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Upcoming Events

Lecture: The Polish Community in Chicopee

Chicopee Historian Stephen Jendrysik will tell the story of an immigrant entrepreneurial class and its’ impact on the business, political and social history of a small New England City.

when: Monday, March 30, 2015
6pm
where: Wistariahurst Museum, Carriage House
238 Cabot St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: Admission $7 general / $5 members
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HCC Theater Department Presents: Evening of One-Acts, April 2-4

The HCC Theater Department will present “An Evening of One-Acts,” a three-day festival of one-act plays April 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. in room 111 of the Fine & Performing Arts building.

Three one-act plays will be performed each night, guest directed by HCC alum Mike Pray, Class of 2008, of Chicopee, and produced by HCC students.

"Gravity," by Bret Bucchi, tells the story of Jack and Sully as they struggle with their place in the world while searching for what they lack in each other.

"Small World," by Tracy Scott Wilson, brings together three men and three women each on their own respective blind dates, striving for connection while dealing with their bizarre secrets.

"Captive Audience," by David Ives, tells the story of Laura and Rob, a husband and wife whose marriage and lives are being invaded by the ever-alluring television, which threatens to cut the cord on their love.

“Though each one act is very unique, they all deal with a very real need for human connection,” says Pray, the recipient of this year's Lani Morrison McKenna Guest Artist Award, which is given each year to a guest artist at HCC in recognition of outstanding achievements in the arts. “Whether it's through the somewhat otherworldly lens of "Gravity," the madcap energy of "Small World," or the techno-magical of "Captive Audience," there is a genuine realness and vulnerability in how vital connecting to another person is and just how difficult that can be in the face of standing, expectation, and technology.”

Pray is an actor, teacher, fight choreographer, and graduate of Holyoke Community College and Quinnipiac University's theater programs. He is a founding member of Real Live Theatre and Tieline Theater, where he acts as executive producer, as well as a teaching artist with Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble, where he teaches workshops in Suzuki, Anne Bogart's Viewpoints, and stage combat. He has also taught at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School, Holyoke Community College, and in residence at various schools as well as the Conn.-based Performing Arts programs and abroad in Nicaragua.

when: Thursday, April 2 through Saturday, April 4, 2015
7:30pm
where: Room 111 of the Fine & Performing Arts Building
Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Avenue
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.
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Holyoke Parks & Recreation Spring Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt

when: Saturday, April 4, 2015
10am-12pm
where: Holyoke Heritage State Park
221 Appleton St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: $2/child or $6/immediate family
info: www.holyoke.org
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Lecture: The Earliest Origins of African-American Families of Western Massachusetts, 1650-1865

Joe Carvallo III will present the history of African Americans in Western Massachusetts from the earliest days of colonial slavery to the civil war.

when: Monday, April 6, 2015
where: Wistariahurst Museum, Carriage House
238 Cabot St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: Admission $7 general / $5 members
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Pop-Up Dinner Party: A Special Dining Evening Out!

As part of Gateway City Arts' efforts to boost the restaurant culture in Holyoke, GCA is hosting a special dining evening out! Join us for a delicious three course meal brought to you by chefs John Peter Wentworth and Tara Tulley. Our menu for the next PopUp dinner will be available soon. Please check back.

Beverages will also be available from the bar.

The dinner precedes our regular monthly tango dancing event which attracts dancers from all over the valley and beyond to indulge in an evening of exchanging equally delicious embraces and conversation on the dance floor. Those attending the dinner party are welcome to stick around to get a little taste of this rich social dance experience, and will receive a voucher for a free private or group tango lesson (private lessons can be scheduled at your convenience).

The dinner is by reservation only. The bar will be open until 10:30. Reservations will be taken soon. Please check back. For more information about the tango event please visit www.vktango.com or contact Veronika at 413-210-1097.

when: Saturday, April 11, 2015
two seatings: 6 and 8:30pm
where: Gateway City Arts
92 Race St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: price and reservation details coming soon!
info: www.gatewaycityarts.com
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Lecture: Polish Center of Discovery and Learning Collections

Stas Radosz will be speaking about the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning and how it seeks out and safeguards materials which illustrate the history and the lives of ordinary Polish immigrants and their children.

when: Monday, April 27, 2015
6pm
where: Wistariahurst Museum, Carriage House
238 Cabot St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: Admission $7 general / $5 members

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This project was made possible by a grant administered by the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.