Arlo Guthrie

As anyone who has turned on the radio at noon on Thanksgiving well knows by now, 50 years ago, a minor littering case in the Berkshires launched a chain of events that ended up a beloved song and movie: Alice’s Restaurant. Tonight, Arlo Guthrie will perform a concert at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield that will be filmed by PBS for an upcoming special. Guthrie is also celebrating the anniversary with a nationwide tour. Guthrie discussed the song’s legacy with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

    Arlo Guthrie's customary November tour will bring him to several venues in our region. Alan Chartock welcomes him back to WAMC and they reminisce.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Hundreds in the Berkshires took a trip to the past over the weekend while enjoying locally-inspired unique dishes.

Sights, sounds, smells and familiar faces helped recreate the title name of the popular 1960’s Arlo Guthrie song at The Dream Away Lodge in Becket, Massachusetts.

The kitchen was bustling, the herbs were diced, the meat was sizzling, the glasses were chilled, laughs were had and taste buds were satisfied.

Terry a la Berry
Terry a la Berry

Alan is joined by Terry a la Berry, a Lenox-based drummer who has played in Arlo Guthrie’s band for decades. Terry a la Berry also writes and performs children’s music and has worked as an actor and producer.


Folk singer Arlo Guthrie has announced the death of his wife, Jackie, at age 68.

An obituary released by Guthrie's record label says Jackie Guthrie had inoperable cancer and died Sunday at the couple's winter home in Sebastian, Fla. They had recently celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary.

In a Facebook posting, Guthrie says his relationship with his wife was "a very great love."