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Arts, Culture, and History

At the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is now a unique educational, performance, and retreat environment

Just a stone's throw from New York City and Philadephia, the region offers an amazing mix of arts, culture and history. Hear what the locals say about this rich tradition.

"Wherever they travel in the world, Sullivan County residents get immediate smiles of recognition when they say they are from the place where Woodstock happened.

I hear similar stories from people who either worked at or vacationed at one of our former resorts: wherever they go, they seem to find each other and share stories.

Today, we have the world class museum at Bethel Woods and some others that tell our stories of these and other events, and the characters and performers who came from all over to this stage, or those who got their start here and made it to the world stage.

Artists of all kinds, many of whom are organized and presented through numerous alliances, societies, and theaters, continue to come here to entertain, or to find their muse amid our magnificent mountains to take back and influence “civilization.”

~ John Conway, Historian, Sullivan County, New York

“There is a rich history of dairy farming in New Jersey and visitors are drawn year-round to the many and varied farms that dot the landscape. The farms add to the natural beauty of this area and help give Warren and Sussex Counties their rural character. The farming tradition is alive and well here, and many farms offer events to the public, such as strawberry picking, fresh food tastings, and live music. Each year thousands of visitors from throughout the Northeast congregate at the Warren County Farmers Fair and New Jersey State Fair in Sussex County.

This area also has a vibrant music scene, attracting a lot of blues, jazz, and rock. It is home to several high-quality live-music venues, including the historic Stanhope House, a popular destination set in a circa-1700s home, plus The Newton Theatre and Roy’s Hall in Blairstown, both from the early 1900s. The outdoor music festivals that fill the summer months often use the natural beauty of New Jersey’s Wilds as a backdrop... Some of New Jersey's finest artists call our region home and their works are often showcased at local galleries.”

~ Bob Price, Journalist/Entertainment Editor, New Jersey Herald

“My parents were East Stroudsburg State College graduates and natives of the area. We lived in New Jersey during the school year and spent summers on the river with my father playing in the house band with Tommy Cullen at Shawnee Inn… I remember each summer we would see Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians perform poolside along the River at the Inn. The region was filled with art and music with most of the hotel properties offering house bands, live jazz at the Deerhead Inn, an annual downtown art show on Courthouse Square in Stroudsburg, and a strong arts community."

~ Gina Bertucci, Classical musician and VP of Marketing for the Bushkill Group