Music & environmentalism

BEACON - Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, (Clearwater Festival), celebrates its 40th anniversary this summer. Prior to 1978, the festival was a one-day event known as the Hudson Valley Folk Picnic.

Revival is the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, bringing together major musical acts and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism. This year's festival will be held June 16 and 17, on the banks of the Hudson River at Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson. Visitors can expect two days of live music, workshops, food and interactive events.

The initial line-up of musical acts covers a range of styles, genres and nations. Here's a partial list: The Mavericks, Ani DiFranco, Tom Paxton & The DonJuans, Tom Chapin, David Amram, The Nields, The Kennedys, Jeff Tweedy, They Might Be Giants, Rhiannon Giddens, Hot Rize, Beth Orton, Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Langhorne Slim,  Ramy Essam, Yael Deckelbaum & Prayers of The Mothers Ensemble, CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band.

More information and tickets at clearwaterfestival.org.

Wines & Bites

Join fellow oenophiles (wine lovers) who will gather this weekend to celebrate spring in the Hudson Valley while traveling on self-guided tours via the Shawangunk Wine Trail’s season opener, Wines & Bites Weekend. The two-day event, April 21-22, runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Tickets can be purchased for both days or Sunday only at shawangunkwinetrail.com. If space permits, tickets may be available at individual wineries.

Thirteen wineries are participating and tour-goers can start at any of them, where they will get a souvenir wine glass. Each location will offer food "bites" to pair with their tasting wines - cheese, meat, salad, pasta or dessert.

The event is held rain or shine; Tickets run from $16.20-$27.