February 6, 2012
The University of Maine at Fort Kent is preparing for the area's largest jam session and house party for music lovers at its annual Fiddlers' Jamboree, which will be held on Sunday, February 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. in UMFK's Fox Auditorium. The doors will open to the public at 12:30 p.m.
The event is open to the public. A suggested donation of $5 for adults and ages 12 and under may attend free. The donation will be greatly appreciated to offset the cost of the event.
The jamboree brings together talented musicians for an afternoon of impromptu performances. Rising stars, as well as seasoned veterans take their turn. The event is an opportunity for people to strut their stuff whether they play an instrument, sing, or dance.
Last year's event drew more than 50 entertainers from Aroostook County, southern Maine, the St. John Valley, and western New Brunswick. You will be amazed by the talent that lives amongst us. The jamboree is very successful and attendance continues to grow with peoples' feet stomping and cameras rolling.
UMFK continues to preserve and foster an appreciation of the Acadian and Franco-American heritage and culture by hosting annual events, such as the “Fiddlers' Jamboree” and the “Sucrerie,” which will be held this year on Thursday, March 22 from 11 to 1 p.m. in Nowland Hall.
Fiddlers, guitarists, other acoustic musicians, and singers are still invited and encouraged to take part in the Sunday afternoon jam session.
Interested participants are encouraged to contact in advance of the jamboree, Susan Tardie at (207) 834-7557 or 1-888-879-8635 ext. 7557 or Warren Harvey, at (207) 834-3939 before Monday, February 13, 2012.