Beacon Sloop Club Broadside
Volume 33, Issue 9
October  2006
Serving The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater With Pride for 33 years

          for the Great Pumpkin Crew for getting  together our last festival of the year and doing a swell job.
          Many thanks to Francesca Sansone for co-coordinating, also to Nancy Cahill for music, Jane Shumsky for vendors, Joyce Hanson for publicity, Saul and Bonnie Rozinsky for stage sound and hot chili, Dave Hoffman for apple cider and pumpkin search, Betty Harkins and Dan Einbender for environmental education, Kip Touraine and the sailors of the Woody Guthrie for sailing our guests over the sparkly waters of the Hudson River...
           Without our many hands and hearts, the best made plans are just plans; so thanks to each of us for pitching in on Saturday for pie-baking, or lending a hand on Sunday to set up, clean up, staff a table, serve a slice of pie or a cup of chili.  A good time for one and all.…

Coming Next Month...guest speaker Ron Samuelson from Walkway over the Hudson and Nominations for next year’s officers….



The Beacon Sloop Club Broadside is the official monthly newsletter of the
Beacon Sloop Club, Inc.
The Beacon Sloop Club, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer environmental education/action and sailing organization dedicated to cleaning-up the Hudson River and it’s environs.  Our main focus is the Beacon, Fishkill and Newburgh area.
Members meet the first Friday of every month at the Sloop Club Building located just across from the Beacon Train station.  Look for the building with the pine tree growing out of the roof!  A potluck dinner starts at 6:30, bring a covered dish to share and your own place setting.  The general meeting starts at 7:30 and lasts about an hour or so.  The meeting is followed by a sing-along.


NEXT EXEC. COM. MEETING IS TUESDAY, Oct. 24th, 7:30 p.m.


Please submit articles by the 1st Monday after the Friday meeting for the for the
Beacon Sloop Club Broadside to


Woody News
     The last scheduled sail is October 15 - Pumpkin Sail. The Woody will be taken to White's Marina on Monday, Oct 16, by Kip's crew. The boat will be derigged that week. Woody Sailor's Meeting is scheduled for Nov. 4 at 1000 hours at the club.  Dock breakdown and BBQ to follow.


    The Beacon Sloop Club needs people to run for office.  Nominations will be taken for president, vice president, treasurer and secretary at the upcoming November meeting.  Please come and let us know you would like to be nominated!
     The Sloop Club needs a volunteer to take over printing of the newsletter.


Sound Bite by Lucille Weinstat

    Kip Touraine was dating a girl, maybe 18 or 19 years ago, who invited him to the Sloop Club.  He refused to go, as he had heard they were "hippies."  Later he was asked to help shingle the building in exchange for a free sail on the Woody.  He agreed.  However, the captain, Ben Mazer, told him that they weren't giving rides yet, but were in the midst of training crew.  So Kip crewed on the Woody on Monday nights, although he says he wasn't very motivated then.
     He has been the captain on Monday nights for the last 14 years, as well as chairing the Woody Guthrie Sailors committee and the Small Boats committee.  He also sets out the outer mooring field (where boats are moored--no, not in the grass!).
     Kip is married to Harriet Holman, who crews on the Woody.  Together, they have three children: Katelyn (who was regular crew on Mondays until she moved to Michigan), Jeremy, Jason and seven grandchildren.  Kip works as a self-employed carpenter and loves to do organic gardening as a hobby.



"Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time."

                                      Joseph Conrad


African Drumming with Kazi Oliver

Kazi will continue in the Fall on Fridays except the 1st Friday of the month.
(845) 863-0975 / (845) 226-6463



SISTER HELEN PREJEAN, author of the bestselling book, Dead Man Walking, and her newest work, The Death of Innocents:  An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions on Thursday, October 12th, 7 p.m., Reid Castle.  The Annual Henry Schwarzschild Memorial Lecture at Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY, is sponsored by the Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action and the Lower Hudson Valley Civil Liberties Union.  Free Admission.

