by Terry Rogers
From August 15 to 18, 1969, more than 400,000 people filled the town of Woodstock, NY for a concert that was originally billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace and Music.” The event, which is now just known as “Woodstock,” became a pivotal moment in rock music history and is often viewed as the one event that epitomized the 1960s. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the festival and the Milford Museum is celebrating with “HippieFest,” planned for Saturday, August 24 from 4 to 8 PM on the lawn of the Causey Mansion.
“Although Woodstock didn’t happen in Milford, or even in Delaware, its message and reach seemed to extend nationwide,” Claudia Leister, Executive Director of the Milford Museum said. “We are always looking for fun ways to celebrate history and this seemed like the perfectly logical thing to do. Music, food, drinks and dancing is a great way to remember an iconic event.”
Lincoln City Band along with Dana McDonald from Cool 101.3 will play music from the 1960s and 1970s. Guests are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket to relax on the beautifully landscaped grounds of the Causey Mansion. Ticket prices include food, beer and wine tastings, sodas and water. There will be several vendors on hand with items that fit the theme as well.
“We would love to see people really get into the theme,” Leister said. “Wear tie-dye shirts, mini skirts and Gogo boots, headbands, any of the clothing that was popular back in the late 60s and early 70s. Causey Mansion is even installing misters along some of the paths to cool anyone off if the weather is warm, giving us a slight recreation of the rain that fell during the original concert.”
Vendor spaces are still available for $40 and anyone interested can get an application by calling the Milford Museum at 302-424-1080. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the Milford Museum, Milford Antiques or online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hippiefest-tickets-63008091899. There is a small additional charge for online ticket purchases. All guests must be 21 or older for admission.
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