The first Oklahoma City Peace Festival to be held since the COVID-19 pandemic has been scheduled from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Ballroom of the Embassy Suites Hotel, 3233 Northwest Expressway.
Nathaniel Batchelder, director of the Peace House, the sponsor of the festivals, made the announcement.
The festivals had been cancelled the past two years because of the pandemic, he said.
“The festival features some 60 tables, representing groups working on social justice issues (including human rights, civil rights, women’s issues, environmental issues and more) which can present materials, sell crafts and wares, and engage visitors.”
“Diversity and Community are this year’s themes,” he said.
“Background music all day and an adult-supervised Children’s Activity Area make the Peace Festival a family event,” Mr. Batchelder said.
“Long-time friends like the NAACP, AFL-CIO, Sierra Club and Vegetarians of Oklahoma set the tone with colorful tables encouraging citizen action for good causes,” he added.
Pambé Ghana’s two tables offer fair-trade and home-made crafts and goods from around the world, with sales benefitting workers in many countries. “Holiday shoppers will find gifts for everyone on their list,” Mr. Batchelder said.
“Items like jewelry, fabrics, clothing, T-shirts, buttons and bumper stickers are found by people browsing the Festival.”
Sponsors of this year’s event include Home Creations home-builders, Mary Lou Lemon Foundation, Oklahoma Observer, and social justice committees at the First Unitarian Church and Church of the Open Arms.
Anyone seeking information about registering a table or about the Festival itself can call (405)824-2794, or by e-mail [email protected].