Imagine discussing Christmas trees and holiday parties in July! That’s exactly what the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield’s Festival of Trees committee was doing way back in the summer months…and that’s just the kind of time and planning it takes to create such a successful holiday event now!
If opening day is any indication of just how successful this year’s Festival will be, then it will be a blow out for sure, as the event attendance numbers for the opening was 2,222, which is up from last year’s record breaking number of 1,900.
If you’re wondering what all the hoopla is about, you still have until December 10th to visit the Festival of Trees to enjoy it for yourself.
134 beautiful and whimsical trees, donated and decorated by area businesses, organizations, families and individuals create a spectacular forest of lights, colors and excitement. The excitement is generated by the fact that you have a chance to win any of the trees on display! Each donated tree decorated in a variety of themes along with all of the gift cards, goodies and gifts underneath are raffled off at the end of the twelve-day event.
“The tradition of putting up a Christmas tree is nostalgic for everyone. All generations are delighted in the creativity and uniqueness of each tree. The sponsors put their heart into their donation and our guests have built new traditions with family and friends,” commented Stacy Magiera, Festival of Trees Chairperson and SBGC Board member.
Last year approximately 15,000 people visited the Festival of Trees in just two weeks, raising $164,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield.
All of the Festival proceeds are used for programming for nearly 2,000 local youth ages 5 – 18 years old who attend the club after school until 9pm and all day on Saturdays. The funding allows the club to offer youth swimming, homework help, a state of the art computer lab, dance, sports leagues, arts and crafts, cooking classes, health and life skills, and make new friends in their social games room.
“For 126 years we have embraced the youth in Springfield, and have given them a positive place to go during those critical hours after school,” explained Vincent Borello, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield. “Visitors to the Festival of Trees get to attend a holiday tradition, while investing in the City’s greatest resource…its youth.”
The Festival of Trees is located in Tower Square’s Meeting Room on the second floor adjacent to the food court. For more information visit www.sbgc.org/FOT/
If you were along Main Street watching the festive Parade of the Big Balloons the day after Thanksgiving, then chances are you may also have joined approximately 2,000 others who came inside Tower Square following the parade to take part in our annual Holiday Open House.
This is one of Tower Square's busiest days of the year, as families wander around the two retail levels enjoying a bevy of performers including: the ever popular Hilby the Skinny German Juggle Boy, Magician David Garritty, the Dancing Christmas Tree, Yuletide Carolers, Sing-a-long Piano with Frank Jackson, Olaf and Princesses Anna & Elsa, Minion, Festive Face Painters, the Tanglewood Marionettes and Santa and his Elves.
Of course the Springfield Boys & Girls Club's Festival of Trees upstairs in the Meeting Room is also a huge draw, as they open their doors to the public for free during the open house.
The annual Tower Square Holiday Open House is a free event that the CBRE management office sponsors and produces as a community service for Springfield residents, workers and visitors to help spread a little holiday cheer.
It’s another entertaining reason to be out and about in downtown Springfield this holiday season…Ice Sculptures coming to a street corner near you!
The Springfield Business Improvement District is teaming up with ice sculptor Joe Almeida and American Ice of Springfield, to have twelve 4’-tall ice sculptures created and placed on various high traffic street corners along Main Street in downtown Springfield this month.
On Thursday, December 14th the sculptures, all created with a winter theme, will be delivered to street corners at Tower Square, 1550 Main, Monarch Place, TD Bank, MassMutual Center, City Stage, City Hall, Pynchon Park, Harrison Ave., 1350 Main and two on Market Street.
Almeida is known for his outdoor ice sculptures in Northampton, Easthampton and most recently Six Flags, as well as indoor sculptures for larger banquet venues. All but one of the Springfield sculptures will be created off site, and then delivered to each location. However, one of the sculptures will actually be carved “live” on the new Monarch Plaza at noon on December 14th to kick off the festivities. So mark your calendars and come out to see Almeida in action as his ice sculpture takes shape.
The sweet sound of a solitary horn playing Christmas music not only brings holiday cheer to Hot Table, but also brings donations to The Salvation Army.
Hot Table is one of several area businesses collecting money for The Salvation Army for the holiday season as part of their Red Kettle Challenge from now until December 23rd.
Your donations will make a difference in the lives of local families who rely on the programs and services provided by The Salvation Army, such as:
Local businesses are encouraged to follow Hot Table’s lead and take the Red Kettle Challenge this holiday season as well, by simply displaying a table top collection kettle in a prominent place at their business, and collect donations through December 23rd. Their support will help to raise awareness of the need that will help The Salvation Army continue their year-round efforts at helping those who would otherwise be forgotten.
To find out how your company can take the Red Kettle Challenge, contact The Salvation Army at 413-733-1518.
Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts is once again partnering with the AHL Hockey Team, THE SPRINGFIELD THUNDERBIRDS, to operate a JA Afterschool Company Program.
15-20 local high school students will form a JA Student Company and learn how to organize and oversee an actual hockey game. The program kicks off on December 6th, 2017 at the Thunderbirds Office at the MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA.
Students will meet weekly with members of the Thunderbirds Management Team to learn how to do everything thing from selling tickets to marketing, management to customer service. The final project will be hosting the March 16th, 2018 home game at the MassMutual Center.
We are seeking high school students to participate in the program, as well as mentors to aide in the students learning about finance, sales, marketing, how to run a business, etc.
For more information, please contact JA Program Manager Abigail Ames at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (413) 747-7670.
Cambridge College and the International Language Institute of Massachusetts (ILI) have announced their partnership through the University Pathways Program. Through this partnership, international students in the University Pathways Track receive the academic support and counseling they need to help them transition successfully to Cambridge College.
ILI carefully selects their partner colleges and universities. Cambridge College was selected because of its program offerings and commitment to the adult learning model. ILI’s mission is closely aligned with that of Cambridge College. Both educational institutions promote intercultural understanding by providing academically excellent instruction to a diverse population of individuals.
“I am so excited that we have formed this partnership. Both organizations are committed to working with the adult community. ILI is an impressive organization and this agreement will allow both schools to expand our international footprint and serve more students in need.” Teresa Forte, Director, Cambridge College Springfield.
Cambridge College is located on street level of Tower Square. To find out more about Cambridge College Springfield visit http://springfield.cambridecollege.edu