November 20, 2018

FOLK/Kids Games, crafts and learn-how-to activities for children abound at National Folk Festival

Activities in the children’s area include outdoor games, such as hopscotch, hoop rolling, graces, and “stilt” walking.

Quiet Games, including cribbage, jackstraws (pick-up sticks), clapping games, and string games.

Crafts: Learn how to make dolls (corn husk, handkerchief, yarn, jumping jacks).

Learn how to do American Indian beadwork, bookmarks and dolls.

Learn how to make toys: thaumatropes, spinners, tops and wooden boats.

Learn how to make paper.

Sandra Piechocki


Sandra Piechocki is an actress, storyteller, writer, and “accidental historian” who received a grant from the Maine Arts Commission to develop “At Home, At Sea,” the story of young Joanna Colcord of Searsport, Maine. Sandra has worked with the Penobscot Marine Museum to research and present Joanna’s story, a tale she came to know through articles and books.

Tony Sohns

Natural history educator

Tony Sohns is a natural history educator from Bucksport, Maine. “Bug Zoo” originated at the University of Oregon while he was studying entomology and creating outreach programs for the Eugene school system. Tony has delighted children and adults with his programs and collections in schools, museums and fairs throughout central Maine.

The Giggling Feet

Step dancers

A trio of teen-age Franco-American step dancers from the Lewiston-Auburn area, under the direction of Cindy LaRock.

The Smith Brothers

Music duo

Jay is 12 years old and started playing the fiddle when he was 7. Shane is 10 years old and has been playing the guitar for about three years. For the past two years they have performed together at many events, including the Maine Festival; the Maine Pioneers of Country Music as “Future Pioneers”; Weeks Mills in Music; and the Country Jamboree in Portland, opening for the Don Campbell Band. They have played at many local events, benefits and fiddle contests. The Smith Brothers live with their parents in Industry, Maine.

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