By the time we got to Woodstock We were half a million strong And everywhere there was song and celebration And I dreamed I saw the bombers riding shotgun in the sky And they were turning into butterflies above our nation We are stardust, we are golden And we’ve got to get ourselves Back to the garden
From “Woodstock,” by Joni Mitchell, 1969
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the Oxford Community Center and Carpe Diem Arts will pay tribute to the historic, groundbreaking music festival and the ideals it embodied: peace, love, and unity.
Widely viewed as one of the most profound and influential cultural events in our nation’s history, Woodstock took place in August 1969, at the apex of the civil rights and anti-war movements and evolved into a gathering of nearly a half million individuals who joined in the three-day celebration.
Through songs and reflections of an era of peaceful protest and activism supporting social and civil justice and nonviolence, Carpe Diem and the OCC seeks to promote and embrace our diverse communities and inspire a new generation with iconic anthems of hope and social change that are relevant for today and for the future.
Featured artists include Walter Parks and Kentavius Jones, performing some of Richie Havens’ songs from his opening set at Woodstock, along with other favorites from the festival and popular American anthems of our times. Chris Noyes will share Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” and other iconic songs. The audience will be invited to join in singing along on the choruses.
The Oxford Community Center and Carpe Diem Arts present:Back to the Garden: A Celebration of Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary
Sunday, September 15, 4:00pm
Oxford Community Center 200 Oxford Rd., Oxford, MD