Monday, November 21, 2022

Alice's Restaurant Stockbridge, Massachusetts Thanksgiving Walking Tour, Arlo Guthrie Song, and Movie

If you've never heard of Alice's Restaurant, you're in for a Thanksgiving treat. Not only can you listen to Arlo Guthrie's song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" below and check out the eponymous movie online, but the YouTube channel MileMarker4k created a wonderful walking tour on location in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. This is a great way to visualize and see first hand what Arlo Guthrie was talking about in his epic song that detailed the greatest crime of the century: Illegally dumping trash!

The son of folk singer Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie proved he is his own singer-songwriter with his Thanksgiving anthem. The song is a whopping 18 minutes long and has been a Thanksgiving favorite for many households for more than 50 years!

Arlo tells the tale of a Thanksgiving he spent with his friend Alice Brock who owned a restaurant in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Alice and her husband Ray were living in a church that had accumulated a "half ton" of garbage.  Arlo and a friend offered to bring the trash to the local dump but due to it being Thanksgiving, the dump was closed. Arlo and his cohort made the fateful decision to illegally dump the trash instead of bringing it back to the church. 

Though "Alice's Restaurant" is a very entertaining song, it is a political commentary on the Vietnam War and its draft. 

You may listen to Arlo Guthrie's 1967 debut song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" below.

Arlo Guthrie: Alice's Restaurant Massacree (Full Song)

Watch Alice's Restaurant Full Movie Online

The song "Alice's Restaurant" became so popular it was developed into a movie starring Arlo Guthrie. There is a YouTube channel that has the full movie available and you may watch it below. There are many current options to watch Alice's Restaurant online, though PBS Living does have an anniversary special that subscribers may watch. It is titled Arlo Guthrie: Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert and aired in 2015. The video is age-restricted and you will view it on YouTube.

Alice's Restaurant Stockbridge Massachusetts Driving and Walking Tours

Here are two lovely videos from MileMarker4k where he takes viewers on tours of the route Arlo took from the church to the site of the dump as well as a walking tour to Alice's Restaurant. Please consider visiting the YouTube channel and subscribing for more wonderful content.

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