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: Creating a More Bio-Diverse Landscape with Leslie Reed-Evans. 
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Anyone with even a small yard or garden can help increase biodiversity and work toward improving habitats for birds, insect pollinators and native flora.
Naturalist Leslie Reed-Evans, Executive Director of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, will discuss why this is important and what you can do to create a more bio-diverse landscape.

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 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: Music with Nana Simopoulos.*
Lobby, 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: Galileo. A talk by Bill Minardi.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.
Bill Minardi guides us through the historic trial of Galileo.

Wednesday, September 17: The Boreal Forrest, Ecology Slideshow & Walk with Aimee Gelinas. 
Lobby, 6pm. Free.
Learn about the ecology of high elevation Boreal forests of Western MA found only at elevations over 2000ft such as Mt Greylock Summit and Tamarack Hollow in Windsor, MA.
Led by naturalist and cultural educator Aimee Gelinas M.Ed, founder and director of Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center, a not-for-profit conservation organization in Windsor, MA.

Wednesday, September 24: 100 Years of the Mohawk Trail, with Lauren Stevens.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

The Mohawk Trail, deliberately designed as a scenic route, opened 100 years ago this October. Feeding off a gigantic pageant in North Adams, it confused local history with westward expansion, in effect creating a linear Indian theme park. Created in a time when getting there was leisurely and an end in itself, it faded with the 1957 opening of the Massachusetts Turnpike, signifying a nation devoted to getting there as quickly as possible.

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, mountain blessing and music.

Sunday, June 1: Music by
 Beeline Ramblers.*
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Fran and Lisa Mandeville are not your average singer/songwriters. They are masters at choosing just the right lyrics to fit perfectly with the music to create the feeling they want to share with you, whether it's a song about a great joy in life, or a person who has fallen on hard times. If you close your eyes and listen, you actually become part of the song.

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 Resident this summer at the lodge and will read from her memoir-in-progress, discuss the ins and out of writing a memoir, as well as take questions from the audience.

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

A presentation about the past, the present, and future plans for this historic site. Lynnette Najimy will talk about this ongoing project to preserve and restore the environmental health of the Fairgrounds site, and to provide agricultural, educational, recreational and other beneficial opportunities to the local community and visitors through the preservation and sustainable development of this historic site.

Monday, June 23: Artist Talk
Lobby, 6pm. Free.
Alaa Awad, Egyptian painter and muralist, traveled to the United States for the first time in June for a solo exhibition at MCLA Gallery 51 that will open on June 26. In conjunction with the opening and celebration of DownstreetArt he will talk about his work tonight.

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

Monday, June 30: An Evening with
JoAnne Spies
Lobby, 6pm. Free.

Singer, songwriter and teaching artist JoAnne Speis was a Creative Resident this month at the lodge and will perform her recent work.

Sunday, July 6: Looking Back 100 Years With Vintage Post Cards by Barry Emery.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.
Using period post cards from 1905 to 1914 that are projected onto a large screen, Barry Emery will show views and landmarks as they existed in 1913. His talk depicts an imaginary drive over the Mohawk trail, up to the top of Mt. Greylock, and through the center of Adams, Cheshire, Pittsfield into Lenox. Many of the historic landmarks that will be discussed no longer exist.

Sunday, July, 13: Bascom Lodge Jazz Festival.*
Outdoors, 12-5pm. 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 21: 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. Tonight he will be joined by musical friends.

Sunday, July 27: The WPA and Music, with Max Grinell.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.
In the 1930s the WPA sent out writers and historians to document the history and ongoing evolution of indigenous American music. This presentation will highlight the New England findings.

Monday, July 28: Art Talk with Leslie Ferrin and
Julia Morgan-Leamon.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.
Leslie (owner of Ferrin Gallery and Project Art) and Julia (who has an exhibit with MCLA Gallery 51) will discuss artist residencies and more.

Sunday, August 3: The Berkshires During the Civil War, seen through the eyes of ten residents.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.
Local Historian John Dickson will discuss the aspirations of those affected by a war that took place a thousand miles away.

Seeing the impact of the war through local residents helps explain its reach and its connection to issues such as immigration, emancipation, temperance, medicine and education. 

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

Black Lake is an inter-media duo straddling the art world and music scene in surprising ways. Their sound is part Velvet Underground and part Pixies with some Allen Ginsberg thrown into the mix.

Saturday, August 16: History of Fly Fishing Equipment with Fred Moran.

Porch, 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. Meet at the registration desk.

Sunday, August 17: Performance by the Nutshell Playhouse.

, 3pm. 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 18: Artist Presentation by David Brody.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.
David, a painter, was a Creative Resident at the lodge this month. He presents recent work.

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 during the 50s and into the 70s, holds an unique position in the performance,  education and history of American music.
David Rothstein (former partner in the Music Inn) will present a survey of its life and times.

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 Oakes 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: Artist Talk, with Sara Farrell and Hideyo Okamura.
Lobby, 6pm. Free.
Both artists have an exhibition at MCLA Gallery 51which they will discuss.

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: When Stone Walls Talk - Casting out the Myth that all stone walls were built Post-Colonially, with Matt Bua.

Lobby, 6pm. Free.

The dry stacked stonewalls focused on in this lecture do not enclose land, are built on massive foundations (ruling out field clearing piles) and terminate at streams and marshes. Many exist where land has not been cultivated in the past.
An array of uncontested North American ancient stonewall complexes will be presented as well as correlations to stones walls and their usages from around the world.

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.

Lobby, 6pm. Free.
A talk and book signing with the author. The book provides the simple age-old wisdoms that treat colds, coughs and a sundry out-of-sorts maladies.

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