2017 marked the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival’s fifth anniversary –bringing art, music, educational programming and live performances back to Downtown Indiana. Please check back here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the year as we plan for 2018.

September 27, 2017
Saying Goodbye to the Lumber Photo Exhibit


Lumber Heritage Region Executive Director Holly Komonczi and Downtown Indiana Executive Director David Janusek this morning at the Indiana County Courthouse. Komonczi spoke briefly at today’s Indiana County Commissioners meeting to close the Wood On Glass photo exhibit, sponsored by WBL Hardwoods and on view at the courthouse for the past two weeks.
Once again, our thanks to the LHR for loaning us the photos, Clara Kate for hosting the exhibit and workshop during NAFF17, and Sherene Hess and the County Commissioners for their support.
Learn more about the LHR by visiting

September 18, 2017
Lumber Photo Exhibit Stay Extended Through September 27

We’re pleased to announce the Lumber Heritage Region’s photo exhibit, currently on view in the Indiana County Courthouse, will be extended through September 27, 2017. Due to the display’s popularity, County Commissioner Sherene Hess and Downtown Indiana’s Linda Mitchell arranged for the photos to remain in the courthouse lobby until the September 27 commissioners meeting. LHR representatives are expected to close the exhibit with a few brief remarks.

September 13, 2017
NAFF17 Wraps Up  — But Lumber Photo Exhibit Stays Awhile


We’d like to thank our visitors, vendors, exhibitors, and bands for coming out and enjoying a beautiful weekend with us in downtown Indiana. Too numerous to name here are the sponsors and steering committee  members who made it happen, along with the volunteers who kept it going.  We also have to thank Downtown Indiana, its board, and the merchants who let us close three blocks and invite a few thousand of our neighbors over. Thank you to the local businesses who hosted and served our guests, provided support and services — and to everyone who had a smile, directions to “Jimmy Stewart’s house,” or suggestions for where to grab a bite. You make us proud to call Indiana home.


If you missed the photos on loan from the Lumber Heritage Region and hosted by Clara Kate during NAFF17, you can see them during business hours through Monday, September 18 in the Indiana County Courthouse lobby. The exhibit is sponsored by WBL Hardwoods and its stay at the courthouse was arranged by County Commissioner Sherene Hess as part of Lumber Heritage Week.

September 2, 2017
‘Open-Air Worship’ / Music Performances 

If you listen for Anthony Frazier and his Acoustic Hour on hometown station WCCS, look for him on NAFF’s West stage 9AM Sunday, September 9. Anthony/His Word and Worship, and friends will be performing worship music in a variety of styles. Anthony stresses that all are welcome and no church affiliation is required.

August 24, 2017
Indiana County Commissioners Declare Lumber Heritage Week


August 23, the Indiana County Commissioners issued a proclamation declaring Indiana County Lumber Heritage Week, thanks in part to NAFF17 programming.

We caught a behind-the-scenes, behind-the-camera shot of commissioners Rodney D. Ruddock, Mike Baker, and Sherene Hess presenting the proclamation to festival administrator Laura Jeffrey, Downtown Indiana assistant director Linda Mitchell, and John Wenturine III representing Wood-On-Glass photo exhibit sponsor, WBL Hardwoods.

Commissioner Hess read the proclamation acknowledging Indiana County’s role in the Pennsylvania lumber industry — which ranks first in nation for volume of hardwood growing stock, production of hardwood lumber, and in export of hardwood lumber and wood products.

Check out our lumber industry-related programming here.

August 10, 2017
More Programming Updates

Advance events held in conjunction with NAFF17 include a special, free screening of documentary “The Last Raft.” The film revisits the 1938 voyage of a 112-foot raft on the Susquehanna River and the tragic turn of events when it collided with a bridge pier near Muncy, Pennsylvania. Amplify Church hosts the film 6:30PM at Indiana Theater, Thursday, September 8. “The Last Raft” is on loan from Indiana County Parks and Recreation and shown courtesy of the Muncy Historical Society.

April 29, 2017
More on Lumber Heritage Exhibit


NAFF17 is excited to host a collection of antique photos on loan from Pennsylvania’s Lumber Heritage Region. The work of William T. Clarke, the photos chronicle life in Potter, McKean, and Clinton counties during the lumber boom years of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The photos were discovered in a storage shed during the 1970s and initially assumed to be window panes. The find eventually evolved from a research project to a coffee table book by photo historians Ronald E. Ostman and Harry Littell.

We will also be welcoming Steve Manginell to NAFF. Steve is the outreach coordinator for the Lumber Heritage Region and will be accompanying the photos as well as giving a talk on Clarke, the photos and their discovery.

Ostman and Littell’s book, Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers: The Photographic Legacy of William T. Clarke (published by Penn State University Press in collaboration with the Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 2016), will be for sale during NAFF and the only way to obtain copies of the photos.

