August 31, 2014
The newest venue in the Monadnock region could very well be the oldest. The FitzwilliamInn, built in 1796, has been a gathering place for travelers and local residents through the centuries and has enjoyed a long history of providing music. This fall, music lovers Chelley and Dave Tighe bought the Inn and are keen on keeping these traditions.
Several weekends a month live music is offered from a wide range of genres, including rock bands (original and covers), folk, jazz, and blues artists and ensembles. Every Wednesday evening there is an Open Mic that showcases different music as well. The mixing is intentional. “We want to spread it around to not be to genre-specific,” says Chelley. Most of the bands are local musicians who are recommended by the clientele, or who contact the Inn. Some began playing for Open Mic and were invited to return as a featured performer.
Chelley described many of the aspects of the Inn as “eclectic”. In addition to the range of music offered, the menu and the demographic of the clientele vary. Young people come for the exceptional wood–fired pizza and beer, while others make an evening of enjoying a multicourse meal. “We have older couples celebrating an anniversary or other special occasion who come for dinner and spend the night at the inn. Not only are people coming from southern New Hampshire, but also from northern Massachusetts - Athol and Orange and Gardner. Last week we had people from Brattleboro.”
The Tighes have a vision of Fitzwillliam Inn being a hub where people gather regularly on the weekend. “Ultimately it would be fantastic to have music every week - you know -- Saturday night at the Inn. This is a perfect space. It’s big enough to accommodate a big crowd but not so large that it doesn't feel intimate. We invite anyone to come and talk to us. Let us know if you want to hear a particular band or if you know of someone who wants to play.” For more information about the Inn and its entertainment schedule, go to fitzwilliaminn.com.
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