Bethel Performing Arts Center, only 45 mins away from my house! Last night I took my baby sister to see Further.
The remaining members of the Grateful Dead.
As a late bloomer, I got into the Grateful Dead in 1992, just a year shy of the passing of Jerry Garcia. So I never had the privilege of seeing them in concert. When the opportunity came to see Further, I took it. In my work place, its hard not to get caught up in the hippie vibe!!
As we arrived early to catch the scene, we were immediately struck by the sense of community happening in the parking lot. It was as if, there was a whole other society going on right then and there. Every where you looked people were on blankets, eating, drinking smoking and relaxing. There were vendors in the parking lot set up out of their cars or vans selling tie-dyes or hand made hemp jewelery. One guy had a huge basket with home made cookies for sale. (I told my sister NOT to eat anything!)
Inside it was a similar scene without the vendors. Families with small children played in the shade, and the crowd was a mixture of old and young. What was nice to see were some of the original people who attending Woodstock back in '69. They were easy to tell apart. What I found interesting was the various paths they all took. There were the hippie - yuppies, the hippie-bikers, the hippie-heroine users, the hippie=grandparents and the good old fashion country hippies.
The show was a dancing fest, and everyone was just relaxed and care free. I told my sister that this would be the closest we would ever get to experiencing what went on there in '69. You could just feel the history!
Each concert I see there, reminds me of the beautiful spot they picked so long ago that has become a multi-million dollar enterprise! I'm not sure that is what they had in mind, but it works. And as we were walking to our car, I witnessed more than one concert goer, picking up garbage and throwing it out. Which made me think that the original ideas are still out there and this is a place that they all can become one community!
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