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    1. 'Cabinets of Curiosity' exhibit at the Springfield Museums highlights rare, peculiar objects

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      'Cabinets of Curiosity' exhibit at the Springfield Museums highlights rare, peculiar objects

      Cabinets of Curiosity, also known as "Wunderkammer" or "Wonder-Rooms," harken back to the 17th and 18th centuries.  They were the early inspiration for the modern museum, first kept by amateur and professional scientists then by royalty and members of elite society.  The name of the game back then was to see who could have the rarest objects, arranged impeccably and in the most opulent way.  Springfield resident George Walter Vincent Smith began collecting uncommon items and art objects during the 1850s, his treasures now the foundation for the Quadrangle museum named after him. Smith's collection of Asian art and ...

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    2. Basketball showcase comes to Springfield: Editorial

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      Basketball showcase comes to Springfield: Editorial

      The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association has approved a proposal by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Mass. Sports Commission. The eight championship games (four each in the boys and girls division), covering all of the divisions based on enrollment size, will be played on March 19, 2016 – all in the city where the game was invented. Two sites are involved – the MassMutual Center (capacity 8,000) and Springfield College's Blake Arena (2,000). The arenas are smaller than Worcester's 14,000 seat DCU Center, but for this particular event, they are suitable and spacious ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    3. Springfield to host MIAA hoop finals

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      Springfield to host MIAA hoop finals

      The MIAA announced yesterday that, starting next March, all state finals for the boys and girls basketball tournaments will take place in Springfield, hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Massachusetts Sports Commission. On Saturday, March 19, eight state championship boys and girls hoop games will be played in Springfield — four to be played at the MassMutual Center, and the other four at Springfield College’s Blake Arena. This move ends the run of State Final Saturday in Worcester, where the DCU Center would host six games in one day.

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    4. Planner of Mass MoCA proposes new contemporary art museum for North Adams | masslive.com

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      Planner of Mass MoCA proposes new contemporary art museum for North Adams | masslive.com

      Thomas Krens, former director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, announced his vision for the Global Contemporary Collection and Museum earlier this week. The institution would be situated along Route 2, near the Harriman & West Airport, Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art and MASS MoCA.  Krens pitched the $10 to $15 million project to the city's Airport Commission Tuesday. It would potentially house up to 400 works of art, The Eagle reports, with the idea that it would showcase work too large to normally be exhibited in a traditional museum.

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    5. Attendance Surging, the Big E Looks to the Future - BusinessWest

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      Attendance Surging, the Big E Looks to the Future - BusinessWest

      Since taking over as CEO of the Eastern States Exposition in 2012, Gene Cassidy has overseen record-setting attendance during the 17-day Big E fair and a robust series of year-round events that, together, generate nearly a half-billion dollars in economic impact. But that success is no fluke; it’s a result of year-round work and the ability to plan years down the road. That road will soon bring several challenges, from increased competition for dollars (notably from a Springfield casino) to a very worrisome highway reconstruction. But with a century of history behind it, the Big E seems poised for ...

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    6. Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival draws thousands to Court Square

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      Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival draws thousands to Court Square

      While visiting her daughter's family for the summer, Indiana resident Marcy Anderson found a perfect way to spend a sunny a Saturday afternoon downtown. The daylong Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival attracted an estimated 5,000 people who wanted to hear music from a high school jazz group, Latin jazz performers and some bigger known names including Springfield native Avery Sharpe with Charles Neville. "I was born and raised up on jazz. My father was a big fan of jazz," Anderson said. She attended with her daughter Stacey Church, of Wilbraham, the general manager of the MassMutual Center, and her ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    7. Tourism, arts and culture are important economic engines: Guest viewpoint | masslive.com

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      Tourism, arts and culture are important economic engines: Guest viewpoint | masslive.com

      Tourism, arts and culture is especially important to our economy here in Western Massachusetts. Every year, thousands of people visit Hampden and Hampshire Counties for work, vacation, or family. Tourism­ related employment in our region alone totals nearly 5,000 people, with a payroll of more than $120 million annually. Direct spending by travelers in our region is over $500 million, resulting in over $11 million for our local communities. And with the MGM Casino, the new Dr. Seuss Museum, and the opening of new rides at Six Flags New England, not to mention the renovation of Springfield's Union ...

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    8. On Two Wheels: Indian motorcycle heritage lives on in Greater Springfield | masslive.com

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      On Two Wheels: Indian motorcycle heritage lives on in Greater Springfield | masslive.com

      The big event of the weekend will be the rally at the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle between State and Edwards streets in downtown Springfield. Brought back in 2010 after a five-year hiatus, Indian Day is designed to honor the iconic motorcycle that was manufactured in the city from 1901 until 1953.  You can view some finely restored Indians on display at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield or see over 60 motorcycles owned by private collectors. This year's Indian Day will pay tribute to Bob's Indian, of Etters, Pennsylvania, for its many years of supporting the ...

