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True believers still call Woodstock the capstone of an era devoted to human advancement said Cynics Then there are those who said it was a hell of a party The Woodstock music and art festival of 1969 drew more than 450000 people to a field out in Sullivan County for four days tiber This field became the site of a countercultural mini-nation where minds were open drugs were everything but legal and love was free The music started late Friday afternoon at about 507 pm August 15 and continued until early afternoon Monday August 18 Woodstock closed the New York State Thruway and created one of the nations largest traffic jams tiber The festival also inspired some new laws that would prohibit something like this ever happening again Although there were more woodstocks over the years there hasnt been one of this great size They put a lock on how many tickets could be sold to be able to attend the other numerous Woodstocks tiber Woodstock has become part of our nations history as Watergate is the code word for a national crisis and Waterloo means ignominious defeat What we had here was a once in a lifetime occurrence said Bethel town historian Bert Feldmen tiber Dickens said it first it was the best of times It was the worst of times Its an amalgam that will never be reproduced again Gathered that weekend in August 1969 were the prophets and the profiteers the liars and the lovers They also made love made money and made some history all in that one weekend Arnold Skolnick the man that drew the Woodstock logo of the dove on the guitar said this Something was tapped a nerve in this country And everybody just came A festival of this great size cost more than 24 million dollars tiber To meet such a high price there were four men who invested their money into a company known as Woodstock
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