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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. Dr. Seuss' never-before-seen doodles, letters and personal items arrive in Springfield...

      Dr. Seuss' never-before-seen doodles, letters and personal items arrive in Springfield...

      Having Dr. Seuss as a stepfather meant a house full of peculiar objects, books, newspapers and plenty of doodles. Oftentimes Leagrey Dimond would find a note tucked in her jacket pocket or a doodle left on her bed from her stepfather, Theodor "Ted" Geisel, and she treasured every one. Dimond is in Springfield this week setting up three display rooms at the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss at the Springfield Museums, which is slated to open next month. She gave a tour of the displays to museum docents Thursday morning, sharing stories with them about the memories she cherishes of ...

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    12. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

      The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

      "But we can have lots of good fun that is funny" - The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

      For years, the millions of visitors to Springfield's premier outdoor attraction, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, have asked the question "when are you going to open a Dr. Seuss Museum?" Today, we are very close to making the dream of a Dr. Seuss Museum a reality and you can help!

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    13. BID’s Event Lineup Generates Added Vibrancy Downtown

      BID’s Event Lineup Generates Added Vibrancy Downtown

      Chris Russell didn’t have all the details, but he had enough to make his point — and make a good segue into his discussion about the Springfield Business Improvement District’s lineup of events for the coming months. Russell, the BID’s executive director, said an official with one of the downtown Springfield hotels had informed him that the flight crews for one of the major airlines — he’s not sure which one — had made a formal request to lay over in Springfield when flying into Bradley International, rather than Hartford, because there was much more to do in the ...

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    14. Western Mass. tourism councils offer treats at Statehouse event (photos)

      Western Mass. tourism councils offer treats at Statehouse event (photos)

      Massachusetts' 16 regional tourism councils visited the Statehouse on Thursday to showcase locally produced goods. The tourism industry in Massachusetts accounts for 135,000 jobs and 23.5 million visitors, according to industry numbers. In 2015, visitors spent $20.2 billion in the state, yielding $1.3 billion in local and state tax revenue. "Tourism is a very powerful economic driver in Massachusetts," said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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    15. Six Flags New England opens this weekend with new attractions, old favorites | masslive.com

      Six Flags New England opens this weekend with new attractions, old favorites | masslive.com

      According to Jennifer McGrath, Six Flags New England's communication manager, guests can expect an extended season featuring new attractions, virtual reality-equipped rides and other surprises.  'We're opening this Saturday and Sunday for Spring Break and we'll be opening daily April 8 through April 23. What makes us unique this year is we're opening with Galactic Attack Virtual Reality Coaster. If you haven't experienced virtual reality yet, it's a must. It's an interactive gaming experience that's different every time you ride,' said McGrath, adding that the park will also be premiering another 4D-equipped ...

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    16. Opening date for Dr. Seuss museum at Quadrangle announced; Springfield plans celebration...

      Opening date for Dr. Seuss museum at Quadrangle announced; Springfield plans celebration...

      The Springfield Museums announced Wednesday that the long-awaited museum dedicated to the works of Springfield native Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, will have its grand opening celebration on the weekend of June 3-4. The museum at the Quadrangle, to be known as The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, will open in style with a weekend filled with celebrations and even a parade down Mulberry Street. "The opening of this museum is an important moment for the Springfield Museums," said John M. O'Brien III, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Springfield Museums.

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    17. People In Business: Paul Picknelly of Monarch Enterprises

      People In Business: Paul Picknelly of Monarch Enterprises

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) announced today that President of Monarch Enterprises, Paul Picknelly has been selected as the 2017 winner of the Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence Spotlight Award. GSCVB Board Chairman Michael E. Hurwitz said, "Paul Picknelly is an ideal choice for this very significant honor. The Spotlight Award is bestowed annually upon an individual or organization making a far-reaching positive impact on the regional visitor economy. Paul's outstanding record of achievement in our area's hospitality industry speaks for itself. He's demonstrated great vision, created and sustained jobs, boosted local investment and ...

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    18. West Mass is new brand identity for Pioneer Valley tourism, business

      West Mass is new brand identity for Pioneer Valley tourism, business

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts unveiled their new branding identity -- West Mass -- Tuesday night at an event at Open Square in Holyoke. The EDC and the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau spent $80,000 on the effort, money collected from member businesses. The visitors bureau receives state grant money as well. "We have jobs that go unfilled. We have a lower cost of living than some of our competitors. We who live here know that this region has a lot going for it," said Richard K. Sullivan, president and CEO of ...

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    19. Western MA Slider Slam Challenge coming to Eastern States Expo in West Springfield

      Western MA Slider Slam Challenge coming to Eastern States Expo in West Springfield

      The Western MA Slider Slam Challenge, hosted by the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, is coming to the Carriage House at the Eastern States Exposition on Thursday, Feb. 9. The first-time event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carriage House banquet facility at Storrowton Village, located on the grounds of The Big E at 1305 Memorial Ave. in West Springfield. MassLive's own Nick "I ate it" O'Malley, author of the website's popular "I Ate it So You Don't Have To" column, will serve as a judge at Slider Slam.

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    20. Basketball turns 125 as Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield hosts celebration

      Basketball turns 125 as Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield hosts celebration

      Naismith's baby turned 125 on Wednesday, and Mayor Domenic Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, were joined by 70 students from the Boland School to help celebrate the sport's birthday at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "What's great about today is the kids from Boland," said Sarno. "It's great that we are celebrating the 125th birthday of basketball. Being an old ballplayer myself -- soccer, baseball and a bit of basketball -- there's a lot of camaraderie in getting to know each other and be respectful to all creeds, colors and backgrounds. Friendships ...

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    21. Westover's Great New England Air Show to return in 2018, Thunderbirds will perform

      Westover's Great New England Air Show to return in 2018, Thunderbirds will perform

      Westover Air Reserve Base will hold an air show in the summer of 2018 and already have the headliner scheduled. For the first time in a decade, the Thunderbirds, the Air Force's official aerial demonstration team, will be the top act for the show, said Lt. Col. James G. Bishop, chief of public affairs. The last time the Thunderbirds, which fly F-16 Fighting Falcons, have performed at a Great New England Air Show at Westover was in 2008. This year the Thunderbirds will also perform at the Barnes National Guard Air Base Air Show in Westfield that is scheduled ...

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    22. New 'video map' showcases Springfield's cultural attractions

      New 'video map' showcases Springfield's cultural attractions

      The Springfield Central Cultural District, a membership group that includes dozens of institutions in downtown Springfield, has embarked on a series of projects to revitalize the city center and attract visitors. A recent public art project commissioned artists to paint murals on utility boxes across downtown. The videos feature the Basketball Hall of Fame, CityStage, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, UMass Springfield, New England Public Radio, WGBY, Sterns Square, the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and Museum, the Springfield Museums, Springfield Central Library, the Community Music School, MassMutual Center and Court Square.

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    23. Shopping in a Winter Wonderland

      Shopping in a Winter Wonderland
       

      The Springfield Business Improvement District is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Downtown Springfield Holiday Market!

      This month long shopping event begins Friday, November 25th and will run through Friday, December 23rd.   Located at The Shops at Market place, 1341 Main Street and participating vendors at Tower Square, 1500 Main Street. The Downtown Holiday Market will be open Monday through Wednesday 11am – 6pm, Thursday & Friday 11am- 7pm and Saturday’s 10am -2pm.


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