Making It Here: Cummington Creamery
The Old Creamery in Cummington is a familiar sight to those who pass by it on Route 9. After a long and storied history of serving the residents of the Hilltown communities surrounding it, the venerable New England country store is embarking on a new chapter in its existence, with co-operative ownership by its patrons and the expansion of its facilities. Producer Tony Dunne and Videographer Mark Langevin take a look at the exciting new future for this historic landmark, and how community and commerce find perfect harmony.
Making It Here: Sea Chest Maker
Although the military stopped issuing sea chests in the late 1950’s, local woodworker J. Paul Lanza carries out the nautical tradition from his workshop in Simsbury, CT. Lanza, 78, built more than 300 homes on Cape Cod during his career, including the John F. Kennedy Memorial in Hyannis. Producer Dave Fraser visits him and shares his story.
Making It Here: Loot Found + Made
Loot Found + Made is a store in Turners Falls specializing in old industrial artifacts and handmade goods for artists, craftspeople, and everyone in general! Producer Tony Dunne and Videographer Mark Langevin take us inside to see how everything old is being made new again.
Making It Here: Snowboard Wax Makers
Roger and Sarah Cameron from East Longmeadow, MA started the snow and surf wax company Magical Go-Go in 2003 and a few years later, Sarah realized that she wanted to open a sister company (POM POM) specifically targeted to females to encourage and empower their desire to compete in a male-dominated sport. We take look at these two businesses with locally made products (the wax is made in Westfield, MA once the Cameron’s couldn’t keep up with the demand and had to stop using their kitchen!). Roger and Sarah shows us and tests their products on their home mountain, Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT.
Follow Magical Go-Go on Twitter: @magicalgogo
Follow POM POM on Twitter: @iheartpompom
Making It Here: Pierce Brothers Coffee
Darren Pierce discovered the great taste of coffee while working as a server in San Francisco. He became friends with a master roaster, who introduced him to the complexities of the coffee world. In 1994 he returned to the East Coast, and with the aid and inspiration of his brother Sean, began developing the now famous Pierce Brothers Gourmet Coffee business located in Greenfield, MA.
Making It Here: Latchis Theatre & Latchis Hotel
The Latchis Theatre and Latchis Hotel are part of the historic Latchis Memorial Building, built in 1938 as “A Town within a Town – Under One Roof,” and listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Connecting Point takes a look at recent renovations to this Green Mountain state treasure.