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The Guthrie Center & Foundation

Old Trinity Church, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230
413-528-1955
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Religious Sites
Owner description: The epicenter of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant." The events that took place on Thanksgiving 1965 became a song, the song became a record, the... more » Owner description: The epicenter of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant." The events that took place on Thanksgiving 1965 became a song, the song became a record, the record a movie. The movie was filmed in 1968 where the actual events took place on location at The Old Trinity Church, which became The Guthrie Center founded by Arlo Guthrie, and named for his parents, Woody & Marjorie Guthrie in 1991. The Center continues the Guthrie Family philosophy of a place for interfaith worship, cultural exchange especially with music and art, and of course a place to eat (during seasonal performances). 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" and the old church will celebrate in style with services and performances that will put a smile on your face and nourish your heart. « less
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Lee, Massachusetts
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50 reviews 50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This yet another Berkshire gem, go for a bite or drinks and listen to some of the best folk music around. The atmosphere is great and is a perfect Berkshire venue.

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Massachusetts
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74 reviews 74 reviews
13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

What a lovely venue! Intimate, yet not crowded. This was just the perfect spot to watch The Nutopians perform their tribute to John Lennon on a summer weekend. The Center has small tables for dining and watching. The lobby is filled with memorabilia from Woody and Arlo and the church formerly owned by Alice & Ray Brock. The food service... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

what more can one ask for? Arlo Guthrie, music, and great vibes! The food was good, and I went to the Spring Revival, which raises money for the Guthrie Foundation. They do good work for the community so don't miss out on the Troubadour series this summer!

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Folkslinger, Founder at The Guthrie Center & Foundation, responded to this review

It's always a pleasure to receive positive reviews... We've just begun this summers (2014) series of music and art with the addition or a real chef in our kitchen. Not doubt we'll keep tweaking the menu until it settles in to something worth coming back for again and again. And I'm thrilled that I finally figure out how to respond... More

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77 reviews 77 reviews
21 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Recently we spent a month in the Great Barrington area. We rented a home and then hiked and visited the history and farmer’s markets in the area. We went to the Guthrie Center one evening when they had a music concert. It was $5 per person at the door, and had refreshments for sale. It started at 8 and had... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

You can get a light meal and then enjoy the performance with a wonderful acoustic experience (little amplification of sounds).

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Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Finally made it there after many years of wanting to go. We went to see my favorite band. The place was great. Smal menu, but good stuff! I can't wait to go again!

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New Jersey
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22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

Saw Arlo in concert earlier this year and checked out the Guthrie Center online so we wanted to stop by while we were in the area. Now I'm really bummed that we missed the hootenanny after reading a previous post. Nice people, good vibe, and worthy mission. A must stop to educate future generations.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Perfect dose of the 60's updated and refreshed with a tidy selection of food and beverages for dinner. We have been enjoying this venue for years, watching it become more polished...but not too much.

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Mamaroneck, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Yep! That is what it is called and they happen on Thursday nights. Lots of fun if you enjoy music of the 60s and 70s. We brought two families and sang for hours. At the end of every hootenanny, the entire group joins in and sings This Land is Your Land, This land is My Land! Fun! I have never... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

For a $5.00 donation you can get yourself a great cup of coffee or tea, the cream is behind you in the fridge, and then listen to whomever feels like showing up play whatever instrument at whatever level they can play. There is a nice vibe in this place. They serve lunch on Wednesday (I think) and the smiles and... More

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