Rivertown Community Sing To Honor Pete Seeger

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The Rivertown Community Singers will honor singer/songwriter Pete Seeger at Sunday, April 27 singalong at First Unitarian Society of Westchester in Hastings-on-Hudson.
The Rivertown Community Singers will honor singer/songwriter Pete Seeger at Sunday, April 27 singalong at First Unitarian Society of Westchester in Hastings-on-Hudson. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Clearwater

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- The Rivertown Community Sing will end its season for summer break Saturday, April 27, with a tribute to legendary singer/songwriter and activist Pete Seeger at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester.

The community singers invite singers of all ages, sizes, talent levels and accompanying acoustic musicians -- guitar, tambourine, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer -- to join the Seeger sing-fest, which begins at 1 p.m.

"We have had great interest and attendance of people from many areas throughout lower Westchester County and beyond," organizer Ed Maxin said. "The participants have ranged in age from single digits to seniors; from professional musicians to people who've never performed or sang in public before."

Sunday's sing will include songs from the "Rise Up Singing" songbook, for which Seeger wrote the introduction. Seeger was known as the Pied Piper of modern folk music and singalong in driving environmental and civil and human rights causes. Seeger, who died in January in upstate Beacon where he lived, was a longtime leader in the cleanup of the Hudson River.

"The best part of the sing are the voices rising up in unison, bringing each of us closer into a group of common interest," Maxin said. "Friends have been made, conversation is easy."

Musicians and singers are also encouraged to bring music -- lyric sheets and chords -- and the singers will follow the lead.

Maxin said Rivertowns Community Singers would be taking a break for the summer.

"The last weekend of each month seems to have many coinciding events, including Memorial Day weekend, the American Roots Music Festival at Caramoor and the Newport Folk Festival," he said. "We'll start it back up the last weekend in September."

First Unitarian Society is at 25 Old Jackson Ave.

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