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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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East Longmeadow to host Many Hands Piano Recital

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Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette to play at UMass Fine Arts Center

AMHERST – If there is such a thing as jazz royalty, this concert offers an ample supply. Across a 50-year career, 2012 NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award winner Jack DeJohnette has blazed a trail as one of a handful of the most innovative drummers in jazz history. The Jack DeJohnette Trio perf...
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GSCVB to host Foodfest Challenge

HOLYOKE – The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) is proud to announce The Western Massachusetts Foodfest Challenge. The event will take place Nov. 17 at The Log Cabin from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 each and available for purchase to the general public. To purchase t...
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Evening of Illumination set for Old Sturbridge Village

STURBRIDGE – How did New England families spend their evenings before the intrusion of texting, telephones, TVs and computers?Visitors to Old Sturbridge Village will get a rare chance find out as they tour the historic Village lit only by candles, oil lamps, lanterns, and firelight during th...
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Country Club of Wilbraham to host Jimmy Mazz By Request

WILBRAHAM – Would you like to attend a show and select the songs? You can. The Country Club of Wilbraham is pleased to debut the Jimmy Mazz By Request Dinner Show on Nov. 7.Enjoy an evening of delicious dining and sensational singing.  Audience members will choose the songs Jimm...
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Local playwrights’ show ‘Fabulous’ gets off-Broadway run

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Getting a show in an off-Broadway theater is almost as tough as getting a production on Broadway, but two local men have beaten those odds.Michael Rheault of Springfield and Dan Derby of Enfield, CT.  not only have the satisfaction of seeing their show’s name up in lights ...
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Amherst Historical Society to host Scene in Amherst art show

AMHERST – From Nov. 1 to Dec. 13, the Amherst Historical Society and Museum (AHSM) will present its second juried art show, Scene in Amherst, at the Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity St. AHSM is requesting submissions of original works –  painted, drawn, photographed or 3-D, inspired by sce...
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2014 Instrumentalist of the Year to perform at UMass

AMHERST – One of America’s most thought-provoking, multi-faceted, and compelling artists, pianist Jeremy Denk is the winner of a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angel...
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‘Menagerie’ exhibited at HCC's Taber Gallery

HOLYOKE – The Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College (HCC) is pleased to welcome an exhibit by Ashfield artist Peggy Grose called “A Menagerie” now through Nov. 7, with a reception on Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p. m. and a gallery talk at noon.There will also be an evening reception ...
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Springfield Turnverein to host ‘Blast from the Past’ concert

Lori Szepelak
lori@thereminder.com

FEEDING HILLS – From obscure songs to the top 40 oldies, Gary Jones and Tony Mitrook promise spinning tunes that will bring back fond memories.“The songs that we will play are from a period when things were simpler,” Jones said during an interview with Remin...
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Wilbraham United Players to stage 'The Man Who Came To Dinner.'

WILBRAHAM – Wilbraham United Players has begun preparing for its November production of “The Man Who Came to Dinner”, a comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufmann. Paul Nesbit of Springfield plays the irascible personality Sheridan Whiteside, who has taken up residence in a conservative, upp...
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Jimmy Mazz to play Storrowton

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Peace, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll! Go “Swingin’ Thru The Sixties” with Jimmy Mazz on Oct. 12 at the Carriage House at Storrowton Tavern for a lunch show. Mazz will take audience members on a musical trip through the 1960s, filled with memorable music and tantalizing tales...
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The Cedars to host Doo Wop Society show

Lori Szepelak
lori@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Bob Belniak and Gary Jones are “passionate” when selecting musical acts for the New England Doo Wop Society.“This music is in our blood,” said Belniak during a recent interview with Reminder Publications.Belniak and Jones are co-...
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Pulitzer winner coming to STCC

SPRINGFIELD – Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning author, musician, and screenwriter James McBride will perform at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) on Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. in the Scibelli Hall gymnasium in building 2. McBride is the author of “The Color of Water: A Blac...
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OSV celebrates apple season

STURBRIDGE – With its “living collection” of heirloom apple trees, Old Sturbridge Village is one of the best places in the country to learn about rare varieties of antique apples. During the museum’s annual Apple Days festival Oct. 4 and 5, visitors can taste heirloom apple varieties, see th...
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Springfield Symphony Orchestra welcomes new board member

SPRINGFIELD – Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C. (MBK) announced the appointment of Christopher Marini to the Board of Trustees and Audience Development and Education Committee for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.“As a practicing accountant and professional music teacher, I am able to bring a ...
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Register now for Museum School

SPRINGFIELD – Registration is now underway for fall courses and trips offered by The Museum School, which offers experiential learning opportunities for both children and adults on an ongoing basis at the Springfield Museums. Courses in studio art, art history, and writing have long been a c...
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Western New England University hosts ‘Possibility of Space’ exhibit

SPRINGFIELD – The Western New England University Art Gallery will host “Possibility of Space,” an exhibit by artist and independent curator Kim Carlino, from Sept. 7 to Oct. 2. The gallery, located in the St. Germain Campus Center, will host an opening reception on Sept. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. C...
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Joel Crouse to play Big E Sept. 13

WEST SPRINGFIELD – One of country music’s freshest faces, Joel Crouse is on the road and bringing his energetic live performance to the Eastern States Exposition on Sept. 14.Crouse will perform new music off of his debut studio album, “Even the River Runs,” which was released Aug. 19. For ti...
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Springfield Symphony Orchestra announces 71st season lineup

SPRINGFIELD – Maestro Kevin Rhodes has crafted another season of surprises, symphonic “greatest hits,” and a string of remarkable guest artists. The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will kick off their 71st season with a true show...
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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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