Photo Gallery | McKinley statue dressed in 'wizard' garb for Ramblefest

ADAMS — Nobody expected J.K. Rowling to pick Adams as the home of a wizarding school in her fictional Harry Potter universe.

Though only announced this summer, town officials are quickly embracing the town's newest fictional destination atop Mount Greylock — and this year's RambleFest will feature some unique Potter-themed twists.

Held on Oct. 9, the annual RambleFest is a celebration of the annual Greylock Ramble, a hike that draws thousands from around the country to the 3,491-foot summit of Mount Greylock every Columbus Day.


Even President William McKinley's statue on Park Street is said to be dressed up in wizarding garb for the occasion.

"You might want to keep an eye on Park Street," Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco said in a statement. "There are some other magical surprises in the works I heard that President McKinley might be dressing for the occasion."

This year, in celebration of the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, RambleFest's organizers will allow Ramblers to enter their names in a special " "Ilvermorny Guest Registry" for a chance to win prizes including brooms and wands straight out of the Potterverse.

"A great group of people from ProAdams, the Adams Arts Committee, our Economic Development Commission and interested people from the area, have come together to make some magic happen," he said.

Sunday will begin with the RambleFest Half Marathon. Participants will run on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail from the Berkshire Mall into downtown Adams and surely work up an appetite for the variety of food and craft beer available at the RambleFest.

Local musician C.J. Field will play at 11 a.m. and Whiskey City will play at 2 p.m. — the final performance by the popular Berkshire band.

George LeMaitre secures a staff or wand to the raised arm of the statue of President William McKinley on Park Street in Adams on Tuesday.
George LeMaitre secures a staff or wand to the raised arm of the statue of President William McKinley on Park Street in Adams on Tuesday. (Gillian Jones — The Berkshire Eagle |

The Greylock Ramble, hosted by ProAdams for the first time and staffed with an army of volunteers from local groups and agencies, will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free shuttles will transport hikers between the Adams Free Library to the trailhead throughout the day; parking near the trailhead is not advised.

Previously, the event was held by the Adams Events Planning Committee, which disbanded over the last year.

As is the case every year, hikers will use the Cheshire Harbor Trail to reach the summit, a 6.6 mile round-trip journey that is the easiest way to the top.

"We will be greeting all the Ramblers as they arrive at the summit and presenting them with a Certificate of Completion," said Myra Wilk, a ProAdams volunteer. "The first to reach the top, the youngest, oldest and the hiker that traveled the farthest will be recognized."

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.