ADAMS -- Though the cloud cover weighed down on the summit of Mount Greylock on Saturday, the weather did not douse the celebratory spirit there, as a series of free events were held to mark the 75th anniversary of the peak's iconic Bascom Lodge.
Lodge operators Peter Dudek, John Dudek and Brad Parsons were on hand, and they were joined by state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams; Fidel Moreno, of the American Indian education center Healing Winds; and roughly two dozen well-wishers Saturday for events including a teepee raising, mountain blessing, drumming, a fly casting demonstration by Fred Moran and a mountain climbing presentation with Michael Matty.
"It's been very special because we've been renovating the lodge. It's another opportunity to share what we've been doing," Peter Dudek said of managing the lodge through its 75th year. "I don't know if it's connected, but lodging has been up in June and July. Like any anniversary, people who haven't been around for a while have a chance to come back and see what we've been up to."
The day's events started with Moreno, who is of Huichol Indian ancestry, introducing a crowd in the lodge's lobby to native culture and drumming practices. This was followed by Moreno and volunteers from the gathering raising a teepee in a clearing behind the lodge, where the lodge's free world jazz festival later took place on Sunday afternoon.
The weekend was the fourth year Moreno has held programs at the lodge to educate visitors on Native American culture through his presentations, drumming, teepee raising and ceremonial mountain blessing.
"Many native peoples have tracks on this mountain, so for me to be here in 2013 is very humbling," Moreno said.
The weekend's celebrations came at a time when the lodge's operators are in the midst of an ongoing process aimed at restoring and preserving the building while preparing it for the future.
"New this year is the ceiling was replaced in the dining room, and we also put in new kitchen equipment and upgraded the prep kitchen," Peter Dudek said. "We started painting the exterior windows, and we're hoping to finish that this year. Those are the big ticket items."
In the first four years the partners have managed the lodge, myriad other restorations have taken place, including a new floor in the lobby, plumbing and electrical upgrades, and new lighting in the lobby and dining room.
"The state has a long list -- a 10-year plan" for restoration work, Dudek said, adding that next year's expected projects include replacing windows and doors with ones that match the remaining originals.
The lodge was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, with the stone and wood for the structure being drawn from the mountain. The building now has eight rooms capable of housing 34 guests, and under the current management, boasts a dining room that is open seven days a week from June 1 to Oct. 20 for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
State Rep. Cariddi was on hand Saturday to present the lodge's operators with a special resolution from the state House of Representatives in commemoration of the anniversary.
"It's a destination that is known worldwide and brings in people from all over the world," Cariddi said after the presentation.
While the weekend was the centerpiece of the anniversary celebration on the summit, Peter Dudek said there are events throughout the season that have been planned as part of the commemoration. For a complete schedule of events for the year, visit www.bascomlodge.net.
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