Included in your ticket is an exclusive Curator Happy Hour in the Event Gallery prior to the dinner, with Bethel Woods Senior Curator Neal Hitch and '69 festival-goer and Museum Docent Jim Shelley. Enjoy '60s-inspired cocktails and a conversation about music, memory and the greatest festival of all time.
51 years ago, Max Yasgur told the crowd of 450,000 people who gathered on his dairy farm in Bethel, NY: “... have three days of fun and music and have nothing but fun and music ..." today, Jim calls the weekend “a life-affirming event.”
Ekerton Hill Farm Tomatoes, Burrata, Segro Farm Basil
Pan Seared Salmon
(Vegan Option: Pan Seared Marinated Tofu)
Edamame Succotash, Avocado-Lime Puree, Satur Farm Greens
Magic Mushroom Tart
Local Wild Shrooms, Porcini Dust, Balsamic
(Vegan Option: Summer Squash Bolognese)
Housemade Pappardelle, Minted Ricotta
Raspberries, Lavender Honey
Bootlegger New York Craft Vodka, Fresh Lime Juice, Simple Syrup
In-person capacity is extremely limited, but you can join the Curator Happy Hour live from the comfort of your home. Register below to receive cocktail recipes to sip on as you listen and learn!
Museum at Bethel Woods Senior Curator Dr. Neal Hitch is a historian, preservation architect, museum specialist, and musician. Dr. Hitch has held various senior leadership roles over the course of his 25-year career, including Executive Director at Hawaiian Mission Houses, Executive Director at Imperial Valley Desert Museum, and Director at the National Museum of the Turks and Caicos Islands. He also worked within the Facilities Management Division of the Ohio Historical Society for 10 years, serving as Restoration and Planning Project Specialist and Associate Project Architect.
Jim Shelley is a retired educator (35 years) and married (49 years) to Joyce, his high school sweetheart. He and Joyce have six children and nine grandchildren.
In August 1969, he traveled from Cliffside Park, NJ, his hometown then and now, to Bethel, NY to attend the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. Joyce could not go, but he borrowed her dad's binoculars and camera. Jim took a few slide pictures, didn't eat, slept through Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead (who hasn't?), and went home after Sunday afternoon's deluge…he and 450,000 other attendees.
In 2012, Jim heard about a volunteer docent program, but didn't know what a docent was. After finding out he decided to train to be one and on June 9 gave his first tour. Giving tours and speaking with guests at the Center have become a highlight of his retirement.
To view Jim's festival photos, please visit our online archive.
Bethel Woods @ Home brings the sense of exploration and curiosity of our on-site programs to you from the comfort of your home. Once a month, enjoy interactive lectures, performances, and workshops that explore our historic legacy and the healing power of art, creativity, and community.