Friday, August 20, 2010

WRLF to hold fundraiser, barn dance and barbecue, silent auction Friday September 10

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation's biggest fundraising event of the year will be held on Friday September 10th beginning at 6 PM. The Harvest Hoedown will feature a barbecue, square dancing and a silent auction, and will be held at 91 Northwest Hill Road in Williamstown.

Cliff and Senta Brodeur and the Square One Band with guest Bobby Sweet will play and call the dance; Cliff has been the Club Caller for the Pittsfield Squares for over twenty five years, and a caller for more than 40 years, first as a successful solo caller, and more recently with Square One, a quintet of virtuoso instrumentalists with an impressive track record of studio recording and concert performances. Members of Square One have toured internationally, and appeared with artists such as Willie Nelson, Arlo Guthrie, Bonnie Raitt and John Denver. Senta, his wife for 40 years shares his enthusiasm and backs him up in every way possible leading and organizing the squares and dance formations at the dances.

"The Harvest Hoedown will be a chance for people to get out on the dance floor and have fun" says Leslie Reed-Evans, WRLF Executive Director. "Eating delicious seasonal foods and dancing with friends and neighbors is the perfect way of celebrating the harvest season. In addition to having fun, guests will be helping to support the WRLF and its land protection efforts."

Barbecue will be provided by Williamstown's Bee Hill Culinary Services' Stephanie Santore. The silent auction features something for everyone, from local foods baskets and hand crafts to weekend getaways, gourmet dinners, and wine tastings.

Harvest Hoedown is open to the public. Ticket prices are $65 each, $55 for WRLF members. Ticket price includes dinner, drinks and dancing. Babysitting will also be available at Sheep Hill through the Williamstown Community Preschool. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 458-2494 or email

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit member-supported land conservation trust dedicated to preserving the New England character of Williamstown and surrounding areas. WRLF properties, such as Sheep Hill, Pine Cobble and Fitch Woodlands are open to the public for hiking, nature study and enjoyment of nature. Website:

Leslie Reed-Evans
Executive Director
Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation
Sheep Hill
671 Cold Spring Road
Williamstown, MA 01267


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