Eatontown:Ed Dlugosz, President of NJ Friends of Clearwater and the shore area singing group "Circle of Song" recalled folk singer, environmentalist and peace advocate, Pete Seeger in a farewell tribute. Seeger passed away in January at the age of 94 with more than 60 years of contributions to music, the environment and the cause for peace.
Dlugosz, a retired NJ school teacher who specializes in creative writing was part of the NJFC team that sponsored the memorial event to honor Seeger at the Community Center in Eatontown on Sunday, February 2nd. in a 4-hour event begun with a movie of Seeger’s life, “The Power of Song.”.
The remembrance included "The Power of Song", a movie tribute to Seeger's life and contributions and a musical tribute from Circle of Song to a man who launched a clean-up of the polluted Hudson River, and directed “peace, not war” events in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
Dlugosz said Seeger’s musical life began with parents who were classical musicians, yet he got into his folksy style of music in his later teens. He left his studies at Harvard before graduating. He got interested in social issues and the world of folk music leading to movements involving antiwar efforts, environmentalist pursuits and social work. A commitment in life that lasted to the very end.
Dgluzos, a staunch environmentalist in his own right, had known Seeger since the days of the Hudson River clean-up that many said was an impossibility. He used his river sloop “Clearwater" to advance volunteer efforts for environmental protection, launching campaigns that became real clean-up successes.
At the Feb. 2 Circle of Song sing-alongs, the audience enjoyed singing along to familiar titles melodies such as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “We Shall Overcome”. Musician Ingrid Heldt coordinated the music segment of the Sunday affair for the Monmouth and Ocean County Friends of Clearwater.
For more information about Friends of Clearwater and to get involved check out www.mcclearwater.org.