Putz’s Ultimate Sports Challenge
Due to the overwhelming popularity of our “Beat ‘The Putz’” pro football contest, we are about to give readers of The Westfield News something more. Area sports fans will have a chance to put their sports knowledge to the test with our brand new contest, “Putz’s Ultimate Sports Challenge.” Pick the winner from each of the four men’s PGA Tour Majors, NASCAR’s biggest races and the Triple Crown. Win prizes weekly and compete for our overall grand prize. Look for contest forms in The Westfield News.
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield Offers Summer Lunch Program
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Meals will be provided Monday through Friday at various sites throughout the Greater Westfield area. Please contact the Boys and Girls Club at 413-562-2301 for site locations and meal times.
To file a complaint of discrimination, call toll free (866) 632-9992 or write to:
Director of Adjudication
1400 Independence Avenue
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Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Westfield Bridge Club Results 6/15/17
North/South: 1st: Vi Martinell – Cindy Fullerton; 2nd: Dorothy Kowaleski – Judy Fiore; 3rd: Nancy Gay – Terry Augusti
East/West: 1st: Ellie Siska – Betty Clare; 2nd: Lolly Templeton – Ann Kousch; 3rd: Barbara Kress – Marilyn Breor
Duplicate is played Thursday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 at The American Inn in Southwick. All players are welcome.
Crafters and Artisans Needed
Crafters and artisans are needed for a fall craft fair to benefit the Westfield Food Pantry. Reserve space by June 30th for the event on September 30, 2017 from 10am to 4pm. It will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Atonement, 36 Court Street, Westfield. Inside and outside booths are available, there will be a limit to same type of crafts. Please email Gail at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. www.WestfieldFoodPantry.org
Stanley Park Summer Tours
We cordially invite you to tour this beautiful treasure. Let us show you the many exciting areas this picturesque park has to offer. Witness what we have accomplished this past year and learn what our goals are for the upcoming year. Learn the History of Stanley Park, unlock the secret of the Enchanted Oak, study the reliefs of Carillon Doors, savor the beauty of the Rose Garden, marvel at the species of Wildflowers, journey through the Colonial Village, experience the Asian Garden and so much more! Walking shoes are recommended for these tours. Tours are given: June through August and start at 9:00am and will last to approximately 10:30 am. All tours will meet at the Carillon. Saturday’s June 24, July 8, July 22 and August 12. To make a Tour Reservation, please contact the Stanley Park DevelopmentOffice at (413) 568-9312 ext. 108 or 112.
Guided Walks around Stanley Park
As we welcome Spring & Summer, we will once again be holding our Walk Around the Park. The walks will be held on Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The walking sessions are part of Stanley Park’s Health Initiative to provide a beautiful environment in which to get some exercise, while meeting our staff and learning the history about various sites around the park. All abilities are welcome. Group ability level will determine walk route. Possible routes will be within the main areas of the park and/or the Wildlife Sanctuary. Walking shoes are recommended. Walks will be held: now to June 27, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 10:30 a.m. All walkers should meet at the Westfield Bank Children’s Pavilion.
North Hall Arts Festival announces 2017 season
The North Hall Arts Festival in Huntington, Mass. announces its 2017 season with
twelve public events from late May through September. Presented by the North Hall Association, the performance series is made possible by the Westfield News Group and the Daily Hampshire Gazette, along with support from the arts councils of Chester, Huntington, Montgomery, Russell, Westhampton, and Worthington.
A Festival theater offering follows, with a staged reading of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood. Directed by Mitch Giannunzio and performed by Ellen Barry, Margery Shaw, Kenneth Tigar & more. This free event will take place on Sunday, June 25 at 2:00 p.m.
Charles Neville and the New England Nevilles will appear on Sunday, July 2 at 2 pm. The legendary New Orleans Sax player, Charles Neville, will be joined Khalif Neville on keyboard and Talyn Neville on drums and by Shido Hiroyuki on bass.
