Tompkins Corner to celebrate icon
On Sunday, May 1, from 1 to 6 p.m., the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center in Putnam Valley will present a Pete Seeger Festival to celebrate the musical and humanitarian legacy of a neighbor, mentor and friend — and his birthday on May 3.
Performers will include David and Jacob Bernz, Dan Einbender and Roy Diggit, Pat Lamanna, Mel and Vinnie, Melissa Ortquist and Karen Brooks, Andy Revkin, RJ Storm and Old School Bluegrass Band, Sarah Underhill, and Susan Wright with Steve Kirkman.
“The musicians we have invited to participate all performed with Pete and sailed with him on the sloops Clearwater and Woody Guthrie and worked with him at the Beacon Sloop Club,” said Judy Allen, coordinator of the festival. “In addition to singing Pete’s songs and their own, they will tell stories about the man who inspired so many people in the course of his 94 years.”
The festival is free but donations will be collected for the restoration of the sloop Clearwater. In the event of rain, the festival will be held indoors. The cultural center is located at 729 Peekskill Hollow Road. For more information, visit