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Pete Seeger sang for Tiverton too

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Pete Seeger sings for the Tiverton Land Trust in 1997. (Sakonnet Times photo)

Pete Seeger sings for the Tiverton Land Trust in 1997. (Sakonnet Times photo)

Folk legend Pete Seeger sang for world peace, civil rights and clean water. And one sunny afternoon he sang for Tiverton open space.

Mr. Seeger passed away Monday at age 94 in New York. The ‘patriarch of the American protest song’ was famous for recordings including ‘Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” “The Hammer Song” aka “If I Had a Hammer,” “Little Boxes,” and many more.

He had family in Tiverton — daughter Mika and her husband Joseph Bossom and grandchildren. Mr. Seeger often visited their farm south of Bulgarmarsh Road.

So when the Tiverton Land Trust started its mission of protecting farms and land (Mr. Bossom was among the founders), Mr. Seeger agreed to help get things going with a concert at Tiverton Four Corners.

July 12, 1997 “was a beautiful sunny day, warm, perfect,” recalls Mary Wehle, a founder of the Tiverton Land Trust.

The concert was held on the lawn of the Four Corner Arts Center — “Pete played up on the porch … “It was a family event, lots of people, children dancing, and that wonderful music.”

Marin VanHof, another land trust founder, was there too. He recalls that Mr. Seeger (age 78 then) appeared somewhat frail but was full of energy and enthusiasm. “He sang all those great songs, really got people going.

“He was a champion of all kinds of causes and preserving the character of a town is a social cause in itself,” Mr. VanHof said. “What a great start he gave our land trust.”

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