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Upcoming Events

Steve Curylo in Concert

Chicopee’s own Baritone Steve Curylo, accompanied by pianist Jerry Noble, will present a recital with music of Mendelssohn, Purcell, Sullivan, Vaughan Williams and others all sung in the English language.

when: Sunday April 26, 2015 3:00 pm
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 322 5660
price: Admission $12 general / $10 members.
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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
where: Wistariahurst Museum, Carriage House
238 Cabot St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: Admission $7 general / $5 members
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Fast Friends, Slow Food With Love: A new weekly pop-up restaurant with an eclectic menu

Featuring an eclectic menu, “Fast Friends, Slow Food With Love” is now a weekly pop-up restaurant open for lunch and dinner every Tuesday, 11:00am to 7:00pm at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street, Holyoke, MA.

Diners can fill their bellies with classic favorites such as beef stew or spark their taste buds with innovative selections like a chermoula roasted yam & honey goat cheese sandwich. Other highlights from the menu include beet and cabbage borscht, bean and cheese empanadas, lamb meatball with tzatziki sauce and pickled carrot slaw, mixed greens with choice of chicken or salmon salad, roasted butternut, lentil, and feta salad with toasted pepitas, gluten free parsnip coconut muffin, apple cheddar hand pie, house-made beverages and more.

This new dining experience is brought to you by seasoned chefs John Peter Wentworth and Tara Tulley. John Peter's professional experience includes many years as front of the house caterer locally and throughout the Boston area, Green Street Café, chef at The Dirty Truth and most recently Northampton's King Street Eats. After culinary school, Tara got her start as pastry chef at Green Street Café and has since worked with award winning chef’s on the west coast at Portland’s Park Kitchen, and even spent a season slinging salmon at a fly fishing lodge in Alaska. Most recently, she has collaborated with Kitchen Garden Farm, creating prepared foods for sale at local markets, farm dinners, and catered events. Together the duo has brought several dining experiences to Holyoke already, including the sold out three course Pop-Up Dinner Party at Gateway City Arts this past March.

when: Tuesdays, 11am-7pm
where: Gateway City Arts
92 Race St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: Items on the menu range from $2-$8
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A Dramatic Reading of "Night" by Elie Wiesel

Adapted for the stage by Priscilla Kane Hellweg. Performed by Enchanted Circle Theater artists: Greg Alexander, Johsn Perlstein, and Anna Sobel.

when: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
where: Council for Human Understanding at the Holyoke Council on Aging
291 Pine St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: FREE
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Holyoke Civic Symphony's Annual Benefit Concert with Hannah Lynn Cohen, Concerto Competition Winner

Hannah Lynn Cohen has been playing violin for 14 of her 18 years, locally and around the world in China and South Korea with the Empire State Youth Orchestra. Next month, Ms. Cohen, who is the 2015 winner of the Holyoke Civic Symphony Concerto Competition, will perform Édouard Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole with the HCS in its annual benefit concert on Sunday, May 3rd.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. in the Holyoke Community College Fine and Performing Arts Building. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the door.

This is the Symphony’s fourth and final concert in a season dedicated to “Location, Location, Location.” With the exception of Ms. Cohen’s side trip into Spain, the concert will be a visit to “The Wild, Wild West”, featuring The Magnificent Seven by Elmer Bernstein, Western Suite by Adrienne Albert, and the overture from The Cowboys by John Williams. The season will close with movements from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo.

Ms. Cohen studies with Wendy Sharp, lecturer and head of chamber music at Yale School of Music. The 2014 winner of the Uel Wade Music Scholarship, she plans to pursue a degree in violin performance in college next fall.

Anyone who wants to learn more about the music being performed at this concert can listen to Music Director David Kidwell via a podcast accessible from the Symphony’s website,

Formed in 1967 as part of Holyoke Community College, the Holyoke Civic Symphony is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a variety of opportunities for community members to perform and hear symphonic works. For information: (413) 256-1760 or visit HCS on the web at:

when: Sunday, May 3, 2015
where: Holyoke Community College
Fine and Performing Arts Building
303 Homestead Avenue
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: General: $10
Under 12: $5
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Next Stop Holyoke 2014

Event spotlight

Lecture: Puerto Ricans: The Search for Prosperity in the Paper City

Like many immigrating groups, migrating Puerto Ricans came to Holyoke searching for prosperity. Unfortunately, the manufacturing industries were beginning to head south and overseas. Come hear Maria Salgado Cartagena share stories of a time of resistance and cultural celebration in Holyoke’s history.

when: Monday, May 11, 2015
where: Wistariahurst Museum, Carriage House
238 Cabot St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: Admission $7 general / $5 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.