Folk Legend Pete Seeger Had Strong Ties to Connecticut

From the Avon Old Farms School website.

From the Avon Old Farms School website.

Stories posted by media outlets nationwide—and beyond—are taking an appropriately worshipful look back at the life and accomplishments of folk music legend Pete Seeger, including pieces in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Stitched modestly into that broad canvas of Seeger’s life and impact are several key ties to Connecticut that deserve a look for all who knew and loved the music and the man.

As a boy, Seeger attended the Spring Hill School in Litchfield, Conn., where he “composed delightful poems for his school’s literary magazine,” according to the Litchfield Historical Society.

One of them, published in 1932 in Wit and Wisdom, the school’s literary publication, went like this.

Cheer-Up Rhyme for a Misty Day

‘Tis a very foggy day,
In the misty, foggy way,
And I hope that it will clear up very soon;
For the hillside’s all blurred out,
By this dampish white about,
And all last week I hardly ever saw the moon.
It’s so wet and damp and “mucky,”
That one doesn’t feel so lucky,
If on slips and falls down in an “ooky” pond.
But, when I settle down and read,
Having cared for every need,
I feel that I should smile and say,
“Be darned”.

Seeger went on to attend Avon Old Farms School, graduating in the Class of 1936. In 2008, he was unanimously selected as the first recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, and he spoke on May 10 that year at the private preparatory school.

“The audience was thrilled to hear his remarks and felt privileged to listen to him perform,” says a post on the school’s website. “Following the ceremony, the crowd was invited outside the to the Village Green where the school named a tree in his honor.”

Seeger’s music also had strong ties to Connecticut, specifically to Litchfield, where his friend and fellow musician Paul Winter lives.

On his Living Music website, Winter chronicles Making of the Grammy-winning Album “PETE.”

To bend the words of Woody Guthrie, this land—Connecticut—was fully, richly, happily Pete Seeger’s “land.”


Folk Legend Pete Seeger Had Strong Ties to Connecticut

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