An annual Hudson Valley tradition, the Beacon Sloop Club’s legendary Strawberry Festival will take place on Sunday, June 12th at Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park in Beacon. The all ages event, held rain or shine, lasts from 12-5pm and is found on the Riverside of the Metro North Beacon Station.
At the BSC Strawberry Festival, you’ll find the best shortcake you have ever imagined, made with local strawberries and homemade biscuits topped with real whipped cream, all while surrounded by the glorious Hudson River. There are more treats available, including strawberry smoothies, freshly made chocolate covered strawberries and other great foods to enjoy. Local vendors will also be on hand selling food and crafts.
There will also be free sailing on the Sloop Woody Guthrie. Located right in Beacon Harbor, attendees can sign up at the Beacon Sloop Club booth for a free afternoon sail as you experience the beauty, power and grandeur of the Hudson River.
Two solar powered music stages are featured during the BSC Strawberry Festival, with a main stage and one dedicated for young folks and children to enjoy. There are also many other free activities great for children, as well as displays of local Hudson River history and the environment for all to enjoy.
As hosts of Strawberry Festival, The Beacon Sloop Club is an all-volunteer non-profit organization. The BSC Strawberry Festival raises money for the public sailing program on the Woody Guthrie and other environmental education programs. As such, there is never a charge for sailing aboard “The Woody.” The BSC meets the first Friday of each month at the clubhouse in Beacon, right on the river near the Metro-North train station, for a potluck dinner, business meeting and music. Everyone is always welcome.
Musicians performing throughout the Strawberry Festival include Arm of The Sea Theater, Judith Tulloch Band, Lost Ryders of the Waywayanda, Beacon Songsmiths, Eric Person, Lydia Adams Davis, Roger The Jester, Spook Handy, Jonathan Kruk, Bindlestick Bill and The Last Minute Soulmates.
Admission to the Strawberry Festival is free. For more information, visit beaconsloopclub.org
See below for pictures from past BSC Strawberry Festivals below, courtesy of Beacon Sloop Club.