7 February 2014
Welcome to a new year and to the Great Saunter of 2014, Shorewalkers’ 29th circling of Manhattan’s waterfront parks and promenades. The Great Saunter 2014 (GS2014) is the most beautiful and longest urban shore hike in the United States. Walkers start and end at historic Fraunces Tavern, located at 54 Pearl St. near the Ferry Building in NYC.
We are saddened by the death of lifetime shorewalker Pete Seeger who died in early February. He was a great shorewalker and a friend. In the 1980’s he joined Shorewalkers as a Life Member. Pete not only wrote the introduction to the book Walking Manhattan’s Rim- The Great Saunter, but he walked the 32 miles around Manhattan Island. It took him four years to do it. We gave him a certificate of accomplishment.
Pete helped write lyrics to “The Shorewalkers Saunter”. It has become a walking standard. You can listen to the song on www.shorewalkers.org and Youtube.
“You don’t know, you don’t know this town,
You don’t know, you don’t know this town,
Till you join the Shorewalkers and they get you walking around.”
“You can take a yellow cab or a subway cheap and fleet,
You can take yellow cab or a subway cheap and fleet,
But you’ll see a lot more walking on your own two feet…..”
Several times Pete walked the Harlem River and East Side River legs of the Great Saunter to Carl Schurz Park where he played his guitar and sang with other walkers. We will miss him.
We thank Great Saunter volunteers, hike leaders, coordinator Sid King, Con Edison and other donors who help make GS2014 possible. Hope to see you on Great Saunter Foot Path on May 3rd, 2014. To register and for more details please go to www.shorewalkers.org.
Cy A Adler