Sunday, January 25, 2015

From Our Yards: Natural Landscapes



Les Campbell and Elaine Darr-Morton’s show in the gallery at Wistariahurst Museum offers Quabbin landscapes, seascapes and rural settings celebrate the rich variety of local flora and fauna of New England and exemplify the artists’ personal approaches to photography – straightforward pictorial documentation, capturing the essential “decisive moment” of exposure.

Living on the edge of the shores of the great Quabbin Reservoir, Les Campbell’s “yard” is full of the local flora and fauna. His lens captures the native wildlife in action. In another “yard” he captures the picturesque rural New England farmstead with respect and reverence for the natural and magnificent landscapes of this part of New England. Elaine Darr-Morton’s “yard” is on the Maine coast. Her front steps overlook Frenchman’s Bay with Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park’s Mount Cadillac in the background. Together, Campbell and Darr-Morton’s lenses reflect New England’s bountiful and beautiful natural environments.

Their personal approach to photography is straightforward, pictorial documentation of the subjects. The intent and emphasis of their work is on capturing the essence of the subject at a particular time. Composition and lighting are second only to the all-important "decisive moment" of exposure.

Les Campbell is among the best-known photographers of the Pioneer Valley. His work has appeared in National Geographic and National Audubon and he has received many honors from the Photographic Society of America. Elaine Darr-Morton studied with Les and has frequently shown her work in area galleries. Together they operate the Sky Meadow Gallery in Belchertown, MA. 


Meet Les Campbell and Elaine Darr-Morton at the opening reception on Sunday, February 1, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. From our Yards: Natural Landscapes will be on view through March 30. The Wistariahurst Gallery is open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to the gallery is $3 general / Free for members

February Events at Wistariahurst




February Gallery Exhibition – “From our Yards” 

Natural Landscapes: Photography of Les Campbell and Elaine Darr-Morton

Quabbin landscapes, seascapes and rural settings celebrate the rich variety of local flora and fauna of New England and exemplify the artists’ personal approaches to photography – straightforward pictorial documentation, capturing the essential “decisive moment” of exposure. Admission to Gallery $3 / Free for members

Sunday, February 1, 2:00 p.m. – “From our Yards” Opening Reception

Admission $3

Saturday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. – Dark Dining Room House Concert Series

Dark Dining Room returns to Wistariahurst! The first concert offers Eef Barzelay, of Clem Snide, who has been featured on A.V. Club, NPR and other national outlets. Opening for Eef will be local musician Dave Houghton of Fancy Trash. Join us for a unique concert experience. While no dinner is served at Dark Dining Room, there will be a cash bar at each show. This event is sponsored by New England Public Radio, NEPR News Network.

Tickets $18/ Members $15

Sunday, February 8 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Victorian Valentines Workshop

Participate in a fun and creative program that will inspire the artist in everyone! Create your own beautiful, unique card for special friends, family and sweethearts. Plenty of inspiration will be on hand, including antique valentines from the museum’s collection. Reservations are suggested as space is limited. Admission $7 per person / $5 members

Friday, February 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. – I Love Wine! A Wine Tasting to Benefit Wistariahurst

Don’t miss this fun and flavorful evening. Delicious refreshments will be served, courtesy of Log Rolling, the catering division of The Log Cabin and Delaney House. All proceeds from the evening will benefit Wistariahurst Museum. Cheers! The event is sponsored by Liquors 44, Log Cabin, Historic Holyoke at Wistariahurst, and by New England Public Radio, NEPR News Network. Reservations necessary. Purchase tickets online at www.wistariahurst.org or call the Museum at (413) 322-5660.

Advance tickets are $25 each/$40 couple; Door admission is $30 each

Monday, February 16 – Museum Closed for Presidents Day

February School Vacation Activities: Travels with the Skinner Family

Geared towards ages 8 and above. Reservations are required by February 14.Admission $12 general / $10 members

Tuesday, February 17 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Travel the World with the Skinner Family: Egypt

On our first expedition we’ll be working on uncovering the ancient mysteries of Egypt. Model your own pyramid and use ancient symbols to decorate it and use hieroglyphics to write a secret message.