In July, there will be an afternoon of Baroque music for Flute, Viola da Gamba and Harpsicord played on historical instruments and featuring works by Telemann, Bach and others. Baroque (and More) Musical Delights will begin at 2 pm on Sunday, July 16.
The following weekend, Monica Jakuc Leverett will present Piano Babe in Toyland a concert of classical music, performed on both Grand and Toy Pianos. Sunday, July 23 at 2 pm. Works by Kaeza Fearn (A Day in the Life of a Toy Piano), Claude Debussy, Octavio Pinto and others.
Jose Gonzalez and Sons. José González returns to North Hall on Sunday, August 6 at 2 pm with a program of Latin, Caribbean and World music.
A second Festival theater offering this season follows, with a staged reading of LOVE LETTERS by A. R. Gurney Directed by Mitch Giannunzio and performed by Kenneth Tigar and Margery Shaw. This free event will take place on Sunday, August 20, 2 pm.
In September, the popular area piano-clarinet duo Jerry Noble and Bob Sparkman (jazz-swing) returns to North Hall on September 10, Sunday at 2 pm.
The Old Country Road Band ends the season with old-time vintage country and bluegrass on Sunday, September 17 at 2 p.m.
Events include two free open-mic music jams, art exhibits, and meet-the-artist receptions. Some events are free or by donation. Admission to ticketed events is from $10 to $15 at the door. Student/youth admission is free for all events. All performances take place at Historic North Hall, 40 Searle Road (off Route 66), Huntington. The performance space is wheelchair-accessible and air-conditioned. Complete information including a calendar of events with dates, times, and admission costs is posted at www.northhallhuntington.org and Historic North Hall on Facebook. Telephone queries may be directed to North Hall at 413–667-5543.
Watercolor Painting Workshop Fundraiser at Southwick Public Library
Watercolor Painting Workshop Fundraiser with Denise Griffin will be held at 10 o’clock on June 23rd. Adults that are beginners to the more experienced are welcome. The fee for this 1/1/2 hour class is $15.00. All materials are supplied. Please call the Circulation Desk at 569-1221 ext. 2 to register.
Teen Suntime Reading Program, Build a Better World! at the Southwick Public Library
The Teen Suntime Reading program is almost here and this year’s theme is “Build a Better World.” Our programs, book displays, and activities will focus on being good to the environment, expanding creativity, and fostering healthy relationships! Sign-ups begin on June 24th and it will run until August 4th. For each of the six weeks of the program, we’ll have special events and activities. Each week, for every hour you have read, you will get one entry into the weekly raffle for cool prizes like gift cards from Amazon and the Holyoke Mall, books, and more (with a maximum of five entries per week). For every weekly activity and event you attend, you’ll also get an entry into the weekly prize drawing! Teens that are entering grades 7 through 12 in the fall can participate in this year’s summer reading program in person or online at https://wandooreader.com/southwickma/teen-suntime-reading-program (please note that prizes must be picked up in person).
Special Events (to register, please call the library at 413-569-1221 ext.3 or stop by):
July 11th – 2pm – Bottle Rockets with the 4H
#July 13th – 1:30pm – Keep Secrets Book Box with Let’s Gogh Art
*July 18th – 1pm – Comic Book Creation with Jack Purcell
#July 20th – 1:30pm – Upcycling with Lou’s Upcycles
July 27th– 1:30pm – Carpentry with John Westcott
August 9th – 2pm – Page to Screen Book Talk – Read the graphic novel then watch the movie! This summer’s book is Persepolis by MarjaneSatrapi.
Build a Better World is sponsored by the Southwick Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. *These programs are supported in part by a grant from the Southwick Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. # These programs are possible through funding by the Friends of the Southwick Public Library.
Southwick Public Library Children’s Room Events
June 24, 10-1 Opening Day Balloon Man, Ed Popielarczuk, Glitter Tattoos & more!
