Next Week: A Perfect Spot of Tea with A. Burris Jenkins

On Saturday, August 26 "A Perfect Spot of Tea" will continue featuring a performance by A. Burris Jenkins. Jenkins will premier some of his most recent compositions of famous classical pieces re-imagined in a jazz style.

Admission is $12 per person, and there are seatings at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Reservations will not be taken in advance. Tours will be given for an additional fee every hour on the half hour; at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30.

 

Next Week: A Perfect Spot of Tea continues with The West County Jazz Trio

On Saturday, August 19th "A Perfect Spot of Tea" will continue with a performance by The West County Jazz Trio. The group plays mostly mainstream jazz music including some originals and with an occasional foray into standards and jazz Latin tunes. The group includes Judith Williams who comes from Greenfield, plays keyboards and sings on occasion; Tony Rice, who focuses the beat with his drums, and lives in Conway; and Tom Ulrich who plays double bass and comes from Ashfield.  The trio has been together for five or six years as part of a quintet and other formats, and play here and there around Franklin County and beyond in a variety of settings and functions. 

Admission is $12 per person, and there are seatings at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Reservations will not be taken in advance. Tours will be given for an additional fee every hour on the half hour; at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30.

Next Week: A Perfect Spot of Tea featuring The Blackbird Effect

On August 12th, 2017 the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum's "A Perfect Spot of Tea" will continue featuring a performance by The Blackbird Effect. John Cabán and Pan Morgan play bent blues, greenjazz, in addition to other genres.  With deep roots in more than one America, The Blackbird Effect presents an exciting, improvisational blend of musical colors in more than one language. John Cabán plays steel guitar and atmosphere, and also sings. Pan Morigan brings vocals, banjo, hunter’s harp, viola, and various other instruments. Together they create new music and interpret the old, drawing on a deep wellspring of multi-roots: From Appalachian folk, blues, and jazz, to Scottish music, Irish balladry, and Puerto Rican rural song tradition.

Seatings are held at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission is $12.

Next Week: A Perfect Spot of Tea featuring 56 String Duo

A centuries-old tradition of afternoon tea endures at Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum with “A Perfect Spot of Tea.” Since the house’s construction in 1752, Hadley residents and other passers-by have visited the farmstead for good conversations, a beautiful view, lively music, and a beverage that, as original resident Elizabeth Porter Phelps once wrote, “cheers but not inebriates.” We are pleased to welcome Robert Markey and Andrew Jenkins’ 56 String Duo, a hybrid of classical guitar and traditional hindustani ragas, to perform for “A Perfect Spot of Tea” on August 5th. Seatings are held at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission is $12.

Next Week: A Perfect Spot of Tea featuring West & Jackson

On Saturday July 29th "A Perfect Spot of Tea" will continue with a performance by West and Jackson. The group takes audiences on a melodious and stimulating turn through their songbook of instrumental jazz, pop, and original songs. Peter West has been performing at "A Perfect Spot of Tea" for over a decade. At his side is Bert Jackson, another highly skilled guitarist, with over 25 years of playing experience in blues, jazz, and other styles.

Admission is $12 per person, and there are seatings at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Reservations will not be taken in advance. Tours will be given for an additional fee every hour on the half hour; at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30.

Next Week: Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble performs at Wednesday Folk Traditions series

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On Wednesday, July 26th, the Wednesday Folk Tradition concludes its 36th season with a performance by Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble. The group will entertain with traditional and popular music of the Arab world.

The concert will begin at 6:30pm. Picknickers are welcome on the grounds beginning at 5:00pm. Admission is $1 for adults and $2 for children and under.

SUNDAY, JULY 30TH: THE PORTER PHELPS HUNTINGTON MUSEUM PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY THE SOUTH HADLEY MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA

HADLEY, MA—The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum will present a performance by the South Hadley Mandolin Orchestra on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm. The program will feature Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D Major, J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3 in G Major, and the Summer suite, a series of trios by Phillip Tenta and Frenceso Barsanti. Admission to the concert is free, donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, click here.

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Next Week: Wednesday Folk Tradition featuring Zikina

On Wednesday, July 19th, Zikina will be performing at our Wednesday Folk Tradition series. Music lovers of all varieties will find something to enjoy in their performance. World music fans will be intrigued by rare instruments placed in a highly original context. Rock and funk fans will find some heavy head nodding grooves to soak in. Jazz lovers will appreciate the improvisational melodic interplay between Gideon Ampiere's instruments and Mike Cardozo's guitar.

The concert will begin at 6:30. Picnickers are welcomed on the grounds beginning at 5:00pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $2 for children 16 and under.

