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Upcoming Events

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
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
where: Holyoke Heritage State Park
221 Appleton St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: $2/child or $6/immediate family
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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 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!
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8th Annual Dance To Stop Hunger

A benefit performance by Academy students to raise money for Kate’s Soup Kitchen of Providence Ministries in Holyoke and the non-profit MABETA (Massachusetts Academy of Ballet Educational Training Association). Free event open to the public. Checks and cash donations accepted at the door.

when: Saturday, April 11 at 2pm
where: Massachusetts Academy of Ballet
4 Open Square Way, Studio 403
Holyoke, Mass
price: FREE
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Cyclonic: Readings from 'Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay'

Join us for an unforgettable evening of a unique musical experience titled Cyclonic. Cyclonic is a dramatized stage rendering of four scenes from the book The Queen of Vaudeville, told with music and pictures. Holyoke’s own Eva Tanguay (1878-1947) was the biggest star of the vaudeville stage, a variety-format entertainment that was hugely popular in the years 1880-1920. Eva took vaudeville by storm and was soon the highest-paid performer in vaudeville.
Author Andrew Erdman came up with the idea of turning an ordinary book signing into a something livelier – a musical show. Acclaimed songwriter and musician, Mary Lorson, has written songs inspired by Eva, as well as interpreted a number of the tunes that helped Tanguay to become the “cyclonic comedienne” of the vaudeville stage. Cyclonic not only gives a taste of the book Queen of Vaudeville and a sample of Mary Lorson’s performing talents, but also revives the spirit of Eva Tanguay, the mighty queen of vaudeville—if only for an evening.
This event is sponsored by MIFA, Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts. Reservations required and can be purchased online at

when: Saturday April 18, 2015 7:30 pm
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: Tickets are $20 general / $15 members



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.