July 13, 3:00 p.m. LEGO Club, grades 3-6
July 19, 3:30 p.m. LEGO Club K-2
July 20, 10:30 a.m. Upcycling with Lou
July 25, 3-5 p.m. Makerspace Workshop with Arthur Evans & son
August 1, 10:30 a.m. Fairy Houses with Mary Jo Maichack
August 4, 11:00 a.m Jungle Encounters Wild Cats End of Summer
August 8, 1:00 p.m. Book Discussion Grades 5-6 (Book to be announced)
August 10, 3:00 p.m. LEGO Club Gr. 3-6
August 23, 3:30 p.m. LEGO Club K-2
Kids Independence Day Bike Ride
The annual Kids Independence Day Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, June 24th at 10 a.m. at the Southwick Rail Trail starting at the Rail Trail /Miller Rd parking area off of Congamond Rd. Kids and families are encouraged to dress up and decorate their bikes for the event. There will be face painting, music, and spin art for the kids. Everyone is welcome to join us on the Southwick Rail Trail as we stroll up to the CT line and back. Afterwards we will have food, drinks, and goodies for all.
Adults want to have fun too at Southwick Public Library!
If you are interested in participating in the Adult Suntime Reading program Build a Better World, at the Southwick Public Library, you may start signing up on June 6th at the Circulation Desk. The program officially starts on June 24th. Read a fiction book or a biography and you earn a chance. If you have signed up prior to June 24th, you may place your first chance in our weekly drawing box on that day! Extra chances may be earned by playing our Bingo game. Bingo sheets will be available starting on June 24th. The first prize drawing will be on June 30th. A winner’s name will be drawn after the library closes every Friday, through August 4th. Raffle tickets are also available for a handmade rug donated by Sally Killips. The rug is on display in the Reading Nook area. Tickets are available for sale ($1.00 for one or 6 for $5.00) now at the Circulation Desk. The winning ticket will be drawn on August 4th as part of the library’s 125th Anniversary Party.
Strawberry Supper at Second Congregational Church
A Strawberry Supper will take place at the Second Congregational Church on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Serving will be at 5:30 pm and the menu will consist of Ham, Turkey, Cole Slaw, Gelatin Salads, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Rolls and Strawberry Shortcake. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children under 10. Reservations may be made by calling the church office at 568-7557. Church is located at 487 Western Avenue, Westfield.
Chester High Alumni Coming Home!
Chester – Chester High School Alumni will be coming home to Chester this year for their 114th annual reunion and meeting on Saturday, June 24, 2017. The meeting draws a large group of people associated with the former Chester High School, including Chester Residents who graduated from Gateway after Chester High School closed in the late 1960’s. This year’s festivities begin with a social hour at 2:00 p.m. at the Chester Railroad Depot and continue informally throughout the entire weekend as “Blue Devils” and “Quarriers” wander around town visiting old friends and relatives. The Association’s annual business meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. Officers and Board Members will meet prior to the reunion at 1:00 p.m. Chester High has traditions dating back well over one hundred years, but the Association has no members from that long ago! Among the many mysteries every year are questions like, “Who will be the oldest member?” and “Who will come from the farthest away?” In the midst of all the reminiscing, prizes are awarded for the first local and first out of state reservation. There is never a lack of laughter, perhaps because the threat of detention is long gone even though former teachers frequently attend. Five-year classes will be honored, especially the fifty year class of 1967 and twenty-five year class of 1992.
Association President Walter Boomsma noted that the reunion will be held in Chester for the tenth straight year. “People love meeting in Chester for a lot of reasons, including the relaxed atmosphere. Some can’t resist sitting on the church corner for a while. Small town America is alive and well, at least in Chester.” Association Leadership believes the event provides a bit of an economic benefit for Chester. “We’re thrilled to continue to bring dollars into Chester as local businesses and organizations will make the town open and welcome to those who attend.” Boomsma reports that the Association also enjoys the support of organizations like the Chester Foundation and Chester Historical Society. “The Historical Society has agreed to remain open the day of the reunion from 10 a.m. to noon. Alumni visiting the old jail will be amazed at the amount of Chester High and Grammar School memorabilia on hand.”
