This spring, some enterprising Woodstock folks came up with the idea to resurrect the Bearsville Picnic: a series of outdoor, daylong summer shows staged on the lovely streamside grounds of the Bearsville Theater. The original Bearsville Picnic was the handiwork of none other than Albert Grossman, the legendary manager of Dylan, Joplin, the Band and many more. Grossman’s Bearsville Picnics happened in the ’70s and featured the kind of weave of local and international luminaries of which Woodstock has always been capable.
One Bearsville Picnic was the subject of a full-length broadcast by the legendary BBC live music television show The Old Frey Whistle Test. The show’s host, Whispering Bob Harris, interviewed Grossman, Todd Rundgren, John Sebastian, Jesse Winchester, Paul Butterfield and Mick Ronson. Foghat and others performed live.