BRUNSWICK, Maine — The 10th annual Peace Fair will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, on the Brunswick Green.
The Fair begins at 10 a.m. led by local young activists. Ranging in age from Junior High School to recent college graduates, these are young people who care deeply about community and about “Building a World in Which All Children Can Thrive,” which is the invitation the Fair opens to everyone in our mid-coast community.
From 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., there will be games and activities for all ages under a circle of tents inviting Fairgoers to engage with how the cooperative world we envision can be built. The idea is to work at it playfully, by coming together in fun and in the excitement of learning what we can accomplish together.
At 12:30 p.m., The Theater Project’s International Teen Camp will present a short play by James Thurber. “The Last Flower” is a story of destruction and resurrection, of sorrow and joy, the story of a girl, a boy and a flower; a story for our time and all time; a story of hope.
At 1 p.m., there will be a Tribute to Pete Seeger begins with storytelling by Philip Hoose, National Book Award-winning author of several books about youth activism who is also musician, songwriter and conservationist. Phil Hoose and Pete Seeger knew each other through the Children’s Musical Network.
Hoose will sign copies of several of his award winning books at the fair, including “Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice”; “We Were There Too: Young People In U.S. History”’; “It’s Our World Too: Young People Who Are Making a Difference,” with a foreword by Pete Seeger, and “Hey Little Ant” which has sold more than a million copies and been translated into ten languages. For information, visit www.philliphoose.com.
The music starts with the Trinidad sound of Portland’s Island Beats Steel Drum Band www.stairwaytobeaven.com/islandbeats . They have played many gigs in the past few years, even opening the Maine Festival of American Music for the Portland String Quartet. And Julia Adams, violist in the Quartet, plays tenor drum with Island Beats. They’ll bring “tenor” and “guitar” drums to the fair along with percussion and bass guitar.
And in the more traditional vein, and in honor of Pete Seeger as beloved peacemaker, there will be a happy collaboration of local musicians. Organized by keyboardist and trombone player Matthew DeTroy around his brother Ben’s, Bald Hill Bluegrass Band, they will be known on Aug. 2 as the Pete Seeger Tribute Band.