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| 90 King St. provides inclusive space for artists | Adcock comes to 33rd annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival | After long journey, White Lion Brewing establishes facility in Springfield | AIC presents musical “Sweet Charity”at Griswold Theatre | Annual quilt show returns to Elks Club after COVID-19 hiatus | Another brewery joins Westfield’s craft beer awakening | Art for the Soul Gallery features two diverse yet connected artists | Artist turns European trips into series of drawings | Attend Paradise City Arts Festival | Attend sixth annual Bing Comic Con on Oct. 27 | Attend sixth annual Bing Comic Con on Oct. 27 | Back in Black: AC/DC tribute band to perform at MGM | ‘Beat The Putz’ pro football pick-em contest kicks off | Best Damn Sandwich: Angel’s 1376 Restaurant BLT | Best Damn Sandwich: Calabrese Market and Deli, week one | Best Damn Sandwich: Cooper’s Corner’s buffalo chicken | Best Damn Sandwich: Kettlebread Deli roast beef delights | Best Damn Sandwich: Montgomery Grille’s delicious BLT | Best Damn Sandwich: Posto, week five – the meatball sandwich | Best Damn Sandwich: Posto, week one - the grilled eggplant sandwich | Best Damn Sandwich: Randall’s Farm and Greenhouse week two | Best Damn Sandwich: Renee B’s Soup, Sandwich and Ice Cream Shop | Best Damn Sandwich: Souper Sweet Sandwich Shop, week four | Best Damn Sandwich: the Bread Basket, week two | Best Damn Sandwich: The Student Prince and The Fort | Best Damn Sandwich: West Springfield Lions Club and The Ultimate BBQ delights | Best Damn Sandwich: Posto, week four – the Italian | Best Damn Sandwich: Posto, week three – porchetta panino | Best Damn Sandwich: Posto, week two – chicken milanese | Best Damn Sandwich: The Fort and Bear’s Barbecue | Best Damn Take-out: Nino’s Pizzeria and Chic E D’s excel | Best Damn Takeout: Basil’s of Stafford Springs, CT | Best Damn Takeout: Calabrese Market | Best Damn Takeout: Center Square Grill in East Longmeadow | Best Damn Takeout: Frigo’s Foods in East Longmeadow | Best damn takeout: Longmeadow’s Posto - Italian fare | Best damn takeout: Pafumi’s To Go in Wilbraham | Best damn takeout: Jerk chicken from Yaad Jamaican | Best Damn Takeout: Theodore’s Booze, Blues & BBQ | Big E plans to continue, Hall of Fame induction postponed | Bill Hosley presents 'Silicon Valley of the 19th Century' on Nov. 25 | Bing Arts Center has full schedule of music and performance in February | Bird counters wanted | Bluegrass legends to perform in Northampton on March 4 | Bodden to appear at Roar Comedy Club at MGM Springfield | Bodden to appear at Roar Comedy Club at MGM Springfield | Bright Nights to kick off on Nov. 25 with some changes | Cassidy cautiously optimistic about 2021 Big E fair planning | Chris Marion captures NBA royalty in upcoming exhibit | Ciro’s impresses with creativity and fresh ingredients | Cirque de Soleil’s ‘LUZIA’ captivates in Hartford | City museum unveils new exhibit featuring works of renowned married couple | Classic NFL games on YouTube offer social distancing reprieve | Clifton Joseph ‘CJ’ Chenier to perform at Gateway City Arts | Cosmos to coral reef on display at Museum of Science, Boston | Costa restaurant to offer Italian dining at MGM Springfield | Craig Ferguson to perform at Academy of Music Sept. 7 | D&J’s Hash House brings back the car hop experience | Drawing Board, Little Willow approach important milestones | Easthampton dancer to premiere bilingual dance film | Eric Carle Museum opens new ‘On the Move’ exhibit | Felice Brothers brings their roots music to the Valley | Festival of Trees finds new home at MassMutual Center | Folk music icon Tom Rush to perform at Calvin Theater | Follow the ‘Iconic Illustrators Trail’ with Seuss, Carle and Rockwell | For Collins, the song remains the most important element | Four Phantoms Brewing moves into former Lefty’s location | Free Comic Book Day returns for 20th year | Games for the Family: Just Dance 2020 for Nintendo Switch | Games for the family: Nintendo’s new Animal Crossing | Games for the family: Yoshi’s Crafted World by Nintendo | Gaslight Entertainment brings headliners to Westfield | Gilbert Gottfried to perform in Westfield on