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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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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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