All indoor seating for this concert has SOLD OUT.

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

gate day of show after 6:00 pm (please see below).

        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.

The Northampton Woodwind Quintet is an

ensemble dedicated to the literature, voice, and multiple personalities of the woodwind quintet: clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon and French horn. They perform music especially written for quintet, as

well as transcriptions of works composed for other ensembles. They've had two original pieces written

for them, and have created their own unique arrangements of works by master composers, from

J. S. Bach to Scott Joplin to Elvis Costello.

Thurs., Aug. 4 - An Evening of Barbershop

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 in the evening's first half, then be joined by a host of stellar musicians in the second half for an eclectic mix of song and roots American folk.

Banish Misfortune plays traditional Irish hornpipes, reels, jigs, waltzes, polkas, airs and songs, as well as the occasional accompanied Irish poem, on fiddle, concertina, accordion, flute, mandolin, banjo, whistle and guitar. Local favorites, last summer they were voted one of the "Top 5 Bands in the Valley" in the Valley Advocate Grand Band Slam!

Please note: Although the Summit House has been closed recently

for repairs, the concert series will be held as scheduled!

All indoor seating for this concert has SOLD OUT.
However, 60 "Porch Only" tickets will be available at the
gate day of show after 6:00 pm (please see below).

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).

Thurs., July 21 - Northampton

                     Woodwind Quintet

The evening's first half will feature 'Shave and a Haircut', a barbershop quartet based in Chicopee singing in the classic, four-part barbershop style. All are members of the larger choral group, The Pioneer Valley Chordsmen, with whom they'll join forces in the second half for popular songs from more recent decades. The Pioneer Valley Chordsmen have been together for more than 40 years, with members from all over western Massachusetts!

 The consort Arcadia Viols play viola da gamba, a family of sweet-sounding 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 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 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 Skinner State Park. It is an ideal, exhilarating place

  for an evening of friends, food, music, and nature in all its summer glory!

"Zoë Darrow adds savory spice to the global mix."

                           -- Sing Out Magazine

Thurs., July 7 - Arcadia Viols    

All concerts begin at 7:30 pm. Admission is $6 per person, cash only. 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). Seating 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.  

Thurs., July 28 - Banish Misfortune

Thurs., July 14 - Zoë Darrow and Friends 

The historic Summit House in 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: $6 per person, tickets required (please see below)

Collage by Marcia Howard

The 2016 Summit House

Sunset Concert Series!