Jan. 31 | Hadley’s Happier Valley Comedy adds Next Door Lounge | Harrison adds songwriter to his resume | Hawaiian-style poke restaurant brings ‘Joy’ to Springfield | Home-grown pop culture convention returns to Springfield | Homebrew Showcase returns for second year | ‘Invention Week’ helps kids learn about historic innovations | Iron Duke Brewing Company to remain in Ludlow | Iron Horse announces initial show dates for inaugural year | It’s convention season and here’s what you need to know | Juicy Seafood brings bountiful fresh seafood to the city | Leena’s Place celebrates first anniversary in Belchertown | Local breweries try to cope amidst COVID-19 restrictions | Local favorite Serafino to perform at Easthampton brewery | Local film fans live their dream as TV horror film hosts | Local film fans live their dream as TV horror film hosts | Local photographer’s professional journey subject of new exhibit | Magician and minister Danny Ray combines performance and religion | Magician performs at Symphony Hall on Oct. 27 | Maifest, White Lion Wednesdays and cruise nights coming to downtown | Mass Humanities captures region’s voices in new project | Masztal pens novella ‘Blood in the Water’ inspired by ‘Jaws’ | MGM Springfield plans to host M Life Rewards sign-up party | NBA giving fans a chance to relive history through #NBATogetherLive series | Necco Wafers, a longtime New England tradition, return | New Dr. Seuss book to be celebrated at Springfield Museums | New Monthly Gathering of Illustrators welcomes all local artists | NHL offering unique ways for fans to get their hockey fix | Nonprofit arts groups bring money into Springfield's economy | Otis Ski Ridge ready for season with new COVID-19 restrictions | Piti Theatre’s ‘Canary in a Gold Mine’ kicks off Ko Festival in 2022 | Play by Play festival returns after five-year hiatus | Podcasts offer variety of topics for your listening pleasure | Pope Francis Preparatory School opens new theater with ‘The Nit Wits’ | Prime Senior Living Expo slated for MGM ballroom Aug. 28 | Professional Bull Riders make their Western Massachusetts debut | Reggie Harris to appear at Song and Story Swap | Renovated grandstand, bevy of events expected for Three County Fair | Reporters discover pole work makes fitness fun | Retrospective of Dillon’s work on display at Barnes Gallery | Science Museum unveils remodeled Seymour Planetarium | Scots gather for the 25th annual Glasgow Lands Festival | Shandelle caps off the summer with ‘CAPSULE_001’ | Singer Elihu Okay lets off steam on ‘Friday Night’ | Six Flags is dressed in its holiday best this season | Six Flags New England opens ‘Supergirl Sky Flyer’ ride | Six Flags New England to host Holiday in the Park event | Six Flags opens Cyborg, Managing Editor celebrates birthday with a thrill | Six Flags president loves roller coasters | Springfield Mass Studios celebrates new film production | Springfield Museums celebrate the typewriter with the ‘Typewriter Trail’ | Springfield native to perform at Tri-County Fair | Springfield’s Delaney’s Market offers ‘chef-inspired’ meals for those on the go | Standup comedy comes to downtown Springfield on May 11 | Steven Kellogg and the Sixers to play at Race Street Live | Taste of Massachusetts award comes as surprise to Salem Cross Inn | ‘That Strange Show’ podcast talks classic horror and comedy | The Best Damn Sandwich: Calabrese Market and Deli week two | The Best Damn Sandwich: City’s Jake’s fish sandwich | The Best Damn Sandwich: Frigo’s Foods | The Best Damn Sandwich: Milano Importing week four | The Best Damn Sandwich: Milano Importing week three | The Best Damn Sandwich: Milano’s Importing week two | The Best Damn Sandwich: On The Hill’s turkey club | The Best Damn Sandwich: Rice Fruit Farm | The Best Damn Sandwich: Souper Sweet Sandwich Shop | The Best Damn Sandwich: Souper Sweet Sandwich Shop, week two | The Best Damn Sandwich: Souper Sweet Sandwich Shop, week three | The Best Damn Sandwich: The Bread Basket, week three | The Best Damn Sandwich: The Souper Sweet Sandwich Shoppe | The Best Damn Sandwich: The Student Prince and The Fort week two | The Best Damn Sandwich: The Student Prince and The Fort – week three | The Best Damn Sandwich week three: