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Woodstock 1969 Half a Million Strong

Woodstock 1969 Half a Million Strong

It's all in good fun. The following story will make you feel as if you were there as one of the young peace-loving participants during the infamous Woodstock Concert in upper state New York, August of 1969. Part of the fun includes made-up characters from fellow Hubpages.com hubbers including, Ruby, aka "Always Exploring" and Martie Coester. This story is one in a series written by hubber friends. Ruby took us through a hillbilly, root'n toot'n good time. Martie took us dancing with white lions. Now it's my turn to take us on a psychedelic trip! Hubbers also included in the story; Epi "Epigraman, Erin Le Fey and Nell Rose. Far out, man!


Jimmi Hendrix at Woodstock

Jimmi Hendrix at Woodstock

A Woodstock Story

It was during the dog days of August,1969. The buzz was all about a peace concert upstate New York near a little town called Woodstock. Ruby dialed my number soon as she got the news .

"Fossi, have you heard about the concert? Let's split and make the scene. We gotta do someth'n groovy before school starts!" she tried to sway me.

Immediately, I thought about what my parents might say to that. They were always warning me about Ruby; said she was a wild child. But I envied her free spirit. You always knew where you stood with her, being the type who didn't hold back what she was thinking or feeling.

"I don't know, Ruby, my parents will kill me if I just take off and you know exactly what they'd say if I dared ask permission!" I said.

"Bummer, you don't know what you're gonna miss, man!" she said with her cool talk, "Are you sure you don't wanna come along? Your favorite rock star stud is gonna be there; l-l-l-live, in concert!"

"Far out, no way," I shouted.

I had never yet in my young life been to a live concert. To actually see my dream boat, Jimmi Hendrix, live on stage would blow my mind. I decided right then and there to pay the price just to see him strum that twangy guitar, especially to "Foxy Lady"! What could my parents do to me, anyway, besides ground me. It was time I broke out of the mold and do something daring. Little did I know it would turn out to be the cultural musical event of the century!

"When do we split?" I asked my good friend.

"Leave it up to me, I'll make all the arrangements."

"What about the girls?" I asked referring to our best buds, Martie, Nell and Erin.

"They're into it, baby," she assured me.

"Groovy!"

Good thing my parents liked Martie and they were okay with Nell, too, having been neighbors ever since we were little kids. They and Nell's parents spent a lot of time together. With her coming along, I figured if I got into trouble, she'd be there to support me and maybe subdue their fury. Erin's family had just moved into town so my distrusting blood relations had no preconceived negative notions about her.


Woodstock Hippy Bus

Woodstock Hippy Bus

The day had arrived and to our relief and excitement, our escort, Epi, showed up at Ruby's house with his hippy van where we all had decided would be the best place to split the scene. His attire fit in with the occasion wearing a red bandanna wrapped snug around his head tied in back with a long tail. He looked groovy in his blue and white stripped pants with a yellow paisley shirt tucked in, obviously raring to go grinning from ear to ear. Epi had a special liking for the ladies so he was in his glory to be in our company; five to his one.

Ruby's parents practically let her do anything she wanted so it was no big deal when Epi showed up in his peace buggy splashed with wild colors and peace signs. We all piled in yelling and waving good-bye to Ruby's carefree kinfolk.

"Have a good time, Kids!" they joyfully called out while waving to us, "Don't do anything we wouldn't do!"

"We will," Ruby joked as she hung her head out the window.

I could see her parents laughing as the bus pulled away. I was thinking how they sure weren't anything like my parents. Mine would have chained me to the house if they could have. They were big worriers and choked me with their over protection. I had a hunch Ruby's parents were exactly the opposite, probably to the extreme, not knowing which was worse.

Road to Woodstock

Road to Woodstock

When we got there, the place was really happen'n with our long-haired generation gathered every which way. You could feel the wave of anticipation in the air threading us together. And everyone was super friendly. Love and peace gushed over the hearts of the people. We caught on to the good vibes so much so that we didn't even mind having to walk three miles from our peace bus for a comfortable spot to watch the concert.

"So this is what a half million people look like," Martie announced in awe.

"Peace and love," Erin chanted in a daze, "That's what it's all about, peace and love!"

I don't know what was going on in her head, but she was look'n all starry eyed. Maybe the whole thing was too overwhelming for her. That was the first sign of trouble to come. Anyway, when things finally started to rock and roll, Richie Haven was first up. He knocked it out of the park with his rhythmic guitar and baritone vocals to the tune of "Freedom". I remember that song most of all, except, of course, Jimmi's final number!


Woodstock Freedom

Woodstock Freedom

Richie Haven "Freedom"

I get goosebumps just thinking about that amazing moment as Richie Haven fired up the crowd. Ruby was especially feeling the music. She twirled round and round till she fell to the ground. I think she was catch'n some of that funny smoke in the air. Then Epi was feel'n it too. He started twirling Ruby around with her feet dangling in the air. He kept saying, "Cool man, groovy"! Next thing I knew, Ruby was being passed from person to person above the crowd. Epi stood there in shock as he watched our friend fade out of sight into the masses! Ruby just opened up and let it be. It was that free spirit of hers I envied so, only in high gear from the free-lov'n mood all around. I didn't know when we would see her again. The crowd was too big to try and find her. We all realized from then on we had to be careful if we wanted to stay together.

