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Local Hero Restaurant Days highlights locally grown produce

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Local Hero Restaurant Days is upon us again. ...
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Valley Fest aims to showcase area’s passion, creativity

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Dan Lanigan admitted if you had told him years ago that Springfield would play host to a craft beer festival, he would have thought you were crazy....
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Springfield Museums announce Summer Spectacular lineup

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Museums have announced the schedule for weeks three and four of their annual “Summer Spectacular” Family Series, which runs through Aug. 14. ...
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OSV to kick off August with Redcoats and Rebels

STURBRIDGE – More than 1,000 historic military reenactors and 10,000 spectators will converge on Old Sturbridge Village Aug. 1 and 2 for the village’s 12th annual Redcoats and Rebels, the largest Revolutionary War reenactment in New England. ...
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Luxe Burger Bar announces 2015 Build Your Own Burger contest

SPRINGFIELD – Luxe Burger Bar, located at 1200 Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield, is pleased to announce the return of its Build Your Own Burger contest. ...
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Phelps-Hatheway House to host Tom Cameron exhibit, Artwalk

SUFFIELD, CT – Connecticut Landmarks’ Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden presents a photography exhibition by local photographer Tom Cameron Aug. 7 to Dec. 6. ...
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Lynch pens book detailing actress Ann Blyth’s life, work

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

CHICOPEE – Local author Jacqueline Lynch didn’t intend to write a definitive book on actress and singer Ann Blyth when she starting blogging about her, but what started as short posts online has turned into a nearly 400-page book....
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Craig Harris’ busy year continues with several local events

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

CHICOPEE – Photographer, writer and musician Craig Harris is having a busy year....
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Look Park in Florence to host Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival

FLORENCE – On July 18 Look Park comes alive with Highland dancers, Highland pipers and drummers, a clan parade, sheep herding, Scottish dogs and other animals, wool spinners and weavers and lively Celtic music. Celebrate your Scottish heritage – real or coveted – with kil...
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Classic Rock band ‘Kansas’ to perform at Big E on Sept. 26

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Classic Rock icons Kansas will be performing at The Big E’s xfinity arena Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. ...
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Trinity United Church presents ‘A Little Night Music’ concerts every week in July

SPRINGFIELD – Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., will host “A Little Night Music” every Thursday evening in the month of July....
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White Lion places second at Brewbound Startup Challenge

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – White Lion Brewing Company continued to expand its brand recently, taking part in a nationwide showcase of its products and message....
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Springfield’s Q Smokin’ Good Food celebrates first anniversary

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – A year is a notable anniversary in the lifetime of a restaurant, as the industry is known to be volatile. Q Smokin’ Good Food at 890 State St., has made that first hurdle and recently celebrated with special offers to patrons....
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ECA+ Gallery presents Van Winkle exhibit

EASTHAMPTON – Michael Van Winkle exhibits “If it has a name” at the ECA+ Gallery from June 4 to 25. ...
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Air Museum to host three historic WWII aircraft

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. – The New England Air Museum has announced that three historic WWII aircraft will be on public display nearby the Museum June 24 to 28. ...
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Wild Bull Curry’s life chronicled in son’s new book

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

He was called “The Walking Riot.” ...
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Springfield Museums to host Culture and Cocktails event

SPRINGFIELD – On June 4 from 5 to 8 p.m., the Springfield Museums will present their final Culture & Cocktails event of the 2014-15 season at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum....
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Northampton Arts Council funds local projects

NORTHAMPTON – The Northampton Arts Council is pleased to announce the awarding of 23 grants totaling $15,000....
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Bing Arts Center to celebrate fifth anniversary June 13

SPRINGFIELD – The Bing Arts Center will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a party June 13, 8 p.m. ...
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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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