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125th Celebration

The City of North Adams celebrates our 125th anniversary in 2020! Join us for the fun as we mark this historic occasion with a celebration dinner and citywide events. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the rescheduled dates for these events are to be announced.
Proceeds from dinner and any donations made will benefit the North Adams Public Library.

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4th of July Fireworks

Fireworks are an integral part of America’s Fourth of July celebrations all over the country, and our local show in North Adams is one of the most prestigious in Western Massachusetts. Our celebration draws thousands of viewers from the Capital region of New York State, Southern Vermont, and Berkshire County. For an evening of all-American fun, grab some tickets to the annual 4th of July SteepleCats game, and stick around for the fireworks, which start immediately afterward, at approximately 9:30pm. Read More
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APPALACHIAN TRAIL

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ASHUWILLTICOOK RAIL TRAIL

The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is a former railroad corridor converted into a 10-foot wide paved, universally accessible, passive recreation path. The Ashuwillticook runs parallel to Route 8 through the towns of Cheshire, Lanesborough and Adams. The southern end of the rail trail begins at the entrance to the Berkshire Mall off route 8. In Lanesborough the trail travels 11.2 miles north to the center of Adams. Parking lots and restrooms are available at selected locations along the way.

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Berkshire Artist Museum

Eric Rudd and visiting artists, showcased in historic church re-purposed as an art museum and gallery space.

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Berkshire Scenic Railway and Hoosac Valley Train Rides

https://www.berkshiretrains.org/

How to Get Train Tickets

All Trains Depart from Adams, MA

Train Ride tickets are available for weekend trips on Saturdays and Sundays only, with exception for Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Black Friday when trips are also scheduled. See Annual Schedule below.  ALL TRAINS DEPART FROM ADAMS, MA.

Purchase tickets here, online and in advance, in order to guarantee your seats on the train. Waiting to purchase tickets at the train station on the day of an event is an option, but we can NOT guarantee that seating will be available.

Please plan to arrive at 3 Hoosac Street, Adams, MA 30 minutes before departure.

Train Ride tickets are available for weekend trips on Saturdays and Sundays only, with exception for Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Black Friday when trips are also scheduled. See Annual Schedule below. ALL TRAINS DEPART FROM ADAMS, MA.

Purchase tickets here, online and in advance, in order to guarantee your seats on the train. Waiting to purchase tickets at the train station on the day of an event is an option, but we can NOT guarantee that seating will be available.

Please plan to arrive at 3 Hoosac Street, Adams, MA 30 minutes before departure.
Annual Schedule of Events

Please read instructions below.

�€‹BSRM uses a dynamic ticketing system for secure online purchases. The BUY TICKETS button on this page will redirect you to a secure ticket purchasing platform. After purchasing tickets online, you will receive an email confirmation. Your online purchase adds your name and number of seats to an official roster. This guarantees you and your party a seat on the train. A voucher for free tickets works the same way.

When you purchase or redeem tickets online, you will still need to check-in at our ticket office when you arrive at the train station on the day of the ride to pick up your “real” tickets before boarding the train.

If you have any problems with the ticketing process, please Contact Us immediately.

Summer ’til September Rides:
July Weekends (including July 4th), plus August Weekends through Labor Day Weekend (including Labor Day Monday) – Departures at 11am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm
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September Weekends ’til Fall Equinox (Sept 7 – 22, 2019) – Departures at 1pm and 3:30pm
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Summer ’til September Tickets: $14 adult, $12 senior, $10 child (ages 4-14), FREE Lapsitter (3 and under)

Fall Foliage Rides:September 28 – October 27, 2019 Weekends – Departures at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, & 4:30pm
Fall Foliage Tickets: $16 adult, $14 senior, $12 child (ages 4-14), FREE Lapsitter (3 and under)
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Tinseliner Trains:
Black Friday (November 29, 2019) – Departures at 12pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, & 6:30pm
Saturdays, November 30 and December 7, 14 &21, 2019 – Departures at 12pm, 2:30pm, & 4:30pm
Sundays, December 1, 8, 15 &22, 2019 – Departures at 12pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm
Tinseliner Tickets: 2019 Pricing TBD; Tickets on sale this summer!

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Bike Berkshire North

Visit http://www.bikeberkshirenorth.org/ for extensive information on biking our region, including mapped rides, group rides, bike safety, local biking shops, and more.

The Berkshire North area is a lovely place to cycle.  Starting in North Adams, experienced cyclists can head northwest to rolling hills and farmland in Western New York, east to steep rides and state forest toward Charlemont, north toward orchards and dairy farms in southern Vermont, and south to the highest peak in southern New England, Mount Greylock.  We hope you will make our home your home for a vacation of breathtaking rides, energizing hikes and refreshing lake swims.  You can spend rest days visiting the world-renowned MASS MoCA and Clark Art Institute, and evenings enjoying festivalsgourmet meals and professional theater and music.

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BUMP series Greylock Time Trial

The Northampton Cycling Club returns to North Adams every year for the Greylock Hillclimb Time Trial race. The course runs for 9.1 miles to the summit of Mount Greylock which is 3,489 feet high. After light refreshments provided at the top, an afterparty is hosted at the Freight Yard Pub. The race happens annually on the Sunday after Labor Day and attracts over 250 cyclists from the Northeast and Canada. Read More
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Clarksburg State Park

Clarksburg State Park offers 368 acres of abundant and unspoiled northern hardwood forest with breathtaking views of the Hoosac Range, Mount Greylock and the Green Mountains.

Mauserts Pond has a landscaped day-use area featuring picnicking and a pavilion area of 9.5 miles foot trails. Visitors may observe a variety of wildlife, and perhaps a moose, around the pond. The 3-mile Pond Loop Trail is popular with birdwatchers, and the very easy Shoreline Trail has beautiful water views. 45 well-spaced and wooded campsites are located near the lake, featuring a modern comfort station with showers.

