POPCORN POWER OF WORK!
The Popcorn Wagon summer season opened May 18 and will be operated by Goodwill's innovative Business 101 - The Popcorn Wagon Project through a most exciting partnership with Berkshire Bank Foundation.
This summer stop by the Historic Popcorn Wagon at 99 North St, Pittsfield, buy a bag of delicious, fresh-popped popcorn and support job training.
Goodwill's Popcorn Wagon Project is a workforce development initiative, training participants about the ins-and-outs of business enterprises - from writing a business plan, overseeing purchasing and inventory, to customer service and satisfaction.
The Popcorn Wagon team keeps the popcorn popping, handles the staffing, finances and stocking, learning skills that will help them get a job, become excellent employees and how to operate a business themselves.
Your popcorn bag was designed by a Berkshire Works YouthWorks student enrolled in the 2014 summer job training program at the Goodwill.
Every bag you buy, gives back to the community.
The Popcorn Wagon
Location: 99 North St, Pittsfield MA (in front of Berkshire Bank)
Hours (Summer 2017): Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
The Popcorn Wagon will also open and sell popcorn during Third Thursdays and 4th of July Parade.
Pittsfield Popcorn Wagon History & Trivia
In 1976, Jo Ann Fitzpatrick Brown's work became so well known that she appeared as a mystery panelist on the television show "To Tell The Truth" with a 26-inch candy replica that she had made of Pittsfield's iconic popcorn wagon. - Berkshire Eagle article
Robert Wells, during his tenure from 1977 - 2003 as President & CEO of Berkshire County Savings Bank, incorporated the antique Park Square popcorn wagon as a colorful identifying icon; he invited Orville Redenbacher to town with his hot air balloon; distributed a coin bank replica of the popcorn wagon to encourage savings; and established a program called Popcorn Savings for young depositors. Berkshire Eagle, 2012
"I worked at the Pop-Corner. It's a little wagon that's red that sits on the corner of my hometown and I handed popcorn out a window. It was about 197 degrees inside of it. I worked there probably two summers." Elizabeth Banks, Actress, Us Magazine
County residents learn business skills at Berkshire Bank Popcorn Wagon Berkshire Eagle 2017
Baby Boomer Memories - Popcorn Wagon a Pittsfield Staple Berkshire Eagle
Wagon Pops Back Pittsfield Gazette