MONTEREY — Pumpkin roll, music, brats, and beer: that's some of what the Monterey Community Center is offering on Saturday at the town's fourth annual Octoberfest.

"We used to do a general 'Fun Day,' but we decided to try Octoberfest and it worked out better," said Joe Baker, President of the Friends of Wilson McLaughlin House. The group is behind the effort to convert the house into a town community center.

The center is being constructed in the old Wilson-McLaughlin House at the corner of New Marlborough and Main roads. Edith Wilson left the home to the town in 1996; Marjorie McLaughlin passed away in 1991. Baker formed the Friends in 2004 to work to convert the home into a community center.

The center won't be completely finished by Saturday, but it's almost there. Last week Mike Banner, another participant in the project to convert the home, showed The Eagle the work's progression.

"It's almost ready," Banner said. "It just needs a few more touches."

Octoberfest isn't dependent on those touches, or even the center, being completed. The grounds, which have been open for decades, have a steep slope that is perfect for a pumpkin roll. Up by the driveway, which loops around a large oak, there is even ground for tents that will host music and dining tables.

"There are three acts," Baker said.


Peter Poirier will play classic rock and blues standards on his guitar to lead things off. The Easy Ridin' Papas will play their eclectic Americana next, and Baker's own Mountain Laurel Band will wrap things up with Contra and Square dance.

The food is a town- and regionwide affair, with the fire department contributing tables, chairs and grills. Baked goods are donated from members of the community and the Monterey General Store; Red Apple Butchers of Dalton will provide brats; and the Berkshire Brewing Co. of Deerfield will provide the beer.

Local organizations will be represented. Monterey's own Gould Farm, Bidwell House and Hume Camp will have booths; there will also be vendors selling arts and crafts.

Local craftsman Del Martin will provide blacksmithing demonstrations and there will be pony rides available for children — a popular event from last year that was welcomed back, Baker said.

"The kids love it," said Baker.

If you go ...

What: Fourth annual Octoberfest

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Monterey Community Center, 468 Main Road