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Peace Week underway in Saratoga Springs

FILE - Pieces for sale by Action for Empowerment (AOET), handmade from Uganda, are on display during the annual Saratoga Peace Fair and Festival in 2019.
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FILE - Pieces for sale by Action for Empowerment (AOET), handmade from Uganda, are on display during the annual Saratoga Peace Fair and Festival in 2019.

SARATOGA SPRINGS City residents have until Sept. 27 to participate in any number of events — many of them for free — happening during the city’s annual Peace Week, which started Wednesday. 

Saratoga’s Peace Week coincides with international Peace Week events, with Sept. 21 commemorated as the United Nations International Day of Peace. 

The United Nations theme for International Day of Peace is End Racism, Build Peace. 

The Spa City’s Peace Week was started 15 years ago by Elizabeth Meehan as a one-day event, but has since expanded. 

“It continues to grow as more organizations get involved,” she said.

Now the week-long event is held at different venues and features a variety of programs, including international speakers, musicians, yoga, and art and museum exhibits.

Because it has expanded, Meehan said they are able to reach more people. 

“So people from all around Saratoga County and the surrounding counties are invited to participate and it’s really fun,” said Rachel Magnell, a member of the committee behind organizing the event.

This year’s event is not only focusing on education but providing activities to find peace, Meehan said. 

She said it’s about “paying attention to people’s well-being” and she hopes the week offers people a space to find respite from the chaos in the world. 

Magnell will be hosting the contemplative labyrinth walk Friday and then signing back up Saturday evening at the Drag Gospel Festival. 

She said there will be some sort of free event put on every day. Instead of the usual fair on Sunday there will be a large music festival, with Ben & Jerry’s giving out ice cream and paintings for peace on display throughout downtown. 

“It’s all activating our imagination and bringing us together for a peace-filled week of art and fun,” Magnell said.

 Some of this week’s events include:

  • Making kindness rocks at the Saratoga Children’s Museum from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday.
  • Participating in yoga in the park from 10 to 11 a.m. at High Rock Park by the Peace Pole. People must bring a mat or towel.
  • Listening to Carol Daggs read “Saratoga Soul Brandtville Blues” during a one-mile walking tour of Brandtville, a historically African American farming community
  • Sitting in on a virtual forum from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday where peace ambassadors will offer remarks and their vision for a peaceful future. People can register at HTTPS://ONEPLANETPEACEFORUM.ORG/OVERVIEW-2022/.

The full schedule of events can be found at: https://www.pnecchurch.org/peaceweekevents.

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