We all know the historical significance of Woodstock 50 years ago but not many of us know someone who was actually there. Carlene Thissen was! Carlene was a self-proclaimed hippie of 19 who wanted to change the world when she made it to Yasgur’s farm. Friends of Collier County Museums put on a 50th Anniversary of Woodstock party Saturday evening and those who were there got a chance to hear from Carlene about her experiences. She didn’t get to go onstage and sing as she hoped back then, but she has memories she can still talk to an audience about today.
In addition to Carlene’s presentation, the Friends of Collier County Museums displayed some newly discovered photos from Woodstock. The photos were taken by Mark Goff, a credentialed photographer there to record the event through his camera lens. When he returned home from the concert other than a few photos he submitted to a newspaper published at the time entitled Kaleidoscope, he filed away his film. The film was just recently discovered by his daughters.
The 50th Anniversary of Woodstock celebration was sponsored by Volkswagen of Naples. Party-goers enjoyed music and dancing to the sounds of the Galaxy. There was even the Star Spangled Banner (Jimi Hendrix style). There were men’s and women’s costume contests for best dressed. A silent auction and a raffle helped raise funds for the organization. Food was supplied by the ever popular Jewban’s Deli.