Welcome to the 1794 Meetinghouse

In 1987 a small group of dedicated individuals with a passion for the performing arts, had a dream to create a cultural center in north central Massachusetts. That vision was the inception of the 1794 Meetinghouse Performing Arts Center; offering performing arts and theater of every genre, to everybody.

2014 marks our 20th season bringing you an exciting and varied range of performances including heart-stopping bluegrass, traditional and eclectic rock, classical, jazz, blues, soul, and new age music.

As we approach our 300th production at the Meetinghouse, we reflect upon the past and set our sights toward the future… and we come to realize how intricate the relationship is that we share with you. We cannot achieve our goals without your help. Your attendance is essential not only to us financially, but also it completes the connection in the unique relationship that occurs between artist and audience. Without you, the performance can't exist. And finally, please remember that your tax deductible donations, sponsorships and corporate underwriting are the very life blood which allows us to continue to make world class performances available and accessible to everyone.

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Save the Date:

Gusto d'Italia!, Sunday, May 4th, 3 to 6 P.M.

Italian Wine Tasting and Festa
Fundraiser Event to benefit the 1794 Meetinghouse
$35 per person, limited to 50 people

About the Event: Join Friends of the 1794 Meetinghouse on Sunday, the 4th of May, at the Clamber Hill Inn & Restaurant in Petersham, for a fun and educational afternoon tasting Italian wines in a casual, walk-around party forum, and meet our new Executive Director, Brad Foster. Wines from some of the most prestigious wineries in Italy will be provided and selected by Rob Forman of Dalla Terra-Winery Direct, one of the United States' most respected importers. A range of Italian inspired homemade dishes will be provided to nibble on. There will also be a selection of unique raffle items, and each person will receive a complimentary custom etched wine glass. The event is limited to 50 people; advance purchase of tickets is required as we expect to sell out quickly.

About Dalla Terra: Dalla Terra-Winery Direct is a 22 year-old specialist agent/importer of Italian wines from family owned wineries and estates. Their unique business model allows for the highest quality wines to be sold at consistently lower prices than their competitors. Dalla Terra was singled out in a recent Food & Wine column as the sole Italian company recommended as "importers to look for" when buying wine.

About Rob Forman: Rob Forman is now in his 27th year in the fine wine trade and has exclusively focused on Italian wines for the past 15. He is currently Eastern Sales Manager for Dalla Terra. Despite having a wealth of knowledge and experience, he believes firmly in the expression "the more you know, the more you realize you don't know". Rob has also been on the Board of the 1794 Meetinghouse since late 2012.

About The Clamber Hill Inn & Restaurant: Clamber Hill Inn & Restaurant is an upscale country inn with a fine dining restaurant located on a former private estate in the woodlands of Petersham, MA. The restaurant is open to the public on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The Inn has been offering monthly educational wine tastings since 2009 with the goal of introducing people to a variety of wines at reasonable prices. Some of these wines are also featured on the restaurant's wine list. Clamber Hill Inn & Restaurant is a long-time supporter of 1794 Meetinghouse, and co-owner Mark Ellis previously served on the Board.

Le Selezione
(wine selection)

  • Brut Rosé of Pinot Noir
    Cleto Chiarli in Emilia-Romagna
    (a blend of Pinot Noir and Grasparossa)
  • Macrina Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC
    Garofoli Famiglia in Le Marche
    (100% Verdicchio)
  • Negroamaro of Salento IGT
    Li Veli "PrimoNero" in Apulia
    (a blend of Negroamaro and small amounts of Primitivo)
  • Chianti Rufina DOCG
    Fattoria Selvapiana in Tuscany
    (100% Sangiovese)
  • Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
    La Valentina "Spelt" in Abruzzo
    (100% Montepulciano)
  • Nebbiolo Langhe DOC
    Vietti "Perbacco" in Piemonte
    (100% Nebbiolo)
  • Moscato di Pavia IGT
    Centorri in Lombardia
    (100% Muscat d'Alexandria)

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Consider making a contribution to help sustain the performing arts in a time of diminishing federal support. All donations and contributions to the 1794 Meetinghouse are fully tax deductible. 

1794 Meetinghouse
26 South Main Street
New Salem, MA

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1794 Meetinghouse Receives a Portion of Our Funding Through a Grant From

Massachusetts Cultural Council

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities,and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

Located on the common in New Salem, Massachusetts, 1794 Meetinghouse, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community arts organization founded in 1987 and dedicated to a twofold purpose: the creation and production of a varied range of accessible, enjoyable, high quality art and cultural programs which engage, entertain, and educate people of all ages; and the preservation, maintenance, and continued service of its historic building in the beautiful North Quabbin region. The concerts at the Meetinghouse are our most valuable activity, but we also offer internships, prizes and scholarships to area high school students. In addition, we provide support and a home base for the Quabbin Valley Pro Musica, the region’s community chorus.