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Mid-Summer's Day celebration tonight

June 24, 1999|By KATE COLEMAN

Tonight The Orion Society will host a Mid-Summer's Day celebration at Antietam National Battlefield with music, luminaires, poetry and more.

There will be a rededication by Barry Lopez, poetry readings by Pattiann Rogers and past Poet Laureate of the United States Robert Hass.

Award-winning writer Terry Tempest Williams will introduce an open forum.

The free program starts at 7:45 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Orion Society is an environmental education organization that supports a network for grassroots environmental and community organizations across North America. It is based in Great Barrington, Mass.

This is the final day of Orion's conference, "Fire & Grit: Working for Nature in Community," that began Monday at the National Conservation Training Center near Shepherdstown, W.Va.

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Grassroots environmental leaders, nature writers, educators, business people and farmers participated.

Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt was scheduled to speak today.

Goals of the conference include highlighting the role of local and regional organizations working to solve environmental problems.

It's unusual for a program such as tonight's to be at Antietam National Battlefield, says John W. Howard, superintendent.

But the battlefield belongs to the people, and the impact on the land will be light, he says.

People attending the conference will have a chance to see the battlefield films before tonight's program.

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