Magical Weekend in Adams
It all started last year with the Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival, brought to us by the Adams Arts Advisory Board. Not only was the event very successful, but something amazing happened just a few days later – as if by magical intervention. J.K. Rowling, of Harry Potter fame, published a new story: “Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.” Little did the folk of Adams realize that their little town has been home to the American counterpart of Hogwarts since the 1600s. This was a pleasant surprise to say the least... although a few were wondering if four centuries of real estate taxes might be collected.
This year, the magic continues and has expanded to two events over the summer solstice weekend.
Saturday June 17 – Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival
The Faerie Festival will be back at Bowe Field, from 10 am to 10 pm. Admission is $6 with free admission for children 12 and under. Complete information is available at www.berkshiremountainsfaeriefestival.com.
Here’s what the faeries tell us about this year’s festivities: “The veil shielding the Faerie Realm will fall away revealing a family-oriented experience celebrating creativity, learning, and stewardship of the Earth. Come in costume, help build the Faerie Village, decorate wings, and meet the Queen and Court. Our Festival will be a day of storytelling, music, dance, artisans, creative activities, and tasty delectable treats. Presented by the Adams Arts Advisory Board with proceeds going to public art and art promotion within our region. A time and place for all ages!”
Sunday, June 18 – M.A.G.I.Con
New this year is M.A.G.I.Con (Mischievous Appreciation of Greylock & Ilvermorny Convention), a family-friendly fan event for devotees of J.K. Rowling’s writings and movies. The event will take place at the Greylock Glen at the foot of Mount Greylock and Ilvermorny. The event will feature a concert by Harry and the Potters, live Quidditch, a costume contest, geo-caching demonstration, magical merchandise vendors, food and beverage including locally brewed potions from Bright Ideas Brewing, and other surprises. Advance sales tickets will be $15, $20 after June 8. Free for children age 12 and under.
Amanda Zepka, M.A.G.I.Con Co-Chair says “We always knew that Mount Greylock was majestic and magical but never did we think we were home to a school such as Ilvermorny. The opportunity to bring fans from near and far to celebrate all things Harry Potter is a dream come true. This convention, with live music, great activities for kids and adults, delicious food and drink, set against the beautiful background of Greylock, is a one of a kind event here in the Berkshires. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy on June 18th! ”
Details are available at http://magicalgreylock.com. M.A.G.I.Con is a ProAdams event. Parking is limited at Greylock Glen, please use the free shuttles from the Adams Visitors Center at 3 Hoosac Street, Adams, MA, 01220.
M.A.G.I.Con is a fan event. It is not endorsed, sanctioned or in any other way supported (directly or indirectly) by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Studios, the Harry Potter book publishers, Pottermore.com or J.K. Rowling and her representatives. HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks and © Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. Harry Potter publishing Rights © JKR. The event is intended as a way to bring together fans of all things magical and mischievous. M.A.G.I.Con is a ProAdams event.