Calabrese Market & Deli | The Best Damn Take-out: Bueno Y Sano in Springfield | The Best Damn Takeout: El Comalito | The Best Damn Takeout: The Thai Place in South Hadley | The Best (Darn) Sandwich: The Bread Basket, week four | The Best Damn Sandwich: Milano Importing in Springfield | The Best Damn Sandwich: Randall’s Farm & Greenhouse | The Zombies to perform at the Academy of Music | Theory Wellness introduces cannabis-infused seltzers to market | Third largest fair in nation continues old traditions, offers new ones | Tony Danza brings one-man show to CityStage | Trip on Half Tank: Hartford Yard Goats to kick off season in May | Trying out Springfield’s latest burger restaurant: Wahlburgers | Two Weeks Notice Brewing celebrates one year anniversary | UMass Marching Band to perform at the Rose Parade | Valley Blue Sox opening night | Villa Napoletana celebrates 20 years of Italian fine dining | Watch “A Christmas Pudding II” by the Suffield Players | WBOA to present annual Women’s Night of Comedy fundraiser | West Springfield Boys and Girls Club hosts Holiday Tour of Homes | West Springfield folk band, Love Crumbs, releases new single | Westfield’s Great Awakening Brewing is the latest craft brewery in region | What I’m eating: A food tour of East Longmeadow | What I’m eating: going on a food tour in Agawam | What I’m Eating: Gourmet Burgers for National Burger Day | What I’m eating: it’s pizza time across Western Massachusetts | What I’m Eating: Marveling at Mystic’s eateries | What I’m Eating: some of this year’s big eats at the Big E | What I’m eating: summer hot dogs at local eateries | What I’m eating: Summoning springtime splendor at local favorites | What I’m eating: tried and true favorite fair foods | What I’m watching: a cult classic and an essential animation collection | What I’m watching: a well-written film and one with a lousy script | What I’m Watching: ‘Solo’ entertains, “Deadpool 2’ is worthy sequel | What sticker? | White Lion hosts kick-off event for new craft beer | WooSox welcomes fans at full capacity in new stadium | Work of acclaimed artist Paul Goodnight featured at gallery | World champion eater looks forward to returning to Big E | Worlds Largest Pancake Breakfast returns Aug. 21 | Writers’ Day returns to Bay Path University | MassMutual Center shows “43 Towns” | The Allen Bird Club invites public to birding activities | Lecture on the Hope Diamond comes to Springfield | New exhibit highlights Native American artists | Bing Comic Con heads into its fifth year | New book details a refugee’s life in Springfield | Kanetoberfest helps keep pups in loving homes | Retrospective is a look at a photographer’s career, so far | Big E: you never know what you’ll find there | 2007 Axiom Events Series | 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year to perform at UMass | '30 Rock' and SNL alum drops in | Abayudaya Jews to be subject of lecture | Accident provides story for new film | Acclaimed songwriter bringing tribute show to Pittsfield | Ackerson’s ‘All Over the Place’ exhibited at Taber Art Gallery | Actors breath life into enchanting words | African movie posters featured at HCC exhibit | After a 22-year hiatus, Bromberg and his guitar to hit the stage on Feb. 17 | Agawam Cinemas to host Tricks and Giggles show | Agranoff to bring folk music circuit to uNi Coffeehouse | AIC players to stage David Auburn’s award-winning ‘Proof’ | AIC to stage ‘Top Girls’ starting April 24 | Air Museum to host March Open Cockpit Day, Space Expo | Air Museum to host three historic WWII aircraft | Air show returns this weekend | Air show takes flight in Westfield this weekend | Al-Asad brings hookah culture to Western Mass. | Twelve-year-old’s Christmas album sales going to charity | Amazing Johnathan brings his bag to tricks to Chicopee | Amelia Park announces return of free Musical Moments concert series | American International College players to stage ‘Blithe Spirit’ | American Legion tag/bake sale will benefit HSH | New American Mandolin Ensemble coming to Bing Arts Center | Amherst Cinema presents Bergman retrospective | Amherst Cinema to host Orson Welles film festival this summer | Amherst Cinema to showcase Bogart’s classic films | Amherst Historical Society