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

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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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Florida for Grownups – St. Pete Finale

Now that you have some ideas about where to stay (St. Pete Part I) and what to do (St. Pete Part II), it’s time to think about refreshments.

After you’ve walked and gawked and sunned and surfed, it’s time to eat.  And not at the national chains that populate the rest of Florida, hawking their early bird specials (Yes, Denny’s – this means you.).  Steve Westphal, owner of, notes that one of the truly unique aspects of St. Pete is the plethora of independently owned and operated restaurants.  Parkshore Grill and Tryst Gastro Lounge (recently selected as one of  Urban Spoon’s 250 Most Popular High-End Restaurants in America) are just two of many excellent locations to enjoy a meal.

Downtown St. Petersburg

Photo: City of St. Petersburg

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