Wednesday, February 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Travel the World with the Skinner Family: Japan

Next we’ll go to Japan, know for its beautiful art including silk. The Skinner family was involved in the Japanese silk trade and brought back souvenirs from their many travels. Create good luck charms as souvenirs of your visit to Japan.

Thursday, February 19 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Travel the World with the Skinner Family: France

Finally, we’ll end our journey in France, where Belle Skinner spent a lot of her time. A center of art and culture, a journey to France will inspire the artist in everyone. We’ll give you an introduction to painting that will send you on your way to being a fine artist.



Wine Tasting Fundraiser



A Wine Tasting to Benefit Wistariahurst
  
Holyoke: Do you love Wine? You won’t want to miss an elegant and delicious evening at Wistariahurst’s annual wine tasting event on Friday, February 13 from 6 to 8pm. Enjoy a sampling of delicious wines from around the world—from sparkling whites to oaky reds to rich ports. Vendors will be on hand to offer advice and suggestions based on your palette. Keep track of the vineyards and vintages, aromas and finishes of the wines you love on the guest sampling menu. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of Log Rolling—Catering Division of The Log Cabin and Delaney House. All proceeds from the evening will benefit Wistariahurst Museum. Cheers! The event is sponsored by Liquors 44, Log Cabin, Historic Holyoke at Wistariahurst, and by New England Public Radio, NEPR News Network. 

Purchase tickets online at wistariahurst.org or call the Museum at (413) 322-5660.

Advance admission $25 each / $40 couple; Admission purchased at the door are $30 each

Saturday, January 24, 2015

ECT to receive Commonwealth Award



ENCHANTED CIRCLE THEATER TO RECEIVE A 2015 COMMONWEALTH AWARD:
MASSACHUSETTS’ HIGHEST HONORS IN ARTS, HUMANITIES, & SCIENCES

Today the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) announced the winners of the 2015 Commonwealth Awards, Massachusetts' highest honors in the arts, humanities, and sciences. The Commonwealth Awards will be presented Tuesday, February 24 at a State House ceremony.

“Once again the MCC is honored to shine a spotlight on the extraordinary institutions and individuals who make the Commonwealth’s cultural life the envy of our nation,” said MCC Executive Director Anita Walker. “Their achievements remind us that expanding the quality and availability of arts and cultural experiences to our citizens doesn’t happen by accident. It takes leadership, generosity, and a commitment to excellence.”

ENCHANTED CIRCLE THEATER TO RECEIVE A 2015 COMMONWEALTH AWARD:
MASSACHUSETTS’ HIGHEST HONORS IN ARTS, HUMANITIES, & SCIENCES

Today the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) announced the winners of the 2015 Commonwealth Awards, Massachusetts' highest honors in the arts, humanities, and sciences. The Commonwealth Awards will be presented Tuesday, February 24 at a State House ceremony.
“Once again the MCC is honored to shine a spotlight on the extraordinary institutions and individuals who make the Commonwealth’s cultural life the envy of our nation,” said MCC Executive Director Anita Walker. “Their achievements remind us that expanding the quality and availability of arts and cultural experiences to our citizens doesn’t happen by accident. It takes leadership, generosity, and a commitment to excellence.”
Enchanted Circle Theater, in partnership with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, will receive an award in the category of STEM TO STEAM for collaborating to deepen students’ understanding of science and the arts in the Holyoke Public Schools and elsewhere.
Congratulations to our good friends at WGBY, Springfield, who won in the MEDIA category for placing arts and culture at the core of its television coverage for audiences in Western Massachusetts and beyond.

