Editorial: Sing out for the water

Pete Seeger was a champion of many causes but was perhaps most passionate about restoring polluted waterways.

Aboard the sloop Clearwater, he drew attention to the the damage done to his beloved Hudson River, work that contributed not only to a cleaner Hudson, but to the eventual passage of the Clean Water Act.

Which is why the Greater Tiverton Community Chorus ‘Water Music’ concerts this week are a fitting tribute to Seeger, a long-time visitor to and friend of Tiverton where his daughter and family still live.

For these talented singers, it’s a bit like returning a favor. When Tiverton decided it needed a Land Trust, Pete Seeger was there to help get it started with a rousing Four Corners concert one blazing hot summer afternoon. He later cooled off with a dip at Fogland Beach.

The Chorus, which will perform works with water-related and preservation themes — and some of Seeger’s own music — will donate all proceeds to the Westport Watershed Alliance and the Nature Conservancy’s work in Rhode Island.

There are three chances to catch this tribute to Pete Seeger and help waterways close to home:

• Friday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 945 Main Road, Westport

• Saturday, April 26, 7:30 p.m. at Pennfield School, 110 Sandy Point Avenue, Portsmouth

• Sunday, April 27, 5 p.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 265 Stafford Road, Tiverton.

For tickets and information, visit www.gtcchorus.org right away since these seats will sell fast.

Great music, fighting for clean water, saluting a true friend of the South Coast — this should be fun.

 

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