This undisturbed forestland is popular with hunters and hikers. 4.5 miles of Appalachian Trail (AT) passes through the forest into Vermont and the Green Mountain National Forest. Wilderness camping is available at 3 designated sites along the Appalachian Trail.

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Concerts at Windsor Lake

Each summer from June through August the City hosts a free weekly concert series up at Windsor Lake (intersection of Kemp and Bradley Streets).  These concerts take place every Wednesday at 6:30pm.

These concerts combine great music with the beautiful natural backdrop of Windsor Lake. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket, and let the sweet sounds of music and water carry you away on a warm summer night. Concessions are available at the lake, but people are welcome to bring their own food.Parking is free, and swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing are allowed at the lake. All cancelations will be called by 3PM on the day of the concert. Rain Dates tbd.

 
 
 

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If you have a band that would like to play at Windsor Lake, please contact the Office of Tourism & Community Events at: tourism@northadams-ma.gov

All concerts begin at 6:30pm.

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CYNTHIA-REEVES

CYNTHIA-REEVES represents an international roster of established artists who share a process-apparent sensibility in their work. We are committed to artwork that demonstrates an authentic voice, an innovative use of materials, and an appreciation of the mark in diverse media: site-based installation, video, sculpture, painting and works on paper.
 
CYNTHIA-REEVES has renovated its gallery on the campus of the MASS MoCA, to create a larger space for new initiatives around project-based work. The gallery program has long embraced the idea of site-based art installations, overseeing large-scale, permanent works for companies and academic institutions worldwide.
 
The gallery at MASS MoCA has an emphasize on art-making alongside art exhibition, by offering the space to select artists for developing site-based projects and exhibiting the final works. This approach opens-up an engagement between our audience and artists at all stages of the process: from active production, in-process works on view, through to finished installations.
 
Our intention is to create a direct and dynamic exchange between the art-making and community at large. Dialog and interaction between visitors and artists is key to this new initiative, one that the gallery sees as a natural extension of its innovative programming.
 
Location:
1315 MASS MoCA Way,
North Adams, MA 01247
413.398.5257
 
Tue – Sat, 10am – 5pm
 
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Downstreet Art

Each summer from late June to mid-October, DSA creates a wide program of visual and performing art events, including exhibitions, video screenings, and site-specific installations in downtown North Adams. The last Thursday of each month, all DownStreet Art galleries and venues stay open late along with local stores, restaurants, and businesses.

For more information regarding dates, hours, location and phone number please visit the DSA website.

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DOWNTOWN CELEBRATION

Join us on a lovely summer evening in August for the annual North Adams’ Downtown Celebration. The Downtown Celebration takes place on the second or third Wednesday evening of August. For details on this years event check the event calendar.

The 2019 Downtown Celebration will take place on Wednesday, August 14th, with a rain date of Thursday, August 15th. Vendor applications can be found here: 2019 Application for downtown celebration

The heart of downtown is closed to all but pedestrian traffic. Groups, businesses and organizations distribute information, hold contests and giveaways, while bands play everything from Dixieland to Rock and Roll.  The streets are filled with delicious aromas as our local restaurants and vendors provide all kinds of wonderful food. This event is fun for all ages.

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EAGLE STREET BEACH PARTY

We don’t need an ocean to have a beach! Visit North Adams in mid-July as more than 250,000 pounds of sand, donated by Specialty Minerals and delivered by the City of North Adams, is spread – curb to curb – the entire length of Eagle Street. The family-friendly beach party runs from 3:30 – 6:30 and the adult-oriented fiesta, complete with margaritas served on the beach, takes place from 7-10pm.

For details on this year’s event visit the event calendar.

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Eclipse Mill Artist Loft & Gallery

Eclipse Mill Artist Loft is a community of artists living and working in a former textile mill in North Adams. This 4-story building houses painters, potters, textile artists, printmakers, musicians, ceramic artists, photographers, a dancer, writers, a paper maker, a book dealer specializing in art books, and two galleries.

The Eclipse Mill Gallery, where resident artists as well as guest artists participate in solo or group exhibitions, is located on the first floor and is open to the public. There are also several art-related businesses on the first floor that are open to the public.

A once-a-year opportunity to visit artist lofts at Eclipse Mill:
Several Eclipse Mill artists participate in North Adams Open Studios, held each year on the weekend after Columbus Day in October. Dozens of local artists show their work throughout North Adams during this annual arts weekend. Approximately 20 of the Eclipse Mill lofts are open to the public during this event, and the Eclipse Mill Gallery features the annual residents exhibition at that time.

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Fall Foliage Festival and Fall Foliage Parade

Since 1955, North Adams has held a special week of events showcasing the beauty of autumn in North Adams. Complete with a children’s fair, road race, craft fair and performances, the Fall Foliage Festival is fun for the whole family.

The highlight of the Fall Foliage Festival is the Fall Foliage Parade that takes place on the first Sunday of October and marches from the Ocean State Job Lot parking lot on Route 8 through downtown North Adams. Dozens of businesses and organizations take part in the parade, forming a collection of people who showcase the heart of the Berkshires.

To learn more about participating in the 1Berkshire Fall Foliage Parade 

For this year’s events, dates and parade details please check the event calendar.

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Ferrin Contemporary Gallery

Ferrin Contemporary represents leading international contemporary artists whose primary medium is clay.
Based in North Adams on the MASS MoCA campus, Ferrin Contemporary presents changing exhibitions of new works by represented artists, offers masterworks from private collections and pilots curatorial projects that travel to galleries, museums, and other venues throughout the US and internationally.

