D1 Hockey Regional Comes with Risks, High Expectations for the Region

Jeff Smith acknowledged that, at this time of year, he’s certainly plugged into the NCAA Division 1 hockey rankings, standings, and something called … bracketology, a science of sorts whereby an analyst, starting several weeks in advance, projects which teams will wind up in the season-ending tournament and where they will play. Most of his…

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Registration to open soon for 2024 Hooplandia tournament

The registration date for Hooplandia, the northeast’s ultimate 3×3 basketball tournament and festival, has been announced. Hosted by the Eastern States Exposition and the Basketball Hall of Fame, registration for this year’s event will open on February 15. Officials said the tournament had a successful first year in 2023 and promises to go even bigger…

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Inside the Campaign to Reopen the Iron Horse This Spring

There’s a lot to love about the Iron Horse Music Hall. Though it’s not as apparent from the outside, with its large storefront windows covered in layers of tape holding up posters advertising myriad performers and upcoming shows, the downtown space holds countless special memories for lovers of live music in Western Mass., as reflected…

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Filmmaker Joany Kane Brings Her Next Project to Massachusetts

Merry, Scary, and Coming Soon If you enjoy all those Christmas movies the Hallmark Channel cranks out every holiday season, you can thank Joany Kane for her part in that. That’s because she wrote the first one, The Christmas Card, which broke cable-TV ratings records when it aired in 2006 and garnered an Emmy nomination…

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Springfield Symphony Orchestra preparing to open 80th season

It’s a big weekend in downtown Springfield as both the Thunderbirds and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra open their seasons on Saturday and the orchestra is celebrating a big milestone: its 80th season. For the 80th time, the Symphony Hall stage is being set for a season opener “It’s a remarkable achievement. There’s just not that…

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Several tourist attractions to receive part of $2 million in state grants

The Healey-Driscoll Administration has announced $2 million in grant money to be used for 45 tourist attractions across the state. The grant program is designed to support projects that expand, build, restore, or renovate Massachusetts tourism destinations and attractions. While this funding is to be split all across the state, some of that funding will…

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Play basketball at The Big E Fair during Hooplandia Day

The annual Hooplandia Day at The Big E Fair takes place Saturday with basketball-related activities. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Storrowton Village, Hooplandia Day will feature demonstrations and a chance to play basketball. NCAA President and Former Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will participate in the event along with the Basketball Hall of Fame,…

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At Mike’s Maze, Visitors Can Take In the Big Picture

“Where art and agriculture come together.” That’s how Dave Wisseman, the soon-to-be 10th-generation owner of Warner Farm in Sunderland, described the famous corn maze that has put this operation on the map. And he’s right. The designs that are cut by a Bobcat into the 10 acres of feed corn growing on one field at…

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Organizers, communities planning for return of Ironman 70.3 Western Mass.

As we look ahead to next year, one popular triathalon is making its way back to our area. “Our athletes’ response was ‘Wow,’” said Ironman regional director Dave Christen. “There’s a lot of work to do…We just felt at home. It didn’t feel like a first-year event.” It’s the 70.3-mile race where athletes compete in…

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