For months now, a WMARI subcommittee has been hard at work planning the third annual Western Maine Recovery Rally, which will take place on Saturday, September 22nd.

The rally will once again start at 11:00 with a unified march from the Norway Unitarian Universalist Church at 479 Main St. in Norway. We’ll march in solidarity, with signs and chants to show out support for people recovering from addiction. We’ll have a police escort at the front and rear of the group to keep us safe while we march to Moore Park in South Paris, and also to show our important partnership with local law enforcement agencies. This march has been well received by the public for the past couple of years, with cars honking their horns in support and people cheering us on.

When we reach Moore Park there will be music and a free cookout with hamburgers, hot dogs, and sides. Local organizations will have information on hand about the many resources available to those seeking support for treatment and recovery. At 1:00, the first of our line-up of speakers will begin sharing. We plan to have people telling their stories about their journeys through recovery, and also to hear from from those who have loved ones effected by substance use disorder.

Once our line up of speakers wraps up, around 2:00, there will an opportunity to connect with others at this family-friendly, sober event. We’ll have activities and some lawn games so we can have fun together while celebrating recovery.

Mark your calendars today and plan to join us!