Bethel: Bethel Orders Couple to Pay $25,000 Fine [Times-Record]

BETHEL – The Town of Bethel has ordered Roy Howard and Jeryl Abramson to pay a $25,000 fine and cancel a planned mass gathering with two dozen live bands during the Memorial Day weekend.

Howard, who with his wife Abramson defied the town for decades by hosting Woodstock reunions on Max Yasgur’s former homestead, signed a consent order in 2007 that permanently prevented him from holding – or even advertising – parties or reunions on the property without first getting the needed permits.

He and Abramson recently began selling tickets on Facebook for a party on the same weekend that Phish is holding a three-day festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the site of the 1969 concert, roughly three miles from Roy and Jeryl’s property. The couple have been hawking tickets for $50 a head for the weekend, mentioning they won’t turn anyone away and have room for 1,300 cars.

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