All posts by Richard Heppner

Ulysses S. Grant’s Woodstock visit

Ulysses S. Grant’s Woodstock visit

For 19th century Woodstockers, Grant’s visit to their mountain was a seminal moment of recognition. His stay may have been brief but here was validation and birth as Woodstock began the transition from industries that took from the land — such as quarrying and tanning — to an economy and lifestyle based on what others saw in the land.

Kathy and Walt Anderson recognized by Woodstock for volunteer efforts

Kathy and Walt Anderson recognized by Woodstock for volunteer efforts

When Kathy Anderson and her late husband Walt arrived in Woodstock almost 50 years ago, they had a choice — they could live quietly within the community, raise their children and let Woodstock move on without them. Or, they could dive head first into their new hometown and try to make a difference. Fortunately, for Woodstock, they chose the latter.

Mother of invention: Augusta Allen & the Woodstock Dress

Mother of invention: Augusta Allen & the Woodstock Dress

Today, when most people think of fashion in relation to Woodstock, tie-dyed everything and perhaps the image of a Granny dress might spring to mind. And yet, long before Woodstock gave its name to an entire generation, Augusta Allen began crafting a dress that a different generation of Woodstock women would embrace as a representation of their own time.