Bravo and three cheers to the Clark staff and decision makers who continue to provide the wonderful July Tuesday evening free concerts on the lawn.
In spite of the rain there was a full house for the first evening of country music (thankfully moved inside) and while I am no expert at crowd counts. I could easily imagine an audience of 350 to 450 persons or perhaps more, at this week's tribute to the Beatles. Children and adults of all ages danced, clapped, tapped and swayed to the familiar and popular tunes.
What a treat to be able to enjoy a superb summer's evening with ideal temperatures with family, friends or just companions enjoying the event.
We thank the Clark for its continued sponsorship of these musical evenings and dare we hint and suggest we would love to see the season extended a bit further. Sitting there on our lawn chairs surveying the happy throng we couldn't help but think that this is Williamstown's birth of a summer musical venue that could grow.
We love the fact that ours, or shall we better say "the Clark's," is sufficiently different from the world class events at Tanglewood or the raucous musical events at MoCA (both incredibly popular, thank goodness for our region). The Clark outdoor concerts are different in a quieter, more relaxed way, lighthearted, easy on the ears (though I still think the volume could be lowered to help extend the life span of our hearing) and of course wonderful for our wallets and pocketbooks.
So, I stand and applaud the musicians and I also stand to applaud the Clark, its director and board and all who continue to extend the welcomes in so many forms, to the residents who benefit in so many ways to having this treasure of a place and resource within our community.
Paul and Joyce Harsch