Folk Arts

Learn about traditional and new crafts, music, and more in this vibrant area of the Fair.
Making Invasive Bittersweet Baskets
In this video we follow Zack Rouda of Rewild Maine as he uses bittersweet to weave a basket.
Singing from the Sacred Harp
In this video we follow Peter Golden and the Maine Maine Shape Note Singers for an overview of the Sacred Harp and Shape Note Singing with many musical examples.
Wool Isn’t Just Wool
In this video we follow Stacie Beyer, MOFGA volunteer, as she explores the characteristics of wool fiber and how the characteristics impact the end use.
Green Cemeteries and Home Funerals
In this video we follow Chuck Lakin, long time MOFGA volunteer, as he discusses green cemeteries and home burials.
Common Thrones and the History of Poop
In this video we follow Anu Dudley, longtime MOFGA volunteer, as she discusses Common Thrones and provides a history lesson as well.
Making Pottery with Blue Marine Clay
In this video we follow Sarah Delaney, a longtime Fair demonstrator, as she collects clay and makes pottery.
Eating Japanese Knotweed
In this video we follow Zack Rouda as he demonstrates how to harvest Japanese knotweed shoots to cook and eat.
The Ways of Wildlife Tracking
In this video we follow Trevanna Grenfell and some friends from the Wildwood Pathas they share tips for growing your tracking skills through exploring gaits, tracks, scents, feet, and more!
An Introduction to Natural Dyeing
In this video we follow Jude Hsiang, a MOFGA volunteer, as she reviews the history, traditions, equipment, and processes of natural dyeing while demonstrating dyeing some Maine wool yarn with plant materials grown or collected in Maine.
Local Color: Dyeing ME Wool with ME Plants
In this video we follow Jude Hsiang, a MOFGA volunteer, as she shares information based on her 2019 project exploring native, and commonly grown non-native, plants used for natural dyeing. Samples of naturally dyed wool will be shown while discussing some basics on the history and traditions of naturally dyeing.
How to Make Sauerkraut and Kimchi
In this video we join Zack Rouda in his kitchen as he explains how to make fermented vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchi.
Millennium Granite Wells, ME for Common Ground Fair 2020
A walk around Millennium Granite Wells, ME with Richard Bois, Owner and Malcolm Swenson, previous owner and President of Swenson Stone Consultants. www.mille…
Easy Evergreen ID
In this video we follow Zack Rouda of Rewild Maine as he shows us how to identify the four most common conifer trees in Maine.
Braiding a Rug Mug
In this video, we join Bobbi Mahler as she teaches the art of rug braiding by making a small mug rug.
Making Fishskin Leather
In this video, we join Hannah Rhea of Way of the Earth School, who reviews an ancient and simple way of turning fish skins into leather.
Making a Rocket Cook Stove
In this video, Colby Smith from Way of the Earth School, shows you how to make an efficient, portable rocket cook stove out of simple materials.
Making a Pine Bark Basket
In this video, we join Hannah Rhea and Colby Smith from Way of the Earth school show you how to make a quick Pine Bark Basket.
Eating Japanese Knotweed
Braiding a Rug Mug
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