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Next Week: Wednesday Folk Traditions continues with the Eighth Annual Horacace Clarence Boyer Memorial Gospel Performance featuring the Amherst Area Gospel Choir

On Wednesday, July 12th, the Eighth Annual Horace Clarence Boyer Memorial Gospel featuring the Amherst Area Gospel Choir will continue our 36th Season of the Wednesday Folk Traditions.

The performance will continue Horace Clarence Boyer's tradition of bringing gospel to all. The choir performs songs inspired by slave spirituals, the African Diaspora, Tommy Dorsey's Big Band hits, Boyer's original music, and contemporary pieces.

The concert will begin at 6:30pm. Picnickers are welcome on the ground beginning at 5:00pm. Admission is $12 for adults and $2 for children 16 & under.

Hadley Community Day, 4th Of July

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington-Museum invites all residents of Hadley to a Community Day on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 from 10:00am to 3:30pm. All residents are welcome to the Museum for free tours on the half hour. Afterwards, guests can relax on the back veranda with complimentary lemonade and cookies. Members of the community are encouraged to explore the homestead and grounds of one of the founding families of Hadley, and learn about the history of the Connecticut River Valley.

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum provides a detailed look at the role of one family in the span of over 200 years of history in the Connecticut Valley. The home, built in 1752, is preserved to its circa 1800 structure and interior décor. During a tour of the house, visitors witness the impact of historical events like the Revolutionary War, the abolition of slavery, learn more about the changing role of women, and the impact of various theological movements on local society. A visit to the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House allows guests to experience the evolution of a nation as seen through the eyes of one local family.

Today, the house is not only host to historical interpretation, but also to weekly concerts and teas. Wednesday evenings from June 7th through July 26th, the Museum presents Wednesday Folk Traditions, an annual concert series featuring talented musicians working in a vast array of traditions, cultures, genres, and sounds, ranging from traditional American folk singers to diverse international ensembles. Every Saturday afternoon in July through August, the Museum hosts “A Perfect Spot of Tea,” where guests are invited to relax on the back porch, sample desserts and tea from local restaurants and bakeries, and listen to talented local musicians.

"A Perfect Spot of Tea" With Honest Harmony

A centuries-old tradition of afternoon tea will kick off for the season at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum with “A Perfect Spot of Tea” summer series starts Saturday, July 1st with musical guests Honest Harmony.

Honest Harmony has been performing together for over a decade. The group’s a cappella performances explore a repertoire of small-ensemble singing from the 12th-20th centuries, often highlighting historical pieces and masterfully juxtaposing works of a single style, era, or composer. Their music brings audiences on “a musical journey through the last millennium.” The ensemble is comprised of soprano Barbara Matthews, alto Cindy Naughton, baritone Ijod Schroeder, and tenor John Vance.

“A Perfect Spot of Tea” also features delicious pastries donated by local businesses, attentive service, and, of course, plenty of Earl Grey tea. For an additional fee, guests may also tour the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum.

This Week: Youssoupha Sidibe & Charles Neville!

HADLEY, MA – The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum continues its 36th season of Wednesday Folk Traditions concert series with a performance by Youssoupha Sidibe and Charles Neville on June 28, 2017. Neville, the legendary Grammy-winning saxophone virtuoso known as “The Horn Man,” joins Sidibe, the Grammy-nominated Senegalese Master Kora player, weaving jazz, reggae, and blues together with musical styles from New Orleans and West Africa. This and all other performances are held Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Sunken Garden at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, 130 River Drive, Route 47, Hadley, MA 01035. General admission is $12, or $2 for children 16 and under. Picnickers are welcome on the museum grounds beginning at 5:00 pm. The Museum and its grounds are a smoke free site.

Youssoupha Sidibe is an accomplished Kora player who blends aspects of western music with reggae and West African harp styles. Sidibe’s musical career began 26 years ago in Senegal, where he trained as a Kora player at the National Music Conservatory of Senegal. The Kora is a traditional African instrument fashioned from a large gourd cut in half and covered with cow skin for resonance; it resembles a guitar in appearance, but sounds similar to a harp. Since his initial training on the Kora, Sidibe’s music has developed into a fusion of traditional West African sounds and the Sufi devotional chanting of the Senegalese Bay Faal community. His musical expression springs from his desire for the full realization of divine love in this world. His sacred and celebratory sound incorporates devotional lyrics sung in Arabic, French, English, and Wolof-- the most widely-spoken language in Senegal. An inspirational and prolific presence with thousands of fans across the globe, Sidibe has collaborated, performed and recorded with a plethora of extraordinary artists, including not only Charles Neville, but also India Arie, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, the Chris Berry Trio, Shimshai, and others.

