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Family Fun Day Celebrates Summer of Love

7/13/2017 11:32:20 a.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

The summer of 1967 was a social phenomenon, as the hippie movement exploded when up to 100,000 people came together in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Called the “Summer of Love”, they wore psychedelic floral clothes, listened to radical music and, overall, changed a culture for young people.

To remember the 50th anniversary of that summer, the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame invites the public to a free Family Fun Day – Summer of Love Celebration from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Visitors are encouraged to dress in 60’s fashion, with ‘flowers in their hair’.

Families can enjoy crafts from 10:00am – 2:00pm including a tie-dye station, with tie-dye bandanas for the first 200 people, a love-bead making station, face painting, mural painting, flower-making and more.  At 2:00pm, the movie “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” will be shown, which featured the songs from the Beatles’ album release in 1967.

“The summer of 1967 was a time of counter-culture,” explained Dr. Darrell Beauchamp, director of the museum. “The country saw changes in fashion, music, film and literature during that time, which left a legacy on our society.  Although we realize that the summer of 1967 was also a time of turmoil in our country, we hope everyone will join us in celebrating the positive things that happened: the music, the fashion, and the calls for peace.”  Beauchamp added that the museum’s two current exhibitions, “Beauty in Energy” and “Walk a Mile” will be open to the public at this free event.

For more information, call the museum at 575-492-2678.

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