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Do one thing Timbered Lake
HOPE Festival celebrates Earth, honors Neptune’s memory

BANGOR – The last 17 HOPE Festivals were opened by Arnie Neptune, an elder of the Penobscot Nation, but Neptune passed away this last year and the festival will be opened by honoring his memory.
The opening ceremony will be from members of the Penobscot Nation honoring the memory of Neptune. 

The HOPE (Help Organize Peace, Earthwide) Festival is centered around Earth Day and is put on by the Peace and Justice Center. This year’s festival is on April 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center at the University of Maine at Orono. This year rather than have one keynote speaker, they invited people from the community to talk about ways they could “Do One Thing” to help the community and the environment. 

Twelve keynote speakers will share their paths to a better world, and the community will be invited to “connect the dots.” Each “dot” is one thing that each individual can do, and when they connect the dots, viewers will be able to see how much of an impact they can have. More than 60 organizations will have “DOTs” and the public can post their own DOTs on the Wall of Hope. As the ceremony comes to a close, then everyone will find a way to connect those DOTs and see the impact they can have as a community.

There will be information from environmental organizations, including the Fields Pond Audubon Center, Maine Discovery Museum and Windover Arts, as well as juggling from Zachary Field and food for sale by vendors. 

Timbered Lake, an acoustic duo, will be providing a blend of spoken word and song that has been composed by singer-songwriter Crow Suncloud and singer-songwriter Diana Ramsdell Newman.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 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
  • 3:15 Connecting the Dots “We are United for the Common Good” with Heidi Brugger
  • 3:30 Alamoosic Lake Drummers and Singers 

There is also an entire children’s program being held with a scavenger hunt, crafting hats from recycled material, creating a germination necklace to take home, picking up your own herb garden seedlings, learning about healthy food choices and creating art.

There will be various food vendors on hand, including the Blue Hill Foos Co-op, Izzy’s Catering and the P&J Café. 

For more information, visit peacetr.org/wp.

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