2024 Democracy Festival

Save Saturday, August 3, 2024 for an afternoon of food (including free Ben & Jerry's ice cream), music by Folksoul Duo, speakers and activities for a Democracy Festival: Mobilizing a Multigenerational Democracy!   

If you're looking for info on the morning's Granny D Walk, which is the start of the Festival, please CLICK HERE

WHERE: Putnam Park, Peterborough, NH

WHEN: Noon

The planning committee is hard at work making arrangements for the afternoon, but we have confirmed our first speakers!

Brenda Lett, Executive Director of NH Black Women Health Project, Life Member of the National  Coalition Of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA), Current Executive Committee Member  of New England Chapter of N’COBRA. Former Program Manager of Coordinating Reparations  Initiative (CRI). Former Manchester NAACP President, Masters in Community Mental Health and  Community Economic Development from Southern NH University, and Bachelor of Arts in  Psychology from University of Dubuque. Co-author of Race Between Us: Racism A Human  Experience. Community Activist and Social Justice Advocate.

Eve Jacobs-Carnahan served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Vermont from 1990-2018 where she specialized in election law litigation.  Also and avid and talented knitter, Eve makes knitted sculpture exploring themes in democracy.  Her current project, Knit Democracy Together, is a collaborative knitting and discussion project about the U.S. electoral system.  Her knitting circles have completed several knitted sculptures of state capitol buildings, including New Hampshire's.

Charlie Savage is a recent ConVal high school graduate. He's also an incoming freshman at Saint Anselm College with a major in politics on a pre law trajectory. Charlie recently hosted a very successful voter registration drive at his high school with Open Democracy and hopes to be able to continue to expand voter access in the future. 

Grace Aldrich is a mom and community educator. She is the co creator of The Full Story School, a project about working with grownups who want to have hard conversations with young children about complicated subjects like race, colonialism, and climate change. Grace has been inspired by Granny D’s example of showing up to have hard conversations that affect everyday people.

Meghan E. Kallman is a Democrat representing District 15 (Pawtucket, Providence) in the Rhode Island Se​nate, where she has served since 2021.  She is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston at the graduate School for Global Inclusion and Social Development.  Meghan walked with Granny D and is originally from Harrisville.


We'll have music by FolkSoul Duo: Leslie Vogel and Fred Simmons live in Greenfield, New Hampshire.  With their home umbrella organization, Folksoul Music, which includes their Folksoul Duo, the band Tattoo and the Folksoul Band, they have been bringing American Roots music of all styles to the communities of the Monadnock Region and beyond for the past three decades.  During Doris “Granny D” Haddock’s run for US Senate in New Hampshire Fred and Leslie and a couple of other friend musicians decided to become Granny D’s personal marching band as she walked into the many towns of this state to give her memorable campaign speeches in the village squares.

Eve Pierce is a passionate and charismatic singer-songwriter who currently splits her time between writing and performing her original songs, performing the lead vocals for the Celtic Rock band Waking Finnegan, and creating Folk Cabarets with her friend and fellow musician Gordon Peery.  Her debut album "Save the Bell Tower"  was released in 2021 and is available for purchase and download. She is currently working on her next solo album and Waking Finnegan’s first album.  You can learn more about her at evepierce.com.

Volkert Volkersz is a singer/songwriter and guitar player that has been performing folk, pop, blues, children’s music, originals and guitar instrumentals since the 1960s.  His biggest influences include Peter, Paul and Mary, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, James Taylor and John Fahey.  Born in Amsterdam, Volkert was raised in Seattle. For 39 years he was a school music teacher and school librarian in western Washington State. He has performed at the Northwest Folklife Festival and the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle.  

Does your organization want to be a co-sponsor of this event?  Please email Doreen and she'll get right back to you.

We need volunteers!  Please fill out THIS FORM if you are willing to serve as a shuttle driver, a crossing guard, a setup or clean up person, serving lunch or ice cream or any of the other myriad of volunteer opportunities we will have!

If you would like to be part of the Quote Brigade to read Granny D quotes at the event, please email Kate.  

The site is accessible, please email if you need special assistance/arrangements.

Please bring a lawn chair!  

Don't forget to wear your Granny D hat!  Don't have one?  Pre-order one for $20 by emailing Doreen and letting her know you want one and it will be at the beginning of the walk for you.


This event is cosponsored by League of Women Voters-NH, NH Peace Action, 350NH, NH Youth Movement, NH Council of Churches, Rights & Democracy, Welcoming NH


August 03, 2024 at 12:00pm - 2pm
Putnam Park
Ken Bundy Stephanie Cox Suarez Ruth Larson Kate Coon David Holt Eve Jacobs-Carnahan Doreen Desmarais Charlie Savage Fred Simmons Leslie Vogel Brenda Lett Autumn Raschick-Goodwin Olivia Zink

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