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    National Folk Festival

    by Gilfeather Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    ...Free Admission...
    "Can you believe it?"
    August 22-24, 2003
    August 27-29, 2004.

    "Please consider visiting Bangor Mental Health Institute if you decide to pass on this festival."

    Some Of Last Years Performers:

    -Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun
    (dieselbilly ......via "Hot Rod Lincoln")
    -BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
    (Cajun)
    -La Bottine Souriante
    (Quebecois)
    -Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas
    (Zydeco)
    -Maine's Native Americans
    (Wabenaki music, dance and stories)
    -The Bluegrass Tradition
    (Bluegrass)
    -Hula Halau 'O Lilinoe
    (Traditional Hawaiian Hula)
    -Brian Marshall & His Tex-Slavik Playboys
    (Texas-Polish Polka)
    -Ana Vinagre
    (Portugese Fado)
    -The Holmes Brothers
    (Blues & Gospel)
    -Treme Brass Band
    (New Orleans Parade Band)
    -N.B.S.
    (Hip-Hop)
    -Upland South and Heartland Fiddlers
    (American Fiddle Traditions)
    -Mary Jane Lamond and Friends
    (Gaelic song and music)
    -Gilles Roy and the Steppin' Ambassadors
    (Franco-Canadian step dance and music)
    -Viento de Agua
    (Puerto Rican Salsa, Bomba y Plena)
    -The Papantla Flyers
    (Aerial Acrobatics)
    -Chaksam Pa
    (Tibetan opera, folk song and dance)
    -Liz Carroll and John Doyle
    (Irish)
    -TrĂ­o Chalchihuecan
    (Son Jarocho)
    -Richard Felt's Orchestra
    (Maine Grange Hall Band)
    -Aziz Herawi
    (Afghan music and dance)

    Insider Tips:
    1. Bring a light folding chair to take to each venue...sunglasses,sunscreen and hat not bad idea either if it's toasty.
    2. Try the "Sugar on Snow" at the maple syrup house (unless you are diabetic in which case you will instantly coma.)
    3. Pick up a free program.
    4. Bring a picnic lunch in a small backpack. (Last year food lines tended to be a bit long.)
    5. Loosen up why don't you? Enjoy your Life.

    "It's not like I'm asking you to eat Sketty-O's out of a bundt pan with a ladle."

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    Maine Shakespeare Festival

    by Gilfeather Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Wonderful performances under a starlit sky run in rotating repertory...

    Held generally in July-August

    Gates open at 7:00 p.m.

    Pre-show activities begin at 7:15
    (Juggler and/or madrigal singers.)

    Curtain time at 8:00 p.m.

    Tickets generally between $10.00 and $17.00 for adults

    Children- $5.00-$6.00

    Discounts are available for families, for attendance at all three outdoor shows, for students, seniors, educators, military, Bangor residents and groups of ten or more.

    Insider Tips:
    1. "Weekday performances are the best bargain...Less crowded and better opportunity to spread out your blanket and set up a picnic lunch."
    2. "If you show up without grub..no prob..there are usually food vendors on site."
    3. "I recommend the Pakistani booth."

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    Bangor Symphony Orchestra

    by Gilfeather Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    They are the oldest community orchestra in the United States providing continuous service, and have been at it for 106 seasons.

    The founder, visionary music teacher Ms. Abbie Garland, was born in 1852 and died at the age of 90 in 1942.

    The Symphony currently has 65 members of which most live within the state of Maine.

    Season runs October thru April.

    E-Mail: symphony@bangorsymphony.com

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    Discover Land Transportation

    by Turbo231 Written Apr 22, 2008

    Visited the Cole Land Transportation Museum and was amazed. Quite the collection of snowplows and an entire locomotive under one roof. I also enjoyed the line up of old through new Cole Express trucks, from a Ford Model T to their own "Tank-Van". Outside was a covered bridge and World War II and Vietnam memorials.

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    Maine Discovery Museum

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jul 30, 2007

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    coming...

    Admission: $6.50 per person
    Free for Members and children 12 months & under.
    All children 12 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

    Hours:
    Monday noon - 5:00
    Tuesday - Saturday 9:30 - 5:00
    Sunday noon - 5:00

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  • Sexy Adult Entertainment

    by brownies Written Apr 6, 2007

    If you enjoy the nightlife with a more adult theme then check out Diva's Gentleman's Club in Bangor. This strip club is small with some really great performers that are real - no wake body parts there. It was quite refreshing to the run of the mill clubs in and around Boston.

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    Visit the Isaac Farrar Mansion

    by sue&gene Written Jun 15, 2005

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    This is a restored Greek Revival residence of a lumber barron. It is opened on a very limited schedule and since we did not plan ahead we were not able to tour it. This house was designed by Richard Upjohn (1802-1878).

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    Visit the Thomas A. Hill House & Civil War Museum

    by sue&gene Written Jun 15, 2005

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    This Greek Revival house was designed by Richard Upjohn (1802-1878). It now houses the Bangor Historical Society and Civil War Museum. It is opened Tues. - Fri. and unfortunately we visited on a Monday. I am sure it would be worth the time to visit during its operating hours.

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    Visit Bass Park

    by sue&gene Written Jun 15, 2005

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    Bass Park is adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce and is a good place to start a city tour. They have much information to make your stay in Bangor pleasant. The 31-foot-high, 1.5 ton statue of Paul Bunyan is also worth a stop ... he is just beside the Chamber of Commerce.

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    Bangor Auditorium

    by kazander Written Jul 27, 2004

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    When we went to check out the giant paul Bunyan Statue there was a bit of an outdoor concert going on in front of the Auditorium. Very enjoyable classic band stuff. many people had brought loawn chairs to sit and listen to them play

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    People watching in Bangor was...

    by ShanMonster Written Aug 26, 2002

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    People watching in Bangor was quite entertaining. I noted a high number of macho-looking men in pink shirts. I also noted an extreme population of people with mullets. Why is this haircut so popular in Bangor? Why are there so many men in pink shirts? It was very odd. There were more men in pink than there were in black. I think there were also more people with mullets or rat-tails than there were without, too.

    How perplexing....

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