Maine guide calls train into Folk Festival

Master Maine guides Randy Spencer, David Kelso and Linda Kelso showed up at the American Folk Festival at the Bangor waterfront (Aug.24-26) to talk about their experiences in the Maine woods. This year’s Narrative Stage was devoted to demonstrations and discussions about “The Great Outdoors” and featured a local pack basket weaver, a decoy maker, Maine wardens and an expert fly tiers.

Photo by Aislinn Sarnacki. Master Maine guides Randy Spencer (from left), Linda Kelso and David Kelso talk at the 2012 American Folk Festival in Bangor, Maine, on Aug. 26, 2012.

The stories and information shared by the three Maine guides drew a good crowd on Sunday (the day I attended, though I’m sure the same can be said for their performance on Saturday). The candid question-and-answer session lasted about an hour and included: Linda Kelso’s story about bear hunting with her daughter, Randy Spencer’s guiding experiences with old timers and people from away, and David Kelso’s passion for producing animal calls.

Below is a video clip that includes some of the animal calls that David Kelso demonstrated to the audience on Sunday.

Aislinn Sarnacki

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Aislinn is a Bangor Daily News reporter for the Outdoors pages, focusing on outdoor recreation and Maine wildlife. Visit her main blog at