State government leaders will be on hand to present the Commonwealth Awards
Tuesday, February 24 at the Massachusetts State House from
1 to 4 p.m.
PLEASE JOIN US!
Register here to attend the Commonwealth Awards
.
About the Awards:
Presented biennially since 1993, the Commonwealth Awards honor the extraordinary contributions made by the arts, humanities, and sciences to education, economic vitality, and quality of life in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth Awards ceremony also bring leaders from the nonprofit cultural sector together to assert the sector’s value and make the case for public investment in its work. Past winners include leading artists and scholars such as Yo-Yo Ma, Olympia Dukakis, and David McCullough; world-renowned institutions like Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Peabody Essex Museum; and communities like Pittsfield, Barnstable, and Lowell that have made arts and culture central to their revitalization efforts.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thomas E. Griffin Meritorious Service Award

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Inc. is pleased to announce Brian G. Stebbins as the 2014 recipient of the Thomas E. Griffin Meritorious Service Award. The award will be presented on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the 123rd Annual Dinner and Meeting of the Boys & Girls Club at The Delaney House in Holyoke at 6p.m.

The Thomas E. Griffin Meritorious Service Award was created to recognize unusually outstanding and consistent contributions to the welfare of the organization. It was created to honor exemplary board members and volunteers for their many years of dedicated service to the organization.

Stebbins, who is employed at Colonial Life Insurance, has served on the Board of Directors for over 7 years and served on several standing committees including co-chair of the Golf Committee responsible to plan the annual golf tournament that raises over $50,000 yearly for the organization. Mr. Stebbins has proven over and over again that he is personally invested in the community and committed to helping youth in our community achieve academic success, live healthy lives and develop into future leaders. “The success of our organization depends heavily upon the hard work that our board members, staff and volunteers put in each day. We are extremely grateful for all that Brian has done, and, are thrilled to honor him. I know Brian will continue to work with us as we strive to improve the lives of Holyoke’s youth.”

About the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club

For more than 123 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Holyoke (HBGC) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, HBGC serves more than 3,000 young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. HBGC provides a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Learn more at www.hbgc.org or www.facebook.com/holyokebgc.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Holyoke Police Officers Support "Manuary" Fundraiser

The Holyoke Police Department is once again sponsoring “Manuary”. Holyoke Police personnel are participating in growing mustaches for the month of January to raise funds for “Service Dogs for Veterans”. It has been reported that approximately 22 Veterans a day are committing suicide. The Holyoke Police are hoping to make a difference by raising funds for service Veterans. Service Dogs help to provide improved quality of life and restore independence to those who are functionally limited.

Participating Officers donate $20.00 and grow a mustache for a month. On Saturday, January 31, 2015, awards will be handed out to the “Best” and “Worst” mustaches. Our hope is to draw financial support and attention to this worthy cause.

Citizens are welcome to participate also and encouraged to offer donations. Checks may be made out to the “Holyoke Police Officers Ball Committee” (H.P.O.B.C.), placed in an envelope addressed to Lieutenant Matthew Moriarty, and either drop it at the Police Station or mail it to:

Holyoke Police Department
C/O Lt. Matthew Moriarty
138 Appleton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

So please stand with the Officers of The Holyoke Police Department. This is a great opportunity for us to help make a positive impact for those that served America. Our Veterans deserve and need our help. 


Questions, comments or concerns can be addressed to Lt. Matthew Moriarty at - lt.moriarty@holyokepd.org

Sunday, January 18, 2015

City of Holyoke to Reopen Former Suffolk Street Parking Garage


The City of Holyoke will reopen the Suffolk Street Parking Garage for public parking starting Tuesday. January 20, 2015 returning 400 parking spaces to the downtown parking inventory. Hourly parking will be available on the upper level accessible from High Street, while monthly lease parking will be available on the lower level off Heritage Street. Customers who desire a monthly lease at this facility should contact the City’s parking contractor Valet Park of America at 209-2590 to arrange for an access pass. The hourly parking rate is $0.25 while a monthly lease costs $20.


The City Council recently voted to rename the garage in honor of William Taupier. Signage to reflect the name change is being prepared for installation.

The City has recently completed an eighteen month, $5.5 million renovation of the garage which included the demolition and reconstruction of the concrete deck, new energy efficient LED lighting, plumbing, paint, and parking control equipment. The project was designed by Walker Parking Consultants of Boston and construction was performed by W.J. Mountford of
South Windsor CT.

The garage will employ new state-of-the-art access control equipment. This new equipment will allow customers to self-pay for parking at the exit without the need for an attendant. Staff from Valet Park of America will be available daily to assist customers and maintain the facility.