The Working Waterfront Festival in New Bedford, MA is two things, at the same time: it’s a moment when the commercial fishing industry shares its stories, secrets and skills with visitors, both local and tourist alike. But it’s also a time for those fishermen to get together, as a community of their own. I’m working with the Festival this year to help celebrate their 10th year in existence — a longevity that is hard won, a testament to the real love of the festival that all participants share. I spoke with the Director of the festival, folklorist Laura Orleans, about what the festival means to her:
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