From the Woods

A bird's-eye view

Thursday, July 8, 7:30 pm

  Thursday, July 15, 7:30 pm

      The Hot Club of New England brings the elegant and classic style of the roaring 20's and swing era, with echoes of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and other legends of the Great American Songbook, tinged with the French Manouche style of the great Django Reinhardt and the Quintette du Hot Club de France (and yes, there will be a dance floor!)

Collage by Marcia Howard

Please Note: Even after all indoor seats have been sold, there will still be limited 'Porch Tickets' available at the gate 6 pm day of show (see below)!


Old Country Road

Thursday, July 1, 7:30 pm

The 2021 Summit House Sunset Concert Series!


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...and, picknicking on the mountain!

Enraptured by sound

Hot Club of New England 

     Acclaimed wind ensemble 

Englewinds was founded by South Hadley native Sarah Davol, who frequented the Summit House growing up. The group's nature-inflected musical renderings have received wide acclaim throughout the Northeast, and this summer they'll perform their post-pandemic-themed 'Branching Out' program on the top of Mount Holyoke!

A bustling intermission

        The Summit House Sunset Concert Series is supported by the Hadley, Amherst, and South Hadley Cultural Councils, Kestrel Land Trust, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the rangers of Skinner State Park, and the dedicated volunteers of the Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range.

       Ugandan native Gideon Ampiere leads this innovative quartet with traditional East African instruments: the enanga (zither), adungu (harp), and kalimba (thumb piano), all of which he's built himself. Together they weave a sonic landscape that flows seamlessly from intense grooves to joyous dance beats to dreamy textures, completely unique but immediately accessible!

        From the Woods is a musical collective led by Adam Braunschweig (singer/songwriter/guitarist). Lyrics that take inspiration from the days of old set to an infectious backbeat... groovin' Americana from the Pioneer Valley, featuring some of the area's finest musicians: Tyler Drabick (guitar), Jon Fisher (drums), and Darby Wolf (Hammond organ).  

Pre-concert picnicking on the porch (elevation: 935 ft.!)

      Old Country Road is dedicated to keeping the sound of the “Golden Years” of country and bluegrass music alive. The band features Dan Pilachowski on flat-picking guitar, Peter McLean on dobro or resophonic guitar, Dave Helman on bass, Mark Leveille on mandolin and vocals, and Ron Jackson on rhythm guitar and vocals.

Thurs., July 29, 7:30 pm

Thursday, July 22, 7:30 pm

     Advance online tickets for all shows (highly recommended) on sale now. All tickets purchased online will be available to be picked up at the gate day of show.

      Gates open at 6:00 pm, and The Summit House will open at 6:45 pm. Picnicking is welcome (neither food nor beverages will be available for sale at the event). Tickets and parking are strictly limited. All concerts are rain or shine, and the Summit House is wheelchair accessible. All hikers/walkers should please carry flashlights.

       Porch Tickets: Once all tickets for indoor seating have been sold, a limited number of "Porch Tickets" will be available for sale at the gate after 6:00 pm (cash only) 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. 

The historic Summit House in Skinner State Park in Hadley

will resonate with live local music, rain or shine, on five Thursday evenings this summer of 2021! And, audience members can enjoy

a glorious mountaintop sunset at intermission!

Admission: $12 per person. Advance online tickets on sale now at:



  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!