Best of Connecting Point: Producers’ Picks

Ovation Guitars

After it was sold and closed in 2014, many thought that it was the end of the line for US production of Ovation Guitars in CT, which had been in New Hartford for 47 years, and production of all Ovation guitars was sent overseas to Asia. However, after a recent purchase by Drum Workshop, former Ovation plant workers made a pitch to their new owners to resurrect production right here in the United States, and as a result the plant is reopening and guitars bearing the iconic local Ovation brand name will be made in Connecticut once again! Watch this segment online.

Ovation Guitars

Veteran Victory Farm

Last season we introduced you to Leslie Lightfoot, the founder and CEO of Veteran Homestead. Lightfoot has created six unique facilities for Veterans in New England and Puerto Rico, and her hope is to replicate these across the country. Last month producer Dave Fraser visited one of these facilities, a farm in Fitzwilliam, NH. The farm is one of several programs of Veteran Homestead, Inc., a private non-profit that treats veterans for medical and psychological problems. The veterans who live and work on the farm arrived because no other therapy and counseling programs worked for them. Many ended up there because they are homeless, and have substance abuse issues, as a result of trying to cope with post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injuries. Watch this segment online.

Veteran Homestead
Veteran Homestead on Facebook

Chesterfield Gorge

The Chesterfield Gorge is a natural formation of ancient rock that emerged from the seabed a half-billion years ago. This rock has been carved for thousands of years by glacial action and roaring melt water. Today, this stretch of the Westfield River attracts walkers and cyclists, photographers and anglers. Producer Dave Fraser visited the Gorge this summer and talked with the Trustees of Reservation’s Jim Caffrey to learn more. Watch this segment online.

The Chesterfield Gorge
The Chesterfield Gorge on Facebook

Micala Sidore of Hawley Street Tapestry Studio

Tapestry weaving is found in just about every culture in every country (except Antarctica!). Micala Sidore has travelled the world learning and writing about tapestry, as well as leading workshops, but she practices her art in Northampton at her Hawley Street Tapestry Studio. Micala invented the TraveLoom, so anyone can weave anytime, anywhere. Contributing producer Marla Zippay & videographer Marc Rhinehart stopped by to talk to her about her passion for her work. Watch this segment online.

Hawley Street Tapestry Studio

Colonial Theatre

Built in 1903, the historic Colonial Theatre is a leftover from a bygone era, a venue whose stage has graced stars from the past like John Barrymore and George M. Cohan, to contemporary superstars like Berkshires resident James Taylor. Closed in 1951, it was repurposed as an art supply store until its renovation back to its previous grandeur in the late 20th century, and now is a thriving center for the arts in the 21st century. Producer Tony Dunne and Videographer Mark Langevin pull back the curtain on the Colonial’s storied past. Watch this segment online.

Colonial Theatre