Clearwater scales back annual Great Hudson River Revival

Sloop Clearwater

BEACON – The Clearwater environmental organization’s annual Great Hudson River Revival is going to be scaled back this year on June 20 and 21, but organizers maintain it will still be “great.”

Last year’s festival at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson left the group with $190,000 in debt, which it is still paying down. Executive Director Greg Williams chalked that up to low attendance because of a wet weather forecast and rain on Sunday.

“It would be irresponsible of Clearwater to move forward with replicating another million-dollar Clearwater Festival in 2020 without having addressed the financial loss we incurred in 2019. We expect that these steps, with the public’s ongoing support, will put us in the best position to return with Revival in 2021,” Williams said.

Due to the venue space capacity, attendance will be limited to 529 people.

Clearwater is also preparing to undertake another major restoration of the sloop Clearwater in the winter of 2020-2021. Next winter’s restoration will be the culmination of a five-year project that was implemented in 2016. This final phase of restoration is centered on timers, frames, and planks above the waterline. Organization officials said this is new and necessary work, which was not addressed in the major restorations of the past decade.

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