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Upcoming Events

Fun Day Sunday at Wistariahurst Museum

Come join us for historic and artistic adventures inspired by the architecture, history, family stories, interior design, gardens, and culture of Wistariahurst. Bring your family to explore the gardens and the house to find inspiration for drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, and more. Make an historically inspired art work as a souvenir of your visit to Wistariahurst.

Each Family Fun Day Sunday will be a different guided creative project. You may travel with the Skinners to Egypt and build a pyramid or to Paris and paint a tiny masterpiece on a miniature easel. A trip to the garden might yield a painting in pastels or watercolor. Seeing the elegantly decorated walls in the house might stimulate a project using printmaking as the medium. Perfect family activities that encourage observation, discovery and creativity.

Sessions will begin at 1:00 PM and end at 3:00 p.m. Registrations required.

when: Sunday, September 6, 2015
1-3pm
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: There will be a materials fee per project. Families may purchase one or more set of materials. $12.00 – General Fee, $10.00 – Members’ Fee
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Fall Back in Time Fundraiser for the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round

Fundraiser proceeds to support the ongoing operation and maintenance of the Merry-Go-Round. Come in your casual outfit and take a trip down memory lane!

Tickets are $45 per person

•Food and cash bar prepared by The Log Cabin
•Live music – including banjo player
•Casual attire
•Train rides provided by the Pioneer Valley Railroad (to the mall and back)
•Carousel rides

Grand Raffle:

Tickets now available for purchase at The Holyoke Merry Go Round

$8,000 in prizes

Max number of tickets to be sold: 300 (minimum of 200 sold)

1st prize: $5,000

2nd prize: $2,000

3rd prize: $1,000

Drawing to be held night of the Fundraiser.

Raffle Ticket Price: $100

Call 413-538-9838 for more details on event and raffle tickets.

when: Friday, September 18, 2016
where: Holyoke Merry-Go-Round
Heritage State Park
221 Appleton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: $45 per person, $400 for a table of 10
info: www.facebook.com/events/1527039950851850/
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Bicycle Tours of Holyoke: The Mansions

Join Us for a Healthy Dose of History!

The Mansions: Come along and cycle around the elegant homes built by the Holyoke industrialists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Ride through the highlands and the Fairfield Avenue Historic District with their grand Victorian houses. Learn about the families, architects and builders of these magnificent homes. This route will begin at Kennedy Park and tour around Fairfield Avenue, Lexington Avenue, Madison Avenue and River Terrace with the option of visiting Jones Park near the river. Each tour will begin with a review of basic bicycle safety. Please come prepared with your own helmets, water, bicycle and enthusiasm for history.

The tours will be led by Craig Della Penna, a local Holyoke historian and real estate broker. He is the author of five books and numerous op‐ed pieces/guest editorials on the value of rail trails and greenways in the context of residential real estate and smart growth development.

We will be having two bike tours this September, The Mansions on Saturday and The Mills on Sunday. Register for both and save!

when: Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 11:00 am until 12:30 pm.
where: Meet at Kennedy Park on Lincoln Street in Holyoke.
price: $15 for only the Mansions Tour, or $26 for both the Mansions and the Mills (Sunday the 20th).
info: http://wistariahurst.org/events/bicycle-tours-of-holyoke-the-mansions/
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Bicycle Tours of Holyoke: The Mills

The Mills: Grab your bike and join us for this tour focusing on the history of the nationally recognized historic district around the canals and nearby mills. Learn about the city’s industrial history and canal landscapes as Della Penna shares his insights into manufacturing industry in Holyoke. The tour route will begin and end at Holyoke Heritage State Park and will include stops on Race Street, Bridge Street and Lyman Street.

The tours will be led by Craig Della Penna, a local Holyoke historian and real estate broker. He is the author of five books and numerous op‐ed pieces/guest editorials on the value of rail trails and greenways in the context of residential real estate and smart growth development.

We will be having two bike tours this September, The Mansions on Saturday and The Mills on Sunday. On the Mansions Tour page you can also register for both the Mansions and Mills for one lower price!

when: Sunday September 20, 2015 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm.
where: Meet at Kennedy Park on Lincoln Street in Holyoke.
price: $15 for only the Mansions Tour, or $26 for both the Mansions (Saturday the 19th) and the Mills.
info: http://wistariahurst.org/events/bicycle-tours-of-holyoke-the-mills/
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Lecture on Putting the Garden to Bed

Tips and tricks to make dividing perennials and closing the garden for the winter easier - have all your questions answered by our Master Gardeners!

when: Saturday September 26, 2015 9:00 am - 11:00 am
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street Holyoke, MA 01040
price: $5
info: http://wistariahurst.org/events/lecture-on-putting-the-garden-to-bed/
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Bicycle Tours of Holyoke: The Mansions

Join Us for a Healthy Dose of History!

The Mansions: Come along and cycle around the elegant homes built by the Holyoke industrialists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Ride through the highlands and the Fairfield Avenue Historic District with their grand Victorian houses. Learn about the families, architects and builders of these magnificent homes. This route will begin at Kennedy Park and tour around Fairfield Avenue, Lexington Avenue, Madison Avenue and River Terrace with the option of visiting Jones Park near the river. Each tour will begin with a review of basic bicycle safety. Please come prepared with your own helmets, water, bicycle and enthusiasm for history.

The tours will be led by Craig Della Penna, a local Holyoke historian and real estate broker. He is the author of five books and numerous op‐ed pieces/guest editorials on the value of rail trails and greenways in the context of residential real estate and smart growth development.

We will be having two bike tours this September, The Mansions on Saturday and The Mills on Sunday. Register for both and save!

when: Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 11:00 am until 12:30 pm.
where: Meet at Kennedy Park on Lincoln Street in Holyoke.
price: $15 for only the Mansions Tour, or $26 for both the Mansions and the Mills (Sunday the 20th).
info: http://wistariahurst.org/events/bicycle-tours-of-holyoke-the-mansions/

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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.