Woodstock Revisited


         Woodstock, 1969, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

Anybody who was there will attest to that fact. Some, who wish they were there, say, “if you can remember it, you weren’t there.” That’s BS.

I was there, and I remember every rain-soaked, mud caked, pleasantly stoned minute.

As a matter of fact, I was on assignment to photograph the festival. Having a summer cottage nearby was a pleasure to retreat to after the festival. 

Now, flash forward 44 years to June 21, 2013 - the first weekend of summer. 

Margaret , my wife, and I made a pilgrimage back to the town on our way to New York City. 

Were we looking for our lost youth? Pretending to be hippies again? Nope. We both had our reasons, which will become clear later.

As Friday, June 21 rolled in, so did the New York weekenders…invading the quiet hamlet that once was a refuge to poets, artists and musicians in the 50’s; and now stands as a tribute to the great musicians who performed at the famous music festival. However, Woodstock still has the charm that once brought the artists to that creative mecca.

As an acknowledgement to those festival music makers, such as Dylan, Hendrix, Joplin, The Band, etc., the town has, instead of where parking meters might be, commissioned local artisans to create guitars along the main street. These are great pieces of street art...Have a look.

Yet despite the influx of these city folk searching for a ‘hip’ weekend, Woodstock still has a layer of charm that retains the vibe of 1969. Scroll down for a look.

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My reason for returning…to revisit my summer cottage and to spend time with my cousin, who still lives there.

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Margaret’s reason was to visit the grave of her friend Levon Helm, legendary musician, Arkansas southern gentleman and lead singer/drummer for The Band.

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PS - If you ever want a fabulous B&B in Woodstock, check out the B&B Suite,

                         located in the lovely hills overlooking the town.

                                           http://bit.ly/14Gta7H.  

                                   

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