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Alumni Salon & Happy Hour

As part of Anniversary Weekend.
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  • Sunday, August 15th | 3:30pm – 5:00pm

  • Event Gallery
  • $10 per person
  • Complimentary cocktail & charcuterie plate included.

By definition, a salon is a meeting of eminent people gathered through a social invitation to discuss authors or artists.

Consider this your invitation.

Join us as we host Dr. John Kane and Bill Hanley for a book signing of The Last Seat in the House: The Story of Hanley Sound, and Gary Westford for a signing of Behind the Beyond: Psychedelic Posters and Fashion in San Francisco, 1966-71.

Additional hosts will include Jim Shelley, author of the blog “The Woodstock Whisperer,” and PC Denizen, curator of the new outdoor exhibit, “Rock in’ the Woods: Bluestone Sculptures by Wayne Holbert.”

In celebration of the 52nd anniversary of the greatest festival of all time, this event will bring together Woodstock alumni, aficionados, and other interested individuals to meet and discuss various topics related to new research and exhibits – or just to meet with old friends.

Panelists Include:

Steve Gold located the original stage Peace of Stage and brought panels to a wood scientist to examine and analyze to determine if they had been part of the original stage. After receiving authentication, he co-founded Peace of Stage to connect generations to Woodstock's magic, spirit, and social activism and commemorate the concert's milestone anniversary. He and partners curated designs and events incorporating pieces of the verified stage and replica photos of rock history's legendary performances. Several months before the landmark 2019 anniversary, Peace of Stage collectibles was introduced to widespread acclaim and generated media interest from New York Times, CBS Radio News, Sirius Radio, Pollstar, People, and many other media outlets.

Since the 1950s Bill Hanley’s passion for audio has changed the way audiences listen, and how technicians approach live concert sound. From his earliest days growing up in the Boston suburb of Medford, to learning his technique and applying it at the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, Hanley’s mission was to make live sound––better. As the music business advanced, a new and emerging industry did so as well, with Hanley riding its wave which led him to the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969. By the end of the 1960s and early 1970s, musicians, managers, and promoters began to expect more than atypical, primitive PA systems. They wanted better sound, and Hanley was there to help. His innovations helped systematize contemporary concert sound systems as we know it today.

Dr. John Kane is a professor of Design and Media at the New England College Institute of Art and Design. He is the author of Pilgrims of Woodstock: Never-Before-Seen Photos and The Last Seat in the House: The Story of Hanley Sound. John is currently working on his third book for the University Press of Mississippi.

Jim Shelley was born and continues to live in Cliffside Park, NJ, He has always loved music, which was the main reason he attended Woodstock. He married his high school girlfriend, Joyce, and they will celebrate their golden anniversary this year. They have six children and nine grandchildren. Both are retired educators. Jim has been a Bethel Woods volunteer since 2011.



Saturday | Anniversary Brunch

A meal in the open-air Market Sheds, plus lender and co-curator of our 2021 Special Exhibit Gary Westford speaks to his work as an artist and collector.

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Daisy Drop

Saturday, August 14. A live golf ball drop from helicopter over the historic festival field during Anniversary Weekend.

Daisy Drop

Sunday | Anniversary Brunch

Brunch in the Market Sheds overlooking the field, plus test your wits with Woodstock Trivia!

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