This summer Nicole and I and Nicole’s sister, Sarah, attended the Newport Folk Festival. It was the 50th anniversary of the festival and founder Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday. It was a beautiful setting. It was a hot, sunny day. The music was great, and there was lots of it. What’s wonderful to me about the Folk Festival and Pete Seeger in particular is that Mr. Seeger understands the power of music to create community and lifts that community building aspect up and honors it. This is exemplified in the sing-along at the end of the festival day. Together with many of the artists that had performed that day, with Pete leading, we sang “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “If I Had a Hammer,” “This Land is Your Land,” and others. We feel blessed to have been a part of that experience as we continue our work of building authentic community.

Newport bridge

Newport bridge

Listening to the music from the bay

Listening to the music from the bay

Entering the festival

Entering the festival

Nicole and Sarah

Nicole and Sarah

Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples

Avett Brothers

Avett Brothers

Iron & Wine

Iron & Wine

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