The latest report in our New York Outdoors series focuses on Woodstock, a town that's full of history and friendly people eager to share that history. Time Warner Cable News' Solomon Syed filed the following report.
WOODSTOCK, N.Y. - Music is entrenched in Woodstock, a town of roughly 6,000, nestled in Ulster County.
"To wake up and hear music and culture that doesn't have to be in a big city, and you can get arts and culture somewhere else," says one person in Woodstock.
Often associated with the groundbreaking Music Festival, Woodstock is actually located more than an hour northeast of Bethel, New York, where the 1969 music festival was actually held. But if you think that diminishes the culture here, think again.
"Every step through Woodstock is a step through the history of the popular culture in New York State, in the nation, of the last 50 years," says Woodstock Town Supervisor Jeremy Wilber.
Full of history, and friendly people eager to share it.
"It's just the mood of the town," says one person in Woodstock. "Everyone's happy, everyone's relaxed. It's what you want to be around."
"Not totally country, even though it's in the country, but the flair of it is very appealing, the cafes, the little shops," says another.
Shops like the Marie Antoinette Boutique, where you can purchase items you can't find anywhere else, all, of course, with a personal touch.
"I do it all," says Marie Antionette, the owner of Marie Antionette Boutique. "My theme is Woodstock. I sign everything, the year I made it, and Woodstock, on the clothing."
Sometimes, the shopping is even too good.
"The shopping is awesome, but don't tell the wife that," says one person in Wodostock.
So whether you're searching for a souvenir or looking to experience a little piece of history, what you find is guaranteed to be unique.
"We're the bed of music, we're the bed of theater," Wilber says. "We have great writers, we've got great performers, we've got great musicians, and we just have a very long tradition of culture."