In 1969, the Bindy Bazaar was a marketplace and trail system that acted as the heart of the Woodstock festival. It consisted of approximately 20 booths where vendors sold crafts and clothing and connected two major areas of festival grounds. In 2014, as stewards of the historic site, Bethel Woods commissioned a report to recommend ways in which to better preserve and interpret the site for guests. Landscape historians and architects produced an enlightening and detailed Cultural Landscape Report, which describes the natural and human-made features of the landscape, which remain remarkably similar to its historic condition. The report makes 21 concrete recommendations for how the site can be better preserved, interpreted, and made more authentic. One such faction was developing the trails within the Bindy Bazaar woods.
Guests will now be able to explore the area and see evidence that details the ways in which the woods were used during the festival. “The restoration of the Bindy Bazaar Trails celebrates our historic location and further illustrates the lasting impact the 1960s has on the modern era,” said Darlene Fedun, Chief Executive Officer of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. “It is our hope that families will visit Bethel Woods to engage with nature and cultivate creative personal experiences,” she continued.
To celebrate this aspect of festival history and bring to life the art, craft, and sense of joy embodied by the Bindy Bazaar and the Festival itself, Bethel Woods presents a large-scale public art installation located in the historical footprint of the Bindy Bazaar Trails. Artist Carol Hummel's work highlights the use of textile and color celebrated in the era through an expression and technique representative of today.
Carol Hummel stitched together colorful crocheted shapes that organically wrap, hug, and embrace the trunks and branches of trees along the walking path in Bindy Woods, creating an ever-changing environment vibrating with color, light, shape, and form. The project emphasizes the use of textile and color celebrated in the era, juxtaposed with a technique unique and representative of contemporary times.
Funding for preservation activities regarding the historic 1969 Woodstock festival site is provided by Bethel Woods Center for the Arts members and donors. Support for the restoration of the Bindy Bazaar Trails projects at the Woodstock site include the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation; Robyn Gerry; the Grillo family; and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.