Festival Recalls Summer Of Love
Peace and love. Marijuana. Tie-dye T-shirts. Painful memories of the Vietnam War.
It was 1967 again Sunday - albeit with a 1990s flair - as one-time flower children and those who weren’t even born then celebrated the Summer of Love.
“It’s a massive flashback,” said Peter Bantowsky, one of an estimated 35,000 people who gathered in a Golden Gate Park meadow to re-live the event that helped usher in the hippie generation.
It was a concert-like atmosphere with many basking on blankets in the warm sun as they listened to music from Jefferson Starship and John Handy. Ray Manzarek of The Doors, ‘60s icon Wavy Gravy and United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta were among the many speakers.
The event was held in October because it traditionally is the nicest time of year in San Francisco. A patch of pumpkins for sale was a quick reminder that it was autumn, not summer.
The original Summer of Love evolved from LSD guru Timothy Leary’s Golden Gate Park “Be-In,” in which he encouraged thousands to turn on, tune in and drop out.