I am turning the words over to Katherine today…
In 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013 I participated in the Annual Great Newburgh To Beacon Hudson River Swim across the Hudson to raise money for the Beacon River Pool. The Hudson is America’s “first” river and this swim demonstrates that we can clean up the Hudson for the benefit of all. It was an amazing experience - imagine finding yourself in a Hudson River School Painting. It’s ridiculously thrilling. ———————–
As many of you know, the pool is a creation of the community and Pete Seeger was one of the lead creators. It will be odd to swim this year, the 11th year of the swim, without him leading us all in a rousing version of This Land Is Your Land but that is why I feel that it is even more important that I swim this year. An important part of the community has moved on and we need to help keep the idea and the reality alive.
As my friend Karen Frillman put it:
“Pete created paths for so many people to walk down. He loved life. He wanted everyone – and that meant anyone- to feel their humanity- to enjoy the pleasure of singing tunes together and better yet with harmony, to eat a home baked strawberry shortcake and in the case of the riverpool, to dip into his beloved Hudson on a hot day and have fun! I feel he reminded me how great it is to be part of something bigger than myself, to get involved, be conscious, don’t say it can’t be done but how can we do it? Pete, you were a great teacher. Thank you.”
So if you want to help out River Pool and continue to support healthy, clean, swimmable Rivers hit the Join Us button RIGHT HERE!. If you are uncomfortable with putting your information out on the net you can certainly send me a check for River Pool that I will bring to the swim. Or if you just want to come out and cheer on the swimmers, join us riverside in Newburgh August 2 around 11:30 for the gathering and 12:30 for splash time!! Thank you in advance and look for Robert’s pictures of the event sometime after August 3rd.