(If you would like to join the Host Committee and come to the reception with Sr. Helen at 6:15 in the Castle at the College, please send a contribution of $100 to NY Civil Liberties Union, Lower Hudson Valley Chapter, 297 Knollwood Rd, Ste. 217, White Plains, NY 10607.)


Every Sunday Farmers Market
at the Beacon Waterfront 10-4pm

Simply Valley
All Local Hudson Valley Products
Sprout Creek Farm Cheeses
(Toussaint and Ouray Cheese)
Fresh made Lamb, Mushroom Spring Rolls
Fresh Made Pasta
Mario’s Brick Oven Bread
Mary Finger Organic Free Range Eggs

Special Large Quantity orders call 845-562-0192



JOIN John, Mark Crispin Miller, Pete Seeger and Westchester County Executive Andy Spano (his schedule permitting)
20 Hartsook Lane, Beacon, NY at the home of Connie Hogarth and Art Kamell (overlooking the Hudson, right off 9D)

$75 requested (at the door) - Limited Space. Reservations required.  RSVP to Connie and Art, (945) 838-2415 , <>
MARC CRISPIN MILLER, NYU Professor of Culture and Communication.
Author of "Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order  and "Fooled Again: The Highjacking of the 2004 Presidential Race.  
PETE SEEGER, Legendary Folk Singer, Composer, Environmentalist, Peace and Civil Rights Activist.


Environmental Education/Action

     The newly reformed Environmental Committee met twice last month.  The first meeting was to take an inventory of the materials we have in the environmental locker.  The second was to experiment with some of the equipment.

     At the first meeting we made a list of items that the club needs to purchase.  A lengthy discussion took place on what the direction of the Committee should be.  The decision was made to have a hands-on exhibit at all the festivals, set up a fish tank in the Sloop Club and have educators on each night’s Woody sails.  We will look into local environmental issues, mainly the storm water runoff after heavy rains that contains raw sewage, and identify local polluters.
     The festival exhibits will have a fish tank stocked with fish, eels, crabs and what ever else we might catch in Beacon Harbor.  A hands-on plankton display will also be set up where the public, children and adults, will capture and view under microscopes the small creatures that live in the river and make up the bottom of the food chain.  The public will be invited to use the plankton tow and capture aquatic organisms.  A fish trap will also be set up and seining will be done to catch the fish that will be exhibited in the tank.  Also, water samples taken from the river will be tested for dissolve oxygen, turbidity, PH and salinity.
     The large fish tank in the Sloop Club will be stocked with fish caught in the fish trap or in the seine net.  These fish would be released back into the river each week and new ones caught to replace them.  The fish tank will be maintained during the sailing season.
     The educators on the Woody crew will educate the guests about the fish in the tank, the river’s food chain, do water testing and, if time permits, do a plankton tow and display the catch.  A log of the water test results will be kept to monitor the health of the river.
     The following Club members attended this meeting; Gigi Fris, Edmund Fitzgerald, Patrick Gallagher, Dick Manley, Pete Seeger, Steve van der Merwe, Dan Einbender and Tom LaBarr.

     The second meeting was an impromptu get- together to learn about some of the tools we will be using.  Crab traps were baited and crabs were caught.  The plankton tow was used and many small creatures were caught and inspected under the microscopes.  The fish tank was filled with river water and the crabs had a happy time on display for an hour or so.  The kids, who did most of the work, had a great time, as did the adults.

The following Club members attended this meeting; Edmund III Fitzgerald, Steve van de Merwe, Rich Holzman, Edmund IV Fitzgerald, Blaine Fitzgerald, Willa Fitzgerald, Jeanna van de Merwe, Lucy van de Merwe and Tom LaBarr.

     All Club members are invited to join us.  Come have a great time exploring the life in the river and teaching others about it.
Tom LaBarr


Nautical Word of the Month

Last month’s word challenge: Pendant
     A strop or short piece of rope fixed on each side, under the shrouds, upon the heads of the main and fore mast, from which it hangs as low as the cat-harping, having an iron thimble spliced into an eye at the lower end to receive the hooks of the main and fore tackles.  There are besides many other pendants, single or double ropes, to the lower extremity of which is attached a block or tackle; such are the fish-pendant, stay-tackle-pendant, brace-pendant, yard-tackle-pendant, reef-tackle-pendant all of which are employed to transmit the efforts of their respective tackles to some distant object.  Rudder-pendants. Strong ropes made fast to a rudder by means of chains.  Their use is to prevent the loss of the rudder if by any accident it should get unshipped.

