Weekend Staff Picks: Blossoms, Beats & Banjos

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Singer Pete Seeger performs at the 2009 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize special outdoor tribute at Hunts Point Riverside Park on September 3, 2009 in New York City.

Here are some of the events WNYC staff members are checking out this weekend.

ALEC HAMILTON, assistant producer, WNYC News: A long family tradition for Alec involves dressing the youngest girl in a heirloom homemade lace dress, taking a picture and then passing the dress on to the next family member who has a baby girl. Alec will be among the cherry trees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on a photo shoot with her nearly one-year-old.

STEPHEN NESSEN, WNYC Reporter: Saturday is national Record Store Day and many independent shops in the NY area will be participating of this national event offering limited editions and re-releases of records, plus food and in store performances. As a record collector Stephen calls it, "an easter egg hunt for adults."

LIZ WEBER, senior manager, on-air and online fundraising: As a student of the banjo, Liz recommends the Brooklyn Folk Festival at The Bell House. Liz says one of the highlights this year is a sing-along salute to singer-songwriter Pete Seeger, who died at age 94 earlier this year.