Lavender Bloom, Blueberry Jam
Chocolate, Almond, Denim
Amyris, Tonka Bean Absolute, Vetiver
Poets from the Bronx, dropouts from the East Village, interior decorators from the East Side, teachers from the West Side, and teeny-boppers from Long Island trooped into muddy Central Park yesterday for a noisy, swarming, chaotic, and utterly surrealistic ‘Be-In’. -Bernard Weinraub, The New York Times, March 26, 1967
Lush bluegrass sprawls across a 15 acre tree-lined lawn in the southwest section of Central Park, a meadow whose intended purpose has remained as a bright green beacon of quiet peace. Sheep Meadow bears its name as the 1860’s Olmstead & Vaux park design that was in fact a pasture for sheep, a decision made in direct opposition to earlier plans for a military drill ground. While Sheep Meadow has remained a respite from the surrounding city, it has also been the site of celebration and protest: “Be-In’s” protesting the Vietnam war, the “Moon-In” celebrating the 1969 moon landing, the destination of the 1 year Stonewall commemoration parade (lovingly referred to as “Gay Woodstock” by one of the marchers), and free concerts from Barbara Streisand to Jefferson Starship to its final show headlined by James Taylor to help raise funds for the meadow’s repairs in 1979.
Sheep Meadow is a daydream in green pastures of bluegrass, a break from reality upon it’s historied lawn.
Lay back on a soft blanket, the gentle fragrance of the surrounding flora dances upon your senses as you gaze at the joyful clouds dotting the expansive blue sky tearing through the city skyscape. Call to mind those who flocked to this meadow in the name of love, hope, joy, and restoration. Read a favorite novel, enjoy a sweet picnic, doze off for while in the peace of the meadow.♦