to host Scene in Amherst art show | Amy Dane wins awards | A night of paranormal activity at the library | Annie's back! America's most beloved musical returns to Symphony Hall | ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION | Ann Maggs chooses 'to be the one' | Annual Free Comic Book promotes the artform and literacy | Annual Irish Music Fest returns | Annual Mattoon Street Fest is on its way | Annual RV Show returns | Apple Days returns to Old Sturbridge Village this weekend | Apple Jam offers big acts in intimate setting | Appraisal might reveal a treasure | A-Ray of Elvis comes to HCHS | Arcadia Players recreate Handel's 'Messiah' with period instruments | Area events offer chance to indulge culinary cravings | Armory presentation highlights firearms of the Revolution | Armory to host concert on July 9 | Armory to host Springfield All Youth Music Festival June 11 | 'Art and Sole' sneakers to go to auction on Oct. 23 | Artifact Cider marks first anniversary | Artist Mary Nelen shares her fetish for food and flowers | Artist re-enters the field with new comic | Artists host spring exhibition, open studios and sale | Artists to gather at first Art Party | ‘Art Stop’ to feature the work of three artists in pop-up galleries in Springfield | Auction benefits public television | Auditions for scholarship jazz ensemble announced | Audubon prints on display at Spfld. Museums | Bailey brings traditional burlesque show to Springfield | Balloon flight can change perspective | Ballroom dancing helps put middle schoolers 'over the top' | Band to play a season of seven concerts in Westfield | Base Camp hosts Photographic Odyssey | Bay Path College launches 'Kitchen Sink: A Women Writers' Workshop' | Bay Path Festival Choir kicks off holiday season | Bay Path student prompts Winterfest road show | Bay Path to honor South American dance | Beach Boys' original sound is kept alive | Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux to play UMass FAC | 'Beer of the Gods' is good, but title doesn't quite fit | Beneski Museum a hidden gem | Bertucci's invites customers to submit original recipes for a chance to be included on menu | 'Best seat' tickets for Cheap Trick at the Big E on sale | Big band music and dancing on the Green | Big Band performs in Wilbraham | Big E announces stage performances | Culinary creations remain a major Big E attraction | Big E offers flavorful food that’s novel and fun | Big E seeks volunteers | Big E unveils new fair food offerings to the press | Bill Maher brings stand up act to Symphony Hall | Bing Arts Center celebrates ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ | Bing Arts Center presents TRANS•figuration exhibit | Bing Arts Center showcases work of Pioneer Valley’s Chris Page | Bing Arts Center to bring ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ to life | Bing Arts Center to celebrate fifth anniversary June 13 | Bing Arts Center to host sequential art exhibit | Bing Arts Center readies for Comic Con 2015 | Bing’s pop culture celebration returns to Asbury Hall in Springfield | Bing event to commemorate National Poetry Month | Bing offers diverse programs for fall | Bing presents Ephemeral String Band April 3 | Bing to host reception for artist Chris Page | Bing to present For A Limited Time Only painting exhibit | Bing to screen examination of booming Nigerian film industry | Bing to screen Herzog's documentary on Antartica | Bing unveils December schedule | Black-eyed Sally's to celebrate 15th anniversary with classic rock and blues | Blanchette to play at Bing Arts Center | Blanton’s art on display at WNE | Bluegrass festival marks 30 years | Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan to play Northampton | Bluegrass legends to appear at Joe Val Festival | Bluegrass star Jerry Douglas to appear at Shea Theater on Aug. 11 | Blues is still the heart of Hammond | Boar's Head Festival tickets now on sale | Boar's Head Festival tickets on sale | Bobcat Goldthwait to make rare appearance in Chicopee | Bob Franke to play uNi’s ‘Thanksgiving Eve’ show | Bob Marley fits in the real funny guy theory | Bo Fitz and the YankCelt Band are back by popular demand | Bohn, Nonnamaker to receive ‘Dream Wedding’ | Bok samples