Later, Martie's favorite band began setting up for their performance. Her face lit up like campfire sparks watching the procession. She had a thing for guitar genius, Carl Santana. When they played their famous song "Black Magic Woman", Martie closed her eyes and took it all in. She swayed back and forth mouthing the words. Carl Santana had these magic fingers that could manipulate the guitar strings as if there was electricity at the ends of em. Suddenly, Martie started walking away from us waving good-bye. We all yelled out for her to come back.

She blew us all a kiss and yelled, "We'll meet up again. Don't worry! I just gotta fly like a bird, man; peace!"

Feeling Free Woodstock Concert 1969

Feeling Free Woodstock Concert 1969

Woodstock Concert 1969

Woodstock Concert 1969


"Epi, what are we gonna do? Nell, do you have any ideas? What's goin on with everybody?" I wailed, "Hope Ruby and Martie will be alright."

Neither Epi, Nell or Erin had an answer. We all were in a lather over losing track of our friends. I guess my worrying came from my upbringing. I knew I was probably being too uptight, but couldn't help myself.

"Look over there," Nell suddenly brought to our attention.

It was Martie being passed around by the crowd like Ruby had been earlier. Black Magic Woman was still playing and Martie looked as if she was drowned in a total trance. She was having a moment that would last a lifetime of memories. When Santana was through playing their captivating numbers, we eventually settled down and headed for the food tents. Nell pointed to something again. This time we saw Martie bathing in the lake with a long haired hippy.

"Don't worry about her," Erin remarked, "She'll be fine. Let her be."

We all took in a deep breath hoping that Erin was right. One thing we knew for certain, Martie was feel'n no pain. Deep down, I envied her too. I thought to myself why couldn't I be more like her and Ruby? Everybody at Woodstock was feel'n the peace and love! I felt it too, but not enough to really let go of my inhibitions. In the back of my mind, I wondered which one of us was going to let it all hang out next. I mostly just wanted to see Jimmi and snap a few photos. I resigned to stick to my goal.

Woodstock Concert 1969

Woodstock Concert 1969

Woodstock Concert 1969

Woodstock Concert 1969

The answer to my question came when Erin was next to let it all hang out. While the band, The Who, played their melodious "See Me, Feel Me" she took it to heart. I watched her slowly walk away from Nell, Epi and me.

"Sorry man, this is my bag, gotta split. Meet you later at the peace buggy when its over," she spoke in a whispering tone as she drifted off.

I never knew her voice to change like that. Then suddenly, she grabbed this dude's flute and played along with The Who. She wasn't half bad. The long haired hippy took a liking to her and they made the scene together. Later that day as evening drew and the music stopped, he wrapped her in a blanket to to keep her warm. She really knew how to pick em.

The Who "See Me, Feel Me"

Hippy Crowd Overcome By The Music During Woodstock Concert 1969

Hippy Crowd Overcome By The Music During Woodstock Concert 1969

Nell, Epi and me were all that was left out of our group. We let go worrying about our friends and blissfully watched Roger Daltry, lead singer of The Who, dance and contort on stage while admiring his curly mane flying wildly in the air. He provided beautiful eye candy for all us girls. Then, the band's famous lead guitarist, Pete Townsend, jumped three feet into the air and beat up his guitar during the last number. What a rush, man!

Joe Cocker was up next performing his famous, "A Little Help from My Friends". As we sang along, the number bonded the three of us who were stick'n it out together. We were really tripp'n to the music. Epi took off his paisley shirt and raised his arms high in the air while singing along with the tune. Nell and I joined in; me with my dark rimmed glasses and Nell in her peasant blouse. We couldn't remember a time when we had felt so free and happy! I wanted it to last forever!

"I really love you guys, man," I said to Nell and Epi, surprising myself with unusual openness.

"Far out, man, we love you too," they both replied at the same time.


Woodstock Concert, August 1969

Woodstock Concert, August 1969

Woodstock Concert, August 1969

Woodstock Concert, August 1969

Food and Medical Supplies Delivered by Helicopter During Woodstock Concert

Food and Medical Supplies Delivered by Helicopter During Woodstock Concert

Joe Cocker "Get By With A Little Help From My Friends"

By the second day of the concert weariness was setting in, people slept wherever and whenever, some even on top of their cars. Unabashed, they bathed openly in nearby ponds. Hunger was taking its toll on those who were left out from a food shortage. We too were feeling the hunger cravings. But there had been no way for organizers to predict a turn out of 500,000 people and hadn't prepared for those numbers. When the citizens of Sullivan County heard about the food shortages, they gathered thousands of food donations to be airlifted to the site, including 10,000 sandwiches, water, fruit and canned goods. Peace activist "Wavy Gravy" and his hog farm collective also helped out with the food situation, plus provided non-traditional gentle security tactics. There were forty doctors flown in and medical tents were set up for people who were sick or having bad trips from drug over-dose.


Janis Joplin

Woodstock Concert, August 1969

Woodstock Concert, August 1969

Woodstock Concert, August 1969

Woodstock Concert, August 1969

Nell couldn't hold out any longer. Epi and I saw her in bibs with her blouse missing flash'n the peace sign to two dudes resting in the trunk of their car!

"Not you too, Nell," Epi called out to her. He was fond of innocent young Nell and felt protective of her. He borrowed a shirt from someone to cover her up. Later we saw her sitt'n on a blanket hold'n one of the dudes from the trunk. Epi just shook his head.

"We lost her, Epi, she's too into that guy," I remarked.

