United States 9 August: Bangor - Waldoboro
Maine Mayor Runs for Peace!
We are very grateful to Hilton Garden Inn for hosting half of our team. We had a great sleep!Bernie, Asst. Manager of the Hotel received the Certificate of Appreciation from the Peace Run Team.
Banshidhar, the indomitable, is easing into the final days of his epic four month journey with the team.
Often times there are local runners who feel inspired to run a short way with us, adding to the joy of the Peace Run. We were very happy to be joined this morning by Tracey Querrette. Thank you, Tracey!
It is always nice to talk to people we meet about Sri Chinmoy's vision and dream of peace in the world, and how we are all doing the best we can to make peace a reality.
Mayor of Belfast, Samantha Paradis welcomed us and accepted a Jharna Kala entitled 'Hope' by Sri Chinmoy. During his lifetime Sri Chinmoy painted thousands of pictures to inspire humanity.
Media interviews to spread some good news. Here is the story: wabi.tv/content/news/Peace-runners-stop-in-Belfast-on-their-way-to-finish-trek-through-North-America-490491761.html
It is wonderful to be able to share the message that peace begins in the hearts of individuals to a much wider audience, through radio and television. Arpan has been doing this event for 31 years.
We are often reminded on the Peace Run that peace lovers and peace makers in the world come in many guises.
Mayor Paradis was very eager to start running with us after accepting our Certificate of Appreciation. We were so encouraged by her unbounded enthusiasm and dedication towards change, health, and serving the people of Belfast. She is the youngest Mayor to be elected in Maine, and is a nurse at the local hospital, as well as a rower and runner, amongst other things- She was a great inspiration to all of us!
O dreamers of peace, come.
Let us walk together.
O lovers of peace, come.
Let us run together.
O servers of peace, come.
Let us grow together.
Thank you Mayor Samantha Paradis for sharing in the Peace Run and for all you are doing to build peace in your community and the world!
We were thrilled to offer a Peace Run t-shirt to the Mayor- she is definitely running for peace in many ways, and we hope to meet her again sometime!
Yatkara, our Canadian Team Captain and ace photographer who is usually on the other side of the camera, enjoys the final days of this year's Peace Run. His endless energy and enthusiasm is an invaluable asset to our great adventure!
Some of us met with some of the City Council Members of Camden after Harita ran the torch through town just before a very strong downpour.
We were escorted to a very nice town park across from the City Offices where we made our presentation to a very kind and receptive group of city members.
The town of Camden as well as the architecture had a very sweet colonial feeling and was very welcoming.
Everyone had a chance to pass the Peace Torch and offer their goodwill and wishes for peace. Pictured here is Jenna Taylor.
Sarah Thompson from Pembay Pilot News kindly came out to very nicely cover the story! You can see her article here: penbaypilot.com/article/camden-midcoast-send-wishes-peace-torch/106003
Finance Manager, Jodi Hanson, accepts our Certificate of Appreciation for the town of Camden and for Town Manager, Audra Caler-Bell who unfortunately could not make it to our event today.
We are so grateful to everyone who came to welcome us here in this beautiful town of Camden and encourage us with their kind support and goodwill.
Dave Morrison, Manager of the Camden Opera House, kindly shows Banshidhar around this beautiful venue after our meeting at the park across the street.
It is a classic venue with colorful decor and quaint inset balconies from a very early era of Opera venues.