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!

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    Kids Sell Their Kids-Made Crafts


    Last Friday, Hilltown Families and CAM sponsored a Kids-Made Holiday Bazaar at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, coinciding with the town-wide Moonlight Magic Celebration. Kids ranging from ages 4-13 participated in the event, giving them exposure to the field of cottage industries. Each young vendor sold and bartered their kids-made crafts, rewarding them for their creative pursuits.

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    For both Rafael (age 13) of Northampton, MA, and Meghan (age 11) of Goshen, MA, this wasn’t the first experience with a craft fair. Meghan expressed her excitement of being able to sell her sculpy clay and beaded jewelry, clothespin people, and cards in a craft fair that was just for kids. “The last craft fair I participated in was all adults and I felt so out of place,” she commented.

    Having a venue for kids to get crafty while having a real world experience and exposure to commerce through the artisan field was the mission of this event. A big congratulations to all vendors for making it a success. And a hearty thank you to everyone who stopped by to shop locally, supporting the event. Hilltown Families and CAM look forward to hosting this event again next year!

    Carrot Arms & Winking Girls @ the T-Shirt Review

    Hilltown Families Hosts in a First of It’s Kind

    HFVS 1st Annual T-Shirt Review Mini-Fest & Ice Cream Social

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    This past Saturday (09/23/07) in West Chesterfield, family members of the Hilltown Families listserv were invited to participate in the first ever review of t-shirts submitted by renowned kids music bands from all over the country.

    The Hilltown Family Variety Show (HFVS) hosted a T-Shirt Review Mini-Fest & Ice Cream Social, sponsored by Hilltown Families and co-sponsored by Silver Screen Design of Deerfield, MA. HFVS is a family radio show that can be heard live on WXOJ 103.3FM every Tuesday at 7pm, or anytime on the HFVS podcast.

    (c) Hilltown FamiliesI like the community spirit Hilltown Families has offered through this event. Not institutional, but not exclusive either,” commented Hilltown Families parent member David Rosenmiller.

    In addition to Hilltown kids participating as “official reviewers,” many members of Hilltown Families volunteered during the event: Tony(a) Lemos of the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, led participants in a t-shirt design project; freelance artist Seth Gregory designed the T-Shirt Review T-Shirt; Lauren Abend led a tie dye t-shirt project; and Jane dazzled the kids with her amazing face painting!

    When Abend’s five year old son was asked what he liked about being an “official reviewer,” he echoed a response heard from many of the kid reviewers, “I like being a judge…

    One of the ideas behind the event is to give kids a sense of authority by letting them know that their opinions counted and would be heard,” said organizer Sienna Wildfield, producer of HFVS.

    Encouraging their kids to think critically, parents armed with a list that corresponded with 47 displayed t-shirts from 35 artists noted their children’s comments and observations.

    I like how his limbs look like carrots,” comment one 5th grader on the t-shirt design by the band ScribbleMonster. And one kindergartner said of Princess Katie & Racer Steve’s t-shirt design, “I like it because there’s a girl winking.

    Results from the review will be tallied an post sometime in the next few weeks. Bands submitted promo CD’s along with their t-shirts. The CD’s and corresponding t-shirts of each band will be offered as give-aways on HFVS each week over the course of a year. To find out the results and to discover how to participate in this year long promo, subscribe to our eNewsletter for the most recent updates to Hilltown Families.

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