Hello, everyone! After the wonderful walk we had last year, we feel that it’s once again time to hold a Woodstock Walk for Peace, to affirm our message of peace and love. All are welcome and invited to participate, and the date is tentatively set for August 8, 2010—once again, the Sunday nearest the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945, sixty-five years ago. Living peace icon, Pete Seeger, whose song, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, a spontaneous anthem of the annual tradition of the Woodstock Walk for Peace, has agreed to participate in this year’s event. Pete will be giving an 8:00 a.m. interview for WDST, Woodstock radio from his home in Beacon and be with us from 10 a.m. to 11:30 before he performs at the Bearsville Theater at 1 (doors open at noon) with a benefit concert for Clearwater (cleaning up the Hudson River and environmental education and activism) and The Smile Revolution, a campaign to ignite the power of a smile to begin peace in one’s heart and radiate to those who are touched by this simple act. Following the concert, Pete will be signing his newly published book, “Where Have all the Flowers Gone”, an anthology of popular folk songs. Pete wished to be at the first annual walk, last year, but had a previous concert commitment. Toshi Seeger, Pete’s life-time love and partner in marriage, comes from Woodstock originally, Pete is always glad to announce, as Woodstock is an extension of home for the Seeger family.
We are now beginning the process of seeking approvals from the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and the town board—we will
make announcements here, and expect to begin distributing flyers around town this week. With the enthusiasm generated from last year’s walk and the buzz around making it happen on a continuing basis, the grass roots organizing has now begun. Jack Nelson will participate, along with local talent for peace, social justice, music, and joy.
“May Peace Prevail on Earth” is our theme. With the World Peace Prayer Society’s donation of the Peace Pole in the Village Green and the flag ceremony, a uniting pageantry of flags representing each nation and indigenous region of the world last year, we call upon the ideal of peace to end the unfortunate and continuing strife around the world, from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, to Palestine, and more; our voices need to be heard more now than ever. Join with us in the spirit of peace and brotherhood, and let the world know that the spirit of peace lives in Woodstock, and around the world in sister cities of the Woodstock Nation.