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    9. Westfield International Air Show returns to Barnes Air National Guard Base in 2016

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      Westfield International Air Show returns to Barnes Air National Guard Base in 2016

      Barnes Air National Guard Base and the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard will host another edition of the Westfield International Air Show just more than a year from now. The air show, scheduled Sept. 10-11, 2016, will come on the heels of the Great New England Air Show at Westover Air Reserve Base, which drew 300,000 people to the base in Chicopee in May. "The two bases want to get back in a pattern of taking turns hosting an air show every other year," said Maj. Matthew  Mutti of the 104th, the air show director

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield

    10. Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden big draw at Springfield Quadrangle

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      Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden big draw at Springfield Quadrangle

      There are a lot of characters hanging around the Quadrangle at the Springfield Museums and they go by the names Horton, Grinch, Max, Thidwick and more. These characters were born in the mind of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss and comprise the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden.

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    11. CityBlock gets underway with Jane Monheit on Thursday in downtown's Stearns Square | masslive.com

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      CityBlock gets underway with Jane Monheit on Thursday in downtown's Stearns Square | masslive.com

      The 2015 CityBlock Summer Concert Series presented by MassMutual gets underway on Thursday night with modern jazz star Jane Monheit headlining the outdoor stage in downtown's Stearns Square.  Monheit brings a formidable jazz pedigree to the series.  She has been in demand since emerging as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute's 1998 vocal competition. In addition to her own recordings, she has worked alongside the likes of Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell, and Ivan Lins.

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    12. Do-si-do your partner and welcome to Springfield, National Square Dance Convention: Letter to the editor

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      Do-si-do your partner and welcome to Springfield, National Square Dance Convention: Letter to the editor

      You're probably wondering about all the colorful dance outfits and vibrancy in downtown Springfield this weekend. A couple of years ago Mary Kay Wydra, Director of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lenny and Connie Houle and I made a pitch to host the 64th Annual National Square Dance Convention right here in downtown Springfield. In a video tape presentation in Detroit, Michigan my pitch reminisced about being a fourth grader at White Street School.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra

    13. Classic cars find their way back to Springfield for Cruise Night at Stearns Square | masslive.com

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      Classic cars find their way back to Springfield for Cruise Night at Stearns Square | masslive.com

      'I was thrilled that downtown could play host to Cruise Night,' said Chris Russell, executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District. 'With all the history of the automobile in Springfield we thought it only made sense to have a car show. If you love the classic automobiles as much as I do please join us next Monday night. And if you have a classic car of your own ... don't forget to register, too!'  While checking out amazing antique cars, attendees listened to classic music from the '50s and '60s and enjoyed food from two terrific downtown restaurants, Adolfo ...

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    14. National Square Dance Convention kicks off today in Springfield

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      National Square Dance Convention kicks off today in Springfield

      Houle projected the direct economic impact of the convention to be about $5-7 million. "We are excited to finally roll out the red carpet and welcome the National Square Dance Convention to Western Mass. in June after originally bidding for the convention in 2011. All of our area partners from parking facilities to restaurants, hotels to campgrounds, to attractions and beyond are planning to be busy and we all look forward to hosting a great group of convention goers," said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. "The presence that a group like the NSDC ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Westfield

    15. Boston 2024: Olympic whitewater canoe/kayak slalom races would be on Deerfield River in Franklin, Berkshire counties | masslive.com

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      Boston 2024: Olympic whitewater canoe/kayak slalom races would be on Deerfield River in Franklin, Berkshire counties | masslive.com

      Improvements required for the races would cost $23 million to $31 million, including legacy improvements that would last after the games. The money would come from the Boston 2024 operating budget, said spokesman David Wedge.  Boston 2024 announced the venue Monday afternoon. Western Massachusetts is also working to host other events, including preliminary basketball, invented in Springfield, and volleyball which was invented in Holyoke.

