On Tuesday, March 5th, Asnuntuck Community College, 170 Elm Street, Enfield, will hold a candlelight vigil for peace and the safe return of our troops, followed by an evening of poetry and music celebrating peace.
Asnuntuck held its first poetry reading for peace in September 2002, to commemorate the first anniversary of 9/11, and held its first candlelight vigil in September, 2004. Since those first events, the college has held a candlelight vigil for peace and the safe return of our troops and a coffee house celebrating peace each March and each September.
The candlelight vigil will be held from 6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. outside the front entrance of the college. At 7:00 p.m., the In Praise of Peace reading will begin in the Coffee House in Café II, with musical entertainment by Asnuntuck’s Instructor of Developmental Writing Joe Finckel and Instructor of Sociology Laurie Chancey. The music portion of the program will be followed by Asnuntuck students, faculty, and staff reading their own poems and poems by others, all with a focus on peace. The formal reading will conclude with poetry readings by Asnuntuck graduate Nzima Roberson Hutchings’s Youth Group—Café Sisterhood/Book Club for Girls. Following a break, there will be an open mic until 9:00 PM, so that others may share their poems and music about peace, as part of our collective healing and hope for a peaceful world.
The vigil and the reading are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served during the Coffee House in Café II.
The reading is sponsored by Freshwater, Asnuntuck’s poetry journal, the Asnuntuck Poetry Club, and Asnuntuck’s Learning Resource Center. For information contact Edwina Trentham at 860-253-3105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.