Reunion invitations are mailed to Association Members in May. Boomsma also notes that the reunion is not limited to graduates of Chester High. “Anyone with a connection to Chester is certainly welcomed to join us for socializing and reminiscing. This is really a town event.” Anyone who does not receive an invitation may simply send a check (tickets are $15 per person, payable to Chester High School Alumni Association) to Mary Burkholder, 96 Llewellyn Drive, Westfield MA 01085. Please make reservations no later than June 19, 2017. Additional officers of the Association include Robert Goewey, Vice President and George A. Morey, Treasurer. Board Members include Judith Olson of Hatfield, Brenda Budreau of Huntington, Jackie Conklin and Edith Whitaker of Westfield, Jack Young of Hinsdale and Tino Cardarelli, Diane DeMoss, and Janice Brown, all of Chester. Any one of these people may be contacted for information or to volunteer some help. The Association maintains a blog at http://chesterhigh.wordpress.com and a Facebook page where alumni can gather information and post comments.
The Alumni Association also manages a significant scholarship fund and Gateway Seniors are encouraged to contact their guidance counselors for additional information. Scholarship Custodians include Duane C. Pease of Chester and Lin Gordon and Ed Woodis of Westfield.
Westfield Bank Sunday night concert series at Stanley Park
The Westfield Bank Sunday night concert series at Stanley Park Presents The Eddie Forman Orchestra, also known as “E.F.O.”, on June 25th. E.F.O. is a Western Massachusetts polka band that has been performing since 1968. The band’s enthusiasm and love for the music they perform, their versatility and ability to embrace a wide range of styles, and their dedication to strong, lively performances make the E.F.O., an enduring success. People of all ages are invited to join the E.F.O. to enjoy a fun filled evening of good music. The performance will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Beveridge Pavilion and it is free of charge. Chairs will be provided and a food service will be available. For further information on the Westfield Bank Sunday Night Concert Series please go to www.stanleypark.org or call the park office at 413-568-9312.
Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas – staged reading
Huntington — The first of two Festival Theater presentations directed by Mitch Giannunzio takes place on Sunday, June 25 at 2:00 p.m. as part of the 2017 North Hall Arts Festival. The event takes place at the Historic North Hall, 40 Searle Road off Route 66. The hall is wheelchair-accessible and air-conditioned. This staged reading at North Hall, directed by actor and playwright Mitch Giannunzio, features actors Ellen Barry, Margery Shaw, Kenneth Tigar & more. Under Milk Wood is a 1954 radio drama by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, commissioned by the BBC and later adapted for the stage. This seriocomic drama focuses on the innermost thoughts and feelings of the inhabitants of a fictitious fishing village in Wales as they go about their daily business. Admission is free. There will be a reception during intermission with refreshments in the North Hall Art Gallery, currently exhibiting works by Janet Longe Sadler. For more information about the Festival’s events, visit www.northhallhuntington.org or phone 413-667-5543.
Star Spangled Senior Concert!
Join Walter Gladwin and members of the Senior Concert Band of Western Massachusetts for a lively instrumental celebration of the upcoming 4th of July holiday. The Westfield Senior Center Great Room will explode with music on Monday, June 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. This is a free concert for all to come and enjoy! The Westfield Senior Center is located at 45 Noble Street.
Adult Cookbook Club at Southwick Public Library
The Adult Cookbook Club is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 27th at 6:30. You will need to sign-up for this program. After you have reviewed the cookbook the library selected, you will need to email the library at email@example.com with two choices of what you would like to make and bring. The library will advise you which choice to bring.
Presentation ‘Durable Power of Attorney’ at the Westfield Senior Center
Why is a durable power of attorney an important option in planning for incapacity? What exactly are the responsibilities of the “agent” or person who will be making the decisions on the older person’s behalf? As part of this year’s Elder Law Education Project sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association, Westfield Attorney Cynthia Andersen will explain the fundamentals of creating a durable power of attorney and outline the specific duties and responsibilities of the agent. This very important informational session which will take place on Wednesday June 28 at 1 p.m. at the Westfield Senior Center, 45 Noble Street. Family members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please sign up by calling the Senior Center at 562-6435. Every older adult should have his or her legal affairs in order!
