Last evening, surrounded by his family and many friends, Prestley Blake celebrated his 100th birthday at The Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Although Mr. Blake’s birthday is not until November, he’s not waiting to start celebrating. S. Prestley Blake and his brother Curtis L. founded Friendly’s in Springfield in 1935 with $547 from their parents. They grew the company in the postwar boom, selling to Hershey Foods in 1979.
A lovely dinner was served by the exquisite Marriott in Downtown Springfield and guests enjoyed performances by the Northfield Mt. Hermon choir, as well as the stunning art. Art which includes Mrs. Blake’s son-in-law, Edgardo Abello. Mr. Abello is being featured in the Starr Gallery of Watercolors with his paintings and drawings in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. To learn more about the exhibit click here.
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