Spirit of Springfield

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Plans have been announced for the 25th anniversary season of one of the most popular attractions in the Northeast. 

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     Fireworks will again explode this year on July 4th over the Connecticut River in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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After years of planning, fundraising, and work by craftspeople a permanent memorial to September 11th is being publicly unveiled this evening in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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 What’s billed as the premier holiday lighting display in the Northeast has launched its 24th season in Springfield, Massachusetts

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      A long-standing holiday event will take place again this year in western Massachusetts after some doubt about its future.   Plans were confirmed Tuesday for the Parade of Big Balloons in Springfield.

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   Springfield, Massachusetts joined communities large and small across the country today that held ceremonies to mark the 17th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.  By next year, the city will have a permanent 9-11 monument installed.

An artificat from the World Trade Center is used to cast a shadow reminiscent of one of the Twin Towers on a curved wall. The 9/11 memorial is being fashioned at Salmon Studios in Florence, Massachusetts
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Inside a workshop in the Northampton village of Florence, Massachusetts craftspeople are working to create a 9/11 memorial using a 3,000-pound steel beam from the World Trade Center.  What promises to be unique among the nation’s many 9/11 tributes will be permanently located in Springfield.

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    The show will go on. But, for the first time in more than 25 years, fireworks will not be launched over the Connecticut River on the Fourth of July in downtown Springfield.

A rendering shows the view at night of the 9/11 memorial planned in Riverfront Park in Springfield, Ma.
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A 10-year project to put a permanent 9/11 memorial in Springfield, Massachusetts has entered a new phase – raising the money to make it a reality.

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    The soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino was announced today as the venue for a signature fundraising event for a venerable civic organization.

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   Two seasonal traditions that are sandwiched around Thanksgiving return this week to Springfield, Massachusetts. 

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   A hallmark event for more than 30 years in western Massachusetts will take place tomorrow, as Springfield hosts its annual pancake breakfast.  But the boast that it is the “world’s largest” is in dispute.

A rendering shows the view at night of the 9/11 memorial planned in Riverfront Park in Springfield, Ma.
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After years of delay and false starts, plans have been unveiled in Springfield, Massachusetts for a permanent 9/11 memorial that will include a piece of steel from the destroyed World Trade Center.

A scene from the Bright Nights at Forest Park light display
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The largest holiday-themed light show in the Northeast opens to the public for a 21st season tonight in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Bright Nights at Forest Park has more than 650,000 lights along a three-mile drive through the city’s largest park.  It draws tens of thousands of visitors, including many tour groups. 

Bright Nights is a collaboration of Spirit of Springfield, a private non-profit organization, and the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. 

WAMC’s Paul Tuthill spoke with Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt.

a poster announces a tribute to Marine Gunnery Srgt Thomas Sullivan
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     The Massachusetts Marine killed when a gunman attacked a military site in Tennessee earlier this year will be honored at a holiday tradition in his home town.

      The family of U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan will be grand marshals for this year’s “Parade of the Big Balloons” in Springfield.  Joseph Sullivan said the family, which has guarded its privacy, accepted the invitation of the parade organizers to show their gratitude for the outpouring of support from city officials and residents after his brother was killed last July.

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the largest holiday light snow in New England.  Bright Nights at Forest Park in Springfield features more than a dozen different light displays along a two-mile drive through the city’s largest park.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Judy Matt, president of Sprirt of Springfield, the non-profit that produces Bright Nights along with the city’s parks department.

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A complex of municipal buildings in Springfield, Massachusetts is 100 years old.  Anniversary festivities are taking place this weekend

A holiday lighting ceremony, concerts, tours and displays of old photographs and memorabilia will mark the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the civic landmarks collectively known as the Municipal Group. It consists of two Greek Revival-style buildings made of limestone and marble that house Springfield City Hall and Symphony Hall.  Between the two is a 300-foot Italian Campanile clock tower.

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A switch will be thrown at 5 this evening to illuminate the largest holiday light display in the Northeast.  Bright Nights in Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts is beginning its 19th year.  It is just one of several events and activities that will be produced during the next month by Spirit of Springfield.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the non-profit organization’s president Judy Matt