world's cultures in music | 'Bowzer' to bring his show to Westfield State | Boys & Girls Club holds first art show | Brass Attack presents free concert at Blunt Park on July 29 | Breuer is happy to be on radio | Brian Auger at Fairfield Theater | Brian Wilson is Here to Stay | Bright Nights among American Bus Association’s Top-100 | Bright Nights wraps up 2008 season in snow | Brothers' sound continues to evolve | B'shara's celebrates new look with 26th anniversary party | Buckinghams’ Big E concert promises not to be a drag | Budweiser Clydesdales to visit Old Sturbridge Village Dec. 19 | Buon Appetito shares savory creations | Burroughs returns home to share story of his father | Cafe Lebanon offers deliciously different dishes | Caldwell to talk books | Camp Moses Reservation to host Apple Jam Roots Music Festival | Capri Pizza celebrates 50 years of great food | Castle of Knights will be rockin' at revival concert | Cathedral Drama Club presents 'And Then There Were None' | Cats and dogs want you to hit the hog for a cause | Celebrate an 1830s Thanksgiving at Old Sturbridge Village | Celebrate an evening of music | Celebrate Emily Dickinson's 179th birthday at Amherst College | Celebrate President Obama at an open poetry reading on Inauguration Day | Channel creativity at workshop | Charlie Murphy proves his skills | Cheffetz exhibit at Springfield Museum | Chicopee invites Valley to Fest of All | Chordsmen spread romance | Director’s cut of ‘Cinema Paradiso’ is worth discovering | Cirque choreographer calls Spfld. home | City Block concerts set to return to Springfield June 30 | CityStage and Symphony Hall announce April, May productions | City Stage and Symphony Hall unveil upcoming performances | CityStage announces January shows | CityStage hosts impressive lineup this season | CityStage kicks off season | City Stage & Symphony Hall coupled 'til death' | City Stage & Symphony Hall announce launch of new website | City Stage to host PfC benefit concert | City to get slice of 'American Pie' | Clark escapes Cupid's crosshairs ... this time | Classic Rock band ‘Kansas’ to perform at Big E on Sept. 26 | Club draws lovers of the outdoors together | CMSS Community Jazz Jam to feature jazz legends | CMSS family concert scheduled for Jan. 23 | CMSS presents Jazz Jam | Coffee House at The Oaks to benefit homeless cats | Comedian Eddie Griffin comes to Hu Ke Lau | Comedian returns to the Hu Ke Lau | Comic Adam Devine takes Mullins Center stage Feb. 17 | Commonwealth Opera announces Annual Gala Concert | Community Music School among NEPR award recipients | Community theaters promise exciting 2012-2013 season | Compari’s offers fresh take on Italian dining | Concert benefits Homeward Vets | Concerto Grosso performances to benefit CMSS | Concert series brings a taste of Scotland | Cones for Kids program benefits Easter Seals | Connecticut Trolley Museum welcomes visitors to ‘Winterfest’ | Country Club of Wilbraham to host Jimmy Mazz By Request | What’s craft beer, what’s not, and what difference does it make? | Craft beer's rapid growth forcing macrobreweries to take notice | Craig Harris’ busy year continues with several local events | Crescents celebrate 30th anniversary with rock 'n' roll gala in September | Daughtry heads to the Big E | 'Captain Miserable' ready to return to the Hu Ke Lau | Del-Vikings to headline doowop show | Digital paintings to be put on display at D'Amour Museum | Dillweedz Cafe serves up 'somethin' special' on Main Street | DiMeola remains an influential face in jazz | Young Professionals, SBID unveil plans for Springfield Restaurant Week | Dinner and a show provided at Tokyo | Disney on Ice comes to Springfield | Divine Performing Arts to dazzle Hartford audience | Book chronicles ‘Fifteen Minutes’ of a lifelong career | Do-it-yourself yogurt shop opens in Five Town Plaza | Don't miss Historic Deerfield this summer | Doo-wop comes to Chicopee | Doo wop concert to benefit Rays Of Hope | Doo Wop Society hosting fifth anniversary show Nov. 1 | Doowop Society presents Rockin’ New Year’s Eve | Doo Wop Society's revival show to feature The Fireflies | Doo Wop to reign June 8 | Double Decker Dine highlights Valley’s best eateries | Double Door features fresh Mexican