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Restoring the Hudson River’s Sloops – the Woody Guthrie and Clearwater

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Restoring the Hudson River’s Sloops – the Woody Guthrie and Clearwater

Time: April 12, 2018 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: The Beacon Sloop Club
Street: 2 Red Flynn Dr
City/Town: Beacon
Website or Map: http://http//:www.beaconsloop…
Phone: (845) 463-4660, (914) 879-1082
Event Type: free, lecture, and, film, screening
Organized By: Alan Thomas
Latest Activity: Apr 3

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On Thursday April 12th at 7:00 pm The Beacon Sloop Club’s 2018 Winter Lecture Series will present Restoring the Hudson River’s Sloops – the Woody Guthrie and Clearwater with Jim Kricker, director of the Riverport Wooden Boat School and a screening of Oceans 8 Films’ Hope on the Hudson, the Restoration of the Clearwater.

     Jim Kricker will discuss the materials and techniques employed in restoring two iconic historic vessels and some of the challenges faced by his team of shipwrights at the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s Riverport Wooden Boat School in Kingston NY. Once common in the Hudson Valley, the materials and skills required to build and maintain wooden sailing vessels are now rare.

   The evening will feature a screening of Oceans 8 Films’ Hope on the Hudson, the Restoration of the Clearwater. This film is part of an ongoing series of documentaries about our Hudson River called "Hudson River Stories" (HudsonRiverStories.com). The film has recently been selected to premier at the 21st Annual Sonoma International Film Festival in March.

   Led by Pete Seeger, the Clearwater, a full-size replica Hudson River sloop, was launched in 1969 to raise awareness of environmental issues and spur public interest in the river. The Clearwater has become an iconic symbol of its improving health and the flagship of the environmental movement.

     The Woody Guthrie, smaller version was built in 1977 as part of Seeger’s vision that each riverfront community should have its own boat to spur local stewardship. The Woody is maintained and operated by volunteers from the Beacon Sloop Club.

   Jim Kricker grew up in the Catskill Mountain - Hudson Valley region of New York State where he spent his early years in the shops of his father and grandfather. It was here that he developed a deep appreciation for traditional craft, tools, and historic building.
Along a somewhat parallel trajectory came a keen interest in wooden sailing craft. Jim is currently the director of the Riverport Wooden Boat School.

   Oceans 8 Films focuses on documentaries about threats to the planet’s interconnected environment — especially its one ocean — with an emphasis on the people who live along its edges and those who work to protect it.

   For more information visit our website www.beaconsloopclub.org or call (845) 463-4660, (914) 879-1082

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