FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2023
Mayor Noble to Host Summer Solstice/Tree of Peace Planting at City Hall
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs are pleased to announce that the City of Kingston will host a Summer Solstice/Tree of Peace Planting event at City Hall on Wednesday, June 21, from 4:30pm-7:00pm.
The Tree of Peace Planting symbolizes people of all backgrounds coming together in peace, throwing aside feelings of hatred, prejudice, and judgment. There will be singing, dancing, drumming, sharing of food, and words of thanksgiving.
The Summer Solstice/Tree of Peace Planting ceremony is in partnership with:
Grandfather Paul Tobin (Coyote Song), spokesperson for the Caretakers Society and founder of the Two Row Wampum Unity Pipe Carriers Circle;
Turtle Clan Chief Vincent Mann of the Ramapough Munsee Lunaape Nation;
Bear Clan Chief Kawasente of the Kahnawake Mohawk Community;
Rev. NickMiles (Tecumseh Red Cloud), co-founder/Leader of the Drum for the Association of Native Americans of the Hudson Valley and the Cloud Breakers;
and Nettop Keetop.
“We are proud to host the Summer Solstice event and plant a Peace Tree here at City Hall. This event marks our willingness to acknowledge this land’s original habitants and pay respect, and to work together toward peace,” said Mayor Noble. “I am hopeful this ceremony and the tree we plant will serve as an inspiration of to all visitors to City Hall in the years to come. I want to thank Kitt Potter, the Director of Arts and Cultural Affairs for her ongoing efforts to bring these wonderful relationship-building ceremonies to the City of Kingston.”
Kitt Potter, Director of Arts & Cultural Affairs said, “Out of a deep respect for all the Native American Chiefs and leaders coming to Kingston to lead this special event, I am proud of the unprecedented work we are doing to grow the relationship between the City and Indigenous communities far and wide. I extend my deepest gratitude to event coordinator Jeanne Edwards and Radio Kingston for all their support.”
As Kawisente, Bear Clan Chief from the Kahnawake Mohawk (Kanien’kehá:ka) Reserve has said, “If any nation outside of the original Five Nations wishes to uphold the natural laws of The Great Law of Peace, then they may retrace their roots to the Tree, and they will live in harmony with the Earth.”
The Summer Solstice/Peace Tree Planting event will take place outside in front of City Hall. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or cushions and water.
More at: https://www.facebook.com/events/3051666271808680.