Takoma Park Folk Festival cancelled

Photo by Bill Brown

IMAGE: One of the thee festival stages at the 2013 festival. Photo by Bill Brown.

JUL 7—The 2016 Takoma Park Folk Festival has been canceled. The announcement was post July 1 on the festival website.

“The planning committee of the Takoma Park Folk Festival has regretfully concluded that we cannot put on a festival this year, given our assessment of the commitment, skills, and experience of our current core volunteer group,” it says.

The committee says it has been unable to find volunteers to fill several key positions, including festival chair. Those positions are vacant because volunteers are moving or otherwise unable to continue.

Photo by Bill Brown

2013 Takoma Park Folk Festival. Photo by Bill Brown.

The festival was founded by the city’s legendary activist/mayor Sammie Abbott nearly 40 years ago. It features music, story-telling, crafts, food, and booths for activist groups, non-profits and businesses. The 2016 festival would have been held Sept. 11.

The committee hopes to stage a comeback in 2017 and is asking for volunteers to make it possible There will be an informational meeting in September. Those interested can email the committee.

Photo by "smata2" used by permission of TPFF

2013 Takoma Park Folk Fesival. Photo by  “smata2” used by permission of TPFF.

9 Comments on "Takoma Park Folk Festival cancelled"

  1. Matilda Bankhead | July 8, 2016 at 9:30 am |

    ” legendary activist/mayor Sammie Abbott”

    Legendary my ass.

    • George Taylor | July 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm |

      Sammie Abbott was a Syrian-American politician who served as Mayor of Takoma Park for three terms. During that period, he saved the middle school, and led the city into a progressive agenda that has not been seen before or since. He was a great American that did Takoma Park proud! George Taylor, former pastor, Takoma Park Presbyterian Church

    • Reggie Stout | July 14, 2016 at 6:36 pm |

      Certainly more legendary than that; so what did he do that you didn’t like?

  2. Greg Gorman | July 9, 2016 at 8:39 am |

    I don’t recall a call for volunteers.

  3. Saul Schniderman, a founding member | July 9, 2016 at 10:08 pm |

    The Takoma Park Folk Festival was founded in 1978 in the living room of Sam and Ruth Abbott. Over these many years the festival has raised tens of thousands of dollars for many youth and community groups that were in dire need of funds. The festival has celebrated the cultural diversity and expressions of the Takoma community by way of music, dance, crafts and food. It is truly amazing that over these many years the event has been an all-volunteer effort. Much praise goes to those committees of citizens who met for months prior to the day of the event and who then worked their butts off – often behind the scenes – on Folk Festival Day. May the spirit of the Takoma Park Folk Festival live on in our hearts and minds.

  4. So sorry to hear this news! I’m with Greg, I don’t recall hearing about a call for volunteers. I’m thinking somewhere along the line they may have lost the data on past volunteers.

    Lots of love and gratitude to those who have kept this going for so many years. It’s been such a Takoma Park institution. Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping it will all come together in 2017!

  5. I wish I had known there was a need for volunteers!

  6. Reggie Stout | July 14, 2016 at 6:39 pm |

    Yes, so sad. I wish all those who might have volunteered were aware. Still, it is a lot of work; couldn’t and shouldn’t the city put up some money for paid positions to keep this great tradition alive?

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