Pete Seeger to lead a rare concert in Dobbs Ferry December 10th

Pete Seeger to lead a rare concert in Dobbs Ferry to benefit several local groups The Take Me To The River Children’s Community Chorus debuts in a concert guided by legendary folk singer Pete Seeger at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway in Dobbs Ferry.

The chorus, ages 6 to 12, is comprised of Hastings-on-Hudson residents and the Westhab organizations’ community-based youth program at the Coachman Shelter in White Plains.

The concert will feature a dozen songs, most written by Seeger. Local singer/songwriters Jenny Murphy and Matt Turk provide additional musical direction, vocal guidance and instrumental accompaniment.

Following the concert, Seeger will sign copies of his recently updated “Where Have All The Flowers Gone, A Singalong Memoir,” which includes a CD with examples from 267 songs. The book will be on sale at the event for a discounted price of $20, with all proceeds going to Clearwater.org. Concert-goers are asked to bring a can of food, for donation to The Coachmen Shelter.

For more information about the not-for-profit organizations participating and or benefiting from this event, go to: westhab.org, Clearwater.org or 12milesnorth.org.

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  1. David Morgenstern said

    Dear Friends and Family:

    Yesterday there was a benefit concert “Open Your Heart to Haiti” at
    the legendary Towne Crier Cafe in Pawling, NY. Lynda and I went with
    the boys and her sister and brother and their spouses. There were a
    number of bands and the closing act was Congressman John Hall of
    Orleans (Still The One, Dance With Me, Love Takes Time) fame. He was
    truly great musically and as a totally sincere and compassionate human
    being, as were all of the performers.

    I noticed my wife got up shortly before the concert started and
    thought she went to the rest room. She then came over and told me she
    asked if I could read a poem I had written about Haiti. Valentine’s
    Day does remind one that one is married and sometimes it is so unfair.
    I headed to the bar for a double scotch.

    About a half hour into the concert, as acts were changing over, I got
    the call up in front of a full house of about 200-300 people. Pete
    Seeger had been mentioned about 10 times and I rambled for a few
    minutes about Pete, that I grew up in Fishkill and my father, who was
    trained as an artist in Greenwich Village, had an accounting practice
    in Beacon and that Pete gave a concert at Beacon High School when I
    was a kid and my dad was a afraid to take me, and my sister, because
    his conservative business clients would fire him if they found out he
    went, so my grandfather took us — that 40-50 years later Pete has won
    countless awards and is considered a national treasure and we have an
    African American President. How things have changed.

    I mentioned that Lynda had a cousin who lost both siblings and their
    entire families because they were in houses that were flattened, and
    has friends who lost relatives, so it has been very emotional. I then
    proceeded to read the poem with considerable difficulty because my
    hand was shaking so much. But I muddled through. I have attached a
    copy of the poem.

    If you don’t believe in a higher power consider this —

    Three weeks ago I had given a copy of the poem, Version 1 (not very
    good) of what ended up 7 versions in total, to the lady who cleans my
    office to give to Congressman Hall. It turns out she drives for him.

    Lynda saw a cousin in Haiti on TV on CNN.

    We have a trip to the Dominican / Haiti booked for July so we could
    have been in the middle of this.

    We had just at New Years had Haitian friends over and talked about
    planting trees in Haiti. There was an article in last week’s paper
    about a Pete Seeger charity effort to plant trees in Haiti before the
    quake. We also talked about how things were finally turning around,
    that trade was coming back, that the security situation had improved
    and that there was hope for the future. Then it all changed in an
    instant. An engineer who was there and had talked about planting
    trees lost an aunt. She was very high up in the ministry of
    travel/tourism and like so many government workers was in the ministry
    when the building collapsed. Almost all of the government buildings
    and the people who worked in them and the equipment and records are
    gone.

    Yesterday’s news was that aid organizations were not going to give out
    the tens of thousands of tents needed because they would be useless
    when the rainy season comes and were instead giving out tarps —
    pieces of plastic to tie to trees. The intent now is to build $1,000
    shacks with tin roofs. That will take an enormous amount of time and
    money and is a band aide applied to a gaping wound. Congressman Hall
    said he thought he had seen the worst with the Tsunamis and Katrina
    but this is much worse. When you think about the tsunamis, a lot of
    the destruction and death was swept out to sea. In Haiti it remains
    to be cleaned up and breeds disease and the potential for drug
    resistant TB and other epidemics to be spread all over the world is
    very real. They cannot rebuild on the same fault line and they have
    no building codes and few skilled contractors. The entire capital has
    to be cleaned up/leveled and permanently relocated or this will happen
    again. In the mean time millions of people need to be moved out and
    fed, treated, protected and sheltered for years. The magnitude of
    this tragedy is truly historic. The job ahead is overwhelming.

    For those that say it cannot be done I look back again to Pete Seeger
    and the Don Quixote de la Mancha (the dreamer of impossible dreams) in
    all of us. Over two generations ago Pete Seeger had a dream to clean
    up the Hudson River. People told him he was crazy. Through music and
    perseverance and moral empowerment and outrage and networking and
    political pressure and working through and around the bureaucratic
    obstacles and with the power of the refusal to be denied and the
    ability to move people to action he made that dream a reality. The
    only thing that limits what we can overcome and accomplish is our
    tendency not to reach far enough and to settle. One who climbs the
    highest mountain and returns down the same side has seen what he has
    missed and will miss what he has seen. We each must demand more of
    ourselves.

    David Morgenstern
    914-475-8037

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