Off the Beaten Path: Housatonic
Nestled in the shadow of the Berkshire town of Great Barrington lies the small village of Housatonic, along the river of the same name. A former bustling mill town, these days Housatonic is described by some residents as “the land that time forgot,” a throwback to a bygone era that houses a surprisingly eclectic group of townspeople, artists and unique businesses. Arlo Guthrie’s famed church is around the corner from not one but two recording studios, and Hollywood special effects magic was created in some of its old mills. Producer Tony Dunne and Videographer Mark Langevin peel back the small-town veneer to find the heart and soul of the village of Housatonic, which lies just off the beaten path.
Executive Director Anne Teschner and Education Director Ana Rodriguez from the Care Center in Holyoke discuss that organizations’ partnership creating Bard Microcollege. Bard Microcollege helps young women in poverty, including some single mothers, earn a college degree from a top-ranked institution.
Helping kids cope with depression or anxiety can be a difficult task for parents. Recovery Theater, a new program in Franklin County, uses theater and even circus stunts to help kids who are struggling. One of the catalysts behind the program was the area’s opioid crisis effect on children and families. Recovery Theater Co-founder Jonathan Diamond and Alexandra Schmidt discuss the organization’s work.
Dakin Humane Society’s Carmine DiCenso on Animal Foster Care
Dakin Humane Society Executive Director Carmine DiCenso discusses the need for animal foster care families, especially in the coming spring and summer months.