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J-ART to stage 'Seussical'

SPRINGFIELD – This March, the JCC Actors Repertory Theater (J-ART) will be staging “Seussical: The Musical” at the Springfield Jewish Community Center as a part of the celebration of the 111th birthday of Dr. Seuss. Based on the incredible work of Dr. Seuss, “Seuss...
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South Hadley Chorale presents show celebrating Alice Parker

SOUTH HADLEY – The South Hadley Chorale will present a celebration of legendary composer Alice Parker....
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First Church to stage Godspell this March

LONGMEADOW – This March, the First Church of Christ in Longmeadow is presenting the musical Godspell written by John-Michael Tebelak, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. ...
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Community Music School among NEPR award recipients

SPRINGFIELD – New England Public Radio (NEPR) is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Arts & Humanities Awards....
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Music in Common announces 2015 Summer Youth Summit

GREAT BARRINGTON – Music in Common (MiC) announces the 2015 MiC Summer Youth Summit at Bard College at Simon’s Rock from July 19 to 29. The Youth Summit enrolls American and international delegates to participate in a music and multimedia program for high school-aged teens. The program is op...
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Enchanted Circle Theater receives 2015 Commonwealth Award

HOLYOKE – On Jan. 21, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) announced the winners of the 2015 Commonwealth Awards, Massachusetts’ highest honors in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Enchanted Circle Theater, in partnership with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, will receive an a...
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Old Sturbridge Village to host Sleigh Rally this weekend

STURBRIDGE – Old Sturbridge Village has turned into a winter wonderland, and  conditions are perfect for its upcoming Antique Sleigh Rally, set for Feb. 21, with dozens of vintage horse drawn sleighs competing. The Village’s half-price “Winter Wonderful” admission applies for all adults, parent...
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Italian Cultural Center to continue Italian cinema celebration in March

SPRINGFIELD – The Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts (ICCWM) wishes to announce that starting with “Benvenuti al Nord (2012),” on March 6, it will begin a continuation of its Friday Night at the Italian Cinema celebration of Italian movies. There will be three movies that will be shown...
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Holyoke Catholic Students to stage ‘Curtain Call, Again’

Lori Szepelak
lori@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – The stage is set for Holyoke Catholic High School’s performing arts extravaganza – Curtain Call, Again.Director Eva Stockhamer chose this “Broadway review style” production, which showcases everyone’s strengths.“The show is not scripted, meaning there are musical number...
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Bluegrass festival marks 30 years

Craig Harris

As he was approaching the end of a long bout with lymphoma, in June 1985, the Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU) and the New England bluegrass community came together to celebrate the music and influence of Hillbilly Ranch veteran, Joseph “Joe Val” Valiente (1926-1985).Although he had labored most...
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Springfield city parks celebrate 37th annual Fabulous February

SPRINGFIELD – Springfield Department of Parks, Buildings & Recreation Management is having a party and everyone is invited. On Feb. 16, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, along with the Springfield Board of Park Commissioners, invite you to kick off “Fabulous February” for its 37th year of winter c...
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UMass Fine Arts Center to host benefit gala

AMHERST –  It’s time for the 26th Annual Friends of the Fine Arts Center’s (FAC) Benefit Gala, Auction and Preview at the Student Union Feb. 7, 6 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets for the Gala event are $125 per person and include a $75 tax-deductible contribution. Corporate sponsorships are availa...
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Final Valley Voices StorySlam to take place at Hinge Feb. 13

NORTHAMPTON – The Valley Voices StorySlam collaboration between the Academy of Music Theatre and New England Public Radio (NEPR) continues its sell-out streak at UpBar at Hinge in downtown Northampton.Following StorySlams in March, September, and November 2014, the final competition at Hinge...
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Symphony Youth Orchestra to present Winter Concert at WSU

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras’ Winter Concert is set for Feb. 8, in Parenzo Hall at Westfield State University, 577 Western Ave., Westfield.The introductory ensemble Springfield Youth Sinfonia’s concert program will include Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Mussor...
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RV, Camping and Outdoor Show returns

By Lori Szepelak
lori@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – With spring only two months away, outdoor enthusiasts will once again set their sights on the annual Springfield RV, Camping & Outdoor Show for the latest innovations to make their trips fun and affordable.For 53 years, the Pioneer...
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OSV offers half-price admission this January and February

