October 1 – Carter turns 95! Let’s Celebrate!

On October 1, 2017 a small but mighty group collected on the shores of the San Francisco Bay. A plane was creating a heart in the sky in tribute to the final day of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love celebrations. That day also marked President Jimmy Carter’s 93rd birthday and we were there to celebrate and launch the first “Jimmy Carter Jamboree” week with a line up of grassroots events of music, talks and public access television broadcasting, including the screening of the Swiss made film, A Road Not Taken at the Showcase Theater with the Swiss filmmakers who flew in for the events.

Carter has been called by historians the last president of the 60s era, one who lived by the ethos of what the people stood for and were willing to create in what some called the Age of Aquarius  – unity, kindness and generosity, along with iconic music that continues to play today. Imagine was one . . . a song that allows to dream big and be inspired. “Imagine all the people living in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

This year, 2019, President Jimmy Carter turns 95 years old, the oldest living president who has worked his entire life demonstrating to all of us how to live a humble but meaningful life. He was visionary and was thrown under the proverbial bus during his administration. Hindsight is 20/20 vision and we have the opportunity NOW to thank him and demonstrate not just to Carter but to all politicians who represent American interests to conduct business with honesty, integrity and vision, how we will celebrate them. Let’s show the light of what we want and light a candle, and in this case, 95 of them.

For three years now Marin County has established a platform, a grassroots level, for everyone to create their own celebration. We have a Facebook page, a website and ideas for you to join in the fun. Let’s give Carter a great public celebration now and let him know his speeches of “Crisis of Confidence” is screaming today across our country.

Perhaps the 60s era was just practice. It’s time now for the Age Aquarius, an age of peace and harmony. Imagine. Just imagine. Get inspired!

EVENTS IN MARIN COUNTY (check back soon – events are building!). Write to us and let us know what your public or private events are and we’ll post and share with The Carter Center!

October 1, 7-8pm – Marin TV, San Rafael, CA; Special live, audience attended, broadcast in tribute to President Jimmy Carter’s 95th birthday. Birthday cake to share with public.

October 4; 7-10pm – Seahorse Restaurant, Sausalito. Music, Latin dancing and dinner. Fundraiser for The Carter Center (remember, Carter spoke Spanish and insisted on always speaking Spanish, out of respect, to leaders of Latin America, even if it had a southern twang.

October 5; 6am to 3pm – SamaraiWolf plays a tribute at Fairfax Roastery, Fairfax, CA (SamaraiWolf has played every year for the last three in tribute to Carter). Come for coffee and sign the birthday book for Carter.

And I’m a dreamer AND believer. Are you? Join the fun with a smile on your face!
Barbara McVeigh



The Beat of Musicians. . . and Our Own Hearts

Flora Purim @ Paul Masson Jazz Festival, Saratoga CA 1981;
© 2010 Brian McMillen; contact brianmcmillen@hotmail.com

Let’s get inspired for an international celebration for President Jimmy Carter’s 95th Birthday
October 1, 2019.

Let’s show our political leaders how we honor our honest, generous and peaceful leaders.

Perhaps it was in an interview I heard with the Brazilian Queen of Jazz, Flora Purim, who said it first – “we are all musicians. In the beginning of life we start with a beat, our own heart beat. Then we gain our voices. We are all musicians.”

We got a start these past two years celebrating Carter in Marin County where those who still have beating hearts came together, defying all logic, to highlight the former American president who is considered the Rock’n Roll President, one who had vision and has demonstrated compassion and worked toward peace all his life. The Town of Fairfax even issued an official proclamation.


I got to know Musicians Steve Wolf and Mason Holcomb at a little cafe in Fairfax, one of our last great hippy towns in Marin County. I listened to their words and it was like I heard  the last threads of what some could call a passionate calling for humanity which we could use to stitch ourselves back together. Their band SamaraiWolf could put that howl back into our own voices and really get our hearts thumping again.

The Dream Farmers

Randall Sequeria and The Dream Farmers came a long distance to play for a humble crowd. “I’ve lived a good life and need to give.” I heard Randall Sequeira say. They played their hearts out as they do for many human rights and social justice events, reminding us what’s important and what we all should be dancing to.

