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  • IT TAKES A VILLAGE

    Weekend of peace

    Third annual Peace Village offers a new look at building community
  • Ashland's third annual Peace Village brought live music, fresh produce and plenty of positive energy to the Jackson Wellsprings this weekend.
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  • Ashland's third annual Peace Village brought live music, fresh produce and plenty of positive energy to the Jackson Wellsprings this weekend.
    The three-day community festival, titled "Let's Village Together!" featured a weekend full of amenities for the public. Vendors lined the lawns in the Wellsprings meadow, selling handcrafted instruments, fabric and jewelry. This year's event drew several hundred guests from around the area.
    Event coordinators, calling themselves "The Peace Village Core Team," said they bring the Peace Village to Ashland each year to foster a greater sense of community among the town's many different people.
    "It's a great chance to come together," said Core Team member Michelle Bellamy. A local musician, Bellamy coordinated the village's numerous musical acts. "We had a nice little opening ceremony," she said.
    The ceremony filled the sky with songs late into the night. Music was a constant throughout the weekend. From acoustic solos in the daytime to "Progressive and Psychedelic Trance" at night, more than 20 bands performed at this year's event. Bellamy said most of the bands were local, and she added that giving them the exposure of a live performance was a tremendous opportunity.
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