(By Peter Blum, for the Poughkeepsie Journal, 1:29 p.m. EDT, April 20, 2016)
“What was I thinking?”
I wonder how many other first-time producers and organizers of large public events have stopped at some point and asked themselves this question. The first Woodstock Story Festival is scheduled to take place very soon, and as the creator and producer of this weekend event (April 30-May 1), I am discovering just how many details and how much work is involved in such an endeavor.
As the The Talking Head song asks, “How did I get here?”
One day last fall, an idea appeared in my mind. There are times when certain ideas announce themselves with an unmistakable flair and depth. This was one of those: a BIG idea! I was thinking about some old friends and a couple of new friends who were very involved with “story.” I was thinking, “Wow, it would be great for them to meet and find out how each one views and uses story.” I pondered how that could happen …