Woodstock museum has special rates for seniors
STEVE JAMES, Reuters
Published: Saturday, July 12
By the time we got to Woodstock ... they'd built a museum.
The Museum at Bethel Woods brings the Age of Aquarius into the age of
the Internet for $13 a ticket. Seniors over 65 - which would account
for many of those who attended the August 1969 Woodstock Music and
Art Fair - pay $11.
Four decades after hippies, Yippies, flower children and others
camped out on Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y., future
generations can now learn what the three days of music, peace, love
and mud were all about.
"In 1969, one of the seminal events in our nation's history occurred
right in our backyard, and today ... thousands of people still come
from all over the world to visit the site of the Woodstock festival,"
said cable TV entrepreneur Alan Gerry.
His Gerry Foundation developed the museum and the nonprofit Bethel
Woods Center for the Arts. The museum combines film, interactive
displays, text panels and artifacts "to explore the unique experience
of the Woodstock festival," according to the website www.bethelwoodscenter.org.
Exhibits include a full-size psychedelic hippie bus, and films and
photographs taken by some of those who went there "to lose the smog"
as Joni Mitchell wrote in her song Woodstock. Her lyrics "we are
stardust, we are golden" perhaps ring true for today's golden agers.
The museum also includes a surround-sound movie theatre showing
"Woodstock: The Music." Located 145 kilometres north of New York
City, it also addresses the ideals of an era when opposition to the
Vietnam War divided the United States.
Woodstock, featuring The Who, Janis Joplin, Sly and Family Stone,
Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead, is an enduring symbol of the
1960s' counterculture. It was listed on Rolling Stone magazine's "50
Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll."