February 14, 2003
Organizers of the annual Fort Kent Mardi Gras Fiddler's Jamboree are putting out a call to area musicians and entertainers as the event fast approaches.
The Jamboree, which has become a St. John Valley tradition, will be held on Sunday, March 2 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the University of Maine at Fort Kent in the Bengal's Lair, located near the Fox Auditorium
Sponsored by the UMFK French Heritage Council, the event brings together talented musicians for an afternoon of impromptu performances.
"It's an old-fashioned, make your own fun house party," said Lisa Ornstein, director of the Acadian Archives and UMFK French Heritage Council member. "It has become an institution of the Mardi Gras celebration."
In the past, the event has drawn both performers and an audience from throughout Aroostook County and Western New Brunswick.
"The musicians, entertainers, and occasional audience member turned dancer are the people that make the Fiddler's Jamboree the wonderful event that it is," said Ornstein.
The Jamboree has become very successful and the number of people attending has grown over the years. Last year's audience packed the room where people were dancing, feet were stomping, and cameras were rolling.
The event is open to the public and the admission is free.
Fiddlers, guitarists, other acoustic musicians, and singers are invited to take part in the Sunday afternoon concert.
Interested participants are encouraged to contact Tony Gauvin in advance of the jamboree, at 834-7571.