Folk festivities took place in the Albertville Train and Museum Depot, with fiddles being played and dulcimers being tuned. The Albertville Folk Festival was this past Thursday, and it was a hit.
Despite the weather conditions, the festival had a nice turnout, and people had good feedback to report to Danny Maltbie, one of the museum directors.
“Everyone was happy and did an amazing job making this event happen,” Maltbie said.
The event was originally scheduled for later this year, but Maltbie and Robin Lathan, executive assistant to the mayor, both thought having it earlier would benefit the museum and the city.
Maltbie and Lathan got approval from the museum and were able to get a $1,000 grant from Joey Brackner, the folk life director for the Council of the Arts in Montgomery. The grant helped the museum fund the many folk artists that attended the event.
Bluegrass singer Phoebe Pittard and the knife makers garnered a lot of interest from people. Many came to watch Pittard perform.
The Farmers Market shared the venue and enjoyed the festival as well. The merchants did not seem to have a problem being inside the depot.
Maltbie said they hope to make this an annual festival. They are already working on trying to make it happen.