ASHAWAY —  The Ashaway Free Library will mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with a special presentation on July 16. Author John Kane will talk about his soon-to-be-published book, "Pilgrims of Woodstock."

In 1969, 400,000 people gathered in a farmer’s field in Bethel, N.Y., from Aug. 15-19 in an event that would leave an indelible mark on American music. "Pilgrims of Woodstock," with photographs by Richard F. Bellak, will be released on Aug. 1 by Indiana University Press.

Kane will present his talk in the library’s recently opened community room. Librarian Heather Field said the talk would be a refreshing change from the library's usual offerings.

“We haven’t done much musical or cultural or artistic programming,” she said. “Now, with the new room, we’re just exploring all the different avenues and possibilities and experimenting with different types of programming, also, at different days and times which we couldn’t do before. We were very restricted as to when we could have things, in terms of setting up the library and disruptions to other patrons’ service.”

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the library's Alfred and Ruth Siciliano Memorial Lecture Series. People interested in attending the talk are asked to register in advance by calling the library at 401 377 - 2770. 

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