 

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FreshGrass Festival

Organized by MASS MoCA, the FreshGrass Festival is an annual music festival that turns the entire museum into a sprawling bluegrass amusement park. There will be performances inside the museum and out, as well as great food, fantastic film screenings, banjo workshops, instrument-making for kids, and more.

The FreshGrass Festival usually takes place in mid-September. Please check with the festival website for this year’s dates: FRESHGRASS.COM

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Gallery 51

MCLA Gallery 51, which has been managed by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts since 2005, presents work from a wide range of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. The gallery hosts ten exhibitions each year, along with countless events and happenings. Staffed mostly by student workers, MCLA Gallery 51 provides students with hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations of an art gallery. MCLA Gallery 51 is a project of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.

The gallery can be found at 51 Main Street in downtown North Adams, along with a host of other great arts destinations.

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Heritage State Park Museum & Visitors Center

A former railroad yard, this urban park uses historical artifacts and exhibits to bring to life the controversial and danger-filled construction of the Hoosac Tunnel, one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century. The tunnel was dug 4.75 miles through Hoosac Mountain, linking Massachusetts to Albany, NY. 200 men lost their lives building the tunnel, which is still used today. An audio-visual presentation takes visitors back in time, where the sounds of dripping water, pickaxes against stone, explosions, and debates re-create the hardships and heroism of the tunnel’s construction.

Several beautifully restored buildings once used to store freight and commodities surround a cobblestone courtyard. The buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Programs and exhibits in history, science, culture and environmental education are offered regularly to the public.

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Historic North Adams Mobile App

Historic North Adams is a free app that puts North Adams’ history at your fingertips. Explore interesting people, places and events in North Adams’ history, and take historical walking tours of the city. With a growing list of interpretive stories, each point on the interactive GPS-enabled map includes historical information about the location, along with historic images from archival collections and historical publications.
Historic North Adams is a collaborate initiative of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Department of History, North Adams Historical Society, and North Adams Public Library. Funding for this project is provided in part by Mass Humanities.

For more information, visit the project website at www.historicnorthadams.com or download the Historic North Adams mobile app in the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store.

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Historic Valley Campground

This 100-site park is situated on picturesque Windsor Lake and offers family camping on wooded sites with water, electric (20/30 A) and some sewer sites. We have lakeside, wilderness and pull through sites for your RV, camper or tent. Seasonal campers are welcome.

The campground offers swimming, boating, and fishing on the property as well as a playground, organized camp activities, a dump station and recently renovated bathhouses. The Public Beach at Windsor Lake hosts a weekly Summer Concert Series and features an outstanding snack bar. The park is 1-½ miles from downtown North Adams with easy access to a variety of cultural and performing arts.

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Hoosac Range Trail

This three-mile ridgeline trail over the dramatic cliffs to Spruce Hill offers outstanding hiking, snowshoeing, views and birdwatching. The short 1.5 mile roundtrip loop to Sunset Rock is a fine alternative for those without the time or stamina to get all the way to Spruce Hill. As an alternative, bring a car and descend Spruce Hill via the Busby or the Blackburnian Trails. Read More
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Hoosac Tunnel

The Hoosac Tunnel is a railroad tunnel connecting the Northern Berkshire towns of Florida and North Adams. Owned by Guilford Transportation, it runs under the Hoosac Mountain range for a total length of 25,031 feet or 4.74 miles. It took about 25 years to build. The Hoosac Tunnel would go on to be declared a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1975. It was the longest tunnel in North America until 1916 when it was beaten by Moffat Tunnel in the Rockies. It took 195 lives during construction, and has taken 30 or more since completion.

The Eastern Portal of the Hoosac Tunnel is the only one accessible for public viewing.

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Hoosac Valley Train Rides

TRAIN RIDES BEGIN MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!
North Adams – Adams
Starting on Memorial Day Weekend, trains depart from North Adams on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00AM, 1:30PM & 3:00PM for a one-hour, 8-mile round trip aboard our vintage 1955 Rail Diesel Car. Trains will also operate on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day.
Adults: $12, Youth: $8.

 

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Hoosic River Revival Walking Tour

The goal of the Hoosic River Revival is to reconnect the river to the city of North Adams, to make it an attribute for recreation, economic development, and community building, while simultaneously maintaining adequate flood control. After years of post-industrial economic struggles, the city is recovering, becoming a hub for those involved in the creative economy and for those interested in becoming part of our rural, educational, cultural community.

The power and beauty of the Hoosic River brought Native Americans, early settlers, and our current residents to North Adams. Learn about the history of the city by strolling along the banks of the river. The walking tour can be done in sections, self-guided, or once a month with a member of the Hoosic River Revival.

Download the self-guided walking tour PDF

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Houghton Mansion

Featured on the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures,” the Houghton Mansion has an interesting and sordid past. Albert Charles Houghton, President of Arnold Print Works (the factory complex that eventually became the site of MASS MoCA) and first Mayor of the City of North Adams, built his mansion shortly after his term as Mayor. It was his third and most extravagant home in North Adams, reflecting his wealth and status in the community.

Tragedy struck the Houghton family in the form of an automobile accident that killed several members of the family and 2 family friends. The Houghton’s chauffeur, blaming himself for the accident, killed himself shortly thereafter. Since then the property has been sold to the secretive order of the Masons, and has been rumored to be a hot spot for paranormal activity.

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Jiminy Peak

Just 20 miles from North Adams, Jiminy Peak resort has lots to offer for families inside and out of the Berkshires. The resort is full of attractions such as the Aerial Adventure Park, Mountain Adventure Par and Mountain Biking. This year has brought two new attractions to the mountain: Soaring Eagle Zip Ride and Mountain Segway Tours. They offer special discounts for groups as well as conference, wedding and event microsites. Go and check it out and enjoy your time outdoors with your family and friends. Read More
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Kidspace at MASS MoCA

Kidspace at MASS MoCA is a contemporary art gallery, studio and educational program that promotes the understanding and teaching of art through experiential learning opportunities designed for elementary and middle school students, teachers, and families. Kidspace is open to the public and is adult-friendly, too!

