Tickets on sale for Iron Bridge Dinner
SHELBURNE FALLS — Local residents can celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mohawk Trail by really eating out — on the newly renovated Iron Bridge on Aug. 17, rain or shine.
Tickets for the 14th annual dinner go on sale today , beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Village Information Center on Bridge St. After that, they will be available at the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association office, also on Bridge Street. Tickets are $35 each and they usually sell out long before the event.
Modeled after a similar outdoor community dinner in France, this event features a single table, with linens and china set for 400 people along the bridge’s span over the Deerfield River. This year, 13 area restaurants will be providing the food and non-alcoholic beverages. Athletes from the Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s Athletic Association will be serving dinner.
The 100th anniversary of the Mohawk Trail is the theme of this dinner, so diners are encouraged to dress in 1914-era garb. Music of the period and historic facts about the trail will be part of the fun. The 63-mile stretch of roadway from Millers Falls to the New York state line is one of the first and oldest scenic roads in the nation. It opened on Oct. 22, 1914 and winds past 50,000 acres of state parks and forests.
The annual event began as a way to celebrate a renovation of the Iron Bridge 14 years ago, and ironically the state Department of Transportation has been making repairs to the bridge this summer, which was battered in 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene.
The bridge dinner is a fundraiser for the business association and other community groups. For more information, call the business association at 413-625-2526 or email: