by Amelia Anderson
WOW! It’s time to jam — again! The second year of the WOW JAM, a festival of hope and joy, is coming to the foothills on Saturday, August 6, from 1 to 5 p.m. It’s sort of a post July 4 party, a modern version of Liberty proclaiming to us and our forebears who passed by her statue: “Give me your tired, your hungry, your broken spirit…” It’s a promise to mend from the strife of the world.
And what better place to refresh than in Sunland Park near the mountains of Sunland-Tujunga and Shadow Hills, bringing family and friends together to bond in solidarity and to renew one’s spirit.
Everything’s free: the sun and fun, food, music, photos, plants, haircuts, face painting, make-overs — even the bicycle repair! Kids, moms and dads, just bring along a broken bike or spare parts to fix or trade — for an “Angel Bike,” if yours is beyond repair. Be sure to get a number when you enter because new bikes are raffled off, too! (Adults are welcome to bring their bikes too, of course.)
Wear old clothes so you can sit and listen to the healing music of gospel singers Stephen and Linda Trevani, who for 25 years have belted their way to the top of the charts worldwide as Peaches and Herb. Since Hurricane Katrina, they have rerouted their song into urban tours, bringing laughter, hope and peace to our fractured society.
Festivities are sponsored by a coalition of over 15 churches in the foothills. Last year’s attendance topped 3,000, and we welcome all who attended last year as well as everyone else to join us in the celebration of life. See life again!