VCB volunteers Rebecca Olinger, Sally Curtis, Dave Clayton, Margharet Ma, Lissa Wolfe, and Frank Cervi joined forces with staff and students from The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School to work the waterfront at the 2012 Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival. The festival includes the Working Waterfront where the public can go out on the Sloop Clearwater, the sailboat Woody Guthrie, or smaller boats like VCB’s Whithall Gigs. VCB and Harbor School crews had rowed three boats up to Croton Point Park the weekend before the festival and stored them for the week in the boathouse in the park. Harbor School students and staff took people out for short rows in the Hudson River with the support of VCB volunteers.
The gathering is a music and environmental festival sponsored by folk music singer Pete Seeger who founded the environmental organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater in 1966. Clearwater’s mission is to highlight pollution in the Hudson River and work to clean it. The sloop regularly sails the river with volunteer and professional crew members, primarily conducting environmental education programs for school groups. The Great Hudson River Revival is an annual two-day music festival held on the banks of the Hudson at Croton Point Park. This festival grew out of early fundraising concerts arranged by Pete and friends to raise money to pay for Clearwater’s construction.