ORONO, Maine — Just in time for spring, here comes the 15th HOPE Festival.
Noted author, educator and market farmer Eliot Coleman will be the keynote speaker at the Help Organize Peace Earthwide Festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the “green” Recreation and Fitness Center, University of Maine.
Kay Carter, volunteer coordinator for the festival, said that celebrating hope and our connections to each other is more important than ever with so many struggling to survive in these hard times.
Maine’s popular and nationally renowned folk singer Dave Mallett will perform, as will international dancers, jugglers, puppeteers and more. Local vendors will sell food.
Before the festival begins, there will be a 5K fun run and 1-mile fun run for children.
The festival will open with Native American drumming, a blessing by Penobscot elder Arnold Neptune and the HOPE Festival Singers, and a group of various ages and backgrounds directed by Marty Kelley of the Voices for Peace.
It will conclude with a Community Dance of HOPE with the Thursday Night Drummers led by Suzanne Kelly.
There will be workshops and demonstrations on bicycle repair, creating a solar cooker, reducing home energy costs, starting a community garden and fun with wind and solar.
There will be “talking circles” and a “wall of hope” where children and adults can share what gives them hope.
All are welcome to attend the free, family friendly event.
More than 60 local organizations will offer information, demonstrations and hands-on activities. There will be fun and informative children’s activities provided by the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor, Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden and Windover Arts Center in Newburgh.
Volunteers are needed to set up, clean up, help with the children’s activities and more. For more information, call 942-9343 or visit www.peacectr.org.
The festival schedule is:
• 5K fun run, 10 a.m.; registration, 9:30 a.m. Children’s 1-mile Fun Run, 10:45 a.m.
• Opening Ceremony with Native American drumming and blessing with Arnold Neptune, Penobscot Elder, 11 a.m.
• HOPE Festival Singers, 11:30 a.m.
• Zachary Field, juggling, noon.
• Improvisational theater performance from workshop with Penobscot Theater, 12:45 p.m. Workshop, upstairs, noon-12:45 p.m.
• Peregrine Puppets perform “Marty’s Dream,” 1:15 p.m.
• International Student Dancers performing belly dance, Indian dance and African dance, 2 p.m.
• David Mallett, folk singer, 2:30 p.m.
• Community Dance of HOPE, 3:30 p.m.
• Improvisational theater workshop with Penobscot Theater, noon. Performance, 12:45 p.m. downstairs Stage 1.
• Eliot Coleman, keynote address, “Food and Farm Security,” 1 p.m.
• Yoga with Bunny Barclay, 2 p.m.
Talking circles, conference room
• Becoming a Global Citizen in the 21st Century, noon.
• Finding and Fostering HOPE, 1 p.m.
• Creating a Sustainable Community, 2 p.m.
Workshops and demonstrations, food and activity court
• Create positive change through community gardening with lots to gardens, noon.
• Recipe for recovering good health care and good jobs for all Mainers, 2 p.m.
• Bike clinic, Jim Rose of Rose Bicycle.
• Create a Solar Cooker, Maine Solar Energy Association and SEADS of Truth.
• Reducing Home Energy Costs, Ralph Chapman.
• Making newspaper seed pots and planting seeds in potting soil, MOFGA.
• Plastic bag crafting, Mary Mahoney of H.O.M.E. Co-op.
Workshops and activities in or near the children’s area
• Fun with wind and solar, Maine Energy Education Program, 1 p.m.
• Interactive African children’s games, Laurie Cartier, 2 p.m.
• Activities with Maine Discovery Museum, making paw prints with Fields Pond Audubon Center, creating hats from recycled materials with Windover Arts Center, face painting, making collages, “talking circles” and “wall of hope.”