Hey Mom, I’m an Ambassador!

Don’t worry, faithful readers… I haven’t joined the forthcoming U.S. government’s administration, and I’m not moving to Burma nor the Vatican.

I have, however, signed on for a new program in my neck of the woods as one of the #BFFAmbassadors!

BFF – or Berkshire Family Focus, as it’s known in full – is an online magazine for which I write from time to time. More importantly, though, it’s (IMO) the best resource for things to do in The Berkshires for families of all types. This month, the outlet is kicking things up a notch with a 12 Days of Giveaways promotion, which challenges local online influencers like myself to spread the word about 12 different organizations or businesses in the area by pointing people (like you?) to daily giveaways of great stuff to win!

What makes this campaign particularly awesome is 1) it’s local, and 2) we, the participants, have been given a little incentive to excel, too. It’s like a Game of Posts… the more links, photos, and dedicated hashtags we create, the more points we accrue. At the end of the contest, we’ll tally the points, then pick one of a dozen prizes for ourselves, in order of who scored highest-to-lowest. Everybody wins, but there’s still an element of competition for the Type A Personalities in the group (hi).

I’ll be posting links to the giveaways each day from now until December 16, both here within this post and on Instagram.


Today’s giveaway is two tickets to a Berkshire Theatre Group performance of A Christmas Carol. Enter up!

Day 1: http://berkshirefamilyfocus.com/12-days-giveaways-day-1-berkshire-theatre-group-christmas-carol/


Day 2: You could win one of two $25 gift certificates to Persnickety Toys in North Adams, Mass.! http://berkshirefamilyfocus.com/12-days-of-giveaways-day-2-persnickety-toys/

Day 3: Win tickets to one of WAM Theatre’s Fresh Take performances! http://berkshirefamilyfocus.com/12-days-of-giveaways-day-3-wam-theatre/

Day 4: A one-year  membership is up for grabs! http://berkshirefamilyfocus.com/12-days-giveaways-day-4-berkshire-museum/

Day 5: 20 lbs of propane? This livin’ in the mountains mama will take it. You? berkshirefamilyfocus.com/12-days-giveaways-day-5-george-propane





PodCamp WM returns for its EIGHTH session!

Social media and networking event returns to Holyoke Community College on April 2  

HOLYOKE, Mass. – PodCamp Western Mass. (PCWM) returns to the region for its eighth session on Saturday, April 2 at Holyoke Community College’s Kittredge Business Center.

PCWM is the longest running event of its kind in New England, organized by local volunteers and modeled on the global PodCamp style of workshops. The event welcomes anyone interested in learning more about social media and networking, from beginners to advanced practitioners. Participants choose the topics they’d like to discuss on the day of the event; anyone can suggest or lead a session, and topics often include overviews of current and emerging trends.

PCWM co-founder Jaclyn Stevenson, director of public relations and social media for Winstanley Partners – a creative agency in Lenox, Mass. – said this democratic approach is in line with the key tenets of social media and networking, which aim to involve everyone in a global conversation.

“PodCamps offer all types of people, extroverts and introverts alike, opportunities to both learn and teach in a low-stress environment,” she said, noting that the events also serve as barometers for social media’s influence. “In eight years, we’ve seen this phenomenon take hold of the entire world, and PCWM allows us to not only stay on top of new developments, but to share that knowledge immediately with our local communities.”

PCWM will be held on Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at HCC, with an after-party to follow. Attendees are encouraged to bring laptops, power strips, smartphones, and cameras, and can come and go as their schedules allow. The cost of the program is $35 and $15 for students, which includes lunch and morning refreshments, as well as a PCWM t-shirt while supplies last. Tickets are limited, and participants are encouraged to pre-register via EventBrite. News of the event is also available by searching #PCWM8 and #PCWM on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About PodCamp WesternMass
PodCamp WesternMass (PCWM) launched in 2009 to allow anyone interested in the online world to share ideas, hear from industry experts, and participate in discussions at their own pace. PCWM is part of a large network of similar events; the first PodCamp was held in September 2006 in Boston, and today camps are staged around the globe in response to this rapidly growing phenomenon. To learn more or to register, visit the PodCamp WesternMass website (http://podcamp.westernma.biz/).

Sponsorships are still available.

2016 Park Ranger: HCC Kittredge Center

Trail Blazer Sponsor: Women Business Owners Alliance

After-Party Sponsor: Cider House Media