Sailin’ Up and Down the River with Friends











Jason McInnes and Judy HigginS, along with support from The pickin’ bubs and Mark Dvorak, are organizing folks from Folk club, Spontaneous folk ensemble and the larger old town school of folk music community to sail on the hudson river on the sloop clearwater.


  • What is the Sloop Clearwater? The Sloop Clearwater is a nationally-recognized symbol of environmental awareness and a floating classroom to inspire tomorrow’s environmental leaders. Enjoy the Hudson Valley’s beautiful vistas and historic landmarks from aboard a majestic 106’ long replica tall ship.” — from the Clearwater Foundation
  • When is the ride?  Sunday, August 24, 2014, 4:00 to 7:00
  • Where does the Clearwater launch from?  Beacon, New York
  • Why ride the sloop Clearwater?  The Clearwater Foundation was founded by Pete Seeger; someone we have all gained so much inspiration from.  The organization launched the sloop Clearwater in 1969, hoping to raise awareness of the environmental impact of pollution in the Hudson River.  With the passing of Pete Seeger this past winter, Jason thought it would be a good time for his friends from Folk Club, Spontaneous Folk Ensemble, and the larger Old Town School of Folk Music community to take a trip on the river.  Here is a video of Pete’s Song about the river Sailing Up, Sailing Down.


  • How many people may attend?  We have a minimum of 20 people and a maximum of 40 people.
  • How much does the ride on the sloop Clearwater cost?  $100 per person, paid to Jason McInnes.  We are attending as a group to receive a bit of a discount, so Jason will pay the Foundation directly.
  • Who do I contact if I want to go?  Contact Jason McInnes at  Please send him, a) your name, b) the number of people in your party, c) a phone number and d) an email address.
  • What is the deadline for registration? Contact Jason by July 1, 2014.
  • What is the deadline for payment?  Please make your payment to Jason McInnes by July 24, 2014.


  • Where will everyone lodge?  Everyone will be responsible for their own lodging.  We’re all friends and it’d be great to try to stay close together.  If you’re looking to stay in the same place as others, please reach out to those people on your own.
  • How will we all get there?  Everyone is responsible for their own transportation.  Again, if you’re looking to share rides or caravan out to Beacon, NY, please contact those people who you would like to travel with on your own.
  • Will there be other events in and around Beacon?  Perhaps.  Jason is looking into a few things, including places that we may be able to perform or jam.  If you are familiar with the area, or if you have ideas of places to jam or perform, or gather folks for nature walks, museum visits, etc., please contact Jason.


  • What will happen on the boat?  We’ll have a singalong style jam.  Once we know who is attending we’ll figure out a plan to bring snacks, drinks, etc.  There will be representatives from the Clearwater Foundation to sail the boat, and guide visitors through discussions about wildlife, history, and Pete’s music and art.  There won’t be a formal presentation.  We’ll be able to enjoy the trip at our leisure.
  • How long is the boat ride?  It is three hours, 4:00 to 7:00.







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