The weather wasn’t the only thing bringing the heat at the 2011 Folk and Roots Festival in Welles Park. Put on by the Old Town School of Folk Music, the two-day event featured music, dance, workshops and food. Even with temperatures in the 90s both days, fest goers still found the energy to dance to a variety of music including soul, funk, reggae, folk and blue from a diverse lineup of musicians from around the world. There was a dance tent to learn a few moves and an “Instrument Petting Zoo” where children could get their hands on guitars and drums.
In addition to the children’s activities, there were merchants selling everything from guitar straps to dresses. Food and drink vendors kept everyone fueled with cool-down favorites such as Italian ice and summer grill fare like hot dogs. Many were happy to sprawl out on blankets in the park, under the sun, kicking back and listening to the music from the main stage.