ABOUT US
           
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BASCOM LODGE IS OPERATED BY THE BASCOM LODGE GROUP (BLG), A PRIVATELY OWNED COMPANY WHICH WAS AWARDED THE MANAGEMENT OF THE LODGE IN THE SPRING OF 2009. THROUGH THE OPERATION OF THE LODGING AND DINING FACILITIES, THE BLG REINVESTS IN THE RESTORATION AND UPGRADING OF THE LANDMARK BUILDING. IN THE SHORT SIX SEASONS SINCE WE PARTNERED WITH THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION'S HISTORIC CURATORSHIP PROGRAM, THE BLG HAS RESTORED THE 79-YEAR-OLD LODGE, POSITIONING IT TO BETTER MEET THE CHALLENGES OF IT'S NEXT 20 YEARS.
 
 THE HISTORIC CURATORSHIP PROGRAM
WITHIN THE COMMONWEALTH'S 450,000 ACRES OF STATE AND URBAN PARKS ARE A NUMBER OF UNUSED, HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT BUILDINGS. OVER TIME, THESE PROPERTIES HAVE FALLEN PREY TO THE ELEMENTS AND VANDALISM. THE HISTORIC CURATORSHIP PROGRAM WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1994 TO PRESERVE THESE PROPERTIES THROUGH A UNIQUE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP. THROUGH THE PROGRAM, THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION PARTNERS WITH A CURATOR WHO AGREES TO REHABILITATE, MANAGE AND MAINTAIN A HISTORIC PROPERTY IN RETURN FOR A LONG-TERM LEASE. AS A RESULT, DCR SECURES THE LONG-TERM PRESERVATION OF THREATENED HISTORIC SITES AND CURATORS EXCHANGE THEIR HARD WORK, UNIQUE SKILLS, AND FINANCIAL INVESTMENT, FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE OR WORK IN A ONE-OF-A-KIND LOCATION.
 
 
FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMMING
 
IN ADDITION TO THE RESTORATION OF THE BUILDINGS HISTORIC FABRIC, THE BLG PROVIDES FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMMING FROM JUNE THROUGH OCTOBER. WEEKLY CONCERTS, FESTIVALS, LECTURES, AND WORKSHOPS ARE DESIGNED TO ATTRACT THE INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC AND HELP BETTER ENGAGE THE LODGE WITH THE CULTURAL COMMUNITY OF THE BERKSHIRES.
 
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SUNSET BEVERAGE "HOUR"

WEDNESDAY  THRU  SUNDAY 4:00PM - 7:00PM

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EVERY WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, ENJOY A GLASS OF BEER FROM ONE OF A HALF DOZEN LOCAL BREWERIES, A GLASS OF WINE OR OUR HOUSE-MADE SANGRIA BY THE FIRE. OR, KICK-BACK  ON THE PORCH AS THE SUN FADES INTO A BLAZE OF COLOR BEHIND THE TACONIC AND CATSKILL MOUNTAINS. 

 

NATIVE PLANT GARDEN AT BASCOM LODGE

 

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PART OF OUR PROPOSAL FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF BASCOM LODGE WAS A DESIGN FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIVE PLANT GARDEN. IN THE SPRING OF 2011 GROUND WAS BROKEN ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THAT GARDEN. THE VARIOUS CONDITIONS OF SOIL, DRAINAGE, AND ASPECTS OF LIGHT ALONG THE FOUNDATION AT THE FRONT OF THE LODGE ALLOWED FOR A DIVERSE COLLECTION OF NATIVE PLANTS. UNDER GUIDELINES SET DOWN BY THE NATURAL HERITAGE & ENDANGERED SPECIES PROGRAM, THE GARDEN COULD ONLY CONTAIN PLANTS THAT ARE NOT ONLY NATIVE TO THE RESERVATION, BUT GENETICALLY IDENTICAL TO SPECIES GROWING HERE. NO PLANTS COULD BE ACQUIRED FROM OUTSIDE SOURCES, NOT EVEN NURSERIES SPECIALIZING IN NATIVE PLANTS. THEREFORE, THE PLANTS IN THE GARDEN AT BASCOM LODGE ARE GROWN FROM SEED COLLECTED WITHIN THE RESERVATION, TAKEN FROM CUTTINGS, OR DIVISIONS OF PLANTS ACTUALLY GROWING HERE. BY DEFINITION, THE PROCESS IS SLOW, METICULOUS AND LABOR INTENSIVE.

THE OBJECTIVE BEHIND THE CREATION OF THE GARDEN IS THREE-FOLD -

 

*  TO VISUALLY ANCHOR THE LODGE WITHIN ITS NATURAL SETTING.

*  TO HIGHLIGHT THE WEALTH OF NATIVE FLOWERING SPECIES, WHICH ARE BECOMING SO RARE

    IN THE WILD DUE TO HABITAT LOSS AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT.

*  TO HELP INCREASE ONCE FLOURISHING NATIVE SPECIES.

 

 

 

            



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