STURBRIDGE – Old Sturbridge Village is helping local visitors experience the charm of a New England winter by offering adults half-price admission in January and February to one of the nation’s largest and most premier living history museums. Throughout January and February 2015, adults, par...
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Springfield Symphony begins search for new executive director

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) announced recently that Executive Director Audrey J. Szychulski will resign her post with the orchestra to accept the position of director of Development with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.Her departure will be effective March 3....
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Springfield Symphony offers trio of diverse performances

SPRINGFIELD – For the winter-weary, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will provide a much needed thaw with the performance of three lively and diverse classical works on Jan. 24, 2015. On that evening, Maestro Rhodes and the SSO will perform selections by Kenneth Fuchs, Felix Mendelss...
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New England Air Museum to host ‘Open Cockpit Day’ on Jan. 18

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. – The New England Air Museum will host its next Open Cockpit Day on Jan. 18, 2015.On that day, visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to 10 vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and two static flight simulators. These include the Vietnam e...
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Odyssey Bookshop announces January events calendar

SOUTH HADLEY – The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley has announced the following programs for January. All events are conducted at the bookshop at 7 p.m.  unless otherwise indicated.Dig your face into sinful snacks, overindulge on cookie cake, and celebrate with local author Gina Damico ...
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Comic Adam Devine takes Mullins Center stage Feb. 17

AMHERST – Comedian and actor Adam Devine is coming to the Mullins Center Feb. 17 at 8:30 p.m. Devine is best known as a co-creator, writer and star of the hit Comedy Central show “Workaholics.” In addition, he can be seen on Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party, which recently wrapped ...
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Bright Nights among American Bus Association’s Top-100

SPRINGFIELD – The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) presented a special evening with Peter Pantuso, president and CEO of the American Bus Association (ABA) at the Carriage House at the Barney Estate to recognize Bright Nights at Forest Park as an “American Bus Association To...
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Robert Charles fundraiser benefits Baystate Children’s Hospital

EAST LONGMEADOW – Robert Charles Photography is pleased to announce its ninth annual holiday fundraising event, “Portraits for Baystate Children’s Hospital.” Since 2005, the acclaimed studio has donated over $70,000 to the hospital by gifting its proceeds from sessions purchased in the month of Dece...
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Masterpiece Ball marks Downton Abbey’s season premiere

SPRINGFIELD – If last year was any indication, those hoping to attend WGBY’s third-annual Masterpiece Ball in Celebration of the Women of Downton Abbey Jan. 3, 2015, 6 to 11 p.m., would be wise to accomplish two tasks soon: reserve a ticket and secure a period costume; both ended up being hot (and s...
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Bing Arts Center celebrates ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” is essential viewing for anyone seriously interested in film and now there is a new presentation produced by the Bing Arts Center.The DVD is the first in what Bing’s Executive Director Brian Hale hopes is ...
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Italian Cultural Center releases cookbook

SPRINGFIELD – The Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts Inc. (ICC) is proud to announce the publication of its very own “homemade” cookbook, “Mangia! Ci fa bene!” It is a delightful cookbook with over 160 tried and tested family recipes contributed by our members and friends, many...
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UMass art museum celebrates 40 years

AMHERST – In 2015, the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s (UMass) University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) will enter its 40th year, dedicated to advancing contemporary art through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and training programs for the next generation of arti...
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Ackerson’s ‘All Over the Place’ exhibited at Taber Art Gallery

HOLYOKE – The Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College (HCC) will present “All Over the Place,” an exhibit of oil paintings by Northampton artist Bruce Ackerson, through Dec. 18.“The visual and the narrative go hand in hand in my paintings,” Ackerson said in his artist’s statement. “I ...
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MGM Springfield names BBC its regional brewing partner

SPRINGFIELD – MGM Springfield recently announced that it has finalized a partnership agreement with Berkshire Brewing Company (BBC). The agreement names BBC the premier regional brewing partner and craft beer provider for MGM Springfield. BBC is a regional brewery located in South Deerfield....
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Local band to express gratitude to veterans through music

Lori Szepelak
lori@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Three friends have combined their love of music, their support of the city, and their respect and gratitude for veterans, to throw a holiday party.Dave Callahan from Palmer Paving, Peter J. Newland of the Springfield rock band FAT and JAM4SPRINGFIELD, and Lawrence L. B. Swain f...
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Iron Duke has successful opening

