I am beyond excited for this weekend. Today (Friday) my man is taking me out to Grasshopper for dinner, which is the best vegan Chinese restaurant ever. Well, at least in Boston. Then tomorrow we're going to Six Flags New England to hang out in the water park all day. AAA membership = cheaper tickets ($27). Then on Sunday is the Boston Vegetarian Society Peace Abbey Event! It's going to be an awesome potluck, gonna hang out with new people (maybe, I get shy) and GENE BAUR IS SPEAKING! He is the president and cofounder of Farm Sanctuary. I have big plans to go volunteer there after I get out of school for good.
If you're around the area and might be interested in going, here's the info:
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2008, AT 1 P.M. (Rain or shine)
BVS' annual event at the PEACE ABBEY in Sherborn is a highlight event of our year. Soak in the beauty and "good vibes" of this unique place, meet the animals in the small sanctuary for rescued farm animals, stroll the grounds and view the Pacifist Memorial and Gandhi statue, the magnificent Emily the Sacred Cow Animal Rights Memorial, and explore the Abbey and its artifacts from around the world.
ALL WELCOME! This is a family-friendly event, and we encourage you to bring your friends and family, **especially non-vegetarians**. We would love them to hear Gene Baur's presentation. We'll have plenty of room!
1 P.M. VEGAN POTLUCK
Share delicious vegan cuisine. Bring a favorite dish to share that is free of meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, and honey. Dishes should be ready to serve, and please include serving implements (labeled with your name). A card with ingredients/recipe helps those with food allergies. A dish serving 8-10 per person is suggested.
3 P.M. SPEAKER PRESENTATION
We'll use the church next to the Peace Abbey for the speaker program. It seats 350, so we'll have plenty of seats! Bring friends!
Program - "Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food"
Gene Baur, President and Cofounder of Farm Sanctuary, grew up in Hollywood and worked in television, film and commercials. Today, he campaigns to raise awareness about the negative consequences of
industrialized factory farming and our cheap food system. He has a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. His new book hit the Los Angeles Times Best Seller List!
His documentation of conditions at farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses have aired around the globe. He has testified in court and before legislatures, and has initiated groundbreaking legal enforcement and legislative action to prevent factory farming abuses. He played a significant role in passing the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming systems, and his work has been covered in most major national media. Farm Sanctuary is the country's leading farm animal advocacy organization.
Gene's new book, "Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food," has gotten terrific reviews and will be available for signing and purchase. $25 hard cover, cash or checks only.
"This book is the most authentic account of the real lives of farm animals, by the St. Francis of our time. There is nobody else in America who could tell the truth about farm animals from such a deep perspective, and at the same time make your heart soar."
— , author of When Elephants Weep and The Pig Who
Sang to the Moon
ABOUT THE PEACE ABBEY:
The Peace Abbey is a center which encourages non-violence, peacemaking, social justice, and compassionate living. Peace and justice advocates from around the world have come here, including Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. It was home, until her death four years ago, to Emily the Cow, who gained worldwide celebrity years ago with her dramatic slaughterhouse escape, and became spokescow for veg living.
The Peace Abbey
(next to Natick)
Where Route 27 and Route 16 overlap
Event is free with your potluck offering; donation requested for the Peace Abbey.