Over 45 years ago, Pete Seeger used music to help with many social causes and he became deeply involved with the environmental movement. From his cabin near the Hudson River Pete Seeger traveled the world collecting music, writing songs and sharing other people’s music.
Seeger believed strongly in the power of song to bring people together and embolden them to create community and to heal. He saw that his beloved Hudson River was struggling for survival and felt that if people had intimate contact with the water and the land, they would want to help heal it. So he and his wife, Toshi, spearheaded an effort to build river sloop to take folks out to sail it – to feel the wind and the water, to sing and to solve big problems one song at a time.
On May 2nd at 7 pm in the Saranac Lake Presbyterian Church Great Hall (57 Church Street) local musicians will be on hand to celebrate Pete Seeger’s life and vision. Each of the performers will lead songs that Pete sang – some traditional, some written by him and some by others – and some original music based in the folk tradition.
Musicians include: Mason Smith, Curt Stager, Celia Evans, Duane Gould, Keith Gorgas, Nancy Bernstein, Lisa Meissner and others.
There will be refreshments. The event is free but donations will accepted for the programs of Hudson River sloop Clearwater.
The First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake is certified as an Earth Care Congregation, which requires continually upgrading its facility to reduce carbon emissions and pollution, and actively work to help it’s members and the community care for the Earth.
Photo provided: Pete Seeger and Clearwater by Dona Crawford.