Woodstock 40th Anniversary Concert, Bethel, NY   2009-08-16


This weekend 40 years ago ---- in the midst of Vietname, just a few weeks after Apollo 11 and just 8 weeks before the Mets won their first World Series, was Woodstock.    The 3 day concert from August 15 to 18, 1969 was held in Bethel, NY (near Monticello) --- not in Woodstock, NY.   The concert was originally named for the town of Woodstock, but after residents of that town realized how the planning had gotten out of hand, revoke the permit and at the last minute the location was moved to Bethel on the farm of Max Yasgur, but the name 'Woodstock' stuck as the event.


Today part of the site is operated as the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which includes a museum and modern concern facilities.    As we made this stop on our way back from Cooperstown, we didn't have time to see the museum, so that will have to be a future trip.    The center's web site is  http://www.bethelwoodscenter.org.


More about Woodstock at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodstock_Festival.    

Also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippie has an interesting description of the hippie subculture that was such a big part of what went into Woodstock.

More of my photos at http://www.kodakgallery.com/edp128128/main/090815_woodstock_40th_anniv.


Behind us is the farm where the original concert was held, purposely chosen for its natural slope.    As you can see I am appropriately dressed.




The farmhouse from the Yasgur farm.










Seemed like half the people were senior citizens or close to it, half young people who were born long after 1969.    The same can be said about the performers as well.















Unlike in 1969, there is a real building and a permanent concert facility, with, most importantly, indoor plumbing and food concessions.













This service dog was also appropriately dressed.



















Just happen to get a nice sunset shot near the farmhouse - note the silos on the left.




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