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Ralph Santaniello

What’s on the Menu? By Manon L. Mirabelli Monica Guarneri has seen a noticeable trend in party planning — specifically, parties outside the home. And that’s good for business at […]

Suzy Fortgang

It’s Become a Venue of Choice   Suzy Fortgang says it took four full years to acquire the horse barn on the grounds of the Berkshire Hills Music Academy in […]

Ian Modestow and Michelle Kersberger

Vine Tuned     There are not many companies that can say that the pandemic was “probably the best thing that could have happened to us.” But that’s the phrase […]

Let’s Have a Ball Summertime is a great time to get away, but in Western Mass., it’s also a great time to stick around and enjoy the many events on […]

John Doleva (left) and Gene Cassidy

Tipping Off a Tradition   It’s been a long road from Hooplandia’s conception to its tipoff on June 23. Even longer than the road — that would be Interstate 90 […]

Fun in the Sun Beyond Hooplandia, the region offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational happenings for the whole family, from baseball to beer tastings; fireworks to festivals; jazz […]

Bill Fletcher

Smoke Show Unlike many people in the restaurant industry, Bill Fletcher did not grow up in the business. And it was never really his dream to put his name over […]

Andrew Brow outside Jackalope

A Lot on His Plate On his long and winding road to being a serial restaurateur, Andrew Brow says he’s had many inspirations, role models, teachers, and even an “idol.” […]

Ted Perez

Staying the Course When Ted Perez Jr. talks about the 2023 golf season, he uses the present tense — and even the past tense on occasion. Indeed, Perez, the pro […]

Mary Kay Wydra confirms that an Ironman marathon

Selling the Whole Package   In the years just prior to the pandemic, Mary Kay Wydra said, Western Mass. was building considerable momentum as a location for meetings and conventions. […]

The new indoor pickleball courts

Serving Up Success Christina Royal was once a competitive amateur tennis player. But not long after taking the job of Holyoke Community College (HCC) president back in 2017, she discovered […]

Richard Richardson

Where Art and Nature Collide   Richard Richardson, creator and caretaker of the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen, likes to say that he has built his own world in what […]

Gene Cassidy, president and CEO of the Big E,

Stressing the Fundamentals Mark Rivers acknowledged that a lot of things have changed since he and officials at the Big E and the Naismith Memorial Basketball of Fame first announced […]

Bryan Lynch performs at the 2021 Jazz Festival in Northampton.

The Sound of Music   Ruth Griggs is a firm believer in the power of jazz. She says this brand of music has the ability to energize people and lift […]

Anneliese Townsend

Looking Sharp   “Never attempt to catch an axe.” That’s one of a handful of rules printed above the targets in each of the 12 lanes at the Agawam Axe […]