May 12-14, 2014
at the Highlander Center in New Market, TN
(SERFA is May 14-18 at the Montreat Conference Center just following)
“Carry it On! An education summit carrying on the legacy of Pete Seeger” will be the title of our 3rd Membership Retreat in the circle of rocking chairs at the historic Highlander Center, just outside of Knoxville, TN.
We will come together to share Pete’s songs, our stories, our longings and our hopes.
Guiding us will be the following Local 1000 members, who each have a different experience of Pete’s Legacy, to guide our reflections and challenge and equip us to apply them in our art, in our lives.
A founding member and former Secretary-Treasurer of Local 1000, has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century and has been writing songs for the past 40 years. In recognition of those milestones he released, in the Fall of 2013, a retrospective album, SO FAR, SO GOOD – 40 Songs For 40 Years. His songs have been recorded and sung by other performers such as Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small. Charlie is also the first of our members to apply for and receive his AFM Pension!
Charlie was a younger contemporary of Pete, who hailed him as “one of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.” He brings the perspective of a contemporary.
Long-time emeritus president of Local 1000, John has had a long-time collegial relationship with Pete as fellow-lovers of the banjo, as well as fellow-song-singers and musical organizers. He brings the perspective of one who sits at the feet of the elders and processes and passes on the gems unearthed.
From his home in New Jersey, Spook Handy says, “I was no red diaper baby. I never knew anything about Pete Seeger until I was busy working as a singer and songwriter.” It was only after they met at a festival and Pete invited Spook to join him on stage that their friendship and partnership began to develop and they toured and played numerous shows together. Spook brings the perspective of carrying it on from people who are the grandchildren of this multi-generational movement of song and human hope.
Who: Members-in-Good-Standing of Local 1000 only
When: May 12-14 (Mon Lunch through Wed lunch)
Where: the Historic Highlander Research and Education Center (http://highlandercenter.org/)
Registration includes meals and lodging (dormitory), use of the facility and the program costs.
Please consider giving a donation to the Joe Hill Scholarship fund to help fund the participation of another member, especially (but not only) if you are unable to attend yourself.