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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. "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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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      Mentions: Springfield
    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. Basketball Hall of Fame Granted $3.74 Million from SBA

      Basketball Hall of Fame Granted $3.74 Million from SBA

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal visited the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Monday to announce $3,740,728 in funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Shuttered Venues Operation Grant (SVOG) program. Joining Neal for this announcement was Hall of Fame President and CEO John Doleva. “These funds are incredibly instrumental to operations like the Basketball Hall of Fame who suffered greatly because of the pandemic,” Neal said. “For the safety of the American people, the government forced these agencies to close their doors. And now, it is the government again stepping in to make sure ...

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    12. Springfield Thunderbirds Unveil 2021-22 Season Schedule, Starting Oct. 16

      Springfield Thunderbirds Unveil 2021-22 Season Schedule, Starting Oct. 16

      The Springfield Thunderbirds, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, announced they will host the Hartford Wolf Pack in the club’s home opener on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7:05 p.m. at the MassMutual Center. It is the first of 38 regular-season home games for the Thunderbirds in 2021-22 after shutting down play for the 2020-21 season.

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    13. Amherst Chamber Continues Electric Outdoor Cinema Series

      Amherst Chamber Continues Electric Outdoor Cinema Series

      The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Mill District as host and sponsor, and in association with the Amherst Cinema, UMassFive College Credit Union, and North Square Apartments is bringing the big screen to area residents with an electric outdoor cinema series that will continue on July 28 with A Hard Day’s Night. “As a chamber, we witnessed first-hand, the isolation of workers at home, families managing schooling and work from home, and we are delighted to move out of our time of isolation to a time of connection in the outdoors, partnering with our local ...

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      Mentions: Amherst
    14. Eastern States Exposition to Host Big E Job Fair July 20

      Eastern States Exposition to Host Big E Job Fair July 20

      Eastern States Exposition (ESE) will stage a 2021 Big E Job Fair on July 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 pm in the café area of the Eastern States Farmers Market located near the Mallary Complex. The event is open to the public and is free of charge. Job-seekers will have the opportunity to network with many different ESE departments. This is a rare opportunity for many hours of work in a short period of time as The Big E is open for 17 straight days. Additionally, once workers experience a Big E job, they tend to return year ...

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    15. Because Thursday Nights Belong to Downtown Springfield, Introducing the Court Square Summer Concert Series

      Because Thursday Nights Belong to Downtown Springfield,  Introducing the Court Square Summer Concert Series

      The Springfield Business Improvement District is excited to bring a new event to the heart of Downtown Springfield beginning next week. The Court Square Concert Series will take place every Thursday Night through August beginning at 7pm on Court Square featuring local bands, food trucks, and craft beer and wine. This event is free to the public and all are welcome! Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

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    16. West Springfield, Eastern States Exposition Leaders Officially Announce Big E Plans

      West Springfield, Eastern States Exposition Leaders Officially Announce Big E Plans

      Eastern States Exposition (ESE) President Gene Cassidy and West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt met with media on Tuesday to officially announce the opening of the 105th edition of the Big E, slated for Sept. 17 to Oct. 3. “It’s a good day,” Cassidy said. “We have long awaited the opportunity to make this announcement and have been working diligently on our program. Preparations are underway as we look forward to welcoming everyone back to our beloved Big E.”

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    17. BIG NEWS BIG IS BACK -- THE BIG E IS A GO!

      BIG NEWS BIG IS BACK -- THE BIG E IS A GO!

      Eastern States Exposition (ESE) is thrilled to announce that The Big E is Back! ESE President Gene Cassidy, and West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt met with media Tuesday, June 15 to officially announce the opening of the 105th edition of The Big E, September 17- October 3. Cassidy said, “It’s a good day! We have long awaited the opportunity to make this announcement and have been working diligently on our program. Preparations are underway as we look forward to welcoming everyone back to our beloved Big E.”

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    18. White Lion Brewing Tapped as Partner at MGM Springfield’s Free Music Fridays

      White Lion Brewing Tapped as Partner at MGM Springfield’s Free Music Fridays

      MGM Springfield announced it will partner with local brewery White Lion Brewing to provide guests a wide selection of craft beer during the resort’s Free Music Fridays concert series at the Plaza. Located in downtown Springfield, the brewing company will activate a bar and beer trailer from 6 to 9 p.m. where guests can tap into local brews while enjoying live music from local musicians. Concerts are scheduled to run from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

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    19. Fresh Paint Springfield Weekend Events Include Block Party, Mural Ribbon Cuttings, Bus Tours

      Fresh Paint Springfield Weekend Events Include Block Party, Mural Ribbon Cuttings, Bus Tours

      The Fresh Paint Springfield mural festival has been transforming 10 large exterior walls into art in Mason Square and downtown throughout the week, culminating in weekend events to celebrate the new art in the city. A block party will be held on Saturday, June 12 from 3 to 7 p.m. outside Mason Square Library, 765 State St., with food, music, and a paint party, along with mural bus tours at 3:30 and 5 p.m.

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    20. BusinessTalk with John Doleva, president and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame

      BusinessTalk with John Doleva, president and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame

      BusinessWest editor George O’Brien talks with John Doleva, president and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. The two discuss the state’s New Normal stage of reopening, new exhibits at the Hall, and how 2021 is shaping up as a strong, memorable  year for the shrine. It’s must listening, so tune in to BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    21. Cruise Night is Rolling to A New Location in Downtown Springfield for Its 6th Season Beginning Monday, June 7th at the Basketball Hall of Fame

      Cruise Night is Rolling to A New Location in Downtown Springfield for Its 6th Season Beginning Monday, June 7th at the Basketball Hall of Fame

      Cruise Nights in Downtown will be making its debut at the Basketball Hall of Fame’s South Lot. Previously held at Stearns Square, Court Square, and not hosted at all in 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Springfield BID is very excited to bring it to one of Springfield’s most prized attractions.

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    22. Green River Festival Returns with a New Date and New Site

      Green River Festival Returns with a New Date and New Site

      Since its inception in the late 1980s, the Green River Festival had never been canceled. Until last year. And Jim Olsen wanted to give it every chance to return in 2021, even if it meant moving the date from mid-July to Aug. 27-29 — which turned out to be unnecessary, but hey, better safe than sorry. “It was definitely a challenge to plan on so many levels,” said Olsen, president of Signature Sounds, the Northampton-based company that produces the annual festival in Greenfield.

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