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    1. With the 2017 Big E just days away, West Springfield fairgrounds prepare to welcome...

      With the 2017 Big E just days away, West Springfield fairgrounds prepare to welcome...

      The 2017 edition of The Big E, the biggest fair in the northeast United States, is just days away from opening and vendors are busy erecting booths, building rides, and shining every last bit of chrome. This year, visitors will be able to see Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition, a recreation in photographs of the ceiling frescoes of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. Guests will also be able to experience a bit of the Middle East desert oasis at the Camel Kingdom, which features a rare breed of dromedary, sporting blue eyes and a spotted coat.

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    2. Springfield BID Extends Cruise Nights to Benefit Shriners, Square One

      Springfield BID Extends Cruise Nights to Benefit Shriners, Square One

      Each week, participants were encouraged to make a donation in support of the work that both Square One and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Springfield are doing to support children and families in the region. Donations have grown to more than $1,000. “In order to have a healthy, thriving business community, we need healthy, thriving families,” says Chris Russell, executive director of the Springfield BID. “Both Square One and Shriners Hospital are working to do just that. We are pleased to be supporting the important missions of these two organizations.” Added Kristine Allard, chief development and communications officer at Square ...

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    3. Springfield Jam Fest

      Springfield Jam Fest

      The day is almost here for the first annual Springfield Jam Fest in downtown Springfield. Over a dozen local artists will be performing on two separate stages throughout the entire day from all genres of music.  The festival is taking place this Saturday, September 9 at Court Square from 12 pm to 11 pm. For a full schedule on the band’s entertainment please visit our Downtown Springfield Facebook page.

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    4. Basketball Hall of Fame inductees Rebecca Lobo, Mannie Jackson speak at Springfield...

      Basketball Hall of Fame inductees Rebecca Lobo, Mannie Jackson speak at Springfield...

      Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductees Rebecca Lobo and Mannie Jackson were the featured guests at the Education and Leadership Luncheon at Springfield College on Friday. Part of the 2017 Enshrinement Weekend, the luncheon recognized local high school students and business leaders. It was meant to inspire and reward the perseverance and excellence of city youth through one of Springfield's greatest contributions to the world, the game of basketball, organizers said.

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    5. Seen@ The 7th annual Western Mass. Double Decker Dine tour | masslive.com

      Seen@ The 7th annual Western Mass. Double Decker Dine tour | masslive.com

      The 7th annual Double Decker Dine, sponsored by the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, featured six restaurants in and around the Springfield area on Wednesday night.  Participants were escorted to the restaurants in their choice of a conventional Peter Pan bus or the classic old-world style double decker.  The participating restaurants included, Uno Pizzeria & Grill at the Riverfront in Springfield, The Student Prince in Springfield, Lattitude in West Springfield, Murphy's Pub in Agawam, Storrowton Tavern in West Springfield, and the Luxe Burger in Springfield.

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    6. Class of 2017 "EDUCATION & LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON"

      Class of 2017 "EDUCATION & LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON"

      The Basketball Hall of Fame & Beta Sigma Boulé of Springfield have partnered to create an intimate Education & Leadership experience to benefit local youth and grow into a national and sustainable platform. The luncheon will include over 50 high school students who have been chosen based on their demonstrated potential, grade point average, and personal character.  Prior to the Class of 2017 Enshrinement Ceremony, the Education & Leadership Luncheon will be an inspirational program celebrating Hall of Famers, while delivering a direct connection to area youth.

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    7. Westfield International Air Show draws thousands of spectators

      Westfield International Air Show draws thousands of spectators

      While the 2017 Westfield International Air Show featured powerful planes flown by expert pilots, there were other highlights that were just as special. From the vintage airplanes to the men and women of the 104th Fighter Wing who were present at the event to talk to spectators, the air show had plenty to offer. "People were able to get out here, walk around the aircraft, meet our airmen. They could meet the pilot and meet the crew," said Col. Peter Green, vice commander of the 104th Fighter Wing stationed at Barnes Air National Guard Base.

