Back to the Garden: A Visit to the Museum at Bethel Woods

@The Open Suitcase LLCGroovy.

It’s the adjective that kept rolling through my head as I toured the Museum at Bethel Woods. As in, “Man. Dig those go-go boots. They’re groovy.”

Unless you’ve lived under a dome, you’re familiar with Woodstock, the legendary music festival that took place in upstate New York in August 1969. Despite its name, the festival was not held in the town of Woodstock. And it wasn’t held in the original planned location of Wallkill after promoters lost that site one month before the concert. But sometimes happy accidents occur and Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel became the perfect setting for “The Woodstock Music and Art Fair – An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”. How the improbable concert came together and its relevance to the turbulent climate in America are explored in colorful and entertaining displays in the museum.

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