Music, crafts, fireworks highlight Kingfield POPS


KINGFIELD – The summer vacation season in the western Maine mountains officially gets under way Saturday, July 1, with the fourth annual Kingfield POPS with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and the Kruger Brothers.

In three seasons, the Kingfield POPS has grown from a grass-roots outdoor concert to a day-long family event that includes a garden tour, arts and crafts show, and music.

“The Kingfield POPS was created to showcase the endless recreational and cultural opportunities that are available in the western Maine mountains” said Bobby Brown, an event organizer. In addition to the event’s tourism mission is an educational component that brings music to area schools throughout the school year.

New to the POPS lineup this year are the Festival of the Arts in downtown Kingfield and area garden tours during the day. Besides traditional arts and crafts fair, artists will create and make jewelry, stained glass, blown glass, painting, wooden bowls, and and other handcrafted products.

The Kingfield Garden Club tour will have nearly a dozen area residents guiding visitors through their gardens.

The concert grounds at the Kennedy Farm on the outskirts of Kingfield allow for picnics on the lawn while enjoying the Kruger Brothers trio. Originally from Switzerland and now based in North Carolina, they bring their style to traditional American folk, bluegrass and original music.

The Bangor Symphony Orchestra, under conductor Xiao-Lu Li, will close out the evening with a spirited and patriotic medley of American POPS. The performance will culminate with the region’s first fireworks display of the July 4 holiday.

Admission is free for the Festival of the Arts, $8 for the area garden tours. Tickets for music events are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Children age 17 admitted free with an adult. For more information and to get tickets, visit, call 800-639-3221, or stop by any UnitedKingfield Bank branch.