Arlo Guthrie's Walk for Huntington's Disease to trace path of 'Alice's Restaurant Massacree'


GREAT BARRINGTON, MASS. >> The Walk for Huntington's Disease will be Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Guthrie Center.

The fundraiser is sponsored by famed folksinger Arlo Guthrie. Guthrie's father, folk icon Woody Guthrie, suffered from the disease, and the walk raises awareness and money to battle the affliction, a deadly neurological disease which destroys basic muscular functions over several decades. An estimated 25,000 to 30,000 people are afflicted with Huntington's in the United States.

Sunday's six-mile walk will begin at the Guthrie Center. The event starts at 10 a.m. with registration running from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. The route will roughly follow the track Guthrie sang about in his famed ballad "Alice's Restaurant Massacree."

From the Guthrie Center, walkers will be whisked by a 1960s-era minivan to Theresa's Stockbridge Cafe, which was the famed Alice's Restaurant in 1965. The walk will begin there and proceed down Main Street to the Stockbridge Police Station. Stockbridge Chief Robert Eaton will meet the walkers, and those who wish can pose for a picture behind the old cell door that used to be in the station.

The walk takes visitors past the old Stockbridge dump. Water stops will include free ice cream from Ben & Jerry's in Pittsfield and shrimp cocktail provided by the Laurel Lake Center for Health and Rehabilitation.

The walk will return visitors to the Guthrie Center where they will get a free lunch.

The garbage, of course, will be disposed of legally.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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