"I suppose you're eventually gonna split too, Fossi," he replied, "You boy-crazy girls have stars in your eyes."

"Naw," I told him, "I'm holdn out for Jimmi."

Santana and The Most Incredible Drum Solo!

Raining on the Crowd at the Woodstock Concert, 1969

Raining on the Crowd at the Woodstock Concert, 1969

Rain and fun in the mud during Woodstock

Rain and fun in the mud during Woodstock

Rain and fun in the mud during Woodstock

Rain and fun in the mud during Woodstock

Rain and fun in the mud during Woodstock

Rain and fun in the mud during Woodstock

We woke the next morn'n to the soulful tune of "White Rabbit" sung by lead vocalist, Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane describing what happens when you go into a psychedelic trip; I never knew. Then the rains came! Regardless of chants from the crowd, "no rain, no rain, no rain", it came down in buckets. What could anybody do? The people were stuck, but chose to make the best of it. They played and played in the mud, slipping and sliding and getting relief from the heat. For some, it was even a spiritual event. Heck, for that matter, the entire three days was out of this world.

So far, we had heard awesome uplifting performances from Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone, Country Joe, Arlo Guthry, Creedence Clear Water Revival, Joe Cocker and Santana to name a few, but not yet from Jimmi. I suspected they were saving him for last and I had my camera ready for the moment.

Well, it was finally my turn to let go! All the heavenly down pouring and mud splashing finally got to me. Joan Baez started singing "We Shall Overcome", and in that moment, my eyes met my hairy, muddy, lover-hippy-guy! Epi caught me lock'n lips with him. It was my first kiss and a groovy one, too, but short lived. I couldn't let anything keep me from my Jimmi, nor my Epi, for that matter. I pushed hippy man away and ran to Epi. He was patient with me and understood my moment of free love. I told him it would be okay if he let go, but he was too cool a guy to abandon any of us girls. It was near the end of the concert and we were getting ready to hear the biggest and best of them!

Taking stock at Woodstock, August 1969

Taking stock at Woodstock, August 1969

Woodstock Photo-Op, August 1969

Woodstock Photo-Op, August 1969

Famous shot of Jimi Hendrix, Woodstock, August 1969

Famous shot of Jimi Hendrix, Woodstock, August 1969

Epi sat on the trunk of a far-out car painted with the American flag. He waited there for me to snap a few shots of the crowd. He didn't know it, but I snuck in a nice shot of him. When Jimmi got on stage, the crowd let out a shattering roar that could be heard as far as the next town; electrifying, man! Epi and I danced and sang to the music. When Jimmi played "Foxy Lady", I tried to get as close as I could to catch a shot. After fifty tries, I finally got the one I knew would make history! Just when we thought we had experienced all the peace, love and cheering that was humanly possible, Jimmi came out with his finale; a guitar solo rendition of the National Anthem! It blew our minds. In that moment, I thought about the girls and hoped they were hear'n it too. I don't know how Jimmi did it, but the anthem had sounds of artillery explosions, a strong message of our country's involvement in the Vietnam War. That was the underlying theme of the festival, sort of a peaceful anit-war message to the world.

When everything was all over, we felt exhilarated if not exhausted. We reluctantly headed for the buggy hoping to meet up with the girls. We thanked God when all three of them were there, even though all three were hang'n onto their new hippy boyfriends.

"Break it up, my lovely flower girls, we're heading for home," Epi announced.

Home was never the same after that. We all came away from the peace festival refreshed and full of independence, but at the same time, with a new appreciation for the comforts of home!

Jimi Hendrix "The Star Spangled Banner"

© 2011 Kathi Mirto

Comments

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 16, 2015:

When I want to smile BIG time I return to the best fun time hub on Hub Pages. Happiness my friend....

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on May 25, 2013:

Thank you Kim, it was one of those sharing with other hubbers times. We all agreed to make up adventures with each of us in it and that is what I came up with. It was great fun! :O)

ocfireflies from North Carolina on May 25, 2013:

How I am enjoying the hub hop...This is such a departure from the other works I have read by you. And still just as awesome. You are truly talented and so diverse in your abilities. Peace and Love.

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on April 23, 2013:

Thank you dear Michelle

Michelle Liew from Singapore on April 21, 2013:

Wow, those were the times! Not of the generation...mine's X....but can certainly relate to the need to express the need for peace. Thanks for sharing!

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on September 13, 2011:

Hello, Fossillady, this was 'far out' and I LOVED every word, photo and memory that YOU refired in my heart. I had a drive-in theater in my small town in 1970, I sat with a buddy, and one other car, in the pouring rain, to wath the movie, Woodstock. How I loved Jimi. Again, thank you. And I am following you now. Bless you.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on August 17, 2011:

when mckbirdbks is late for a party, he is late for a party

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on July 03, 2011:

Hi Jacki...sorry I haven't responded till now. I haven't had time for the hub with a summer job, but I miss everybody very much! Glad you could relate to the music and the times!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 24, 2011:

Well I missed most...well.. all the hippie stuff but I loved what came out of it and I still live the songs in my poems, or many anyway. I had a brother with a ponytail to his butt way past Hippie time but I think Willie Nelson did too didn't he? If there is a soul on earth that loved or loves music more than me I would like to meet them.

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on June 12, 2011:

First of all, thank you for serving our country, those were tough times and the young soldiers did not deserve the disgusting behavior of America upon their return, but that's another subject isn't it! I hope you're doing okay!

