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Cruise Night at Stearns Square in downtown Springfield was a success

Classic Cars Make Their Way Back to Springfield

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Springfield, MA- The Duryea Motor Wagon Company, the first American firm to build gasoline automobiles, had its beginnings in Springfield back in 1895.  Now classic and antique cars are making their way back to Springfield for Cruise Night, occurring every Monday this summer.  Last night, June 22, was the first night of Springfield’s Cruise Night; offering not only classic and antique cars, but also great music and delicious food.


“Mad Max”

The inaugural Cruise Night at Stearns Square in downtown Springfield was a success; with 14 classic car enthusiasts registering their vehicles.  The antique cars lined the two parallel streets next to Stearns Square.  No classic Duryea’s were showcased, however, a variety of other classic cars showed up, including the first car to register – the infamous “Mad Max”.

“I was thrilled that Downtown could play host to Cruise Night,” shares Chris Russell, Executive Director of the Springfield Business Improvement District.  “With all the history of the automobile in Springfield we thought it only made sense to have a car show.  If you love the classic automobiles as much as I do please join us next Monday night.  And if you have a classic car of your own… don’t forget to register too!”


While checking out amazing antique cars, attendees listened to classic music from the 50’s and 60’s and enjoyed food from two terrific downtown restaurants, Adolfo’s and Theodore’s.

Cruise Night at Stearns Square features classic and antique cars which are 20 years or older.  If you would like to register a car you can do so beginning at 5pm.  Registration is on Worthington Street across from Stearns Square.  Registration fees are currently being waived! At the end of each night, there will be trophies awarded.

Welcome Queenie’s to Downtown!

Queenie’s Island Cuisine & Grill



The Springfield Business Improvement District would like to welcome  Queenie’s Island Cuisine & Grill to Downtown. They are located at 220 Worthington Street. Our team had the pleasure of stopping in for a delicious lunchtime meal, we cannot wait to go back!


Worthy Craft Beer Showcase has put Springfield on beer map

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For years, people have talked about the city of Springfield making a big comeback.  Well, when it comes to craft beer, it already has.

This year, there are two beer festivals in town: the Worthy Craft a Beer Showcase and Valley Fest occurring in late August. The Worthy runs noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The Worthy Craft Beer Showcase has become one of the most beloved beer festivals in the area by true beer aficionados. A block of Worthington Street (in front of Theodores’ and Smith’s Billiards) is cordoned off for the festivities. Tickets are $40

In talking to people who have been to the festival several times, one thing they like is the intimate atmosphere in what is basically a beer block party.

“This beer festival is such a welcoming environment to enjoy beer craft beer, both local and out of state, with a crowd of people who are as friendly of a group you’ll find,” said Brock McConkey of Northampton, who has attended three of the Worthy fests over the years. “It’s event not to be missed.”

The unique angle for this celebration is that brewers are asked to bring one flagship beer and one specialty brew to showcase to drinkers. Of course, they usually sneak more than two brews in, which is fair game and which makes beer fans happy.

There is also a home brewing contest, which showcases some real brewing talent by amateurs in the area. Contestants bring a minimum of five gallons to participate, and each festival attendee is given two tokens, which are used for voting. Attendees can drop one or both of their tokens into a brewer’s collection bucket by 2 p.m., after which each bucket is counted, with the winning homebrewer being allowed to make their beer at Amherst Brewing on its system to serve it as official fest beer next year.

Last year, Josh Britton of Footbridge Brewing in Wilbraham won the homebrewing contest for his Alien IPA, which will serve as the official Worthy Fest Beer this year.

Tyler Guilmette, head brewer for Northampton’s Brewmaster Jack is looking forward to his inaugural year at the festival. Guilmette usually attends all the big brewfests around Massachusetts, but has not been to the Worthy before.

“This is the first year I’ve been invited and I am very excited to be going,” he said. “We will have the usual suspects like Stray Dog Lager, Ambrewsia IPA, and Total Eclipse Porter. We’ll also be bringing some specialty IPAs, like our Hoppiness is a Warm Pun.”

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Springfield considers 1-block historic district to protect Willys-Overland building damaged by gas explosion



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SPRINGFIELD — The city’s Historical Commission is proposing that the former Willys-Overland block on Chestnut Street in the downtown be approved as a new historic district in Springfield, aimed at protecting it from demolition or other adverse changes.

The recommendation is scheduled for consideration by the City Council on Monday night. The meeting starts at 7 p.m., at City Hall.

The vacant building at 151-157 Chestnut St., constructed in 1916, is the former Willys-Overland Motor Co., a significant part of the city’s early automotive history, said Robert McCarroll, a member of the Historical Commission.

The new historic district would involve a single building and adjacent lot, bordered by Chestnut, Worthington and Winter streets. The building was damaged in a downtown gas explosion in November 2012.

