Simple Pleasures

Quabbin Memorial Day

Like communities all across the United States, the towns of the Swift River Valley commemorated their war dead each year on Memorial Day until those towns ceased to exist in 1938. Quabbin Park Cemetery became the center of Memorial Day services for those towns and...

Bennington Battle Monument

As we honor those who have died while serving in our armed forces this Memorial Day, we bring you a story about the soldiers who served at the birth of our nation – right here in western New England. On August 17, 1777, Brigadier General John Stark and his men...

CISA: Spring Planting

Another spring planting season is upon us, and for many that means a trip to a local garden center or farm stand. CISA Executive Director Phil Korman checks out Hadley Garden Center and Meadow Brook Farm in East Longmeadow to find out what types of plants are...

Making It Here: Fire Cider

Inspired by his grandmother’s recipe for an old New England apple cider vinegar tonic, Dana St. Pierre came up with “Fire Cider” to support his immune system and health. After first sharing with family and friends, demand grew and grew, and now the Pittsfield-based...

Dragon Boat Races

Ben Quick, Executive Director of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club, and Erin Ruggiano, Dragon Boat Coach, discuss the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival and races on the Connecticut River in Springfield this...

Life with Monte: The Quarters

If you grew up in the 1980s, then you’ll likely remember some time spent whiling away the hours at the local arcade, a few quarters and some skill with a joystick being the only things needed to guarantee a good time. In this week’s “Life with Monte” segment, Monte...

Making It Here: Dog Photographer Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones has been a portrait photographer specializing in dogs and their owners for 20 years, and boasts clients from all across the country. Producer Dave Fraser visited Jones in her North Adams studio on the campus of MassMoCA to find out why she chose to...

Massachusetts State Geography Bee

On April 1st, Elms College will host 100 grade school students from across the state as the Massachusetts Geographic Bee comes to their campus for the first time. Carolee McGrath sits down with Sarah Duncan, Massachusetts State Geography Bee Coordinator, and Arlene...