THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1969

The Woodstock festival opens in Bethel, New York

On this day in 1969, the Woodstock Music Festival opens on a patch of farmland in White Lake, a hamlet in the upstate New York town of Bethel.

Promoters John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield and Michael Lang originally envisioned the festival as a way to raise funds to build a recording studio and rock-and-roll retreat near the town of Woodstock, New York. The longtime artists’ colony was already a home base for Bob Dylan and other musicians. Despite their relative inexperience, the young promoters managed to sign a roster of top acts, including the Jefferson Airplane, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival and many more. Plans for the festival were on the verge of foundering, however, after both Woodstock and the nearby town of Wallkill denied permission to hold the event. Dairy farmer Max Yasgur came to the rescue at the last minute, giving the promoters access to his 600 acres of land in Bethel, some 50 miles from Woodstock.

Early estimates of attendance increased from 50,000 to around 200,000, but by the time the gates opened on Friday, August 15, more than 400,000 people were clamoring to get in. Those without tickets simply walked through gaps in the fences, and the organizers were eventually forced to make the event free of charge. Folk singer and guitarist Richie Havens kicked off the event with a long set, and Joan Baez and Arlo Guthrie also performed on Friday night.

Though Woodstock had left its promoters nearly bankrupt, their ownership of the film and recording rights more than compensated for the losses after the release of a hit documentary film in 1970. Later music festivals inspired by Woodstock’s success failed to live up to its standard, and the festival still stands for many as a example of America’s 1960s youth counterculture at its best.

Source:  https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history

 

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Primary Day Tommorrow

City of La Crescent residents to find out where to vote can click this link:

2018 PRIMARY PRECINCT NOTICE

 

La Crescent Township residents vote at La Crescent Town Hall, 830 Town Hall Road, La Crescent, MN  Polls will be open at 7:00am and remain open until 8:00pm.  Offices to be voted on can be found here:  La Crescent Township Primary Election

 

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Our Final Movie for SRP is….

This was by far the most voted-for movie! Let’s get stylin’ with our 90’s Movie Classic.

Monday, July 30 at 7:30 pm. (Use alley entrance at back of building.)

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MONDAY NIGHT @ THE MOVIES

Monday July 30th at 7:30 pm – free!

Free popcorn!

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Comedic, Puppet-wielding Magician to visit La Crescent!

The Summer Reading Program is proud to present Mr. Jim Jayes!

Jim Jayes has been entertaining with magic, puppets, and his own special brand of comedy for over 30 years. Based out of Austin, MN, Jim travels all over the state entertaining audiences of all ages. Join us in the Elementary School Gym for a fun-filled afternoon performance!

Free Admission, Open the the Public

This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

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CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY JULY 4TH

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MONDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES

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Monday Movie Night at the Library

Beginning Monday, June 11th, 7:30pm.  Free popcorn!

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

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MN ZOOMOBILE

Where:   La Crescent-Hokah Elementary School Gym

When:    Thursday, June 7 1:00 pm

 

 

 

 

Please keep calm quiet voices and bodies.  Loud noises will streee the animals and limit their participation in the program.

Doors open 10 minutes prior to event.

This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for library Legacy activities.

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