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Upcoming Events

Tree Forum with Conservation Commission

Join the Holyoke Conservation Commission and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to learn about Holyoke’s participation in the Commonwealth’s “Greening the Gateway Cities” program. This initiative will supply up to 5,000 free trees to private property owners in downtown Holyoke. Come hear from property owners who have already taken advantage of the program and learn more about the benefits of planting trees on your property.

Light refreshments provided.

when: Monday January 26, 2015 12:00 pm
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 322 5660
price: FREE and open to the public
info: http://wistariahurst.org/events/tree-forum-with-conservation-commission/
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Robert T. McMaster, author of "The Dyeing Room"

The Holyoke History Room is pleased to present:
Robert T. McMaster, author of "The Dyeing Room"


Join us as Bob McMaster discusses his new historical novel of Holyoke, "The Dyeing Room" (Unquomonk Press, 2014). A sequel to McMaster's "Trolley Days," The Dyeing Room reconstructs day-to-day life in Holyoke on the eve of World War I. Labor unrest is simmering in the city and the movement for women's rights is gathering momentum. McMaster's compelling and carefully-researched story centers on two young men: one from a family of French-Canadian immigrant workers and the other the son of a textile mill owner.

Free and open to the public.

when: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
6pm
where: The Holyoke Public Library Community Room
250 Chestnut St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: FREE
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Thursdays at Gateway City Arts

Thursdays at Gateway City Arts becomes a weekly event featuring a bazaar/market, lunch and dinner, and an evening salon.

From 11am-7pm attendees can find art, craft, artisan products, second-hand, antiques, clothing, books, dvd, cd, vinyl and other products/services from a variety of vendors that include artists, artisans, entrepreneurs and business owners. Throughout the day, the Holyoke Hummus Company sells fresh, hot falafel sandwiches and platters. Coffee and other beverages are also available.

Stick around in the evening for a salon which presents topics of art, business and community for performance, discussion or group activities. Each week of the month will feature a different category such as poetry, written word, music, song-writing, stand-up comedy, performing arts, theater, video, music, dance, business, networking, ideas, discussions, games or movies. Schedule is available on our website. Participants should sign up at 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start time. Beverages will be available until 9:00pm.

Admission to all of these events is free for attendees. Art, products, food and beverages are for sale and prices vary. Vendors pay a small table/booth fee. Tables/booths are available on a first come first serve basis, by the day or for long term arrangements.

Questions about attending should be directed to Gateway City Arts at 413-650-2670 or hello@gatewaycityarts.com. Vendors interested in table/booth space should contact Vitek Kruta at 413-539-0385 or vitekjp@gmail.com. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/gatewaycityarts.

when: Thursdays
11am-7pm: vendors and food
7:30-9pm: salon
where: Gateway City Arts
92 Race St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: free to attend; food and wares vary in price
info: www.gatewaycityarts.com
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“From our Yards” Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception

The Photography of Les Campbell and Elaine Darr-Morton

Meet Les Campbell and Elaine Darr-Morton at the opening reception on Sunday, February 1, from 2 pm to 4pm.

From our Yards:Natural Landscapes will be on view through March 30.
The Wistariahurst Gallery is open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 12pm – 4pm.


Living on the edge of the shores of the great Quabbin Reservoir, Les Campbell’s “yard” is full of the local flora and fauna and magnificent landscapes of this part of New England. In another “yard” he captures the picturesque rural New England farmstead. His lens captures the native wildlife in action with a respect for the natural landscape. Elaine Darr-Morton’s “yard” is on the Maine coast. From her front steps of this yard she overlooks Frenchman’s Bay with Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park’s Mount Cadillac in the background. Together their lenses reflect New England’s bountiful and beautiful natural environments. Their personal approach to photography is straightforward, pictorial documentation of the subjects. The intent and emphasis is on capturing the essence of the subject at a particular time. The composition and lighting are second only to the all-important "decisive moment" of exposure.

Les Campbell is among the best-known photographers of the Pioneer Valley. His work has appeared in National Geographic and National Audubon and he has received many honors from the Photographic Society of America. Elaine Darr-Morton, studied with Les and has frequently shown her work in area galleries. Together they operate the Sky Meadow Gallery in Belchertown, MA.

when: Sunday, February 1, from 2 pm to 4pm.
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 322 5660
price: Admission to the exhibit is $3 general, and free for members.
info: http://wistariahurst.org/events/from-our-yards-gallery-exhibit-opening-reception/
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Dark Dining Room House Concert Series

Dark Dining Room brings the intimacy of your living room to the grandeur of Wistariahurst Museum’s Music Room. Concert curators Matthew Larsen and Greg Saulmon will again serve up two courses of amazing local and national musicians for a concert in February and March.

The Friday, February 7 concert offers Eef Barzelay, of Clem Snide, who has been featured on A.V. Club, NPR and other national outlets. Eef Barzelay is an Israeli born, New Jersey raised, Nashville based songwriter and singer best known for founding indie/alt¬country band Clem Snide. Over the past 15 years he’s released close to a dozen records and has performed everywhere from Australia to Ecuador. Around 2006 the band dissolved and Eef stumbled into film work with the Sundance hit “Rocket Science”. He’s since scored several indie films, most recently William H Macy’s directorial debut “Rudderless”. His more recent projects include an EP of Journey covers inspired by his performance of “Faithfully” for the Onion AV Club and a 10 song collection entitled “Girls Come First”.

Opening for Eef will be local musician Dave Houghton of Fancy Trash. As leader of Fancy Trash, Dave Houghton has been a mainstay of the thriving, independent music scene of Western Massachusetts. A songwriter who has the ability to play at a hush or a roar, Houghton is lauded for high-intensity live shows and exceptional guitar playing. His band, Fancy Trash, recently released their new record, “As Is” with the help of recording engineer Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab. With a nod to both American roots music and indie rock, Houghton’s songs are honest and, at times, heart-wrenching.

Enjoy some light refreshments provided by Holyoke Hummus while enjoying the concerts. There will also be a cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows. Reservations are suggested as these are popular concerts.

These concerts are sponsored by New England Public Radio, NEPR News Network.

when: February 07, 2015 at 7:30 PM
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 322 5660
price: Admission $18 general / $15 members
info: http://wistariahurst.org/events/dark-dining-room-house-concert-series/
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Travel the World with the Skinner Family: Egypt

Wistariahurst offers a trip through history for school vacation! Travel the world as the Skinners did in the early 20th century. Study historic photo travel albums and look for clues to the allure and mystery of travel in Egypt. Make a pyramid and use ancient symbols to decorate. Use hieroglyphics to write a secret message. Geared towards ages 8 and above, accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required by February 14. Reserve your space online or call the Museum.

when: Tuesday February 17, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 322 5660
price: $12 general / $10 members
info: http://wistariahurst.org/events/travel-the-world-with-the-skinner-family-egypt/

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Funded in part by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Business and Technology/Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

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