Tompkins Corners Celebrates Pete Seeger

PUTNAM VALLEY – On Sunday, May 5th, from 2 to 5:30 pm, the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center will present our fourth annual Pete Seeger Festival to celebrate the musical and humanitarian legacy of our neighbor, mentor and friend – and his 100th birthday, which is on May 3rd.

Scheduled performers include Rich Bala, David and Jacob Bernz, Lydia Adams Davis, Karen Hinderstein (who will also be cooking and serving her famous stone soup), Patrick Stanfield Jones, Pat Lamanna, Rick Nestler and Rik Palieri, Melissa Ortquist, Laurie Siegel and Karen Brooks (the Trouble Sisters), Andy Revkin, Sarah Underhill, and Susan Wright with Carla Springer, Rick Aparicio and Steve Kirkman.

The musicians were all Pete’s friends who performed with him and sailed with him on the sloops Clearwater and Woody Guthrie and worked with him at the Beacon Sloop Club. In addition to singing Pete’s songs and their own, they will reminisce about the man who inspired so many people in the course of his 94 years.

This is a FREE, family-friendly event and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be available. Donations will be gratefully accepted and will be shared with local organizations that Pete created, including the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the Beacon Sloop Club and the River Pool at Beacon.

Tompkins Corners Cultural Center is a not-for-profit organization making our home since 2015 in the historic church at 729 Peekskill Hollow Road in Putnam Valley. In the past four years, presentations have included concerts, family events, weekly Tai Chi classes, Cajun and Old-Time music jam sessions, poetry readings and a local Farmers Market on Friday afternoons all summer long. For more information about the Pete Seeger Festival and other upcoming events, check our website at or our facebook page at, or email or leave a message at 845 528-7280.

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