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Clearwater Announces 2013 Winter Open Boat Days

  |   January 18, 2013  |  Comment

The public is invited to join Clearwater at the new Kingston Home Port and Education Center for an old winter tradition.

The public is invited to the first of three Winter Open Boat Days taking place on Sunday, January 20, 2:00-6:00 PM at the newly constructed Kingston Home Port and Education Center located at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, in Kingston, NY.

The community is invited to visit the sloop Clearwater, America’s environmental flagship, in her new winter port, meet the crew and Clearwater staff, and tour the recently completed Kingston Home Port and Education Center where visitors will get a firsthand look at the construction.

Friends and families can enjoy music, good company, learn about woodworking projects and repairs to the sloop, and cozy up in the shop for refreshments, stories and live music. The Bentwood Rockers, an old-time two-man string band will perform during the gathering. Everyone is asked to bring a dish that will serve 6 to share at the potluck.

Additional Winter Open Boat Days will take place Friday, February 22, 4:00 – 8:00 PM; and Saturday, March 16, 4:00 – 8:00 PM at the Kingston Home Port and Education Center located on the historic Kingston Rondout.

What: Winter Open Boat Days with boat tours, music, refreshments, fun and festivities.

When: Sunday, January 20, 2:00 – 6:00 PM – Music by The Bentwood Rockers

Friday, February 22, 4:00 – 8:00 PM — Open Jam and music by Spirit of Thunderheart

Saturday, March 16, 4:00 – 8:00 PM – Music by Rich Hines and the Hillbilly Drifters

Where: The new Kingston Home Port and Education Center, Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY.

Winter Open Boat Days are free and open to the public. Those attending can RSVP to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/winteropenboat, however, reservations are not required. Donations are appreciated.

Please contact Linda Richards at [email protected], or 845-265-8080, ext.7105 for more information.

About the 2013 Sloop Restoration: The sloop Clearwater is scheduled for major restoration work this winter, with the replacement of the back third of the vessel and items below the water line – including the shaft log and the horn timber – all key components to the sloop’s operation. These components are intricately tied into and part of the backbone of the sloop, and in addition, call for the repair of over 30 frames and about 50 planks, as well as the whole transom, which will include the installation of the original covering board across the stern of the deck. With this phase completed, almost all major structural work in Clearwater’s current 5 year plan with the U.S. Coast Guard will be completed – a historic achievement. For more information about making a donation to the sloop restoration project, individuals can contact Heidi Kitlas, at (845)265-8080, x7118, or [email protected] Or give to the restoration campaign online at www.clearwater.org.

About Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

Inspiring, educating and activating millions of people for over 45 years, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has been at the forefront of the environmental movement as champion of the Hudson River, working to pass landmark legislation like the Clean Water Act, providing innovative educational programs, environmental advocacy, and musical celebrations, including the renowned annual Clearwater Festival. The organization was founded by music legend and environmental activist Pete Seeger in 1966. The iconic sloop Clearwater was launched in 1969 and is a majestic replica of the sloops that sailed the Hudson in the 18th and 19th centuries. To date, more than half a million people have experienced their first real look at an estuary’s ecosystem aboard the vessel. The organization’s strong connection to youth, environmental education, and its agenda to create the next generation of environmental leaders are all part of building and strengthening a Green Cities Initiative for a green economy and a more inclusive and diverse environmental movement. Utilizing the greatest natural resource in the region, the Hudson River, Clearwater has become the grassroots model for producing positive changes to protect our planet. For more information, visit www.clearwater.org. Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt nonprofit, member-supported corporation whose mission is to preserve and protect the Hudson River, its tributaries and related bodies of water.


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