Apr 15, 2015
Mar 27, 2015
|Archival photo of Pete and Toshi Seeger outside the Beacon Sloop Club|
In South Florida on May 3rd with first Captain Allan J. Aunapu , mid 80s 2nd mate Maryellen Healy, early sailor Robert Killian, pumpkin sailor Fifi, former executive director Andy Mele, , rabble rousers Mel and Vinnie Clearwater favorites Bob Luskand Katherine Archer and South Florida favorites Kat Mahoney, Marie Nofsinger, Ron and Bari L. Litschauer, Tracy Sands and Mike Vullo aka Theopolis Wonderbread. Pulling together in fabulous, quirky Lake Worth FL to raise money for the restoration of the Beacon Sloop Club's Woody Guthrie. Looking for sponsors spittoon firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb 20, 2015
Broad Old River is an oral history of the sloop Clearwater as told by Pete Seeger and Hudson River Sloop Singers. It is part of the Rik Palieri Collection in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
We will get some posts up from activities post January 2014, for now take less than 2 minutes to view the trailer.
Aug 16, 2013
Oct 15, 2011
Mar 18, 2011
Nov 18, 2010
Nov 7, 2010
Jun 13, 2010
Circle of Song tent is even closer to the river this year! Get your copies of Broad Old river 2 CD Sunday in the Clearwater Store.
Sunday morning Mel and Vinnie open there at 11:00 am. Come by with your instrument, voice or just your ears. We'll be leading river sing alongs.
Each day at Circle of Song there is an open round robin hootenanny song circle.
Saturday 1:15 - 2:30
Sunday 12:30 - 1:15
Sunday 5:30 - 6:30 the closing set at Circle of Song is a Hudson River Sloop Singer Reunion, Rick Nestler is host.
complete schedule at
festival home page
May 1, 2010
Dec 17, 2009
Here's a link to the answers to "the question" sent to hundreds of sloop singers as we planned for November 7th. What did it mean to you to be a sloop singer, how did it affect your life?
Dec 8, 2009
You’re invited to the tenth annual Beacon Sloop Club
Rob Tepper - James Durst
Travis Jeffrey - David Bernz
Mel Healy and Vinnie Cerniglia
Roland Moussa - Chris Ruhe
Dan Einbender and the Kids From Room 12
Karen Brooks and Melissa Ortquist
Ingrid Heldt - Goldee Greene
Michael Scolnick, and other guests
The Beacon Sloop Club
(near the river at the Beacon train station)
Friday, December 11th
Free admission - Please feel free to bring a finger food or desert item to share.
Please bring a donation of canned or pre-packaged food for the
Beacon food pantry.
Those who tuned in last Sunday at 8pm to hear us on Jon Stein's show, The Hootenanny Cafe were surprised to hear the Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas album!
It was human error in the naming of the show resulting in the computer not recognizing it was there and skipping to the next show.
The show will air next Sunday, December 13th. It's in the 8-9pm slot but they play the news and weather first. It isn't archived, you can only listen live on the radio or live over the internet.
WTBQ 99.1FM is a local Orange County, NY/Northern NJ station which streams live over the internet at www.wtbq.com.
Don't be fooled. The Beacon Sloop Club Holiday Sing is this Friday December 11th, we had hoped to promote the show the Sunday before, not after.
