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Massachusetts Academy of Ballet announces spring performance

HOLYOKE – This year’s Spring Ballet performance at the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet is momentous in that it marks the studio’s 10-year anniversary. ...
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Eastern States Exposition to host Taste of Table & Vine

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Looking for a chance to expand your palette when it comes to wines, beer and spirits? The offerings planned at the “Taste of Table & Vine” will do just that....
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Camp Moses Reservation to host Apple Jam Roots Music Festival

RUSSELL – The 2015 Apple Jam Roots Music Festival will take place Aug. 21 to 23 at Camp Moses Reservation, 310 Birch Hill Road. ...
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Storrowton Village museum to host Civil War reenactment

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Storrowton Village Museum will present an interactive, educational tour titled Storrowton and the Civil War May 19, 6 to 7 p.m....
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Longmeadow’s Amy Dane wins first prize in photo contest

Her photograph called “Mother/Daughter Selfie: Priceless” was taken last October in Seoul, Korea....
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Springfield JCC to offer summer drama camp

SPRINGFIELD – Drama Camp for third through eighth graders is being offered this summer at J Summer Camps at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. ...
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Exhibit celebrating origins of Old Sturbridge Village opens May 2

STURBRIDGE – In 1936, A.B. Wells and Malcolm Watkins formed an extraordinary partnership that began an enduring 70-year legacy....
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AIC to stage ‘Top Girls’ starting April 24

SPRINGFIELD – The theater arts program at American International College (AIC) will present “Top Girls” by Caryl Churchill. ...
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‘Together in Song,’ featuring eight regional groups, to be aired on WGBY

SPRINGFIELD – This year, eight regional choral groups have been chosen to perform in the Together in Song Regional Choral Awards, to be broadcast live from the WGBY studios in Springfield April 26, 7 to 9 p.m....
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Springfield Restaurant Week to give diners a sampling of the city’s best eateries

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – The city’s downtown restaurants will be in the spotlight now through May 2 in the first “Springfield Restaurant Week.”...
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Wilbraham United Players to present 'The Drowsy Chaperone'

WILBRAHAM – The Wilbraham United Players will present their spring musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” on May 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and on May 9 and 17 at 2:30 p.m. on the Fellowship Hall Stage in the Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. ...
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Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux to play UMass FAC

AMHERST – The Fab Faux approach the Beatles’ classic and more adventurous songs with the intent of playing them live as closely in musical reading and in spirit as possible. ...
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Young@Heart, YPC, SciTech team for mash-up concert

NORTHAMPTON – After their highly successful April Fools show, Young@Heart ends the month with their third annual Mash-Up Concert featuring the legendary Young People’s Chorus of New York City and SciTech Band, the pride of Springfield, on April 26, 3 p.m. at Smith College’s John M. Greene Hall....
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What’s craft beer, what’s not, and what difference does it make?

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

It’s been a while since a beer column graced the pages of these papers and with its return, I’ll wade right into the murky waters of one of the longest running feuds the beer-loving world has ever known and let you know just one thing – it’s absolutely ridiculous....
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UMCA presents exhibit by guest curator Lorne Falk

AMHERST- The University Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present an exhibition guest curated by Lorne Falk....
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New beer supports endangered species awareness

GREENFIELD – The People’s Pint Brewery and the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) are partnering to raise awareness of the shortnose sturgeon with a new beer, the Shortnose Stout. ...
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City Stage and Symphony Hall unveil upcoming performances

SPRINGFIELD – April is filled with a variety of exciting shows at City Stage & Symphony Hall....
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NCHHP announces upcoming events

GRANVILLE – Spring is finally here. There’s a lot going on at the Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation (NCCHP) museum at the drum factory in 2015. Mark your calendars and visit soon....
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UMass FAC welcomes classical music ‘powerhouses’ March 28

AMHERST – They’re one of the top orchestras in the world, based in London with many global tours under their belts. He’s one of the most celebrated concert pianists in the US, recently named a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellow, and Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year. ...
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Disney on Ice comes to Springfield

SPRINGFIELD – Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse as they travel to four magical destinations all in one fun-filled ice production....
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Young Professionals, SBID unveil plans for Springfield Restaurant Week

SPRINGFIELD – Get out your forks and knives because it is time to take a bite out of Springfield. ...
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Bing presents Ephemeral String Band April 3

SPRINGFIELD – The Bing Arts Center, at 716 Sumner Ave., is pleased to present the Ephemeral String Band for a performance on April 3, at 8 p.m., with the doors open at 7:30 p.m. ...
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Winnie the Pooh comes to life on stage at Bay Path University

LONGMEADOW – Winnie the Pooh and the 100-Acre Woods are coming to Bay Path University’s stage in a weekend of performances. ...
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HCC Theater Department to stage one-act plays

HOLYOKE – The HCC Theater Department will present “An Evening of One-Acts,” a three-day festival of one-act plays April 2 to 4 at 7:30 p.m. in room 111 of the Fine & Performing Arts building....
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Kevin Hart’s tour comes to Amherst

AMHERST – Kevin Hart’s What Now? Tour is coming to the Mullins Center on April 29 at 7 p.m. ...
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French Heritage Center presents ‘A Taste of Maple’ event

CHICOPEE – The French Heritage Center’s five-year anniversary event, “A Taste of Maple,” celebrates two French Canadian traditions; fiddle music and maple “sugaring”. ...
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Old Sturbridge Village to host Maple Day

STURBRIDGE – As part of Old Sturbridge Village’s Maple Day weekends throughout March, costumed historians will demonstrate maple sugar making at the village’s own working “Sugar Camp” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. ...
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Magicians to gather in Granby

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

GRANBY – Area magicians will gather to perform and confound at an annual event....
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HCC hosts 'The Book Show' art exhibit

HOLYOKE – The Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College will present “The Book Show,” artwork from Dean Nimmer’s new book, Creating Abstract Art: Ideas and Inspirations for Passionate Art-Making (North Light Books, 2014) now through March 12. ...
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March comes in like a lion at City Stage and Symphony Hall

SPRINGFIELD – From St. Patrick’s Day to Women’s History Month, there are many things to celebrate at City Stage and Symphony Hall....
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Air Museum to host March Open Cockpit Day, Space Expo

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. – The New England Air Museum will host Open Cockpit Day on March 15....
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Ninety Nine Restaurant, Wachusett Brewery unveil Horseshoe Ale

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Ninety Nine Restaurant and Pub announced today an agreement with Wachusett Brewing Company to unveil a new American Pale Ale – Horseshoe Ale – available exclusively at all Ninety Nine locations....
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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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