cuisine | Double Edge presents ‘Springfield Spectacle’ | Chicopee prepares for Downtown Get Down | Drama Studio opens 23rd season | Drama Studio presents 'What Would Prudence Do?' | Drama Studio to host 'Backstage Bash' | Drama Studio to present five plays during 'June Shorts' | Dream Street comes to the Bing Arts Center | Dr. Seuss Museum to feature bilingual literacy exhibit | Duo to hit uNi Coffeehouse | Exhibit explores early days of photography | Eastern States Exposition unveils 2013 fair foods | East Longmeadow to host Many Hands Piano Recital | ECA+ Gallery presents Van Winkle exhibit | ECA+ Gallery to display ‘My Last Link to Sanity’ in June | Echoes of Time headline Rock 'n' Roll Revival Show | Eddie Money comes to Big E | Editor escapes role as news junkie with book | Edward's Bookstore hosts two book signings this month | Elms hosts Meet the Authors | E.L. native to appear on Iron Chef America | Enchanted Circle Theater receives 2015 Commonwealth Award | Enjoy Paradise City this holiday | Enjoy Small Potatoes on Valentine's Day | Enjoy some Hot Soup! at uNi Coffeehouse | Enjoy the vibes at laid-back festival | Enjoy wine tasting with a hint of Ireland | Entertainment should be your Maine destination | Epps says he's 'got it popping' | Equine Affaire returns to ESE Nov. 8 | Evening of Illumination set for Old Sturbridge Village | Events slated to celebrate Irish Easter Rising anniversary | Exciting times for brewers in Western Massachusetts | Exhibit celebrating origins of Old Sturbridge Village opens May 2 | Exhibit features the art of Oz | Exhibit to feature nationally acclaimed artists with Alzheimer's | Exit 7 Players to bring back 'Nuncrackers' | Exit 7 Players to host auditions for 'Into the Woods' | Exit Seven Players present 'The Goodbye Girl' | Expansions highlight area’s interest in craft beer, supporting local business | Experience authentic Indian flavors at The Garden in Agawam | Experience Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village | 'Faces of Phobia' brings horror to Springfield | Fairy Circus to take place at Peach Fest | Family concert series displays unique talent | Family makes $500 donation to the Zoo in Forest Park | Famous firearms on display at Springfield Museums | Fanning kicks off Westfield MusicFest | Fantasy Cruise Night | Farmers' markets to tantalize senses throughout Valley | Farm to Table dinners set for Westfield | 'Fearless Puppy' author heads to Borders on June 7 | Filmmaker prepares for DVD release | Final Valley Voices StorySlam to take place at Hinge Feb. 13 | ‘Fire and Ice: Landscapes Worldwide’ exhibited at Baystate | First Church to stage Godspell this March | First ever East Longmeadow Fashion Show | First ever WEMA Fest announced | Flutie Foundation ready to rock the court at the Hall of Fame | Folk, blues artist returns to home for free concert | Folk legends to play Northampton’s Parlor Room Nov. 5 | Folk singer's new CD is good pick | Forastieres celebrate 100 years | For Attell, there's life after Insomniac | For Caroline Rhea stand-up comedy means creative freedom | Forest Park Zoo, seeking new director, names interim | For fine artist, illustration in children’s books is ‘rejuvenating’ | Forum announces all-star lineup | 'Four Freedoms' discussed | Free concert at Westfield State | Free concert series returns to downtown | Free live music in downtown Springfield | French Heritage Center presents ‘A Taste of Maple’ event | French Heritage to be celebrated with R&#233;veil | Fresh seafood served up by Matunuck Oyster Bar at Big E | Friendly's new salad options will fill you up right | Friends of the Agawam Library announce November art show | Frigo's offers the best of Italy | Frigo’s to host Italian food tasting Oct. 22 | Gabriel Iglesias to be live and 'fluffy' in Chicopee | Gala of The Royal Horses’ first American tour hits Amherst | Gallery A3 to host first ever open juried by Yarlow in July | Gem and Mineral show ready to shine in West Springfield | Get 'comfort'able at Donovan's Pub | Get ready for a fabulous time | ‘Gifts’ exhibit on display at D’Amour Museum of Fine Art | Giliberti brings his passion for food to WHYN | Gingerbread entries to be unveiled at Holiday Happenings | Girl Scouts get