Monday, June 18, 2012

An Afternoon of Music and Sunshine along the Hudson

My eldest is working this summer at an ice cream shop in town and she spent most of the weekend scooping their delicious gelato at their stand at the Clearwater Festival in Croton on Harmon. Clearwater was started over 40 years ago as a benefit to support the work of Pete Seeger and fellow environmentalists in cleaning up the Hudson River. Over the years it has evolved into a huge event with numerous musical acts, vendors, educational displays, boat rides and merriment. When it was time to drive north to get her to work, we decided to go ourselves. It was an idyllic afternoon. The festival was well organized and the entertainment was awesome. As we drifted around the park exploring the huge gathering we chanced upon Loudon Wainwright III's lively performance. The songs were wonderfully written with a very sarcastic flair. (You can hear one of my favorite's here.) It was nice to be someplace where we could relax, people watch, enjoy the festival and bask in the sunshine. I feel very lucky that we live in such a beautiful place among caring people committed to preserving its beauty.

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