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OSV presents ‘Family Fun Days’ this Labor Day weekend

STURBRIDGE – Thousands of visitors converge on Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) each Labor Day weekend to enjoy one last summer outing and the Village’s annual old-fashioned “Family Fun Days” celebration.  And this year all children up to age 17 get free admission when accompanied by an adult payin...
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Northampton Jazz Festival kicks of with 12 Mile Meal contest

NORTHAMPTON – The Sierra Grille will defend its title against challengers Galaxy and Viva Fresh Pasta to determine which restaurant can impress a panel of blue-ribbon judges and build the best 12 Mile Meal: an appetizer, entree and dessert made with ingredients sourced from farms within a twelve-mil...
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Springfield Museums sponsor annual ‘Littlefest’ Sept. 13

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle and the Springfield City Library will host the annual “LittleFest” event to promote a love of reading in young children, on Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. LittleFest is presented in conjunction with WGBY Public Television for Western N...
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Fresh seafood served up by Matunuck Oyster Bar at Big E

WESTFIELD – The Big E will be serving up fresh seafood and oysters from Matunuck Oyster Farm as Rhode Island’s Matunuck Oyster Bar arrives for the 2014 fair season.Featured on multiple occasions in “The Boston Globe” for striving to grow and produce the best, farm-fresh shellfish possible, t...
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Book chronicles ‘Fifteen Minutes’ of a lifelong career

Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Fifteen minutes can either seem like an eternity or an instant when a reporter is interviewing someone and in the last 40 years, G. Michael Dobbs has experienced both.A book release event will take place on Aug. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the <a target="_blank" href="http://bingart...
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Big E offers flavorful food that’s novel and fun

Carley Dangona and Chris Maza
carley@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – In keeping with tradition, the 2014 Big E brings a variety of food options to suite every palate, offering items including the fair’s trademark cream puffs, Storrowton’s Old-Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie, Beer-A-Misu and many deep f...
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The Drama Studio offers free lesson at open house

SPRINGFIELD – The Drama Studio will offer a free 45 minute acting class: one for students ages 9 to 18 at an open house on Aug. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., and one for students ages 6 to 8 at an open house on Aug. 27 from 6 to 7 p.m.“Attending an open house is the best way for families to learn ab...
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‘Turtle Power’ explores history of pop culture phenomena

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the pop culture phenomena that has deep roots in the Pioneer Valley. Paramount is releasing a new live action/CGI movie starring Megan Fox and a Canadian media company has made a documentary on the Turtles and their creators, ...
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Oxbow Gallery exhibits ‘Confluence’

NORTHAMPTON – Oxbow Gallery, 273 Pleasant St., is pleased to announce Confluence, a group exhibition that brings together six of the gallery’s newest members – Linda Batchelor, Jess Soules Greene, Elizabeth Lehman, Will Sillin, Catherine Swift, and Jessica Tam – by presenting a selection of their la...
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Valley Photo Center announces People’s Choice Awards winners

SPRINGFIELD – The Valley Photo Center is pleased to announce the winners of the People’s Choice Awards for the Spring Open Submission show, Edward Hing, from Easthampton, and Joseph Schmidt from Hampden, who tied for the title.The show was the final exhibit of the season that opened on May 2...
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Double Decker Dine highlights Valley’s best eateries

SPRINGFIELD – The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) presents “Double Decker Dine 2014,” an exciting and unique way to tour and sample treats from some of the Pioneer Valley’s most prestigious restaurants.&nbsp; The event will take place Aug. 27 beginning at 5 p.m.Gue...
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Majestic presents jazz concert on Aug. 14

WEST SPRINGFIELD – World-class, internationally-renowned concert and jazz pianists, vocalists, flutist, violinist, Celtic harpist, trumpeter and premier tap dancer on Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at The Majestic Theater&nbsp; will take the stage and dazzle the audience.&nbsp; Outstanding pianist Lar...
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Big E seeks volunteers

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Eastern States Exposition’s Storrowton Village Museum is extending an invitation to individuals ages 14 and older to volunteer as costumed guides in our classic 1800s village during The Big E. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Volunteers are needed to act as hosts, conducting guided tour...
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WGBY presents Presencia, a celebration of Hispanic heritage

SPRINGFIELD – WGBY, Public Television for Western New England, invites the community to Presencia, a fun fall fiesta to celebrate the diversity of Hispanic Heritage in western New England.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This second annual event will take place Sept. 26 at the Naismith Memorial Bas...
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Local studio puts ‘Zing’ into music production

