ADAMS -- In August, Bascom Lodge’s 75th anniversary celebration continues at the summit of Mount Greylock with free weekly programs and family-friendly events related to the history of the Lodge, the mountain, the 1930s, and local history and folklore; as well as special lunch and dinner menus.
Each Wednesday at 6 p.m., Bascom Lodge presents free talks on nature and culture, often related to the mountain and the Berkshires, in collaboration with the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.
August program highlights at Bascom Lodge include a presentation and book signing with Pat Willard, author of "America Eats! On the Road with the WPA: The Fish Fries, Box Supper Socials, and Chittlin’ Feasts That Define Real American Food" on Sunday, Aug.11 at 6 p.m. Willard will explore the regional nooks and crannies of American cuisine where Works Progress Administration writers, including Eudora Welty, Saul Bellow, Ralph Ellison and Nelson Algren, were dispatched in 1935 to document the roots of America’s diverse culinary cuisine. The talk will be held in the Lodge’s lobby and is free of charge.
It will be followed by a fixed-price dinner with a menu based on the book at 7 p.m. Advance dinner reservations are required. The dinner menu will include pickled watermelon rind and beet salad with farmer’s market butter lettuces, a choice of baked country ham with smoked pork gravy, pan-seared quail with concord grape sauce or bottom-crust vegetable pie, each accompanied by baking powder biscuits, corn pudding and collard greens, and Edna Lewis’s "Busy Day Cake," served with homemade strawberry ice cream and rhubarb compote.
Sunday, Aug. 18
"Project Pangaea and the Extension of the Appalachian Trail." Ralph Brill discusses the plan to extend the Appalachian Trail from the United States through Canada, Iceland, Western Europe and other countries, including islands, for approximately 20,000 miles, ending in Morocco. Lobby at 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock. 413-743-1591 and bascomlodge.net.
Wednesday, Aug. 21
Mike Martin on ukulele and friends perform original music, covers and improvisations. Lobby at 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock. 413-743-1591 and bascomlodge.net.
The folk trio Wintergreen performs traditional and contemporary music from the British Isles and America. Lobby at 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock. 413-743-1591 and bascomlodge.net.