Right now the City of North Adams is gearing up for the Fall Foliage Festival of Events which begins this weekend leading up to the big parade on Sunday, Sept. 30.  Hope is always high that the season will bring a lot of "leaf peepers" out to check the Berkshires' display of the colors of autumn (which officially begins this Saturday night).

Not to rush the seasons but to be prepared, the City has begun its search for a different type of natural display: the Christmas holiday trees to be placed at either end of Main St.  Each year the City puts out a call across the Northern Berkshires to find two large Christmas trees, 25 to 35 feet high. City crews will place and decorate one at Monument Square near the Library and the other at the Main & Marshall intersection outside City Hall.

The search is on until the first week of November. Wouldn't it be cool to turn out with the big crowds "oohing & aahing" at the tree lighting in November and say, "That's MY tree"?  If you have a fine specimen to donate, get in touch with North Adams Fire Director Stephen Meranti at 662-3103. Leave a message and someone will return the call.