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Woodstock revisted

Took the day off on Friday, and traveled to NY to visit “Woodstock”, actually in Bethel. Friday marked the 43rd anniversary of the last day of the original event.

It was pretty far, but the nostalgic kick was worth the effort.

entrance to the museum area

The museum that’s been created (2008) is wonderful, with theaters, video clips, artifacts, mementos and all kinds of other things, including lots of colorful people.

this sign near the beginning of the walking tour says it all

Peace flag, civil revolt, and the Vietnam War

the advent of FM radio, and the groovy sounds of legendary artists

suede stars and stripes jacket

The event almost didn’t happen. Originally slated to be in Woodstock, NY, that fell through. Promoters then moved the show to Wallkill. With only two weeks before the scheduled event, the mayor of Wallkill pulled the plug and banned the event from happening. The group scrambled and found a home on Yasgur’s Dairy Farm. Max Yasgur allowed the event on his property. He was paid $50K for the use of the land.

location(s) map, letters and proposed promo literature

what became the official logo, the guitar and dove, shown on a silk scarf. ‘discounted’ three day ticket (upper right) cost $18. Each day cost $8

magic bus where you can sit inside the time machine and watch actual footage of movies of the day

one of the many original sign posts of people looking for people. At the height of the event, Woodstock became the 3rd largest “city” in New York, so getting separated and lost was easy

picture showing part of the “half a million strong”. If you look closely, you might even see a recognizable face in the crowd (lower right corner)

After viewing the museum, we went down to the monument area. In it’s preserved state, this is where it all happened.

pano of the original site. the area the stage was constructed on is at the left, and the enormous field fans out to the right. Difficult to see, there are 6 people in the field looking toward the “stage”. The land has been preserved and is on the national historic registry

pano view from “behind the stage”. photo taken in area that the musicians got ready before their performance. The heliport that brought many of the acts in, because of closed roads, is behind me to the right. Those same 6 people in the picture above can be seen in the middle, just above the rocks, giving you a better sense of scale.

Once the event was over, it took some time to recuperate and clean up, and the town was forever changed.  Apparently, Mr. Yasgur, while a hero for the festival, was scorned by the locals for allowing the event to occur. While once a prominent and respected local, he was barred from using the local store, still located on Rte 17B.

But, while shunned by many, this historic event will be forever remembered as a game changer for a future generation in the ‘summer of ’69”. What a great time in history.

Peace.