Were you at the Woodstock Music and Art Festival back in 1969? Even if you were not, no doubt you are familiar with it. In fact, the concert's 50th anniversary has been in the news quite a bit this year. Here is a way you can learn about the concert and celebrate its 50th without having to drive to Sullivan County and face the crowds.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, author Daniel Carlson will talk about his book, "Dear Hippie, We Met in Woodstock: One Cop's Memories of the 1969 Woodstock Festival" this Thursday, August 1, from 7 - 8:30 pm at the Boardman Road Branch Library in Poughkeepsie.

When the 1969 Woodstock Festival attracted a half million people to the tiny community of Bethel, New York, concert organizers and government entities were overwhelmed. With chaos seeming inevitable, a grassroots spirit of cooperation and collaboration between concert goers and cops averted catastrophe, and ensured three days of peace, love and music. Dan Carlson, who was one of the few police officers assigned to work at Woodstock, recounts his memories of that iconic event, and describes how his experiences there affected him both personally and professionally.Dan Carlson is a retired police officer and law enforcement educator who, over the course of his career, served with the Poughkeepsie City Police, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, and the New York State Police.

To register, find out more about the book, and to learn more about the evening, visit the event facebook page.

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