Bascom Lodge
atop Mount Greylock
Adams, Massachusetts

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All Events are Free and Open to the Public

Talk & Dine Schedule:
Cultural Presentations are provided in collaboration with the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area:

Talks on Nature and Culture,
every Wednesday night,
often related to the mountain and the Berkshires.

  Events are free and open to the public.
Dinner served
at 7, after the talk (reservations required for dinner: Call: 413-743-1591, or email:
Check menu page for the evenings offering.

Schedule 2014:
Each year the Lodge presents a variety of free talks, demonstrations and music programmed around the history, nature and culture of the region. And each year there is a special focus, this year it's Music of the Berkshires. Asterisks mark the events related to this year's theme.
Listings and descriptions are below.

Wednesday, June 4: Music with Mike Martin.*
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Mike plays his ukulele, he sings, and sometimes his friends join in for an evening of original tunes, covers and a lot of improvisation.

Wednesday, June 11: The Civilian Conservation Corps and Bascom Lodge.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Alec Gillman, presents an illustrated talk about the CCC on Mount Greylock and the building of Bascom Lodge.

Wednesday, June 18: The Berkshire Highlanders.*
Outdoors on the summit. 6pm. Free.

The Highlanders return to the summit for this popular annual event. Bagpipes! Bagpipes! Bagpipes! Need we say more?

Wednesday, June 25: Big Elm Brewery.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

The local brewers from Big Elm visit the lodge for a talk about their new brews. Come learn about the process and sample a few beverages.

Wednesday, July 2: Mushroom Talk.  
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

John Wheeler, local wild mushroom enthusiast and founding member of the Berkshire Mycological Society will host a mushroom workshop focusing on identification, seasons, and typical habitats of our local fungal treasures.

Wednesday, July 9: Nature Talk with Leslie Reed-Evans. 
Lobby, 6pm. Free.
Leslie Reed-Evans is a naturalist and the director of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation

Wednesday, July 16: Berkshire Grown. 
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

The people from Berkshire Grown return to tantalize us with all things edible from the Berkshires.

Wednesday, July 23: Music by Wintergreen.*
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Wintergreen, a folk trio, performs a mixture of traditional and contemporary music from the British Isles and America.

Wednesday, July 30:

Blues & Tap: A Cultural Intersection with Robin O'Herin and Stefanie Weber.*
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Come enjoy great delta blues music and Tap dance as these two Berkshire Artists explore the intersection of these two seminal American Art Forms. 
This program was supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Wednesday, August 6: Greylock in Time and Space.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Alec Gillman,  DCR Interpretive Ranger at Mount Greylock State Reservation, presents an exploration of the mountain's history and nature with a PowerPoint slide show. Discover connections between man's desire to shape the mountain at the same time protect it's wildness.  Fun facts about and visions of the mountain shall be revealed on your way to becoming a true "Greylockophile."

Wednesday, August 13: The Mill Children. 
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Ralph Brill will present the the story behind this photo and the exhibition currently on view in Adams at 5 Hoosac Street in Adams, a former mill building.

Wednesday, August 20: Music by Bruce Mandel.*
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Bruce Mandel’s acoustic guitar, keen lyrical ear, and intimate and honest voice have traveled with him across the country and through musical territory both new and familiar. Lyrically driven, his songwriting straddles and expands the Contemporary Folk, Americana, Singer/Songwriter genres reflecting the
breadth of Mandel’s experience.
Come join Bruce for an intimate solo set of original music and stories high atop Mt. Greylock.

Wednesday, August 27: TBA.
6pm. Free.

Wednesday, September 3: Berkshire Trails and Tales.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Mysteries abound in the Berkshires.  Ghosts in the Hoosac Tunnel, runaway slaves in Cheshire, a tomb in a glacial erratic, and even the Bellow's Pipe trail's Old Coot.  "Berkshire Trails and Tales" will explore these and other strange stories of northwestern Massachusetts.  Join historical storyteller Shirley Sutton for a late afternoon, legendary adventure.  But beware - you will be leaving the mountain in the dark of the night!

Wednesday, September 10: TBA.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Wednesday, September 17: The Boreal Forrest. 
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Wednesday, September 24: 100 Years of the Mohawk Trail.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.
Presented by Lauren Stevens.
Lauren Stevens is  co-author of Most Excellent Majesty, a history of Mount Greylock.

Wednesday, October 1: Galileo. A talk by Bill Minardi.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

More Dates To Be Announced.

Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays at Bascom Lodge

These events are similar to the Talk & Dine series but can include demos and can happen at different times as well. This year there is a focus on the music of the Berkshires. Asterisks mark events related to this focus.
Events are free and open to the public.

 Schedule 2014:

Saturday, May 31: Opening Day Festivities.
12 - 4pm. Free.
Native American tepee raising, drumming and mountain blessing.

Sunday, June 1: Music by
 Bee-Line Ramblers.*
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Sunday, June 8: 
Music by Dublin Porter

Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Dublin Porter is a Berkshire trio that plays traditional Irish music. The majority of their repertoire is the dance music and airs of Ireland.

Monday, June 9: Called Again, An Evening with 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

In 2011, two-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis wanted to test her limits. With the support of her husband Brew and a dedicated group of volunteers dubbed the "Pit Crew," Jen hiked, stumbled, and sometimes crawled the 2,181 mile A.T. in 46 days (an average of 47 miles per day), becoming the fastest person to hike the trail and the first woman to ever set the mark.
She will be speaking about the many challenges and lessons that present themselves along the trail, showing slides from over 12,000 miles of long-distance hiking which she has completed on six different continents.

