ORONO, Maine — Bill McKibben , author of a dozen books about the environment and founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org will keynote the free l8th annual HOPE Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the University of Maine Student Recreation and Fitness Center.The HOPE (Help Organize Peace Earthwide) Festival is held each year around Earth Day to celebrate the earth and our connections to each other.
The festival will open at 11 a.m. with the joyful songs of the HOPE Festival singers, directed by Marty Kelley and will be followed the noon keynote talk by Bill McKibben. The amazing Zachary Field will once again delight children of all ages with his incredible juggling at 1 p.m. The soulful songs of the duo, Timbered Lake, honoring our roots in mother earth, we will affirm our connections to each other at 2:00 p.m. To top it all off, the pulsating rhythms of Inanna Sisters in Rhythm drumbeats will raise our energy and inspire on-going efforts for a better world.
Throughout out the day more than 70 organizations will share information about their work for a better world. There will be t-shirts, bumper stickers, buttons and crafts for sale. Children of all ages will enjoy fund and informative activities provided by the Fields Pond Audubon Center, Windover Arts Center and University of Maine students. HOPE Festival t-shirts will be availabe for sale with a logo designed by artist, Rob Shetterly and made in the US with union labor and printed by Barn Owl Screenprinting (a new small business in Bangor). In addition, there will delicious food provided by local vendors selling bread, cheese, wraps, greens and more. The festival is coordinated by the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine and co-sponsored by the Peace & Reconciliation Studies, Women’s Studies and Women in the Curriculum and the Maine Peace Action Committee of the University of Maine.