The ashes of the great singer-performer Richie Havens will be scattered over Max Yasgur’s farm in upstate New York later this summer. That’s the word from his estate. Yasgur’s farm is known as Woodstock, but it’s not actually in Woodstock. The farm is in nearby Bethel, where 1969 Music and Arts Festival really took place. Havens was the first act up at the most famous outdoor music festival of all time. But before his ashes are scattered there, Havens will have a kind of wake or viewing on Monday, April 29th at the City Winery in New York on Varick St. It’s free to the public, but you have to make a reservation with them anyway so it’s not a free-for-all.
Woodstock ’69 | Richie Havens Opening by moluu
Here’s the message from his family:
Heartfelt thanks for the worldwide showing of love and respect for Richie. This is a very difficult time for everyone and knowing you’re all right here with us is tremendously moving. As per his very specific wishes, Richie was cremated on Tuesday and his ashes were placed in a beautiful stone pyramid urn. Later in the summer they will be scattered across the field where the Woodstock festival took place in 1969 ~Max Yasgur’s farm, now Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
Knowing Richie wanted a party rather than a somber memorial, we have decided to schedule a few public events because, as you all know, Richie considered the world his family, and each and every one of you his friends. We think he’d be just fine with one last tour.
This coming Monday, April 29th, there will be a viewing in New York City at City Winery, located at 155 Varick Street (ph 212 608-0555). This is an informal and unticketed event, however we do ask that you rsvp through City Winery at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. Any and all are welcome to come say goodbye to Richie. Doors will open at 8pm.
Plans for a memorial concert are also underway, and we will make a few more announcements in the coming days. This will be the only viewing in NYC. We hope you’ll join us.