ADAMS -- For brothers John and Peter Dudek, Mount Greylock has always been a special place. Growing up in Adams, the tallest mountain in the state represented strength, stability and fun.
For the last three quarters of a century, the Bascom Lodge at the mountain's 3,491-foot summit has been an icon in the Berkshires, so when the opportunity arose to become caretakers of the lodge and run the restaurant several years ago, the brothers joined forces with business partner Brad Parsons to ensure it remained viable.
Celebrating Bascom Lodge's 75th year of operation, the trio is pulling out all the stops this summer, highlighted by programs focused on the folklore, food and the history of the lodge and its surroundings, John Dudek said.
Built in the 1930s during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the lodge has served as a rest stop and provided rustic accommodations and food for outdoor enthusiasts.
Through the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Historic Curatorship Program, the state-owned property is being "rehabilitated" and "restored" to its authenticity, John Dudek said.
"I've always loved this kind of craftsman architecture from the ‘30s and ‘40s," he said. "To be part of the renovation and get it back to its original condition, getting rid of the materials that had been used in other projects that weren't part of the original construction, is extremely gratifying."
According to John Dudek, all the stone and the wood for its beams and timber-frame structure came from the mountain, which adds an extra special touch.
The lodge is a very popular summer and fall destination and residents of the surrounding towns love what the lodge and the mountain have to offer.
George Haddad, owner of the Red Carpet Restaurant on Park Street in Adams, said gazing up at Mount Greylock has always brought a sense of hope for him.
"It's got so much history and it's brought a lot of people to this area," he said.
Barb Alarie, another Adams resident, said when one looks out from the lodge, the view is as if one can see forever.
"It's simply gorgeous up there," she said. "You can see all three neighboring states."
John, Peter and Brad are hoping that people continue to come from near and far away to see what they've done with lodge starting with their first weekend. The lodge reopens for the season on May 18 and 19.
Peter said the season celebation will be July 13 and 14. Free events will continue to be offered every Wednesday and most Saturdays and Sundays.
Bascom Lodge, a seasonal restaurant and lodging facility built in the 1930s, is atop Mount Greylock in Adams. It is reached via Rockwell Road in Lanesborough or Notch Road in North Adams. The lodge hosts weekly talks and presentations from June to October. Here are highlights planned for the lodge's 75th anniversary. For more
information, visit bascomlodge.net.
n July 13-14: Bascom Lodge's 75th Anniversary Celebration Weekend.
n July 24: The Civilian Conservation Corps and Bascom Lodge, an illustrated talk, at 6 p.m.
n Aug. 11: America Eats! On the Road with the Works Project Administration, a talk, at 6 p.m.
n Aug: 21: The WPA and CCC in Massachusetts, a talk, 6 p.m.