Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pete Seeger Tribute Planned For May 2nd

Pete Seeger and Clearwater Dona-Crawford-autunm_040-300x225Over 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.


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One Response

  1. Charlie S says:

    I never met Pete Seeger but I know he was a supreme being by his charitable nature and by the music he put out. His energy and creative efforts will surely have staying power for generations to come…there will always be a small chunk of this society who will appreciate and benefit from what he did when he was alive.That is what we should all be about…about being creative and producing things that will have a positive effect long after we are gone. That is what literature and music and art does to me and I am so appreciative of many wonderful souls that are no longer with us because of their efforts while they were alive.Too often we don’t realize the genius or the good in others until after they are gone.I suppose it is supposed to be this way.
    I can go on and on with names of the dead that have had so much influence on me….Thoreau, Alvin Lee, JJ Cale, Robert Frost, Verplanck Colvin, Roy Buchanan, Charles Dudley Warner, Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, my grandfather, my brother, …. Where do I begin?