So, there’s this idea in this point in time when our country and planet are about to fall apart –  invest in our musicians, our artists, those who remind us of our humanity, those who help get us dancing and connected in “real time,” in close connection, where we can  remind ourselves what life is and should be about. And be mindful that we are all artists who can craft our future, listening to  our beating hearts and our voices, if we allow ourselves to do the job.

Now is the time to move to the age of “Human Investment” instead of Stock Market/gadget gambling – to put our trust and conviction into helping other humans. Let’s help each other rise to each other’s dreams, their music, their art . . . and enter the Age of Art and Humanism at a time we need it most.

And there’s this – we ALL benefit from this type of investment when we get to be reminded of our own heartbeats and the power of our voices.


– Written by Barbara McVeigh.
A tribute to the Carter event will be aired on Marin TV in February in honor of Presidents’ Day 2019.


We wrapped up our final Carter Jamboree event on Sunday at the Seahorse Restaurant in Sausalito with a table discussion of human rights and social justice issues on Marin County.

With music, food and great conversations, thank you to everyone who participated this year in the 2018 Jimmy Carter Jamboree events, with special appreciation to the Town Council of Fairfax, CA for issuing the proclamation of support! We’ll have more inspiration next year!




Seahorse gathering

Jimi Five!

Be a rebel of peace and kindness!
Producer, Barbara McVeigh

The Town of Fairfax, California issues a Proclamation!

The Town of Fairfax, California issues a proclamation honoring President Jimmy Carter. Thank you for the inspiration of great leadership for his 94th birthday – and celebrate the events lining up on Marin TV, celebrations and peace/human rights gatherings scheduled for the week in Marin County, California!

October 1-8 Celebrate President Jimmy Carter!

Time to celebrate a great leader!
Grassroots action full tilt for the Rock’n Roll President !

The Town of Fairfax, California issues a proclamation to come celebrate a leader who has stood for honesty, kindness and generosity!


Sun, Sept 30, 9pm
Marin Artists Showcase on Marin TV!

Marin County’s longest running television program (since 1976!) presents The Jimmy Carter Tribute on the eve of his 94th birthday on Marin TV.



Tues, Oct 2, 7pm
People’s Environmental News

Carter is the Father of the Solar Age. TUNE IN! We will also share Robert Redford’s 1980 film The Solar Film. Special guest Tom Strumolo is one of the original 1979 Carter roof top solar installers and today continues the solar business.  Marin TV.


Wed, Oct 3, 5:30pm-11pm
RSVP. FREE! Kick off Party!

Celebrate Jimmy Carter, the Rock ‘n Roll President.  Dream Farmers headline at 19th Broadway in Fairfax (where fairness and facts are celebrated). (Over 21 only). We’ll be collecting donations for The Carter Center.
A teaser  – The Circle by the Dream Farmers!

Local favorites SamaraiWolf start the music at 7pm.

Sign the birthday book by artist Michael Feldman.  Food starts at 5:30. Open mic starts at 5:30! Thanks to Good Earth Natural Foods and Honey Moon Ice cream for their sponsorship.

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Fri, Oct 5, 5-8pm

Peri’s Bar in Fairfax, CA
Otis Scarecroe makes a special tribute to President Jimmy Carter with his best acoustic  tunes. Otis is a local favorite has stories about Carter. Time to to tune in! (Over 21 only)



Sunday, October 7 RSVP

Human Rights Gathering
2-4pm: Presenters, Finger food &
birthday cake
4pm: Salsa lesson
5pm: Dance till you drop!
WHERE: Sausalito Seahorse Restaurant, Sausalito, CA
COST: $20 -$35 sliding scale

Proceeds will be donated to The Carter Center which promotes democracy and human rights globally.

Special Guests include Gina Fromer, Commissioner of Human Rights Commission of Marin County and the following:


Mischa Geracoulis
is a writer/researcher/editor and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mischa writes about social justice, human rights, child welfare, peace and capacity building, and the multifaceted human condition. Mischa attended the Carter Center’s recent, annual Human Rights Defenders Forum in Atlanta, Georgia and will report on the event


Curtis Reliford is executive director and Jefferson Award recipient with  Follow Your Heart Action Network. Since 2005, he has been travelling the United States helping the most vulnerable, including Katrina victims, Indigenous people and others. His dream is to arouse compassion in two percent of  Americans to come to the aid of the people in need across the US.