     Next month’s word challenges:  Cat-Harpings, or Catharpin Legs

From The Sailor’s Word-Book:  An Alphabetical Digest of Nautical Terms, by Admiral W. H. Smyth, 1867.

                Submitted by Tom LaBarr


Saturday, October 21, 8 p.m.
Hudson River Playback Theatre presents
Rosendale Community Center, Rte. 32, Rosendale, NY

Sponsored by Sustainable Hudson and Clearwater, this interactive theatre will be based on audience members  personal stories about living in a time of climate change and environmental risk.  Tell a story about what’s happening to you, within you, and around you and watch as HRPT performers transform your experience into dynamic theatre on the spot, complete with music.  All ages welcome.  Admission by donation.  For more information, 845-255-7716 or


Beacon Sloop Club Minutes, October 6, 2006
Phyllis Newham, President, presiding.

Opening Song - "Midnight Special  and "Cindy  were lead by Ingrid Heldt, Kurt Hauck, Pete Seeger, Michael Scolnick, and Lucille Weinstadt.
Pumpkin Festival - Fran Sansone is co-coordinator for this festival.  She asked for volunteers for various activities and tasks involved with the festival.  Numerous festival-related items discussed.
Sloop Woody Guthrie - Kip Touraine reported.  1. Repairs to sloop decks & frame:  A bid estimate by Scorano Boat Builders for $28,000 was the lowest and most comprehensive bid (other bidders did not include an estimate for the frame).  While there is $23,000 in the Woody Guthrie budget that can go towards the cost of repair work, repair work was not allotted for in this year’s budget.  Kip stated that a general membership vote was required to release these funds.  He stated that the club hopes to get grant money to go towards repairs.  Vinnie Cerniglia made a motion that the Beacon Sloop Club allocate and release the $23,000 in the Woody Guthrie fund to pay for repairs to the boat and also that funds be made available from the Beacon Sloop Club general fund to go towards repairs, if necessary, with the understanding that the Beacon Sloop Club will seek grants and other outside funding to help pay for the repairs.  Lucille Weinstat seconded the motion.  Some discussion followed.  The vote was unanimously in favor of the motion.  2.  Raffle:  Theresa Boswell of Sugarloaf won the raffle for the moonlight dinner cruise on the sloop.  The raffle raised $1,530.00 for the Woody.  3.  Annual Meeting:  The Annual Sailors Meeting and Elections will take place on November 4, 2006, followed by a BBQ.   4.  Misc:  A call was put out for sailors to help with the Pumpkin Festival sails.  Mary Schmalz thanked the Woody Guthrie Captains and Crews for their participation in the Hudson River Ramble.
Small Boats - Kip Touraine reported that the club has three small boats that people have been using to sail.  You can learn to sail using these boats, and the Woody sailors can help you with this.  Call Curtis or Kip (see contacts) to set something up. They are usually there early on Saturdays or Sundays. 
Environmental - 1.   Tom LaBarr reported that the Environmental Committee has met several times and will continue to meet to formulate programs and exhibits.  The first exhibit will be held at the Pumpkin Festival.  The Committee is hoping to be able send an educator out on each Woody sail.  The Committee will be asking the Beacon Sloop Club for funds to purchase new equipment.  As an example, they wish to purchase a 50-gallon tank for set up in the club to stock with fish, etc., from the river.  The fish will be caught, showcased and then released on an ongoing basis, so that there are always different fish to view/study.  2.  Dan Einbender stated that the Clearwater organization, in conjunction with the Beacon Rivers & Estuaries Center, is running an educational program out of the Beacon Waterfront and is using the Beacon Sloop Club.  There will be an open house.
Building - Sue Altkin reported that power washing of the BSC floor was performed on September 30, 2006, after emptying the entire sloop club.  A work party to prep the floor for painting will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2006.  A primer and then a self-leveling product will be applied.  If these products dry quickly, a portion of the floor will then be painted with a "Wheat  colored paint.  The clubhouse will need to be emptied for this to be done.  It was determined that after the meeting concluded on October 6, 2006, the membership would help empty the entire clubhouse to save time.  Mark McCarroll volunteered to spend the night at the clubhouse to safeguard everything.  Sue also asked everyone to please not leave their belongings in the clubhouse, as it was getting very crowded.
