Greenfield, MA – “Mountains” and Music – July 8, 2016

Greenfield, in western Mass.,  is about a 2-hour drive from Boston on Route 2 – the old Mohawk Trail. The top site to visit is Poet’s Seat Tower on Mountain Road in their Rocky Mountain Park. It’s a rocky forest-covered ridge, NOT to be confused with the actual Rocky Mountains! In the summer, you can drive all the way up to the sandstone Tower built in 1912. It replaced a wooden tower from 1873 which was a favorite writing spot for the depressed poet Frederick Goddard Tuckerman who died in May 1873. Doubleclick any photo to enlarge.

The tower itself is a beauty – arches, stone railings, observation decks at each level, and a spiral staircase up to the top:

And the view ain’t bad either:

On a short trail off of the parking by the tower is an open area with five benches looking out over the view. Four of the benches are made of stone, and engraved in a loved one’s memory.


The trail continues, and loops around back to the parking. There are other trails in this Rocky Mountain area, but we’d seen the main sights.

Next destination – Yankee Candle’s flagship store about 10 minutes away in Deerfield. From historic bayberry candle-making to a toy train, Bavarian Village and Christmas Decor, oh, and every flavor of candle, in every size possible – the place is worth a walk-through. Oh, and a snack bar. And popcorn bar. And… And…

But the whole reason for the trip to Greenfield was the Green River Music Festival on the grounds of Greenfield Community College. We had a few drops of rain, but a mostly perfect night of music, starting with Charles Neville, the 2nd oldest of the famed Neville Brothers:

My favorite is Dustbowl Revival – the wittiest, funnest bluegrass band around with songs like Drinking (I don’t drink any more… but then again I don’t drink any less).

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Here’s a snippet from the title song of their new CD With a Lampshade On:

Hot air balloons on the field at the Festival, plus lots of food and vendor booths:


And final act of the night – Peter Wolf, formerly of J. Geils Band. His solo stuff is just great – and he just turned 70:






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