Alex Coe, age 13, has been a member of Marin County’s Human Rights Youth Commission for three years on sub-committees Racial Equity (Social Justice), Housing committee and food justice. She’s played the violin since she was 4 and has been acting and playing music for a number of different theatre companies in Marin.   . Alex has taken on the topic of affordable housing in Marin County. She loves to read, dance (ballet, hip hop). She recently presented before the County Board of Supervisors – inequity of housing.


Larry Bragman  has served on the Fairfax Town Council since 2003 and has served two terms as Mayor. He is a tireless public servant. He is the chair of the Ross Valley Paramedic Authority, a director of the Marin Telecommunications Authority, a board member of the Community Media Center of Marin, the Fairfax representative to the Transportation Authority of Marin and a member of the Fairfax Tree Committee and Affordable Housing Committee. Larry has been practicing civil and criminal law since 1982. He served as president of the Marin Trial Lawyers Association. He created and fostered sister city relationship with the Nobel Prize nominee Peace Community in Colombia  and co-sponsor of Fairfax’s Food Pantry.


Barbara McVeigh is the producer of the event and has been a very strong advocate for environmental and human rights issues. She recently returned from the 2020 Vision Conference in Sacramento and will give updates on the growing peace and human rights moment in California, as our state prepares to take a visionary lead politically, socially and spiritually in the year 2020.


Special NOTE:
Jimmy will be available for dancing in his best cardboard form. And we have a birthday book for all to sign!

Music by the famed Peruvian Julio Bravo!

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Did you know . . .  Jimmy spoke Spanish and gave all his speeches in Latin America in Spanish as a sign of respect? Well, if you didn’t know before, now you do!

Here’s a speech Carter gave in Cuba! Check it out! Yes, in Spanish with a southern twang! And who was in the audience? We’ll let you figure that one out yourself. Carter is a true diplomat.

Carter – The Environmentalist

The beautiful and exciting part of being a Carter fan is that once you begin to look, you discover secrets or little known facts about this living legacy that our schools have failed to teach us and the media fails to report on.

But, lucky you! You’ve got ME to report all the findings! And that is my mission until our country recognizes our national treasure of President Jimmy Carter on a level we need to recognize this great leader. 

Yesterday I was roaming the beautiful public library of Mill Valley when I flipped through a large Ansel Adams wilderness photography book. As a photographer and nature, I can always enjoy his gorgeous work. And guess what I discovered?

In the forward section of the book there was a photograph of Ansel Adams and President Jimmy Carter with First Lady Roselyn. . . surprised, I had to read and discover that not only were they friends and Adams took many photos of President Jimmy Carter, aside from his wilderness work, but that Carter has been an enormous friend to the wilderness mission.

I looked this up when I got home. And sure enough, ready on. Time to recognize the power of an amazing visionary and conservationist whose time has come. Carter has provided us a baseline of honesty and good values that we can look for again in our next political leader:

by Ansel Adams

“In January of 1978, President Jimmy Carter designated 15 new national monuments in Alaska, acting where Congress would not. This action was credited with helping wilderness opponents realize the need for compromise on public lands legislation, and proves a pointed lesson for a modern climate of political discord.

Carter wasn’t done yet; the next month, the president signed into law the Endangered American Wilderness Act, which then represented the largest single addition to our National Wilderness Preservation System since 1964. In 1980, just before leaving office, Carter signed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act into law, protecting over 100 million acres of Alaskan land in one fell swoop. Even since his stint as president, Carter has continued to be an outspoken advocate for wilderness, especially the “last frontier” of Alaska.” – Wilderness Society.

And more!

Time to honor Carter! And, yes, this photo was done by our great Ansel Adams!

Thank you, President Jimmy Carter

Last year Marin County launched the inaugural “Jimmy Carter Jamboree” to honor a living president who has demonstrated the power of kindness, generosity and honesty. The idea was to stir up grassroots parties and honor Carter with music tributes, videos and city/county wide proclamations.


Steve Wolf and Mason Holcomb kept it real by tributing their Saturday morning gig at a local cafe to President Jimmy Carter and added a level of connection to our age in their song “We Are Connected.”




Kate Sears of the Marin County Board of Supervisors provided an official proclamation.


Congressman Jared Huffman provided a powerful tribute to Carter with inspirational words.

We made a start and it was amazing because NO political leader in the past 39 years wanted to give a public tribute to President Jimmy Carter.

