Musical tones played outdoors ascend into the stratosphere where they collect in funky clouds and fall as purple rain. Chase melodic storms with today’s deal: for $20, you get two tickets to any one concert in the Fruitlands Sundown Concert Series (up to a $40 value) presented by Fruitlands Museum in Harvard. Seating to all shows is general admission. Choose from eight performances held throughout the summer on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.:
- The Joshua Tree on June 1 (up to a $40 value).
- New Black Eagle Jazz on June 8 (up to a $30 value).
- Lori Diamond on June 15 (up to a $30 value).
- BalletRox on August 3 (up to a $30 value).
- Odds Bodkin: Romeo and Juliet on August 10 (up to a $40 value).
- BalletRox on August 17 (up to a $30 value).
- Bill Harley on August 24 (up to a $40 value).
- Love Dogs on August 31 (up to a $30 value).
Sweet melodic strains carry on the summer air at Fruitland Museum’s weekly concert series. The museum, which exhibits artwork from historic and contemporary New England artists, showcases performances of rock music, ballet, children’s songs, competitive sneezing, and other tuneful doings on its pastoral grounds. Kids can dance upon miniature legs to Bill Harley, a twice-Grammied children’s musician and the troubador behind “Dad Threw the TV out the Window.” Storyteller Odds Bodkin morphs his voice into every principal role in Romeo and Juliet and The Joshua Tree rattles and hums with a U2-tribute performance full of jangly guitars.
Performers entertain against the backdrop of Fruitlands’s 210 acres of natural scenery. The peaks of Mount Monadnock and Mount Wachusett look down with mountainly nobility over the grounds’ 2.5 miles of walking trails. Fruitlands invites guests to trundle in picnic meals or snack of burgers, hot dogs, and paintings of hot dogs from Alcott’s Restaurant & Tea Room.
In 1843, Charles Lane and Amos Bronson Alcott—father to writer Louisa May Alcott—founded a utopian and transcendentalist community in the fields of Harvard. More than 70 years later, visionary Clara Endicott Sears was so moved by their experiment that she decided to establish a museum on the same site to preserve its history. Today, the Fruitlands Farmhouse stands as a testament to the original settlers’ ingenuity, which surfaced in their trailblazing thoughts on veganism, sustainable living, and harnessing moon beams to power home stereo equipment.
Clara has incorporated the Shakers’ original office into Fruitlands, where it now shows off Shaker artwork and artifacts, many of which were donated by the Shakers themselves. Since then, the museum has also collected a curated assortment of more than 1,000 Native American artifacts, as well as a longhouse, dugout canoe, and traditional garden.
The brains behind the museum are still innovating today, curating permanent additions such as an art gallery with Hudson River School Landscapes. In addition to organizing school field trips, the staff also hires experts to teach classes and workshops on sketching scenes from nature, painting watercolor landscapes, and yearly Artist in Residence exhibit.