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As promised, today I will be giving you a review of the Bethel Woods Harvest Festival and Mountain Jam. Now, if only it had been nicer weather! The entire day, it misted rain, which made things a little harder to navigate, but still great. Luckily, everything was under tents.

Well let me start by saying that Bethel Woods is such a beautiful place to go. Even if you’re not going to the Woodstock museum, you can walk the site of the original Woodstock. It’s expansive and you’ll be hiking around the hills of Yasgur’s farm for hours. By the way, the museum costs $13! (But worth every penny, I’m sure.)

It must have taken quite some time to graffiti this Bug! Photo by Kate Langenburg.

It must have taken quite some time to graffiti this Bug! Photo by Kate Langenburg.

The Harvest Festival was very much like a large farmer’s and artisan market. There were displays of handcrafted quilts made by local seamstresses, an auction for some pretty neatly painted tables, and many interesting things to look at. My favorite was a painted VW Bug sitting in the middle of the field.

The tables of farmers was far more than I expected. Here’s a brief list of what was being sold that day: lettuce, cheeses, wine, peppers, apples, pumpkin, apple cider, soups, breads, squash, gourds, candies, sauces, and flowers. There were even some cool looking sugar cookies in the shapes of peace signs. How appropriate.

The farmer’s market portion of the Harvest Festival actually happens every Sunday. Here is a complete list of vendors.

Not only did the Festival have good food. It also had activities, too. There was a fun little corn maze to get lost in, which I definitely had to do. The corn was so tall I felt like I was in the jungle. There were also musician workshops and mini jam sessions for those interested.

Pumpkins, gourds, and veggies, oh my! Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Pumpkins, gourds, and veggies, oh my! Photo by Kate Langenburg.

The shuttle bus ran from the Harvest Festival area up to the museum. The ride along the way was great! Our groovy bus driver pointed out famous Woodstock spots, like the skinny dipping pond and the area where the original stage once was.

Thank goodness for those tents — the bluegrass bands that played needed the cover to perform. They managed to grab the attention of many festival-goers, and some even sat out in the rain to watch them play. Unfortunately, the audience seating was not under a tent, so some people were deterred from the music.

To wrap this up, I highly recommed checkout out the Farmer’s Market next Sunday. You’ll be so glad you did because of all the wonderful fruits and vegetables you’ll come home with. Also, do the museum, too. Any Woodstock fan would be highly stoked, maaaan.

 

 
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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

This August marks the 40th anniversary of everyone’s favorite hippie fest. Of course, there should be something done to comemorate this important event in music history. Lucky for us, a reunion show has been announced for August 15, and it will feature some of Woodstock’s biggest performers.

Here’s a list of the bands that will play:

  • Levon Helm Band
  • Jefferson Starship
  • Canned Heat
  • Big Brother and the Holding Company
  • Mountain
  • Ten Years After
  • Tom Constanten and Country Joe McDonald
Levon Helm is one of the performers scheduled to play the Woodstock 40th reunion concert.

Levon Helm is one of the performers scheduled to play the Woodstock 40th reunion concert. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Where will this shindig be held, you ask? Why, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, naturally. If you would like to purchase tickets, visit the Bethel Woods website. Regular seats are $69, reserved seats are $40, and lawn seats are $19.69. How appropriate.

This concert couldn’t come at a better time, obviously. It’s a chance to relive some of music’s best moments and feelings.

However, things might be a little different at this show. There probably won’t be any announcements about the bad acid circulating through the crowd. Woodstock fans will definitely miss their beloved deceased musicians, like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Keith Moon.

But all in all, the same peaceful vibe will float through the audience.

Besides this show, there are more Woodstock performers that have carried their own legacies and are still touring. Just take a look at bands like Arlo Guthrie, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Richie Havens, for example. There is something to be said for the quality of music these greats are playing. It wouldn’t have stuck around this long if it didn’t have an incredible impact on the people listening.

And Woodstock was something amazing.

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