Hancock Shaker Village serves as scenic host for WGBY's 'Connecting Point' film crews


Photo Gallery: WGBY of Springfield films at Hancock Shaker Village

Editor's note: This article was updated on March 6, 2014 to correct the name of "Connecting Point" host Aliz Koletas. Alice Maggio, who was originally identified as a co-host of the show, was interviewed by Koletas at Hancock Shaker Village.

HANCOCK -- Hancock Shaker Village was transformed into a media center on Wednesday as public television station WGBY of Springfield set up at the site to tape a number of Berkshire-centric stories.

A video crew spent the day taping interviews and some scenic material for the the station's "Connecting Point" program. Under a forest of lights, cameras and monitors, interviews were conducted in the dining room of the Brick Dwelling.

Hosts Aliz Koletas and Jim Madigan shot segments on tourism, culture and the creative economy in Berkshire County. Guests included Lesley Herzberg, curator at Hancock Shaker Village, and Megan Whilden, Pittsfield's director of cultural development, Pittsfield Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi and Editorial Page Editor Bill Everhart of The Berkshire Eagle.

During one of the interviews, Herzberg revealed that among the cultural treasures at the museum, several people have witnessed a ghost known as the woman in black in the dwelling.

A video crew spent the day taping interviews and some scenic material for the show "Connecting Point" to run over the next few weeks.

"Connecting Point" broadcasts Monday, Thursday and Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. on WGBY-TV.


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