River Pool at Beacon - Alan Zollner stated that the prototype was tested in the water and it provided a tremendous learning experience.  The prototype was removed from the water on September 30th and is now in winter storage.  The Annual River Pool at Beacon meeting will be held on November 12, 2006, at the NYSDEC Kowawese Unique Area in New Windsor, New York (Route 9W across from Anthony’s Pier 9 and south of the Toyota Dealership).
Treasury -  The Corn Festival brought us a profit of $2,477.  Nearly all of this was spent on expenses, etc.  We spent $7,000 on insurance for the club and the Woody Guthrie.  We also made the final installment payment on the alarm system installation.  Another expense was the Club’s $1,000 donation to the Clearwater organization.  Please refer to the report in the newsletter for account balances, etc.
Multrum - Marie Young thanked the volunteers that had cleaned the Multrum these past months.  She passed around a new list to cover cleaning of the Multrum for 12/06 through 5/07.  She is seeking one volunteer per month, as the Multrum only needs cleaning once a month.  It is similar to cleaning your bathroom, with a few differences.  She also needs volunteers to form a search committee to research and find a new Multrum and a setup to better serve the Club’s needs.  Please contact Marie (see Contact list).
Nominating Committee & Elections. Steve Van der Merwe stated that the nominating committee will be meeting soon to start the process of identifying individuals to nominate for the Sloop Club’s offices.  He made a motion for a moderated discussion to take place during the November nomination meeting.  Each candidate for office will be given 5 minutes to address the club membership and then a Moderator would take questions from the audience and pose them to the candidate.  Sol Rozinsky seconded the motion.  A discussion ensued.  The motion passed, as there were no nays and many yeas.  There were three abstentions.  Connie Hogarth noted that discussions were ongoing regarding future revisions to the bylaws and to address the Club’s election process.  She also suggested that job descriptions be provided to the membership, so that folks could see what was required of each elected office.  It was determined that it would be printed in the Broadside.  Someone then noted that the Bylaws (available online) also contained descriptions of each office.
Events - 1.  The famous Freedom Schooner Amistad will visit the Hudson in October.  It will be in Poughkeepsie (Waryas Park) on Oct. 12, 13 & 20.  It will be in Kingston at the Maritime Museum on the 15th & 17th.   It will re-visit Haverstraw on Oct. 22nd & 24th.  Visit <>.   2.  There will be a fundraiser for John Hall on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at Connie Hogarth’s house.  3.  Mark McCarroll showed us his beautiful photographs.  4.  The Beacon Firetower group is selling t-shirts and patches as a fundraiser to save and repair the Firetower.  You can buy the t-shirts at:  <>.  Information on the organization can be found at:  <>.
Adjourn - Michelle Marcus moved to adjourn the meeting and Lucille Weinstat made the second.  Motion passed unanimously.
                       - Reported by Michelle S. Marcus


Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:
Following Pete Seeger’s lead regarding the Beacon Sloop Club’s representation of the diversity of the Hudson Valley, I believe the club should continue to
support gay marriage rights.  What the 1950s and 1960s were to African American civil rights the present day is to gay rights.  The club’s support is important to this movement’s future in the valley.

Sincerely, Michael Boyajian, Fishkill 

You are invited to express your opinions on this or any other subject by writing to the Editor at <>.


Return to Mendeland

African American artist Hale Woodruff completed a six-panel mural depicting the events that occurred on board the Amistad.  This panel is entitled "Return to Mendeland,  showing the return of the surviving slaves to their homeland. From the Savery Library on the campus of Talladega College.


