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Peace takes center stage at concert

By Hillary Akers
Photo Editor

September 13, 2012

Photo by Hillary Akers
A large sign of peace shows attendees and those passing by the motivation for Peace in the Park, to be held every Thursday in September in Pembroke.

Robeson County community members gathered at Pembroke Town Park on Sept. 6 for the first night of the concert series "Peace in the Park" organized by Dark Water Rising lead singer Charly Lowry.

"It's all about positivity and moving toward a better community for everyone," Lowry said at the opening of the concert.

The free concert series, which will be held every Thursday night in September, featured The Beast, a hip-hop and jazz band, on its first night.

Lowry said welcoming students to the perfomances was a goal.

"We want to bond the University and the town," Lowry said.

Local Christian band Fireset also played three songs at a candlelight vigil honoring the memory of victims of domestic violence.

"This brings us back to the real purpose," said Nicky Barnes, lead singer of Fireset, "to love and grow closer to one another."

UNCP Transfer Transitions program had a Positive Affirmation table where attendees could write positive things about themselves on a sign promoting peaceful messages.

"A lot of people don't feel comfortable in their own skin," said Taylor Steen, a senior at UNCP. "This is a way for them to release things."

Attendees could also sign their name to a positive message on the community banner that will be hung in the park.

Ciera Locklear, an original member of Dark Water Rising, said the messages were a way for people to connect to one another.

Handcrafted jewelry and accessories were also sold at a donations table, with all of the proceeds going to promote Peace in the Park.

"There's a lot of violence in Robeson County," said Dawn Albrecht, Peace in the Park committee member. "People can't open the newspaper without hearing bad news… We want to promote clinics and other things that are available for people."

The concert series will continue with Jeanne Jolly performing on Sept. 13, Jana Mashonee performing on Sept. 20 and Dark Water Rising performing on Sept. 27.
Photo by Hillary Akers Photo by Hillary Akers
The Beast performs on-stage at Peace In the Park drawing an audience throughout the event. Children attending are supervised while creating an art project promoting the event.

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