For Pete's Sake, Sing!

Ithaca, New York

May 3rd, 2009

in the Small Pavilion at Stewart Park
on shore of beautiful Lake Cayuga
(click here for a map)

Ithaca New York's celebration
of Pete Seeger's 90th birthday!
A day full of songs and celebration.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this day such a great day!

Thanks to Marty Luster and Fullis Conroy we have some marvelous photos of the event!
Click on the picture below to see the whole gallery:

For Pete's Sake, Sing!

Also check out our birthday song to Pete in this YouTube video:

“When my songs turns to ashes on my tongue
When I look in the mirror and see I’m no longer young
Then I’ve got to start again the job separating false from true
And then I know, I know I need the love of you...”

These words were crafted by the thin man with the long neck banjo - that banjo inscribed with the words “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” Almost hidden in the introduction to the popular Rise Up Singing songbook are these words by Pete Seeger. “A singing movement is a winning movement. We’re putting a world together before it blows itself apart. Over the years you’ll find the magic made by the right song at the right place at the right time.”

Our Celebration...

On May 3, 2009, Pete Seeger turned 90 years old. That’s something to celebrate! In the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York, in the Stewart Park Small Pavilion on the southern shore of Cayuga Lake we celebrated his birthday with six hours of songs, stories...and a marvelous dish-to-pass.

We had a large card everyone who came could sign (and if you look at the photos, you'll see quite a few people did!), which we sent on to Pete, and donations were taken--both to help cover the cost of the pavilion rental and to raise money for Loaves and Fishes, The Village at Ithaca, and the Cayuga Floating Classroom... Pete’s types of charities. Thanks to everyone who chipped in!

If you're on Facebook check out the For Pete's Sake, Sing--Ithaca, NY group, and check out the comments folks left there...

For Pete's Sake, Keep on Singing!

“Just when I thought all was lost, you changed my mind,
You gave me hope (not just the old soft soap).
You showed that we could learn to share in time (you and me and Rockefeller!).
I’ll keep plugging on, your face will shine thru all our tears.
And when we sing another little victory song
Precious Friend, you will be there (singing in harmony)
Precious Friend, you will be there.”

The coordinators:


Thanks for the help!

Thanks to all the volunteers who gave their time to help make this day work so well. In addition, we are grateful to the following local folk music organizations are helped to bring this event to life, please take some time to visit their websites to see all the great folk music events going on in this area:

Valley Folk Music brings great folk music to the Southern Tier. Come join them in their new venue at 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning, NY, for the final two concerts in their Spring season: Mustard's Retreat on April 18, and Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen on May 16. Visit the Valley Folk Web site for more information.
WVBR's Bound for Glory is North America's longest-running live folk concert broadcast, now in it's 42nd year! Bound for Glory broadcasts on WVBR (93.5 FM) every Sunday night from 8-11 pm. Come up the hill after the Sing on Sunday evening to hear Scottish/Canadian folksinger and songwriter David Francey. Visit the Bound for Glory Web site for a list of all their weekly concerts, plus information on how to listen to them online wherever you are.
The Cornell Folk Song Society is a non-profit membership organization that seeks to preserve and promote traditional and traditionally-oriented folk music both on and off campus. Founded in the 1950s, membership is open to everyone. Their monthly Sings--open to all--are where folks come together to make music, share songs and enjoy each other's company. They also have a great concert series each year--the final concert of the Spring '09 season is emma's revolution on Saturday, April 25 (8:00 pm), in 165 McGraw Hall. Check out the CFSS Web site for information on their monthly sings and other fine concerts.

Other Links:

The folks at the Smithsonian (Folkways Records) made this YouTube video for Pete's birthday, and sent us the link: