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21st Shad Fest & Hudson River Celebration

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May 15, 2011: 12:00PM to 5:00PM
1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524 map


Check out photos from this event courtesy Todd Shapera.

On May 15, 2011, more than 1,000 Riverkeeper friends and supporters will come together for a day of family fun at our 21st Shad Festival & Hudson River Celebration.

Hosted By

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and former NY Rangers goalie Mike Richter, this all-day festival will take place at the historic Boscobel House & Gardens in Garrison, NY, overlooking one of the most beautiful river stretches in America. The Shad Festival started as a backyard barbecue named for the Great American Shad and has grown to be the best party in the Hudson Valley! Our featured favorites will include live music, arts & crafts, activities for the kids, eco merry-go-round, laughing yoga, jugglers, birds of prey and Green Street, the Shad Fest’s eco-friendly living vendor display.


we listened to what you had to say and heard that change was needed, so change we did. NEW this year: member tickets, lower ticket prices, senior tickets, on-site parking option and Taste of the Hudson Valley, offering the best in local food from the region’s culinary greats!


This year‘s honorees are:

Bob Walters:

Bob Walters is the former chairman of the Green Policy Task Force as well as director of the Science Barge for Groundwork Hudson Valley. A true environmental advocate, he helped build the Hudson River Sloop, “The Sojourner Truth”; served as Beczak Environmental Education Center’s first Executive Director and acted as a founding board member; wrote a 10-year local newspaper column called “River Notes”; and worked as a tour guide on the Yonkers Water Taxi among many other endeavors.

Allen Monks:

Allen Monks is the owner of Allen’s Import Service shop in Highland Falls, New York. Growing up in Cornwall, Allen spent his time split between fixing old cars and hiking at Storm King Mountain. When Riverkeeper founder, John Cronin, brought his car into Allen’s shop for repair 30 years ago Allen realized that he was in a position to make a difference. Since 1989 Allen has donated 1% of the proceeds of every car that he repairs to Riverkeeper.

Newtown Creek Alliance:

The Newtown Creek Alliance represents the interests of community residents and local businesses who are dedicated to restoring community health, water quality, habitat, access, and vibrant water dependent commerce along Newtown Creek. Since 2002, the Alliance has served as a catalyst and channel for effective community action and our efforts have made a positive and enduring impact on the health and quality of life of Creek-side communities.

Lower Esopus Watershed Partnership:

Founded in 2007, the Lower Esopus Watershed Partnership is an inter-municipal coalition in Ulster County in Upstate New York: Town of Saugerties, Town of Ulster, Town of Hurley, Town of Marbletown, Town of Olive, City of Kingston, and the Village of Saugerties. The mission of LEWP is to foster appreciation and stewardship of the Lower Esopus Watershed through a variety of partnerships. Its objectives include: enhance water quality and stream function; promote floodplain management; support ecosystem health and diversity and encourage compatible agricultural, cultural, economic, municipal, and recreational activities.

Director Ronald A. Gatto / Westchester County Police Department:

Ronald A. Gatto has made his career in Environmental Law Enforcement with over 28 years of Policing and safeguarding the Environment East and West of the Hudson River covering a large area throughout New York State. He also provided and Supervised Security for certain infrastructures, i.e. Waste water Treatment Plants, Transfer Stations, and many other infrastructures for security measures. Ronald A Gatto is married and has four children 3 girls and a Boy. Ron Gatto started his career in 1982 with the NYC Environmental Police and worked his way to the rank of Captain in charge of the Investigations Unit East and West of the Hudson River covering over 2000 square miles of watershed which included 19 reservoirs responsible for delivering water to over 9 million people in NYC and other parts of NYS. After 21 years of service with the Environmental Police, Ron Gatto left the Department and was re-hired by Westchester County Executive and placed with the Westchester County Police Department as the New Director of Environmental Security Unit as the Chief Investigator and supervises all Environmental Complaints, investigations, and criminal arrests. Up to date, through his career Director Gatto has made over 950 environmental arrests, with a 100% conviction rate. He also either conducted himself or managed over 3000 thousand criminal Environmental investigations, including many civil cases as well. Director Gatto has also received many awards throughout his career, some of which include, The USA EPA Outstanding Environmental Quality Award, Hudson Valley’s magazine, Best Environmental Cop award, Sierra Clubs Green Award, Frank Lloyd Wright Usonia Home Assoc. Award, and in Time Magazine, he has been recognized as a Hero of the Planet, where only nine people were chosen in the world for doing something above and beyond the normal call of duty. His life has been arresting polluters and safeguarding the environment.

Musical Guests

Evan Watson

“Saturated in the blues, folk, gospel, and rock traditions of America, 25 year-old Indiana native—Tarrytown, NY resident– Evan Watson writes accessible yet dynamic songs that flirt with pop melody lines, but always deliver a heart-felt original execution. With cited influences like the Little Feat, Eric Clapton, The Band, Buddy Guy, and Ben Harper, Evan’s live performance is riddled with soul, roots, and honesty. Evan has been on the road opening for Meatloaf this year and will continue his travels as the opener for the Heart & Def Leppard tour this summer.”

Uncle Wade

Five guys devoted to roots, blues, rivers, and trains whose sets range from junkyard blues to sea songs, twang to Celtic to traditional BBQ (smoked) – a Shad Fest favorite!


FATHER and SON guitarists John Eurell Sr and John Eurell Jr with world-class percussion & bass. Based in the Hudson Valley and Connecticut, Sundad is making their name as one of a new class of acoustic bands whose compositions, recordings, and live performances are filled with beautiful rhythms, harmonies, and chord changes that capture the heart and soul. In his childhood days John Jr used to tag along with his father to rehearsals and gigs. Now they play together and there is a real chemistry to the music which the audience always loves. John Sr. and John Jr. love improvising and the current song selection provides plenty of room to breath.

Marc Black Band

Whether he’s singing about his unabashed love of Rachel Maddow, the evils of hydro-fracking, or his current drug of choice (coffee), his music is one place where politics, poetry, and a great sense of humor all meet. The band includes veterans of bands like Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood & the Blues Magoos. Marc’s song, No Fracking Way, is quickly becoming an anthem for the resistance.


Tickets start at $30 and will continue to grant access to all the festivities, including live music, beer & wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Be sure to bring your reusable water bottle as we remain dedicated to maintaining a water-bottle free event. Don’t worry if you forget your water bottle, we will also have them for sale. In addition, the first 250 ticket purchasers will receive a 1 year subscription to Wine Enthusiast’s online wine magazine, Zinio, and a 15% Wine Enthusiast showroom discount ticket. Tickets for Taste of the Hudson Valley will be sold separately at $5 per “taste”, with partners to be announced in the coming months.


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