The Top Left Corner, Episode 3 — Sugaring, High School Musicals!

March 27, 2015
Tapping maple trees
Tapping maple trees the old-fashioned way; photo by Jason Velazquez

This season has been pretty rough on maple syrup producers in Western Massachusetts. Easily three weeks late, the sap flow that provides local sweetness to our pancakes may be plentiful or scarce—it’s all up to Mother Nature. Guest co-host Tela Zasloff of the Greylock Independent joins me interviewing Peter Phelps of Sweet Brook Farm in Williamstown, Mass. He and his wife Beth have been perfecting the art and science of sugaring on land that’s been in his family for generations.

Tela and I talk about her work at the Greylock Independent and some of the exciting developments going on with this citizen-powered news source. We announce the launch of an arts and culture show on the Greylock Glass that will be an experiment in local media collaboration in the digital age. Though the show had not been named at the time this interview was recorded, ultimately “Will Call” turned out to be the hands-down winner. And we even managed to get the inaugural episode out this week.

Meiko; photo by Leigha Hodnet; clicking this image will take you to where you can buy this CD through the Greylock Glass’s affiliate link, thereby supporting this site.


In keeping with tradition, the Top Left Corner serves up some top shelf indie music, via Music Alley, from MēVIO. We think you’ll really enjoy “New Road,” by AM with Meiko. Her voice contains a signature edge that’s sharp enough to get your attention without being so honed as to risk sounding overproduced.



Finally, we are SUPER excited to welcome our very special guest Kelly Bevan McIlquham,

Berkshire Family Focus
Berkshire Family Focus

founder and editor of Berkshire Family Focus, THE go-to resource for all things family fun and information in the Berkshires. Kelly and I are plunging in to our own media collaboration each week here on Top Left Corner, where she’ll be offering up an abbreviated audio version of her Weekend Lowdown. This week, she prepares us for an explosion of high school musicals! Obviously we can’t possibly discuss all the opportunities for families in 15 minutes, so make sure you visit Berkshire Family Focus to get the full scoop!


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