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Eagle River to celebrate "Many Ways of Peace" July 9Summer intern Gloria Grogger of Austria, at Many Ways of Peace gardens

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Contact:  Debra Ketchum Jircik, 715-480-4697, dkjircik@manywaysofpeace.org

Summer intern Gloria Grogger of Austria at Many Ways of Peace gardens

On Saturday, July 9th, the 200 block of South Main Street in downtown Eagle River will be transformed into a hub of activity for the first-ever Many Ways of Peace Festival. Tents will pop up, vendors will set up booths, musicians will tune their instruments, and puppets created in the Puppet Making for Peace workshops will be readied for the Opening Procession at 8:45 am. There will be a full day of activities, all aimed at promoting a culture of peace for the world and all its inhabitants, before the closing ceremony at 4:45. An Organic and Local Food Mezze Buffet will be served from the Many ways of Peace Kitchen starting at 11:45.

Debra Ketchum Jircik, Director of Many Ways of Peace, says that people have asked her what a peace festival is. "A peace festival is a community gathering with the intention of bringing people together to create a culture of peace. It is for families and people of all ages. There will be speakers, energizing breakout sessions, live music, tasty and nutritious locally produced food, a street fair, and a Children's Tent. It is educational, fun, inspiring and uplifting."

The Festival Street Fair will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, featuring nonprofit organizations, local farmers, sustainable businesses, street musicians, and a children's tent. The opening ceremony begins at 9:00 and the first speaker at 9:30 is Jerry Woolpy, who with his wife, Tara Reed, is co-founder of the Northwoods Peace Coalition, has coordinated peace vigils monthly in Minocqua since 2002. Featured speaker is Mike Miles, co-founder of the Anathoth Community Farm in Luck, WI, a center for nonviolence, community and sustainable living, who will speak at 10:30.

The keynote speaker, at 2:15, is Will Williams of DeForest, WI. Williams, who served two tours of duty in Vietnam and joined the Madison Area Peace Coalition and Veterans for Peace after September 11. He is featured in the Emmy-award winning documentary, "The Good Soldier".

Other presenters include Margaret Rozga, poet and university professor with a long history of participation in civil rights and peace actions; Paul Gilk, the author of a number of books, including "Get Poor Now, Avoid the Rush", who with his wife Susanna, who enjoy living simply, mindfully and peacefully in Merrill; Sue Hollow, Executive Director of Peace Learning Circles of Kenosha and Racine, a nonprofit organization that teaches values, peace-building and conflict resolution skills to youth and adults; Betsy Schussler of Woodruff, speech pathologist, yoga instructor, and member of the board of directors of the MJ Berner Foundation for Peace and Justice; and Barb Schieffer, an ordained minister, environmental educator, nature photographer, and teacher of the Dances for Universal Peace.

Vendors participating in the Street Fair include Community Health Services of NEWCAP, St. Germain; Conservation Matters, Eagle River; Evergood Farm, Sugar Camp; Grass Roots Health Foods and General Mercantile, Eagle River; Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin, Merrill; Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project, St. Louis Park, MN; Jean Hoffman, Rhinelander; Land O'Lakes Area Artisans, Inc.; Many Ways of Peace; Marywood Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae; Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Custer; MMK Solar Thermal, McNaughton; Nicolet Area Technical College, Rhinelander; Northland Pines Community Garden/Vilas County Master Gardeners, Eagle River; Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing, Rhinelander; Peace Learning Circles, Racine; Progressive Media, Oshkosh; Sun and Daughters Solar, Sugar Camp; Teaching Drum Outdoor School, Three Lakes; Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence, Eagle River; Three Lakes Center for the Arts, Three Lakes; Vilas Area Silent Sports Association, Eagle River; and Vilas County UW Extension Horticultural Educator.

The entire Peace Festival program is available at www.manywaysofpeace.org.

Many Ways of Peace is a resource center and gathering place promoting peace and nonviolence, social justice and sustainability in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. It opened in August 2009, at 217 South Main Street. It is a project of the MJ Berner Foundation for Peace and Justice, Inc, and a member group of the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice.


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