Alzheimer’s Support Group at Armbrook Village
June 28, 2017, 6:00 pm at Armbrook Village Senior Living and Memory Support Community, 551 North Road, Westfield. Enjoy a light dinner and a chance to share your personal experiences and strategies for communicating with your loved one! For more information and to RSVP, call (413) 568-0000.
Friends Sit ‘n Stitch at Southwick Public Library
The Friends Sit ‘n Stitch group will meet on Wednesday June 28th at 6 p.m. Adults are welcome to bring their sewing, needlepoint, embroidery etc. projects to work on. This is a drop-in program so no registration is required.
Shadow Puppet Show At The Westfield Athenaeum
Start your summer vacation with a silly and surprising Shadow Puppet Show! In this interactive story program, kids will help Mr. Vinny tell the story of “The 12 Lil’ Pigs and the Big Bad Pineapple” and play fun games like “What’s that Shadow?”. Playful, imaginative, and fun for the whole family. Thursday, June 29 at 11:30am in the Lang Auditorium. Please register for this program on our website westath.org or give us a call at 562-6158 x5.
‘From Jazz to Hip-Hop’ ~ A Music and Dance Performance
Join the fun at the Westfield Senior Center, 45 Noble Street on Thursday, June 29 for an upbeat, energetic program of music, song, and dance performed by young members of MusicDance.edu. These talented children play the trumpet, flute, clarinet, trombone, bells, and perform hip-hop dance. Musical selections include songs from Michael Jackson, rap songs, and oldies but goodies. Show time is 1:30 p.m. This free performance is funded through a grant from the Westfield Cultural Council. No advance sign-ups are required.
Southwick Select Board Seeks Regional School Committee members
The Select Board and Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School Committee are seeking interested citizens of Southwick to join the Regional School Committee. If you are a registered voter in the Town of Southwick and would like to be considered to fill the recent vacancy on the Regional School Committee, please submit a resume and letter of interest by 12:00 p.m. on June 30th, 2017 to the Board of Selectmen’s Office, Town Hall, 454 College Highway, Southwick, MA 01077.
Wyben Fourth Of July Parade
The Community of Wyben will hold its annual Fourth of July parade on Monday, July 4th, 2011. The parade features antique cars, homemade floats, and horses. Line-up is at 6PM at the corner of Montgomery and North Roads. The parade will step off at 6:30PM. The parade route will be down Montgomery Road to West Road, and back down Montgomery Rd. to the one room schoolhouse. This is a well attended, fun, old-time community parade. Not many of these left. Our Theme is “What Wyben Means to Me.” Our Parade Marshals are Tim and Sue Crane. Tim and Sue have continued the 3rd generation antique shop (Meadowbrook Antiques) at 658 Montgomery Rd. Right from their 2014 arrival in Wyben they have been very supportive of our community and church, which we all appreciate. Folks like Tim and Sue help keep “community” in our community. They also have organized a tue non-profit, raising $ for MA children-at-risk where the $ is intelligently used as advertised. It includes a yearly Boston-to-Pittsfield walk: www.walkkformachildren.org they do the right things for the right reasons. We hope you will be able to join us in our parade.
61st Annual Hampton Ponds Association July 4th Parade
The 61st Annual Hampton Ponds Association July 4th Parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. The parade begins at 10:00 A.M. sharp from the Hampton Ponds Plaza, North Rd. (Route 202), Westfield, and ends at the Hampton Ponds Association Hall, North Rd., on the Corner of Old Stage Road. Sponsored by the Hampton Ponds Association.
