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March 9, 2019

A Celebration of Winter in the Berkshires

Adams has been a center of winter recreation at least since the 1930s when the races down the Thunderbolt Ski Run began to attract top skiers from the United States and Europe. All are welcome to celebrate that tradition at ThunderFest 2019!

Here's an overview of what available for you, your family and your friends:

The Fest - Noon to 5

Adams Visitors Center, 3 Hoosac Street, Adams, MA 01220

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The Berkshires' biggest and best winter street fest! ThunderFest is held out of of doors at Adams Visitor Center regardless of the weather! That's why people started to say it's "Where the hardy come to party! It's a great cure for your late winter cabin fever! Enjoy live music, great food, local beers and wine, family fun, and outdoor recreation and craft vendors. Free admission.

  • Popular local food vendors include Valhalla Eatery, Cliff's Barbeque and Lion's Club.
  • Cast your vote in the annual Chowder Competition as we welcome several new restaurants to the challenge this year! Starts at 1:30. Only $3. Held inside the Visitor Center, so it's a chance to warm up.
  • Wandering Star and Bright Ideas local craft brews will be on tap. This year's offering are Hefeweizen & Blonde Ale from Bright Ideas, and Thunderbolt IPA and Mild at Heart from Wandering Star.
  • Balderdash Cellars will be on hand with their fine local wine including their popular hot, mulled Gluehwein.

 Local craft beers and wines available at ThunderFest

  • Whiskey City returns to ThunderFest! Voted Best Band in the Berkshires Eagle readers poll, not once, not twice, but thrice! Band member include Randy Cormier, Frank Algerio, Beth Maturevich, Dale Zavatter, Jason Webster and Darren Todd.

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  • The very cool Acoustic Groove will be our opening act. Penny sings and Garrett plays guitar and a lot of electronic doohickies. Together they cover hits from the last 40 years.

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  • Fun for the kids provided by the Adams Youth Center.
  • Free entry into the Thunderbolt Ski Museum.
  • Warm up around the toasty campfire!
  • Local retail and recreational vendors share their wares, information, and passion for their work.
  • Old school social networking!

The Snow Train! - 12:30 to 4


For the second year running, Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum is recreating the Snow Trains that used to run from New York City to Adams in the 1930s and 40s! They'll be offering rides from Adams Station to North Adams and back on a specially decorated train at 11:00, 12:00, 1:00 and 2:00. Included will be a presentation on the history of the Snow Train phenomenon of that era. The trains will depart from Adams Station at 3 Hoosac Street, directly across the street from ThunderFest. Tickets not available in advance. More information on facebook.

Thunderbolt Ski Race

The Thunderbolt Ski Runners are taking a well deserved year off from holding the downhill race down the Thunderbolt from the summit of Mount Greylock. In recent years, only half of the planned races have actually been held due to lack of snow.

"The 'Bolt" - February 23

Instead of the downhill race, TSR is hosting and sanctioning “The ‘Bolt” a rando style race held by NE Rando Race Series. In short, the very demanding rando format requires that skiers start at Greylock Glen, get up to the top of the trail under their own power, ski down and repeat TWO MORE TIMES! That adds up to a total of 5,000 vertical feet. Spectators are welcome at Greylock Glen. Race starts around 10 am. 

Details for experienced skiers interested in competing in this race are available NE Rando Series website.


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