Posted by: Andrea Alexander | April 15, 2015

The 41st Annual New Jersey Folk Festival Celebrates Maritime New Jersey

Ag Field Day/ Folfest Rutgers Day 09Thanks to guest blogger Francesca Cipriani, Public Relations Coordinator for the New Jersey Folk Festival, for this post:

Join us for the 41st Annual New Jersey Folk Festival on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine to celebrate New Jersey’s Maritime history. The festival features an array of activities on the Eagleton lawn of Douglass Campus including live music, a craft and folk marketplace, a variety of food vendors, and a children’s area with maritime crafts and pony rides. Bring the entire family and spend the day as there is surely something to please everyone.

The festival will feature four musical stages with performances of revival sea shanties (songs traditionally sung on merchant sailing vessels) and other maritime music. The stages will also feature folk and Irish songs, jam sessions, performances by the winners of our singer songwriter competition, and more.

This year’s festival highlights how New Jersey has been shaped by its 127 miles of coastline from Sandy Hook to Cape May. New Jersey is also home to one of the busiest seaports on the East Coast, Port Newark/Elizabeth. At our Heritage Area, we will have exhibitions and special guests doing craft demonstrations including a fourth generation retired commercial fisherman who is an expert on pound nets traditionally used in New Jersey waters. Among other featured demonstrations is a master basket maker, a crafter of hollow wooden surfboards, and a boat builder specializing in traditional sneakboxes (small boats of Barnegat Bay) and garvey boats.

The festival is red-wagon and pet-friendly.

For the most updated information please visit our website, njfolkfest.org. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @NJFolkFest. Can’t wait to see you all there!


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