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Address: Old Trinity Church, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Phone Number: 413-528-1955
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The epicenter of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant." The events...

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.

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Wonderful Place!

I attended the final show of the Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour. It is a superb music venue, besides being a place of good works and good people.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2016
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

I attended the final show of the Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour. It is a superb music venue, besides being a place of good works and good people.

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Indianapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

Had flashbacks to the '60s. Went to the Thursday night hootenanny, expecting a slightly cheesy open mike night. What we got was a journey back to our college days where a group of friends would gather together to play and sing their latest offerings. Ten musicians, about the same amount of "audience". Great surroundings. Two hours of great songs with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed our visit to the church . We were a we bit early for Thanksgiving but we vowed to return the Thanksgiving 2016

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016 via mobile

It is the 50th anniversary of Alice's Restaurant & Arlo bought this Church years ago & is refurbishing it & using it for charitable function & helping out the less fortunate. He lives on a farm right down the street & still performs occasionly at his church. We are of his era & totally enjoyed the guided tour we were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

A special experience for sure. Although we arrived early, George graciously invited us in and gave us the history of this great place. Great museum and set-up with a cause. George is the type of person who even though you've spent just a short time with him, you'll remember him and all that he spoke about. Great visit and the... More 

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Seymour, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

It's really nice to find out that many years after the movie Alices Restaurant when the original church came up for sale Arlo Guthrie stepped up to buy it and and set it up as a community center. It's run as a non profit and has many social services on a weekly basis. But of course as a tourist it's... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

I'm a part time resident of Great Barrington, and I walk past the center frequently during the summer. Always a welcome sight. Too bad the Troubadour Series doesn't longer; some remarkable singer/songwriters stop by to throw down a set or two. Get there early if you can, as seating is on a general admission basis and parking can be a... More 

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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Besides its historical significance both as a building and as one of the seminal hot spots in American Folk Music history, it offers some very unique musical (and other types of) performances. Also available to rent out for weddings/events. There is food available -- usually prepared on site, sometimes full meals but at least some very yummy snacks.

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Westchester County, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

As a part of our culture, worth the pilgrimage. As a music venue, intimate and wonderful. As part of the community, priceless. Spending any amount of time there feels like a privilege. Highly recommend.

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New Market, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

Caught a double-bill of Christine Lavin and Don White as part of the troubadour concert series. A nice dinner of pizza and salad with inexpensive beer. The concert was great and so was the friendly volunteer staff. An inexpensive good time in a very pricey area. And for a good cause. You can't beat that.

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