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Arlo Guthrie to Appear at Big Top Chautauqua

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Big Top Chautauqua

Living legend, songwriter and singer, Arlo Guthrie, returns to the Big Top for his seventh appearance on the Chautauqua stage this summer on Thursday, July 9 at 7:30 PM. Guthrie will present material from throughout his illustrious career and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the event that inspired his seminal song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.”

This is a day when people put aside differences and enjoy the company of others while having a good time. Enjoy the big, brand-new canvas tent with state-of-the-art stage and sound system and one of folk music’s legends: Arlo Guthrie.

Mr. Guthrie has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall too, well, just about everywhere! Born in Coney Island, Brooklyn, Arlo is the eldest son of America’s beloved singer, songwriter and philosopher Woody Guthrie. Arlo grew up surrounded by dancers and musicians like Pete Seger, Leadbelly, Ramblin Jack Elliott, and Brownie McGee. Arlo gave his first public performance and age 13 and is pleased to return to Lake Superior’s Big Top Chautauqua for his seventh appearance.

Tickets are now on sale. You can purchase tickets online, or call 715-373-5552. Lodging in town will be hard to come by on the night of this show, so don’t forget to make your lodging plans at the Old Rittenhouse Inn soon. Click here for lodging availability for the Arlo Guthrie show, 50th Anniversary of Alice’s Restaurant Massacree on July 9 at 7:30 PM at Lake Superior’s Big Top Chautauqua.

New CD Available in time for the Holidays!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

New CD from Old Rittenhouse Inn SingersThe Old Rittenhouse Inn Singers are releasing their 3rd CD, and it will arrive just in time for the Holidays. The recording, entitled “Sing A New Song,” features 21 tracks of holiday music that was recorded last winter at Bayfield’s Holy Family Catholic Church.

The Choral group was created in the mid-1970’s  by Old Rittenhouse Innkeepers Jerry and Mary Phillips, former music teachers who longed to create a “Madrigal Dinner” at their Inn for the holiday season. Their first “Wassail Dinner Concert was a huge success, and started a tradition that has lasted nearly 40 years.

During that journey, the Old Rittenhouse Inn Singers have performed hundreds of live concerts at the Inn, at various churches and community centers, and also at the annual Bayfield Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony (held Nov. 29 this year).

Choral Director Jerry Phillips says, “this new CD represents where the Old Rittenhouse Inn Singers are today: a seasoned, professional group that has been around for almost 40 years. This group has logged hundreds of performances, and they are no strangers to the recording process, so everything went very smoothly. We had a lot of fun, and I think it shows.”

The new release is scheduled to arrive at the Inn on December 8, a few days after the start of our Wassail Dinner Concert season. It is available for purchase at the Old Rittenhouse Inn and online at

We are taking Pre-Orders now, please call 715-779-5111

Wassail Dinner Concerts at Old Rittenhouse Inn a Holiday Tradition for All Ages

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Bayfield Historic Dining - Wassail at Old Rittenhouse InnWassail! This old English word was a greeting or salutation on festive occasions such as the holidays and Christmas Eve. It was also a toast, wishing good health and prosperity to a friend or neighbor. “Wassailing” usually involved spirits: spiced ale carried in a “Wassail Bowl,” (especially spiced ale), singing carols and making merry.

At Old Rittenhouse Inn, the word takes on a life of its own: Wassail Holiday Dinner Concerts, held each year in December, are 3-Course Luncheons or 5-Course Dinners paired with a concert of holiday music performed by the Rittenhouse Singers, a professional vocal choir backed by local musicians and directed by Innkeeper, Jerry Phillips.

Bayfield Historic Dining - Wassail Dinner at Old Rittenhouse InnThe Inn is fully decorated for the season: her pillars are wrapped in ribbons, evergreen boughs and twinkling lights. A massive Christmas tree greets visitors in the front hall, and the holiday decorations continue inside the dining room, which seats up to 64 concert-goers.

The meals are described verbally by the maitre ‘d, and include tasty soups and salads, entrée favorites like Roast Pork Loin with Apple Cider Glaze or Champagne Chicken, and desserts like decadent Turtle Sundaes, fresh baked pies, and the classic Figgy Pudding with Crème Anglaise (laced with bourbon). There’s also the famous Rittenhouse Wassail Punch, made with Cider and cranberry juice, bourbon and spices.

Bayfield Historic Dining - Wassail Celebration at Old Rittenhouse InnLeading the show is the exuberant Jerry Phillips, who conducts his choir with seemingly limitless energy, often keeping time on tambourine, wood blocks, or bells as the singers perform throughout the Inn’s dining room and hallways.

Asked where he finds the energy, Jerry claims it comes from the audience. “They give us so much and we connect with them as well. For me, it’s a total rush. It usually takes me a week or so to come back to Earth afterwards. The singers have a lot of fun performing too. For many, it makes the holiday season. It wouldn’t be Christmas without Wassail.”

Next time: How it All Started: the History of Wassail!

Bayfield’s Concerts by the Lake

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Bayfield, Wisc ConcertsDon’t miss this summer’s premier event, Concerts by the Lake, a free concert series in Memorial Park hosted by the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau. Concerts run from July 10 to August 28 on Tuesdays, 7-9pm.

Whether you like bluegrass, rock and roll, pop or indie music, Concerts by the Lake features local talents of every genre, offering a relaxing and enjoyable evening for every musical taste. Space is limited, so get to Memorial Park early with a blanket or a few lawn chairs, set up camp, and enjoy the music. After the show, swing by the Bayfield Inn’s rooftop bar for drinks overlooking Lake Superior, or take the family for ice cream at the Candy Shoppe in downtown Bayfield.

Concerts by the Lake Schedule:

July 10: Sean Okamoto (Americana)
July 17: Foreign Object (Alternative/Power Pop)
July 24: Hoff Stevens (Doo-Wop/Punk/Folk)
July 31: Yazmin and Beat Zero, featuring Bruce Bowers (Latin, Indie)
August 7: Alpha City (Alternative/Rock/Dance)
August 14: Andy Noyes and Stevie Matier (Acoustic/Groove)
August 21: Orienta Carwash (Honky Tonk/Country)
August 28: Liz Woodworth Trio (Indie/Power Pop/70s Gold)

For more information, call the Bayfield Chamber at 800-447-4094 or visit

*In case of rain, concerts will be held at the Madeline Island Ferry Terminal.