Program Description
A collaborative project of three major museums in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts—The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute (The Clark), Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)—Kidspace and its partners organize programs that investigate a wide range of artistic themes, contemporary art-making methods and materials with the purpose of increasing participants’ understanding of contemporary art and strengthening their visual literacy skills.

Kidspace organizes innovative exhibitions in partnership with six local elementary schools. Their school-outreach program reaches Pre-K to 7th-grade students and all elementary school teachers through artist residencies, multiple gallery visits, interdisciplinary curriculum materials, and teacher workshops. The program also includes after-school art classes for teens, numerous family programs, public hours, and website resources.

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Martha Flood Design

Martha Flood is an artist and veteran surface designer for the wallcovering, fabric, and laminate industries. She provides creative services to individuals, businesses and the interior design trade, including:

  • Custom pattern design and color services for gravure, screen, surface and digital printing
  • Custom design and printing of digitally printed fabrics
  • Sewing and graphic design services

Since 2010, as a participant in the North Adams DownStreet Art Project, Martha’s gallery has become a unique destination for sewing enthusiasts and cultural tourists who visit the Berkshires each summer.

Open year round, Martha continues to welcome visitors to her Eagle Street studio and gallery. Pursuing an avid interest in design and textiles, she enjoys discussing creative projects. She invites everyone to stop by during regular hours and is always available for appointments.

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MASS MoCA

Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world’s premier centers for producing and presenting the best contemporary art of our time. With annual attendance of 120,000, it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art. More than 80 major new works of art and more than 50 performances have been created through fabrication and rehearsal residencies in North Adams, making MASS MoCA perhaps the most fertile site in the country for modern art. The museum thrives on making and presenting work that is fresh, surprising, and challenging.

Visual arts
MASS MoCA exhibits work by many of the most important artists of today—both well known and emerging—focusing on large-scale and complex installations that are impossible to realize in conventional museums. Their broad, soaring galleries with 110,000 square feet of open, flexible space and robust industrial character have proven both inspiring and empowering to artists.

Performing arts
An essential and integral part of MASS MoCA’s mission are the more than 75 performances staged year-round on the grounds. These include popular music, contemporary dance, alternative cabaret, world music dance parties, outdoor silent films with live music, documentaries, and avant-garde theater.

For more information regarding dates, hours, tickets, price, location and phone number please visit MASS MoCA’s website.

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MCLA

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is the public liberal arts college of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA ranks high nationally for small classes (1:13 faculty-to-student ratio), innovative teaching, personal interactions with faculty, opportunities for faculty-supervised research and a supportive, collaborative environment. MCLA’s curriculum and hands-on learning help students develop the critical thinking and communication skills needed to succeed in today’s complex global economy.

MCLA provides a strong, supportive and diverse community – both on campus and off – enabling an ideal environment for learning, growing, and developing leadership skills. MCLA helps students find their voice and make their mark, right from the start.

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Mill City Productions

Mill City Productions (MCP) is a non-profit, community-based, multigenerational collaborative that focuses on creating an outlet for expression and education for novices and theatrical veterans alike. Our goal is to create a theatrical troupe to serve the community of North Berkshire County, Massachusetts, with theatre that is both entertaining and accessible to those with limited live theatre resources, and educational for both individuals and organizations, such as schools, as to the methods and means of theatre production.

Our mission is to keep bringing a variety of different types of theatre to the community. As Mill City continues to grow, they hope to be able to provide positive theatrical experiences to their audiences and members alike.

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  • Outdoor Recreation

Mohawk Trail State Forest

A clear, cold river cascades through Mohawk Trail State Forest along a rocky streambed. This is one of the most scenic woodland areas in Massachusetts, and it’s only 10 miles from North Adams! Over 6,000 acres of mountain ridges, deep gorges and tall old-growth trees support a diversity of plant and animal life. There are 56 wooded campsites available seasonally and six overnight log cabins which are available year-round. Discover miles of rivers and streams for excellent trout fishing, a swimming area and a day-use picnic area. The state forest is located along and named for the Mohawk Trail which is a historic Native American footpath that connected the Connecticut and Hudson River Valleys. Sections of this route are open for hiking today as the Mahican-Mohawk Trail. Read More
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Motorama

The annual Motorama event happens at the end of August each year. For this year’s Motorama dates please check the event calendar.

To download an application to apply for nonprofit funding from the proceeds of the 2019 Motorama event please click the link below. Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on November 22, 2019.

Motorama Request for Proposals

Motorama returns for its 7th year in North Adams. Main, Holden and Eagle Streets will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic as downtown North Adams fills with hundreds of cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles and tractors. This vehicle show offers fun for everyone. Attendees can enjoy music, 50/50 raffles, food, shopping and more!

Click here for photos from Motorama 2013.Click here for photos from Motorama 2012.

For more information about exhibiting your vehicle: www.northadamsmotorama.com

For more information about attending the show call 413-664-6180 or email: tourism@northadams-ma.gov

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Mount Greylock

At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock* is the highest point in Massachusetts. Rising above the surrounding Berkshire landscape, beautiful views of up to 90 miles may be seen. In 1898, it became Massachusetts’s first wilderness state park, acquired by the Commonwealth to preserve its natural environment for public enjoyment. Wild and rugged yet intimate and accessible, Mount Greylock rewards visitors exploring this special place with scenic and natural beauty.