The Freedom Schooner Amistad is coming up the Hudson River this month.  Probably passing Beacon on the 11th and  21st, it will be docked in Poughkeepsie with the Clearwater at Waryas Park on Oct. 12-14 and 19 & 20.  It will be in Kingston from Oct. 15-19.  For further information, see

     La Amistad (Spanish: "Friendship") was a 19th century two-masted schooner of about 120 tons displacement.  Built in America, La Amistad was originally named Friendship but was renamed after being purchased by a Spanish owner.  La Amistad came to be a symbol of the abolition movement after a group of African captives it was carrying revolted, and were subsequently recaptured and sold into slavery, resulting in a legal battle over the Africans  legal status.
     The Amistad incident:  In 1839 a rebellion broke out among the African captives it was carrying from Havana, Cuba to Puerto Principe, Cuba.  The captives in question had been illegally transported from Africa-transport of new slaves from Africa to the Americas was outlawed by the first decade of the 1800s-where they were fraudulently declared to be native Cuban slaves.  After the revolt, the Africans demanded to be returned home but La Amistad’s navigator deceived them about their course, and sailed them north along the American coast to Long Island, New York.  The schooner was subsequently taken into custody by the United States Navy, and the Africans, who were deemed to be salvage from the vessel, were taken to Connecticut and sold as slaves.  A widely publicized court case ensued about the ship and the legal status of the African captives.  This incident figured prominently in the American abolition of slavery….
     Strictly speaking La Amistad was not a slave ship in the sense that it was not designed for the purpose of transporting slaves.  La Amistad engaged in shorter, coastal trade.  The primary cargo of La Amistad was sugar-industry products, and her normal route ran from Havana to her home port, Guanaja.  She also took on passengers and, on occasion, slaves for transport.  The captives that La Amistad was carrying had been illegally transported to Cuba aboard the slave ship Tecora….  The crew of La Amistad, lacking the slave quarters, placed half the 53 captives in the hold, and the other half on deck.  The captives were relatively free to move about, unlike a true slave ship where they would have been chained down, and it was this freedom of movement that allowed the captives to revolt and take control of the vessel.

     Later years:  The vessel, after sitting at the wharf behind the Custom House in New London, Connecticut for a year and a half, was auctioned off by the U.S. Marshall in October of 1840.  Captain George Howland of Newport, Rhode Island purchased the vessel and then had to get an Act of Congress passed so that he could register her.  He renamed her Ion, and, in late 1841, sailed to Bermuda and St. Thomas with a typical New England cargo of onions, apples, live poultry, and cheese.
     After sailing her for a couple of years, he sold the boat in Guadeloupe in 1844.  There appears to be no record of what became of the Ion under her French owners in the Caribbean.
     In March 2000, a replica of La Amistad was launched from Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut.  Its mission is to educate the public on the history of slavery, discrimination and civil rights.  The vessel’s current homeport is New Haven, Connecticut, where the Amistad Trial occurred.  It also travels to port cities for educational opportunities.  The official name of the vessel is the Freedom Schooner Amistad.

From Wikipedia, the free Internet encyclopedia


Attention, Beacon voters
This from the Beacon Coalition for Open Space:
On Election Day, Nov. 7, City of Beacon voters will find  on the ballot a proposition to raise funds for open space preservation.  This is a chance to save what is precious, make it public and prevent loss of special habitat -- including human enjoyment -- to development.  The measure reads as follows:
"In order to conserve land that protects scenic views and the water quality of rivers and streams and to protect natural areas and wildlife habitat from development, shall the City of Beacon bond resolution in the amount of $1 million be approved, to finance a voluntary program for the acquisition of interests or rights in land after a review by a citizens  advisory committee and subject to final approval by the City Council?"
The city may be involved in several potential land purchases in coming years.  Presently, it has a purchase agreement with the corporation owning the 103-acre Hiddenbrooke property on the eastern edge of Beacon at the foot of Mount Beacon, but must raise the money. The bond issue is a key part of the funding.
Anyone wishing further information may contact Chris Ruhe, 831-7567.