Friday, October 31, 2014

Banjo Queen Swings into Holyoke

Cynthia Sayer, known as the Banjo Queen, will be swinging into Holyoke on Saturday, November 1st for a rare night of live banjo jazz. I’m hopeful that you will run a feature in advance of this weekend's performance at Wistariahurst by this world-renowned banjoist/vocalist/bandleader. 

What brings Cynthia Sayer to Holyoke? Cynthia was invited to return to Wistariahurst after sold out concerts in years past. She will be returning to Holyoke with Matt Glaser and MikeWeatherly. While the Museum is known for its grand Music Room, this setting will be an intimate venue for this renowned banjo player to delight audiences. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see this trio perform. Tickets are going fast! Reservations are a must!

Sayer is a dynamic performer whose eclectic, swing-based shows embody the rarely heard range and versatility of the four-string banjo, America’s original jazz instrument. Contemporary, edgy, and soulful, Sayer’s vocals are divine and her banjo a force of nature – think Django Reinhardt meets Bela Fleck – as she swings through a repertoire of hot jazz, tango, virtuoso classics and more. Cynthia Sayer is joined by Matt Glaser on jazz/roots violin and Mike Weatherly on string bass and vocals.

Cynthia Sayer is a founding member of Woody Allen's jazz band and has worked with Woody Allen for over 20 years. Cynthia tours internationally and has accumulated numerous awards and honors throughout her career, including induction into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame. Her latest CD, "Joyride," is receiving rave reviews.

Matt Glaser is renowned as one of the leading jazz/roots and bluegrass violinists today and also serves as the Artistic Director of the American Roots Music Program at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

Mike Weatherly is a Brooklyn-based, second-generation bassist from the desert southwest and one of New York City’s most sought-after bass players, known for his instrumental expertise as well as his vocal skills.

This event is sponsored by New England Public Radio and the NEPR News Network.

Tickets are $20 general admission/$15 for museum members. Reservations can be made on line or by calling the museum at (413) 322-5660.

Holyoke Medical Center Launches Rebranding Campaign

In television ads, on billboards, in newspapers and on the internet, Holyoke Medical Center is unveiling a vibrant new logo and a tagline that focuses on the patient experience.
The system-wide branding identity "Experience the New Standard in Patient Care" features Holyoke Medical Center doctors, nurses, technicians and patients in ads that put the accent on the high level of care that is part of the Holyoke Medical Center culture.

Holyoke Medical Center affiliates River Valley Counseling Center, Holyoke VNA & Hospice Life Care and Western Mass Physician Associates will all carry the new logo as members of the parent company Valley Health Systems. 

"Our new brand identity communicates a core strength of Holyoke Medical Center: our ability to deliver personal service and compassionate care," said President and CEO Spiros Hatiras. "From Holyoke Medical Center's award-winning Birthing Center to our new Diabetes Center, we are truly setting a new standard in patient care. Our physicians and staff treat our patients as if they were their own family members."

The centerpiece of the campaign features TV spots that have patients and nurses telling powerful real-life stories about the medical center's life-saving care and compassionate treatment. 

Personal letters and surveys show that patients choose Holyoke Medical Center for its excellent service, highly-trained physicians and the high degree of personal care they find unique to our medical center. "Over and over again I hear from patients who can't believe the way our staff go out of their way to help them heal," said Hatiras. "We have a culture here at Holyoke Medical Center based on compassion, empathy and respect for our patients and their families. That culture is the heart of our brand, and it's a powerful one."

"It was important for us to incorporate our outstanding staff and satisfied patients into each element of our branding campaign. Our experienced and compassionate staff is the backbone of the success of Holyoke Medical Center," said Hatiras.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Trick or Treating at Mother Mary's

Mother Mary’s Thrift Store at 364 High Street in Holyoke will be allowing kids of all ages to trick or treat at the store on Halloween from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

We encourage the “little ones” to dress up in costume, while the parents enjoy a cash and carry sale of 10% off any one item. 

All proceeds from the store help raise money for Providence Ministries Service Network which helps feed, clothe, and house the poor of the greater Holyoke community. 

Mother Mary’s is open Tuesday – Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

For more information, call Ray at 413-536-5200.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Holyoke Youth Task Offers “Do-Gooder Social”

The Holyoke Youth Task Force is hosting an informal networking opportunity for “Do-Gooders.” Offered “for people working to make the world a better place,” the event will take place Thursday, October 30 from 4:30-6:00 PM at the Dam Café on Northampton Street. The event is open to people of all ages. 

The event is the brainchild of Glenn Johnson, Interim Grants and Projects Manager at the Task Force. “Strong relationships with each other are the foundation for our group efforts for change,” said Johnson. “We need a place with no agenda and no speakers, just to get together and build relationships in a relaxed and friendly environment.” 

The event proposal got strong support at the monthly Task Force meetings for youth-serving providers and volunteers. “People immediately rallied around the idea,” said Christine Alger, Program Manager at the Task Force, “We believe in making the world a better place for Holyoke youth by building community and collaboration.” 

Staff and management at the Dam Café were supportive also and will be open late on Thursday to accommodate the event. Participants are encouraged to buy food and drink to support the café that has offered its space at no charge.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Candlelight Tour at Wistariahurst

Friday, October 31st at 7:00 and 8:30

Tour ghostly Wistariahurst by candlelight! Creep down darkened hallways and rooms of the spooky Skinner Mansion on a rare guided tour at night and learn some of the mansions ghost stories! Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling the museum or clicking here for the 7:00 pm tour, and here for the 8:30 pm tour.

Free Dementia Care Presentation in Holyoke

On Sunday, Nov. 2 from 2-4 PM at the Holyoke Senior Center, Heather McKay, a nationally recognized dementia care expert who works with the National Association of State Veterans Homes, will provide a presentation to health care professionals and family caregivers supporting people with dementia. The presentation is supported by the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, the City of Holyoke Council on Aging, and the City of Holyoke Department of Veterans' Services. This event is free and open to professionals and families, and is part of continued efforts by the Soldiers' Home to hold events in the broader community.

Audience members will learn about the progression in five stages and strategies that work to support people at every stage. The goal is to provide both beginners and experts with information they can put to use right away in caring for people with dementia. In her presentation, McKay shares real stories with specific coping strategies for typical problems from each disease stage, i.e., getting a diagnosis, working with a doctor, making decisions about future plans, driving, taking medications, fostering continued days of meaning and purposeful activity, hiring additional helpers, hands-on assistive techniques, assisting with eating and swallowing as safely as possible, and providing end-of-life care.

When: Sunday, Nov. 2, from 2 to 4 PM

Where: Holyoke Senior Center, 291 Pine Street, Holyoke

RSVP Contact the Soldiers' Home at (413) 532-9483, then extension 532-1122.