The 2011 Beacon Sloop Club summertime riverfront event season starts on Sunday June 12th with the annual free-admission Strawberry Festival. From 12 noon to 5 p.m. (rain or shine) in Riverfront Park. Members and friends of the all-volunteer Beacon Sloop Club will bake and serve fresh strawberry shortcake, a traditional homemade treat with local berries, real whipped cream and hot biscuits. In keeping with Sloop Club tradition, live music from the Earth Stage, powered by the club’s solar panel trailer, will entertain all afternoon and welcome festival goers to join in with their own voices. This year’s entertainment includes: Dan Einbender and the Grammy Award Winning Rivertown Kids, Pete Seeger, Arlon Bennett, Driscoll & Smith, Jann Klose, Jim Connor, and The Jen Klapp Band.
Volunteers have been busy all winter preparing the ferry sloop Woody Guthrie for the sailing season. Guest sails of 45 minutes each will be available during the festival as weather permits. Space aboard is limited and early signup is suggested. The Sloop Club long ago recognized the environmental challenges facing our community and our planet. The Environmental Speakers tent is a “new tradition” arising from the need to educate all. festival goers are invited to gather at the tent to listen and question guest speakers during the afternoon. The festival also features a children’s area, as well as, environmental displays, community groups, craft vendors and food booths. This festival is fun for all ages. Info: 845-463-4660, 845- 831-6962, and 914-907-4928.
Photo by Alan Thomas