Wow, you actually saw the legendary Beatles, Janis and The Who! I'll have to check out your hub about them! Nice to meet you Tom! Peace and love!

justom from 41042 on June 11, 2011:

Good hub, even better it was all in fun. I was in the military when it took place but I saw a lot of these bands before and after Woodstock. Mt first concert was The Beatles in '66 and I did get to see The Who before '69 when they were still destroying their equipment during the encore (My Generation). I did a hub about them, I got to see them in 4 decades. Was lucky enough to see Janis a couple of times also. Nice work! Peace!! Tom

Victor Mavedzenge from Oakland, California on June 10, 2011:

You got me there! Told it so convincingly.

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on June 09, 2011:

Oh, if only I had been there! Everything was made up, the people in the story are other hubbers and we have this thing going where we take each other on wild trips. All in good fun! Thanks for stopping by, haven't been back here lately, think I'll listen to Richie from the first video while I'm here and then a little Santana. Far out, peace and love Victor!

Victor Mavedzenge from Oakland, California on June 09, 2011:

You were there! You lucky lady! I watched the movie and it looked totally awesome.Thanks for sharing such a gem

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on June 02, 2011:

Hey Kitty girl, far out man, you would have fit right in and loved the good times shared! Peace and love

Kitty Fields from Summerland on June 02, 2011:

Voted up and awesome! I sooooo wish I could've gone to Woodstock at least once! I would've loved to have seen Jimmi and Janis! Janis is one of my all-time favorites, though. This is very well-written and entertaining. Great job!

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on May 05, 2011:

Wow, that's a great compliment Tina! Having gone to the Watkins concert must have been an unforgettable experience. More people than Woodstock? Unreal! I hope you had fun at the Royal wedding! Nell did a great job of entertaining us all! tee hee! Peace and love, Kathi

Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on May 04, 2011:

Foss, fantastic. I was too young to go but some of my friends did go. I was able to go to the one at Watkins Glen NY. It is said there were more peeps there then at Woodstock. Woodstock was the first though.

Even though you did not really go you would never know it from this fantastic piece of fiction.

Loved it. You are a great writer and now one of my favs.

peace

Tina

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on April 23, 2011:

Hi Senior, Glad I was able to take you down memory lane for a while at least! It was an amazing event and time period! Hope you have a Happy Easter Sunday! Peace and Love

TheSenior on April 23, 2011:

Fantastic! I had to miss it but you brought back a lot of memories. Peace and Love to you also.

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on April 13, 2011:

Lol, Well, you aint too bad yourself missy! I've had the most fun with this hub by far!!!! Especially thanks to you and Martie! Good times Ruby! Love you too!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 13, 2011:

' Dat burn.. I leave the Hippy page and you ' dun got two ' feller's. All kidding aside.. this is the best hub.. You have what it takes to really highlight a time in history.. Your pictures.. your videos.. Great fun!!!

Love ya

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on April 13, 2011:

Far out Damian, you finally came to the scene man! Us pretty flower girls dig it when we get compliments like that! Peace!

damian0000 from Belfast on April 13, 2011:

"New York State Throughway is closed Man --- Lotta freaks!!"

I love Woodstock --- The Movie and Jimi is an absolute hero of mine ... the set he played was just incredible. Next time I watch I will be looking out for you, just try to find the prettiest girl in whole crowd :-)

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 28, 2011:

Good ole Babes...I'm going to ask a few of my old St Joe buddies if they remember your band...Did you like being on the road? Well, I guess I'll just check out your hubs...It's so nice to have met you here on the hub James

James A Watkins from Chicago on March 28, 2011:

We played locally from 1970 to 1979, including at Babe's, the Berrien County Fair, all the high schools in the area, Shadowland, House of David—and we traveled too.

In 1980 we went on the road for twelve years except for two times we came home for a couple year break. During those breaks we played at Chief's, Sweet Cherry Resort, Solitaires, Venetian Festival, et al.

We had a tremendous blind guitar player in the band for 16 years. If you heard us, you would remember him I think.

I have written half a dozen Hubs about the band, with videos of our music. Your son might like some of it.

https://hubpages.com/entertainment/White-Summer

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 26, 2011:

Thank you James, I haven't been here lately and so revisited all the amazing music! I hope this took you back to another time when we were young and cherished the movement of peace and love!!I think that's really cool you were in a band playing the best rock and roll that came out of any era. My son listens to it cause its that good...he plays drums and is in a band trying to make it in the business with there own music...Your band sounds pretty amazing...I wonder if I ever heard you guys...I think I might have...Did you play locally?

James A Watkins from Chicago on March 25, 2011:

This Hub is one of the best I have ever seen. Your words evoke the Woodstock experience better than any writing I have read. I was invited to Woodstock—and turned down the invitation!!! Imagine my remorse.

The photographs you chose are utterly incredibly beautiful. I was a professional musician for over 20 years with my band, White Summer. Besides our own music—five albums worth—we played 1000 classic rock songs mostly from this era.

Thank you for a wonderful journey.

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 25, 2011:

Ya, you were probably just a Spring chicken at the time, or maybe just and an embryo or maybe an idea in your parents head...lol...It's groovy to know that's when you'd want to visit!! Peace and Love Katie

Katie McMurray from Ohio on March 25, 2011:

Love all these comments, No I was not around yet, If I could time travel and go back to a place and time I have never experienced it would be wood stock. What a magical mysterious time for those of us who can only imagine by listening to your stories.

