PHOTO: Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider (second from left) greets Ed Dlugosz, President of NJ Friends of Clearwater, and Friends Lynn Humprey (left) with granddaughter Sonrisa Scott and Joellen Lundy  on a tour of the oceanfront Great Lawn.  The 38th Annual Clearwater Festival, a fun-filled musical party celebrating the environment, will take place in Long Branch for the first time on Saturday September 15

LONG BRANCH, NJ - New Jersey Friends of Clearwater (NJFC) and The City of Long Branch today announced that the state's oldest and largest celebration of the environment—the NJFC Clearwater Festival—is coming to the oceanfront Great Lawn in Long Branch September 15.  An annual tradition since 1975, the free Clearwater Festival is known for its mix of live music and song, arts and environmental education and advocacy in a family-friendly summer party.

"We are pleased to welcome the Clearwater Festival to Long Branch," said Mayor Adam Schneider. "Our Great Lawn, right on the boardwalk north of Pier Village, is the perfect spot for NJFC’s message of respect for natural resources."

“We are excited about having our 38th Festival in Long Branch," said Ed Dlugosz, President of NJFC. “The Festival has never been this close to the ocean a we hope beachgoers and “boardwalkers” will join environmentalists and music lovers from all over the tri-state region in celebrating the wonders of earth’s resources and to learn how to be better custodians of this gift.”

Established after a visit to Monmouth County from the legendary folksinger and activist Pete Seeger in the early 1970s and named after his Sloop Clearwater, NJFC is dedicated to promoting awareness of our natural resources and their protection.  Its environmental education and advocacy programs extend throughout the year and bringing a traveling eco-classroom to local schools and our sponsorship of Sea Scout “Ship” which uses our sailboat.  The Festival originated at Sandy Hook and was later held in Asbury Park before this year's move to Long Branch.

The Clearwater Festival offers fare music from rock and soul to jazz and gospel by national and local music performers, a Children’s Area with songs and storytelling, and environmental exhibits ranging from energy-saving and recycling tips to watershed protection and clean air advocacy.

Food/craft/green vendors, performers, activists, and volunteers for the Clearwater Festival are asked to visit