The second annual Peace Festival at the waterfront has a full schedule of free events for all ages. The complete schedule is online at

The 2015 Belfast Peace Festival kicks off on Friday, Aug. 28, with a 6 to 10 p.m. dance party at Steamboat Landing. The dancing will be fueled by a live broadcast by WERU-FM’s Eric Klausmeyer. The family event promises favorites from the 1960s and ‘70s and now. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic and blanket and do the Twist.

Activities begin early Saturday, Aug. 29, with yoga and meditation and the peace parade/procession. A puppet pageant and collaboration with Dances for Universal Peace late morning will welcome everyone to Steamboat Landing, along with a ukulele tutorial by Frets Halligan.

This year’s afternoon workshops will feature Peggy Smith on non-violent communication, Seeds of Peace and Peace Jam. Children’s activities, live music, a labyrinth and an assortment of food and product vendors will filled the afternoon; and Portland’s renowned singer/songwriter Lynn Deeves and local musicians close out the festival with a concert beginning 6 p.m. (in the Boat House if the weather is inclement).

Deeves began “entertaining” at an early age, creating songs about her teachers and imitating the stars of the day. After graduating from the University of Maine at Farmington with a degree in rehabilitation/psychology, Deeves spent 17 years as a high-energy “chicksingah” on the New England Top-40 club circuit. But on the way to a mid-1990s gig, she flipped the band truck on an icy back road and it proved to be an artistic wakeup call. She went on to record “Connecting the Dots,” a versatile mix of originals merging folk, blues and gospel influences, followed by “Soul Food,” celebrating spiritual growth, nature, diversity and humor. Her latest CD is “Live at Slate’s,” recorded in front of a hometown crowd in Hallowell with support from Colleen Sexton and Trina Hamlin.

Deeves’ trademark is a rich, soulful voice combined with a sharp wit and dynamic stage presence. She has shared stages with America, Janis Ian, Cheryl Wheeler, Catie Curtis, Ellis Paul and many more. Local talent joining Deeves on the Steamboat Landing stage will include Dave Johnson, Bill Berlinghoff, Frets Halligan, Patty Heath and Mandi Thomas.

The entire festival is free and open to the public; donations are welcome to cover expenses.

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