WILLIAMSTOWN -- On Saturday, Sept. 7, beginning at 6 p.m., square-dancing, tasty barbecue and a silent auction of unique offerings will be the main features of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation's Harvest Hoedown, its largest fundraiser of the year. The event will be held at the WRLF's Sheep Hill headquarters on Route 7. Shuttle parking will be at the former Taconic Restaurant, at the junctions of Routes 2 and 7, just south of Sheep Hill.
For the fourth year, 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 25 years, and a caller for more than 40 - 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, Cliff's wife of 40 years, shares her husband's 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," said Leslie Reed-Evans, WRLF's executive director.
Barbecue will be provided by Williamstown's Bee Hill Culinary Services.
The silent auction features something for everyone, from dinners at some of our fabulous local restaurants and HD Opera series tickets at the Clark, to vacation stays, cases of wine and fine art and craft. An auction preview event will be held at Sheep Hill Friday, Sept. 6, from 5-7 p.m. with sealed bid and buy-now options.
Harvest Hoedown is open to the public. Reservations by Sept. 1 are required. Ticket prices are $75 each, $60 for WRLF members. Ticket price includes dinner, drinks and dancing. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 458-2494 or email email@example.com.