The roads to the summits are open seasonally from late-May through November 1. Following the two year historic Parkway Rehabilitation Project, the newly restored road system offers numerous opportunities for scenic viewing along this state-designated Scenic Byway. At the summit, Bascom Lodge and Veterans War Memorial Tower are open seasonally. The Mount Greylock Campground (primitive overnight area) is accessible by hiking only.

*The highest peak of Mt. Greylock is also rumored to be the location of the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft & Wizardry… although many have been unable to find it.

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Mount Greylock Bowl & Golf

There is something for everyone at Greylock Bowl & Golf. This recreation center contains 30 classic wooden lanes with modern automatic scoring, which provides a unique and accessible experience for both casual and league bowlers.

They also have three state of the art golf simulators by About Golf and the PGA Tour, that allows you to golf 32 courses from all over the world, including Pebble Beach.

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MX8 Motocross

Motocross comes to North Adams!

The MX8 track allows you to grab your bike and head out on the track.  Bring your family and friends to watch.  Open seasonally.

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Natural Bridge State Park

Discover a geologic wonder at this 48 acre park. Examine the only naturally formed white marble arch and man-made white marble dam in North America, and tour an abandoned marble quarry. The “natural bridge” for which the park is named, according to geologists, is 550 million year old bedrock marble, carved into an arch by the force of glacial melt water over 13,000 years ago; one of the best places in New England to demonstrate the effects of glaciation. The bridge spans rushing Hudson Brook as it twists and tumbles through a steep 60-foot deep gorge.

Noted Romantic writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne, visited here in 1838 and recorded his experience about Hudson’s Cave (or Falls) in An American Notebook “The cave makes a fresh impression on me every time I visit it … so deep, so irregular, so gloomy, so stern.” The site was an active commercial quarry from 1810 to 1947, producing coarse-grained white marble used in local buildings and cemeteries. From 1950 to 1983 it was a privately-owned and popular roadside tourist attraction off the Mohawk Trail. Natural Bridge became a state park in 1985, to preserve its unique geologic features.

In the summer months, knowledgeable park interpreters are on hand to explain the natural forces that created the bridge and its more recent human-related history. There is a 0.25 mile walkway above and through the chasm, and a 0.5 mile wooded walking trail.

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Noel Field Athletic Complex

This complex is complete with a basketball court, soccer field, walking trails, playground and baseball field. The athletic complex hosts many youth sports program for the area.

Nicknamed “The Joe,” the Joe Wolfe Field is home to the local collegiate baseball team, the North Adams Steeplecats. This complex also hosts the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Trailblazers baseball team, as well as the McCann High School and Drury High School’s baseball teams. The field is capable of seating 1,800 and extra seating is available along each of the foul lines.

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North Adams Artist Impact Coalition

NORTH ADAMS ARTIST IMPACT COALITION

The Artist Impact Coalition is a group of community arts organizers who care about making North Adams an amazing place for artists to live and work. We’re the folks who organize the North Berkshire Artist Meet-ups, monthly artist eblasts, the North Adams Artist Census, NAMA Swap-o-Rama and more to come. Organizations, galleries, initiatives and individuals who are involved include: MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists, MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center; the City of North Adams, Common Folk, Installation Space, Walkaway House, and several independent practicing area artists.

Contact for general questions: northadamsartists@gmail.com
Contact for Artist meet-up & e-newsletter: northberkshireartists@gmail.com
 
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North Berkshire Artists Meet-Up
The NBA Meet-Up is a quarterly, informal gathering of artists from around the region. The event is open to all and no RSVP is required. Approximately 50 artists attend each event and the group is composed of a broad range of age, artistic practice, and geographic location. Want to come to the next meet-up? Sign up for the NBA monthly emails to receive details when we have them.

North Adams Artist Census
Stand up and be counted! We are undertaking our first ever census of anyone who lives or works in North Adams and considers themselves an artist. This brief, entirely anonymous survey will give us crucial data to be able to better serve and advocate for the artists of our city. And the effect will ripple outward! If you haven’t already done so, take 10 minutes to complete the census and enter a chance to win restaurant or MASS MoCA festival tickets. Form closes April 2, 2020. COMPLETE THE CENSUS NOW

NAMA Swap-O-Rama: Art Materials Swap
Saturday, May 9, 2020 12 – 3 pm @ American Legion, Post #125
Get rid of those materials you don’t need and come look for something new! As part of Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Art Week, we are hosting an art materials swap, free and open to all. Sign up to vend tag-sale style, give stuff away for free, or attend to restock your own supplies. More details on the Facebook event page.

North Berkshire Artist e-Resource
A monthly email containing a curated list of events, exhibitions, performances, opportunities and deadlines that goes out on the 15th of every month. Sign up for the monthly emails today! Have an event or resource to submit? Send it to us.

WHY THE NORTH ADAMS IMPACT COALITION?
 
Through structured community and stakeholder conversations, an overwhelming number of North Adams-based artists have identified the need to better connect with each other and with the local community’s pre-existing resources, businesses, and expertise in order to make their careers and their positive community impact more sustainable. Although North Adams is already a relatively desirable community for artists to live in, artists recognize that certain conditions could still be improved as our community seeks to grow into being a uniquely artist-focused small city. Artists are a large segment of our current local population, and represent one area of strong potential growth.

Artists’ professional practices are varied, with each project often requiring new skills, tools, materials, or relationships. Additionally, as with any freelance industry, artists require professionalization, financial training, mentorship and support to succeed. Different organizations in North Adams are able to help with some of these needs, but no centralized resource coalition existed and many local resources remained unmapped.

To meet this need, Assets for Artists brought together key stakeholders to found the North Adams Artist Impact Coalition.