Dec 7, 2009
Dec 4, 2009
Nov 14, 2009
Broad Old River 2 Concert PROGRAM
November 7th, 2009
Opening Ceremonial: The Indian Prayer Roland Mousaa
A Clearwater Tale Rik Palieri
Roll The Old Chariot Along Rick Nestler
Sailing Down My Golden River
Sarah Armour, Jacob Bernz,
Sarah Goldhammer, Rebekah Underhill Hval
Haul Make Her Go High Pete Seeger, Geoff Kaufman, Travis Jeffrey
Lake Erie Lydia Adams Davis
The Ghosts Of Ellis Island Jan Christensen
Sailboat Clearwater Geoff Kaufman
Broad Old River Pete Seeger, Rob Dermer, Dan Einbender, Travis Jeffrey
Sailor's Husband's Lament Maryellen Healy
The Tugboat Song Steve Stanne
The River's Tale Jan Christensen
Sailors Prayer Peggy Atwood
Reflection Rik Palieri
Wind On The Water Bob Killian
The River That Flows Both Ways Rick Nestler
Sailing Time Steve Stanne
Cake Ceremony Pete Seeger
There'll Come a Day Bob Killian
Break for refreshment Potluck
Song Circle Jacob Bernz, Sarah Goldhammer,
Rebekah Underhill Hval, Alex Kaminsky Hosts
with Mike Meade assisting
The support crew for the November 7th Song Writer's Notebook/Spittoon Studios Broad Old River 2 Concert
Sue Altkin, Polly Armour, David Bernz, Jacob Bernz, Scott Berwick, Tracy Berwick, Jim Birmingham, Jeannette Bragger, Vincent J Cerniglia, Galen Church, Emily Dermer, John Economos, Clare Francis, Allan Goldhammer, Sarah Goldhammer, Betty Harkins, Hart, Maryellen Healy, Marianna Holzer, Rebekah Underhill Hval, Creek Chris Iverson, Alex Kaminsky, Joe Kaminsky, Bob Killian, Dorothea Killian, Penny Kaufman and their friend Janet, Elfriede Lamhut, Mark Lamhut, Annabel Lindenbaum, Manny Lindenbaum, Dick Manley, Mark McCarrol, John McLaughlin, Elaine Meade, Michael Meade, Ken Miller, Jill Padua, Rebecca Padula, Rik Palieri, Beth Partridge, Ann Rommele, Chic Rommele, Margie Rosenkrantz, Pete Seeger, Maxine Smith, Zenote Sompantles, Kip Touraine and the dock moving crew of the Beacon Sloop Club, Alice Vaughan
Last Saturday a great event happened. It went so smoothly because of all you good folks did. This mass thank you in no way reflects how important each of you individually was to the success of the day on November 7th in Beacon. There were a lot of happy people at the event. After the event they're still remembering magic memories. Vinnie and I are among the happy, it was our pleasure to do our share of what needed to be done to make it happen. We were all part of something bigger than ourselves. Rik has the footage for the 2 part TV show and our sloop singer history is going into the Library of Congress. Through ticket sales, donations and CD sales over $1000 dollars came in in one day. Yesterday we sent our third check for sloop maintenance to Clearwater and Beacon Sloop club. Our BOR2 project is about raising money for sloop maintenance and spreading the Clearwater message through the music. It looks like all our goals were met, thank you.
We thank you for putting the project and our needs before your own. For providing the sloop singers and the audience with awesome hospitality from start to finish. For figuring out how to best implement my vaguely articulated vision of how this would work. Some of you set aside your plans Friday night and showed up as close to 7am on Saturday as you could and never stopped finding what else needed to be done. Some of you paid to see the concert or bought more CDs. For all the things you brought paid for out of your own pocket. For the miles you traveled and the hours you gave before the event. Our heartfelt thanks.
Thank you for being with us on November 7th
Thanks for coming on time, for being prepared, for reading the emails, for asking your questions before the event, for doing more than visit, eat and sing, for thinking about the question and sending in written responses, and for thanking us after the event. We are among the happy people. It was our pleasure to provide you with an opportunity to reconnect in comfort. Many more volunteers put our needs before their own to provide us and the audience with awesome hospitality start to finish.
It doesn't mean we didn't see the exceptions. It doesn't mean that some could do better when they are guests in a facility like the Beacon Institute. It doesn't mean everyone is happy. But we were all part of something bigger than ourselves. Rik has the footage for the 2 part TV show and our history is going into the Library of Congress. Through ticket sales, donations and CD sales over $1000 dollars came in in one day. We sent our third check for sloop maintenance to Clearwater and Beacon Sloop club.
