Preservation Alliance is born
BETHEL -- A
group seeking to protect the original Woodstock Concert site is
reorganizing and has held elections.
A "cyber election"
was held via e-mail ballot on Tuesday, October 3 through the MuthaTheresa.Com
Woodstock website. The newly formed group, with current membership
of 74, elected Ed Watson, Peg (Hippiechic) Beischer, Marcy Hill,
Carolyn (Wydflower) Madsen and Frank (Gerch) Gerchman from a nominated
field of seven. In an attached referendum, the new name, the Woodstock
Preservation Alliance (WPA), was also selected by the membership.
purpose of the Woodstock Preservation Alliance is to preserve the
original Woodstock concert site in it's unspoiled and undeveloped
condition, and return free public access and assembly to the 37.5-acre
The WPA advocates
a unified, moderate approach to these goals. The hope is that, through
discussion, Owner Alan Gerry will choose to build the State funded
$40 Million Woodstock Performing Arts Center (PAC) on a site within
his adjoining 1400 acres, allowing the natural amphitheatre to remain
for public use. Failing that, WPA intends to continue with a program
of public pressure through petitioning, letter writing, attending
local political meetings and activism. Additionally, the group is
actively seeking celebrity endorsement.
The WPA is
an independent national organization, with most membership residing
in the NY/NJ/PA/CT area. The WPA is not affiliated with The Woodstock
Nation Foundation, Yasgur Road Productions, The Bethel Foundation,
The Gerry Foundation, Woodstock Ventures or any other group.
The group plans
to meet again at Roy Howard's Yasgur Road farm (formerly the Max
Yasgur homestead) in Bethel on October 14.
The group is
constructing an independent website. Currently, more information
is available at