Using the Collective Impact model – with its growing body of evidence in support of highly coordinated intervention strategies to achieve long-lasting change in the face of stubborn obstacles – the Artist Impact Coalition comprises of local artists, artist service organizations, and city staff, with MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program acting as lead/backbone partner responsible for fiscal management.

 
Current Coalition Members & Stakeholders:

Blair Benjamin, MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists & North Adams Cultural District
Gloria Calderon-Saenz, Independent Artist
Carolyn Clayton, MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists, Walkaway House & Independent Artist
Arthur DeBow, Cultural District Coordinator and Co-Chair of Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire
Anna Farrington, North Adams Public Arts Commission, Installation Space & Graphic Designer
Zachary Feury, City of North Adams Office of Community Development
Briana Halpin, MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists
Suzy Helme, City of North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events
Molly Rideout, MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists & Independent Artist
Diane Scott, MCLA Department of Fine & Performing Arts
Ashley Strazzinski, Artist Impact Coalition Coordinator & Independent Artist
Sarah Sutro, City of North Adams Public Arts Commission, Eclipse Mill Artist Lofts & Independent Artist
Jess Sweeney, Common Folk Artist Collective, North Adams City Council & Independent Artist
Becky Waterhouse, Common Folk Artist Collective & Independent Artist
Ben Westbrook, Walkaway House Artist Residency & Independent Artist

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  • Culture and Education

North Adams Downtown Cultural District

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North Adams, a post-industrial city in Berkshire County’s northeast corner, is a community defined by reinvention and reemergence. From the water-powered industries that spurred development and growth in the 18th and 19th centuries to the creative industries that support the economy today, its residents have continuously harnessed the city’s natural and man-made assets to evolve and succeed throughout the decades. The mill buildings that once housed North Adams’ manufacturing companies became the core resources for the city’s cultural birth, becoming the nexus of a robust, networked cultural community and economy.

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North Adams may be the smallest city in the Commonwealth, but it is home to the largest contemporary art museum in the country. MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) anchors the North Adams Cultural District, attracting thousands of tourists, visiting artists, students, and residents to the city’s downtown. The world-class museum, which opened in 1999, offers a unique combination of temporary exhibitions, long-term installations, and curated performances including the internationally-known Solid SoundBang on a Can, and FreshGrass music festivals. MASS MoCA’s campus of beautifully-preserved mill buildings also house artist residency studio spaces, galleries including Ferrin Contemporary and CYNTHIA-REEVES, and creative businesses such as Storey PublishingThe Artist Book Foundation, and Bright Ideas Brewing.

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Walking further into the district, it becomes clear that North Adams is home to much more cultural activity than MASS MoCA’s galleries contain. Colorful, engaging murals by both local and visiting artists from as far as Mexico and Egypt paint the route. Interactive public installations such as Victoria Palermo’s bus shelter and Kathline Carr’s parklet activate the sidewalks along Main Street. Much of this work is spearheaded by MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, a department of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, a distinguished liberal arts college based in North Adams. Not only does the college operate its own gallery in the heart of the district, it facilitates DownStreet Art, a summer-long cultural initiative that brings public art, performances, events, pop-up businesses, and family-friendly activities to the city’s downtown.

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Thanks to North Adams’ draw as a multi-season recreational and cultural destination, summer is not the only time to experience special events in the district. The city hosts close to a dozen annual downtown events including WinterFest, Downtown Celebration, Motorama, Eagle Street Beach Party, and the Fall Foliage Festival and Parade which draws tens of thousands of visitors and residents to Main Street each October. Denoting the district’s eastern border is Colegrove Park, a restored outdoor gathering space and venue for free concerts, movie screenings, yoga, and other community events. MCLA’s Design Lab is a multi-use educational, exhibition, and performance space that is used year-round by many community arts groups including Sounds and Tones Records and Common Folk, a local artist collective.

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North Adams’ Cultural District is distinct in its creative entrepreneurship infrastructure. The Makers’ Mill, a fiber and printmaking makerspace on Main Street, provides support to artists, both native and transient, looking to further their creative practice and cultivate creative community. Businesses such as outside gallery and Martha Flood Designs both found start-up support and storefront space in the district thanks to a creative business program managed by MCLA. And affordable studio and residential space available throughout the district helped land North Adams on Mic’s list of “15 Best Cities for Creative 20-Somethings Other Than New York.”

The dozens of nonprofit and independent businesses that saturate the district round out downtown North Adams’ cultural and commercial offerings. Restaurants and retail, from coffee shops and music stores to dog grooming and other services, can be found on every downtown street. The Berkshire Art MuseumNorth Adams Museum of History and ScienceNorth Adams Public Library, and proposed Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum provide the district with additional layers of cultural, intellectual, and historic value.

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  • Events

North Adams Farmers Market

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019/2020 Winter/Spring Season.

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The market is located in the St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot, at the intersection of Rte. 8 (Marshall St.) and St. Anthony Drive. Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 8 – Oct. 19, 2019. From November through May the market is located indoors at 85 Main Street, Suite 105, The Green. The winter/spring markets occur monthly on the first Saturday of each month.

Check out the market’s Facebook page here.

The City of North Adams Farmers Market happens out doors for 20 weeks from early June through late October. Starting in November of 2016 the market expands to offer a monthly winter market. The market is dedicated to providing the community with fresh, locally produced foods and supporting area farms and food producers.

The market proudly accepts SNAP benefits and doubles them through the market’s Market Match Program when funds are available. We also accept HIP, as well as, WIC & Senior Coupons.

The Farmers Market is proudly sponsored by  Greylock Federal Credit UnionMass in MotionMountainOneMoresi & Associates, the Porches InnStorey Publishing, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s  Hardman Fund and Green Pastures Grants, and the City of North Adams.

