John — July 6, 2005, 3:22 pm

Onondaga Lake Peace Festival 2005

A good friend of mine and fellow light worker who is active with Indigo’s and Native Americans is attending and assisting David with this amazing event. If you can make it to upstate New York towards the end of July, a fun and healing time is assured. If you can’t be there in body, please be there in spirit.

PRESS RELEASE – for immediate release – June 29, 2005

for more information:
Madis Senner 315-463-5369
David Yarrow 518-330-2587

Onondaga Lake Peace Festival-July 22nd to July 25th

Music, Speakers, Native Art, Story-Telling, More

This year, the Onondaga Lake Peace Festival has been rescheduled to July 22 to July 25. The main entertainment and education events will take place Saturday July 23rd and Sunday July 24th.

The first purpose of the festival is to call people to Onondaga Lake to pray for peace. Organizer David Yarrow said; “We want to resurrect Onondaga Lake as a sacred place where peace was made. We think it’s time to change the public perception that Onondaga Lake is just a polluted lake. Instead, people should know Onondaga Lake is the birthplace of democracy.”

The festival will include musicians (Abijah, Felicia Rose, Gypsy Red, April Love, Colleen Kattau, Marly Hornick, Over the Top, Blue Café, Ek-Kweh-Heh-Weh Singers, Ashley Cox, the Trichomes), speakers, storytelling (The Peacemaker Legend), local religious leaders, prayers for peace, earth conscious education programs, drum circles, youth theater, a Native American art exhibit, sacred dances, group singing, a water ceremony, and much more.

David Yarrow said; “We have added a lot to last year’s successful program. There is something for everyone.” Last year, the Onondaga County Parks Dept. estimated that 800-900 people attended the one day event.

“We are reaching out to heal the crisis of violence in our community and country. Onondaga is the place of peace, and the place where the Native American teacher known as the Peacemaker taught the Five Nations to ‘bury the hatchet’ to end war and killing.” Yarrow said. “It is that spirit of peace brought by the Peacemaker that we are looking to rekindle.”

“Take our musicians. This year, we have nationally known reggae singer Abijah and fm?id=19318, whose musical soul carries forth the one love legacy of Bob Marley. Abijah has a broad appeal with younger folks. We will also have Felicia Rose, a nationally known spiritual singer from Philadelphia,” Yarrow said.

When asked about the all venues, Yarrow brimmed with pride and winced. “At times we will have seven events occurring simultaneously. Which will be a challenge. But it will give people an opportunity to select and choose what they wish to experience. We will also begin each main stage performance with a prayer.” Yarrow said. The schedule appears below.

The third mission of the festival is to inspire and instruct about their path to bring peace to the world. Therefore, Sunday will be Next Generations Day, with a host of activities planned for young people. Emphasis will be upon education, storytelling and performances.

For participants looking for a more mystical experience at the festival, plenty will be had. Like last year, a peace pole will be set up to pray by, and a meditation tipi will be present. In addition to peace prayers, there will be a drum circle, chanting and group meditation, among other things. There will be several ceremonies as well during the festival. People will be encouraged to pray for peace with water, and reflect upon the importance of water in their lives. The prayer water collected will be poured into Onondaga Lake at the closing ceremonies on Monday.

The eclectic can also be found. World renowned expert on earth energies and former President of the Canadian Society of Dowsers Gary Skillen will will lecture and lead geological studies around the lake. Someone from the Finger Lakes Dowsers will give an introductory class to those wishing to learn how to dowse.

Friday night’s opening ceremony is free. Admission will be charged for the entertainment and education programs on Saturday and Sunday. One day admission is individuals $10, couples $15, families $20, youth $7. Two day prices are individuals $15, couples $25, families $30.

There are several events leading up to the festival. The public is welcome to join in on these events. We encourage participation.

Peace Pilgrims: As was the case last year Peace Pilgrims will be traveling by canoe and foot from the east and west. Native American’s John Sardella from the east and Tahwehdahqui from the west will be leading parties of people in a re-creation of the Peacemaker’s journey. Last year close to 50 people made the 2 week 150 + mile journeys. The public is encouraged to be a pilgrim for a day, please feel free join in. Contact. David Yarrow, 518-330-2587;

Native American Painting: Beginning July 1 until August 1, Marcine Quenzer, Native artist from Oklahoma, will be exhibiting her 14 original paintings of the Legend of the Peacemaker at St. Marie among the Iroquois. Marcine is an accomplished storyteller who will present the Legend of the Peacemaker at 2pm on Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3 at Sainte Marie. For more information, call Sainte Marie at 315-453-6768.

Reggae for Youth and Nonviolence: Abijah will perform his Reggae music and speak about need for love, forgiveness and nonviolence to youth and religious groups in the city of Syracuse beginning Tuesday, July 19, culminating in an outdoor concert at Deb’s Market on Thursday evening. Abijah’s weekday music schedule has yet to be determined. To have Abijah speak or perform, contact Jacob Roberts at 315-491-8517;

Prayers for Peace: Local religious leaders that attend the event are encouraged to lead a prayer for peace. Jim Wiggins, head of the Inter-Religious Council is among several who have committed to lead prayers and speak. Contact Madis Senner at 315-463-5369, or if you are interested.

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