Historian Tim Thomas to Conduct "Monterey 1967, Pop Festival" Walking Tours At The Monterey County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 16, 2012
On June 16, 2012, save the date for a two-hour walking tour of the Monterey County Fairgrounds with Tim Thomas starting at 10am and 2pm.
- Salinas, CA (1888PressRelease) May 25, 2012 - Monterey's 1967, Pop Festival at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, besides being the first rock festival of its size and scope, was the pinnacle of all the early rock festivals according to many of the artists who performed there. It was also the coming out party for several performers including The Who, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. On June 16, 2012, the 45th anniversary of the opening day the festival, Monterey historian Tim Thomas will lead a two-hour walking tour of the Monterey County Fairgrounds at both 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The tours will begin at the front entrance of the Monterey County Fairgrounds, near Gate 3, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA. The cost is $25 per person and $20 for locals with Monterey County ID.
Space is limited for this tour. Reservations are required. For reservations and/or more information please contact Tim Thomas at: 831.521.3304 or by email: timsardine ( @ ) yahoo dot com dot
During this fascinating walking tour, attendees will learn how the Festival came about, how the musicians felt about it what the people of Monterey really thought about it and why there was never another one. They will also get the opportunity to stand near the very stage where this historic event took place.
Over the last 10 years, Tim has had the privilege to interview many of the participants who performed at Monterey Pop. He has also spoken to many people who worked at the festival or were members of the audience. In June of 2001, he organized a three day Monterey Pop symposium that included many of the performers which is considered by many to be a groundbreaking event.
During the tour, Tim will share historic photographs-some rarely seen - and will share oral histories from many of the participants of the original 1967 festival.
Tim Thomas, a fourth generation native of the Monterey area, is a fisheries Historian who has researched the fisheries of Monterey Bay for 25 years. He has researched, written and lectured extensively on Monterey's fishing communities and for 16 years was the Historian/Curator at the Monterey Maritime Museum. Tim is the co-author (with Dennis Copeland) of "Monterey's Waterfront" published in 2006, and the author of the recently published, "The Japanese on the Monterey Peninsula. " Tim is currently at work on a book about "Pop" Ernest Doelter-the original Monterey "Pop"-- for the History Press to be published in 2013. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Monterey Japanese American Citizens League and has traveled and lectured extensively on the Monterey Japanese community both here and in Japan. For more information, call Tim Thomas at 831.521.3304 or email timsardine ( @ ) yahoo dot com dot
The Monterey County Fairgrounds is a premiere event center set on 22 oak-studded acres with ample parking. It is a state-owned multi-use facility that features 4 large banquet rooms, 3 smaller meeting rooms, 2 outdoor concert venues, and a variety of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites ideal for all types of events. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, host to many major and private events on the Central Coast, and the site of the Monterey Bay Race Place, a Satellite Wagering Facility. The Monterey County Fair is the 7th District Agricultural Association of the State of California. The 2012 "Very Berry Extraordinary" Monterey County Fair will be held on August 29-September 3, 2012. For more information, to book an event or to become a sponsor of the 2012 Monterey County Fair, contact the Fair Administration Office, at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey, by calling (831) 372-5863 or www.montereycountyfair.com.
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