Belfast Peace Festival approaches

Aug 27, 2014

Bring your friends, your family, and lots of energy to the very first Belfast Peace Festival, happening Sept. 5-6 on Miller and Court Streets. Activity is included for all ages, rain or shine.

According to Festival founder Neva Allen, participants will “learn about peace in a fun and nonthreatening way [that will] open up their minds to the possibility of peace.”

The Festival kicks off Friday night, Sept. 5, from 6 to 9, with a street dance broadcast live by radio station WERU on the lawn of the First Church, downtown at 8 Court St. (indoors in the event of rain). Hear music from the 1960s, reminiscent of efforts to promote peace in our hearts without violence. Dance and enjoy refreshments, or bring your own picnic.

Saturday activities begin outdoors at the First Church with a meditation and labyrinth, a pancake breakfast, and a sign making workshop, followed by a public peace walk through Belfast.

Lunch will be available at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast on Miller Street, behind the library.

The afternoon brings a full schedule of music by Dave Johnson and Friends, Voices for Peace and other area musicians; a Veterans for Peace panel discussion featuring one of its founders, Doug Rawlings; Dud Hendrick and Bruce Gagnon, drumming; and other festivities.

A children’s tent for family activities will be open through the afternoon.

A bean supper will be held at the First Baptist Church on High Street. The festival closes out Saturday evening with a concert from 7 to 9, featuring well-known area musicians and their friends, including Lynn Deeves from Portland.

All events are free of charge, except for food, which is available for purchase to offset festival expenses. T-shirts also will be available for purchase throughout the event.

Peace Festival activities are open to the public, with donations accepted. For more information, visit www.belfastpeacefestival.org or call 323-5393.

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