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What's Happening In May 2017

Downtown Springfield About to Come Alive with Summer Fun Festivities

If you’re looking for something fun and out of the ordinary to do with your co-workers and friends, you won’t have far to go this spring and summer! The Springfield Business Improvement District (SBID) has been busy working on multiple events along Main Street to make your time downtown even more exciting.

For starters Cruise Nights Mondays are back! Beginning Monday, May 15th – August 28th enjoy classic and antique cars, live music, food, beer and wine from 5pm to dusk at Court Square. At the end of each night, trophies will be awarded. The SBID will be accepting donations for two community partners, Square One and the Springfield Shriner’s Children Hospital.

Back by popular demand, the White Lion Wednesdays beer gardens kick off on May 17th and will run every Wednesday through August 30 from 4 – 8pm. Last year Food & Wine Magazine called this event series “one of the best new beer gardens” of 2016. Featuring a complete selection of White Lion Brews and wine, coupled with light fare and live music, this event is hosted on a rotational basis between Tower Square Park (at the corner of Main & Bridge streets), 1350 Main Street (by the MassLive building) and at The Shops at Marketplace (at the rear of 1341 Main).
Below is the location rotation for May:

  • May 17 - 1350 Main Street
  • May 24 - The Marketplace
  • May 31 - Tower Square Park

The SBID is also once again producing the Springfield Central Downtown Farmers Market on Fridays at Tower Square Park. The Farmers Market will begin on Friday, May 19th running until October 27th from 11:30am – 3:30pm every Friday. The market will start off by selling wonderful locally grown greens as well as starter plants along with other products from local vendors. The market will continue to “grow” as more home-grown produce comes into season.

Looking ahead, Thunderbirds Thursdays are set to start on July 20th running from 4 – 8pm each week through October 12th in downtown Springfield featuring live music, a beer garden, and food as part of the networking festivities. Each week this event will rotate between three locations including: Tower Square Park, 1350 Main Street & The Marketplace.

“What I really want people to know about downtown Springfield – it is a lot of fun! We have great events going on almost each and every day, and there is a whole host of diverse things for people to do,” commented Chris Russell, SBID Executive Director.

For more details about these events and other SBID initiatives visit www.springfielddowntown.com

Book & Gift Fair

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Spring Artisans & Crafters Fair

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Lorilil Jewelers

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Wonderland Gifts

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Cambridge College to Host "Vet Together" on May 3

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Veterans, Join Us!  

Cambridge College invites the public to its annual “Vet Together” on Wednesday, May 3 at 4:30 p.m. Veterans, friends and community members are encouraged to attend. Attendees will discover employment opportunities, education benefits and federal resources for veterans and dependents. Community agencies specializing in support services, job placement and peer counseling will have information tables. This event is free and refreshments will be served. To RSVP, contact Dina Morris at (413) 747-0204 x6623, or email glandina.morris@cambridgecollege.edu.

Cambridge College is consistently recognized as a “Military Friendly School.” For more information about the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degree programs and certificates offered at Cambridge College, visit http://springfield.cambridgecollege.edu

To our veterans, active duty service members and military families, thank you!

Environmental Fair to Offer Give-Aways, Information & More on May 18!

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The CBRE Tower Square management office will be giving away these hose nozzles!

Whether you’re looking for some delicious local honey products or perhaps interested in information about solar panels for your home or business, the CBRE/Tower Square 9th Annual Green Expo Environmental Fair will offer a whole host of vendors for you to visit on Thursday, May 18th!

From 11:30am – 1:30pm, during the height of lunchtime, the food court will be buzzing with eco-friendly vendors on hand to offer information, products and/or services to help you reduce your carbon footprint….both at home and in the work place.

To make your trip around the vendor stations even more interesting the Tower Square Management Office will be giving away free water-saving hose nozzles to the first 50 people who stop by the CBRE table. So be sure to mark your calendar!

Downtown Farmers' Market at Tower Square

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The Valley Photo Center

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Skin Catering May Specials

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Historic Springfield Structures on Display in Center Court

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SPT President Don Courtemanche (left) presents Preservation Awards at last May’s Awards Ceremony

Photos of historic Springfield homes and other structures featuring work done to preserve the historic integrity of the buildings, will be on display in Tower Square’s Center Court from May 15 – 20, as the Springfield Preservation Trust (SPT) prepares for their 2017 Preservation Awards Ceremony.

The SPT honors the people and organizations that help restore and preserve historic structures in Springfield. Every year the Trust showcases exemplary properties that represent the best of preservation in Springfield, as well as honor those who are stewards of historic properties.

On Wednesday, May 17, from 6-8pm SPT will host their annual Awards Ceremony in Center Court, where they will present awards for restoration of historic homes, saving threatened buildings, and preservation through the creation of local historic districts. The public is invited to attend and to help congratulate the awardees.

2017 Accelerator Celebration

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Tower Square Meeting Room to Undergo a "Facelift"

Most of you may know this room as the place where the Springfield Boys & Girls Club holds their annual Festival of Trees during the holiday season. Some of you, who are Tower Square tenants, also use the room from time to time for office workshops and trainings.

Those of you who utilize the room (and even those of you who just walk past it and have to look at it), may be pleased to know that the Meeting Room is about to undergo some cosmetic “surgery” to bring the look and efficiency of the room up to the 21st century.

“You won’t even recognize the Meeting Room by the time we are done with the renovations,” commented Doug Allard, Chief Engineer CBRE Tower Square Management, who is overseeing the work being done by contractors.

Set to begin the first week of May, some of the improvements being made to the 9,000-square foot space, according to Allard include:

  • Removal of mirrored wall panels, white laminate panels and cash wrap.
  • Removal of old track lights and spotlights
  • Installation of new ceiling
  • New LED lighting
  • New sprinkler heads
  • New front doors
  • New carpeting and vinyl wood plank flooring
  • Refinished and painted walls

“Typically spaces here are renovated based on tenant occupancy,” explained Fred Christensen, VP CBRE Tower Square Management, “but because this space is becoming more popular to our tenants and community partners, we believe it makes sense to make some basic improvements to the overall look.”

The work in the Meeting Room is scheduled to be completed by the end of June.