:) Katie

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 22, 2011:

I'm gonna need that straight jacket to stop laughing! Somebody hit me over the head, I've got a visual stuck in there of Docmo singing...Ooh Baby, Let's get it on....Ah sugar la la la la...Peace Out...hippy hippy shake shake

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 22, 2011:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHH LOLOLOLOL I can't stop. I need HELP, Doctor, Doctor, give me the news, Which one are you gonna choose??&^%$#@()_+

Martie Coetser from South Africa on March 22, 2011:

Hahahaha! I'm laughing myself to tears down here! Must safe my reputation now {before Epi and Micky drop me like a too hot potato}- I promise I will behave myself. I will act my age. I will grab neither flutes nor bassoons. I will not get rid of my threads. I will not dive into any knee-deep or deeper slurry or water. I will just be a sweet, meek and humble flowergirl.

On ONE condition - Docmo must give me a ride on his sleek Japanese Kawasaki bike. At least 10 miles.

.... and she loves you ye-ye-ye....

:)

Mohan Kumar from UK on March 21, 2011:

Ladies, Ladies, Ladies! I leave here for a moment and I am being divvied up! What does a man do?

Martie's 'body' guard...does it need guarding? I am game as long as her flute grabbing skills are in full force! There is always a place for her on my pillion.

Or to be shared between the two delectable forces of Ruby and Fossi? ooh la la.

the heady combination of the mud slurry, groovy music, nekkid swims in the lake is far out man.

BTW did Martie mention handcuffs? I think I need to lie down.... phew.

I think I am gonna turn all Marvin Gaye and sing ' Lets get it on...'

I've been really tryin', baby

Tryin' to hold back this feelin' for so long

And if you feel like I feel, baby

Then come on, oh, come on

Whoo, let's get it on

Ah, babe, let's get it on

Let's love, baby

Let's get it on, sugar

Let's get it on

Whoo-ooh-ooh

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 21, 2011:

Martie is a sly one! She loves you ye-ye-ye! tee hee... I can't stop laughing! Ruby, split the scene before the straight jacket dude gets ya! Far out man, you and I will share Docmo while Micky and Epi share Martie...Hek, why don't we all gee-it together'n and have a good ole time splash'n in the pond with our birthday suits...why am I talking like this? It's darn tootn contagious...You girls are sooo much fun, but especially groovy!!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 21, 2011:

Lordy, i reckon there 'ain't noth'n Martie won't do 'fur a man. She's 'rite pitiful, so we'll let her have her way. We'll take the 'leavin's. Ruby don't take your love to town, Love's gona live here again, Rainy night in Georgia, Born to lose. LaLaLa

Crazy Man, OOPS, I see a white coat coming, Funny , looks like they got a straight jacket, wonder what 'fur?

Martie Coetser from South Africa on March 21, 2011:

@ Ruby – What a great-great laugh you’ve given me in here, Lady Funny! Hahahaha! Going to laugh for the rest of the day.

@ Fossillady – Howzit! Let’s make a deal – You and Ruby take Docmo, I’ll take Epi and Micky. Lalalala! She Loves You, ye-ye-ye.....

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 21, 2011:

Martie, too funny girl, I can dig it, we'll show the younger generation how us flower girls rock and teach em a thing or two what free love is all about!!You and I can go for a nekked swim in the pond with Docmo, groovy. Ah heck, Ruby can come too! I promise I'll be good; that way I can keep my eye on you..tee hee...I don't think we'll all fit on the sleek bike though, bummer! Man, you came up with some hip lingo I had forgotten about! I gotta split, Ruby just commented, gotta see what's hang'n with her! VVVVVVV

Ruby, A blast from the past!!! You are so dam funny girlfriend! We'll keep an eye on her together...swimmn in the pond nekked with the Doc...groov'n to the music! How's that for hangn loose, man? If she tries to split with him, you and I will shout through the grapevine to stop her before she starts trippn on his charm! Gotta watch those slick charmer types with their drop dead good looks and thick black hair and dark eyes and where was I...Luv you too girlfriend!!Peace VVVVVVV

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 21, 2011:

Fossi, I heard it through the grape line that Martie is going to try to HANG OUT with Docmo. She said something like she wanted to CRASH at his PAD and something about having a GAS time and i don't think she means flatuulence. I think she really DIGS him. I think she will make the words HANG LOOSE have a new meaning, then she said they would SPLIT the SCENE and i don't think she was thinking about a banana split. I see above that she's wanting Docmo all by herself. I heard through the grapevine that he's a Doctor and i'm thinking i might need medical service when we make our next adventure, after all my 'ritis is acting up 'agin. Well i 'dun 'tole you all i 'knowed so keep a 'eyeball out, she's slick as 'churned butter. That word SLICK rings a bell, oh well i 'reck'n i 'tole you 'nuf, Love you girlfriend

Martie Coetser from South Africa on March 20, 2011:

A Glastonbury run? Oh can you dig THAT happening? Sure will be a heluva gas! Hey, in anticipation I plea not-guilty for anything I’m going to do at that scene.... Just know I can’t be held responsible for anything I do in a knee-deep slurry in front of a pyramid stage

Or

to

a

Dude on a sleek Japanese Kawasaki bike....

Oh man oh man.....

Mate, you better handcuff me to the nearest pole...

