BRIDGTON — Loon Echo Land Trust’s Acoustic Sunset Concerts Series on top of Hacker’s Hill Preserve on Quaker Ridge Road in Casco, returns Thursday, July 14, for the fifth season. This summer’s opening concert features the harmonies and guitar work of White Mountain folk singer/songwriters Bennett & Perkins. The open, grassy fields of this beautiful land allow for comfortable seating with extraordinary sunset views of the Lakes Region and White Mountains acting as a backdrop to for the performers. Bring a picnic dinner, a lawn chair or blanket. The concert will run from 6 to 8 p.m., with a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children to benefit the ongoing stewardship efforts of Hacker’s Hill. 

Kathy Bennett and Thom Perkins perform an eclectic blend of both original music and their own arrangements of a wide variety of works by songwriters around the world. They seek out arrangements that highlight their distinctive vocal and instrumental talents. While folk is a cornerstone influence for the pair, their music borrows from genres ranging from Americana, singer/songwriter, roots, bluegrass, blues and more. Bennett & Perkins can frequently be heard on New Hampshire Public Radio.

They have shared the stage with Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), Loudon Wainwright III, The Good Lovelies and have played at festivals and stages throughout New England. Bennett & Perkins released their first CD — “The Kitchen Music Sessions,” in the summer of 2010, produced in a Maine farmhouse kitchen by multi-instrumentalist Davey Armstrong. They followed it up with their breakthrough album of original music, “House on Fire,” produced by Tom Dean and featuring musicians, including Dean, Joyce Anderson on fiddle and Tom Yoder on mandolin. Visit for a sampling of their sounds.

Parking is available by driving to the top of the road into Hacker’s Hill Preserve on Quaker Ridge Road in Casco, approximately one mile from the Route 11 intersection and four miles from the Route 302 intersection. Carpooling is advised. For more information visit our website or call 207-647-4352 or [email protected]

Loon Echo Land Trust’s next concert in the sunset series is Sunday, Aug. 17, featuring Dennis and Davey. More information on these and other events can be found on Loon Echo’s website at HTTP://

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