Spalding Hoophall Classic begins Thursday at Springfield College

One of the country’s biggest showcases of elite high school basketball gets underway in Springfield Thursday afternoon. The 20th annual Spalding Hoophall Classic tips-off at 4:00 P.M. at Springfield College, the birthplace of basketball. Thursday’s games, and most of Friday’s games, will feature local high schools, but the games this holiday weekend will feature teams…

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Paul Lambert Joins Springfield Symphony Orchestra as Interim Executive Director

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) board announced the hiring of Paul Lambert, former vice president of Enshrinement Services & Community Engagement at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as interim executive director of the SSO. Lambert succeeds interim Executive Director John Anz, who left the SSO to take a position at another organization. Lambert…

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Outlook 2022/Tourism

Mary Kay Wydra has also been impressed with the tourism sector’s resilience in 2021. “When the restrictions were lifted in late spring, we saw a boost in the attractions, and hotel occupancy grew,” said Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Looking ahead, I do feel like we’re positioned to continue building…

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Outlook 2022/The Region

When asked to project what lies ahead, Rick Sullivan said he believes the region got a taste of what he expects 2022 will be like last summer and early fall — before Delta and Omicron entered the lexicon. Flashing back, he said the tourism sector was rebounding on many levels, with the Big E on…

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Springfield Symphony has not yet reached agreement with MOSSO

There has still been no agreement on a contract between Springfield Symphony Orchestra Management and the musicians’ union. The SSO sent an open letter to the community expressing all their concerns facing the future of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. In this recent statement, the SSO said they are “exploring all options to assure the future…

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Bright Nights at Forest Park returns

A time-honored tradition returns to Springfield on Wednesday night. Bright Nights at Forest Park will officially flip the switch on Wednesday evening to mark the holiday season. The lighting ceremony begins at 4:45 p.m. at Forest Park and will feature a visit from Governor Charlie Baker. Baker will be the first Massachusetts governor to make…

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The Nutcracker — It’s back and ON SALE NOW!

Join us as we return to the stage for a one-hour production of our classic holiday ballet. Come along with Clara as she battles the Rat King to save the Nutcracker Prince, then travel to the enchanted Snow Forest and the beautiful Kingdom of Sweets. Read the source article at Marketing Platform for Small Businesses

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Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau meeting held to discuss tourism

The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau held their annual meeting Wednesday morning. Around 75 tourism professionals gathered to discuss the state of travel and tourism. They say that tourism is the third largest employer industry in western Massachusetts. The Bureau told 22News that western Massachusetts benefitted from having so much outdoor space during the…

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Preparations underway for Bright Nights at Forest Park

Preparations are underway at Forest Park for the holiday season. Park officials are installing the framework for Bright Nights, which will illuminate the park during the holiday season next month. Bright Nights brings in thousands of visitors from around the region. The lights get turned on November 24 and they stay on through Sunday, January…

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