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

WESTFIELD – In an unassuming building situated at the end of a dead end street, nearly two decades ago Jim Fogarty thought he found the perfect spot to make some noise without drawing much attention.Boy, was he wrong.After 19 years in the music industry, Fogarty has seen Zing Recordi...
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Springfield’s Court Square to play host to Jazz & Roots Festival Aug. 9

SPRINGFIELD – Downtown Springfield will be the location of the free Springfield Jazz &amp; Roots Festival on Aug. 9 in Court Square. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Blues to Green, a nonprofit organization using music and art to celebrate community and culture, build shared purpose, and catalyze social a...
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Trinity’s ‘A Little Night of Music’ concert series continues

SPRINGFIELD – Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., invites the public to attend the fifth concert in its series “A Little Night Music on July 31. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; At 6 p.m., an informal concert “From the Heart” will be presented by soprano soloist, Sonja Funk.&nbsp; She will b...
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WGBY documentary traces area’s agricultural past

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – The new documentary WGBY premiered on July 9 tells the story of agriculture in western Massachusetts and it’s far from just history.“A Long Row in Fertile Ground” depicts a growing and vibrant agricultural scene that p...
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‘The Voice’ winner Cassadee Pope to perform at xfinity arena

SPRINGFIELD – Season three winner of “The Voice,” Cassadee Pope, will be performing a free show with Country music’s up and comer Chris Janson at The Big E’s outdoor xfinity arena Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. A limited number of premium reserve tickets priced at $25 are on sale at <a href="http://w...
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Registration deadline for Early American Summer Days approaching

WEST SPRINGFIELD – The registration deadline for Storrowton Village’s Early American Summer Days is July 18. This five-day educational adventure merges learning and fun to bring history to life for children ages 7 to 12. The program is offered twice: Aug. 4 to 8 and Aug. 11 to 15 at a cost o...
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Bing Arts Center presents TRANS•figuration exhibit

SPRINGFIELD – The Bing Arts Center is pleased to present TRANS•figuration, oil paintings by Michael St. George and Catherine Gibbs.St. George has been creating images of trees near water and faces as long as he can remember. He’s considered himself an artist since the age of 6 when he drew a...
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Picknelly saves The Fort, calls restaurant ‘anchor for the city’

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Peter Picknelly doesn’t want to be a restaurateur, but he does want to save a city landmark.Picknelly explained to Reminder Publications that his motivation to buy the St...
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Wistariahurst examines Holyoke's Musical History

HOLYOKE – On July 26 at 7 p.m., Wistariahurst will host “A Legacy of Holyoke’s Music, People and Place: 1800 to 1950.” This concert, which is sponsored by the Holyoke Cultural Council and Country Dance and Song Society, is the culmination of months of research by historian Jacqueline Cooper. <br...
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Museums celebrate Springfield’s motorcycle heritage with Indian Day

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Museums will present their fifth annual Indian Day, a revival of a long-standing celebration and rally of the classic motorcycles that were manufactured in the city from 1901 to 1953. Indian Day will take place July 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the...
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Storrowton offers herb garden tours

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Storrowton Village Museum will host a free educational tour of its legendary Aunt Helen’s Herb Garden on July 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The garden, named for Storrowton Village’s founder, Helen Storrow, is located in the backyard of the Gilbert Farmstead on the grounds of ...
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ZZ Top to play xfinity arena Sept. 26

WEST SPRINGFIELD – ZZ Top, “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas,” will be playing The Big E’s xfinity arena, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the performance, priced at $39 and a limited number of $49 seats will be available for purchase at www.T...
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Springfield Unity Festival to be staged Oct. 18

SPRINGFIELD – A diverse group of community members and organizations, led by York Mayo and Lee Hagon, have come together to plan and stage the Springfield Unity Festival, a one-day vocal music concert to promote unity and diversity in the Greater Springfield region on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Springf...
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Fanning kicks off Westfield MusicFest

WESTFIELD – Country recording artist David Fanning will be the headliner when Westfield MusicFest, kicks off its free summer concert series at Park Square in the center of Westfield on June 26 at 7:30 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; Appearing with Fanning will be Westfield native Ashley Gearing, another Na...
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Base Camp hosts Photographic Odyssey

