Here at Haddad Nissan, we think it’s important for us to stay involved with community here in the Berkshires, whether its sponsoring charitable events or just enjoying all the great activities our area has to offer. With Fall rapidly approaching, the list of things to do in and around our area is nothing short of extraordinary. Whether you’re a resident or just visiting, here are a few of the amazing events you can take part in.
Walk A Mile March
Our very own Big Bill and our GM Mike Coggins carried the Elizabeth Freeman Center banner at last year’s event. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Freeman Center
The first event we have on our calendar is the 7th annual Walk a Mile March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence. Join the Elizabeth Freeman Center, our team, and hundreds of your fellow citizens at Third Thursday on September 21st in Pittsfield and take part in this amazing event. The objective is simple- put on a fresh pair of high heels and walk through Downtown Pittsfield to raise money for survivors of abuse. Together, your contributions support women across the country. September 21st is the date, so be sure to mark your calendar and take a stand with us! Check out the Facebook Event page here.
The Apple Squeeze
Photo Credit: Shakespeare & Company
Later in September, Lenox will be holding their 38th annual Apple Squeeze. Main Street in Lenox will be lined with artists and vendors selling everything from local honey to quilts along with food for purchase and a jam-packed lineup of music and performers in addition to all of the local shops and restaurants. The Lenox Apple Squeeze will be happening Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th. For more information, check out their Facebook Event.
Fall Foliage Parade: Magic in the Berkshires
Photo Credit: Visit the Berkshires of Massachusetts
Next up, there is the Fall Foliage Festival and Parade in North Adams. Now in its 62nd year, this wonderful celebration of Fall features countless businesses, organizations, and Berkshire community members marching along Route 8, and features a wide variety of events such as a road race and craft fair. The Fall Foliage Festival is family fun, and a part of history here in The Berkshires. This year’s festival and parade will be happening on Sunday, October 1st, from 1pm to 3pm. For complete event details, visit the events Facebook page.
Then, on Columbus Day weekend, Berkshire Botanical Garden will be holding it’s 83rd annual Harvest Festival. This is one of the longest running festivals in our area, and for good reason: this festival has something for everyone: delicious food offerings, lots of kid friendly activities, live entertainment all weekend long, as well as a slew of local artists and vendors selling their wares. Oh, and did we mention the Haunted House? What’s even better- all proceeds benefit the Botanical Garden’s education program. So be sure to mark Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th on your calendar. The festival hours are 10am to 5pm: Admission is $7 for adults; Children under 12 are FREE.
There is no shortage of fun to be had in the Berkshires- even after Labor Day! Have some suggestions about fun things to do in and around the Berkshires this fall? Share with us in the comments below or on Social Media! We’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Fall is right around the corner, which means it’s nearly time for the leaves to change. New England is renowned worldwide for its stunning foliage, making it one of the best places to tour in the autumn months. If you’re looking for a laid-back fall road trip, take a tour of the colors change in New England during the next several weeks for an unforgettable experience.
According to Boston.com, New England has been a prime destination in the fall for many years. The landscape slowly changes throughout autumn, and peak color is usually reached by October. The term “peak color” refers to the moment when the leaves begin to turn and fall off branches. The best time to see foliage is actually before “peak color,” contrary to popular belief. However, the prime time for scenery in New England often varies depending on who you ask.
In the north, between September 30th and the first week in October is usually when the leaves reach their most vibrant hues. If you wait until the final weeks in October in the north—particularly in upper Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine—it may be too late.
In Connecticut, lower Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, you may be able to wait until the second half of October. For those late to the scene, southern Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are often the best bet. Areas around the Worchester Hills and along the Massachusetts Turnpike are the most promising before Halloween.
We at Haddad Nissan simply suggest planning a trip when the weather is nice and heading out into the countryside. Though you may have more luck in early October, just keep in mind that road trips are what you make of them. Don’t set your expectations unreasonably high, and you’re bound to have a fun time on the road.
Nissan is revolutionizing electric car design with the innovative BladeGlider Prototype. Recently racing as a performance model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Nissan BladeGlider Prototype offers a sleek build, innovative technologies, and impressive performance.
The Nissan BladeGlider Prototype offers sleek style and innovative technology.
The all-electric Nissan BladeGlider Prototype was created after two years of research and testing. It has rear-hinged dihedral doors to create a dramatic entrance, while a low center of gravity improves handling. It also has roll-over protection and an open-top design that makes driving truly thrilling. According to Nissan, the BladeGlider premiered last year; nonetheless, it’s been tweaked to optimize performance.
“The BladeGlider has been developed to bring fun, torque, efficiency and high-performance styling to the fore,” said Ponz Pandikuthira, VP of Product Planning. “Goodwood has been a world-famous showcase for many an iconic sports car over the years, so we could think of no better place to bring the BladeGlider out to play, demonstrating the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision in action.”
