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Beacon Sloop Club's Pumpkin Festival is Sunday, October 15

Sunday, October 15th is this year’s date for The Beacon Sloop Club Annual Pumpkin Festival! Fresh from the farm pumpkins, pumpkin pie and other fall treats are in the spotlight! No one can get enough pumpkin-flavored, well, everything? Volunteers serve up traditional Sloop Club chili, famous stone soup, and other delicious foodstuffs starting at 12 noon. Check out Hudson Valley-grown pumpkins of all proportions and contours, and choose one or more to bring home with you! You’ll really feel like sits fall with that firs bite of freshly baked pumpkin pie. Or maybe savory pumpkin soup is more your style? Either way it down with apple cider - hot and cold.  Don’t worry if pumpkin’s not your thing;  there are plenty of other appealing things to eat available to purchase from vendors.

The Sloop Club is delighted to present an afternoon of live music on two solar powered music stages. Frequent performers that have graced the the Main Stage include Cosby Gibson, Dan Einbender, Ingrid Heldt, Lost Ryders of the Wawayanda, Rick Nestler & the Dirty Stay Out Skiffers, Susan Reid Bozso, and  Vinnie & Maryellen Cerniglia.  We’ll confirm the list of 2017 performers soon!
Take in many thought-provoking environmental displays, and check out the work of area artisans and craftsman, some of whom will be at work in their booths. Many free children's activities are planned.

The festivities all take place at Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park at 1 Flynn Drive in Beacon, right between the Hudson River and the Beacon train station. So leave the car at home, take a scenic ride on the Metro-North Hudson Line and walk to the park. Trains run hourly. It promises to be a magical day along the Hudson River. The festival takes place right next to the train station, so leave the car at home!
Read the New York Times article on the Beacon Sloop Club’s June Strawberry Festival!

Free admission from 12 noon to 5pm to this rain or shine event! Call 845 463-4660 for more info.

The Woody Guthrie
In 1969, Pete and Toshi Seeger and the Hudson River Sloop Restoration launched Clearwater, a wooden, gaff-rigged, topsail sloop, based on 100-year old designs from the heyday of commercial sailing on the Hudson. A decade later, Pete called Cyrus Hamlin of Maine who designed Clearwater, and asked him to design a smaller boat, so it could be maintained and operated by neighbors with a smaller budget.

Built of native wood and with the same overall lines, rigging, and sail plan of the Clearwater, but scaled down to 32’ on deck and 47’ overall, the Hudson River Ferry Sloop Woody Guthrie was fitted out as an open cockpit daysailer to perform her duties of providing free Hudson River access. She was constructed by the Bearsville Woodworking Collective and splashed into Ulster’s Rondout Creek in 1978.

She was recently refurbished and relaunched after three years of restoration work. Beacon Sloop Club’s all-volunteer crew, all dedicated sailors and environmentalists, have happily carried out the Woody Guthrie's proud mission. She’s provided tens of thousands with the chance to experience the Hudson River in all its glory. Experiences, from a few hours break from the modern world, to gaining expertise in sailing, seamanship, and environmental stewardship, provide everyone who sails on this striking vessel a better understanding of our natural world, and a sense of wonder and pride in the magnificent waterway that is our Hudson River.

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