GREENFIELD – A Photographic Odyssey, a collection of 20 photographs by Ginny Newton of Erving, will open June 21 at Base Camp Photo.“Photography is my main creative outlet, it fits into the cracks and crevices of my life and it engages my brain in way I did not anticipate,” Newton said. ...
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Springfield Museums announce 2014 Summer Spectacular lineup

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Museums have announced the schedule for their annual Summer Spectacular Family Series, which runs from July 7 through Aug. 15. Every Monday through Friday, families visiting the Quadrangle can look forward to a schedule packed with hands-on art and science activ...
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Storrowton and the Civil War explores Northeast wartime experiences

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Storrowton Village Museum will present an interactive, educational tour titled Storrowton and the Civil War, June 25 from 6 to 7 p.m., offering an inside look at how folks in the Northeast coped with the Civil War and the absence of men who were called to duty or joined the patrio...
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Eddie Money comes to Big E

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Eddie Money is coming to The Big E’s xfinity arena Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. The show is free with admission to The Big E and a limited number of premium reserved seats priced at $25 are available for purchase at www.TheBigE.com and...
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Girl Scouts get ready for cookie recipe competition

HOLYOKE – Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts announce the return of Fork It Over, the annual Girl Scout cookie, culinary competition and fundraising event featuring some of the region’s top chefs who create original appetizers and desserts using Girl Scout cookies. Chefs will c...
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White Hut Kitchen to host five-day grand opening celebration

LONGMEADOW – White Hut Kitchen (WHK), 791 Williams St., will celebrate its grand opening from June 18 to 22. While offering their classic White Hut hamburgers and hot dogs, the Longmeadow location will also showcase brand new menu items such as The Big Joe Stack of Pancakes, a freshly prepar...
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Majestic unveils summer lineup

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Danny Eaton, producing director of the Theater Project, has announced the summer lineup of concerts and events at the theater.&nbsp; Tickets for all concerts are currently on sale at the box office at 131 Elm St., or may be purchased by calling 747-7797. The Majest...
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Hybernians announce annual summer picnic at the Wherehouse?

HOLYOKE – The Ancient Order of Hibernians James A. Curran Division One of Hampden-Hampshire Counties invites the public to attend the 6th Annual Summer Picnic Hibernian Style on Jun 14 at the Wherehouse?, 109 Lyman St. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and serving will begin at 5 p.m. Enjoy music from 5:30 to...
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Springfield Museums announce Steampunk People’s Choice winners

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Museums recently announced the winners of the People’s Choice Awards for their current exhibit, Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City.&nbsp; More than 40 regional artists were asked to create original works of Steampunk art and fashion for the p...
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ECA+ Gallery to display ‘My Last Link to Sanity’ in June

EASTHAMPTON – Artist Antti Kaisla exhibit, “My Last Link to Sanity,” a collection of Neo-Cubist wall sculptures, will be on display at the ECA+ Gallery from June 3 to 28. The opening reception follows the Cottage Street Cultural Chaos festival and coincides with the “Made in Easthampton” the...
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Storrowton Village Museum to open for season June 14

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Storrowton Village Museum celebrates the beginning of its summer season June 14 by offering a free day of tours for the whole family from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Village will be bustling with activity for Opening Day, including guided tours through the historic buildings and costume...
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Amelia Park announces return of free Musical Moments concert series

WESTFIELD – Amelia Park Arena &amp; Garden is proud to host their Annual Musical Moments free concert series starting June 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Amelia’s Garden, 21 South Broad St.The concert series, in its 13th year, takes place in Amelia’s Garden, a 1.3 acre memorial garden built in memory of ...
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Gallery A3 to host first ever open juried by Yarlow in July

AMHERST – Gallery A3, a member-based contemporary fine art gallery, will present its first-ever open, juried show July 3 to Aug. 2. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The juror is Loretta Yarlow, director of the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) in Amherst.&nbsp; Exhibited works will come from artist...
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SkyScreamer takes amusement park swing rides to new heights

By Carley Dangona and Peter Spottscarley@thereminder.competers@thereminder.comAGAWAM – What is one way to impress an intern? Make his first assignment ridin...
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Blanchette to play at Bing Arts Center

SPRINGFIELD – The Bing Arts Center, at 716 Sumner Ave., is pleased to present a performance by internationally acclaimed guitarist and composer Peter Blanchette on May 31 at 8 p.m. as part of the Bing’s House Concert Series. The series features outstanding musicians performing diverse and co...
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Paradise City Arts Festival returns

