ADAMS -- The events committee brought the Adams Common to life with music, dance, fun for children and local nonprofits Thursday.
"Community Night" marked the first of a summer full of concerts, dance, magic, movies and more that the group has in store this summer.
"Every Thursday, there'll be a concert here from 7 to 8:30 [p.m.]," said Mara Woolley, one of the events committee's 10 members. "On top of bands and area dance groups, we'll be having games and activities for kids, nonprofits and other agencies."
At the event, Terry A La Berry played a set of songs that opened with a special drumming ceremony put on by Fidel Moreno and a group of local youths.
Moreno and his wife, Susan Jameson, represented their group, Healing Winds, a nonprofit Native American cultural and educational organization.
Earlier in the day, he and Jameson had erected a teepee honoring veterans in the commons. They also hoped to promote their 8th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow, an event scheduled for 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, and Sunday, Aug. 11 fro 10 to 6 p.m. at Bowe Field.
"We really want to understand the town of Adams," said Moreno.
He's reportedly off to a good start, recently picking up a directing spot at the Adams Youth Center and this week engaging 19 seniors at Adams Council on Aging in a drum and dance session.
Moreno said that conservatively, August's pow wow could draw 1,500 to 2,500 people from all over the country to town. Three years ago, a pow wow he hosted in Stephentown, N.Y., drew 6,000.
"There's incredible history here -- a rich deep Native American Indian history," Moreno said. "But oftentimes people aren't aware of it. We thought: What can we do to draw attention to that story?"
In addition to renowned Native American musical artists, the pow wow will bring vendors from all over the country, local and ethnic foods and more. Local businesses will take part as well.
"We're providing booth spaces to everyone we can," Moreno said. "That's part of what the pow wow is about. Bringing people together."
Others participating on the common at Thursday's event included the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's Family Place, Berkshire Family and Individual Resources, Child Care of the Berkshires, Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity and the Berkshire Health Systems Bloodmobile.
Tonight at dusk, the events committee is hosting a showing of the movie "Zookeeper" on the Town Hall lawn. Movies at dusk will continue throughout July and August. Woolley said the events committee is "always looking for more volunteers."
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