Passport Holyoke Events

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Upcoming Events

Gallery Exhibit – Look for the Name: A Series of Skinner Advertisements

All things “William Skinner & Sons” will be celebrated this September in our Gallery to correspond with the textile related events scheduled at the museum this fall.

The contributions Skinner Manufacturing made to the silk and textile industries will be examined through looking at an array of advertising and promotional pieces created for Skinner. This gallery exhibit will include print advertising, branding and specialty market items.

Whether it was consumer magazines like Vogue, and Ladies Home Journal, or trade journals like Women’s Wear Daily and Men’s Wear Daily, Skinner targeted their marketing to the quality-conscious buyer and consumer. From undergarments to wedding gowns, or from jacket linings to ties, Skinner was the name in quality silk that consumers looked for in their purchases.

Also exhibited will be label samples, fabric samples, packaging and other promotional material like booklets, paperweights and letter openers. Information from the US Patent office will also be on hand to show how Skinner patented “Name in the Selvage” technology as well as other patents and trademarks.

when: Monday, September 1-Tuesday, September 30, 204
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: $3 general public
free admission for members
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Free Family Movie Night

Free admission to a great family-friendly movie!

-all movies are rated G or PG
-popcorn, snacks, and drinks are available
-children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult

Call 534-1483 for more information

when: Friday, September 5, 2014
doors open at 6:00pm; movie starts at 6:30pm
where: United Congregational Church of Holyoke
300 Appleton St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: FREE
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Holyoke Cultural Council Grant Workshop

Learn about the Local Cultural Council grant program, the state and local requirements for grant applications and how to write a successful proposal for the 2015 funding cycle!

when: Saturday, September 6, 2014
where: Holyoke Senior Center
291 Pine Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
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Tour the Wistariahurst mansion with a Skinner Descendant

Allerton Kilborne will return to Holyoke to offer a very special tour of his grandmother’s home and share his memories of living at Wistariahurst. When Allerton Kilborne enters the home on Cabot Street, it is like entering a time machine. Allerton lived at Wistariahurst with his grandmother, Katharine Skinner Kilborne, and a full staff, whom he remembers in detail and with great affection. So join Allerton Kilborne in a journey back in time as Wistariahurst comes alive with his memories.

when: Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: $10 admission
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BBQ at Holyoke Canoe Club to Benefit Holyoke Organizations

Join three Holyoke organizations for an afternoon of food, fun, and live entertainment at the Holyoke Canoe Club, located on the scenic Connecticut River just off of Route 5. The family-friendly Barbecue Fundraiser will take place on Sunday, September 14 at 1:00 p.m. and will benefit PassportHolyoke, the Holyoke Latin Jazz Festival, and the Holyoke Winter Carnival. Tickets are $40 per person and must be purchased by Wednesday, September 10.

PassportHolyoke is teaming up with the Holyoke Latin Jazz Festival and the Holyoke Winter Carnival for an afternoon of live music and delicious barbecue including brisket, pork, and tasty sides from Seth Mias Catering. Vegetarians are welcome as an alternative meatless option will be made available; please indicate upon your ticket purchase. Enjoy lovely river views and the sounds of local bands Jazz Trip and The Way. Jazz Trip performs original instrumental compositions blending funk, rock, and jazz while The Way, a folk-rock-jazz jam band, plays both original songs and covers.

The Barbecue Fundraiser will help cover necessary costs for the following community events. PassportHolyoke’s three-day festival, Next Stop: Holyoke, builds on past Discover Holyoke day happenings with a variety of free and paid events during the weekend of October 10-12. Next Stop will feature visual arts displays and performances, food, music, recreational activities, and history programs – all of which highlight the many unique attributes of the City of Holyoke.

The Holyoke Latin Jazz Festival, which has provided Holyoke with exceptional live music for the past two years, will be a part of Next Stop: Holyoke’s festivities. On Friday, October 10, enjoy the rhythms and melodies of live Latin jazz and traditional salsa music in downtown Holyoke at the War Memorial.

The Fourth Annual Holyoke Winter Carnival, February 6-15, will bring community tradition to life once again with a full schedule of over 40 events spanning ten days. The opening night luminaria, sports tournaments, cooking contests, family day at Heritage State Park, and a free community pancake breakfast are just a few of the Winter Carnival’s offerings.

Tickets for the Barbecue Fundraiser may be purchased through the Holyoke Winter Carnival by contacting or calling (413) 244-6766 by Wednesday, September 10. Tickets are also available at Wistariahurst Museum, the Holyoke Parks and Recreation Department, and the Mayor’s Office during regular business hours. Want to support this event but aren’t able to attend? Please mail checks to PassportHolyoke: P.O. Box 1425, Holyoke, MA 01041, with “contribution” in the memo. For more information, contact Melissa Boisselle, President of PassportHolyoke, at 413-322-5660 or

when: Sunday, September 14, 2014
where: Holyoke Canoe Club
Old Ferry Rd., Off of Route 5
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: $40/person
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Discover Holyoke 2012

Event spotlight

Historical Lecture Series: Threads that Bind – Textiles in the Connecticut River Valley: A Trip Through Time and Space at WEBs

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, Webs began as a home-based venture developed by Barbara Elkins and a friend. The project should have failed, but instead, Webs has become the largest independent yarn retailer in the country. Through visuals and a presentation by both Barbara and Art, the history of the company will be illustrated.

when: Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: $7 general/$5 members, pay at door



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.