Swiss filmmaker Christina Hemauer and Roman Kellor flew from Switzerland to join Michael Stocker of Ocean Conservation Research to discuss Carter and the 1970s environmental/energy policies, the decade we missed the opportunity to put our planet back together again.

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And, yet, why does President Jimmy Carter not receive the proper respect and recognition from the American media and citizens, even today’s environmental leaders? Perhaps it’s time to have humility, understanding that we missed the greatest opportunity in this country to take on global climate change and be the leaders of peace.

October 1, 2017 marked Carter’s 93rd birthday and he was the 39th president of our country. There is a representation of a numerical mirror, a symbolic reflection that very much underscores the time we are in – a reflection of his administration and the shadowy untruths and values that we have been living with politically, socially and spiritually for the last 37 years.

October 1, 2017 also marks the same day that San Francisco celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, a time when people were experiencing deep introspection, questioning authority and the establishment, a time that is upon us again. Fifty years, is a midpoint, another symbol for us to use to contemplate a direction we wish to choose.

Carter is known by historians as the “last president of the 60’s era,” and one whose speech The Crisis of Confidence of 1979 screams louder to us today, when it was criticized then.

The Carter Center recently   hosted  a powerful Human Rights Defenders Forum from July 21-24, 2018 (it’s available as a webcast). I listened to Carter’s talk yesterday and was humbled by his intellectual depth. And more than that I was reminded by the level of his integrity and deep sense of what is right and wrong in the world, from the position of women’s rights, immigration issues, racism and more. I was heartened to hear that some call him “the rock’n roll president” given that some of his best friends are musicians, such as Peter Gabriel and the Nobel Peace Prize recipient Bob Dylan who had refused  the Musicares Award in Los Angeles twice until President Jimmy Carter agreed to present it to him.

With all this said, we in Marin County are looking to honor President Jimmy Carter again October 2018. If you are interested in collaborating, please contact me, Barbara McVeigh, and let’s rock’n roll with party and blast it to the world to honor a living American leader who has demonstrated kindness, generosity and honesty on the highest level.

Bring the peanuts!

Celebrate for Peace! Oct 1-8!

More updates:


College of Marin Library celebrates Carter. Check it out!

AND Copperfield’s in San Rafael is now selling DVDs A Road Not taken. The film comes with a beautiful book with archival photos and letters documenting the solar installation on the White House roof. This film is a must see today, as we acknowledge President Jimmy Carter as the Father of the Solar Age.

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JUST RELEASED!  September 13, 2017

City of Novato CA:  Official Proclamation to honor Jimmy Carter for his 93rd Birthday, October 1-8, 2017


Happy Birthday, Jimmy Carter!
A message from Community Media Center of Marin

Be sure to check out the Facebook Page and Sign the Petition!

“We, the people” are planning celebrations to honor this great leader who turns 93 on October 1, 2017. Carter has stood for peace, kindness, humanitarian efforts, human rights and sound energy/environmental policies. He has inspired many with his work, and we want him to know how much we value his leadership!

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“Join us and get busy organizing!”

-From the Jimmy Carter Jamboree Committee 2017


Do it for Jimmy! Happy Birthday!

  • Father of the Solar Age – 1976
  • 1979 
Nobel Peace Prize 2002
  • United Nations’ Human Rights Prize 1998
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom 1999
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Established Energy Department
  • Encouraged Sound Environmental/Sustainable Energy Policies
  • 17,000 Wind Turbines in California/Solar Panels on White House 1979
  • Served in the Navy
  • Gave speeches in Spanish and respected all people.
  • Promised to never lie to the American People – and didn’t!
  • “The last president of the 60s Era,” according to historians.
  • A farmer!!
  • The Rock ‘n Roll President
  • Bob Dylan Refused the Mericares Award two straight years until Carter presented it to him – Check it out!


Create parties, events and celebrations and help share the message of what “we, the people” value in leadership.

And, check out the Events page for inspiration!

We know the strength of America. We are strong. We can regain our unity. We can regain our confidence. We are the heirs of generations who survived threats much more powerful and awesome than those that challenge us now. Our fathers and mothers were strong men and women who shaped a new society during the Great Depression, who fought world wars, and who carved out a new charter of peace for the world. – Jimmy Carter, 1979

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“Jimmy Carter was given the Nobel Peace Prize for his ‘untiring efforts’ over decades to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts and to advance democracy and human rights.” – The Norwegian Nobel committee