Benny Zable photographic essay of the first Beacon
Sloop Club Alternative Energy Festival 2007
Thu, 27 Sep 2007
A double rainbow event.
A photographic essay of The Beacon Sloop Club's first
Alternative Energy Festival September 23rd, 2007
My journey began from my New York West Side Cultural Center on a
glorious sunny day. I took the subway train from 72nd street to
Times Square, and then the shuttle to Grand Central.
I brought with me the enlarged Helen Caldicott letter to Rupert
Murdoch which has been since the action outside News Corporation
(Friday September 7th), a theme installation that warns the
existing dangers of the Indian Point nuclear reactors.
Beacon train station is just opposite the
Beacon Sloop Club, famous
home of the Clearwater and Woody Guthrie sloop campaigns to
clean up the Hudson river, lead by founder and folk legend Pete Seeger.
The Alternative Energy Festival is a new addition to the myriad
of festivals which are held at this most beautiful scenic spot,
on the banks of the Hudson river.
This festival focused was on Climate Change issues. The local
Sunday Farmers Market was surrounded by demonstrations and
alternative information tents.
There was a Children's area stage set up where the Woody Guthrie
sloop was sailing free rides throughout the day.
The opening act at the dock side stage were the Woodcrest
Community Kids, a local school choir, who sang a medley of Pete
After the set, Pete Seeger held a session with them behind the
Pete Seeger opened discussions at the Environmental Focus Tent.
He shared a spot with environmental columnist for the New York
Andy Revkin, who emphasized
how all this beautiful environment on the banks of the Hudson
will soon be under water.
Pete spun storytelling and song throughout the day with
different people at all the stages. It was a joy to be around
him and his friends throughout the day.
It was a rainbow style Nimbin Aquarius, Channon Market, Byron
Bay playful creative setting.
Pete Seeger told the story and demonstrated the workings of his
fully electric pick up truck.
Gloria Waslyn, (Bird Lady)
Parrots for Peace,
is a most creative interactive installation artist, who I met at
the International Day of Peace vigil in Central Park educated
and entertained us through the day with her Amazonian parrots
Baby and Merlin.
It was a most productive day for me promoting
ECOFEST to be held
September 30th at Lincoln Center in New York City, and
networking the Helen Caldicott inspired US roadmap for a
Carbon-Free and Nuclear Free Energy Policy.
The day climaxed with this wonderful convergence at the main
stage at which I got inspired to place the IF THE EARTH WERE
ONLY A FEW FEET IN DIAMETER in front of Pete Seeger and friends,
dressed up in my costume and paraded the enlarge
Dr. Helen Caldicott's
letter for the final song WE AIN'T GONNA STUDY WAR NO MORE.
Just like at the
Peace Boat Nagasaki
concert August 9th at the Dag Hamjald
Plaza, Pete came out to read what I had displayed and posed in
aphoto for me with Helen's letter.
If you have not done so, please nominate Pete Seeger for the
Nobel Peace Prize
Yours Benny Zable for healing ourselves, one another, the Earth.