DORSET >> The Dorset Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a free concert at the Dorset Quarry on Saturday, July 30, at 5:30 p.m. The featured artists are the Don't Leave Band and friends, including the Dorset Barbecue Quartet.
"This will be our third Quarry Concert," said Roger Squire, president of the Dorset Chamber. "We present these concerts on behalf of 'Friends of the Dorset Quarry,' a grassroots organization that helps Dick and Kirsten McDonough maintain the property. Most people don't realize that the popular swimming hole is private property."
"The McDonoughs have spent substantial sums of money on landscaping the quarry terrain, providing toilet facilities and cleanup materials," adds Mr. Squire. "They have been dedicated stewards of an important historical and recreational asset in the community."
Previous concerts at the quarry have been blessed with perfect weather. If there is rain on the afternoon of the concert, it will be cancelled. No alcohol is permitted at the quarry.
Nan-Z will be on hand with hotdogs and other refreshments. Berkshire Bank has purchased several cases of bottled water that will be available at no charge to concert attendees while supplies last.
The quarry has been the source of controversy in its immediate neighborhood recently, with overflow crowds on hot days and disrespectful behavior by a few. Funding for increased presence by law enforcement has been approved by Dorset's Select Board, and officers from the Sheriff's Department have been on the scene at the quarry in recent days.
"For decades, the quarry has been a unique place where families can have fun," said Mr. Squire. "We hope people will come and enjoy the concert and perhaps contribute to maintenance when we pass the hat. Fingers crossed for good weather."