United Nations International Day of Peace is Sept 21, 2016
United Nations International Day of Peace is Sept 21, 2016
Some pictures from previous years.
Some pictures from previous years.

 PEACE Week Schedule        Link to download Poster

Sept 21st, 7:30pm  Journey from Shepherd to Fulbright Scholar to Education Activist for Afghan Girls.  Nang Attal was born to illiterate parents in a tribal community. Growing up during a civil war in Afghanistan, he not only managed to get an education for himself but started a school for girls in his Mom’s kitchen. Nang is a 26 year old recipient of the UN Youth Courage Award.     Emerson Auditorium, Palamountain Hall, Skidmore College

Sept 22nd, 11:30 -1:30 Empty Bowls Luncheon, Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. Enjoy a bowl of  soup/chowder, salad, bread and dessert. Your $15 donation will benefit local food programs.  Enjoy live music and take home the bowl!    Saratoga Senior Center

Sept 23rd, 6pm Children at the Well presents, An Evening of Youth Storytelling. Since 2006, Children at the Well has empowered young people to find their voice through storytelling. They discover the unique and beautiful in their traditions and those of others. Hear about their new book, “One Path to World Peace: Youth Storytelling”. No charge, but donations are appreciated. Northshire Books

Sept. 24th, 2-4pm Islamic Art  Workshop for Kids by Kids. A collaboration between youth from the Al-Hidayya Mosque and local interfaith teens. Henna tattoos and other projects. Free! Children’s Room, Saratoga Public Library.

Sept 24th, 6:30-7:30 potluck dinner. 7:30 -9:30 concert. House Concert with activist folksinger Ben Grosscup. Ben performs songs of struggle and social critique. His powerful voice and lyrics take on issues like student debt, ecological breakdown, and economic injustice. Ben is the director of People’s Music Network, a diverse community that cultivates music and cultural work as catalysts for a just and peaceful world. $10/$15 suggested donation. For details, please RSVP to

Sept 25th, noon-4pm Saratoga Peace Fair/ Concert Across America to End Gun Violence                   Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church. Featuring 4 hours of FREE live music from Afro-Latin, reggae and rock to original and traditional folk music. Exhibits promoting peace through demilitarization, environmental stewardship and fair trade. Food vendors, family friendly activities and drumming workshop.

Performance Schedule

– in Fellowship Hall 1:00  Drumming workshop with Chrys Ballerano

  Main Stage

12:05-12:25 John Farrell
12:30-12:50 Tonya Abernathy & Slate Hill
12:55-1:25 Ben Grosscup
1:30-2:00 Taina Asili
2:05-2:15 Julian Tushabe

2:20-2:40 Dan Berggren
2:45-2:55 MaryNell Morgan
3:00-3:20 Bob Warren
3:25-3:35 Take 2
3:40-3:55 Chrys Ballerano

Sept 27th 7pm International Peacemaker from Cuba, Dianet Martinez is a theological student from Cuba. She will present on youth movements in Cuba, the role of faith and generational issues and current US/Cuba relations. PNEC Church.  24 Circular Street



Peace Week/Fair Mission Statement

The mission of the Peace Week/ Fair is to empower attendees to build a more peaceful world.  Peace Week/ Fair will showcase the hard work and creative spirit of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting peace and justice in all facets of our lives.

The vision for this effort is an increased personal and societal commitment to use peaceful means to resolve conflict and increased efforts to prevent conflicts through justice, environmental stewardship, fair trade and decreased militarization.  A better understanding and tolerance between individuals, communities and societies will help build and sustain a culture of peace.

Sponsored by:

Albany Presbytery
The Giving Circle
Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church of Saratoga Springs
Saratoga Peace Alliance
Saratoga Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Saratogians for Gun Safety
Veterans for Peace
Women Against War