Cosmic Roots & Branches: May Fest Memories

A collection of May Fest Memorabilia

Poster for the original May Fest in 1971.

Handbill for the original May Fest in 1971 — Art by Brad Wolverton, courtesy of L. Huntington.

Newspaper announcement for the first Westminster College May Fest:

 

Newspaper announcement for 1971 May Fest.

Nathan Goodman, along with Greg Floor and Linda Huntington, co-founded May Fest in 1971. Article courtesy of L. Huntington.

Broadside from 1971:

Partly a press release, and partly a solicitation, this flyer circulated around the Alternative Community a year after Mother's Earth Things opened at the 9th & 9th Community.

Partly a press release, partly a solicitation, and possibly designed by Greg Floor, this flyer circulated around the Alternative scene in the year after Mother’s Earth Things opened at the 9th & 9th Community — courtesy of L. Huntington.

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Westminter College’s newspaper was called the Concours

Read the newspaper article from 1971 by clicking on the link below.
(Please allow time for PDF files to fully open.)

May Fest_March_11_1971 Westminster

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Many hands make light work!

Many hands make light work in promoting a new festival — memorabilia courtesy of L. Huntington.

Action shot of 1971’s May Fest — Road Van courtesy of “Wood” bass player Harold Carr:

Photo of 1971 May Fest, used in the Salt Lake Tribune in 1972.

Photo used by the Salt Lake Tribune in 1972 — courtesy of L. Huntington.

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Later that same year — A Fall Fest for refugee relief in Bangladesh:

Poster and article from 1971 -- Courtesy of L. Huntington.

Poster and article from 1971 — Courtesy of L. Huntington.

More about this concert and mini-fest:

Click on the link below for the full article.

Click on the link below for the full article.

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Salt Lake Tribune, Friday, October 8, 1971
(Please wait for the PDF file to load.)

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Another May Fest followed in 1972, and it became an annual event:

Image from the Salt lake Tribune -- May 1972.

Image from the IN Section of the Salt Lake Tribune — May 1972.

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Read the uncredited article from 1972, courtesy of L. Huntington, by clicking on the link below. (Please allow time for PDF files to fully open.)

Salt Lake Tribune_May_12_1972_Pans Pipe Trumpets In Spring

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Mounted poster courtesy of Linda Huntington.

Artist unknown — Mounted posters courtesy of L. Huntington.

The image of the Two Trees was used at least twice.

May Fest flyers from 1972 and 1973.

May Fest flyers from 1972 and 1973.

May Fest was first held in Westminster College’s football stadium.

Diagram

Diagram of Mayfest circa 1973 — courtesy of L. Huntington.

Professionals, Students, the Alternative Business Community, and the Public at Large all participated in May Fest.

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Examples of a vendor’s schedule and a D.I.Y. flyer — the latter distributed to locations like Cosmic Aeroplane, Mama Eddy’s Beanery, Tape Head Company, Round Records, and the General Store.

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After awhile, it was clear what happened.

Courtesy of L. Huntington.

Article courtesy of L. Huntington.

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Read Nick Snow’s entire article from 1973 by clicking on the link below.
(Please allow time for PDF files to fully open.)

May Fest_1973_Deseret News

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May Fest continued to develop:

Article courtesy of L. Huntington.

Article courtesy of L. Huntington.

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Read another article by Nick Snow from 1975 by clicking on the link below.
(Please allow time for PDF files to fully open.)

May Fest_May_9_1975_Deseret News

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May Fest‘s bright colorful posters became fancier:

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Artist unknown

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May Fest 1974 — Artwork by Neil Passey — Courtesy of L. Huntington.

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May Fest partners Nathan Goodman, Linda Huntington, and Greg “Mandolin” Floor of Mad Dog Productions. From an original photo by M. Anderson 1975 — Courtesy of L. Huntington.

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Jazzy singer Sandy Duncan was a Cosmic staffer, and her quartet included Curt Setzer of the 9th & 9th Community — Art by Steve Keefauver, courtesy of L. Huntington.

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Read the contemporary article about May Fest, Greg Floor, and the festival in general:

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The Magic of Mayfest” by Pat Riley, Parson Staff Writer — May 1975
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Mayfest poster featuring Joe Muscolino's band -- Photo courtesy of L. Huntington.

Final May Fest poster, by an unknown artist — Courtesy of L. Huntington.

Notice the “Rain Date” in the lower left-hand corner — this particular May Fest was rained out on four separate weekends.

Westminster College’s world-class Jazz program attracted entertaining players, and they brought their music to an accepting and actively curious public around the area.

The neighborhood east of Westminster College was able to support a new Alternative business corner at 15th East & 15th South — partially anchored by Smokey’s Records, and staffed by friendly faces from the Cosmic Aeroplane and Round Records from the 9th & 9th until the 1990’s. The neighboring King’s English Bookstore continued on after Smokey left as the artistic hub of the 15th & 15th district, and is still a lively place in 2016.

Contemporary Cosmic descendants like Raunch Records (See Blogroll) and Blue Boutique migrated near Westminster College, in the Sugar House area next to the Jazz Society’s Olympic Club, and both stores anchored a stubbornly-resilient Alternative business district around the unconventional corner of 11th East and 21st South at various times. They continue to be thriving Sugar House enterprises in 2016.

The 9th & 9th Community maintains its own unique attitude and atmosphere. Local residents caused a Starbucks franchise to evacuate the corner and relocate because of solid financial support for neighborhood Alternative business The Coffee Garden.
In 2016, the Salt Lake Film Society still manages the Tower Theater next door to the Coffee Garden/Cahoots building, and continues its ‘tradition’ of showing movies from various countries and alternative viewpoints.

In 2016, Ken Sanders Rare Books, owned by a former Cosmic partner, continued to be in business near the final 1st South location of the Cosmic Aeroplane for several decades. (See Blogroll) Sanders has also recorded many segments about historical books for the nationally-distributed “Antiques Roadshow” on the Public Broadcasting Service network of stations.

“Nostalgia” Coffee House occupies a portion of the old Cosmic building in 2016, on the far west side from 258 East First South, and has memorialized its Alternative predecessors with a colorful mural picturing the Blue Mouse and Cosmic Aeroplane in their prime, including neighboring Ken Sanders Rare Books, a block or two around the corner.

The economic importance of proximity to two college campuses with surrounding satellite communities on the east side of Salt Lake City can not be overlooked in the long-term financial health of Alternative business people who opened shops in those neighborhoods.

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All posters courtesy of L. Huntington –Images on this page are under Copyright, and used with permission in the context of this article.
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We actively request your contributions of pictures, memorabilia, and oral histories concerning the Cosmic Aeroplane — please contact our blogmeister: mike_evans_exile@yahoo.com

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About Michael Evans

Michael has lived in Montana, Washington State (East and West), Holland, and England, but he was born in Salt Lake City, and graduated from the University of Utah.
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