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Belfast’s annual Peace Festival Sept. 5-6

Posted Sept. 01, 2014, at 4:29 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — There is something for everyone as Belfast hosts the 1st Annual Peace Festival Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 6, on Miller and Court Streets.

The festival seeks to encourage attendees to have fun and learn tools for developing peace within themselves, their families and the larger community.

Take part in workshops on Non-Violent Communication and meditation – and on the same day enjoy great music from local favorites including Johnny Whitcomb and a Pete Seeger Tribute by Dave Johnson and friends.

This FREE, family friendly event will include activities for all ages beginning Friday with a street dance broadcast live by WERU on the lawn of the First Church from 6-9 p.m., playing music from the 1960s and beyond. Dance and enjoy refreshments or bring your own picnic.

Saturday starts with a meditation and labyrinth, pancake breakfast 7-10 a.m. at The First Church, and sign making, followed by a Peace Walk through town. A barbecue lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. will be available at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Miller Street.

The afternoon is full of local music, a panel discussion with Veterans for Peace, drumming, and much more. A family/children’s tent will offer crafts and other activity all afternoon. Evening brings a spaghetti supper 5:30-7 p.m. First Baptist  Church in Belfast, 95 High St. $8/$6 suggested donation; followed by a concert featuring Lynn Deeves of Portland 7-9 p.m. at the UU Church. This event is open to the public, rain or shine; admission is free; food is available for purchase along with T-shirts.

For more information on all aspects of the festival go to www.belfastpeacefestival.org. Call  Katia at  323-5393 to purchase a shirt in advance. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy another festival in Belfast and help open the doors to peace locally and beyond.

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