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no Clearwater Festival in 2016 due to financial trouble

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Clearwater Festival

Croton, NY’s annual Clearwater Festival will not be returning this year. The Clearwater environmental organization, which was founded by the late Pete Seeger and puts on the festival, is in financial trouble, and though revenue from the festival would help them, they’re saying it will be too expensive to put together right now. Poughkeepsie Journal reports:

“If we don’t start bringing in money this month and next month, we could literally have to shut our doors,” Clearwater Treasurer Stephen Smith told about 75 people assembled in the historic barn at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park in Beacon.

Smith during a presentation explained that Clearwater has relied on three revenue streams to operate – the festival, membership and sails on the sloop Clearwater, the iconic boat built to raise awareness of pollution in the Hudson River.

The festival has been held for decades in Westchester and was the group’s primary fundraiser. Seeger, the late Dutchess Junction resident, was a folk singer and environmental activist.

“Without any one of those three income streams, we’re without a rudder,” Smith said. “We’re in very deep trouble…We’re trying to save this organization. You’re in a situation where we can die and we’re trying to save it.”

Clearwater Executive Director Peter Gross told the Journal shortly before the meeting described the economic condition of the organization is “challenged” and said the group can’t “risk money on a festival.”

They expect it to return in 2017.

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