ADAMS -- Adams is ready to ramble. Not Samuel himself, but the town which named itself after him.
RambleFest, a pre-party for today’s hike up Mount Greylock, the highest mountain in Massachusetts, filled up the Depot Street parking lot Sunday afternoon.
Hundreds of locals tested out local of food and drink, enjoyed a picnic with music and roasted marshmallows.
ProAdams, a group of residents, started the RambleFest last year as a way to celebrate the annual Mount Greylock Ramble --where thousands head up to the 3,491-foot-high point.
Dublin Porter, a traditional Irish music group, captured folks with their guitars, banjo, violin and flute playing.
Food was aplenty, from Izzy’s Lunch Box to the PIzza House, CJ’s Sports Pub and traditional hamburgers, hot dogs and the popular fried dough of the Adams Lions Club.
Jaeschle’s Orchards, a family-operated farm for more than 40 years, offered homegrown apples, pears, apple cider, pies, apple and cranberry jams, apple bread, lemon bread and cider donuts.
The Haflinger Haus, which serves Austrian-Hungarian food on Commercial Street, was busy serving bratwurst and Hungarian goulash.
Michael Sommer runs the restaurant and inn with his wife Helene and his father Don. They opened a year and a half ago.
Don’s parents were born in Austria and the Hungarian goulash is based on his mother’s recipe.
Michael has lived in Adams his whole life. "It hasn’t changed a whole lot," he said. "We have a much more diverse popoulation than when I was a kid. It’s a very close-knit community."
The ProAdams group does a "great job," he said. "I think they should do more of this kind of thing."
Dan Hogan, an Adams resident who is an engineer at General Dynamics, helped organize RambleFest with ProAdams.
"We’re trying to promote the character of this town," he said.
ProAdams also plans to hold the ThunderFest in February before the Thunderbolt Ski Race at Mount Greylock. The race hasn’t happened in a couple years due to the warm winters we’ve had.
"We’re taking advantage of the mountain being in our town," Hogan said.
The ProAdams people were selling RambleFest hats for $10 and Adams Awesome shirts for $15.
Later in the day, Rebel Alliance, a rock and regaae group were scheduled to perform.
A trolley took people around town with members of the Adams Historical Society dressed in 18th-century Quaker garb.
"We recognized the need for someone to come along to do some fun things to bring some energy to the town," said Erin Mucci, a board member with ProAdams. "Even if you can’t hike up the mountain, you can still have a good time and hang out with everyone."
Jarret Bayliss was busy roasting marshmallows with this three-year-old daughter Maisie. They were on their third trip to the marshmallow pit, where a strong bark fire was underway.
"We love it," he said.
"Don’t get the black part of it," Maisie told him. She didn’t want her dad to burn the marshmallows.
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