Poughkeepsie (New York), USA – The 2007 Clearwater Music and Environmental Festival – The Great Hudson River Revival, returns to the banks of the Hudson River at Croton Point Park, in Westchester County, on Father’s Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17, from 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM.
“The 2007 Clearwater Festival seeks to reconnect communities with the Hudson River. We want people to once again appreciate the beauty of the river, the importance of limiting shore development that obscure the view, as well as continuing our efforts to protect our environment,” says Ron Aja, Outreach Events Director, who reports that advance ticket sales are at record levels this year.“Clearwater Festival hosts an amazing array of performers to entertain families and kids alike. With giant puppet theaters, dancers, jugglers, storytellers and vaudevillian players, the Festival offers something for all ages,” he says.
Waterfront activities available throughout the weekend include boating, canoeing, and kayaking, as well as tours and sails on board traditional tall ships, including the Sloop Clearwater.
Legendary Musical Line-Up
This year, Clearwater Festival features a phenomenal line-up of musicians, singer-songwriters, and performers. Among the headline acts are:
Cowboy Junkies: a little bit country, a little a bit rock and roll, this Canadian band consisting of three siblings has been generating music for over 20 years, and with there new CD, At the End of Paths Taken, they add CD number 17 to there collection.
Buffy Sainte-Marie: Academy Award-winner, Canadian First Nations musician, composer, visual artist, educator and social activist.
Bruce Cockburn: folk/rock legend whose musical career spans five decades, 29 albums, numerous international awards, and performances.
Leo Kottke: acoustic guitarist known for idiosyncratic finger picking style, which draws on blues, jazz, and folk music influences.
Paul Winter: saxophonist, bandleader, composer, environmental music visionary and four-time Grammy Award winner.
Bruce Molsky Band with Tony Trishka Bruce Molsky Band with Tony Trischka, country fiddler regarded among the very finest “old-time” musicians.
All five performance stages are powered with 100% sustainable alternative energy that includes solar, wind and bio-diesel.
On the festival grounds, guests can wander through the open-air markets, finding bargains on superior juried craft, handmade and imported goods, a food court serving natural and international food, and an activist area.
Green Living Expo
Clearwater Festival will again stage a Green Living Expo, featuring environmentally friendly products and services to help make homes and businesses sustainable. Education presentations and seminars describe new and innovative ways to conserve energy and build upon the traditional efforts of renew, recycle, and reuse, as well as products that enhance energy efficiency.
“With growing concern over global warming and preserving our environment, we look forward to thousands of people joining us to be educated, motivated and inspired,” said Aja. “But whether you come for the great line-up of international performers, to learn about sustainable lifestyles, or just to get close to nature, you are guaranteed to have a fun time! We recommend that people buy their tickets now to avoid disappointment.”
Limited Audience Family Camping on Site
For those who like the outdoors, Clearwater Festival now offers an audience campsite at Croton Point Park next to the festival grounds.
Only 300 camping passes are available for $120 per adult, which includes a weekend Festival pass. Amenities are rustic but do include restrooms, grills, and picnic area. For reservations, call 1-800-67-SLOOP/1-800-677-5667.
Early-Bird Savings on Tickets
With its exceptional entertainment line-up and diverse activities, the low cost of admission to the Clearwater Festival is a great value and once-in-a-lifetime treat for music lovers and environmentalists.
Advance ticket purchases save up to 20% off prices at the gate, as follows: $35/day and $50/weekend before May 15; $40/day and $55/weekend before June 15. Prices on the day of event: $45/day and $60/weekend. Children 12 & under are FREE.
Tickets are available now and can be purchased by calling 1-800-67-SLOOP or online at www.clearwaterfestival.org. Other discounts and ticket promotions are also available on the website.
For MTA Metro-North Railroad’s Train and Festival discount packages, call 800-METRO-INFO (800-638-7646). Ride the train from NYC’s Grand Central Terminal for a 40 min trip to Croton-Harmon station with free shuttles to Croton Point Park and the Clearwater Festival.
The Clearwater Festival is the nation’s oldest environmentally conscious outdoor festival of its kind. It has grown into the country’s largest annual environmental celebration through music, dance and storytelling, education and activism, attracting as many as 15,000 people to the shores of the Hudson River each year. All proceeds benefit Clearwater, a nonprofit environmental organization that promotes environmental research, education and advocacy to help preserve and protect the Hudson River and its tributaries, as well as communities in the river valley.
Photo 1: Pete Seeger at the Clearwater Festival © Augusto Menezes.
Photo 2: Bruce Molsky.
Photo 3: Yawl boat rowing to the Sloop Clearwater © Augusto Menezes.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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