Column: Is love all we need in 2013?I love my husband. I love Mexican food. I love happy hour. And I love Lake Superior. I sure use the word “love” easily. So, what does “love” really mean?
By: Cara Lindberg, For the Budgeteer News
I love my husband. I love Mexican food. I love happy hour. And I love Lake Superior. I sure use the word “love” easily.
So, what does “love” really mean?
A group of local organizers and volunteers have set out to find the answer through a celebration of a shared humanity, appreciation of Lake Superior and a commitment to social, environmental and economic sustainability. That is why “Love 2013” is the perfect theme for the third annual Twin Ports Bridge Festival.
Bridge Fest strives to connect people with Lake Superior.
Calling the event a “pep rally for humanity,” Erin DeWitt, the spokeswoman for the festival, said, “When we remember our interconnectedness with all things, we are more inspired to take care of ourselves, one another and the planet.”
The festival encourages participation in Lake Superior Day and regional parks projects. During the festival attendees will be encouraged to do at least one thing in the next year that helps protect and restore the world’s largest freshwater lake.
Though Lake Superior Day is held on the third Sunday of July, which is July 19, the 2013 Twin Ports Bridge Festival (TPBF) will be held July 5 and 6.
This event has something for everyone in our community, young and old alike. There are great musical acts, inspirational speakers, local food, vendors, family fun and more. Most of all, the Twin Ports Bridge Festival will be a celebration of Lake Superior and the connectedness we all share with our Great Lake.
“We’re celebrating the love at the core of our being that unites us all — that deep love that invites us to take care of ourselves, one another and the Earth,” Dewitt said. “We know it’s a little bit edgy, but let’s allow ourselves to get comfortable with loving one another again.”
As one of the main intentions of the festival is to celebrate and appreciate Lake Superior and all water, a renowned researcher, Dr. Masaru Emoto, will kick off the Bridge Festival on July 5. Emoto’s presentation, “Hidden Messages in Water,” is scheduled for Friday, July 5 from
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Depot Great Hall.
Emoto claims that his research shows that human consciousness can affect the molecular structure of water. “Dr. Emoto has gained worldwide
acclaim by showing how water is deeply connected to our individual and collective consciousness,” DeWitt said. “By photographing water molecules during various experiments he was able to capture images that demonstrate that our thoughts and words have a direct effect on water crystal formation, impacting our lives and the world around us.”
Another big attraction is the incredible musical acts. National, regional and local musicians are all participating, including headliner Cloud Cult. “Cloud Cult fits our Love 2013 theme better than any act we know of. In fact, their new album is titled Love. Originally from Duluth and still a Minnesota favorite, Cloud Cult focuses its musical messages on the bigger picture of life and how we’re all connected,” Dewitt said.
Other big acts include the Kingston Trio, Mason Jennings and the Hunts. Several local musicians will also be participating.
This year’s festival not only embraces the connectedness of us all, but is meant to encourage action through love.
Channeling some of the most famous love and peace icons of the 1960s, Dewitt explains how we can bring love into action in 2013 and beyond: “The Beatles released All You Need Is Love on July 7, 1967 — 46 years and one day before this year’s Love 2013 Twin Ports Bridge Festival takes place — “All you need is love.”
Cara Lindberg is the board president of Sustainable Twin Ports. She lives with her husband in the Duluth area. Cara can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org