Do's, don'ts for Woodstock

Concert: Ticketholders can choose plane, train or automobile to get to Griffiss Air Force Base, the site of the festival's most recent incarnation.

July 16, 1999|By Tamara Ikenberg | Tamara Ikenberg,SUN STAFF

You can still buy a ticket for next weekend's Woodstock music festival, but if you don't find epic bus rides and public showers particularly appealing, you may want to stay home and watch it on television.

There are still plenty of tickets left for the three-day festival in Rome, N.Y. They are $150 through Ticketmaster (212-397-7474) until July 22, when the price will go up to $180, and concertgoers will be able to purchase them at various sites en route to the concert, according to Elizabeth Chanley, spokeswoman for the festival.

But if you haven't solidified your Woodstock travel and accommodation plans, don't breathe a sigh of relief just yet.

* Hotels: Calls to nearly 20 hotels in the Rome, Syracuse and Albany areas revealed only two with anything available from July 23 to 25. The Desmond in Albany has rooms for all the nights, at $136 for a double per night. Call 518-869-8100. And the Super 8 in Albany has rooms on July 23 and 25 starting at $52.16 a night for two (518-869-8471). But be warned: Both hotels are well over an hour's drive from the concert site.

* Camping: This is your best option at this point. Your ticket grants you free access to designated Woodstock camping areas with public restrooms and showers. There will be no electricity available on the campgrounds. You can either park an RV or set up a tent. If you camp off-site, take advantage of the free Woodstock shuttle buses.

* Going by bus: Travel packages out of Baltimore are all sold out, according to Ticketmaster and Target Sport, Woodstock's official travel promoter. But there are packages available from Washington through Ticketmaster.

For $279, you get tickets, bus service from Rosecroft Raceway in Washington, parking and camping space. The ride is 9 1/2 hours. Round-trip bus service minus admission to the concert is $129.

Adirondack Trailways (800-228-5151) offers bus service from New York's Port Authority bus station right to the festival site. The ride is approximately six hours and costs $98 for a round-trip ticket. Granted, you have to get to New York first, which, from Baltimore or Washington, takes anywhere from three to five hours via Greyhound or Peter Pan bus and is about $50 round trip.

* Going by air: United and USAirways flights out of BWI and Dulles to the Syracuse and Albany airports are still available, according to Renate Newmark at Target Sport. She said the lowest fare she's found at this point is $600 round trip. Call 1-800-832- 4242, Ext. 304, for more information.

Going by car: Caravaning is an option. On the Woodstock Web site (www.woodstock.com), you can access message boards or join chats to find people in your area looking to team up for the long drive. The trip from Baltimore to Griffiss will take about 6 1/2 hours, according to AAA. The roads are all major interstates or divided highways until you reach routes 49 and 46 in New York, which are paved, two-lane county roads.

* What to take: Bring comfortable shoes, personal hygiene stuff, several changes of clothes, non-aerosol sunscreen and bug repellent, plastic tent stakes and cameras, small tarps, rain gear, light sleeping equipment, mosquito netting, etc.

Don't bring drugs, pets, weapons, recording devices, alcohol, umbrellas, glass or metal cans, things that cause fires, pots, pans, stoves or grills, etc. If any of these things are found in your possession, you will be denied entrance until you dump them or donate them to charity. A full listing of Woodstock necessities and no-nos is on the Web site.

Though you may bring non-perishable food items, there will be concessions everywhere to satiate your Woodstock cravings, as well as beer gardens for ID-carrying fans 21 or older.

Woodstock '99

Who: Dozens of musical acts, including Alanis Morissette, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Korn, Jewel, Elvis Costello, Limp Bizkit, Sheryl Crow

Where: Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome, N.Y.

When: July 23-25; bands from about noon to 2 a.m. each day; rave entertainment from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Call: Target Sport Adventures for flight information into Syracuse or Albany airports, 1-800-832-4242, Ext. 304; or Ticketmaster for bus information or tickets, 212-397-7474 (tickets cannot be purchased through local Ticketmaster outlets)

Web: www.woodstock.com

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