On behalf of the organizing committee of the 2nd Annual Belfast Peace Festival, held on August 28-29 at Steamboat Landing in Belfast, we would like to sincerely thank the City of Belfast, our sponsors, participants, and those who attended for their support and commitment to the event.
Weather cooperating, the Friday night dance broadcast live on WERU and hosted by Erik Klausmeyer was great fun for dancing and enjoying music from six decades of favorites. Many thanks to Rick Kidson and the Belltek Foundation for the use of their tents which, when draped and lit created a magical nighttime venue for all ages.
Thanks to the vendors who provided refreshments and shopping opportunities. Saturday morning began early with meditation and yoga, to whom we thank Bonnie VersbonCoeur and David Erikson for their leadership and guidance. We hope you didn’t miss the Parade with many larger than life puppets carrying messages of peace through the city along with children and families eagerly romping with signs and banners. A large thank you to With Breath Puppetry and Willow Cordes-Ecklund for leading workshops with artistic brilliance for all ages to create their own seeds of peace in puppetry prior to the event; these products were then a part of the landscape during the parade and weekend festival. Celebrating with Dances for Universal Peace, Kathleen Hannon brought visitors together in the park with music by local musicians and an enthusiastic audience.
Those who attended the afternoon workshops in the Belfast Boat House led by Peggy Smith (“Manifesting Peace in a World of Conflict”) with Susan Boudreau signing, Seeds of Peace’s Tim Wilson and Unity College students with Peace Jam were enlightened by these speakers’ experiences and declarations of hope for peace and justice. We thank the City of Belfast for its contribution toward the rental of this facility for the weekend. Concurrently the public was entertained by Jeffrey Mabee and Chip Curry with bubbles and juggling, Judith Tingley with hoola-hoops, Becky Brimley and Jennifer Howard with glitter tattoos for youngsters, Frets Halligan with a Uke workshop and other local musicians. Many non-profits whose missions reflect the goal of peace and justice contributed as they informed visitors of their work and perhaps recruited a few volunteers along the way.
The festival came to a close Saturday evening with an outdoor concert by Lynn Deeves of Portland and local musicians Frets Halligan, Bill Berlinghoff, Don Joray, and Shana Hanson, with special thanks to Dana Williams for sound assistance, followed by an exquisite candlelight circle at the ocean’s edge. The event was a community endeavor and we are greatly appreciative of everyone who donated time, energy and their gifts of awareness and advocacy for peace and justice inside ourselves, within our communities and around the world.
This event was totally volunteer planned and produced. Many individuals, organizations, and businesses contributed in a wide array of means to make the festival possible. In addition to those already mentioned: Seeger Solutions, the Belfast Chamber of Commerce, Our Town Belfast, the Belfast Creative Coalition, Waterfall Arts, and Heavenly Yarns helped promote the event. Photographers Dan Avener, Katia Ancona, Roger Leisner and Alex Chaplin helped preserve the occasion. Rick Fitzsimmons provided his web expertise. Dan Avener, John Arrison, Cris, Tim, and Rosie Hughes, the Cornerstone Montessori School, the Greater Bay Area Ministerium and many of its member churches all made donations. In addition, grant monies were received from the Front Street Shipyard, Belfast Rotary Club, Camden National Bank, and the Unity Foundation. When this many and such a variety of establishments and individuals come together to support a grass roots community program in its early years, it is meaningful and indicative of this midcoast city’s endeavors to bring peace and justice to everyone. And finally a loud Thanks! to everyone who attended some part of the festivities in body or spirit.
– The 2nd Annual Belfast Peace Festival Organizing Committee
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“‘Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me’(written by by Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller) really does explain one of the many reasons why I think the Peace Festival is SO important. The more we can get people to think of the possibility of a peaceful world, the better chance we have of it actually happening.”
– Neva Allen, Festival founder
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and don’t miss the parade!
Make peace flags in the Children’s Tent – here we are making them at the Street Fair!
And here we are at a Puppetry Workshop. Click here if you would like to go to one!