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Fair seeks to 'peace' it together

Ingram, who is a professional speaker and workshop facilitator, said she hopes to make Conversation Cafes a permanent fixture in Saratoga Springs.

The Peace Fair is a time to address peace-keeping and peace-building by presenting various pathways to peace in one place.

"It started with the intention and idea that individuals could come to the fair and learn about all the different ways people in this community are working toward peace and maybe find a way for themselves or to join in that," said Anne Diggory, a fair coordinator. "It's a time of networking and celebrating all this work going on."

There will be booths, music, food, fun for children and other pro-peace activities. Pinwheels of peace symbolize hope and engagement and are the calling card of International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, which the fair coincides with.

"Cooperative games will be played, not ones where people win or lose. A group that has meditational gongs from Tibet will meditate about peace. A strong element is activist groups that have a particular cause they're working on or petitions to sign to send to Congress," said Diggory. "We're promoting environmental awareness; what the relationship is between working on environmental issues and conflict."

One of the biggest demonstrations, said Diggory, will be a demo of a new solar method of cooking.

"An organization has been teaching refugees and people in poverty how to make solar ovens or cookers out of tinfoil and cardboard. They can cook and treat water so it's safe to drink," said Diggory.

The Peace Fair will be held at 24 Circular St. in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, Sept. 19, from noon to 4 p.m. For a full list of the day's events, visit www.peace-ing.org and for information about Conversation Cafes visit www.conversationcafe.org.

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