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    8. Paradise City Festival Has Become a Regional Success Story

      Paradise City Festival Has Become a Regional Success Story

      It’s tough to make a living as an artist, and no one knows that better than Linda and Geoffrey Post, who made a go of it for 20 years, much of it on the art-show circuit, before deciding, in 1994, to switch gears. That’s when they founded the Paradise City Arts Festival.  Geoffrey Post, a fiber artist, and Linda Post, a painter, say they took an enormous leap of faith when they started the festival at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. They gathered work from fellow artists, put notices in local newspapers, and set up in the ...

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    9. If you like airplanes, the 2017 Westfield International Air Show will have plenty

      If you like airplanes, the 2017 Westfield International Air Show will have plenty

      Those who enjoy seeing the Air National Guard 104th Fighter Wing's F-15 jets flying over Western Massachusetts are in for a rare treat this weekend as Barnes Air National Guard Base will host an air show featuring nearly 14 hours of flying demonstrations. This is the first time in seven years the 104th will open its gates and invite the public in to tour planes, watch some of the best pilots in the military perform and meet their military neighbors at the Westfield International Air Show, said Capt. Anthony Mutti, chief of public affairs for the wing.

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    10. Filling the Big E’s Concert Bill Is Equal Parts Art, Science, and Hustle

      Filling the Big E’s Concert Bill Is Equal Parts Art, Science, and Hustle

      John Juliano has been booking entertainment at the Big E for almost 30 years, but his first job for the fair was a little less glamorous. Specifically, it was a part-time gig cleaning out horse stalls in 1982. He didn’t mind, though, because it was money in his pocket, and a chance to be a part of a regional icon he’d loved from his childhood. “It was always my favorite thing to do,” said Juliano, senior director of Sales, Marketing & Entertainment for the Eastern States Exposition. “When I was in junior high school, across the street in Agawam ...

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    11. Pawtucket Red Sox could relocate to Springfield

      Pawtucket Red Sox could relocate to Springfield

      Pawtucket Red Sox could relocate to Springfield The team's lease at McCoy Stadium will expire in 2021 August 3, 2017, 6:29 pm Updated: Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) BOSTON (WWLP)—The Pawtucket Red Sox are potentially looking for a new home-field ballpark and Massachusetts is a possibility. Local officials are making a pitch for the AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox to relocate to Springfield.

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    12. MGM Springfield Brings New Event Opportunities

      MGM Springfield Brings New Event Opportunities

      Springfield, Massachusetts is the perfect spot to host successful events, large or small. Home to many attractions, including The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, Six Flags New England, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and MGM Springfield opening in 2018, your guests will have unlimited opportunities to discover a rich array of historical sites, cultural attractions and entertainment choices before, during and after any occasion.

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    13. Ski Butternut one step closer to buying Blandford Ski Area

      Ski Butternut one step closer to buying Blandford Ski Area

      The owner of Ski Butternut and Otis Ridge ski areas in the Berkshires plans to start work this fall upgrading the snowmaking and snow-grooming equipment at the venerable Blandford Ski Area now that he's one step closer to buying it. Members of the Springfield Ski Club voted Tuesday night to move forward with serious discussions aimed at selling the 132-acre property to Ski Butternut and its owner Jeff Murdock, said Dave Fraser, the club's marketing and publicity chairman. The price is still being negotiated. Both sides said Wednesday they don't even have a formal purchase-and-sale agreement yet.

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    14. Musicians to play lunch-hour concerts on downtown Springfield's painted pianos

      Musicians to play lunch-hour concerts on downtown Springfield's painted pianos

      Beginning on Wednesday, local professional pianists will be playing the painted pianos in downtown Springfield, as part of an initiative spearheaded by the Springfield Central Cultural District.  Live pianists will be playing the pianos, located at 1350 Main St., the Shops at the Marketplace, and 1550 Main St., from noon to 1 p.m. each Wednesday. Residents, employees, and visitors to Springfield have recently been treated to a series of unusual art installations in the downtown area. Three beautiful, mural-sized upright pianos were decorated by local residents and placed throughout the Springfield Central Cultural District in early June.

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    15. Eastern States Exposition hires new director for Storrowton Village Museum

      Eastern States Exposition hires new director for Storrowton Village Museum

      Eastern States Exposition has named Jessica K. Fontaine as the new director of the Storrowton Village Museum. The Chicopee resident is a lifelong supporter and volunteer at Storrowton Village, located on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition at 1305 Memorial Ave. in West Springfield. Fontaine has been an "integral volunteer" at Storrowton for almost 20 years, according to ESE officials, who said her history with the village stretches back to when her grandmother, Betty Kaeding, began volunteering there in the early 1990s. Kaeding would dress the young Fontaine in authentic-looking period costumes and bring her to events at Storrowton.

