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Fairfield celebrates Fridays
by Michael Morain

The Des Moines Register    Translate This Article
6 September 2008

On 6 September 2008 The Des Moines Register reported: Fairfield, Iowa, host of the First Friday Art Walks, is a unique mix of 'artists, health seekers, and spiritual immigrants' who have the additional advantage of having Maharishi Vedic City, with its spa and organic greenhouses, as its neighbour. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of culture.

The Des Moines Register reported, 'Unlike many festivals, however, Fairfield's First Friday Art Walks don't fade away from the calendar when the first leaves start to fall. The southeast Iowa town of 10,000 hosts thousands of visitors the first Friday of every month, come rain or shine or snow, for a party that reflects not only the community's Main Street charm but its unique mix of artists, health seekers and spiritual immigrants. The overall effect looks like something Norman Rockwell might have painted if he'd spent some time in the Peace Corps.'

At the art walk, which has been a regular event since October 2002, people can purchase organic food and juices, homemade crafts, or carefully thought-out imported items. The Des Moines Register quoted Deborah Williamson, owner of the Small Planet vegetarian restaurant, as saying, 'That's what it's all about: experiencing the best of the community.'

On occasion the event has a specific theme, such as the Italian-themed night, which attracted an estimated 3,500 to the town square.

In 2005, state officials named Fairfield's First Friday Art Walks the Iowa Tourism Event of the Year.

However, the art walk is not the only reason to visit the fair city.

The article also noted, 'On any given day, visitors to Fairfield can stroll through dozens of thriving art galleries, book stores and coffee shops. They can eat their fill at any of the vegetarian cafes scattered throughout downtown or stroll through the impressive Fairfield Arts and Convention Center that locals opened last year across from the Jefferson County Courthouse. Nearby in Vedic City, visitors can tour the spas, organic greenhouses and spiritually designed homes where the followers of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi practice Transcendental Meditation.'

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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