This time I will not go for the flutes but for the bassoons.... and I may get rid of all my threads...Hee-haw.... peace out!

Oh! I have a groovy idea – Why not let Docmo take care of me :)))) Make him my bodyguard.... :))) Come on! Don’t be like that. I promise I will not seduce him. (Did I use the word promise? Oh my, I should have said ‘I will try my very best’, for you know I’m not a drag but a flower girl! Lalalala! You all dig it, don’t you?)

Fossi, I’ve got to split now.... I desperately need a scarf and a crash.... Can’t wait to be with you all again. Man, oh man we will rock... Peace out! I’m waving you the sign ‘V’

http://socyberty.com/subcultures/hippy-slang-of-th...

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 20, 2011:

I stood outside and watched the moon for awhile last night. There were thin clouds going by and it looked eerie, but dreamy...I haven't seen your card, boo hoo, I'll check my spam, Hope your day is a happy one!

epigramman on March 19, 2011:

...the guy's flute?????? Gee I don't think I want to go there on that one - lol lol - well just checking in with you Kathi on a Saturday night around midnight and I always like to revisit the classics - and look at the all-star line-up here and I don't mean the musicians - lol lol

p.s. - there's a gorgeous full moon tonight over the lake of Erie - maybe you can get a picture? or tomorrow night - also I sent you a card about a week ago - maybe you should check your spam mail - sometimes they end up in there!

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 19, 2011:

Oh no, too late, I already did! How could I forget when she was at Woodstock she grabbed the guys flute and took a shower with him never to be seen the rest of the three days!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 19, 2011:

Lordy, Fossi don't tell Martie, You know she'll take all the Guys and leave us on the Side of the road without our Harley's, NOT GROOVY, HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE

Mohan Kumar from UK on March 18, 2011:

Yay! I am in. This is way too Groovy.

When I went to Med school I rode a Royal Enfield Motorbike ( Kind of a British Harley) and then had a sleek Japanese Kawasaki which was customised in metallic black with Chinese calligraphy... I'll bring my bike too and would love to give a ride if the ladies promise to hold on tight ;-) Easy Rider!

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 18, 2011:

Docmo, don't be jealous, you were just a mere lad at the time! Your fun days are here now! Looks like your coming on the next trip, , groovy!

Ruby, that is funtastic, far out man!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 18, 2011:

Here's an update!! These are the people who want to go on our next adventure, Granny's House- Juliet Cristie-

Erin-Fossi- Martie- Ruby- Nell- Epi- Micky- Docmo

Groovy Man!!!!!!!

Mohan Kumar from UK on March 18, 2011:

This is epic! although I didn't get all the in-jokes its breezy, psychedelic read and I wanted to join in on the hippy hippy shake. I am jealous the Epi-man got to be in with all the groovy ladies. Maybe if we do a Glastonbury run, I'll get to be in on the fun! awesome, Man! Peace.

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 17, 2011:

I can feel the air whizzing by, Yahooooooooo

ToKnow, Thanks for stopping by, the unique era will surely go down in history! Peace!

toknowinfo on March 17, 2011:

Woodstock was ever so slightly before my time. I was old enough to watch the "hippie generation", too young to be an actual part of it. The photos are great and really depict what I do remember about that very special and unusual era. Thanks for sharing a groovy time.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 17, 2011:

We 'gotta get helmets so we can ride into the wind.

WHeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 16, 2011:

I wished Micky had come along on our hippy trip, he would have been perfect com,n in on his motorcycle, tee hee

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 16, 2011:

Look at that score 80, Woopie!!! Next time we 'gotta bring Micky, and i just heard from Granny's House and she wants to go too. Groovy

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 16, 2011:

Cause we're fun lov'n and groovy crazy! Peace and love Micky

Micky Dee on March 16, 2011:

You hippy girls are the girls for Micky Dee! I love this. Thank you Fossillady!

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 15, 2011:

He Daydreamer,I would loved to have been there in real life and have those memories forever! Thanks for stopping by!!

daydreamer13 on March 14, 2011:

Everyone seems to have their own views and opinions about woodstock. I think it seems pretty coo. This was fun to read.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 13, 2011:

Fossi, I have a feeling only she knows and i bet her lips are sealed tighter than Martie's jeans. woo hoo !!

Hippy Dippy hee

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 13, 2011:

My hippie friends...one two three in a row...Martie, Epi and Ruby! This has been so much fun! I want so bad to take another ride in the peace buggie!! I feel the peace sign too Martie! Epi,you are the hippest escort ever!! So we're off on another adventure via Erin...hmm...I wonder if she had any coaxing from a certain free spirit flower child! Tee hee

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 13, 2011:

I just got a hint that Erin may be taking us on an adventure, off we go into the wild blue thunder hee haw Peace my Sister. Martie i felt your peace sign, groovy!!

Rock On Girl((((>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

epigramman on March 13, 2011:

...I am so very glad Kathi that you are able to meet so many nice interesting people here .....well, like yourself! Have a great Sunday - we're inching our way into spring and I can hardly wait for your next photographic essay - have you hooked up with quiet Doug lately?

Martie Coetser from South Africa on March 13, 2011:

Fossillady, I'll try to get some more of those slang words/phrases for this hub of yours. Will email them to you. I'm waving you a peace sign :)))

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 13, 2011:

Epi, dream on my groovy friend. It's a far out trip!

