Spirit of Woodstock

*Note that image is from last year and does not reflect this years' location

Please join us Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 5:30-8pm for the

We are very proud to announce that
the 2017 honorees are
John Hall and Alf Evers

Presenters will include: Kevin A. Cahill and Karlyn Elia

Cocktails and substantial hors d'oeuvres (catered by Black-Eyed Suzie's Upstate) will be served at a private residence in Woodstock. 

The SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK celebrates the roots of the Hudson Valley — its natural beauty, iconoclasts, art, culture, innovation, and the river that flows through and connects it. This year we honor two local luminaries who have embodied these qualities — John Hall and Alf Evers. Previous honorees include Michael Lang, Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Mark Braunstein, Levon Helm, Ron Nyswaner, and Philippe Petit. The Spirit of Woodstock Award is hand-crafted by local artisan Steve Heller of Fabulous Furniture.


John Hall

John Hall is a performer,
singer-songwriter, guitarist, and congressman who makes his home in Dover Plains, NY.

He is best known as a member of the
Woodstock-based Orleans, a hit-making pop-rock group with multiple lead singers and hits “Still The One” and “Dance With Me.”
He has co-written songs (many with his ex-wife Johanna) for a variety of music legends.

He co-founded Musicians United for Safe Energy with Raitt, Jackson Browne and Graham Nash.
His songs have been used in films from "Primary
Colors" with John Travolta, to "Butter" with Hugh Jackman and Olivia Wilde.

His environmental concerns led him into community activism. In 2006 Hall ran for Congress and served in the U.S. House of Representatives until January 2011.

Hall still performs solo and with Orleans, and last year released his memoir "Still The One: a Rock'n'Roll Journey to Congress and Back."


Alf Evers

Alf Evers (1905-2004) was a respected
historian and author. He resided in Woodstock
for the majority of his long life, and made an effort to fully immerse himself in his town.

His writings on the Catskills highlight the same qualities the Spirit of Woodstock celebrates:
its natural beauty and
the unique spirit of the locals.

His writings, lectures, and articles focused on artistic subjects with his main works including
The Catskills: From Wilderness to Woodstock (1972),
Woodstock: History of an American Town (1987), and
Kingston: City on the Hudson (2005).

Evers was also a dedicated photographer, and his photographs serve as a time-capsule of how Woodstock has changed over the years. He photographed a variety of subjects from glass work, to early mills, to Catskill resorts.


WITHOUT YOU the Woodstock Film Festival cannot continue presenting its annual fall program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities. With the cost of living on the rise, and federal and state financial support to valuable arts organizations such as ours so tight, we rely on you, our friends and patrons, and fundraisers like the SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK to generate support.


*All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law


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2About the Woodstock Film Festival:
Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests" the Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity. The organization is based in THE FILM CENTER, 13 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY.

The Woodstock Film Festival will celebrate its 18th Annual Festival October 11-15, 2017, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Boiceville, Kingston and Rosendale.