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Phyllis' Woodstock Story

I was 17 years old that summer of 1969, living in Queens, New York.

My boyfriend and a few other friends had decided to get tickets to this rock festival upstate. We packed a car intending to drive there but later Thursday night, the car, with all our stuff for the weekend, was stolen!

So off we went to Grand Central Station to take a bus to Woodstock.

There was so much traffic that the bus let us off a few miles from the festival. I had nothing but a jacket and a can of tuna. (Remember, I was just 17). I lost the person who was carrying my jacket and didn’t have a can opener. 
 
My group of friends had planned to meet behind the stage and - miraculously - we found each other. During the rain storm I took shelter at the Hog Farm, sharing a blanket with someone with pneumonia. They gave us dry oatmeal to eat and water so it would expand in our stomachs.
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The music was amazing, the energy and love was strong, and it was probably one of the most memorable times of my life. I still have my Woodstock tickets which have a printed price of $6.50 each.

I read Greg’s story and can’t believe a member of Country Joe and Fish is right here in Yellow Springs!

I loved that group.

- Phyllis
Dayton, Ohio

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