HT, How ya doin sister? Peace and Love

I was sixteen and influenced by the entire movement, but never got heavily into drugs as a few of my friends did. The idea of peace and love and anti-war really did sweep the country's youth. The health food movement came out of it and women's lib. Oh yeah, and free love, well for some. Flashing the peace sign was as natural as blinking your eyes. I'll never forget the music of the era. My son listens to it now,tee hee! Peace, my flower child sista!

I'm not real good at forums. Do you mean I should join one? Can you enter hubs in them?

Martie Coetser from South Africa on March 12, 2011:

Fossi this is the ?? time I'm here - I enjoy the comments just as much as the hub and music.

I was 12 in '96 - but then I was not yet into hippy stuff. But Woodstuck and all those bands hit me a year later to influence me forever after.

This is truly an awesome hub, my cherry!

Woodstock was a groovy joint and I'm sure it made a deep impact and changed the attutudes towards wars of many people.

I wish I could remember all the slang we used. I can only remember groovy, joint, peace my mate, man, cherry....

What about getting more in the forums and add them to this groovy hub of yours?

Laura Arne from Minnetonka, MN on March 12, 2011:

Totally awesome man. THanks for the groovy hub.

epigramman on March 12, 2011:

..man oh man I just returned from Africa and the white lions on a safari with the ladies .... now I'm trippin' to Woodstock with the ladies once again ....please someone don't wake me up from this beautiful dream that I'm enjoying too much .....

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 12, 2011:

Hi Epi, my brother.. Sometimes I feel like a motherless child, Clap your hands, Clap your hands, hey.. hey..hey.. Brother, Brother, ya.. ya.. ya.....oops, got carried away while listening to Richie! I'm truckin down the road and I'll see you at your next groovy poetic creation! xxxooo

T-T, How ya doin, man? Thanks for your far out compliment! Peace

Tantat-Tartan on March 12, 2011:

TIP TOP hub!the music selection FIRST RATE!Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

epigramman on March 12, 2011:

...well ... lol lol ... isn't ' 5 to 1 ' the name of a Doors song - yes it's true and not just a wonderful story like this ......'epi' does like the ratio of 5 beautiful sensitive intelligent women in his company - today is a good day to be a man - true , but more importantly it is a good day to have friends like you ....... Kathi thank you taking us all down this wonderful road of nostalgia - and as the Grateful Dead once sang - keep on 'truckin' ........

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 11, 2011:

Hi Crystolite, thanks, glad you liked it!

Hi Pras, I never really went to Woodstock, but I was old enough to be influenced by it and the whole hippy movement. There has been a lot written about it and documented on TV, even recently! It was a historical event! Thanks for checkn it out! Peace and Love

Hi Ruby, Well you can come back anytime! I do too, cause I like the music videos and it really does bring back memories! Peace!!!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 11, 2011:

I had to come back to listen to Joe sing, 'A little help from my friends' Dig those stars on his boots. Groovy!!!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 11, 2011:

I give many attentions to this hub. I love music very much. Woodstock was a great music festival. I never saw this in person. But it's enough for me just read your hubs and saw stunning pictures here. All the video was great. Well done, my friend. I give my thumbs up for you and press all buttons here. God bless you.

Love and peace,

Emma from Houston TX on March 11, 2011:

Nice and funny article that is well shared.

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 10, 2011:

Hi Nell, you were so cute in you bib overalls, just miss'n a little something underneath.. lol..We wouldn't have thought of leaving you behind, besides I needed you to help smooth things out with my square parents... Thanks for the big vote! Peace and Love

Ruby, I knew it, OMG that's right he didn't, hee hee, groovy

Erin, I was in high school, you're just a young buck! When you look at photos of Woodstock there are babies and little kids everywhere and most of them were running around naked! Nobody even thought twice about it. You would've fit right in! Peace and Love

Erin LeFey from Maryland on March 10, 2011:

Yes, I was 1, but I would have gone with you all anyway!!! and I probably would have showered naked with all the other groovy babies - I would have been the hippest baby there (and still known all the words to all the songs including White Rabbit!) And still given Epi a run for his money! - Although I don't think you guys were much older than me were you??? :))) Love you all!!!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 10, 2011:

Yes, Fossi, It was HE, but he didn't inhale!! Hee Haw

Nell Rose from England on March 10, 2011:

Hi, that was real groovy! sorry about the neked thang! I get lost in the music and twang goes the clothes! ha ha that guy in the car? well we made sweet music in the trunk! too much smoke, never again! seriously that was fantastic! I never knew all that about woodstock, I was only ten, and sometimes wish I could have been a flower power girl! I felt like I was there! the history of it and the music was great! loved it loved it loved it! thanks for including me, now I really have been there! voted uuuuuuuppppppppp! lol

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 10, 2011:

Hey Erin, I suppose that was a few years before your time! Digging into it for this hub I learned a few more things about it too. Lot of tidbits and inside stories. I was happy to bring you along, it was fun, I mean, groovy, man! Peace and Love

Erin LeFey from Maryland on March 10, 2011:

WOW that was a rocking good time !!!! and oh I LOVED the music!!!! You pegged me to a tee! I'm so laid back and hippish - heheheh "let her be" I'd say that too! I loved the shower and you guys are the GREATEST. thanks so much for including me even though I'm the new guy in the neighborhood!! I'll never forget Woodstock now! (I never realized how big of a deal it really was, you have really educated me too - I didn't know about the food and the size of it...thanks so much for the fun and the knowledge!) Love and Peace and Stay Groovy Baby!!! Voted up and Awesome!