There are misconceptions about the day that we'd like to address.
It was not our (Mel and Vinnie's) intention to produce an audio recording, the sound crew was working on sound enhancement for the TV show clips.
There was not and is not a plan to issue a video of the concert. Rik used our BOR2 project as a way to get at sloop singer history. You came to be part of a concert of those songs and had a chance to tell what this has meant to you. Our BOR2 project is about raising money for sloop maintenance and spreading the Clearwater message through the music. It looks like all our goals were met, thank you.
Broad Old River 2 Concert Chorus:
Sarah Armour, Peggy Atwood, Dan Berger, Jacob Bernz, Scott Berwick, Sue Cerniglia, Vincent J Cerniglia, Jan Christensen, Lydia Adams Davis, Robert (Diggit) Dermer, Dan Einbender, Sarah Goldhammer, John Guth, Spook Handy, Maryellen (Mel) Healy, Eric Hebert, Rebekah Underhill Hval, Creek Chris Iverson, Travis Jeffrey, Alex Kaminsky, Joe Kaminsky, Paul Kaplan, Geoff Kaufman, Bob Killian, Dorothea Killian, Bob Lusk, Michelle Marcus, Ira McIntosh, Roland Mousaa, Donna Nestler, Rick Nestler, Rik Palieri, Lois Pinetree, Moreen Ivice Rose, Eric Russell, Pete Seeger, Don Shappelle, Peter Siegel, Zenote Sompantles, Steve Stanne, Sarah Underhill, Hillary Zaenchik. In Memory: Geoff Brown, Helen Chrobocinski, Richard Chrobocinski, Rachel Gatland, Carl Schwartz
Sloop Singers not seated in the chorus who participated as audience or volunteer:
Sue Altkin (pre event), Polly Armour, David Bernz, Neal Keller, Dick Manley, Mike Meade, Ann Rommele, Margie Rosenkrantz, Jon Stein
If I missed someone use the comment box. If you want others to know how to reach you use the comment box and post your email or phone number.
Nov 6, 2009
Oct 29, 2009
The Beacon Sloop Club is located along the waterfront at the Beacon Train Station lot (Beacon, NY). The building is very unique as it has a tree growing through the roof. The address is Red Flynn Drive, Beacon NY, 12508
From New York and Westchester: Taconic Pkwy North to route I-84 West (Newburgh). Continue West on I-84. Take exit 11 (last exist beforeNewburgh-Beacon bridge). Go left at end of exit ramp. Cross overpass and continue on Route 9D to second traffic light. Make right onto Beekman St. and follow Metro North railroad signs down to riverfront. Festival is on river side of train station. Parking in station is OK on Sundays.
From Northern Dutchess County: South on Taconic Pkwy to I-84 West. Take exit 11 (last exist before Newburgh-Beacon bridge). Go left at end of exit ramp. Cross overpass and continue on Route 9D to second traffic light. Make right onto Beekman St. and follow Metro North railroad signs down to riverfront. Building is on river side of train station.
From West: New York State Thruway or Rte 9W to I-84 East. Cross Newburgh-Beacon bridge, staying in far right lane. Exit 11, just before tollbooth. Right at end of ramp, follow Rte 9D to second traffic light at
Beekman St. Turn Right and follow Metro North signs to riverfront. Building is on river side of train station.
From Albany, Kingston area: South on NYS Thruway to I-84 East. Cross Newburgh-Beacon bridge, staying in far right lane. Exit 11, just before tollbooth. Right at end of ramp, follow Rte 9D to second traffic light at Beekman St. Turn Right and follow Metro North signs to riverfront. Building is on river side of train station.
Oct 28, 2009
Contact: Maryellen Healy For Immediate Release
Tel: 845-744-5483 cell: 845-399-4630
CONCERT IN BEACON TO HERALD REMASTERED CD
BROAD OLD RIVER 2
Vinyl classic resurrected from the 1986 recording at Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival. Five more songs incorporated and remastered with a new story to explain it all.
