Clearwater Festival Takes Center Stage in Croton

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Thousands are expected to head to Croton Point Park this weekend for the annual Clearwater Festival.
Thousands are expected to head to Croton Point Park this weekend for the annual Clearwater Festival.

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - The country's oldest music and environmental festival should attract thousands to Croton Point Park this weekend for the annual Clearwater Festival.

Also known as the Great Hudson River Revival, the event, which this year was named by Outside Magazine as one of the top four music festivals in the United States, was inspired more than 40 years ago by folk singer Pete Seeger's desire to clean up the Hudson River.

Throughout Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of artists will perform on seven stages, including Arlo Guthrie, Ani DiFrano, Bela Fleck, Martin Sexton, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Dawes.

"Festival will feature a global lineup that has cross-generational appeal," said Steve Lurie, festival director. "From folk to bluegrass, Native Americans to African, Cajun to swing and Indian rock to blues, we have a lineup that transcends musical boundaries and geographic borders."

Besides music, the Clearwater Festival will offer rides on small boats or sails aboard tall ships, a Green Living Expo, crafts area, food, traveling pet zoo, mask and puppet theater and other attractions.

Festival gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Kids 12 years and under are free. Attendees are encouraged to take Metro North to the Croton Harmon Train Station, where free shuttle buses will be available.

For further information, visit the festival's website or call (845) 236-5596.

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