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This Psychiatric Hospital is Your Land, My Land

For all you Mermaid Avenue fans, a concert in honor of the late great folkie Woody Guthrie is tentatively scheduled for August 14th. What distinguishes this festival from the slew of other folk festivals to have honored Guthrie since his death in 1967 is that this event is on the grounds of Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, the very same hospital that Guthrie checked himself into to in the ’50s. According to, the festival is also to celebrate the acquisition of 300 acres of former hospital territory as Morris County, New Jersey, parkland. For the last fifteen years of his life, Guthrie was in and out of psychiatric hospitals in the vicinity of his home on Coney Island. For more information on the man and his legend, check out: