WPFC at Gathering of the Vibes, Connecticut-USA
July 19th-22nd, 2012
Once again Jim Dugan (staff member at The World Peace Sanctuary) led a World Peace Flag Ceremony at the Gathering of the Vibes Music and Arts Festival and again this year was joined by world famous Peace Activist “Wavy Gravy.”
Gathering of the Vibes” draws 25,000 attendees annually, mostly camping on site, to this renowned and revered 4 day music fest. For the World Peace Flag Ceremony the Kids Peace Parade was outfitted with many dozen world flags and marched from the “Kids Corner” across the venue to the front of the main stage as the Flag Ceremony began. Several thousand people joined directly in the World Peace Flag Ceremony and it was heard by nearly everyone in all the campgrounds. At the “Vibes” numerous Peace Poles are installed around this several hundred acre concert venue with one Peace Pole on every stage for the entire 4-day event. These on-stage Peace Poles shared the spotlight this year with rock icons like: Primus, the remaining members of the Grateful Dead, Steel Pulse and The Avett Brothers.
In previous years at the Vibes these Peace Poles have been on stage with Crosby, Stills and Nash, Jimmy Cliff, Jane’s Addiction and Elvis Costello and well over a hundred other famous acts. In addition to the World Peace Flag Ceremony we had our event booth up and running for all four days. Due to our long standing relationship with the Gathering of the Vibes we were given a prime booth location at the entrance to the main concert field that provided access to everyone at the show. The World Peace Prayer Society booth was manned by Jim, his wife Jackie, daughter Hannah and dedicated World Peace volunteer, Ebon Joiner.
The WPPS booth generated the greatest public exposure and phenomenal sales of our peace merchandise, which bear the
message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth.” We thank the “Vibe Tribe” for
their strong and continued support.