Simple Pleasures

Republican Heritage Books

Springfield Republican Executive Editor Wayne Phaneuf and Republican writers Jane Kaufman and Elizabeth Roman discuss the latest in the series of the Republican’s Heritage books: “Our Stories” and “Nuestra Historia,” on the history of the Jewish and...

New England Legends: Return to October Mountain

In 2012, legend hunter Jeff Belanger took us to October Mountain in search of a hidden cemetery and the ghost of a little girl. He found the cemetery, and that the girl had a name: Anna Pease. We thought that was the end of the story, but then we got an unexpected...

Making It Here: Platterpus Records

Platterpus Records owner Dave Witthaus has been buying and selling vinyl for 30 years to his loyal customers, and credits his ‘ability to change’ for the store’s longevity. Producer Marla Zippay and Videographer Dave Fraser stopped by the Easthampton store to browse...

Life with Monte: Signature Sounds

Connecting Point Contributor Monte Belmonte talks with Jim Olsen President of Signature Sounds in Northampton. Since their inception in 1994, they have released over 50 albums of singer-songwriter, Americana and modern folk music. This month they celebrate their 20th...

Dan Kane

Dan Kane discusses his decision to end the annual Western Massachusetts tradition, “The Dan Kane Singers Christmas Concert,” while continuing performing with his smaller “Dan Kane and Friends” and “The DK8”. The final Christmas...

Birthday Wishes

In 2002, Birthday Wishes started providing birthday parties for homeless children at a single local shelter. With the help from volunteers they have been able to expand to over 185 shelters all over the Northeast. “Connecting Point” contributor Carolee McGrath sits...

Stroll for Strength

For the last 8 years, the Sport and Event Management class at Longmeadow High School has been holding and fund raising event called Stroll for Strength. This year the event, a 5K road race through Longmeadow, will honor 23 people from the region who have lost loved...

Making it Here: A.L. Avery and Son

A.L. Avery and Son on Route 2 in Charlemont, MA has been serving the residents of the area for over 150 years. A fifth generation owned family business, Avery’s is much more than a general store – it’s both a touchstone to the past and a look at the future of...

CISA: Wineries

According to massvacation.gov, Massachusetts features 40 licensed wineries, across, roughly 2,200-acres of wine farmland, where 439 acres are devoted exclusively to wine production. Phil Korman Executive Director at CISA, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture,...

Student Prince Re-Opening

Business Partners Andy Yee and Peter Picknelly join Student Prince former owner Rudy Scherff for a lively discussion about the future of The Student Prince Restaurant, more commonly known as The Fort. The three plan to reopen the iconic downtown landmark Nov. 26, the...