Mary Verdi and the Neighborhood Gang perform this weekend for Here at Home in the Berkshires

The Neighborhood Boys mug for photos on a porch swing in Dalton MA

The Neighborhood Boys will perform at Mary Verdi’s Here at Home Benefit Concert at the Frist Methodist Church on Fenn Street in Pittsfield on Saturday, May 25, at 7 p.m.

Mary Verdi and Soldiers

Mary Verdi and Soldiers

PITTSFIELD — They’ve been rehearsing for weeks and it looks like Mary Verdi and her entourage of performers are definitely ready for this weekend’s Here at Home Benefit Concert in the Berkshires set for Saturday, May 25, at 7 p.m. in Pittsfield.

The show features Mary and her amazingly talented band, a guest appearance by local favorite Tony Lee Thomas, the Taconic Marching Band and the Neighborhood Boys (which for full disclosure purposes I will tell you, my 11-year-old son is a member). The show promises to be entertaining, inspirational and a whole lot of fun for area families. You’ll march, you’ll clap, you may even shed a tear or two and (I’m not just saying this because I’m a proud Mama either) the Neighborhood Boys will amaze you. What could be cuter and more inspirational than seeing local boys standing up proudly to honor our troops, singing such songs as “Anchors Aweigh,”  ”The Caissons Go Rolling Along,” “The Marine’s Hymn” and the US Air Force’s “The Wild Blue Yonder.” You won’t want to miss it. Don’t believe me? Here’s a sneak peak.

“The boys are really sounding great and having a blast singing together!” Mary said in an e-mail to the boys’ parents recently.

All proceeds from the concert will benefit Here at Home, an organization that helps welcome soldiers home from service in a manner organization members believe they deserve — with as many people as possible, through surprise homecoming celebrations and with a billboard for all to see.

The concert will take place at the First United Methodist Church on Fenn Street in Pittsfield. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for veterans; and children of all ages are free. For more information go online to




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Berkshire Family Focus Founder Kelly Bevan McIlquham was born and raised in the Berkshires and pours her passion for children, family and the region into this site. She lives in Hinsdale with her husband Mark, three children —Kenna, Max and Shea — and her two dogs Murphy and Titan. Contact her at