Spirit of the Hudson Gala

April 3, 2022

3:00- 7:00 pm

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In recent months we have witnessed incredible environmental progress in the Hudson Valley. Join us in celebrating the dedication and persistence that made these victories possible at this year’s in-person Spirit of the Hudson Gala on Sunday, April 3rd at 3:00 pm.

Tom Lake, recipient of the 2022 Spirit of the Hudson Award, will be recognized for his achievements and environmental advocacy. Jim Kricker will also be honored with the 2022 Clearwater Lifetime Contribution Award.

We are honored and most appreciative to announce that the Ron Olesko of WFDU will be our master of ceremonies, and The Bernstein-Bard Trio will be providing entertainment for the evening. Attendees can look forward to enjoying content specially produced for the gala, and hearing exciting updates from members of the Clearwater staff and board. Nicholas D. Lowry will be hosting our auction of rare Clearwater relics, and other special gifts. Expect all of this and much more, at this year’s Spirit of the Hudson Gala!

COVID-19 Protocol: Hudson River Sloop Clearwater cares about the health of our community. We respectfully require that all Gala guests be fully vaccinated and produce proof of vaccination at check-in on April 3rd. All guests in attendance must follow the most current New York State and CDC guidance in effect at the time of this event.

Online ticket sales have now closed. Limited space is still available. If you’d like to purchase a ticket, please contact Ann Mellor at 845-265-8080 ext. 7119 or email Ann@clearwater.org

2022 Spirit of the Hudson Gala Auction

Browse Gala Auction Items

The silent auction for our upcoming April 3rd Gala is now open online! Place your bid now on over 35 unique items and unforgettable experiences that we have gathered with you in mind.

You do not need to be a Gala attendee to join in the fun. The auto-bid option conveniently allows you to place your top dollar amount so you need not be tied to your computer. Happy bidding!

Thank you to the following donors for your leadership gifts:

Neall Burger

Mitzi Elkes

Betsy Garthwaite

Anne Osborn

Daniel Riesel

Rosemary Thomas

John Tyhacz

Lucy Waletzky

Get to Know the Faces of the 2022 Spirit of the Hudson Gala

Tom Lake knows every twist and turn in the Hudson’s course and its history extending back into deep time. His enduring relationship with the river includes two decades of commercial shad fishing and hosting shad bakes, documentation of its fish fauna, research that inspired the Hudson River glass eel migration community science project, and more than twenty years of field archeology at Hudson Valley sites. He is best known through The Hudson River Almanac published by DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program; Tom has compiled this natural history journal since 1994, nurturing a community of contributors – scientists speaking with precise expertise; artists describing the glories of sunrises and snowstorms; children writing poetry; and paddlers, hikers, picnickers and others sharing their special moments on the river. Thanks to his efforts, this free weekly newsletter connects more than 20,000 subscribers to the natural and human history of the river we love. We are honored to present Tom Lake with the 2022 Spirit of the Hudson Award!


Jim Kricker grew up in the Catskill Mountain – Hudson Valley region of New York State where he spent his early years in the shops of his father and grandfather. It was here that he developed a deep appreciation for woodworking and traditional craft which blossomed into a career of craftsmanship spanning over 40 years. Jim has lent his expertise in woodworking to Clearwater by being involved in nearly all of the sloop’s overhauls to date including the 2021-22 Winter Overhaul. We are honored to present Jim with the 2022 Clearwater Lifetime Contribution Award.

For more information on Jim Kricker’s work click here.


Known for their imaginative arrangements, diverse repertoire, and infectious grooves, The Bernstein Bard Trio has become an acoustic music phenomenon in the Hudson Valley of New York over the last 15 years. The Trio features brothers Mark Bernstein on guitar and vocals, Steve Bernstein on mandolin and vocals, and Robert Bard on upright bass and vocals. They frequently expand to a quartet when performing with percussionist Brian Melick. We are honored and most appreciative that they will provide the evening’s entertainment.


Ron Olesko grew up during the Folk Revival of the 1960’s and some of his earliest memories include being captivated by songs such as “Sloop John B.” and “There’s A Hole In The Bucket” being performed on the Captain Kangaroo TV show. In 1975 he enrolled at Fairleigh Dickinson University and joined WFDU-FM on his first day as a freshman and has been with the station ever since. In 1977 he presented a program with Marjorie Guthrie as his guest, the widow of one of Ron’s musical heroes, Woody Guthrie.  From that point on, folk music became the centerpiece of Ron’s radio work.


Nicholas D. Lowry is President and Principal Auctioneer of Swann Auction Galleries, and Director of Swann’s Vintage Posters Department. As one of the world’s foremost authorities on vintage posters, he has spent nearly 20 years serving regularly as poster appraiser on the PBS television show Antiques Roadshow. He sits on the Board of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, is Chair of the Fine Arts Committee of the National Arts Club, and presides over as many as 20 charity auctions a year.

Past Honorees:

2021: Karl CoplanSpirit of the Hudson Award. The Beacon Sloop ClubClearwater Lifetime Contribution Award

2020: Tom ChapinSpirit of the Hudson Award

2019: Adam GreenSpirit of the Hudson Award. John MylodClearwater Lifetime Contribution Award

2017: Judith Enck and all past and present board membersSpirit of the Hudson Award

2016: Captain Jean Wort and all Clearwater Captains from 1969 to presentSpirit of the Hudson Award

2015: Anne Todd Osborn and Fred Osborn IIISpirit of the Hudson Award

About the Event:

Founded in 2015, Clearwater’s Spirit of the Hudson Gala is held annually to recognize and honor extraordinary contributions to the protection and celebration of the Hudson River and its watershed by individuals who exemplify the values and spirit of our founders.