Thursday, July 20, 7:30 pm      Englewinds Ensemble

      The Pioneer Valley Fiddlers is a locally-beloved troupe of eighteen fiddlers, ages 6 to 86, accompanied by piano and guitar (and sometimes washboard and spoons!), who elevate spirits with old timey tunes, traditional jigs and waltzes, and timeless classics. This year they're celebrating 25 years of charming eager audiences, inspiring dancing feet, and warming open hearts!

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 available for sale

after June 1st at three locations below, cash or check only. Additional porch tickets available at gate day of show (please see below). 

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The 2017 Summit House Sunset Concert Series!

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     Advance tickets for all shows (highly recommended) will be available beginning June 1st, and until 2:00 pm day of show, at three area businesses:

          - 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

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.

Please Note: Once all tickets for indoor seating have been sold, 60 "Porch Only" tickets will be made 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 sold-out shows.  


        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. Its original timbers are over a century and a

  half old, and the building has a delightful 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!

A bustling intermission

"Zoë Darrow adds savory spice to the
global mix..." Sing Out Magazine

Thursday, July 6, 7:30 pm

Zoë Darrow and Friends

        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 volunteers of the Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range.

All indoor seating for this concert has SOLD OUT. However, 60 "Porch Only" tickets will be available at the gate day of show after 6 pm (please see below).

     Libro Azul (piano, drums, flute, sax, congas, bass) performs music based on the Son and Afro Cuban clave forms. Rhythms include Guaguanco, Son, Cha Cha and Afro 6/8 from Cuba, Bolero, Bomba and Plena from Puerto Rico, Merengue from Dominican Republic, Cumbia and Samba from South America, and American Jazz and Blues forms. Compositions include works by Rafael Hernandez, Johnny Pacheco, Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader, Carlos Jobin, Dizzie Gillespie,

as well as original compositions by the group's founder and Springfield's own, Joe Velez. (Dancing welcome!)

     World-class local fiddler Zoë Darrow, accompanied by her dad Phil Darrow on guitar and bouzouki, will perform masterful interpretations of traditional Scottish, Irish and Canadian tunes, as well as an eclectic mix of song and roots American folk!

All indoor seating for this concert has SOLD OUT. However, 60 "Porch Only" tickets will be available at the gate day of show after 6 pm (please see below).

Pre-concert picnicking on the porch

     Englewinds is an award-winning woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn), joined by pianist Tomoko Ohno, that performs music by living composers and specializes in themes fostering environmental awareness. Based in New York/New Jersey and founded by South Hadley native and Mount Holyoke grad Sarah Davol, they will present a program entitled "For the Earth," performing music to honor our planet and celebrate the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Earthly and lunar pieces by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Neal Kirkwood, Eric Ewazen, Tomoko Ohno, Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini, Bart Howard, Sarah Davol and more!


Please Note: All concerts to be held INSIDE the Summit House (rain or

shine), which WILL be officially OPEN the evening of each concert!

Thursday, August 3, 7:30 pm

Libro Azul Latin Jazz Quintet

All indoor seating for this concert has SOLD OUT. However, 60 "Porch Only" tickets will be available at the gate day of show after 6 pm (please see below).

     The Wistaria String Quartet shares the beauty

of chamber music with an ever-growing network of audiences. Violinists Sarah Briggs and Kaila Graef, violist Delores Thayer, and cellist Wayne Smith will present works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Bach, as well as Thelonius Monk and Darol Anger, among others. They'll also be joined by Gregory Hayes on a vintage, 19th-century harmonium, a haunting and beautiful instrument popular when the Summit House was first built in 1851, for a Dvorak piece specifically composed for harmonium and string trio!

Thursday, July 27, 7:30 pm

The Wistaria String Quartet

Enraptured by sound

All indoor seating for this concert has SOLD OUT.

However, 60 "Porch Only" tickets will be available at the

gate day of show after 6 pm (please see below).

Thursday, July 13, 7:30 pm

The Pioneer Valley Fiddlers