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A Preview of the Hudson Valley Clearwater Festival

The two-day music and environmental festival features a number of local food and marketplace vendors.

Get your lawn chairs and coolers ready—Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival music and environmental festival returns to the Hudson Valley next weekend, June 18 and 19, at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson.

Music is the main event at the festival, and the legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger—who inspired the festival—headlines both days. There will be dozens and dozens of musicians playing on three stages throughout Saturday and Sunday. Whichever day, time, or stage you happen to catch, you’re bound to hear something amazing. Artists include Arlo Guthrie, Suzanne Vega, the Indigo Girls, the Drive-by Truckers, the Low Anthem, Dar Williams, Billy Bragg and  many others. 

Since the event falls on Father’s Day weekend, the theme of this year’s festival is “Generations,” so several father-child duos or groups will perform at the end of the day. Performances will include Pete Seeger and Tao Seeger; Arlo Guthrie and Sarah Lee Guthrie; Peter Yarrow and Bethany Yarrow; John Sebastian and Ben Sebastian, and others.

Other events include Green Living Expo exhibits, handmade arts and crafts, artisanal food and farm market, a food court, a marketplace with vendors selling fair-trade products, and information from various activist organizations from the area.

Here is a preview of just some of the area vendors that will be at the Clearwater Festival:

Food Court

Chutney Masala Indian Bistro, Irvington

Serving chicken tikka masala, saag paneer, mango lassis, potato samosas, veggie fritter.

Reggae Boy Café, Poughkeepsie
Serving jerked chicken, oxtail, rice and bean salad, stewed chicken, beef, curry chicken, goat, beef ribs, mac and cheese, beef patty.

Jane’s Ice Cream, Kingston

Homemade hard ice cream, scooped cups and cones.

 Breezy Hill Orchards, Staatsburg

The Artisanal Food and Farm Market features Hudson Valley-based farmers and small-scale food producers that are conscious of environmental, sustainability and fair labor practices.

The Blue Pig
11 Maple St., Croton-on-Hudson

Homemade locally sourced ice cream made with herbs and berries.

E.B.'s Golden Harvest
229 Cordial Rd., Yorktown

Fresh and dried fruit, honey products, cut fresh & dried herbs, homemade apple cider vinegar, herbal teas, pickles and sauerkraut.

Hilltop Hanover Farm, Yorktown Heights

Raw vegetables and fruits and cut flowers.

Marketplace Vendors

Kechua Crafts, W. Nyack
Native American Crafts, bamboo, ceramic & silver jewelry, instruments & clothing.

 Pure Play Kids, Stamford, Conn.

Battery-free creative toys made from natural material.

Vision of Tibet, Rosendale, NY

Handmade crafts from the Himalayas, clothing, jewelry, scarves, home décor and ritual and meditation items.

Check the website www.clearwaterfestival.org for more information.

Fred Gillen Jr. June 14, 2011 at 03:02 AM
Hope Machine will be playing at Circle of Song at the Festival, 11:45 a.m. on Saturday. Come sing some songs of hope with us!


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