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