Free Diversity Concert at Davis Park Sept. 21

Staff Report

A free Winnebago County Diversity Concert 2013 is set for noon-6:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, at Davis Park, 320 S. Wyman St., downtown Rockford. The event is presented by the Winnebago County Diversity Council.

Schedule of events is as follows:

Special event

Noon — Peace pole ceremony at Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Park, corner of Church and Elm streets (more details below)

Main stage at Davis Park

12:30-1 p.m. — New Life Band

1:05-1:10 p.m. — Council Choraleers

1:15-2 p.m. — Pistol Pete

2:10-2:40 p.m. — As One

2:50-3:20 p.m. — Modifire

3:30-4 p.m. — Grupo Escape

4:15-5 p.m. — Harlan Jefferson

5:05-5:25 p.m. — Gina Meeks

5:30-6:30 p.m. — Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts

Davis Park side area

1-1:30 p.m. — Rod Cain puppet performers

12:30-6 p.m. — Inflatable fun

12:30-6 p.m. — Food vendors

Main Stage speakers

Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen (R), Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey (I) and other local leaders

Post-celebration party

A post-celebration party will be held at On the Rocks Bar & Grill, 3457 Merchandise Drive, Rockford, featuring Gina Meeks.

Peace pole ceremony at Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Park

In conjunction with the Winnebago County Diversity Concert 2013, a peace pole dedication ceremony will take place at noon at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Bicentennial Park. Performing at the event will be choir “Council Choraleers,” led by Dorothy Paige-Turner. Speaking will be Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen (R), Dave Peterson, and Jim and Pam Keeling.

A peace pole is a hand-crafted monument that displays the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on each of its four sides, usually in different languages. To date, more than 300,000 peace poles have been dedicated in more than 180 countries around the globe. Peace poles can be found in town squares, city halls, schools, places of worship, parks and gardens, and any place where the spirit of peace is embraced by people of good will. The peace pole dedication taking place at Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Park will celebrate peace and diversity in Winnebago County.

The growing support within our community for the observance of peace reaffirms a vision of our world at peace, and begins to foster compassion, understanding and cooperation between individuals, organizations and nations,” Christiansen said. “I am proud to be a part of our community’s International Peace Day celebrations.”

Contact Tommy Meeks at (815) 319-4237 for more about the Diversity Concert and events.

Posted Sept. 18, 2013

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