The BladeGlider has a top speed of 115 mph and up to 268 horsepower. It can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in less than five seconds, and it weighs just over a ton. The car also seats two people, and its zero-emission powertrain uses the latest battery storage and charging technologies. While the BladeGlider is just a concept, you can see some of the latest Nissan technologies at Haddad Nissan with the current Nissan model lineup.
Massachusetts isn’t the largest state in the nation by a longshot, but it done offer some pretty spectacular landscapes. Here are some scenic drives in Western Massachusetts recommended by us at Haddad Nissan.
Mount Greylock stands a massive 3,491 feet tall and offers a fantastic view in all directions. Reaching as far as 90 miles away, the breathtaking views include the Mount Greylock State Reservation and farmland in Lanesborough. The scenic byway is most accessible during summer and early fall. Trails are open year round. The 1932 War Memorial Tour stands as the highest point in the park.
Jacob’s Ladder Trail
The Jacob’s Ladder Trail ventures through historic rural landscapes between Laurel Lake and Tekoa Mountain. Despite the area’s population continuing to rise over the past decades, Jacob’s Ladder Trail has remained its natural presence. Many of the sights and attractions remain the same as they were a century ago.
Route 116 is one of the hidden gems of Massachusetts. Arguably the definition of “the road less traveled,” the scenic byway is home to historic towns, welcoming communities, and a beautiful agricultural landscape. Deerfield village sits north of the byway and serves as a prime location for history buffs of all ages.
The Nissan Leaf has long been one of the top dogs in the electric vehicle segment, but fiercer competition calls for a few upgrades. The second-generation Leaf launches for the 2018 model year and brings a longer range and new styling. The next-generation upgrades will help the 2018 Nissan Leaf get the edge over competitors like the Chevrolet Bolt.
The upcoming Nissan Leaf will feature new battery packs with a driving range that tops 200 miles in higher trims. The all-electric hatchback will shed its skin and drop some of the styling that many drivers found odd. Instead, the car will take on a more streamlined look as electric vehicles become the norm.
According to recent 2018 Nissan Leaf spy photos, the second-generation Leaf will feature V-motion grille and a potential sporty floating-roof design seen in other models in the brand’s lineup. If the spy photos are any indication, the Nissan Leaf will be dropping the vertical taillamps.
As for the powertrain, the 2018 Nissan Leaf will maintain its electric motor that delivers 107 hp and 187 lb-ft of torque. Two new battery packs, 40 kWh and 60 kWh, will replace the 30 kWh pack in the outgoing model. That will result in a much longer range compared to the first-generation Leaf.
The first-generation Nissan Leaf launched in 2010. Since then, more than 100,000 units have been sold in the United States alone.
We at Haddad Nissan can’t wait to see the 2018 Nissan Leaf in person.
My first summer internship at Haddad Dealerships of The Berkshires was a richly rewarding experience, so I am ecstatic that I was given the opportunity to come back. The skills that I acquired during my time in the BDC have proven to be very valuable in building a resume, as well as helping me narrow down my career path. I would say that the most crucial part of the internship was the marketing experience I gained from running a few of Haddad’s many social media accounts. Promoting the annual Haddad Sock Game and The Haddad 600 took a great deal of creative thinking, and required me to learn how to effectively and interactively communicate to a large audience of customers. I learned a great deal about search engine optimization through writing blog posts like these, and I was introduced to HTML through creating a brand new set of email templates for the BDC and sales consultants. While the experience was valuable, we also managed to fit in quite a bit of fun. We traveled to the summit of Mount Greylock and other scenic locations around the Pittsfield area to take pictures that were used for the Haddad website’s call- to-action buttons; I even had fun choosing where to order lunch among the many great options here in The Berkshires, Hot Harry’s in Dalton being my first choice.
Interning is hard work!
This time around, I look forward to learning some management skills, and continuing to learn my way around DealerSocket and all the other tools that help each of the Haddad Dealerships function. Effective communication between the dealerships’ is absolutely essential to maximizing sales, so as my area of study, I hope to take what I learned from communication courses at UMass Amherst and apply them in a way that benefits Haddad. Working in the BDC has been my first real opportunity to connect my studies with an actual job, which has made the actual experience of going to a university feel more valuable than I once thought.
Meet Mr. Joe Scibelli Jr.
While I’m proud of my accomplishments so far, more than anything I am excited to continue learning through experience and unlock my full potential; I am confident that the BDC at Haddad is conducive to doing exactly that. I am greatly looking forward to spending another summer at Haddad Auto, and I know that I will leave here in September with a more developed skillset, more experience, and a determination to find myself a career where I can utilize all the skills that I have worked so hard to learn. I owe a lot to Shannon and the whole team here at the BDC for getting me this far, but I certainly have a lot more to learn and I have never felt readier!