NORTHAMPTON – Every Memorial Day weekend a magical city rises up in Northampton’s fairground by the river. Cavernous barns are transformed into elegant exhibition halls, remarkable sculptures are installed in beautiful gardens, peaked tents appear, a soundstage is built and local chefs fire ...
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Wistariahurst Museum hosts annual gala

HOLYOKE – On June 6 from 7 to 10 p.m., join those at Wistariahurst Museum for the organization’s annual fundraising event for the continued vibrancy of the museum and to raise a glass in celebration. This year, Wistariahurst is taking the festivities outside to enjoy the beauty of the restor...
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June 1 picnic fundraiser benefits Granby Veterans Memorial

By Lori Szepelaklori@thereminder.comGRANBY – The Immaculate Heart of Mary pavilion on State Street will be the setting for a veterans’ picnic fundraiser on June 1 to benefit the construction of the Granby V...
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Springfield Museums present new Rockwell exhibit

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Museums will unveil a new exhibit of original drawings by Norman Rockwell titled “Norman Rockwell’s World: Reinterpreting the American Tradition in the 21st Century” on May 20. The drawings, along with an original Rockwell-inspired mural by local artist John Sim...
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Senior NASA astronaut to speak at Children’s Museum

WESTFIELD – On May 17, NASA’s most senior active astronaut, Cady Coleman, will be coming to Amelia Park Children’s Museum to speak and share stories about her adventures. The lecture is free with a general admission ticket to the museum.Along with sharing inspirational stories and an...
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Red Shoe Ball raises $17,000

HADLEY – The third annual Friends of Children Red Shoe Ball, which took place April 11 at the Look Memorial Park Garden House in Florence, raised more than $17,000 for the organization.The money will be used to support the work of Friends of Children, a nonprofit organization that advocates ...
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Westfield on Weekends announces pizza-making contest

WESTFIELD – Westfield on Weekends (WOW) has partnered with The Universe According to Josh Simpson to introduce a pizza contest in the summer of 2014. The winning recipe will be featured on the menu at Clemenza’s Brick Oven Pizza during July, August, and September.Westfield will be celebratin...
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White Lion roars into Springfield

By Chris Maza chrism@thereminder.com SPRINGFIELD – With the growing popularity of craft beers nationwide, Western Massachusetts has seen a boom in local beer production. Along the Interstate 91 corridor alone is a large portion of the state of Massach...
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New American Mandolin Ensemble coming to Bing Arts Center

SPRINGFIELD – The Bing Arts Center, 716 Sumner Ave., will present a performance by the New American Mandolin Ensemble (NAME) on May 10 at 8 p.m. as part of the Bing’s House Concert Series. Widely recognized for their performances of contemporary classical music for plucked string instruments reflec...
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Yiddish Book Center named National Medal winner

AMHERST – The Yiddish Book Center has announced that it is one of 10 recipients of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, has celebrated 20 years of institutions that...
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Applause series reveals stars of the summer sky

AGAWAM – The 10th season of the Agawam Cultural Council’s popular Applause Series concludes on May 9 at 7 p.m., when Richard Sanderson comes to the Agawam Public Library to give a preview of the summer’s coming celestial attractions. Sanderson, longtime stargazer and curator of physical science at ...
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‘Gifts’ exhibit on display at D’Amour Museum of Fine Art

SPRINGFIELD – On May 13, a new exhibit titled Gifts from the Collection of Peggy and David Starr will open at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Long-time supporters of the Springfield Museums and active leaders in the arts community, the Starrs recently donated a dozen exceptiona...
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Heatons to close out 29th annual uNi Coffeehouse concert series

SPRINGFIELD – On May 17 at 7:30 p.m., the uNi Coffeehouse Concert Series will come to a close after 29 years with a final performance by Matt and Shannon Heaton. The concert will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Society Meetinghouse, 245 Porter Lake Drive. Boston-based Matt and Shannon Hea...
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Student photographers’ work on display at Valley Photo Center

SPRINGFIELD – A new photo exhibit featuring the work of valley middle, high school, and college student photographers will be on display until May 16 at the Valley Photo Center (VPC) gallery located on the upper level of Tower Square at 1500 Main St. The second annual student photo show is an opp...
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