Family Farm Nights

Packed House from Above

Children in the 1827 Barn listing to Winchester Community Music School’s 2013 performance

We are excited to bring back the Family Farm Night series Lettuce Turnip the Beet again this summer at the Farm.

Late afternoons and early evenings at the Farm with the sun setting in the west can be truly magical.  Our Family Farm Nights are the perfect easy outing at the end of a summer day.  Scheduled for seven Thursdays starting on June 19th, each evening has different musical entertainment (see schedule below).   All events are free and open to the public.  Donations are always gratefully accepted.  All events are rain of shine. If it rains, we’ll be in the 1827 Barn.

Families can either pack their own picnic or pre-order your dinner with Bistro 5 (use this special direct link).  Bistro 5 will deliver all the dinners right to the farm!  Place your order by Tuesday using the special direct link here (it is not accessible through the regular web site).  We highly recommend their dessert!  Delivery is free.    We will also have a cash bar each week.

Come to the Farm around 5:30 to walk around, visit with the chickens or pet a goat.  Bistro 5 will deliver your pre-ordered dinner at 6:00 and then entertainment starts around 6:15. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and your favorite refreshments. See below for details on each event.


Miss Ellaneous

Thursday, June 19

We can’t think of a better way to start off the series than by welcoming the band Miss Ellaneous to the farm!  Just a couple of girls with a passion for music, former college roommates Annie Baker and Kim Miles, were forever searching for the right thing to scratch their musical “itch”. While a local pops chorus failed to do the trick, the discussions in the car back and forth from rehearsals ultimately spawned “Miss Ellaneous.” Backed by a lovely and talented collection of seasoned instrumentalists (on multiple guitars, electric & upright base, banjo, fiddle & viola, and harmonica), Miss Ellaneous covers everything from pop to blues to bluegrass; creating unique harmonies and putting their own spin on old and new favorites of nearly every genre.

The band known as "Miss Ellaneous"

The band known as “Miss Ellaneous”


Winchester Community Music School “Concerts for Kids”

Thursday, June 26

The last of WCMS’s popular “Concerts for Kids” series this year, enjoy an evening of folk, blues, and bluegrass music by the talented music school faculty and friends. Kids love the diverse mix of music, performers, and instruments that the school brings, so arrive early as this show is always popular.  Sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Jazz Casual

Thursday, July 3

Jazz Casual is an energetic ensemble which mainly focuses on a repertoire of well known jazz standards. The band is composed of students from Winchester High School looking for any chance they can get to play some music.

Bluegrass Night with Jake Armerding & Annie Bartlett

Thursday, July 10

The adults will get a kick out of this.  Featuring Jake Amerding and Winchester’s own Annie Bartlett on fiddle, this duo can really cut it up!   Jake Armerding is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is well-loved on the Boston music scene.  The Boston Globe calls Jake “the most gifted and promising songwriter to emerge from the Boston folk scene in years.”  Growing up in Ipswich, Jake played classical violin, listened to 80′s pop radio, and played fiddle in his dad’s bluegrass band Northern Lights.  From this eclectic background, he has created an “intriguing musical stew out of bluegrass, pop, folk, and a swipe of blues, nicely blended in a personal and unpretentious way,” according to the Santa Barbara News.  Jake is a regular on stage at the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge and plays a scorching fiddle in the bluegrass band Barnstar!  Annie Bartlett is a classically trained violinist who studied at the New England Conservatory and was principal violinist for the Yale Symphony Orchestra.  Annie joins Jake for local gigs, is the fiddle player for Miss Ellaneous, and is a trustee of the Winchester Community Music School where she continues to study classical viola.

Chris and Meredith Thompson

Thursday, July 17

Chris & Meredith Thompson are “powerful performers with a natural warmth for the live concert stage” writes Tom Lounges in the Best.  Best known for the unique blend of their nearly identical voices, Chris and Meredith weave vocals, flute, guitar and percussion together creating a sound that is genuine, beautiful, and moving. These identical twin sisters grew up down the street from Stone Soup Coffeehouse in Providence RI.  They played their first show at Stone Soup in 1992, and have since played in venues across the US and released six albums.  Chris plays percussive, riff driven guitar.  Meredith plays authentic Latin rhythms on congas and adds flute to their sound.  The Thompsons link music and stories together to create an engaging, animated performance rich in texture, mood and character.  Meredith Thompson (Knight) lives in Winchester.

Family Square Dance

Thursday, July 24

Put on your dancing boots and don your cowboy hat!  Professional caller Tony Parkes is back with his music and will teach square dancing and line dancing that will be fun for the entire family!

Suburban Sprawl

Thursday, July 31

The series ends with the bluesy tunes from local band Suburban Sprawl.  Kick back and enjoy the summer evening!