Simple Pleasures

Bright Nights Celebrates 25 Years

A holiday tradition in the Pioneer Valley, Bright Nights in Springfield is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The Forest Park holiday light display will turn on November 27 and run through January 5, 2020. Carolee McGrath sat down with Judy Matt, President of the...

Western Mass’ Disappearing Donut Shops

The small-town donut shop used to be ubiquitous, but these days you’ll likely find a chain store instead of the mom-and-pop shop that once stood in its place. Connecting Point’s Brian Sullivan hit the road in search of the classic old donut shops in Western Mass and...

Life Behind the Scenes at the Big E

Traffic on Memorial Drive in West Springfield just got a little lighter. After seventeen days, the Eastern States Exposition, or Big E, is packed up and closed down until 2020. And what about the people who provided most of the food, fun and entertainment at this...