Clearwater Pumpkin Sail Brings Riverside Celebrations to Hudson Valley

Sloop Clearwater to Arrive with a Cargo of Donated Food

Clearwater is excited to announce the return of Pumpkin Sail to the Hudson Valley with dockside events taking place through the month of October. The public is invited to join the sloop at several Hudson River waterfronts for a dockside celebration of harvesttime and a tribute to the river communities that includes food, music, history, storytelling, Hudson River wildlife, and pumpkin-related activities.

Public Sails are available in the afternoons during Pumpkin Sail. Onboard the sloop Clearwater, participants can join in raising the sail, learn about Hudson River life and history, and enjoy music provided by the crew. Public Sails last 2 hours and are $50 per person, $35 for members, and $15 forchildren 12 and under.

For more information about Clearwater’s Pumpkin Sail, please contact Linda Richards at Events@clearwater.org, or call 845-265-8080 x 7105.

Pumpkin Sail Rivertown Schedule
The sloop Clearwater will be docked at each Pumpkin Sail venue offering deck tours and dockside programs for the community, free of charge. Public Sails are available in the afternoons and can be reserved at www.clearwater.org/come-sailing/public-sail-schedule/.

Clearwater’s Pumpkin Sail Schedule

Sunday, 10/02/2011: Poughkeepsie
Festival: 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM.
Public Sail: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.   Click here to book this sail.
In conjunction with Kids Expo
Music by Rich Hines and the Hillbilly Drifters and Lawson

Saturday, 10/08/2011: Rensselear
Festival: 11:00 AM -3:30 PM.
Public Sail: 4:00 PM -6:00 PM.   Click here to book this sail.
Music by 2Lonesome, Bill Ackerbauer,  Rick Nestler, Rik Palieri, and Terri Roben

Monday, 10/10/2011: Hudson
Festival: 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM. 
Public Sail: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.   Click here to book this sail.
Music by Ellia Bisker, Lydia Adams Davis, and Linda Richards

Saturday, 10/15/2011: Kingston
Festival: 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM.
Public Sail: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.   Click here to book this sail.
Music by Betty and the Baby Boomers and Rick Nestler

Sunday, 10/16/2011: Beacon
In conjunction with Beacon Sloop Club’s Pumpkin Festival: 12:00 NOON – 6:00 PM.
Public Sail: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.   Click here to book this sail.
Music by talented performers yet to be announced

Saturday, 10/22/2011: West Harlem Piers Park, NYC
Festival: 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM.
Public Sail: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.   Click here to book this sail. 
Music provided by the talented crew of the sloop Clearwater

Please note: “Munchkin pumpkins”  will be available for participants and they will have the opportunity to paint the teeny squash at every Pumpkin Sail dock.  Clearwater will not be selling any pumpkins this year.  Local farmers will be  selling their harvests at each event.

Pumpkin Sail Food Donations
This October, Clearwater will revisit the sloop’s historical role as a cargo vessel, visiting the waterfronts up and down theHudson River during Pumpkin Sail to deliver not only music and goodwill, but also to deliver fooddonations. The public is invited to bring non-perishable food items to the Pumpkin Sail events to be delivered at the next port of call to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. Many rivertowns have been affected by the floodwaters of Hurricane Irene, which impacted many individuals who would now benefit from receiving grocery items, andthe sense of community this food drive will provide.

For more information about Clearwater’s food donation drive, please Contact Maija Niemisto at  educator@clearwater.org , or 845265-8080, ext. 7115

OurHudson’s Barge Tour
Clearwater is proud to support Our Hudson’s Barge Tour 2011, a traveling exhibition touring theHudson Valley this fall. Clearwater will welcome the barge Pennsy 399 – a maritime artifact of a lost industrial era, remade as a floating town hall, exhibition space, and movie theater – at two of the Pumpkin Sail venues -on October 2 in Poughkeepsie, NY,and October 10 in Hudson, NY. To view the entire Pennsy 399 schedule, please visit http://media.ourhudson.org/barge-tour-schedule/

For more information about the Pennsy 399 events, please contact Helena Andreyko at Helena@hudsonriver.org , or call212-924-8290.

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