The second annual Belfast Peace Festival is set for the end of August, on the waterfront. To get ready, With Breath Puppetry founder Willow Cordes-ecklund will hold free puppetry workshops for families, individuals, organizations and businesses through August to prepare puppets, banners and signs for the Peace Parade through Belfast Saturday morning, Aug. 29. To find out more about these workshops or to donate supplies, contact Cordes-ecklund at or 691-5153.

The festival will kick off Friday night, Aug. 28, with a live musical broadcast by WERU for an outdoor party and dance. The activities Saturday, Aug. 29, will begin early with meditation, followed by the peace processional parade created in collaboration with With Breath Puppetry. The afternoon will offer speakers, music, food, vendors, children’s activities and a puppet pageant.

This year’s presenters include Peggy Smith on non-violent communication, Seeds of Peace and Peace Jam — all informative and fun for all ages. Children’s activities will proceed through the day, as well as performances by local musicians and entertainers with food and shopping vendors. The festival will conclude with an evening concert with Maine singer/songwriter Lynn Deeves and local friends.

There is no charge for admission to any part of the festival. All festivities will be held at Steamboat Landing and in the Boat House, at the foot of Commercial Street. The parade will begin at Waterfall Arts and proceed through downtown, across the Harbor Walk to the Steamboat Landing.

Those who wish to help the fest come about can become a Peace Dove with a donation of $15. For more information and a festival schedule, visit or call Susan Coe at 691-5153.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or