This year we are adding a special feature after dinner. It is Nagasaki Day, so we have arranged for a concert of some of John Coltrane’s peace-related music performed by the Joe Mailhot Quartet.
Coltrane had joined the Navy to avoid the draft and was stationed at Pearl Harbor. He turned against war and bombing and later visited Nagasaki, prayed there, and performed a special work he had created (“Peace on Earth”). He said, “I think that music, being an expression of the human heart, or of the human, of being itself, does express what is happening.” He also composed music in Alabama in response to the 1963 bombings in Birmingham.
Join us for this evening of music and reflection, along with Olympia FOR’s potluck picnic. Find out about Olympia FOR’s new committee working against nuclear weapons and how you can help abolish them. You are welcome to stay for the Steering Committee meeting. Thanks to Chris Carson for organizing this special jazz feature for Olympia FOR’s annual picnic!
Please bring food to share and friends who would enjoy the food and the music and connecting with Olympia FOR.
For the concert you might want to bring a blanket or lawn chair.
From State & Plum, go north on East Bay Drive to Priest Point Park. Parking is limited, and we expect a good turnout, so please carpool if possible.