Ever hear of a Faraday Cage? It’s an 180-year-old invention that uses conductive materials to block any sort of electromagnetic field from penetrating its borders. If this sounds a little sci-fi to you, you’re not wrong; Faraday Cages have been spotlighted in films and shows from Enemy of the State starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman to the long-running TV show Lost. The Cage’s next big role? The Nissan Juke.
Nissan is minimizing distracted driving by utilizing the Faraday Cage as a Signal Shield. The center console of the Nissan Juke concept is actually just a Faraday Cage. When you place your device inside, it successfully blocks all incoming communications, including messages, calls, Bluetooth, and wi-fi. The device can still be connected to the car’s console through a wired connection system inside the Signal Shield. Once removed, the device will be restored to full functionality with absolutely zero damage.
Minimizing distracted driving is an important initiative that automakers across the globe are undertaking in a variety of ways. While Nissan’s Signal Shield is still just a concept, we at Haddad Nissan are interested to see if it will make its way into the mainstream of future Nissan vehicles.
The last bell’s been rung, the lockers have been cleaned out, the teachers have said good riddance, and the kids are bored—but not for long! If your one of Haddad Nissan’s wonderful neighbors, you’re lucky, because you live with us right here in the Berkshires, a hotspot of summer fun for the family. Make the most of the season by visiting one (or all) of our region’s incredible attractions.
- The Berkshire Museum
Sneak a little more learning into your family’s summer vacation with a trip to the Berkshire Museum, the region’s premiere art, history, and natural sciences museum. From dinosaurs to a live aquarium, this place has something for everybody.
- Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours
Turn your summer fun for the family into summer THRILLS for the family at Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours. Join the three-hour long guided trek through the wild Berkshires, zip-lining across the canopy, taking in the incredible mountain views at top-speed.
- Hancock Shaker Village
Turn back the hands of time and spend an afternoon at the Hancock Shaker Village. See the beautiful gardens, engage in history with live demonstrations, and enjoy a tasty meal at the Harvest Cafe. The best part? Entry is free for all!
And don’t forget our list of great Massachusetts Summer road trips as well! Stuck in the office, or inside all day? No worries! Join in on our Sock Game! We love all aspects of Summer, especially the fun, so we hope you enjoy yours!
PHOTO BY NISSAN
Did you know that 77% of dog owners say that having pet-friendly features available on a vehicle would make a difference in their decision to buy it or not? According to a recent survey conducted by Nissan, it’s true! As a result, Nissan has taken the words of its pet-loving customer base to heart and decided to make the Nissan Rogue Dogue Concept, a project vehicle it debuted in New York, to better appeal to dog owners all around the world who want something more accommodating for their furry family members.
Dog-friendly features in the Rogue Dogue include a padded cargo area with easy clean-up, a clip-on safety harness, a loading ramp for the cargo area, and even spill-proof water bowls and food dispensers. A special safety hammock is offered, too, along with a canine first-aid kit and a shower and dryer that allow you to clean off your pet before letting them get into the car. By providing a safer in-car environment for Fido along with a number of amenities, Nissan is hoping to give pet owner a little extra peace of mind.
The Rogue Dogue Concept debuted on the New York Auto Show stage as an answer to the survey’s statistics that 83% of dog owners agree that they want their beloved pet to be as safe and comfortable in their vehicle than they are. Dennis McCarthy of Vehicle Effects in California states, “Everything we built into the Rogue Dogue project is actually very possible to add to a production Rogue,” so you may be seeing “Dogue”-friendly options at Haddad Nissan soon.
Spring and summer weather inspires everyone to get out of their house and enjoy the outdoors. If you’d like to hit the road, here are some great ideas for Massachusetts road trips.
Go to a Garden Show – With spring and warm weather finally here, flowers are blooming everywhere. Make a point to head to your nearest botanical garden, maybe even for a garden show or other floral event!
Celebrate Your Parents – Late spring and early summer celebrate both Mother’s and Father’s Day, so be sure to respect your parents with some gifts and festivities just for them.
Enjoy the Outdoors – Don’t waste the mild spring temperatures. Hit the local hiking trail or go for a stroll in a countryside vineyard to enjoy the scenic beauty of Massachusetts. If you’re feeling up to it, maybe challenge yourself on one of the state’s mountain trails.
Memorial Day Weekend – Honor American troops all across the country by attending Memorial Day festivities, including local parades and other festivals.
Other Local Events – This guide from Massachusetts’ tourism website lists tons of great events in the state, so make sure you mark your calendars in advance!
Plan summertime Massachusetts road trips using these suggestions and looking up events and attractions in the state! We at Haddad Nissan guarantee you’ll have a great time exploring our home state.