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Updated: May 29th, 2006

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Asheville, NC

The Merrymakers Caravan arrives in downtown Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina  — May 29th

Joining us on the outskirts of Asheville, we were so grateful to have Peacemaker l with us again. It had been a long, hot trip but the caravan rolled into town on schedule. The community here in Asheville had organized a huge 3-day event in Pack Square …right in the heart of the downtown.

Asheville is an amazingly unique place. It is a small city that strives to keep a ‘town’ kind of feel. There are many diverse groups (Christians, tourists, alternatives, artists…) that co-mingle through out the town in a very social kind of atmosphere – especially in the evenings. Every Friday night the city allows a ‘drum circle’ of anywhere from 100 to 300 people right in the middle of downtown where young or old, rich or poor, local or tourist, congregate. Asheville is a place where really nobody stands out as looking or being unusual.

This is largest gathering of Merrymakers we have had thus far which is only fitting for the finale of the tour. Brothers and sisters have joined the original bus crews from Hillsboro, Virginia; Chattanooga, Tennessee and Brunswick and Savannah, Georgia, and the community here in Asheville. There are many musicians who have been drawing crowds of up to 200 in the evenings with Israeli folk music, Celtic, and blue-grass. People have been joining us in dance, coming on the buses and sitting and listening to the music. The open-forum tent has been crowded and buzzing with topics of interest. Again and again we say we are thankful to have the freedoms in this country to demonstrate a taste of our lives to those who have never met us. Again and again, we are thankful for the kind town officials and police who graciously make room for us.

More of the Asheville event coming soon….

Israeli folk dancing in Pack Square

Dancing in Pack Square, Downtown Asheville

Musicians playing in front of the monument and reflection pool

The musicians jamming in front of the monument and reflection pool in Pack Square.

People crowded the open forum to speak their minds

People stayed till late in the night to speak their mind in the Open Forum tent.

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