A confession – I love Thanksgiving. My wife and I, plus our children and grandchildren, celebrate on Cape Cod with my brother and his family. It is such a warm and cozy break from what is often the most frenetic time of the year at the Rosenberg Fund for Children. I often joke – my family will say much too often – that I give thanks on Thanksgiving for surviving until Thanksgiving.
We woke up this morning to the news that Pete Seeger had died.
My (Robert’s) first memory of Pete was seeing him and the rest of the Weavers at Carnegie Hall just before Christmas in 1955. I was eight years old. My parents, Abel and Anne Meeropol, who knew the Seegers, took me to visit them at their home in the Hudson River Valley of New York the following year.
I am thrilled to announce that the RFC will co-sponsor Seeger Fest (www.seegerfest.org), a five day celebration (July 17 – 21) of the lives, work, activism and music of Pete and Toshi Seeger.
[guest post by Amber Black, RFC Communications Director]
The five-day, multi-city Seeger Fest, honoring Pete and Toshi Seeger and created by their grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson, with help from Gina Belafonte (daughter of Harry), runs July 17th-21st in sites around NY state and across several boroughs of New York City. The line-up of more than 200 folk, hip hop, punk and indie rock artists is incredible, and ranges from high profile performers to emerging artists. Programming includes concerts, film, photos, dancing, rowing and more. All events are free and most are outside. Details are at www.seegerfest.org.
[guest post by RFC Communications Director, Amber Black]
Pete Seeger, David Amram, Chuck D, Anti-Flag, Holly Near, Guy Davis: these musicians span multiple generations and wildly disparate genres. But they share much in common.