Belfast to hold first Peace Festival

Posted Aug. 12, 2014, at 10 a.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Bring your friends, your family and lots of energy to the first Belfast Peace Festival, Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6, on Miller and Court streets. Activities will be available, rain or shine, for all ages.

According to festival founder Neva Allen, participants in the festival 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 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, with a street dance broadcast live by WERU on the lawn of the First Church, 8 Court St. Enjoy music from the 1960s reminiscent of efforts to promote peace. Dance and enjoy refreshments, or bring your own picnic.

Saturday will 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 Church of Belfast on Miller St. behind the library. The afternoon will include a full schedule of music by area musicians, a Veterans for Peace panel discussion, drumming, and other festivities. A children’s tent with family activities will be open through the afternoon. A bean supper will be held at the First Baptist Church on High St. The Festival closes Saturday evening with a concert from 7-9 p.m. featuring well know area musicians and their friends, including Lynn Deeves of Portland.

Join the festive atmosphere and embrace peace with your neighbors. The time is now, the place is here — imagine peace. Peace Festival activities and music are presented at no charge, and the Festival is open to the public, with donations accepted. T-shirts will also be available for purchase throughout the event. For more information, go to www.belfastpeacefestival.org or call 323-5393.

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