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    16. Museum Dedicated to All Things Seuss Opens Its Doors

      Museum Dedicated to All Things Seuss Opens Its Doors

      It’s called the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss, and that pretty much says it all. One of Springfield’s favorite sons, the good doctor actually created dozens of amazing worlds through his timeless books. The museum that opened on June 3 pays tribute to many of them, but also to the city that inspired Theodor Geisel to dream, create, and delight generations of children and adults.

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    17. Before Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum's grand opening, lecture highlights creation of...

      Before Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum's grand opening, lecture highlights creation of...

      Ahead of the grand opening of Springfield's The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, a lecture at the museum Thursday highlighted the creation of another Seussian spectacle. Lark Grey Dimond-Cates was on-site to discuss her experiences translating the work of her stepfather Ted Geisel-a.k.a. Dr. Seuss-into life-sized bronze sculptures to create the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden at the Quadrangle.  Dimon-Cates's new book, Dr. Seuss, Springfield, and the Kettle of Bronze was also available for sale and signing by her and contributors Wayne E. Phaneuf, executive editor of The Republican, and Joseph Carvalho III, certified ...

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    18. Dr. Seuss Week in Springfield features parade on Mulberry Street, opening of The Amazing...

      Dr. Seuss Week in Springfield features parade on Mulberry Street, opening of The Amazing...

      The life and work of Springfield's Theodor Geisel, known around the world as Dr. Seuss, will be celebrated not only with a new museum but with a parade on Mulberry Street and a Seussian party. Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stood on the steps of City Hall next to the Cat in the Hat on Tuesday and declared May 30 to June 6 Dr. Seuss Week in honor of the opening of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum.

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    19. Tickets still available for 'Seussian Celebration' fundraiser to benefit The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

      Tickets still available for 'Seussian Celebration' fundraiser to benefit The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

      The Seussian Celebration fundraiser is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, 1 Monarch Place, Springfield. The cost is $100 a ticket and all of that money is a straight donation to the museum, Picknelly said, which makes it tax-deductible. The money will go toward the museum's $7.5 million capitol campaign, Seuss in Springfield: Building a Better Quadrangle. Registration is available online here or through the Springfield Museums.

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    20. Springfield's Central Downtown Farmers Market opens for 2017 season (photos)

      Springfield's Central Downtown Farmers Market opens for 2017 season (photos)

      Springfield's Central Downtown Farmers Market has opened for the season, offering items such as local honey, vegetable plants, bread and more.  Every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Oct. 27, vendors will be under their tents ready to serve the public, although high winds on opening day caused some of those canopies to be taken down.  Stop by and see Jennifer Cruz, who will be happy to tell you about her Springfield Macarons, the little French cookies that she makes in her city kitchen. Say hello to Mark Gurney, of Hampden, who will ...

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    21. Seen@ 2017 Howdy Awards honoring Western Mass. hospitality workers for service excellence

      Seen@ 2017 Howdy Awards honoring Western Mass. hospitality workers for service excellence

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau honored eleven hospitality workers Monday night at the 22nd Annual Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence. The gala dinner, held at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke, attracted more than 300 tourism industry professionals. The idea is to thank the workers who often do thankless jobs but whose efforts are critical to the region's tourism industry. "We're proud and happy to present the Howdy Awards to honor just some of the most important people in the hospitality industry, the front-line workers," said GSCVB President Mary Kay Wydra in a statement ...

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    22. Cruising in the Downtown to bring classic cars back to Springfield

      Cruising in the Downtown to bring classic cars back to Springfield

      The Springfield Business Improvement District is bringing back for a third year its Cruising in the Downtown classic car show starting Monday night. The show runs from 5 p.m. to dusk on Monday nights from May 15 though Aug. 28 at Court Square downtown. The show features cars 20 years old or older, live music, raffles and giveaways. Visitors are invited to grab a bite to eat from the nearby Palazzo Cafe or visit one of the surrounding restaurants in the downtown area.

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