Local artist has a better idea for Woodstock Way Sign

I think it’s pretty cool when a road or highway gets a “name” after a significant person, people, or event. In the Woodstock area of ​​Ulster County, Route 375 between Routes 28 and 212 is now also called Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard in honor of The Band drummer. The band and Levon in particular had and have strong ties to Woodstock. Levon’s Barn still owns Midnight Rambles even though he died years ago. It is a great honor for Levon, his family and his friends. It was well planned and well executed.

In Sullivan County, a highway has also been “named” for one of the most important events in the world and certainly the most important in Sullivan County. Signs were erected on Route 17B to commemorate the 1969 Festival and the fact that it was the route that ultimately brought nearly half a million people to the Woodstock Arts and Music Festival in Bethel. There are two signs, and they read “The Woodstock Way”. Well, a local artist has a little problem with “The Woodstock Way”, and thinks he has a better idea that would be an easy fix.

Local artist, photographer and musician Paul Kean has a problem with the signs. His problem ? Here is a quote from his Facebook post. Paul writes… “The – used as a pronoun?…completely unnecessary. We don’t say the Rt 17B OR the Rt 52 OR the Rt 17 etc. Just ‘Woodstock Way’ conveys the message.” His proposal? Simply replace the “Le” with a peace sign. It’s only two signs, and he’s an artist. Sounds like a great idea and an easy fix. He even included a picture of what the panels would look like after the simple edit, and I have to admit, they would look pretty damn good. Look at the image above.

So what do you think? Does the “The” in the signs bother you? Is Paul Kean’s idea a good one? He would also like to see some color added to the panels as it was such a colorful event. It would also look great, but one thing at a time, I guess. Will the right people see his idea? Paul seems to have a lot of support on his facebook page, but they’re not the ones making the decisions. We’ll see what happens, and I’ll be sure to let you know.

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