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Western Massachusetts, I Can’t Imagine Living Anywhere Else. Here’s Why…

Western Massachusetts, I Can’t Imagine Living Anywhere Else. Here’s Why…

Our Education Is Amazing

Amherst College was established in 1821 as an all-male academy to prepare our gentlemen for the ministry. Today, it sits on one thousand acres and is a private liberal arts coeducational four-year college.

Its quality of professors is so top notch that Harvard and Columbia University reviewed Amherst College’s methods when revamping their own professors’ methods in 2007; the success of the students is this college’s primary concern.

Intriguingly enough, Amherst College has removed all loan packages from its admission and tuition package. Instead, it has replaced low-income student need with in-house grant based funds to offer the best education to any student.

Interestingly, the college has banned all on and off campus fraternities in recent years.

Once an all-girls school, always an all-girls school, Smith College was established in 1871 and opened in 1875. They have remained a small and intimate college of 2,750 students per year and held firmly to their roots here in Western Massachusetts.

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Established in 1863, The University of Massachusetts Amherst or UMass began under the land-grant act as a way to educate the people in “agricultural, mechanical, and military arts.”

However, it was not until 1867 that the institution was constructed and opened its doors. At that time, the first fifty students were accepted. Today, the college sits on 1,450 acres and spreads partly into the town of Hadley.

From the center of the campus, it is about a mile in all directions to reach the outside perimeters of the property. Historic buildings are sprawled throughout the campus from its early days. The beauty of the scenery surrounding the buildings and the architecture of the buildings is enough to leave one mesmerized for days on end.

Incredible Events, A Tradition of LGBTQ Pride

Enjoying yourself throughout the year is never a problem. From one moment to the next there is always something going on for anyone and everyone.

I enjoy the many activities, where I go with my family, friends and coworkers. I have met people from all over the world at many of the festivals, and there are a few that I remain in touch with still to this day.

When they come back for vacation, we make plans to attend the festival together. It is the traditions that we keep going here that makes others wants to come back here as well.

The Sunday following St. Patrick’s Day, we have the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Holyoke, MA. It is the one day out of the year where I proclaim with everything I have that I truly am 100% Irish.

An annual event since 1952, I am pretty certain it is no longer a secret; our festival is pretty popular around that time. It is the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the country with crowds growing to more than a half-million people.

In June, Holyoke, MA observes Gay Pride Month with marches, get-togethers and more. Established in June 2012 by then presiding Mayor Alex B. Morse, it has since become an annual tradition for the area’s many people who identify as or celebrate LGBTQ pride.


Vivian McDaniel Travel expert, writer for America Unraveled.


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