Each spring the HOPE Festival (Help Organize Peace Earthwide) renews the hope we all have for a peaceful and sustainable future. Helen Nearing was the featured speaker at the first HOPE Festival seventeen years ago. While Earth Day was organized to raise awareness about the need to take care of the earth and practice conservation, the HOPE Festival has expanded to raise awareness around Earth Day about the many organizations working to take care of the earth and each other in our communities.
This year more than 60 organizations, working in their own ways for a better world, will share information, provide demonstrations, sell buttons, t-shirts, and other products, and encourage participant involvement. The keynote speaker will be Sherri Mitchell, activist for Native American and Indigenous rights. Participants will also enjoy the HOPE Festival Singers, Inanna Sisters in Rhythm, the amazing juggling of Zachary Field, and educational children’s activities by Fields Pond Audubon Center, Windover Arts Center, and others. Delicious food from local vendors will be for sale.
Link to poster: http://peacectr.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/2014-HOPE-poster1big.pdf
HOPE Festival on Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine website: http://peacectr.org/wp/calendar/hope-festival/20th-annual-hope-festival/