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Article Published: Sep. 19, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 23, 2013
Peace by Piece

Peace Day participants prepare for the annual International Day of Peace parade through Boone.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

This year, Saturday, Sept. 21, marks the International Day of Peace, and special activities and celebrations, including millions of people, will take place all over the world through large festivals and concerts, small celebrations and a global Peace Wave with moments of silence at noon in every time zone.

According to the, “Anyone anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, sitting in silent meditation or doing a good deed for someone you do not know. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. The impact of millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense and does make a difference.”

The Mountain Peacemakers, the local organization that has been organizing Peace Day activities in the High Country since 2006, invites community members to engage in a conversation about creating peace in the community and to join in the week’s activities. People are also invited to join the planning process for the 2014 event. If interested, contact organizer Lexie Danner at (

Event organizer and Mountain Peacemakers member Joanna Weintrab challenges all to consider, “What are the mechanisms available to us to really create peaceful solutions to any conflict, whether it’s interpersonal conflicts in our homes or community or international conflicts in our world?”
Locally, the Mountain Peacemakers are sponsoring and co-sponsoring a variety of activities in honor of Peace Day to engage the community in thinking about peace on personal, local and global scales.

Peace Day Activities

‘Storytelling and Change’ with Charlotte Ross
Teach-In: Lunch and Learn at the Jones House
Thursday, Sept. 19, noon to 1 p.m.
Jones House Community Center
604 W. King Street, Boone
Charlotte Ross, also known as “the Legend Lady,” has collected or composed more than 3,400 tales of legends and laughter from Appalachia. She is an energetic performer, playwright, folklorist, raconteuse and speaker with experience in storytelling concerts, theatrical performances, conferences, school residencies and workshops. Above all, she is a teacher.

‘Peace by Piece: Being a Muslim-American’ with Rabeetah Hasnain
Teach-In: Lunch and Learn at the Jones House
Friday, Sept. 20, noon to 1 p.m.
Jones House Community Center
Rabeetah Hasnain will be discussing “Peace by Piece: Being a Muslim-American.”An Appalachian State University student, Hasnain is Muslim Student Association president, Club Council secretary, SGA club council representative and Students for New Urbanism secretary.

Peace Day: International Day of Peace
Saturday, Sept. 21

‘Peace Day Yoga’ with Vicki Rodriguez
11 a.m. to noon
Watauga County Library lawn
140 Queen St., Boone

Global Moment of Silence
Watauga County Library lawn
Join with other community members on the lawn of the Watauga library for a Global Moment of Silence in honor of Peace Day. People around the world will be participating in this global Peace Wave, as well.

Fall Family Arts Festival
1 to 4 p.m.
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
423 W. King Street, Boone
The Turchin Center will host a fun-filled afternoon of arts and crafts designed to make the arts fun for children of all ages. Features include hands-on activities for families all centered on celebrating Peace Day. Activities are from 1 to 3 p.m., with a Peace Day Parade around town from 3 to 4 p.m.

Peace Parade
3 to 4 p.m.
Starts at the Turchin Center
Join the Mountain Peacemakers and other community members for a Peace Day Parade. Start at the Turchin Center, and Elkland Art Center volunteers will provide bright and colorful props and costumes, including a Giant Peace Dove. Music will be provided by Rural Academy Theater.

‘Voices of Peace’ concert
Sunday, Sept. 22, 2 to 4 p.m.
Rosen Concert Hall on the ASU campus
813 Rivers St., Boone
Entertainers include Watauga County Community Band, The Spring House Choir, Joe Shannon, the First Baptist Church Chancel Bells, the Fifth Edition, Klee Liles, Kaden Liles, Brian Swanson, the Daneggans Band, the ASU Gospel Choir and more. For more information, visit

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About the Mountain Peacemakers

The Mountain Peacemakers is a citizen-based, independent co-rising of community members interested in peace. Functioning as a collective since 2006, the group represents many organizations, non-profits, religious denominations and interests.

According to its mission statement, “Our work is to forward the goals of peace within our own homes, communities, the nation and the globe.”

For more information, or to participate, visit

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