In addition to outdoor activities, we have some wonderful venues for music and entertainment to take you to. Musicians love the country in summer. They are like you – they want out of the city! Many of them are invited to summer programs and both teach and “warm up” for the season in New York or Boston. We have Shakespeare, broadway musicals, string quartets, orchestras, plays, chamber music, light opera, big bands, folk music, classic country, classic rock concerts, and anything and everything you can plan from the music and entertainment web pages listed below. If a particular concert or musical or play is your weekend goal, but you are without wheels, we will be happy to pick you up at Wingdale and after a day of fun in the great outdoors, drive you to your venue, and from there to your lodging afterwards. Many venues encourage picnics, which we can provide for you. Just let us know. You should book your venue and our tour at the same time to ensure availability. Be sure to check our reservations page to see if we are open that day. Here are some of our favorite venues and our “little known facts” might help you plan your event!
Hotchkiss School Free Summer Concert Program
This prestigious prep school invites professional and famous musicians to teach students over the summer. These musicians give free concerts in June and July, which you pay for in other venues later in the season. The concerts are performed in their beautiful main concert hall, which has wrap-around seating in a lovely balcony around the stage. The acoustics are perfect. From Wingdale, it will take about 30 minutes to get to the school. Hotchkiss has a nice patio overlooking the golf course for your own snacks. Or, you could play golf on their difficult course (subject to availability) and attend the concert afterwards.
TriArts Sharon Playhouse
This is a wonderful country destination for musicals. We have seen “Oklahoma” and “Spamalot” here. The ambience mimics a old huge barn. After the show, it is fun in summer to sit at a table outside the open bar – the stars of the show come out and sing to the patrons after select performances. Very high energy from all the talent. They love to be there. Their webpage lists dining destinations, of which we like Woodland restaurant the best.
Music Mountain, 225 Music Mountain Road, Falls Village, CT (860) 824-7126
Music Mountain specializes in classical music performed in “Gordon Hall” which resembles a log lodge with everything done in polished wood – the walls, beams, ceilings, floors, and meeting-house seating. Picnics and walks are welcome on their grounds – attendees bring their own tables, seating, food and drink (we bring those for you). Last year the venue paired up with the Falls Village Inn. In June we took a group to a “British 1880’s dinner” at the Inn after a day on the trail, and then they attended a Gilbert and Sullivan concert at Music Mountain. It was wonderful. They had such a great time that a month later we took the same group to Music Mountain’s Big Band concert and dance. They may well book us up this year on the same dates.
Infinity Hall, 20 Greenwoods Road West, Norfolk, CT (860) 542-5531
This iconic concert hall is located in Norfolk, one of the prettiest New England villages around. After a day of experimental-aerodynamic kite flying at Dennis Hill, our “scientistic” group attended a classic rock concert (with -a miracle- the original group!) at Infinity Hall. The hall is about 30 minutes from Wingdale.
Inscape Awareness – Health and Wellness Day Program – Kent, CT (860) 488-1239
My friend Mary Ann Van Valkenburg is currently the assistant ambulance chief of the Kent fire department. She has devoted her life to coaching a holistic and nutritional approach to health and wellness. If you make an appointment for her time, we can take you to meet her for a part of your day in the woods and meadows – she will meet you in a nice setting and show you how to improve your well-being through exercise, whole food nutrition, and integrated wellness coaching.