Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

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Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
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Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit cultural organization committed to inspiring expression, creativity, and innovation through the arts. Located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY., just 90 miles from New York City on a lush campus featuring bucolic countryside views, the center is comprised of the Pavilion Stage amphitheater that accommodates 15,000, an intimate 440-seat indoor Event Gallery, and the award-winning Museum at Bethel Woods. The center offers a diverse selection of popular artists, culturally-rich performances, and educational and community programs that inspire creative expression and civic engagement to enrich the human spirit. Bethel Woods is exemplary in its efforts to engage, inspire and advocate for the accessibility of the arts for all ages and to connect with community partners to broaden programmatic reach and to strengthen support and resources for its activities.
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Prof. J.W. Petrocelli
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John Fogerty 2021 At The Original Woodstock Site .. 50 years later
Aug 2021
Went to Bethel Woods last night with my wife …. Saw a phenomenal concert, John C. Fogerty, from Creedence Clearwater Revival FAME … it was at the original Woodstock 69 location … the former Yasguer’s farm.

Fogerty is 76 years old, but you wouldn’t know it from his performance. He hops around, dances and gyrates with his guitar and his workingman flannel shirts just like he did when I first saw him at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens back in 1971 … that’s 41 years ago …

John Fogerty was accompanied on stage this time by his two grown sons, excellent guitarists … and three of the industry’s top rock and roll session musicians …

It was a 90 minute show, and despite the fact that most of the audience instead of acid and hallucinagens, was now high on Geritol and 10 dollar a can beers, with the help of their canes and a reliving of their past, the crowd stood from the first note ..… despite the rains that started falling down halfway throughout the set. The crowd sang along … danced in their chairs, or just wiggled their wheelchairs … like everyone forgot the politics of the day and were transported back to simpler, earlier times …..

Leaving there, was another matter …. The concert’s location and old farm roads haven’t changed in the last half century …. And it took a while to get out of the immense parking lots and join the possession of the slow stream of cars in the rain and fog on route 17 … It was great evening …. You couldn’t leave that concert last night without remembering life when the world dreamed of hope.
Written 28 August 2021
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caimi
Waterloo, IL198 contributions
GREAT CONCERT VENUE.
Aug 2021
I attended the recent James Taylor/Jackson Browne concert and I have to say it was a wonderful venue for a concert. Great sound (if a bit low). Great views of the stage from the lawn. Great screens since you can't expect to see much on stage from the cheap seats. Good concessions. And the Woodstock museum to boot. If I lived closer I would attend often but it was worth the long trip from Illinois. The traffic getting out was tough but I survived.
Written 25 August 2021
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Melissa C
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Thank you for a great experience!
Aug 2021
Visited for a second time (first time was the 50th anniversary) and was just as excited as the first time! Such beautifully maintained grounds, educational and thought provoking exhibits in the museum, open-to-enjoy original concert field and an energy that is deeply peaceful. I had the pleasure of working with a volunteer (I'm sorry I didn't get his name) who worked hard to help me find the paver I ordered and I was so excited when we found it! The gift shop had a nice variety of items and it was a pleasure to support (knowing the gift shop at all museums is a source of fundraising support for the nonprofit organization.) There was a camp being conducted in the concert field for a group of young children and we watched as they learned about instruments and music and played a relay game while using the variety of instruments. There was a fun exhibit in the lower level of the museum - don't forget to go there and see! We had tickets to a concert that night which the band cancelled due to illness, but it didn't put a damper on our visit - simply being there and savoring the nostalgia and beauty of the center was more than any concert could provide.

Thank you Bethel Woods for all you do to help us escape from today for just a bit and feel a part of this significant event in our history.
Written 23 August 2021
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JackieBG7
Old Bridge, NJ446 contributions
Very Enjoyable
Jul 2021
Hubby always wanted to visit the original concert site and we were able to make his wish come true - the day AFTER the concert as the grounds are closed on concert day. We attended Chicago concert which was the concert in 22 months. Excellent concert venue. We had seats in the last row and felt reasonably comfortable and were able to see the stage. Good food and beverage choices. Nicely manicured.
We went to the museum. It had a lot of good information and exhibits although we would have liked more authentic artifacts. We plan to return.
Written 19 August 2021
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BeNice O
Honesdale, PA1 contribution
Bethel Woods COVID Super Spreader Site.
Aug 2021 • Friends
Spectacular venue, but also extremely COVID unsafe. I won’t be back until they go back to the original plan of requiring proof of vaccination. Bethel Woods had a concert on Aug 6 with over 14,000 people crowded in next to each other, and there were next to no masks on them, kids over 2 and under 12 had no masks, thousands of people in their 20's unmasked. This is the group getting the most sick now and spreading covid Delta. Only a couple of dozen people in attendance wore masks despite the area being designated as the higest risk level by the health department for Delta Covid transmission. I was shocked that Bethel Woods would make the choice to hold a super-spreader event and put all the locals and the fans in harms way. They had small signs saying Bethel Woods “expects” the unvaccinated to wear a mask. Well, if they refuse vaccination, why would you expect them to comply if not mandatory. Bethel Woods is just wrong on this.
Written 11 August 2021
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Ed M
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Woodstock 2021 Is Not 1969
Aug 2021 • Couples
The museum was full of information about the sixties which was interesting but not what I went there for. I had hoped to get more of a positive vibe rather than a rehash of all of the negatives that were on display. The gift shop was a rip off, unless you wanted to pay over $50 for a tee shirt. Once outside, on the actual concert site, Woodstock Nation came alive. The grounds were positively awe inspiring. The visit was well worth the travel to get there but unfortunately 2021 greed tarnished the 1969 peace, love and music mood.
Written 8 August 2021
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alice_lenthe
West Chester, PA281 contributions
Boomers and others will love!
Jul 2021
First, pay the extra $5 for the virtual tour to accompany you as you walk around the festival site - it truly enhances the experience. the museum is a trip down memory lane and very well done.
Written 3 August 2021
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Kenneth R
Garland, TX1,365 contributions
Wonderful! Visit
May 2021
I was 18 during the original Woodstock and wanted to go, but Texas is a long way from New York and at the time, who knew it would become an iconic event? This became a bucket-list item for me a few years later. It took 52 years, but I finally made it! Great experience walking the grounds and touring the museum. Highly recommend for anyone, but especially those who grew up in the 60's.
Written 24 June 2021
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E1447ILkellyp
Pittsburgh, PA310 contributions
Fun and informative
May 2021
I did the outdoor "Meet me at Woodstock" experience. It was so fun and interesting. The stories and music just made it so real. The actual place is beautiful. I recommend the tour or just walk around.
Written 20 May 2021
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TravelEZinNY
Rochester, NY77 contributions
Such Fun
May 2021
I was born a generation too late to be part of the movement in the 60's. But this museum makes you really feel a part of the time era. It covers everything from the late 50's up to and including the main event. Politics, fashion, family, Vietnam and music are all showcased beautifully to fully understand how and why Woodstock happened. To fully get the festival you have to know what was happening around the times. And this museum gets that right! Added bonus is walking around the festival grounds and seeing where this historic concert took place.
Written 13 May 2021
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