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Art in the Courtyard 2015

The Lowell Folk Festival presents Art in the Courtyard Arts and Fine Crafts, a venue of the Lowell Folk Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 25-27, 2015. Art in the Courtyard is coordinated by the Cultural Organization of Lowell/COOL and the Brush Art Gallery.

The Lowell Folk Festival is pleased to announce the annual Art in the Courtyard, an arts and fine crafts component of the Lowell Folk Festival. This exciting collaboration provides an opportunity for visitors to view and purchase some of the finest art and craft work.

Art in the Courtyard is held in the shaded, brick-lined courtyard between the National Historical Park Visitor Center and the Brush Art Gallery. Tents will be set up to provide a welcoming place, rain or shine. Conveniently situated between Market Street and the Dutton Stage, one of the main music and dance stages of the Folk Festival, Art in the Courtyard is a high-traffic spot during the festival. In addition to this, local artists will be displaying and selling their artwork at the neighboring Brush Art Gallery and Studios, creating a strong center for art and fine crafts for the Lowell Folk Festival.

Art in the Courtyard Application Information

Art in the Courtyard

Stay tuned for 2015 information.

Boston and Maine Railroad Historical Society

Open for visitors at the Lowell Folk Festival at the Trolley Stop Dutton Street at Merrimack Street.
July 25-27, 2015
This year, the B & M Railroad Historical Society will have an operating telegraph machine, demonstrating how railroaders communicated with each other before the advent of 2-way radios and cell phones. This vintage communications equipment was restored by members of the society. Hours of operation for this years festival are TBA.

The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society is a Massachusetts non-profit educational organization founded in 1971 to preserve material relating to the history of the Boston & Maine Railroad and its predecessor companies The Society publishes a Newsletter, Modeler’s notes, and a periodical journal called the “B&M Bulletin.” The former is produced bi-monthly and keeps members up to date on Society affairs, as well as timely events concerning the Boston & Maine and other New England rail lines.

Our Archival collection is maintained at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell in the Special Collections library. It has recently been moved to a brand new location at the Lowell National Historical Park where it is open to all members who wish to do research. The collection contains a vast quantity of materials, much of it donated by the railroad, as well as by members and other individuals.

The society is currently restoring a B&M Steam Locomotive #410 located on Dutton Street in Lowell along with a former B&M Passenger Car. Inside the car is a walk thru history of railroading in the Lowell area along with a model train layout. All of this work is done by volunteers with money coming from society fundraising. The steam locomotive is one of only 5 B&M steam engines left in existence and the only one in Massachusetts.

Family Activity Area

Youngsters of all ages can stop by Shattuck Street and enjoy hands-on games during the Festival. Box-hockey, bean bag toss, and much more will be offered by the City of Lowell's Parks & Recreation staff on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm alongside activities with the Revolving Museum and Greater Lowell Tech. On Saturday and Sunday afternoon, there are performances at Mack Plaza. See the Performance Schedule for acts and times. See the Performance Schedule for acts and times.

Box Hockey

Hands-On Activities along Shattuck Street

Destination Lowell

Destination Lowell, organized by Cultural Organization of Lowell/COOL, offers Festival visitors a taste of Lowell's Local Cultural Scene! Destination Lowell will represent Lowell's finest cultural institutions and arts organizations with a parade of tents along Merrimack Street. Visitors will soon discover why there are so many reasons to explore the cultural community in Lowell throughout the year!

2014 Participants
Arts League of Lowell (ALL)
American Textile History Museum
Cultural Organization of Lowell
Lowell Historical Society
Lowell Food & Wine Festival
Lowell Makes
Lowell Open Studios
Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust
Lowell Spinners
Merrimack Valley Antique Bottle Club
Merrimack Valley Time Exchange
Mill # 5
Merrimack Repertory Theatre
Pollard Memorial Library Foundation
The Gentlemen Songsters
Western Avenue Studios
Whistler House



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