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!
The Sun Protection Factor Four!
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.
Pre-concert picnicking on the porch (elevation: 935 ft.!)
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 935 ft.-high boardwalk! (Free dance lessons at 7 pm!)... Get your tix early, cuz it's gonna be crazy, man!
Collage by Marcia Howard
Thursday, July 18, 7:30 pm
Thurs., Aug. 8, 7:30 pm
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, subtle timbre. Arcadia Viols performs works by Baroque composers such as Dowland, Purcell and Couperin, as well as contemporary pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries. Its members have played in such esteemed ensembles as The Folger Consort, Long & Away, Hesperus and The Newberry Consort. For the uninitiated, this is an earthy yet ethereal music that will transport your mind, heart and worldview in any century!
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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)!
A bird's-eye view
The 2019 Summit House Sunset Concert Series!
Thursday, July 25, 7:30 pm
...and, picknicking on the mountain!
Thursday, Aug. 1, 7:30 pm
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!
A bustling intermission
Molly Jeanne is a remarkable 16-year-old singer songwriter from upstate New York who has written over 150 original songs and 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, and at just eleven Molly recorded an impressive debut album in Nashville with stellar session players who immediately recognized her talent. She'll be performing solo for us in the Summit House on Thursday, July 25 - come experience the heart and melodies of a true rising star!
Enraptured by sound
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. CD Release Concert!
Thursday, July 11, 7:30 pm
The historic Summit House in J. A. Skinner State Park in Hadley
will resonate with live local music, rain or shine, on five Thursday evenings this summer! And, 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).
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 (Rt. 47), 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
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, and carpooling from the base and halfway house is encouraged. All concerts are rain or shine, and 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.