Bascom Lodge: Plugging a happ'nin' place
In the second buzzing season since its restoration, the 1930's Bascom Lodge and mountain surroundings are worth a look -- especially Wednesdays at 6 p.m., or most Sundays. Drive from North Adams to the top of Mt. Greylock (highest point in Mass.), watching the scenery grow more panoramic at each turn. If you arrive early, climb the Veterans' War Memorial Tower to see carefully labeled views in all directions. (Then you'll be in time for their beer and wine at sunset, Wed-Sun from 5-8.)
Free talks in the Lodge run through October and include some site-specific subjects, such as "Greylock in Time and Space," amateur New England astronomy and an all-night drawing marathon. Also to come are tap-dancing and coffee-bean roasting. (Nuts -- just missed fly casting and beekeeping.)
Following the talks, prix-fixe dinner is served, to those who reserve at 413-743-1591. Overnight stays are also available, as are breakfast, lunch and hiking trail info.
Specifics, schedules and up-to-date events (like the annual bagpipe concert of the Berkshire Highlanders, Aug. 10) are listed at http://www.bascomlodge.net