Two U-Haul neighborhood dealers, Quickway Diner & Q Way Exotic Auto Sales and The Narrowsburg Union, are being recognized in Sullivan County where the original Woodstock Music & Arts Festival took place in August 1969.
Perhaps the most notable music event ever, Woodstock was held on a piece of New York farmland amid the backdrop of the Vietnam War. It was a way to promote peace and unity during a trying time in U.S. history.
This year marks Woodstock’s 50th anniversary. The local communities, businesses and various artists are coming together to commemorate this golden anniversary. Quickway Diner & Q Way Exotic Auto Sales, as well as The Narrowsburg Union, are two of the 50 businesses stepping up to celebrate the occasion.
Best Diner in Hudson Valley
Quickway Diner & Q Way Exotic Auto Sales is just off the main highway to Bethel, site of the original festival. The business opened 32 years ago and continues to thrive. It has been voted the people’s choice for “Best Diner” in the Hudson Valley, per the Times Herald-Record.
Six years ago, owners Teek and Vee Persaud decided to meet their community’s moving needs by adding U-Haul truck sharing. The duo says that U-Haul is a great extension of their business.
“Customers will pick up trucks and end up grabbing something to go, or they’ll return trucks and stay to eat after a tiring day,” they explain.
Commerce and Moving Convenience
Brenden and Kathleen Weiden bought The Narrowsburg Union building in 2015. Their hope was to turn an old school building into a much-needed business center. This dream came to life with a location now presenting options like Print, Pack & Ship®, office/event spaces, and also U-Haul equipment.
The couple began offering U-Haul products two years ago because they saw it as a natural fit. Serving as a dealer for the industry leader in DIY moving has provided a convenience that the community truly appreciates.
A County in Unity
Aside from U-Haul, Quickway Diner & Q Way Exotic Auto Sales and The Narrowsburg Union have something else in common. They are now part of the Sullivan Dove Trail. This network of businesses is driving traffic to the area where Woodstock took place and highlighting the 50th anniversary.
All 50 participating businesses had local artists paint dove sculptures on their properties. These Woodstock memorials represent their operations in a vibrant, unique and yet unifying way. There were sculpture unveiling ceremonies at both dealer locations, with local U-Haul representatives also in attendance.
Predictably, the doves are proving to be huge traffic-stoppers. They have prompted a community-wide game where people are finding each location and posing for photos.
According to woodstock.com, the original Woodstock festival “brought people together during a time of great social turmoil.” Two U-Haul dealers are proudly remembering that festival, their community and the colorful past it entails.