Huntington Public Library hosts Storyteller
The Huntington Public Library opens it’s Summer Reading Program “Build A Better World” on July 6th 2017 at 6:30 P.M. with Award-winning singer and storyteller Davis Bates. Celebrate the Library’s Summer Reading Program and Cultural Diversity by taking part in this lively program for all ages -” Under One Sky! – Songs & Stories To Build A Better World”. For more information call (413) 667-3506.
Sevenars 49th anniversary season
Sunday, July 9 at 4 PM: The Schrade-James Family, Cello, Piano, Solo, DuoThe family of Schrades and Jameses brings Sevenars close to its half-century milestone (coming up in 2018 – stay tuned!). They have attracted a loyal following of audiences and press, whether at Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, throughout the US, Canada, New Zealand, France, Italy, or Fiji, in chamber, solo, and orchestral appearances, and on radio, television, and numerous highly praised recordings. The performing members now include four pianists, David James, Randolph Schrade, Rorianne Schrade, and Lynelle James, and cellist Christopher James. As individuals they have garnered dozens of awards and accolades and as a family were the first listed on Steinway’s global artists roster (as well as individual listings). Their “agile, intensely musical performances” (N.Y. Times) reflect their joy of making music as a family through the decades. This program will include works by Bach, Paganini, Brahms, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, William Grant Still, Massenet, Gershwin-Grainger, and more!
Sunday, July 16 at 4 PM: Emmanuel Feldman, cello and Joy Cline Phinney, piano
Cellist Emmanuel Feldman and pianist Joy Cline Phinney, brilliant musicians individually, are known together through recitals and recordings on Albany and Delos labels. Mr. Feldman has been called “an outstanding cellist and truly dedicated artist” by composer John Williams and praised by Gramophone for “communicative urgency with tonal splendor.” Soloist with leading orchestras, performer in Europe, the US, and on radio and a dozen recordings, he is also a renowned teacher at the New England Conservatory. Pianist Joy Cline Phinney, one of the busiest chamber musicians today, collaborates regularly with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and many others. She holds Bachelor and Master degrees from Juilliard and a doctorate from Peabody. Her recent season included appearances on both coasts and with the New York Philharmonic’s Merkin Hall Chamber Music Series. Their program will include Beethoven, Brahms, Gershwin, and the great African-American composer, George Walker.
Sunday, July 23rd at 4 PM: Alexis Walls, violin, and Lynelle James, piano
Alexis Walls achieved recognition as soloist with orchestra at the Kennedy Center while still a teenager at Juilliard’s Pre-College. Founder of the Kende Trio with her sisters, she performed internationally, notably for Pope John Paul II. Currently Director of the World Youth Alliance Chamber Orchestra in New York and founder of the Manhattan String Orchestra, she has led these exciting ensembles at prominent venues internationally, including the United Nations. Lynelle James, a “truly fine musician” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) has been lauded by the press since age 8, playing in New York and with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in NZ. She has performed in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, and in festivals and halls across the United States, New Zealand, Canada, and Italy, along with lectures and master classes. Her debut CD (Blue Griffin label) has just been released and is already being greeted with tremendous excitement. These two stellar friends unite in Brahms, Kreisler, Bartok, and Fauré!
Sunday, July 30 at 4 PM: Greenwood Chamber Players, flute and strings
The Greenwood Chamber Players first delighted audiences at Sevenars in 2015 as a tribute to beloved festival member Robelyn Schrade-James who reveled in her chamber experiences at the Greenwood Music Camp, Cummington’s nationally-known musical gem. It has become annual! These stunning players, including faculty and friends of Greenwood, triumphed with their first-rate playing as well as their winning personalities. We are so thrilled to have them back! The musicians include leading players of the nation’s concert stages, led by dazzling young flutist Christina Jennings (“an extraordinary musician” American Record Guide) and exceptionally gifted violist Matthew Dane. Returning with them this year, and well-known to Massachusetts audiences, are brilliant New Bedford concertmaster Jesse Holstein and amazing, versatile Smith College cellist Volcy Pelletier. These vibrant and energetic players will thrill you with an inspired program of trios and quartets, with the centerpiece being Beethoven’s incomparable Serenade, Op. 25 for flute and strings. Also included are works by Lutaslawski, Sibelius, Cimarosa, and Andrew Norman.
