Thursday, September 10, 2009

Takoma Park Folk Fest - Washington Post

The Takoma Park Folk Festival will return Sunday for its 32nd year.

From 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Takoma Park Middle School will host seven stages on which entertainment will include a singalong tribute to 90-year-old folk singer Pete Seeger, hip-hop, blues, African dance music, rockabilly, string band and samba pieces. Participants will also be able to join in waltzing, belly dancing, Scandinavian couples dancing and more. The Grassy Nook Stage will feature young performers.

Nonprofit organizations will offer community information, and a juried craft fair will feature pottery, jewelry, fiber art, photography and more. The school is at 7611 Piney Branch Rd., near Route 410.

Free shuttle buses will transport fairgoers from the Takoma Metro station or the Montgomery College parking garage at Fenton and King streets. Parking will not be allowed at the festival site or on surrounding streets, except for a few handicap spaces.

A list of activities and performers and a festival map can be found at

Admission to the festival, the shows and dancing is free. Vendors will offer a wide variety of foods, beverages and games for children. Food vendors will donate used cooking oil for conversion to biodiesel. Volunteers are needed, and those interested should call 301-589-0202 or visit

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