Berkshire Secrets: Ice Skating in Monterey

skating_2Sometimes we find hidden gems.  Sometimes our guests do.   Our blog is starting to sub-divide into larger themes…..Celebrity Guests at Hampton Terrace is one…but here is another:   Berkshire Secrets.

I am occasionally asked if there is a place to ice skate in the Berkshires.  Nope, I reply.   And that is based on the knowledge that many parents drive their kids to Springfield multiple times per week for hockey practice.   And there were plans to build a rink north of Lenox, which never raised adequate funding.

An exterior rink is a maintenance nightmare…always needing to be scraped of fresh snow and groomed.skating_11

So it is with great pleasure that I share that our guests last weekend, John Seeberg and Kathleen Griffin ventured out into snow-covered back roads and found ICE SKATING.   These are their pictures.

skating_3Monterey is located west of Great Barrington, less than 30 minutes from us.  It consists of not much more than an intersection and a general store.    It apparently has a volunteer fire department, because they seem to be responsible for this rink.

From the pictures, it seems that this is basically a metal warehouse with the floor flooded.  Since the temperature has not ventured above freezing since November, the ice is natural and the roof keeps it a usable rink.  There is a warming room and ice skates on a shelf for anyone to borrow.   How local is that?

skating_5And a sign that asks people to turn off the lights when they leave.

This reminds me of when we lived in Tyringham…the next town over from Monterey.   They have a “swimming hole” that is also volunteer-maintained.   I tell people all the time that we still live in Norman Rockwell’s America.

Today is my sister-in-law’s birthday, and we told her we’d take her ice skating to check it out.