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Music with A Message Children's Festival

A children’s music festival celebrating the 100th birthday of songwriter and activist Pete Seeger. Open to youth ages 7-17. FREE registration. Directed by Jennifer Moore and sponsored by the Whallonsburg Grange Hall.


Coming of age during the Great Depression, Pete Seeger saw poverty and adversity that would forever shape his worldview, but it wasn’t until he received his first banjo that he found his way to music as a way to help change the world. He wrote many powerful songs that are heard around the world today. Pete also wrote and recorded dozens of songs for children and often played in schools, at children’s festivals and sang with children’s choirs. When Pete died in 2014 he left a treasure trove of music and a legacy of activism that encourages us all to “Stand up and sing!”

Music With a Message Children’s Festival is open to young people ages 7-17. It’s an all-day event with workshops, group singing, instrument try-outs and more. Featuring Young Traditions Vermont and Adirondack folksinger Dan Berggren. Art project led by Carolyn Vanderhoof from Ledge Hill Studio. The day will end with a community concert and sing out.

CLICK HERE to register.

9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30-11:00 Chorus Practice with Dan Berggren
9:30-11:30 Art Project with Carolyn Vanderhoof
11:00 Young Tradition Vermont workshop
11:45 Adirondack Children’s Community Chorus Practice
Noon: Lunch
1:30-3:00 Chorus Practice with Dan Berggren
15 minute break
3:15 Dress Rehearsal
4:00 Concert and Community Sing Out (everyone welcome)

The Community Sing Out features Adirondack singer/songwriter Dan Berggren. The Wannabes, and the Adirondack Children’s Community Chorus. Everyone welcome; Pete Seeger songbooks will be available to encourage audience singing.

Contact Jennifer Moore for more information:

Generously sponsored by Willsborough Hardware and Alan Gardner Plumbing and Heating.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

Here are samples of Music and Songsheets for everyone attending the Festival:

Pete Seeger Song Lyrics — CLICK HERE

Audio samples of songs

Earlier Event: May 11
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Later Event: May 18
Community Sing Out