The 5th Annual Pete Seeger Tribute has been set for May 5, 2018 at 7 pm at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake, 57 Church Street, Saranac Lake.
Nearly 50 years ago so Pete and his wife, Toshi, spearheaded an effort to build the Hudson river sloop Clearwater. The hope was if people had intimate knowledge of the pollution on the Hudson and could feel the wind and the water, they would be inspired to solve big problems one song at a time.
The Clearwater’s efforts helped to pass the Clean Water Act in 1972. The acts preamble declared that the nation’s waters would be swimmable and fishable within a decade, with no discharges of pollutants within a dozen years. There was much progress, but it is under threat. Clearwater continues to be a leader in ensuring clear water for all people.
The tribute will feature songs that Pete sang and some original music based in the folk tradition and storytelling. Travis Jeffery a former captain of the Clearwater and friend of the Seegers will share stories and will perform. He will be joined by Curt Stager, Celia Evans, Joe Dockery, Duane Gould, Lisa and Klaus Meissner, Mike Shepard, Tome Techman and others.
Free refreshments provided by the cooks and bakers from the Presbyterian Church congregation are available.
This event is free and open to the public. Donations for the Clearwater will be accepted. For more information about the Clearwater and its mission here.
Photo of Pete Seeger on Clearwater provided.