KINGFIELD — American folk icon Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary fame will, with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, celebrate the 10th anniversary of Kingfield POPS.

Concertgoers can expect to hear Stookey play “The Wedding Song,” “Puff the Magic Dragon” and other songs that make him a music legend at the Saturday, June 30, outdoor concert at the Kennedy Farm on Route 142.

According to the Kingfield POPS website, Stookey will also premiere an original song — a whimsical ballad of life in rural Maine — commissioned by Kingfield POPS and the BSO.

The BSO, conducted by Grammy winner Lucas Richman, will play a selection of songs with Stookey, and will also perform a set of all-American pops and patriotic compositions by Gershwin, Copland, Rodgers, Williams and others.

Opening performers include Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection, Nadia and Jocko, the Maranacook String Band and the Western Mountain Trash Can Band.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Guests can bring a picnic or buy food from local vendors. The evening will conclude with a display of fireworks.

During the day, the Festival of the Arts will be held in the downtown, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when people can meet artists and artisans exhibiting photography, jewelry, stained glass, blown glass, paintings, metal works, wooden bowls and spinning yarn. Maine musicians will play music throughout the day.

On Friday, June 29, a dozen of Kingfield’s galleries and museums will open their doors,  from 5 to 8 p.m., to welcome visitors to the POPS Friday Artwalk. Three of the venues will feature live music: Tom and Mali Obomsawin at the Village Gallery at the Farm Cottage Gallery, Andy and Ellie Buckland at Grand Central Station and the Gawler Family at the Schoolhouse Gallery.

Admission is free for the Festival of the Arts and POPS Friday Artwalk. Tickets for the Kingfield POPS concert with Stookey as the headliner are $20 in advance/$25 at the gate. Children 17 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.kingfieldpops.com. Lodging and packages are available.


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