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Camping, volunteering during Woodstock weekend


TOWN OF BETHEL, NY —In anticipation of the Woodstock anniversary celebrations, Dan Sturm, supervisor of the Town of Bethel wrote a letter to property owners in town regarding camping during that time.

“In anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival weekend, some residents and/or land owners may be planning to offer camping on their property. If there will be five or more camp sites, for less than 60 cumulative hours, the land owner is required to obtain a license for the camping from the Town of Bethel Planning Board. The requirements for this license to operate a transient campground are found in Chapter 120, Campgrounds and Recreational Vehicle Parks, of the Code of the Town of Bethel. The planning board meets on a monthly basis, on the first Monday of each month.

“If a land owner will be seeking a camping license, applications are available at the Town of Bethel Building Department. Please note, for the planning board to have sufficient time to consider an application for a camping license for the Woodstock Anniversary weekend, applications can be received anytime, but should be received no later than April 22, 2019, to be placed on the agenda for the May 6, 2019 planning board meeting. If applications are received after that date, there may not be sufficient time to complete the review process prior to the anniversary weekend.

“For land owners who will be offering four or less camp sites on their property, although planning board review is not required, the camp sites should still comply with the simple siting requirements enumerated at Section 120-8 of the Code of the Town of Bethel. The complete Code of the Town is available on the town’s website. Any residents or land owners who have questions regarding the requirements for camping should contact the building department.”

Bethel Woods volunteers sought

As the 50th anniversary of the famed festival draws near, Bethel Woods is seeking volunteers to help out during the much-anticipated three-day event in August.

Organizers at the arts venue are promising would-be volunteers they will hear live music, meet new people and have fun on the job.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will hold an open house for prospective volunteers on Saturday, February 2 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, “to provide information on volunteering with the 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural organization at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival,” according to a post on the Bethel Woods website (www.bethelwoodscenter.org). “The morning will include museum tours, presentations, and the opportunity to talk with current volunteers and staff members about the different opportunities available, spring opening, training, scheduling, and the rewards of volunteering.”

 “Bethel Woods is truly a gem that has added so much to the local and surrounding communities—and to the lives of guests and volunteers just like me,” Mary Ann Bopp, a volunteer since 2012, said.”As a Bethel Woods Volunteer, I am transformed into someone that can help provide that amazing feeling I first had when I experienced my first show [there].”


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