A Thank You Letter To Bethel Woods

Bethel Woods Pavilion

Reposted with permission from Cheyenne Corbine.
Originally posted on February 8, 2016 on The Odyssey.

When everything and everyone around me is changing, I know I can always come back to you and go back to being 17 for a night.

A car filled with familiar faces. Windows rolled down. Country music blasting from whichever station is coming through the static best on the back roads that we’re driving down just a little too fast to avoid the inevitable traffic.

We know the parking lot will already be more than half full once we get there. We know which trucks to avoid and which trucks to sprint to. We know this night like the back of our hands, because we’ve lived it before. We’ve lived it multiple times every summer since middle school.

It’s the kind of night that stays with you forever, the feelings you can’t seem to forget, the memories you’ll never fully shake.

Most importantly, it’s the place that holds those nights, feelings and memories. It’s the place you close your eyes and mentally escape to on a rainy day. It’s your happy place. Read More

2015 Top 10 Volunteers and the Value of Volunteering

With the start of 2016, the Volunteer Department would like to say an extra special thanks to volunteers with the Top Ten logged hours in 2015! Overall, our 168 Volunteers have contributed about 12,700 hours to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts!

We cannot thank them enough for all the hard work and long hours that they put into our not-for-profit organization. Without them, we would not be as successful as we are today or have been for the past decade.

The “Top Ten” Volunteers of 2015 are as follows: Read More

Legacy

At Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, legacy is a multifaceted term. It defines our unique place in history, characterizes the Sixties, and influences our not-for-profit mission to inspire, educate and empower through the arts and humanities. When thinking about the lessons, leaders, and events of the ‘60s, it is difficult to think of the decade without legacy.

Legacy can be defined as anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor. This definition brings to mind many names such as John F. Kennedy, The Beatles, Malcolm X, Betty Friedan, Bob Dylan, Fidel Castro, Jimi Hendrix, Richard Nixon, and other leaders of influence who contributed to the Sixties legacy. Read More

The kids are alright…

 

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E3: Engage. Experience. Explore. presents Story Pirates in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods. Photo Credit: Mike Bloom

This year was riddled with moments in which I was inspired by our future. It’s filled with talent and humor and personality and vulnerability and willingness and approachability and joy. Back in May, participants of Bethel Wood’s PI: Photography program spent the evening in the green rooms, behind the scenes, and in the audience, documenting a cappella groups from five local high schools singing their hearts out for a visibly moved and appreciative audience in The Event Gallery.

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