AT THE BEACON SLOOP CLUB, on the river at the train station
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2009 at 2PM, $10
The Hudson River Sloop Singers, a musical arm of the Poughkeepsie/Beacon/ Saugerties based Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, were the backbone of Clearwater musical offerings during the seventies and eighties. Some were on the sloop Clearwater since the beginning. This unique folk ensemble spans four decades and grows as another musician joins the crew. This CD captures the sound and feel of the heyday of the group. In addition to remastering the vinyl release "Broad Old River", the original Beach Stage recording of the set in Croton Point Park that June night in 1986 has yielded five more songs that did not appear on the original vinyl, including two sloop singer classics, Sailing Time and The River That Flows Both Ways. Most of the performers on the album will lead their songs during this show. The chorus will include some who were not at the 1986 set. Children of sloop singers will also lead a song. Afterwards there will be an open music session where you can hear sloop singers not featured on this CD and more from those who were.
This day is not just another concert or a party. Rik Palieri explains:
When I was putting together the collection of my Songwriters Notebook TV shows for the Library Of Congress Archives, I had to watch most of the 145 shows before I sent them to Washington D.C. In my collection, there is one show that I archived that was about one of the last Pumpkin sails. It was while I was watching that show, that I realized that while there have been many films and videos done about the Clearwater, showing the Sloop Singers in the background, very few have talked about who these people were. It was that spark combined with the new release of “Broad Old River” that gave me the idea that we should do a new show based on the Sloop Singers.
When I started working with the archives they told me that they think of things in the context of what will be important at least 100 years from now. So this is really what we are doing on November 7th in Beacon, we are preserving our history for future generations, telling our stories so that long after we are all gone that our grandchildren's, grandchildren's, grandchildren, will be able to hear our stories and remember there was once a group of people who were bonded by the love of the Hudson River and a replica of an old sailing sloop and how that boat changed their lives.
In the Clearwater spirit and tradition we ask you bring food or drink to share for the after concert potluck. We’ll provide the cake. Bring instruments to the open session. We never know who or what will show up, but it is certain that Beth Partridge’s famous sloop cookies will be for sale during the show. All proceeds from the concert and sale of this CD directly benefit maintenance of the Sloops CLEARWATER and WOODY GUTHRIE.
For more information contact Maryellen Healy at email@example.com or visit http://www.broadoldriver.blogspot.com
Oct 23, 2009
Hello to all!
Yes, we are looking forward to this gathering to honor the Sloop Singers and to see and be with many old friends. As you can imagine this project has been a lot of hard work in getting it all together. It has taken months of planning and I have to thank everyone for your time and energy.
What this day is about is not just another concert or a party. It is a time to honor the Sloop Singers. Celebrating the group, not only for their good work to support the Clearwater, but for the vision itself and how in being a part of this group has in a way changed or shaped our lives.
When I was putting together the collection of my TV shows for the Library Of Congress Archives, I had to watch most of the 145 shows before I sent them to Washington D.C. In my collection, there is one show that I archived that was about one of the last Pumpkin sails. It was while I was watching that show, that I realized that while there have been many films and videos done about the Clearwater, showing the the Sloop Singers in the background, very few have talked about who these people were. It was that spark combined with the new release of “Broad Old River” that gave me the idea that we should do a new show based on the Sloop Singers.
When I started working with the archives they told me that they think of things in the context of what will be important at least 100 years from now. So this is really what we are doing on November 7th in Beacon, we are preserving our history for future generations, telling our stories so that long after we are all gone that our grandchildren's, grandchildren's, grandchildren, will be able to hear our stories and remember there was once a group of people who were bonded by the love of the Hudson River and a replica of an old Sailing sloop and how that boat changed their live's.
If we look at this day in this way, we can come together in the “Clearwater Spirit” and in that spirit, if everyone brings a little food and drink to share , I am sure that there will be enough for all.
and looking forward to seeing you on November 7th
Your Banjo Picking Pal