ADAMS -- Ramblefest, an event scheduled to go hand-in-hand with this year's 45th annual Mount Greylock Ramble this year, is "coming together nicely," organizers report.
Like the earlier Thunderbolt Ski Race add-on Thunderfest, Ramblefest will be held a day before its parent event, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Adams Visitors Center.
Ramblefest features a grand opening for the much-awaited Thunderbolt Ski Museum at noon inside the center. The Thunderbolt Ski Runners put together the display with help from Adams Historical Society and museums across the nation. It features artifacts, memorabilia and multimedia associated with the race.
A Ramblefest press release last week detailed some of the newly announced offerings.
Trolley rides are scheduled to leave the center every half-hour, manned by costumed Adams Historical Society members who will shed light on the town's history.
Local chefs from the Daily Grind, the Bounti-Fare, the Freight Yard Pub and the Hafl inger Haus will host cooking demonstrations under a tent; 10 local food vendors will market local apples, cider, cider doughnuts, and pies, while Wandering Star again mans the beer taps, to feature Wandering Star, Sam Adams and other Oktoberfest brews; bands Whiskey City and Northshire String Band will provide the tunes.
The first RambleToss bean bag tournament will be held and local sculptor Mike Melle will turn out creations made with straw.
"This event is really exciting for both our downtown and our continuing emphasis on recreation in Adams," Town Administrator Jonathan Butler writes in the release. "The Ramble has been a staple in Adams for decades, building on that success by adding a downtown festival is the type of new energy that this town is seeing more and more of. People should get to Adams this Columbus Day weekend."
The event is being sponsored by Adams Community Bank, the William J. & Margery S. Barrett Fund and Aladco Linen Services. Town group Pro Adams again took a lead role in organizing the event.
"We're certainly excited to have the Thunderbolt Ski Runners opening up their museum the day of Ramble fest," member Dave Bissaillon said. "It reconfirms the collaboration we're looking to achieve with these events. ... We want to keep the things that have been successful in place and add a few new things, and I think we've come up with some good ones."
The Ramble follows on Monday, Oct. 8, a 6.6-mile roundtrip along Mount Greylock's Cheshire Harbor Trail to the summit of the 3,491-foot peak, the tallest in the commonwealth.
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