Influenced by his time living in New Orleans, New York, Memphis and Oregon, Charles Neville’s expert saxophone repertoire includes rhythm and blues, funk, jazz, be-bop, and popular music. Since the age of 15, Charles has showcased his musical skills in a diverse range of professional venues—from a traveling variety show to the house band of Derby, Connecticut’s renowned Dew Drop Inn. He has collaborated with his brothers Aaron, Art, and Cyril in many different iterations: performing in New York as the Soul Machine, playing Mardi Gras American Indian songs as the Wild Tchoupitoulas, and finally becoming “New Orleans’ First Family of Funk” as the Neville Brothers. Neville has played with some of the biggest musical names from New Orleans and beyond, including Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Huey “Piano” Smith, Ernie K. Doe, and B.B. King. His saxophone won him a Grammy in 1989 for his haunting rendition of “Healing Chant” on the Neville Brothers’ album Yellow Moon. Neville’s more recent albums include Safe in Buddha’s Palm (2001), a reflective, spiritual collection that pays homage to eastern philosophy; and Tree of Life (2010), Neville’s collaboration with Youssoupha Sidibe that echoes Black culture from ancient times through the present.

Wednesday Folk Traditions will continue on July 12, 2017 with the 7th Annual Horace Clarence Boyer Memorial Gospel Performanc featuring the Amherst Area Gospel Choir ho ontinue Boyer’s tradition of bringing gospel to all with a compilation of songs deriving from slave spirituals, African Diaspora, Tommy Dorsey’s Big Band hits, Boyer’s original music, and contemporary pieces. This is our 36th annual Gospel performance.

Wednesday Folk Traditions is funded, in part, by grants from: the Marion I. And Otto C. Kohler Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts; the Amherst and Hadley Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; Eversource Energy, Easthampton Savings Bank, PeoplesBank, and Wal-Mart Foundation, and many additional local businesses.

"A Perfect Spot of Tea" at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum

HADLEY, MA—Afternoon tea with good company, interesting conversation, and lively music has been a tradition at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House for over two hundred and fifty years. Elizabeth Porter Phelps, a resident of the house from its construction in 1752 until her death in 1817, noted the teas often attracted ten to fifteen couples weekly. Visitors would “tarry” a while over a beverage that “cheers but not inebriates.” Elizabeth’s daughter met her future husband, Dan Huntington, at one of these events.

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum invites guests to partake in this colonial tradition once again at “A PERFECT SPOT OF TEA”. The summer series will run every Saturday from July 1st  through August 26th, 2017. Visitors are invited to drink Earl Grey tea, sample delicious pastries from locally-owned businesses, and enjoy live music on the Museum’s back veranda. The “Perfect Spot of Tea” series is made possible through generous donations from area restaurants, businesses, musicians, and volunteers who provide the tea, pastries, flowers, music, and service for this program. Come to “A Perfect Spot of Tea” and engage with communities past and present!

Admission is $12 per person. There are seatings at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. For an additional fee, guests may also tour the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum. Tours are hourly beginning at 1:30 pm. The house, which remains unchanged since the family’s occupancy, tells the story of six generations of prominent Hadley residents. The family, prosperous traders turned farmers, fought in both the Seven Years’ War and Revolutionary War, rose to prominence in local government, and embodied a consistently progressive social consciousness. Tours highlight both local and regional narratives, ranging in focus from architecture, material culture, and labor, to early American theology, economics, and social movements.

The Museum is open for guided tours Saturday through Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and by appointment. Tours are $5 for adults, $1 for children under twelve. For further information about tours or other programs, please call the Museum at (413) 584-4699. 

“A PERFECT SPOT OF TEA”

2017 Schedule of Performers

July 1-- Honest Harmony: Honest Harmony has been performing together for over a decade. The group’s a cappella performances explore a repertoire of small-ensemble singing from the 12th-20th centuries, often highlighting historical pieces and masterfully juxtaposing works of a single style, era, or composer. Their music brings audiences on “a musical journey through the last millennium.” The ensemble is comprised of soprano Barbara Matthews, alto Cindy Naughton, baritone Ijod Schroeder, and tenor John Vance.

July 8-- High Definition: Women's a cappella ensemble of the Northampton  Community Music Center, singing everything from a Palestrina setting of the Magnificat to severalAfrican-American Spirituals, a Carole King favorite, the Gershwin standard, Our Love is Here to Stay, and  a set of pieces by Vermont composer, Gwyneth Walker

July 15-- Show of Cards: The group Show of Cards was originally formed as an alternative folk-rock trio of siblings Karen, Joe, and Mike Cardozo. Currently singer-songwriter Karen, lead guitarist Mike, bassist Garrett Sawyer (of the Gaslight Tinkers), and drummer Joe Fitzpatrick (of Trailer Park) perform throughout Western Massachusetts, promoting their newest release, Something Better (2013).  This year Karen, Mike, and Joe will perform an acoustic show on the veranda.