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

You might recall a Page 2 feature story in these papers several months back profiling Iron Duke Brewing Company, a local brewery that was in the midst of establishing its home in one of the stackhouses at the Ludlow Mills.At the time it appeared to be an incredibly ambitious, yet promising p...
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GSCVB Foodfest winners announced

SPRINGFIELD – The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) recently hosted the “Western Massachusetts Foodfest Challenge” and crowned winners of the new signature event Monday evening. The event was open to the public and featured restaurants from throughout Western Massachusetts t...
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Lighting of the Quadrangle set as part of Family Fun program

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Museums will kick off the holiday season with an afternoon of family fun and the annual Lighting of the Quadrangle Nov. 28. All of the day’s events are part of the Museums’ Family Fun program, which is supported by the TD Charitable Foundation.The day begins wit...
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Signature Sounds to throw post-Thanksgiving anniversary bash

Craig Harris

NORTHAMPTON – Signature Sounds knows how to throw a party. On Thanksgiving weekend, the Northampton-based record label will celebrate its 20th anniversary with concerts spotlighting 18 artists from its roster. The label will be presenting four events at the Academy of Music from Nov. 28 to 30. For t...
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Mullins Center hosting ‘Holidaze Toy Drive’ through Nov. 29

AMHERST – The Mullins Center and Global Spectrum Charities have partnered with Toys For Tots to host the “Holidaze Toy Drive” until Nov. 29. The initiative of the Toy Drive is to collect new toys for less fortunate children during the holidays.Gearing up for Cirque Dreams Holidaze performanc...
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Local photographer offers pictures with Father Christmas

FLORENCE – Santa Claus as we know him today didn’t exist until the 1950s, prior to that he wore a long robe and went by the name: Father Christmas. This holiday season Jacki Jacobs Photography will be taking families back to the Victorian Era to meet this jolly fellow and capture the moment ...
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HCC Theater Department to stage ‘When the Rain Stops Falling’

HOLYOKE – It’s raining. A man screams. A fish falls from the sky.So begins “When the Rain Stops Falling,” Andrew Bovell’s dramatic exploration of one family’s struggle over four generations, from a small London flat in 1959 to the Australian desert in 2039.“It’s an intimate play on a...
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‘Fire and Ice: Landscapes Worldwide’ exhibited at Baystate

SPRINGFIELD – The  beauty of our world can be absolutely breathtaking.  “Fire and Ice: Landscapes Worldwide,” a photography exhibit by Amy S. Dane, will be on view in the Daly Building of Baystate Medical Center in Springfield until Dec. 30. The 40 photographs lining the corridor to the MR...
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Old Sturbridge Village demonstrates traditional Thanksgiving festivities

STURBRIDGE – Did you know that Thanksgiving was one of just a few holidays celebrated by 19th-century New Englanders – and by far, it was the most important?Beginning Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, through Nov. 30, Old Sturbridge Village costumed historians and interpreters will bring to life Th...
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Storrs Library hosts Local Artist Spotlight

LONGMEADOW – The Longmeadow Cultural Council (LCC) will host the first annual “Local Artist Spotlight” Nov. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Storrs Library - featuring Longmeadow artist, Jeanne Rye. The evening’s event will include a live musical performance by Peter and Abby Thomsen, along with the a...
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Bing to present For A Limited Time Only painting exhibit

SPRINGFIELD – The Bing Arts Center is pleased to present For A Limited Time Only, an installation by Amy “BannerQueen” Johnquest. She has been an integral part of the Valley art scene for many years. Blessed with a great design sense, innate creativity, and a seriously quirky sense of humor,...
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OSV celebrates Veterans Day

STURBRIDGE – Old Sturbridge Village will offer free admission to veterans, active military personnel and their families – up to six people – on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Historians will fire vintage firearms and perform martial music covering 300 years of America’s military history. A display o...
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Martha Graham Dance Company to visit UMass FAC Nov. 18

AMHERST – Martha Graham Dance Company is one of the oldest and most celebrated contemporary dance companies on the planet. The venerated choreographer and dancer drew her groundbreaking style from the elemental movements of contraction and release, leading to a sharp, raw and dramatic style ...
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Springfield Museums to host teen anime and comic event

SPRINGFIELD – The Central Library will be buzzing with activity the weekend of Nov. 15 and 16 when teen anime and comic fans hang out and meet other like-minded teens.Described as “a style of animation originating in Japan characterized by stark colorful graphics depicting vibrant characters...
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