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20th Shad Festival and Hudson River Celebration

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May 16, 2010: 12:00PM to 5:00PM
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Online ticket sales for this event are closed. You can purchase tickets at the event on Sunday (see ticket prices below). Please click on the ‘map’ link above for the location. We encourage all to come out and participate in this celebration!

WHUD’s morning show-May 13th, 2010 (mp3-audio)

For 20 years, Riverkeeper’s Shad Fest has been a celebration of the vast numbers of American shad that returned each year to the Hudson River to spawn. The shad run has been a welcome sign of spring, rebirth and renewal for thousands of years, since the Lenape Indians populated the Hudson’s shores. Sadly, the shad population has declined in recent years to dangerously low levels and the focus of this year’s event is on saving the American Shad and other Hudson River signature fish which are similarly at risk.

This all-day festival takes place on the banks of the Hudson River and provides the perfect opportunity for friends and family to enjoy a day in the country celebrating the resource Riverkeeper works to protect.

For the first time ever, Shad Fest is going bottle free! We will have our own “Bring Your Own” bottles for purchase at the on site truck that will be providing water for all.

This years Shad Fest honors Murray Fisher Co-Founder and Director of The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School.

Murray began his career in 1998 at Riverkeeper after graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Biology. He left Riverkeeper in 1999 to help Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. start Waterkeeper Alliance. His work helping new Waterkeeper programs start inspired him to take the movement to youth in the city where few connections to the water existed. He led a year-long effort to create the New York Harbor School which opened in 2003. It is a public high school with 400 students and is currently located in Brooklyn, New York. This summer the school moves to a brand-new facility on Governors Island, in the middle of New York Harbor. His vision for the Harbor School is to use New York’s maritime experience to engage city kids so they may be prepared for success in college, and ultimately to produce the next generation of Riverkeepers, Baykeepers and Waterkeepers.

All-inclusive Ticket: $75
Green Street Market • Children’s Stage • Whole Foods Market picnic • Local & Regional • Craft Beers & Limited-Production Wines • Falconry & Wildlife Show • Jonathan the Storyteller • Bindlestick Bill • Andante Music • Animal Alley • Tree Climbing • Nature Hikes with Wildman Steve Brill

Musical Performances:

All proceeds go to supporting the vital work of Riverkeeper:
Protecting NYC drinking water & the majestic Hudson River

Additional Ticket Prices:
$25 Youth 6 – 20 (Children 5 and under are free, $40 on event day)

$75 Individual Adult Tickets ($100 on event day)

$100 Premier Ticket (Includes “Friend” level 12 month Riverkeeper membership, tour of Boscobel House & Gardens & premium parking, supply limited)

$175 Family Pack (Includes admission for 2 adults and 2 youth)

$225 Premier Family Pack (Includes Family Pack plus “Friend” level 12 month Riverkeeper membership, tour of Boscobel House & Gardens & premium parking, supply limited)

$1,000 Festival Pack – (includes 10 admission tickets with a ‘Friend’ level 1 12 month Riverkeeper membership, tour of Boscobel House & Gardens & premium parking, supply limited)

Riverkeeper Event Sponsors
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  • Whole Foods Market logo
  • Iron Shore logo
  • Mt Kisco Seaford logo
  • Boscobel House & Gardens logo
  • Mount Sinai logo
  • Captain Lawrence logo
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  • Oriel logo
  • Fire Island Beer Company logo
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