CRANFORD — The Union County Peace Council will hold their 10th annual Peace and World Friendship arts fair in downtown Cranford on Sunday, Aug. 5, from 1-7 p.m.
The theme of this year’s fair is “Honoring Our Elders” with the vision of small group discussions with elders and young people, especially those who have been involved in non-violence and war resistance movements. There will be music, art, and activities. The fair will feature displays of artwork by Union County artists, music performers who have been newly-discovered at the open mike evenings around Cranford, and children’s events. There will be an opportunity to learn paper crane origami, and representation by local organizations that foster peace, diplomacy, humanitarianism and an end to nuclear weapons. There will be a book exchange table to honor the memory of a deceased member Fred Sebastian, who was a very knowledgeable bookseller.
This year, the Peace Council is assisting two Cranford college students with fundraising for humanitarian efforts in Uganda and service learning in Brazil. The public address system is expected to be powered by solar batteries and a bicycle generator.
The fair will be held at the Eastman Plaza Clock Park, located at 2 Eastman Street at North Avenue and is a family-friendly event. There will be free parking. The day will end with a drum circle for peace, so bring your drum or other percussion instrument. Vendors are welcome, with a $5 suggested donation for a 3 ft. x 3 ft. table. Visit ucpeace.org for more information or contact Monica Shimkus at 1-908-884-1262.
The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 12.
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