Will Call #39 — Home for the Holidays with Higher Ground

December 10, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A special “Home for the Holidays”concert on Friday, December 18 at 6 pm at The Williams Inn will benefit Higher Ground of Northern Berkshire, the non-profit that supports community members displaced by Tropical Storm Irene and advocates for affordable housing.

Karl Mullen at Fresh Grass
Home for the Holidays concert organizer Karl Mullen performing at the most recent Fresh Grass event at MASS MoCA.

Home for the Holidays

December 18, 6:00 p.m.
The Williams Inn
1090 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267
Admission $15-$20 on a sliding scale


Gail talks with Deb Burns and Karl Mullen about the concert and Higher Ground’s work, which is culminating in the soon to be completed Highland Woods complex at the corner of Southworth and Church Streets. Donating their talents to the cause are local favorites Long Journey, Good Good, Duo Eamon, Gordon Holey, Jeb Barry, Rosin the Beaux, Singing School, and Northern Spy presenting acoustic and traditional music including Irish, Appalachian, Quebecois, South African, and seasonal offerings.



Proceeds will benefit Higher Ground of Northern Berkshire and their Home Stretch Campaign to fund items that will truly make Highland Woods a lovely place to call home. Funds are needed for paved accessible walkways, an accessible community garden, a garden shed, landscaping for this 4-acre site, and interior furnishings for the community room, lobby, health suite, and sunrooms at the ends of each hallway where residents can enjoy the views.

Jean Vankin 10-10-2015 cropped
Highland Woods under construction on October 10, 2015. The first tenants are expected to move in early in the New Year. (Photo Jean Vankin.)



Williamstown Songcircle

Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 p.m.
The Williams Inn
1090 Main Street, Williamstown, MA

Don’t miss the last Songcircle of 2015!

Local Roots musician Jeb Barry at a recent Songcircle; photo courtesy Williamstown Songcircle via Facebook.
Local Roots musician Jeb Barry at a recent Songcircle; photo courtesy Williamstown Songcircle via Facebook.

The Williamstown Songwriters Circle is a monthly opportunity to share and explore the process of Songwriting, Singing, and Songs. Discover musical ideas being developed, original songs being payed for the first time, seasoned performers alongside new songwriters. Come to listen, to sing ,share a song and take part in Williamstown’s exciting emerging new music community.

We start at 7 PM in The Tavern in The Williams Inn, 1090 Main Street, Williamstown, MA

It’s a Free acoustic event in a cosy Bar with a big roaring fire. It will warm your heart in the coming Winter months. Bring your Voice.

1753 House Carol Sing

December 20, 2015 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Field Park
Williamstown, MA 01267

2014 1753 House Sing photo by Cynthia Dillon Payne
There is no heat or electricity in the ’53 House, so remember to dress for the weather and bring a candle to see by. (Photo Cynthia Dillon Payne)

The 1753 House Committee invites the community to the 42nd annual 1753 House Carol Sing at 7 pm on Sunday, December 20. (Rain/snow date is Tuesday, December 22.) The Carol Sing is a free, ecumenical event for all ages

Deborah Burns and members of her OK Chorale will lead the a cappella singing beside a roaring blaze in the fireplace. Carol books and hot mulled cider are provided. There is no heat or electricity in the 1753 House, so dress warmly and bring a candle to see by.

The 1753 House is an historical replica of a regulation settler’s home first constructed in 1953 in celebration of Williamstown’s Bicentennial by local volunteers. It’s located on Field Park in between The Williams Inn and the Milne Public Library at the northern intersection of Routes 2 and 7. Parking is available at the Inn and the Library.

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