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    1. Spalding Hoophall Classic begins Thursday at Springfield College

      Spalding Hoophall Classic begins Thursday at Springfield College

      One of the country’s biggest showcases of elite high school basketball gets underway in Springfield Thursday afternoon. The 20th annual Spalding Hoophall Classic tips-off at 4:00 P.M. at Springfield College, the birthplace of basketball. Thursday’s games, and most of Friday’s games, will feature local high schools, but the games this holiday weekend will feature teams from as far away as Florida, Kansas, and Arizona.

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    2. Paul Lambert Joins Springfield Symphony Orchestra as Interim Executive Director

      Paul Lambert Joins Springfield Symphony Orchestra as Interim Executive Director

      The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) board announced the hiring of Paul Lambert, former vice president of Enshrinement Services & Community Engagement at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as interim executive director of the SSO. Lambert succeeds interim Executive Director John Anz, who left the SSO to take a position at another organization. Lambert will start in the position immediately.

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    3. Outlook 2022/Tourism

      Outlook 2022/Tourism

      Mary Kay Wydra has also been impressed with the tourism sector’s resilience in 2021. “When the restrictions were lifted in late spring, we saw a boost in the attractions, and hotel occupancy grew,” said Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Looking ahead, I do feel like we’re positioned to continue building on this momentum.”

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    4. Springfield Symphony has not yet reached agreement with MOSSO

      Springfield Symphony has not yet reached agreement with MOSSO

      There has still been no agreement on a contract between Springfield Symphony Orchestra Management and the musicians’ union. The SSO sent an open letter to the community expressing all their concerns facing the future of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. In this recent statement, the SSO said they are “exploring all options to assure the future of live professional symphonic music in the Valley.”

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    5. Bright Nights at Forest Park returns

      Bright Nights at Forest Park returns

      A time-honored tradition returns to Springfield on Wednesday night. Bright Nights at Forest Park will officially flip the switch on Wednesday evening to mark the holiday season. The lighting ceremony begins at 4:45 p.m. at Forest Park and will feature a visit from Governor Charlie Baker. Baker will be the first Massachusetts governor to make a visit to the holiday lighting event since its creation in 1995.

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    6. Springfield accepting proposals for "Court of Dreams" sports complex near Hall of Fame

      Springfield accepting proposals for "Court of Dreams" sports complex near Hall of Fame

      The City of Springfield continues its plans of building a massive sports complex. They’re now accepting proposals to redevelop the property formerly known as the York Street Jail. Springfield is trying to make Hoop City a must see destination for young basketball players. Bringing in top athletes to play on an all new “court of dreams” right next to the Basketball Hall of Fame. However, the sports complex wouldn’t just house major basketball tournaments, the city wants to see plans for a state of the art multi sports complex, a place that some say will bring Springfield together.

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    7. Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau meeting held to discuss tourism

      Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau meeting held to discuss tourism

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau held their annual meeting Wednesday morning. Around 75 tourism professionals gathered to discuss the state of travel and tourism. They say that tourism is the third largest employer industry in western Massachusetts. The Bureau told 22News that western Massachusetts benefitted from having so much outdoor space during the pandemic and was able to safely attract tourists to the area.

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    8. Preparations underway for Bright Nights at Forest Park

      Preparations underway for Bright Nights at Forest Park

      Preparations are underway at Forest Park for the holiday season. Park officials are installing the framework for Bright Nights, which will illuminate the park during the holiday season next month. Bright Nights brings in thousands of visitors from around the region. The lights get turned on November 24 and they stay on through Sunday, January 2.

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    9. Hall of Fame Looks to Be a Bigger Player in Events Market - BusinessWest

      Hall of Fame Looks to Be a Bigger Player in Events Market - BusinessWest

      John Doleva says that, when it comes to bar mitzvahs — and probably bat mitzvahs, for that matter — there has always been an informal type of competition among those young people (and their families).  “From what I understand, each bar mitzvah has to outdo the last one that your kid went to,” said Doleva, president and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “And we think we have the right venue to outdo that last one.”

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    10. Springfield launches new app for downtown visitors

      Springfield launches new app for downtown visitors

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched the Downtown Springfield Check-in Challenge. The new program aims to highlight attractions and restaurants adjacent to the MassMutual Center for convention attendees and anyone visiting Springfield. With over 17 local businesses included within the passport, it showcases the best of downtown Springfield in an easy and mobile-friendly way. “I think it’s a great tool to have,” said Nadim Kashouh, owner of Nadim’s Downtown Mediterranean Grill. “Especially right now, while everyone is on their phone, social media, and trying to find out information. I think it’s gonna be great for ...

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    11. Springfield Museums Receive Shuttered Venue Operator Grant

      Springfield Museums Receive Shuttered Venue Operator Grant

      The Springfield Museums will welcome U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and Small Business Alliance Massachusetts District Office Director Robert Nelson to the Quadrangle green today, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. to announce a $1,200,000 Shuttered Venue Operator Grant (SVOG) from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The public is welcome to attend the public announcement of this grant. As part of the American Rescue Plan, the SVOG program provided more than $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues and was administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Springfield Museums ...

