Festival Memorabilia

A pristine, unused all access pass issued to the Sullivan County sheriff's office.

This is the 1969 fifty odd page long hand written draft of the "Report of Lt. Ralph Breakey, Sullivan County Sheriff's Department concerning the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. An Aquarian Exposition formulated, produced and effected by Woodstock Ventures Inc." pictured with it's officially filed typed transcript. The Lieutenant lays out the Subject, Date, Place, Purpose, Preparations, Participants, Responsibilities etc. and in doing so wrote that - "By the beginning of the second week of talks I fully realized that this event would reach a magnitude far greater than anything that had ever been seen in Sullivan County… these Woodstock Venture people were not just talking big".

He kept a daily log of his activities from Aug. 7 to Aug. 22 and in summation says - "An Aquarian Exposition presented by Woodstock Music and Art Fair clearly depicts to all that the management of Woodstock Ventures Inc. was incapable of successfully producing the Exposition they undertook. Regardless of which phase of the operation you analyze… not one chore was successfully or completely finished. From the very beginning and all the way through the whole phenomenon each job was left with loose ends dangling."

Lt. Breakey left out of the official report his description of the festival as "a catastrophical happening of 450,000 people doing their thing".

Here is a signed letter from Richard Seymour M.D. with a copy of an article from TODAY'S HEALTH, JULY 1970, sent to Lt. Ralph Breakey of the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department.

I'm gonna pull a few quotes - The assumption that music is the dominant theme of such gatherings is a false one. - The real purpose of a festival is a gathering of the tribes. - This is right in the tradition of youth asserting its independence - They seem to be looking for some kind of solace and temporary joy - The festival becomes virtually a nation of its own.

Maybe Abbie Hoffman read this article.

Front and back of my copy of Abbie's "Talk - Rock Album". It isn't pretty.

One of probably six copies of the Security Plan submitted by Woodstock Ventures for an "Aquarian Festival", authored by Wesley A. Pomeroy, Security Consultant. It's clamped into a letter binder (sticker price 29 cents at Davco's pharmacy / general store) recovered from the discarded files of the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.

The report illustrates plans for a communications / command center, describing a strategy to provide "courteous, mature and intelligent service… a Security Group(whose) role is not one of law enforcement but is one of maintaining the peace".

Here are the brochures that went out for the original Wallkill and subsequent Bethel festival sites.

The inside of both brochures is the same and contains information similar to that included on the famous Dove on Guitar poster along with a cut out ticket order form.

Ah ha! A classic original poster that's showing its age in faded colors - except for minor details along the bottom edge hidden from the sun by a too-small frame!