On Tuesday, March 18th Asnuntuck Community College, 170 Elm Street, Enfield, will hold a candlelight vigil for peace, 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 followed by a coffee house celebrating peace each March and September.

The candlelight vigil will be held from 6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. outside of the front entrance of the college. At 7:00 p.m., the In Hope of Peace reading will begin in the Coffee House located in the Mary Lou Strom Conference Room (a new location for this semester), with musical entertainment by Asnuntuck’s Assistant Professor Joe Finckel and Instructor of Sociology Laurie Chancey. The music portion of the program will be followed by Asnuntuck students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community, reading their own poems and poems by others, all with a focus on peace.  Readings will be offered by Laurie Chancey, Laura Hayden, Andrea Skidgel, Joe Finckel, Merja H. Lehtinen, Jamie Crepeau, Lindsey Aguiar, Will Torres, Nzima Roberson- Hutchings and members of her Youth Group—Café Sisterhood/Book Club for Girls— Richard Smith, Edwina Trentham, Allison Zaczynski, and others. Following a break, there will be an open mic until 9:00 p.m., so that others may share their poems and music about peace.  There will be copies of poems on the theme of peace available.

The vigil and the reading are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served during the Coffee House in the Strom Conference Room.

The reading is sponsored by Freshwater, Asnuntuck’s poetry journal and the Asnuntuck Poetry Club. For information contact Edwina Trentham at 860-253-3105 or etrentham@asnuntuck.edu.  For directions visit www.asnuntuck.edu.