Check out this recent Susquehanna Life article about the photos and their discovery.

April 8, 2017
Movie Break: WIUP Steelworker Doc on YouTube


If you enjoyed “The Struggle for an American Way of Life: Coal Miners and Operators in Central Pennsylvania, 1919-1933,” shown last year on WIUP-TV in conjunction with NAFF, be sure to check out another documentary by festival founder Dr. Jim Dougherty and several of his colleagues.  “People and Power: The Struggle Continues”  is a 1984 film about the steel industry and the American steelworker, “focusing on the effects of US Steel’s layoffs in the Mon Valley outside Pittsburgh, including Homestead and Duquesne, during the 1980s. ”

NAFF will again be incorporating film screenings for 2017 so stay tuned (of course) for when, were and how to watch.

February 23, 2017
Non-Profits Invited To Exhibit Free at NAFF17


Non-profit organizations are invited to have a presence, free of charge, at NAFF17. Click on the image above to view a flyer with details. Click here to download a 2017 exhibitor application.

January 27, 2017
NAFF17 Vendor Applications Now Available

All exhibitors – from artists and craftsmen to food vendors and non-profits – can click here to download a 2017 application and learn more about participating in this year’s festival. Mail your complicated application with payment to:

Downtown Indiana
9 N. 9th Street
Indiana, PA 15701

Contact the DI office with your questions: 724-463-6110. Check this page and our Artists, Vendors and Exhibitors page for updates.

January 23, 2017
NAFF17 Festival Hours Set

The NAFF steering committee is pleased to announce festival hours for 2017:

• Saturday, September 9
11AM to 8PM

• Sunday, September 10
11AM to 6PM

Informal opening events are also being planned for Friday, September 8. Additional information for vendors and exhibitors will be available soon. Keep an eye out here and via social media for updates!

January 19, 2017
NAFF17 Workshop Planning Underway  NOTE: the FracTracker workshop has been cancelled for 2017 due to a scheduling conflict


The FracTracker website’s interactive “You Are Here” map shows energy industry activity in the region

Kirk Jalbert, PhD, MFA is the manager of community based research & engagement for environmental organization, FracTracker Alliance. Dr. Jalbert is slated to speak at NAFF17  on FracTracker and its work related to oil and gas development. The group’s mission is to serve as a non-partisan educational resource — monitoring, mapping and making energy industry activity publicly available.

Workshops at the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival are free to the public. No registration is required; attendees are invited to “just drop in” and most are suitable for all ages. Topics include the arts, current affairs, regional history, recreation, and environmental issues. Keep checking back as this year’s festival takes shape. If you’d like to propose or present a workshop, please contact us:

January 18, 2017
Vendors and Exhibitors – New Contact Info for #NAFF17!

Our 2017 Steering Committee is gearing up for the fifth edition of the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival. Please make note of a new address all exhibitors can use to get in touch with the arts committee: If you make it, grow it or have roots in the region, we want you to join us! Also, we are again inviting individuals to demonstrate their crafts and skills during the festival. Keep an eye out for updates and 2017 applications. You may also contact us any time to be added to our mailing list. We look forward to seeing you this fall in Downtown Indiana!

December 9, 2016
Veterans Outreach Van to be On Hand for #NAFF17

DMVA Vans Image

PDMVA photo

A mobile unit providing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits information and help is scheduled to be on hand September 10, 2017 during NAFF. Outreach Vans are operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The “mobile offices” set up during events throughout the state to provide assistance accessing “service connected disability compensation, improved pensions, death pensions, VA health care benefits, burial benefits, education benefits, vocational rehabilitation and much more.” Learn more about the program, view its schedule or request a van for your event here.

October 14, 2016
Antique Lumber Industry Photo Exhibit Also Planned for #NAFF17


William T. Clark photo (Pennsylvania Lumber Heritage Region)

Another lumber-themed exhibit slated for NAFF17 is the Wood on Glass exhibit generously lent by Pennsylvania’s Lumber Heritage Region. This collection of photographs by William T. Clarke chronicles the lumber industry and daily life between 1890 and 1917 in Pennsylvania’s Potter, McKean and Clinton Counties. Learn more here.

October 9, 2016
Traveling Exhibit Will Make a Stop at #NAFF17


PA Department of Agriculture photo

The Pennsylvania WoodMobile will be on hand next year at NAFF17. This traveling, interactive exhibit offers visitors a chance to learn about the history and importance of Pennsylvania’s forest resources. The 34-foot mobile unit recently replaced an older version that had visited all 67 Pennsylvania counties at least once, attended over 700 events and hosted more than 1.4 million visitors. Its interior and displays are finished in woods representing popular commercial species grown in the state (naturally). Find more information and educational materials related to Pennsylvania’s forests here.
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