 The market is a producer-only market offering a variety of fruits, vegetables and more for those looking for delicious and healthy eating alternatives. Patrons of the market can find fresh fruits and vegetables, greens, canned goods, baked goods, eggs, flowers, meat, skincare and artisan crafts. Live acoustic music is featured at the market from 10 a.m. to noon.
 
2019 MARKET COMMITTEE: Amanda Chilson, Ashley Amsden, Suzy Helme, Brenna Irrer, Annie Rodgers, Arthur De Bow, Sanda Thomas, Sharon Wyrrick
 
For more information or a schedule of market events call 413-664-6180 or email tourism@northadams-ma.gov
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  • Historical

North Adams Museum of History and Science

Managed by the North Adams Historical Society, the North Adams Museum of History and Science offers diverse exhibits on local history, trains, farm life, downtown North Adams then and now, and much more. The museum presents exhibits, publications, and programs that will bring to life the rich history of North Adams. There are 3 floors of exhibition space and something to interest people of all ages. The museum is free, but donations are accepted.

The North Adams Historical Society’s mission is to protect, preserve and promote the rich history of North Adams, MA and its people.

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  • Culture and Education

North Adams Public Library

The North Adams Public Library is a great place to read, do research, or just stop in for a quiet place to work. With over 58,000 books in stock, a knowledgeable and interactive staff, access to local history and newspaper archives and many computers for public use, there is something for everyone at the public library.

The North Adams Public Library is located at the intersection of Church Street and Main Street, in the center of historic downtown.

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  • Events

Party in the Park

Party in the Park is an annual summer concert series that is free and open the public. The shows run every Thursday night starting at 6:00pm and ending at 8:00pm at the Noel Field behind the Steeplecats baseball diamond. With ample seating and plenty of food vendors, this is a great opportunity to unwind at the end of the day with some rock n’ roll and good company. This concert series is presented by local radio stations WNAW 1230AM and WUPE 100.1FM.

For details on this years event check the event calendar.

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  • Culture and Education

Press Gallery

PRESS is a public art project that invites people to get a free look at the process of traditional letterpress printing. At PRESS, you can see how newspapers, books and pictures were created in the days when the first step in getting print into the public’s hands was to use a letterpress proof press. In a time when many people feel detached from print that isn’t on a computer screen, PRESS embraces the physicality of the printing process, celebrating the tactile qualities of beautiful handset prints and the importance of the hand in the process. The public can see the movement of the cylinder, smell the ink, and feel the texture and weight of the paper, lead type, and linocuts. Read More
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  • Outdoor Recreation

Savoy Mountain State Forest

Savoy Mountain State Forest makes it easy to leave the everyday world behind. Scenic North and South Ponds with wooded edges and hills rising in the distance offer tranquil places to fish, picnic and swim. 45 campsites and 1 group site are located in an old apple orchard. Four log cabins overlook South Pond, and are available for year-round rental.

Over 50 miles of wooded trails invite year-round recreational access to spectacular natural features. Hike the Bog Pond Trail, with its floating bog islands. Or climb up Spruce Hill on the Busby Trail for breathtaking views, especially during fall foliage and hawk migration. Be sure to visit Tannery Falls (and nearby Parker Brook Falls), where Ross Brook flows through a deep chasm, and then cascades over 50 feet to a clear pool below.

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  • Outdoor Recreation

Scenic Flights by TeamFlys

The natural beauty that surrounds us in the Berkshires can be seen in a whole new way by air. Flying along side the hilltops during the peak foliage season, or right by the summit of Mt. Greylock in February when everything’s covered in ice and snow is an experience like no other!

Tours are available 7 days a week (weather permitting). The standard tours consist of a 20 minute flight over northern Berkshire County where you’ll see the sights in Williamstown, North Adams, Adams, Cheshire and the surrounding areas. Custom tours can easily be arranged by request. Flights covering southern Vermont, the Pioneer Valley, southern Berkshire County, or even Albany, NY are options at an hourly rate.

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  • Events

Solid Sound Festival

Solid Sound returns to North Adams in 2017!

The Solid Sound Festival is a three-day celebration of community, art and music that perfectly captures the essence of North Adams. Hosted at MASS MoCA, this weekend is headlined by the indie rock band, Wilco. The festival is complete with a comedy cabaret programmed by John Hodgman and additional Wilco-related bands performing on four additional stages.

Past non-Wilco performers include Mavis Staples, Levon Helm, Thurston Moore, The Books, Syl Johnson, The Handsome Family, The Baseball Project, Here We Go Magic and more. The weekend has also seen public speakers, workshops, theatrical performers, food and drink, camping, shuttle buses, pop-up stores, a live falconry demonstration and Jeff Tweedy in a dunk tank!

For more information regarding dates, hours, tickets prices, location and phone number please visit the Solid Sound website.

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  • Outdoor Recreation

SteepleCats Baseball Team

The SteepleCats organization is a non-profit collegiate summer baseball team that brings the best college baseball players from across the country to play summer baseball at Joe Wolfe Field. The team is part of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, a premier summer league that is known for its superb competition.

The North Adams SteepleCats’ mission is simple: to field the best collegiate summer baseball team in America and to provide its fans the best summer family entertainment available anywhere.

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  • Culture and Education

Studies of Masterpieces Art Wall – Cascades School Supplies & Drury High School Art Students

Over the past five years, CASCADE SCHOOL SUPPLIIES has sponsored Drury High School Art Students to create large replicas of famous masterpieces ranging from Picasso to Monet, from Renaissance to Pop Art, from subjects such as Mona Lisa to Rosie the Riveter.  Most of these artworks are part of permanent collections of museums such as The Clark Art Institute, MOMA, and the Louvre to name a few.

