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Grassroots Keynote to Highlight HOPE Festival

Posted April 17, 2013, at 11:36 a.m.

Do One Thing and Celebrate HOPE!

Celebrating hope and our connections to each other are more important than ever with so many struggling to survive in these hard times.

Entertainment, information, interaction will be on the menu in the award winning “green” University of Maine Student Fitness and Recreation Center at the free l9th annual HOPE Festival on Saturday April 27th from 11-4. Each year the free HOPE (Help Organize Peace Earthwide) Festival celebrates Earth Day and our connections to each other.

This year’s festival, dedicated to Penobscot Elder, Arnold Neptune, will feature a unique grassroots keynote by twelve members of our community ranging in age from 13 to 70+. Our friends and neighbors will each share for five minutes one thing thing they feel passionate about that would have a major impact if many people chose to Do One Thing (DOT). Join us for a day of wonderful music, a lively and informative children’s program and delicious food for sale by local vendors.

This will be the most inter-active HOPE Festival ever! Participating organizations will also have DOTs at their tables that participants can choose to post on a Wall of HOPE. The day will conclude with a Connect the DOTs Ceremony and drumming by the Alamoosic Singers, a traditional Wabanki men’s drum group.

Throughout the day children of all ages will enjoy the informative and lively children’s activities organized by Fields Pond Audubon Society, Maine Discovery Museum, Windover Arts Center and University of Maine Students. Participants will be able to browse among more than 60 organizations working for social change and sustainability. You will be able to gather information, buy buttons, bumper-stickers. crafts, choose a DOT and sample delicious food for sale by local vendors.

Here’s the schedule for the day:

11:00 Blessing by members of the Penobscot Nation

11:15 HOPE Festival Chorus

12:15 Zachary Field’s amazing juggling

1:15 Timbered Lake, music for Mother Earth

2:15 “Do One Thing” Community Presentations:

“Where We’ll Find the Sun” Catherine Howe, l3 year old student, Bangor

“Use Cloth Diapers!”Betsy Lundy, Central Street Farmhouse, Bangor

“Grow Your Own Food” Ryan Parker, Parker Family Farm, Newport

“Respect Dirt! Maria Girouard, The People’s Garden, Orono

“Create Gay Straight Alliance at Your School” Kay Wilkins and Lynne Marie Hudhammer, a student at Ellsworth High School

“Show Up! Bob Shaw, 350 Waldo County, Belfast·

“Connect!” Shannon Brenner, student University of Maine,

“Bicycle + nonviolent communicaton,” Cary and Joe Huggy, h.o.m.e., Orland

“Wield the Mighty Pen!” Lisa Savage, Code Pink Maine, Solon ·

“Charter of Compassion, ” Hope Brogunier, Bangor·

“Demand Safe Chemicals”, Emma Halas-O’Connor, Environmental Health Strategy Center, Portland ·

“Tango!” Shiwa Noh, Noh Way School,Bangor

3:15 Connecting the Dots “We are United for the Common Good” with Heidi Brugger

3:30 Alamoosic Lake Drummers and Singers

The festival is free because volunteers donate time to plan and organize the festival and on the day itself. Let us know if you are willing to help with putting up posters in your community before the festival. We also need lots of help on the day itself. Can you help with setting up, cleaning up, helping in the children’s area or at the food concession? If you can help, contact the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine at 942-9343 or e-mail info@peacectr.org.

Join us and Do One Thing to make this year’s interactive festival the most exciting ever!

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