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 10, 2011:

Hey Chatty, thanks for joining the fun down peace, love, and rock and roll memory lane! Your Woodstock album is probably a collectors item! lol

Hey Augustine, Far out, thanks for telling me you think I'm cool! I'm okay, your okay, tee hee, Peace!

Aah Ruby, You are too funny, Would that be the president with initials B and C? I'll never forget when they passed you around the crowd! Then they started chanting your name Groovy, Ruby, Groovy, Ruby, Groovy Ruby! It was a trip, man! lol

Going through some Woodstock websites, I read that Joe Cocker's performance was one of the most memorable if not the most outstanding! Peace and Love

Hey Epi, Don't be late for work, I'll see you later!

epigramman on March 10, 2011:

....greatest hub of all time ...and not just because all of my favorite gal pals are here sharing these beautiful memories - because we are still here - together in the here and now - I have to literally run out the door and go to work Kathi - but please know I will return to this hub in the morning .... for some more good times and a closer look at a true hub classic!!!!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 10, 2011:

OMG, Did this bring back memories. I'll never forget the days we spent at Woodstock. We were all so hip and groovy back then.......... Hey we still are, just a tad slower. I wonder if Epi has still got that car? Man that car could roll........You remember when they were passing me through the crowd, well, i saw our future President, in fact he gave me a little pat as they lifted me past, groovy Man. My favorite performer was Joe Cocker, still is. Thank's Fossi for taking me back to the good old days when we were young and passed out our flowers in the name of love and peace.

Love and Peace

Augustine A Zavala from Texas on March 10, 2011:

Far out hub! Don't fret about about being a square, your still cool in our eyes! Thanks for sharing.

Kathy from California on March 10, 2011:

What memories! I actually still have my Woodstock album and remember every song! Good thing because the record is probably worn out even if I did have a way to play it. What an outta-site "trip" down memory lane and a well done story! Peace Fossi!

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 10, 2011:

B. I was in high school at the time, but even hear in Michigan it was a buzz! Peace & Groovy Love

Katie, Maybe you're to young to remember those times, to live it was to be in another world. Growing up in the midwest,the hippiest thing I ever did was go braless for a summer and wore peasant shirts and army jackets, Woo Hoo! Peace

Martie, groovy scene man, you are so hip!If it wasn't for Epi draggn you out of the water I think your hippie man would have kidnapped you and taken you home! You would have just gone with the flow! Seriously, going back there truly was a trip and I did come across that song on YouTube, Joni Mitchel wrote it for somebody, I think Crosby Stills and Nash. I'll try to find it again!

Peace and Love

Acer, Cool message, I like how you twisted the words, but not the truth! Peace

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on March 10, 2011:

At woodstock,love was a drug of choice,music was a message of peace,and war was illegal.;)

Martie Coetser from South Africa on March 10, 2011:

Oh, that was the grooviest outing we ever had. Will never-ever forget that one. Can’t believe you still remember how crazy I was about Santana’s music - and Black Magic Woman is still my favorite (at certain occasions). Oh my goodness, and Joe Cocker too! Not to talk about CCR! Hey, tonight! I see a bad moon rising! Traveling Band! Wow!

I can’t remember walking away from you guys... Must have been that joint I’ve tried (I promise that was the first and the last time!) One moment I was okay, the next moment my head was in the clouds and my feet nailed to the ground... Oh, goody-goody.... what were we talking about? Hahaha! I’m going to laugh myself a crawling insect....

Sorry, Foxy-Lady-Fossi, I can’t remember any detail... just remember I had a marvelous time out there. Wait, wait, I remember bathing with that guy with the... Oh my soul, if Epi didn’t drag me out of that water and carried me on his shoulder to Ruby’s bus.... Oh my word! Hahahaha! Epi was my knight in muddy armor!

Fossi, I wish you peace and love... and lots and lots of groovyness. BTW, I am still looking in vain for the song called ‘Woodstock’ – it was popular round about ’71.

Katie McMurray from Ohio on March 10, 2011:

What a lovely cool and hip hub on happy hippy time. I love it. The collection of pictures is rocking and fabulous and the story is very interesting.

I look forward to the happy hippy time in the future as well. Love, Peace and JOY! :) Katie

b. Malin on March 09, 2011:

Oh Fossillady how I envy you...I too was a flower child in "those" days. I so wanted to go, but my son was sick and I had to stay home. But thanks for giving us that couldn't make it and had to wait for the MOVIE to live it...Great Pictures and your insight to the happenings. PEACE & LOVE to YOU!

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 09, 2011:

Hello Jean, That must have been an amazing moment, I didn't realize that! And yes, I miss Hendrix and Janis, the Doors, Led Zeplin, The Beatles, I could go on and on. It was our youth and it was a special time. The music that came out of that era my children now listen too. Thanks for stopping by.

Jean Bakula from New Jersey on March 09, 2011:

Don't you miss Hexdrix? I was just playing some Joan Baez the other day, what a voice. She played "We Shall Overcome" at the White House for MLK's B-day.

Kathi Mirto (author) from Fennville on March 09, 2011:

Hi FaithD, It was a fun time had by all! Tee hee! Peace and love baby

FaithDream from (Midwest) USA on March 09, 2011:

You are so funny.. hippee hippee shake..

Peace love and rock-n-roll.

you took me back, that was groovy. :)

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