HOPE Festival to Feature Simple Solutions to Big Problems.
The 21st HOPE (Help Organize Peace Earthwide) Festival will be
held on Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the
University of Maine's Student Recreation and Fitness Center. The
free festival celebrates the earth and our connections to each other
and is held each year around Earth Day. This year’s HOPE Festival
theme is: Simple Solutions to Big Problems. More than 60 organizations
will showcase their work for a better world. They will share
information, offer demonstrations, sell buttons, T-shirts, and other
products, and encourage people to get involved.
Families with children, students and community members come for a day
of celebration, inspiration and to learn about what they can do to
create a better world. Maria Girouard of Dawnland Environmental Defense
will start the day with a welcome and call to action. The HOPE Festival
Singers will rouse and inspire us. Jim Merkel, author of Radical
Simplicity will talk about simple solutions and introduce a range of
sustainability demonstrations, including papermaking with recycled
materials by ecomaine, a tour of biodiesel-powered Bettie the Bus,
ideas for increasing your carbon handprint in order to reduce your
carbon footprint, and more. Robert Spytikowski will share his
experiences help to develop water resources in Indonesia after
the Tsunami, in war-torn Sudan as well as Ecuador and Peru with
Engineers without Borders.
The amazing juggling of Zachary Field will delight us, chair yoga with
Holly Twining will reinvigorate us, and children will flock to fun and
educational activities by Fields Pond Audubon Center, Windover Arts
Center, Maine Discovery museum and others. All that plus delicious food
from local vendors! The day will conclude with a dance of unity led by
Suzanne Kelly. There’s something for everyone at the HOPE
Festival. For more information or to volunteer call
942-9343 or visit www.peacectr.org.