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    16. WMass officials hope to secure Boston 2024 Olympic events

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      WMass officials hope to secure Boston 2024 Olympic events

      Western Massachusetts boosters always knew local venues, such as the MassMutual Center  or the Mullins Center on the University of Massachusetts, are too small and would never host the medal rounds of the popular men's and women's basketball tournaments, said Sullivan, president and CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council and the person leading the charge to ensure as much of the Boston 2024 Olympics occur in Western Massachusetts as possible. "I think there is a very good chance that we will host preliminary-round basketball," Sullivan said.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts

    17. Massachusetts Senate approves $100,000 for Spirit of Springfield

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      Massachusetts Senate approves $100,000 for Spirit of Springfield

      Spirit of Springfield President Judith A. Matt has a lot of meetings with a lot of people, so when Sen. Eric Lesser met with her to discuss the needs of the non-profit, she did not think anything would come of it. "Anthony Cignoli got us together. I told Sen. Lesser a little about what we do and he was very familiar with it having marched in the Parade of the Big Balloons and flipped pancakes with the Key Club during the pancake breakfast," Matt said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Judy Matt

    18. 2015 Howdy Awards recognize Pioneer Valley hospitality workers

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      2015 Howdy Awards recognize Pioneer Valley hospitality workers

      The Howdy Awards, which celebrated their 20th year during the event held at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House in Holyoke, recognize front-line employees in the hospitality industry who go above and beyond in the performance of their duties and provide outstanding service to their guest and customers. "We are proud and happy to present the Howdy Awards to honor just some of the most important people in the hospitality industry," said GSCVB President Mary Kay Wydra. "They are usually the first person a visitor encounters, and if they're especially nice and go above and beyond, that visitor ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Mary Kay Wydra

    19. Westover Air Show attracts 225,000 people despite traffic and heat

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      Westover Air Show attracts 225,000 people despite traffic and heat

      An estimated 375,000 people attended this year's air show, which also celebrated the 75th anniversary of Westover. Cloudy skies kept some people away on Saturday and the U.S. Army Golden Knights had to cancel its parachute jumps and several other teams performed an alternate low altitude show, Lt. Col. James Bishop, chief of public affairs for Westover said. Still an estimated 150,000 people attended the free show on Saturday. That number soared to about 225,000 on Sunday when the weather was warm but the skies were clear. "You couldn't ask for better flying weather ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee

    20. Great New England Air Show 2015 to feature high-tech F-22 Raptor stealth jet

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      Great New England Air Show 2015 to feature high-tech F-22 Raptor stealth jet

      The Great New England Air Show at Westover Air Reserve Base will be held May 16 and 17. Typically people react with "shock and awe" when they see the capabilities of the F-22 Raptor jet, said Maj. John Cummings, part of the demonstration team from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, who will be flying the jet this weekend. "People are very surprised to see such a big airplane maneuver as it does," he said. The F-22 Raptor is the most advanced airplane flying at the Great New England Air Show this weekend. Other highlights of the show include the ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield

    21. Westover ready to host 2015 Great New England Air Show | masslive.com

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      Westover ready to host 2015 Great New England Air Show | masslive.com

      This is the first air show the base has had in three years and is expected to have a number of popular attractions including the Navy's Blue Angels, a demonstration team that flies F-18 jets; the Golden Knights, a U.S. Army parachute team; the Canadian Snowbirds, a nine-plane formation of CT-144 trainers, an F-22 Raptor and the Geico Skytypers.

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    22. Great New Air Show bringing Blue Angels, more to Chicopee

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      Great New Air Show bringing Blue Angels, more to Chicopee

      The Galaxy Community Council held a raffle fundraiser to support the Great New England Air Show. The six winners will get a ride on an AC-47 Gunship, which was used extensively in Vietnam in support of U.S ground forces. The Galaxy Community Council is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 charitable corporation that supports the Great New England Air Show. It is responsible for raising funds to support the non-military participants, such as civilian aerobatic acts and vintage aircraft at the air show. Connie Foster of the Galaxy Council said that she was pleased with the raffle, which raised around ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    23. Report: Springfield Armory attracted 20k visitors, created $1.6 million in economic impact in 2014 | masslive

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      Report: Springfield Armory attracted 20k visitors, created $1.6 million in economic impact in 2014 | masslive

      The Springfield Armory - birthplace of the region's manufacturing industries and forger of arms for the nation from its earliest days - attracted 20,595 visitors in 2014 and those visitors generated $1.57 million in economic output for the region.  The National Park Service issued a report Thursday detailing visitor numbers at and spending around national parks all over the country. Details, along with interactive charts and graphs, are here.  The report also said that the Springfield Armory National Historic Site attracted 17,300 of those visitors from outside the area.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Armory   Springfield

    24. Mayor Sarno calls Springfield Restaurant Week 2015 an event 'you can't put a price tag on' | masslive.com

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      Mayor Sarno calls Springfield Restaurant Week 2015 an event 'you can't put a price tag on' | masslive.com

      The City Hall Chamber event included speeches from Mayor Domenic Sarno, City Council President Michael Fenton, City Councilor Justin Hurst and Chris Russel, Executive Director of the Springfield Business Improvement District.  'People coming down to the city of Springfield with their family and friends to have a great time and good food will spread that word to other suburban areas in Western Massachusetts,' said Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Springfield Business Improvement District

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