A Day of Peace, Love and Music – Orange County Register


By Jamie Johnson

Laguna Woods Globe Special

Laguna Woodstock returned to the Village last weekend, and hundreds of residents and their guests came to experience – or relive – the music and vibe of the 60s.

A sea of ​​tie-dye tops, peasant blouses, mini skirts, fringe vests, peace signs, headbands and flowers rolled onto the lawn and patios of Clubhouse 2 on Saturday, June 25.

People had marked out their place at the festival early: retractable awnings, lawn chairs, coolers and tables laden with food and drink covered the grass.

Inside the clubhouse, a makeup artist, henna artist, tarot card reader, jewelry and clothing vendors, and photographers holding photo booths kept festival-goers happy.

“People can let loose, have fun, act like they did years ago and make memories,” said Nadine Asner, president of the Boomers Club, which has organized the music festival for a dozen years. years. “We can all use it after several years.”

And did they ever let go, the pandemic a distant memory. Hippies and budding hippies filled the patio, dancing to music from Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, CSNY, Jefferson Airplane, the Who, CCR, Santana and more, provided by three bands: Lifetime Rockers, for the first times at Laguna Woodstock; The village band The Nomads; and fan favorites Love Saves the Day headlined.

  • Robin Smith dances to the music during the annual Laguna Woodstock Music Festival in Laguna Woods Village on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Wearing various types of clothing popular in the 1960s, people...

    Wearing various types of clothing popular in the 1960s, people hit the Laguna Woodstock dance floor in Laguna Woods Village on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Brian Parke creates a large Laguna Woodstock bubble in Woods...

    Brian Parke creates a large Laguna Woodstock bubble in Woods Village on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Lifetime Rockers play Laguna Woodstock in Laguna Woods on...

    The Lifetime Rockers play Laguna Woodstock in Laguna Woods on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • People walk up the driveway at Laguna Woodstock in Laguna...

    People walk the driveway at Laguna Woodstock in the Village of Laguna Woods on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Retractable shade structures cover the lawn in front of the Clubhouse...

    Pop-up shade structures cover the lawn in front of Clubhouse 2 at Laguna Woodstock in the Village of Laguna Woods on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A woman dressed in a 60s outfit dances to the music...

    A woman dressed in a 60s outfit dances to music at Laguna Woodstock in the Village of Laguna Woods on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Nomads play during Laguna Woodstock at Laguna Woods Village...

    Nomads play during Laguna Woodstock in the Village of Laguna Woods on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Friends pose for a photo at Laguna Woodstock in Laguna...

    Friends pose for a photo at Laguna Woodstock in the Village of Laguna Woods on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • People are dancing to the music of Lifetime Rockers in Laguna...

    People dance to the music of Lifetime Rockers at Laguna Woodstock in the Village of Laguna Woods on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Friends pose in the photo booth at Laguna Woodstock in...

    Friends pose in the photo booth at Laguna Woodstock in the Village of Laguna Woods on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Gloria Hobbs takes pictures of people dancing at Laguna Woodstock...

    Gloria Hobbs takes photos of people dancing at Laguna Woodstock in the Village of Laguna Woods on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • People take a break in the shade at Clubhouse 2...

    People take a break in the shade at Clubhouse 2 at Laguna Woodstock in the Village of Laguna Woods on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • People are dancing to the music of the Nomads in Laguna...

    People dance to the music of The Nomads at Laguna Woodstock in Laguna Woods on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Dressed in 60s attire, Robert and Robin Smith relax...

    Dressed in ’60s attire, Robert and Robin Smith relax in their shaded tent at Laguna Woodstock in the Village of Laguna Woods on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A man dances to the music of Lifetime Rockers at...

    A man dances to the music of Lifetime Rockers at Laguna Woodstock in the Village of Laguna Woods on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Tami Halle, left, and Mary Zolly take a selfie...

    Tami Halle, left, and Mary Zolly take a selfie at Laguna Woodstock in the Village of Laguna Woods on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A sign of peace adorns the face of this participant of...

    A peace sign adorns the face of this Laguna Woodstock attendee in Laguna Woods Village on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • People walk among the pop-up shade structures that cover the...

    People walk among pop-up shade structures that cover the lawn in front of Clubhouse 2 at Laguna Woodstock in the Village of Laguna Woods on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Tie-dye clothing, peace sign necklaces and sunglasses are worn by...

    Tie-dye clothing, peace sign necklaces and sunglasses are worn by many on the Laguna Woodstock dance floor in Laguna Woods Village on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG )

  • Friends have their picture taken next to signs posted on...

    Friends pose for photos next to signs posted on palm trees as they attend the annual Laguna Woodstock Music Festival at Laguna Woods Village in Laguna Woods on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

“It’s a great outing for everyone here. They go out and they feel like they can just be themselves,” Jeff Richards said.

Richards and his wife, Roshell, have lived in the village for a year and a half and this was their second Laguna Woodstock. The couple and their guests have embraced the vibe and matched their 60s outfit perfectly.

“Everyone is having a great time and enjoying it, and I’m glad they’re hosting this event,” Roshell Richards said. “I think it’s a good thing for the community we live in in particular.”

“There’s such a diverse age group,” added Jeff Richards. “There are people here with their grandchildren who don’t belong here in terms of age, but they like to feel part of it, and they learn a bit about it – that’s the good thing.”

Four-year-old resident Dianna Rimer was enjoying the music festival with her mother, Dottie Vartanian.

“Everyone is happy. They just forget about their problems and live in the moment,” Rimer said. “It really lifts the spirits in the community. present is where it’s happening.

For many at the festival, Laguna Woodstock brought back memories of the iconic 1969 event in upstate New York.

“It was just one of those defining things for this generation in the ’60s,” Lee Pound said. “It’s something most of us grew up with, but it was more about getting away from the old restrictions, and a bit more freedom and enjoying life, having a good time. “

Asner, the president of the Boomers Club, was a teenager at the original Woodstock and says she was “forever changed by the event”.

“Even though there was little food, water, toilets and payphones, there was a common sense of community that spontaneously evolved,” she said. “I think it was a unique moment in history.”

But Saturday was all about the moment.

“It makes me feel good to see all these people here partying, and some of them are way older than Woodstock,” Jeff Richards said. “Hopefully when we’re their age, we’ll still be here having a good time.”

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