July 22-- Dennis Shapson, Alan Kurtz, and Phil Craft: Guitarist Dennis Shapson and Alan Kurtz on washboard and bones perform ragtime country blues. Their repertoire consists 1920’s and 30’s Piedmont and East Coast blues, and features reinterpretations of compositions by Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller, Mississippi John Hurt, and Mance Lipscomb

July 29-- West & Jackson: West & Jackson will take the audience on a melodious and stimulating turn through their songbook of instrumental jazz, pop, and original songs. Peter West has been performing at “A Perfect Spot of Tea” for over a decade, and has been playing guitar professionally since 1980. At his side is Bert Jackson, another highly skilled guitarist with over 25 years of playing experience in blues, jazz, and other styles

August 5-- “56 String Duo” with Bob Markey and Andrew Jenkins: Robert Markey studied classical and blues guitar and then sitar in Boston and in India. His music is based in the North Indian (Hindustani) music tradition. Robert plays a mix of ragas from North and South India and raga-like improvisations from Persia, Japan, Hungary and Indonesia. Andrew Jenkins is a twelve-string guitarist who studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and has been has been playing music for 38 years.

August 12-- The Butterfly Effect: John Cabán and Pan Morgan play bent blues, green jazz, and other Americanismos with roots to the sky!

August 19-- West County Jazz Trio: mainstream jazz, originals, and forays into standards and jazz Latin tunes. The group includes Franklyn County residents Judith Williams, keyboards and vocals, Tony Rice, drums, and Tom Ulrich, double bass. The trio has been together for several years as part of a quintet and other formats.

 August 26-- JMPT Quartet: The JMPT Quartet plays an eclectic blend of instrumental music from around the world, including South American tangos, Polish polkas, and New Orleans ragtime, as well Irish, Israeli, and other old-time popular music. The band is Jane Lund on the accordion, Mike Ingram on guitar, Pam Bartlett on the violin, and Tom Ulrich on the bass.
 

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This Week: ReBelle!

HADLEY, MA-- The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum is excited to announce the return of local roots reggae aficionados, ReBelle, to continue the 36th annual Wednesday Folk Traditions concert series. Intergenerational and intercultural, ReBelle performs inspirational and meditative original roots reggae in four languages.  Mythical chants mix with pulsing tribal rhythms, guitar, and tight harmonies. This and all other performances are held Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Sunken Garden at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, 130 River Drive, Route 47, Hadley, MA 01035. General Admission is $12 and $2 for children 16 and under. Picnickers are welcome on the museum grounds beginning at 5:00 pm. The Museum and its grounds are a smoke-free site.

 

ReBelle is an intergenerational and intercultural roots reggae band from Africa and America, founded by Kalpana Devi and Emmanuel Manou. Their eloquent compositions of pulsing tribal rhythms and strong arrangements are a combination of Rasta, soul, folk, and poetic insurgence elements. Vocalists chant meditations on liberation atop a band propelling energy and soul with lyrics in English, Wolof, Creole, and French. The band’s mystical sound is internationally acclaimed with numerous performances in Senegal and Cape Verde. ReBelle and its members are committed to bringing love, justice, and unity among people and nations through their music. They  have received praise from the Valley Advocate, Relix, and the Woodstock Review. The Valley Advocate described ReBelle as having “heavy channeling in their live shows…When ReBelle performs, concert halls become churches, and for several hours, at least, people come together.”


Wednesday Folk Traditions continues on June 28th with a performance by Youssoupha Sidibe and Charles Neville and continues Wednesdays throughout July.  Youssoupha Sidibe, a renowned Senegalese musician and master Kora player, will be joined by saxophonist Charles Neville to present an eclectic mix of traditional West-African pieces and New Orleans Jazz.

 

Wednesday Folk Traditions is funded, in part, by grants from: the Marion I. And Otto C. Kohler Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts; the Amherst and Hadley Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; Eversource Energy, Easthampton Savings Bank, PeoplesBank, and Wal-Mart Foundation, and many additional local businesses.

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum Community Days

Community days welcome our neighbors to learn about this house and its relationship to Pioneer Valley history. 

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum provides a detailed look at the role of one family over the span of over 250 years of history in the Connecticut Valley. During a tour of the museum, visitors can witness the impact of historical events like the Revolutionary War, the abolition of slavery, learn more about the changing role of women, and the impact of various theological movements on local society. A visit to the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum allows guests to experience the evolution of a nation as seen through the eyes of one local family.  

On Community Days, free tours will be given every half hour from 10 am - 3:30 pm for the following communities this season:  

Ashfield, Conway, South Deerfield Community Day - Saturday, June 24, 2017

Amherst, Northampton and Pelham Community Day - Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hadley Community Day - Tuesday, July 4, 2017