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    12. Harlem Globetrotters announce tour stopping in Springfield

      Harlem Globetrotters announce tour stopping in Springfield

      The Harlem Globetrotters are making their way to the MassMutual Center in Springfield as part of their ‘Spread Game tour’. The tour is scheduled to begin on December 26 and will include visiting more than 200 cities. Fans can purchase tickets at www.harlemglobetrotters.com to see them live at MassMutual on Friday, February 11, 2022.

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    13. Thunderbirds Renew Lease Agreement to Play Games at MassMutual Center

      Thunderbirds Renew Lease Agreement to Play Games at MassMutual Center

      The Springfield Thunderbirds and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority announced a new lease agreement between the parties that will keep the MassMutual Center as home base for the Thunderbirds over the next four years, with the opportunity for a one-year extension. “We are proud and excited to keep the MassMutual Center, a/k/a ‘the Thunderdome,’ as our home for the foreseeable future,” Thunderbirds Managing Partner Paul Picknelly said. “The past four seasons have seen the building host some of the greatest nights in Springfield hockey history, and we could not be more excited to create even more memories for ...

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    14. Northampton Jazz Festival Returns the First Weekend in October

      Northampton Jazz Festival Returns the First Weekend in October

      The Northampton Jazz Festival will kick off on Friday, Oct. 1 with a Jazz Strut in downtown Northampton, and free performances are scheduled that first weekend of October in the event’s return after a pandemic-year hiatus. The headliner for this year’s event is the Art Blakey Centennial Celebration, performing at the Academy of Music on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Ruth Griggs, president of the festival’s board of directors, said this year, the event has a focus on woman-led ensembles and will feature more female musicians than ever before.

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    15. Hazen Holography Brings Basketball Hall of Fame Dome to Life

      Hazen Holography Brings Basketball Hall of Fame Dome to Life

      HOLYOKE — The cover of the 2021 Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony yearbook appears electrified, the projection-LED-illuminated nine-story dome lit three-dimensionally on the page. To distinguish its ninth time producing the yearbook cover, Hazen Paper Co. used custom holography to illuminate the iconic symbol of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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    16. "Rock N" Hall" free concert to end Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend festivities

      "Rock N" Hall" free concert to end Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend festivities

      This weekend’s Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend will end with a musical celebration Sunday afternoon. Michael Jordan among presenters to attend Enshrinement Ceremony  A free concert will be held from 1- 5 p.m. at the Hall of Fame parking lot featuring a popular local band, Darik and the Funbags, and The Voice finalist Michelle Brooks-Thompson.

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    17. RALLY IN THE ALLEY, DOWNTOWN’S FIRST EVER OUTDOOR PING-PONG POINTS LEAUGE AND SOCIAL EVENT

      RALLY IN THE ALLEY, DOWNTOWN’S FIRST EVER OUTDOOR PING-PONG POINTS LEAUGE AND SOCIAL EVENT

      Get your game on for some serious table tennis competition right here in Downtown Springfield. Rally in the Alley is a month-long outdoor ping-pong points league held on Market Street in collaboration with the Springfield Thunderbirds, NOSH Café, and Sweet Idea’s. It will be the first event of its kind hosted in the heart of the city. Taking place every Thursday night, from 4:30pm – 6:30pm.

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    18. Basketball Hall of Fame Taps White Lion for Annual Enshrinement Release

      Basketball Hall of Fame Taps White Lion for Annual Enshrinement Release

      On Tuesday, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and White Lion Brewing Co. announced the two will collaborate and release a special ale with a commemorative collector’s label designed to capture the imagery of the Hall of Fame’s annual enshrinement program. The collector’s label melds the Hall of Fame’s iconic dome with the city of Springfield skyline into White Lion’s award-winning brand.

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    19. Stearns Square to Host Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival on Aug. 14

      Stearns Square to Host Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival on Aug. 14

      2021 marks the eighth season of Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival, an annual celebration in the heart of Springfield produced by Blues to Green. This festival has become a powerful expression of civic pride, uniting the region’s diverse cultural communities through music, art, education, and revelry. The event will feature 17 performers between 12:30 and 10:30 p.m., as well as pop-up food and beverage vendors. Admission is free, but reservations are required this year.

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    20. The Big E Calls on Crafters, Cooks, and Other Creative Artists to Submit Entries

      The Big E Calls on Crafters, Cooks, and Other Creative Artists to Submit Entries

      Have you been sewing up a storm, creating other crafts over the past year, or discovering new, delicious recipes? The Creative Arts Department at the Big E is looking for entries in a variety of categories for this year’s fair. Now is your chance for your art to be on display alongside hundreds of works from a diverse range of exhibitors, including youth and adults. Fairgoers walk through the New England Center to admire the beautiful displays of exhibitors’ crafts from numerous departments, including quilting, knitting, jewelr and beading, dolls, holiday ornaments, jellies, honey, homemade granola, baked pie, decorated ...

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    21. Six Flags New England Now Hiring for Fright Fest

      Six Flags New England Now Hiring for Fright Fest

      Six Flags New England is seeking hundreds of positions as the park launches its annual Fright Fest, featuring more than 20 haunt experiences and live shows featuring more than 200 roaming monsters, zombies, and ghouls. Fright Fest kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 25 and runs weekends and select days through Sunday, Oct. 31. Six Flags New England will host its annual hiring Scare Fair on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park’s Human Resources Building. The property will be adding hundreds of positions, including food service, security, lifeguards, rides, games, and, of ...

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