A tribute to the spirit of wild horses and burros

New England States

Welcome to the candlelight vigils for Massachusetts and surrounding New England states.  There are several cities in the process of planning their vigils.  Please tell us you city and state when you comment so that we can connect you with the right people.  Location details will be posted as they are confirmed.

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR THE HORSES

DEC.15, 2011 3:30 PM

GREAT BROOK FARM STATE PARK

984 LOWELL RD.CARLISLE MA

PROGRAM:

1. PROCESSIONAL/OPENING SONG: “PRETTY LITTLE HORSES”

2. READINGS FROM “WILD HORSE ANNIE”

3. READINGS FROM WFRH&B ACT OF 1971 -40TH ANNIVERSARY

4. IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS –QUOTES FROM NATIVE AMERICANS AND OTHER PHILOSOPHERS WHO UNDERSTAND THE PLACE OF HUMANS IN CREATION

5. DEC. 13 NATIONAL DAY OF THE HORSE—IS THE HORSE CELEBRATING? QUESTIONS TO PONDER/ARE THERE ANSWERS? WHAT WILL BE THE FUTURE OF THE WILD HORSE?

6. DRUM SONG/NAMING CEREMONY/WILD HOOFBEATS: DEDICATED TO THE FOALS,MARES,STALLIONS AND BURROS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LANDS AND LIVES TO BLM OR OTHER AGENCIES—WE WILL SPEAK THEIR NAMES

7. THE FORCE OF THE HORSE/SONG:”LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE” LIGHTING THEIR WAY INTO THE FUTURE: LIGHTS TO BE PLACED ON THE CUTOUT OF A HORSE

8. NAMING CEREMONY: A READING OF NAMES OF ADVOCATES AND THEIR FOLLOWERS WHO ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

9. PRAYER OF ENLIGHTENMENT FOR OUR DECISION MAKERS AND EARTH/NATURAL RESOURCES CARETAKERS

10.FINAL WORDS FROM VELMA JOHNSTON/SONG: “I SHALL BE RELEASED”

11. SIGNINGS:

  *LETTER TO PRES. OBAMA

  *”THE HORSE” CUTOUT TO SEND TO PRES. OBAMA

   *PARTICIPANT POSTER/WILL INCLUDE ONLINE FRIENDS TO SEND TO PRES. OBAMA

GUIDELINES: PLEASE DRESS WARMLY—THERE IS NO SHELTER

PLEASE ABIDE BY ALL STATE PARK REGULATIONS NO FIRE—USE BATTERY OPERATED VOTIVES (AVAILABLE AT VIGIL)

LHOA IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH THIS VIGIL

3:20 PLEASE MEET IN THE PAVED PARKING LOT OFF NORTH ROAD—AT THE ICE CREAM STAND NO PARKING FEE

3:30 THE PROGRAM WILL BEGIN

4:30 THE PARK CLOSES

VIRTUAL PARTICIPANTS: NEW ENGLAND/MASSACHUSETTS—IF YOU CAN NOT ATTEND THIS PROGRAM PLEASE SEND ME YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS AND I WILL ADD YOU TO THE POSTER—WHICH WILL BE SENT TO PRES. OBAMA.

OUR SINCERE THANKS TO THE DCR MANAGEMENT FOR ALLOWING US TO USE THE PARK FOR THIS VIGIL.  WE ARE HONORED TO PARTICIPATE WITH THE 50 STATES OF THIS GREAT NATION TO BRING JUSTICE AND HUMANE CARE TO OUR HORSES.

PROGRAM DEVELOPED BY ANN LAWRENCE ALAWRENCE44@HOTMAIL.COM

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17 responses

  1. Ann Lawrence

    New England/ Massachusetts
    Candlelight Vigil Dec. 15,2011
    Great Brook Farm State Park Carlisle MA
    in parking lot at ice cream stand
    3:30 pm

    no parking fee
    LHOA is not affiliated with this vigil
    all persons must abide by State Park regulations
    park closes at 4:30 pm

    November 10, 2011 at 6:13 pm

  2. I am very impressed by your program! I would love to have some Native Americans at the vigil I am going to head up in Georgia and a drum ceremony. Any ideas how I might go about finding them? I also love the idea of sending things to the president. Very creative!

