Travel light. We have extra blankets and folding chairs from which to watch the shows. We have plenty of sunscreen. We have everything you need to sit in the great outdoors and enjoy the music. Black flies? Not in August, and not downtown on the banks of the Penobscot River.

Sound good? If not, we think you’d also find Maine lovely to visit in September.

Bob Duchesne writes a weekly birding column in the Bangor Daily News and hosts Bob Duchesne’s Wild Maine on Sports Radio 929 The Ticket.
Dan Cashman

About Dan Cashman

Dan Cashman has been involved with the American Folk Festival since 2011 and is currently serving on the board of the Festival. For more information about the American Folk Festival, visit