Sunday, August 6th, at 4 PM: Jerry Noble and Friends!
A favorite – yet always refreshed – tradition, this concert features the inimitable Clifton “Jerry” Noble, Jr. with the talents of legendary jazz clarinetist Bob Sparkman and dynamic young classical cellist Christopher James. Bridging styles and generations, Mr. Noble, nationally sought-after as both composer and pianist is unmatched. His more than twenty years of jazz collaborations with clarinet wizard Bob Sparkman have become a local treasure, resulting in five immensely popular CD recordings. Mr. Sparkman developed his golden phrasing playing with The Jazzmen, The Bourbon Street Six, the Gotham Jazz Band, and Fats Waller’s trumpeter Herman Autry (among others). Christopher James, alumnus of Tanglewood, Soundfest, and Bard festivals, returns from a season playing in four orchestras in New York, with performances at Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, and Weill Hall. He will perform one of the greatest jewels of the classical repertoire, Elgar’s Concerto, Op. 85, in Elgar’s own piano-cello version. With some bossa novas and a Bengali surprise with special guests to be announced, there should really be something for everyone!
Sunday, August 13th at 4PM: Rorianne Schrade, piano
Returning after a five-year hiatus from solo recitals necessitated by family matters, Rorianne plays a preview of her New York recital, September 19, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. In response to her 2011 recital in London’s Wigmore Hall, Rorianne was praised for “mastery of one aspect of keyboard playing
after another” (Max Harrison, Musical Opinion) and for “An Outstanding Evening” (Headline, Music and Vision Daily) by Bill Newman, who likened her to the great György Cziffra and to Claudio Arrau “at the height of his performing powers.” Her October 2011 All-Liszt (200th Anniversary) recital at Weill Hall elicited a review (RobertaOnTheArts.com) stating that “Rorianne Schrade is one of the most dynamic, impassioned pianists I’ve seen in live performance in years.” Rorianne’s 2016-17 season included teaching, collaborations with colleagues, and concerto performances at Steinway Hall in NY. Her program will include Mozart, Beethoven, Pärt, Liadov, Scriabin, Glazunov, Kapustin, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky-Feinberg.
Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce 40th Annual Pancake Breakfast
Please join us for our 40th Annual Pancake Breakfast on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at South Middle School, 30 West Silver Street in Westfield, MA. This is a community event. The event is held from 7 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $6 for Adults, $5 for Seniors and $3 for kids under 12. You may purchase tickets at the event or by visiting our website at:www.westfieldbiz.org. Attractions include: bounce house, face painting, fire engine, music, live broadcast with WSKB 89.5 FM, vendor bingo – win a $50 restaurant gift card. Vendor tables are available: $75 for Chamber Members, $100 for Non-Chamber Members (you must provide your own table). Thank you to our sponsors: Premium Event Sponsor: Baystate Noble Health; Youth Camp Sponsor: MedExpress Urgent Care; Sausage Sponsor: BMC HealthNet Plan; Media Sponsors: BusinessWest, The Westfield News; Placemat Sponsor: Appalachian Press; Ticket Sponsor: Puffer Printing; Coffee Sponsor: Dunkin Donuts; Mayor Brian Sullivan. For more information, to volunteer and/or reserve a tabletop, please call Pam at the Chamber at 413.568.1618.
Blandford Opera Performance
BLANDFORD – Maestra Eve Queler, the incomparable operatic trailblazer, once again graces the Hilltowns’ historic White Church of Blandford with new, aspiring and accomplished vocalists on Saturday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. This will be the twenty-third Bel Canto performance and promises to be as rewarding and enjoyable as all the others. This annual performance benefits The White Church of Blandford, the only Blandford building listed on the National Historic Register. It is an iconic traditional structure by Isaac Damon and dates to 1823. Performers will sing selections from Tosca, La Cenerentola, Aida, Lucia di Lammermoor, LaTraviata and more. Seating is open and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are on sale now, online at thewhitechurch.org/ for $35. They can also be purchased by sending a check, payable to the White Church Preservation Fund to Opera, P. O. Box 35, Blandford, MA 01008.
