Decade of Dreams

Barbara McPhail’s “Decade of Dreams” is inspired by the 50th anniversary of Woodstock.

WATKINS GLEN — The on-again, off-again 50th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair is off. Again.

Only this time, it may be for good.

Officials at Watkins Glen International racetrack, which had been the preferred site for Woodstock 50 for organizer Michael Lang, released a short statement Monday.

“Watkins Glen International terminated the site license for Woodstock pursuant to provisions of the contract,” read the statement, released by Public Relations Director Chris Banker. “As such, WGI will not be hosting the Woodstock 50 Festival.”

There was no additional comment from the track.

Lang, co-founder and co-producer of the original Woodstock, had been working with dozens of acts for the proposed Aug. 16-18 festival, including Santana, Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z and Dead and Company.

Tickets were supposed to go on sale April 22, but legal issues — including a fight with former financial partner Dentsu Aegis and failure of organizers to secure a mass gathering permit from the state Department of Health — already had the festival on shaky ground.

The latest announcement that WGI is pulling out may be the final blow.

Mike Cutillo is the Times executive editor. He can be reached at (315) 789-3333 Ext 264 or

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