In 2011, President Peter Cote and Vice President Todd Shafer approached Drury High School Art Instructor, Phoebe Pepper about painting boards that would enhance the Cascade building on Brown Street in North Adams.  As North Adams is such so richly infused with both public and private artistic endeavors, they decided to pay tribute to great artists of all times.  The project was so successful, that it has been continued year to year with a great reception from the public.

Every year since its inception, advanced art students at Drury ask Ms. Pepper if they will get to paint a painting for Cascade.  As early as September, they begin to consider which ones haven’t been attempted that they appreciate and that meet the criteria of world-famous and respected artwork.

Just as art students in college grow from copying famous artworks, Ms Pepper’s and Mrs. Wildermuth’s students learned many lessons before and throughout the arduous process.  They learned to identify which images are truest to the original, how to prepare the surface, grid and enlarge the image they were working from, and finally replicate the colors and style of the artist they had chosen.

It is noteworthy that Cascade School Supplies has paid for all the materials and also donated $1,000 in supplies to support our visual arts program every year of this ongoing project.  No other local business has done so much to promote student produced public art: however, it must be said that Mass MoCa and Waterman Excavating (of Adams Ma.) lent Cascade their equipment lifts to install the paintings on the upper levels.  We hope that other art supply companies and communities will be inspired by our project.

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  • Outdoor Recreation

The Cascades Trail

The Cascades Trail is a short, beautiful river walk following the Notch Brook in North Adams from the end of Marion Avenue to a popular cascading waterfall. A hidden in-town gem, this trail is minutes away from downtown areas of North Adams and Williamstown and is short enough to walk on a whim for anyone looking to squeeze a nice hike into a limited amount of time. This trail has been protected from motorized vehicle traffic for many years and is now maintained by the Trustees of Reservations of Western Massachusetts for hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing and swimming.

The entire hike takes about an hour and a half and is flat enough for even the most inexperienced hikers to enjoy a taste of nature. Feel free to walk along the rocks to the base of the falls for a refreshing break from summer heat, or follow the aggressive climb along the right side of the falls to the top for spectacular views of the river below.

The parking lot is located at the Northern Berkshire YMCA, please be respectful of the YMCA and Brayton Elementary School especially during school day hours.

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  • Events

Tree Lighting Celebration

On the evening before Thanksgiving join hundreds of festive faces as North Adams gears up for the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Hometown Holidays kick-off event! A crowd will gather around the tree at Monument Square on Main Street (between the First Congregational and First Baptist Churches), and count down the seconds until the switch is thrown and thousands of twinkling lights adorn the downtown. After the ceremony, Santa always makes a special visit with free goodie bags for the little ones.

For details on this years event check the event calendar.

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  • Outdoor Recreation

Valley Park Bowl & Bounceland

Valley Park Bowl is complete with 18 candle pin lanes, an arcade, a bounceland, a bowling pro shop, a pub, and ample space for events. Bowling leagues are open to everyone, options being men’s, women’s, mixed, kid’s, and seniors. Valley Park Bowl is open 7 days a week. Read More
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  • Historical

Walking Tours with Paul Marino

Paul W. Marino is the Program Director of Northern Berkshire Community Television Corporation (NBCTC); by avocation, he is also a local historian, a writer and a photographer. Guess which one he thinks is most significant?

Marino is a lifelong resident of North Adams with a vast knowledge of local history based on more than a decade of research. Paul is known for his Cemetery Walks and local history tours. A virtual “walking encyclopedia” of local history, Paul is famous for his historical tours, which include Main Street, Church Street, Center Street, Veazie Street and Hillside and South view Cemeteries. Paul conducts his tours with fine senses of both showmanship and humor, pointing out not only what there is to see, but also what used to be on a site, backing up what he says with photographs, drawings and maps.*

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  • Outdoor Recreation

Windsor Lake

Windsor Lake is North Adams’ hidden gem for outdoor recreation. Swimming, boating and fishing are all encouraged. Camp grounds are also in the area, as well as many hiking trails. For the winter, visitors can do cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on the trails surrounding the lake.

The lake is also home to the Historic Valley Campground.

During the summer the beautiful Windsor Lake is the home of the Concert at the Lake concert series. This concert series runs every Wednesday evening from early June through the end of August. These concerts are free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and picnic dinners. This series is hosted by Greylock Federal Credit Union and the City of North Adams.

For details on this years event check the event calendar.

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  • Events

WinterFest

North Adams has a great way to shake those winter blues! Head downtown to WinterFest on the third weekend in February for hot chocolate, a chowder competition, ice sculpting, horse-drawn wagon rides, large winter farmers & crafters market, ice skating, roasted marshmallows at a community campfire, and winter fun in the snow.

2020 WinterFest Farmer & Artisan Market Application

2020 Application for the WinterFest Chowder Cook-off

*NOTICE* To participate in the chowder cook-off your group or organization MUST follow all Board of Health rules/regulations.

For details on this years event check the event calendar.

WinterFest is proudly sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, MountainOne, The Green and First Hartford Realty.

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  • Outdoor Recreation

Zoar Outdoor

Just 13 miles from North Adams, Zoar outdoor offers white water rafting trips, kayaking clinics, zip line canopy tours, canoeing instruction, rock climbing classes and kayak rentals for adventurers of all abilities, from beginners to experts.

Their professional whitewater rafting guides have years of experience guiding beginners to experts down mellow floats to Class IV thrillers. Our highly trained guides, excellent safety record and state-of-the-art rafting equipment give you the security of knowing you are in expert hands on a Zoar Outdoor adventure.

We also offer a unique 3-hour zip-line experience in the northern Berkshires.  With 11 zip lines, 2 sky bridges and 3 rappels, our tree-based course leads you from the top of Hawk Mountain to the valley floor 600 feet below.

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