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Are We There Yet?: March starts off with a whoosh

By Rebecca Dravis

The town of Adams is throwing a party, and you are all invited.
Adams is known for its awesome affairs, like the Susan B. Anthony Street Fair to the Fall Run party to the Columbus Day RambleFest extravaganza. So this weekend's shindig - ThunderFest at the Adams Visitors Center on Saturday, March 1 - should be no different.
ThunderFest is a celebration in honor of the Thunderbolt Ski Race, which happens at 11 a.m. First, a word on the ski race itself: The Thunderbolt Trail was originally cut in 1934 and the annual race in the 1930s and 1940s attracted world-class skiers and Olympians. A few years ago the trail and race were restored, and this year, 120 skiers and snowboarders will hike to the summit of Mount Greylock and take a wild ride back down. Specators are more than welcome; visit here for the rules: http://thunderboltskirun.com/spectators.
After the race - or even if the race itself doesn't happen because of lack of snow (insert crazy laughter here) - the party will go on from noon to 5 p.m. and will feature food, music, a campfire to warm up to and activities for the kids provided by the Adams Youth Center. For all the details, click here: https://www.facebook.com/ThunderFestAdams.
If that gets you in the mood for celebrations of winter sports (or if you are suffering from Olympic withdrawal) head up to the Peter Foote Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Rink in North Adams for Christmas Brook Figure Skating Club's annual show, titled "Skating Through the Golden Years." The show begins at 2:30 p.m. and features skaters from 3 to 16 years old. Admission is $6 for ages 3 and up.
I have one more Saturday event to mention, if you are looking for something that doesn't involve snow, ice or blades. How about a Rubik's Cube competition instead? Yes, that frustrating but addicing game from the 1980s has quite a following, including locally, where a Williamstown teenager has competed on the national level. In fact, it's this teen - Ric Donati - who is hosting the official competition at Goodrich Hall at Williams College. More than 40 people are slated to complete from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you just want to come and watch, there is no charge for spectators.  For a schedule of events, go to: http://union.cubingusa.com/williamswinter2014/schedule.php.
That's all I have for a pretty quiet first weekend of March. We're closing in on spring ... I promise!

Rebecca Dravis is the community editor for iBerkshires. She can be reached at rdravis@iberkshires.com.

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