The Westfield Cruisers presents: The Veterans Classic Auto Show
Saturday, July 29, 2017 (rain date TBD) from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Westfield Fair Grounds 129 Russellville Rd, Westfield, MA. All proceeds to benefit Homeward Vets Inc., a non-profit organization committed to “Filling a Soldier’s Home”. For more info, visit www.homewardvets.org. Show cars: $10, Spectator Admission: $3/car, Crafter/vendor spaces available for $10. Westfield Police Child Safety ID Program is free 10 am – 2 pm. For more information please contact Gary @ 413-562-1346 or Julie @ 413-454-5371 Or visit www.westfieldcruise.com
Scramble for Animals To benefit the Westfield Homeless Cat Project and Open Arms Rescue, Inc.
Sunday, August 6, 2017 Rain or shine at the Oak Ridge Golf Club, Feeding Hills, MA. Registration begins at 10:30am with the Shotgun start at 12:30. The cost is $100.00 per player and includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner, and prizes. Come for dinner for only $25.00. Hole Sponsorship—donation of $50.00 to become a hole sponsor your pet’s or loved one’s name. Register on or before July 15, 2017 return registration/sponsorship form with check or money order (payable to Marie Boccasile). Mail to Marie Boccasile 11 Second Avenue Westfield, MA 01085. For more information please contact Marie at (413) 564-0589 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Springfield Jazz And Roots Festival
The Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival is a free event offering music, theater, dance, arts & crafts, educational workshops, and local culinary offerings in the heart of Springfield, Mass. taking place on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 11:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. Court Square, Springfield, MA • rain or shine.
Created to bring people together and enrich the community through a celebration of jazz and roots music, the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival features both rising-stars and legends of American music.
The Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival is produced by Blues to Green (www.bluestogreen.org), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose goal is to harness the power of art and music (particularly jazz and blues) to celebrate community and culture, build shared purpose, and catalyze both social and environmental change.
The Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival was developed by Blues to Green Inc. in partnership with business, civic and nonprofit leaders in Springfield, to unite diverse communities in the urban center of Western Massachusetts to share the experience of music and art. The Festival celebrates music, as well as its host, the City of Springfield. By presenting the Festival in the heart of downtown, Blues to Green seeks to bolster a positive image of Springfield, engage artists and a diverse community in fueling its revitalization, and emphasize its place as a cultural hub and driver of cultural excellence in the region.
The Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival is made possible by scores of volunteers, and is funded solely from donations from individuals, organizations and corporations.
Sisters of St. Joseph Golf Tournament Planned
Registration is now being accepted for the 21st Annual Sisters of St. Joseph Golf Classic to be held Monday, August 28 at the Springfield Country Club. Morning and afternoon tee times are available to golfers, with shotgun starts at 8:00AM and 1:00PM. The tournament includes lunch and dinner, a silent auction and a raffle. Several levels of sponsorship opportunities are available to businesses and individuals. Proceeds from this event will benefit the care of the retired Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield. For more information, contact Sr. Eleanor Harrington at 413-536-0853.
50th Reunion Announced for Tech High Class of 1967
Technical High – Springfield, MA, Class of 1967 will hold its 50th Class Reunion from September 29 to October 1, 2017. A full weekend of exciting activities are being planned for this significant milestone with a dinner banquet and live entertainment set for Saturday evening September 30 at the Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel in Springfield, MA. If anyone is aware of classmates who may not have heard about the reunion, either send us their name and contact info or have them email Carolyn or Pam and the Reunion Committee will follow through. Names and information should be emailed to 1967Tech50th@gmail.com