Thursday, July 11, 7:30 pm
The historic Summit House in J. A. Skinner State Park in Hadley
will resonate with live local music on five Thursday evenings this
summer! And weather permitting, audience members can
enjoy a glorious mountaintop sunset at intermission!
Admission: $10 per person. Advance tickets on sale beginning
June 1 at four locations listed below, cash or check only. Additional
"Porch Tickets" available at gate day of show (please see below).
The O-Tones are the Valley's own perennial swing, soul, Motown, and rhythm and blues band, featuring guitar, saxophone, keyboards, bass and drums. Come to listen, dance, swing and groove to classic tunes and songs spanning the twentieth century, with dancing encouraged on our dance floor and wrap-around porch!
Enraptured by sound
Thurs., Aug. 8, 7:30 pm
We kick off this summer's series with a Mountaintop Beach Party! SPF4 plays vintage, early 60's instrumental surf rock - from classic covers (Ventures, etc.) to mighty originals! Bathing suits, beach towels, sunglasses and flipflops welcome! And, you can Frug, Shimmy and Swim on our dance floor and outdoor porch... Get your tix early, cuz it's gonna be crazy, man!
A bustling intermission
Collage by Marcia Howard
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Pre-concert picnicking on the porch (elevation: 935 ft.!)
The consort Arcadia Viols play viola da gamba, a family of bowed string instruments originating in the 1500s during the Baroque era.Viols resemble the violin family but have six strings, frets like a lute, are bowed differently, and yield a distinctive, subtly shaded and affecting sound. Arcadia Viols performs works by period composers such as Dowland, Purcell and Couperin, as well as contemporary pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries. Its members have played in such highly esteemed ensembles as The Folger Consort, Long & Away, Hesperus and The Newberry Consort.
The Sun Protection Factor Four!
...and, picknicking on the mountain!
The 2019 Summit House Sunset Concert Series!
At an elevation of 935 ft. overlooking the Pioneer Valley, the Summit House
was built in 1851, and its earliest visitors reads like a Who's Who of 19th-century
writers, poets, artists and dignitaries such as Charles Dickens, Jenny Lind and Thomas Cole.
Its original timbers are over a century and a half old, and the building has a warm acoustic
resonance, like an enormous vintage wooden musical instrument perched on top of a
mountain. The sunsets viewed from its porch can be the most spectacular in western
New England. And, picnicking is both welcomed and encouraged on the rolling
high grounds of J. A. Skinner State Park. It is an ideal, exhilarating place for
an evening of friends, food, music, and nature in all its summer glory!
Thursday, July 25, 7:30 pm
Molly Jeanne is a remarkable 15-year-old singer songwriter from upstate New York. She has written over 150 original songs, which she has performed at venues in New York, Ohio Connecticut, and Tennessee. Her songs have earned recognition from American Songwriter Magazine and the Smoky Mountains Songwriting Festival. When she was just eleven, Molly recorded an extremely impressive debut album of original songs at The Tracking Room in Nashville entitled 'Made You Look'. She is also a proud member of NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International).
Please Note: Even after all 110 indoor seats are sold, there will still be
60 'Porch Tickets' available at the gate 6 pm day of show (see below)!
Thursday, July 18, 7:30 pm
A bird's-eye view
The trio New Leaf is comprised of esteemed New England button accordionist John Tabb, All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Kira Jewett, and multi-instrumentalist Adam Braunschweig on guitar, vocals and anything else he happens to bring, whether harmonica, tenor banjo or even octave mandolin. Together they play exhilarating traditional Irish jigs, reels, airs, waltzes and polkas with tight, driving rhythm, interspersed with Adam's unique take on Ireland's song repertoire.
Thursday, Aug. 1, 7:30 pm
Advance tickets for all shows (highly recommended) will be available beginning June 1st (cash or check only), and until 2:00 pm day of show, at four area businesses:
- Barstow's Dairy Store and Bakery, 172 Hockanum Road, Hadley
- Hadley Garden Center, 285 Russell Street (Rt. 9), Hadley
- Nuttelman's Florists, 135 Woodlawn Avenue, Northampton
- Carey's Flowers, 300 Newton Street (Rt. 116), South Hadley (closed July 1-4)
Gates open at 6:00 pm, and The Summit House will open at 7:00 pm. Picnicking is welcome (neither food nor beverages will be available for sale at the event). Tickets and parking are strictly limited, and carpooling from the base and halfway house is encouraged. The Summit House is wheelchair accessible. All hikers/walkers should please carry flashlights.
Porch Tickets: Once all 110 tickets for indoor seating have been sold, 60 "Porch Tickets" will be available for sale at the gate after 6:00 pm on a first-come, first-served basis. The music can be clearly heard on the porch, and patrons are welcome to bring their own lightweight, portable chairs. Please refer to this site for updates on shows.
The Summit House Sunset Concert Series is supported by the Hadley, Amherst, and South Hadley Cultural Councils, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the rangers of J. A. Skinner State Park, and the dedicated volunteers of the Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range.