Sunday, June 15: Beekeeping Demo.

Porch, 6pm. Free.
Beekeepers from the Northern Berkshire Beekeeping Association  ( and Honey Pot Apiary will explain how to start your own collection of hives and speak to the joys of beekeeping and raw honey! The talk will focus on introducing the fundamentals of honey bee biology, colony biology, hive equipment, hive products, what is happening now to the honey bee, suggestions for supporting honey bee health, and resources for learning more about bees and beekeeping.

Monday, June 16: Reading by Laura Didyk.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.
Laura was a Creative Cesident this summer at the lodge and will read from her recent work.

Sunday, June 22: The Great Barrington Fairgrounds.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

A presentation about the past, the present, and future plans for this historic site.

Monday, June 23: An Evening with JoAnn Spies.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

JoAnne was a Creative Cesident this month at the lodge and will perform her recent work.

Sunday, June 29: Rakish Paddy.*
Lobby, 6pm. Free.
Foot stomping Celtic music with this local group.

Sunday, July 6: The Trails of Mount Greylock.
A talk by Barry Emery.

Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Sunday, July, 13
: Free Jazz Festival.*
Outdoors, 6pm. Free.

Details to be Announced. 

Sunday, July 20: Our Mark on This Land: A Guide to the Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in America's Parks.

Lobby, 6pm. Free.
A talk and book signing with authors Ren and Helen Davis.
Their book profiles the work of the CCC in more than 350 state and national parks, including 60 parks that are recognized as "Destination Parks" for their significant links to the CCC. Mount Greylock State Reservation is among those Destination Parks.

Monday, July 20: An Evening with Rich Remsberg.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.
Rich just completed a stint as a Creative Resident at the lodge. While here he played the banjo a lot. Maybe tonight as well.

Sunday, July, 27The Berkshire Highlanders.*
Outdoors in front of the lodge, 6pm. Free.
The second visit to the summit this year by these bagpipers!

Monday, July 28: Art Talk with Leslie Ferrin.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Sunday, August 3:
Pittsfield During the Civil War.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Sunday, August 10: 
Music with Black Lake.*
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Sunday, August 17: Performance by the Nutshell Playhouse.
Porch. 3-4pm. Free.

Theater Performance with the Nutshell Playhouse. 
A scrumptious mix of original music, puppets and clownerie, with special guests Taco Caramba (the fiercest pirate parrot ever to fly the seven seas), the Ductionary (the duck who knows every word in the English language) and the Snoof (the detective who can find anything, even if it isn’t there!) Enjoy your favorite Nutshell songs and characters. Unearth your 

Sunday, August 17: 
Music with Moonshine Holler.*
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Moonshine Holler is a "a two person music festival capturing the essence of American southern roots music" on more instruments than they can juggle, including: fiddle, banjo, Hawaiian guitar, harmonica and ukulele. They present a rollicking program of traditional American music and dance featuring spine-tingling vocal harmonies, spirited renditions of Appalachian blues, breakdowns and ballads, with flatfoot dancing to boot.

Monday, August 10: Presentation by David Brody.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.
David, a painter, was a Creative Resident at the lodge this month. He presents recent work.

Saturday, August 23, 2014: History of Fly Fishing Equipment with Fred Moran.
2 to 4pm. Free.

The class will present, in chronological order, the development of the fly rod and reel from the 1600's and before to the present day. The examples presented will trace the improvements in rod design and materials over those 400 years from sticks and string through wood, bamboo, fiberglass, and graphite. Reels progressed from string wound on a stick to modern lightweight aluminum and composite materials
We will meet at the registration desk prior to the class

Sunday, August 24: The History of the Music Inn.*
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

The legendary Music Inn, where the greats of folk, jazz and rock performed, holds an unique position in the performance and education of musicians here in the Berkshires, and in the country.
Come hear about it.

Sunday, August 31: 
Marafanyi Drum, Dance & Song .*
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Founded by international performing and teaching artists, Lara Gonzalez & Yael Shacham, this pioneering group, presents an artistic expression that fuses original songs and spoken word with traditional West African rhythm and dance, showcasing indigenous instruments. The ladies are committed to the therapeutic, educational and transformational power of drum, dance and song for all ages and populations.

Sunday, September 7:
Music by Oak Smith.*

Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Oakes & Smith perform an acoustic mix of folk and pop with voices blending in close harmonies. They sing soothing and soulful tunes inspired by nature, love, spirit, art and poetry.

Sunday, September 14: TBA

Sunday, September 21: Virtual Tour of the New England Sky and an introduction to amateur astronomy groups.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.
Kevin Collins of the Amherst Astronomy Association presents a guide to understanding the stars up above and how to participate in local astronomy groups. 
If the sky is clear there will be a short observing session outside the lodge after dinner, dress warm.

Sunday, September 28: Stone Walls of New England. A Talk by Matt Bua.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Sunday, October 5: royal hartigan with the Kekeli African Drum and Dance Ensemble.

Lobby, 6pm. Free.

royal returns to lead this group in an evening of World Music and Dancing.

Sunday, October 12: A Soothing Broth, with author Pat Willard.

The author provides the simple wisdom that treats colds, coughs and sundry out-of-sorts maladies.

Lobby, 6pm. Free.

More Dates and Events To Be Announced!

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