Just back from the colorfully ethnic festival parade, opening ceremonies and the first act – The Quebe Sisters Band – at the 2011 Lowell Folk Festival! The band’s guitar and fiddle sounds along with the sweet voices of the “sisters” played well at Boardinghouse Park. I first heard these very young sisters a few years ago – on the John Street Stage. I “worked” the UMass Lowell booth at Boardinghouse Park and had a great time. We had lots of give-aways touting the UMass brand – talked to lots of people including alums, recent grads, young people, seniors and parents interested in what UML had to offer. I might do another turn at the UML booth on Sunday afternoon – maybe when WCAP’s Kim Saltmarsh plans to volunteers her services at the UML booth! The weather was not bad tonight- scattered very light showers, a bit of a breeze – crowds were still coming in as we were leaving the Downes Garage. Caught the first part of Dervish – a very classy traditional Irish group. The crowd was very local and enthusiastic but at the same time laid back and really enjoying the food and ambience. So glad I was able to participate tonight – last year I just couldn’t do it! It was great to be back. Saturday and Sunday are forecast as sunny and warm – real Lowell Folk Festival weather. Come on down… check out the schedule of performers, the dance stage, food offerings, kids area, craft and food demonstrations here at the 2011 Lowell Folk Festival website.