SUMMER 2001 TRAVELS
6/16/01
The Blessing of the River- a fish with suspicious feetWe traveled out to Vernon CT to play a show to benefit Christmas in April, a Habitat for Humanity-like organization which helps elderly and underpriviledged people to fic up their homes. The show at Charlies in Vernon had a great turnout. Then we headed down to the Clearwater Festival in Croton-On-Hudson, NY.

Big puppets The Clearwater was great on Saturday. We played twice under beautiful sunshine. We played a workshop with Peggy Seeger, Pete's sister, called "No strings attached" so we sang a ccapella and with the drum. We got to see the "blessing of the river" with a big fish with some very suspicious legs, and big puppets. We also saw the Arm of the Sea Theatre, detailing the history of water use as New York City grew.

Sadly, on Sunday the festival was rained out, with only a few people standing in the rain to hear some wonderful music. These big outdoor festivals are obviously greatly affected by weather.

 

7/27/01
Mainstage Falcon Ridge Gospel SingWe played at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale NY this weekend (7/27/01). The weather was beautiful- clear blue skies and warm sunshine, with a breeze to keep the air from being too hot.

Workshop Stage Falcon RidgeWe saw a lot of wonderful music, and one of the highlights was sharing a stage (at the Sunday morning gospel sing) with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, the Acoustic Syndicate (an awesome bluegrass band) and Eddie from Ohio. These folks are not only marvelous musicians, but also wonderful warm people.
 
 

8/4/01
Red Hook from the bargeWe traveled to Brooklyn, NY to play the Sunset Music series. Red Hook Brooklyn is still a rough place, but its full of life. After getting off the BQE (Brooklyn Queens Expressway) we passed fields packed with people watching and playing soccer, and saw kids riding bikes, people sitting on front stoops, all enjoying the beautiful August night.

This concert series held on a barge which overlooks both lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. We were on first and played to a very appreciative crowd. AFter us the sky dimmed and Rod MacDonald played. He was one of the folk artists who got big in the Village in the 1960's. He described living in Florida now, taking life more easily, playing a "steady gig" in a club there. We drove home past New York City and I waved to all our friends there.

 

 

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