Bread and Roses Heritage Festival, Labor Day, September 3

28th Annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival on the Common in Lawrence, MA, on Labor Day, September 3, 12-7 pm. Three Music Stages. History Section. Ethnic Food. Trolley Rides. Free.

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FROM: Bread & Roses Heritage Committee, Lawrence, MA
CONTACT: Jim Beauchesne (978) 794-1655 or Cell (301) 233-9653

Re: 28th Annual Bread and Roses Festival
Labor Day, September 3, 2012
Rain or Shine

The Bread and Roses Heritage Committee is pleased to announce the 28th Annual Bread and Roses Festival, to be held on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2012, 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm on the Campagnone Common, located at 200 Common Street in Downtown Lawrence. This year's Festival celebrates the Centennial of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike.

Featured performers include: 1) Headliner The Ryan Montbleau Band, folk, blues, funk, Americana; 2) Bread and Puppet Theater, the political puppet theater company; 3) Si Kahn, acclaimed singer/songwriter and organizer; 4) A Besere Velt, the Boston Workmen's Circle Yiddish Community Chorus; 5) The Folk Song Society of Greater Boston, performing a Woody Guthrie Tribute; 6) Grupo Efectivo, Lawrence's own Latin sound; 7) Sweet Willie D., the Blues; 8) Raymond Street Klezmer Band, New Hampshire's only Klezmer ensemble; 9) The Italian Serenaders, the Merrimack Valley's Own; 10) The Branco/Stamas Big Band; The Pentucket Players; and many more.

The Festival celebrates Lawrence's labor history and ethnic diversity, and particularly the historic events of the “Bread and Roses” textile strike of 1912. It is a celebration on multiple stages with a variety of music, dance, poetry, and drama.

This year's Festival will also feature the dedication of the new Strikers’ Monument, created by sculptor Daniel Altshuler of Gloucester, on the Common at 1:30 pm.

A History and Labor Section features Lawrence History Live—a tent for lively conversations on labor and the city in past and present. This year, we will highlight the history of the 1912 Strike and Latino migration to Lawrence since the 1960s and 1970s.

Numerous information tables present a full range of cultural and social justice organizations.

Free trolley tours and walking tours around the city highlight the historical sites. Great ethnic food. All events are on or starting from the Campagnone Common in Downtown Lawrence.

Bread and Roses is the only festival in the region which celebrates the true spirit of Labor Day.

The event is free and open to the public. It is a true family event that also includes entertainment for children such as pony rides, jugglers, and face painting. Come join Bread and Roses for Labor Day and learn more about Lawrence’s history, its people and struggles.

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