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Drum circle on the Woodstock Village Green.

 

Woodstock, New York best known for creating the 1969 "Woodstock Festival" & concert has been attracting artists, muscians, free thinkers, poets and social innovators from the early 1900s and continues to do so today.

brief history of Woodstock, New York

A video montage of woodstock Today.

Woodstock today: Music, Dance, Theatre

Maverick Concerts
Music in the Woods. America's Oldest Continuous Summer Chamber Music Series begun in 1916 and still going strong.

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Music, Theatre, Movies, Art & Ongoing Events in Woodstock

Woodstock today: the arts

For more info, see the Woodstock Guide and the Woodstock Chamber.


From the early American Bohemians, the Beats in the 1950s, the Yippies and the Hippies & Flower Children of the 1960s
and today, the Goths, the Punks and the Woodstock Generation. 
  

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1969
The phrase "Woodstock Festival" was used as early as the 1950s for events. When the hippies began to "overrun" the town and some objected, the word Festival was down played for a few years. Sort of a conservative Boozers vs. hip Stoners thing. Then in 1969, the word Festival was revived and rumors of a big "Woodstock Festival" begin circulating. Woodstock not having the infrastructure to handle a huge crowd, ultimately caused the '69 Woodstock Concert to be held on Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York. "Three days of Peace and Music" AKA: Woodstock Music & Art Fair

1969 concert

Landy Vision
    Interactive Music Visuals & Photography
The Band ~ Bob Dylan ~ Janis Joplin ~ Jimi Hendrix ~ Jim Morrison ~ Van Morrison ~ Woodstock Festival 1969 ~ 60's Civil-Rights Movement ~ 60's Celebrity photos ~ Other 60's Musicians ~ Elliotts flower photos ~ NY City Kaleidoscapes ~ LandyVision Network

   Woodstock Museum
    Multimedia experience through that explosive era when rebels with a cause formed political, sexual, psychedelic and spiritual movements that would shake the foundations of America... songs of the times.

 

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
    Music and History Play On. ... The Museum at Bethel Woods explores the unique experience of the Woodstock festival, its significance as a culminating event of a decade of radical cultural transformation, and the legacies of the Sixties and Woodstock today....

 

1960s
Albert Grossman, manager of popular folk singers living in Woodstock ~ Bob Dylan moved into Byrdcliffe ~ Joan Baez ~ Peter Paul and Mary and other folk singers ~ Dylan Blowin' in the wind 1962. ~ Counter Culture ~ Gatherings

 


for the Woodstock Generation, many more links


   Kotty Wangler Gallery
   Well over 1,000 painters with public careers have lived and worked in Woodstock over the last century. As this project could not include them all, we have done what we could to present as wide a variety as possible.....

1920s
Maverick Festivals history. Picnicking around campfires with music, dancing, costumes, and other communal celebrations, Chamber Music and elaborate productions. One in 1922 included a 80 foot elaborately decorated ship which was burned at the end of the show. As festivals became more popular and fun, enter the bootleggers and also pressure to shut down the festivals. The 1931 festival, changed around at the last minute to satisfy nay sayers, was not a success.

1900s
Hervey White a believer in cooperation rather then competition first a Byrdcliffe art Colony then at a farm he bought which during WWI became known as "The Maverick" which attracted people interested in a new way of life. -- Musicians, bohemians, artists, social innovators. more...

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The Historical Society of Woodstock
   Tool room, photography display, art and many other items. Open weekends, July through September.

1902
While other parts of the Catskills were becoming destinations for visitors, Woodstock still clung to an older way of life. This lack of commercialism eventually made Woodstock grow in attractiveness to visitors.

1800s
The area was ideal for glass making. Plenty of hardwood forests for fuel, good sand at Cooper lake and not far from Hudson River shipping. As forests were cleared, it opened fields for farming. In winters, farmers would make shingles & wheel parts by the hearth.

1000BC
Early hunter/gatherer societies lived in what is now known as the Hudson Valley from at least 1000BC. By the time the first Europeans arrived in the area, those Native American's were farming and making pottery along the Hudson Valley, and hunting with bow and arrow in what is now the Woodstock area.

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