Woodstock 50 years later

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BETHEL – Max Yasgur’s former farm in Bethel will be alive this weekend with the sound of music as the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock music festival is being held today through Sunday evening.

There is one big difference though. There is no camping out and sleeping on the farm this time around. That means attendees will have to leave after the concert every night and find a place to sleep.

Sullivan County has very limited hotel space and the two hotels at the nearby Resorts World Catskills and facilities in neighboring counties, including Orange, are expected to be at capacity.

Sullivan County Visitors Association President Roberta Byron Lockwood said while the Woodstock anniversary may be the big attraction this weekend, there are plenty of other things to do as well. (www.SullivanCatskills.com)

“We’ve got all kinds of wonderful things happening from activity over at Resort World, at the Kartright,” Byron-Lockwood said. “We’ve got Porchfest out at the Callicoon area. We have got all kinds of music everywhere throughout the county. We’ve got our 150th anniversary of our Little World’s Fair here; we’ve got Yasgur’s Farm; we’ve got Arrowhead. We’ve got so much music packed everywhere.”

The Film on the Field at Bethel Woods scheduled for late this afternoon is sold out. The Ringo Starr concert will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. Santana and the Doobie Brothers will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday and John Fogerty will round out the weekend at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

No matter where you plan to be, and when, give yourself plenty of travel time.  Roads are expected to be jam-packed.

Bethel Woods officials are telling anyone who does not have a ticket for a concert to not come today through Sunday.  Everything will be back to normal next week.