A Year in a Day: Reliving Bangor’s Downtown Countdown 2015

This year, the American Folk Festival partnered with Downtown Bangor Partnership to present Downtown Countdown 2015. This exciting New Year’s party continues to be a wonderful midwinter event for our city.  Many of our Festival volunteers turned out to host events, hand out hot cocoa, glasses, horns, buttons and other swag. Speaking of buttons, did yours win? Find out here.

As we looked around wherever we went that night, there were families bundled up against the cold, children and adults with smiling faces, shop and theatre patrons, friends and art appreciators.  The Rock and Art Shop was jam packed to see ImprovAcadia and the Retro Rockerz had the audience in the Brick Church on their feet.  Those who didn’t wear their boots were lucky enough to hop on the Countdown Connector sponsored by Eastern Maine Community College to get from one event to the next.  Folks could choose to end the night at the beach ball drop outside of Paddy Murphy’s or count down to 2015 with Elvis, Marilyn, and Motor Booty Affair at Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway.

Many of the sponsors at this past Countdown have been part of the celebration since the inaugural event in 2005, and the American Folk Festival is proud to be a part of it.  Expansion has continued to make this event big enough that it’s difficult to hit all of the activities. The selection is fantastic, from face painting and crown making, multicultural celebrations, art installations and multiple types of live entertainment.  2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the Downtown Countdown! Make sure it’s on your calendar.

As winter slowly plods toward spring, the American Folk Festival staff looks ahead toward warm summer days in Maine and the 2015 American Folk Festival on the Bangor waterfront. We are hard at work planning the second annual Color Bangor fun run/walk.  April may seem far away but there is so much that needs to be done! Expect this year’s event to be even more colorful than the first. We’ve already warned Bangor PD to prepare for more hugs. Want to help? Support the American Folk Festival or Volunteer.