Pete Seeger and the Clearwater Festival

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

Long before “going green” became popular buzzwords, the Clearwater Music and Environmental Festival founder, folk singer/peace activist Pete Seeger sang and protested tirelessly in support of the environment, particularly the Hudson River in New York. His extraordinary legacy is documented in the upcoming film, American Masters Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, a new film scheduled to premier nationwide on PBS on 02/27/08 at 9pm (EST). The documentary explores how Seeger’s music inspires everyday people to get involved and make a difference. He continues to gain popularity and recognition for his achievements, with a petition recently launched to nominate him for a Nobel Peace Prize.

The Hilltown Family Variety Show has featured Pete Seeger on several episodes, including: Martin Luther King, Jr. Episode (01/22/08), Peace Episode (01/01/08), and the Earth Day Episode (04/17/07). Pete Seeger understands the power of song to move people. The Clearwater Music and Environmental Festival is a celebration of the environment, recognizing all the progress we have made in cleaning up the Hudson River as a direct result of staying true to his vision. Below is a slide show from last year’s Clearwater Music Festival. Let the images of summer warm your cold New England toes! Photos (c) Hilltown Families.

Clearwater Music and Environmental Festival

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Come to the Festival in June, and join the thousands of people of all ages who carry on Seeger’s legacy through art, music, dance and education.

Becoming a Volunteer at the Festival

Volunteering for the Clearwater Festival is easy, with applications available online at: Volunteers are granted full Festival access and receive an
official volunteer T-shirt, on-site camping, and all meals and snacks from Friday evening to Sunday evening. They are also invited to the exclusive volunteer party, featuring
food, dancing and a live band.

Some of the headliners last year included the Cowboy Junkies, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Bruce Cockburn. And on the Family Stage last year was a great line-up of fine talent:

  • Bindlestick Bill
  • Steve Charney & Harry
  • Dog on Fleas
  • Spook Handy
  • Sharon Katz & The Peace Train
  • Paul Richmond
  • Roger the Jester
  • Story Laurie & Ira McIntosh
  • Storycrafters
  • Uncle Rock
  • We’ll keep you posted on this year’s line up when it’s been confirmed!

    A donation of $30 is requested to help offset the cost of these benefits, which have a value of more than $200. Applications received by May 21, 2008 are eligible for an early bird discount. All volunteers receive a certificate of service in the Festival Volunteer Program.

    Only Clearwater members are eligible to volunteer. Membership costs start as low as $20 and include eligibility for discounts to Clearwater Sloop public sails and Festival merchandise; a subscription to Clearwater’s newsletter and many other benefits.

    To join the hundreds of dedicated volunteers, visit: and complete the Volunteer Application. Committees are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, contact, Clearwater’s Volunteer Coordinator, at 845-454-7673 x123, or by email at:

    For more information about the Clearwater Festival or to join its mailing list for updates on Festival events, performers and ticket discount opportunities, call
    1-800-67-SLOOP or visit:

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