Historical Commission Chairman Ralph Slate praised the proposed new historic district, saying the building is a “key part of that automobile-oriented neighborhood.”

“It is well-built in an eye-pleasing style,” Slate said. “Its absence would negatively transform that neighborhood and I believe it could be redeveloped to become a great asset to the downtown.”


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Springfield Symphony Hall to present Improv Show

Improv Show at Symphony Hall

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Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood will headline Springfield Symphony Hall, bringing their unique brand of improvisational comedy to the downtown venue on May 1, 2016.

Tickets for next year’s show will go on sale over the summer, becoming available through all Ticketmaster outlets and locations beginning Aug. 10 at 10 a.m.

Mochrie and Sherwood shared stage time on the popular television improv showcase called “Whose Line Is It Anyway” before joining forces to tour.

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The entire show is driven by audience participation. Audience members yell out suggestions and Colin and Brad do the rest. Also, throughout the show, audience members are brought up on stage to add an extra element of the unexpected.

‘Peep This: Art in Springfield Storefronts’ enlivens unused windows

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SPRINGFIELD – Artwork decorating otherwise vacant storefronts not only makes downtown Springfield a more inviting place to stroll, but it helps attract prospective business owners to these downtown spaces.

“Seeing someone else use a space creatively makes them more able to see their own ideas in these storefronts,” said Morgan Drewniany, assistant director of the Springfield Business Improvement District and one of the people behind “Peep This: Art in Springfield Storefronts.”

“Peep This” is a program of the Springfield Central Cultural District.

She likened the art to staging a vacant home with furniture so it looks inviting to prospective buyers.

Drewniany and the Springfield  BID announced “Peep This” with a news report Monday. the exhibit features the works of seven local artists installed in five storefronts downtown.

The locations are: 1391 Main St., 1373 Main St., One Marketplace Corridor which is located near Hampden Bank off Harrison Street , 15 Taylor St., and 176 Worthington St.

The artists are Trish Cataldo, Sally Curcio, Jack Devlin, Dana Filibert, Andrae Green, Chris Marion and Priya Nadkarni.

“The city has a whole arts scene that doesn’t have have a strong connection to downtown,” she said. “There are a lot of great things going on at Indian Orchard Mills.

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Springfield RMV… where should it be?


Where Should the Springfield RMV Go?

Springfield RMVHave you had to renew your license recently? Or get an updated title? Or any other registry business?  Then you know the lines and traffic at the Springfield RMV.  The current location sits right on the border of the Springfield Business Improvement District border.  They are looking to move it to somewhere else in the City and the spot they found fell through.  Our media partner MassLive posed the question… where do you think it should go?

Do you have a thought on the topic?  Weigh in here.


Speaking Thursday at a ribbon-cutting event for a new Registry services desk at the AAA Pioneer Valley office in Amherst, interim registrar Erin Deveney said a new set of bid specifications for a new Registry office are out and she hopes to have a site selected in 90 days.

She promised a modern facility large enough to serve Springfield and surrounding areas. There is a registry office in Chicopee and Easthampton and  AAA offers some registry services to its members from offices in Amherst and on Capital Drive in West Springfield.

Neighbors and city council members complained of the St. James Avenue/ Martone Place location saying the traffic would be disruptive to the community. The city didn’t issue required approvals and won in court when the developers who had a contract with the  state sued.

Sen. Warren visits new Downtown non-profit

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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said her visit to Springfield yesterday focused on two issues of extreme importance – talking of ways to help at-risk youth, and bringing news of a new $728,000 federal grant for city firefighter safety and training.

The Springfield Business Improvement District is so proud to have new non-profit Suit Up Springfield in our district, in a storefront on Worthington Street.  This is where Warren visited on her trip to learn about Suit Up Springfield and other local organizations that are helping at-risk youth and recently released inmates. Suit Up Springfield helps at-risk youth academically and professionally, including providing them with donated suits and ties for job interviews and to help with self esteem.

Warren then stopped at the Fire Department headquarters, also on Worthington Street, to announce the federal grant that will provide 67 full sets of self-contained breathing apparatus, and an additional 165 face masks for firefighters, and for certification training of all fire officers.

“It’s an incredible day for the Springfield Fire Department,” Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant said. “It is much needed equipment, much needed training that we have been fighting for the last couple of years. To give our firefighters the best equipment is my top priority to keep them safe and to keep the public safe.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren visits community organization in SpringfieldU. S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass and Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno participated with other local officials and community groups in an open forum at Suit Up Springfield Friday. Suit Up Springfield is a community based group focused on helping young Springfield men to become professionally minded and attired.

Such a grant is the least the federal government can do to aid emergency personnel who rush into buildings when everyone else runs out, Warren said.

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