    November 14, 2011 at 5:21 am

  3. Ann Lawrence

    Thanks Tracy. Your local library can probably help you find Native Americans. They might have a listing of chiefs and how to contact them. We are going to use a single drum– a slow beat for the foals, a trot rhythm for the mares,a gallop beat for stallions. We will name the horses–Braveheart/Old Sister etc.–and also some of the range areas. We will include the burros of Big Bend Texas in our prayers. Two books that are very helpful: ” Earth Prayers” by Roberts and Amidon and” Meditations on the Earth” by Hughes . These offer short quotes and philosophy and are useful to the group leader. I plan to keep the program short–not more than 30 minutes–this is New England–very chilly. Please feel free to use /modify this program. I’m glad this effort has gone international–we need some media coverage!

    November 15, 2011 at 1:17 am

  4. ok, sorry if I am not using original ideas here but could you email me a list of the horses and burros that have passed away at the hands of the BLM this year? I know, I should look it up myself but if you can email me the info, I would be very grateful. dogznhorses@comcast.net. Thanks so much!

    November 17, 2011 at 12:00 am

  5. This is a very finely prepared event. This will be sure to rally the troups.

    November 28, 2011 at 1:06 am

  6. There will also be an event in Carson City Nevada at the same time, Candelight Vigil

    November 28, 2011 at 1:07 am

  7. Ann Lawrence

    Oh good–we will ” hold hands” with your attendees across space and time. I will name your vigil at our meeting. Nice !

    November 28, 2011 at 1:15 am

  8. This is wonderful. I’ll see what I can get going on in Connecticut as a sister vigil. The numbers are growing in the Tri State area as well maybe we can get a central location and get a really good turnout closer to NY Metro. If we can’t pull it off we will convoy to MA to join you there. Thank you for keeping their light shining.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:01 am

    • Ann Lawrence

      Hi Maureen Did you get a group going in Connecticut? If you need directions to Carlisle just email me. tx Ann

      December 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm

  9. Ann Lawrence

    Hi Maureen–GOOD ! Stay in touch. Email me if you need driving directions. I will encourage your group to bring their own votives/flashlights. This should be a great event– hope for good weather (New England brrrrr..). There are restaurants nearby–for food/heat afterwards. alawrence44@hotmail.com

    November 29, 2011 at 1:09 am

  10. Sarah Gorman

    Is anybody from Maryland going to attend??

    December 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    • Ann Lawrence

      Hi Sarah–I have not heard of anyone coming the distance from Maryland– you are welcome to attend–but maybe there is a Vigil closer to you??? Or you could run one??

      December 11, 2011 at 2:07 am

  11. Ronnie Greene

    I am kinda in the dark here…:)…need some light, i.e., information. Do you know how many will be at the NEW ENGLAND ceremony in Carlisle, MASSACHUSETTS? I might be able to go. And I am “suggesting” my daughter come with my 7 year old grandson. An event like this is good to instill values of caring, justice, in the young. And! A love of horses ❤ . BTW, there was a candlelight ceremony for the wolves too. And you all know of the beautiful "LIGHT THE SKY" ceremony, Animals' Angels, Dec. 10. I sent my messages of Hope & Light and felt it here in MA. as the candles were being lit. Beautiful.

    December 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    • Ann Lawrence

      Hi Ronnie Are you planning on coming to the Vigil?? Send me an email if you need directions. Ann alawrence44@hotmail.com

      December 13, 2011 at 9:15 pm

  12. Ann Lawrence

    Hi Ronnie I think we’ll have about 10 people–we do have a woman coming from Maine. The program will last about 30 minutes. I feel it’s important to join with the other 50 states and the international community in this effort to save the last of our wild _________. Well for me it’s the horses–but I am worried about the wolves and the bison and so on…. it is sad and scary. At this rate, we’ll be showing our great grandchildren animal pictures and stuffed bodies in a museum. Where are you located? You are certainly welcome to join us–rain or shine we will meet.

    December 12, 2011 at 12:14 am

  13. Ronnie Greene

    Ann, Thank you for getting back to me. As I said above, I am unsure if I can get there tomorrow evening (Carlisle). I sure will try! And thank you, I know the way. I am on the North Shore, close to NH border. Thank you for having this all-important ceremony. Ronnie

    December 13, 2011 at 11:18 pm

  14. Ann Lawrence

    Light a candle at home. Say a prayer for our wild horses and humble burros.

    December 14, 2011 at 4:06 am

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