ready for cookie recipe competition | Give boxes of boxed sets as presents this holiday season | Give your weekend a fun upgrade in paradise | Globe Theatre troupe to perform in Holyoke Dec. 3-5 | Godchaux continues to share her God-given gift | Golden Gala: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Wistariahurst | Gomez to perform selections from ‘Shameless Woman’ on HCC stage | Gonzalez’s Criollo Clasico Trio releases ‘World Christmas’ | Goodchild Badchild offers musical confections | Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette to play at UMass Fine Arts Center | Grammy-winning Cotton to play at Infinity Music Hall | June 1 picnic fundraiser benefits Granby Veterans Memorial | Grand Funk rolls in to open Big E concert series | Greater Westfield Community Band to present April 14 spring concert | Green River Festival promises to present music, crafts and food | Groove to smooth sounds at next Jazz Jam | GSCVB Foodfest winners announced | GSCVB to host Foodfest Challenge | Gumbo Live serves up hot, steamy talent | Holyoke Catholic students to stage ‘Guys & Dolls’ | 'Guys on Ice' receives rave reviews | 'Hacksaw' to star at benefit wrestling match in Chicopee | Ha Ha Sisterhood to bring improv comedy to Wilbraham Country Club | Harris brings unique perspective on music to local communities | Hasbro releases new games you will get hooked on | Hasbro sponsors first ever National Family Game Night | Storrowton in West Springfield gives haunting look at historic tales | HCC hosts 'The Book Show' art exhibit | HCC professor to exhibit photography at school’s library | HCC Theater Department to stage ‘When the Rain Stops Falling’ | HCC Theater Department to stage one-act plays | HCC to host 24-Hour Play Festival | HCC to stage ‘An American Daughter’ | HCPAC presents 'How to Succeed' | ‘Hearts for Heroes’ benefits Springfield Vet Center | High Wire Acts to present 'Working' | Hogan wrestles her way into the spotlight | Hoke transforms trash into treasure | Holyoke artist’s work on display at Tower Square | Holyoke Catholic Students to stage ‘Curtain Call, Again’ | Holyoke Community College to offer Ibero-American Film Festival | Holyoke Library's History Room gets grant | Home Brewing Showcase highlights locally made beers | Hybernians announce annual summer picnic at the Wherehouse? | If you want suspense, you want 'The Girl by the Lake' | Inaugural Valley Fest brings craft beer to Court Square | Indian Motorcycle legacy lives on through annual rally | Indian Orchard Mills to host open gallery event | Intergenerational fiddlers preserve tradition | International Food Fest kicks off Memorial Day weekend | International Food Fest organizer excited for event | International musician comes to Springfield | Iris Dement to bring new music to Iron Horse Music Hall | Irish Cultural Center ready to celebrate 10th anniversary | Irish Cultural Center celebrating 10th anniversary with Christmas festivities | Iron Duke celebrates growth as second anniversary nears | Iron Duke has successful opening | Iron Duke’s newest beer has outlaw German roots | Irrera looks forward to local tour stop | Italian Cultural Center releases cookbook | Italian Cultural Center to continue Italian cinema celebration in March | 'Jackass' icon Steve-O shifts gears from stunts to stand-up | Jam 4 Springfield to benefit Open Pantry emergency food bank | J-ART to stage 'Seussical' | Jazz and Roots Festival returns to downtown Springfield | Jazz, folk and blues to be found in Newport | Jazz Mandolin Project still have it years later | Jazz up the work week with line dancing | JCC celebrates Jewish Book Month | "Jerry & Ed' tells the tale of two best friends | Jewish Film Festival returns to Pioneer Valley | Jia Pan Zest's dishes display style, creativity | Jim Breuer's a different kind of family guy | Jim Kaminski returns to Bing Arts Center for guitar performance | Jimmy Buffett to Perform at Mohegan Sun | Jimmy Mazz to play Storrowton | Jodee James educates and entertains through Welsh song | Joel Crouse to play Big E Sept. 13 | Joe Val Bluegrass Festival returns for 31st year | John Boyle O'Reilly Club hosting 10th Irish music festival | John Melendez performs at the Hu Ke Lau Jan. 28 | Johnson Girls ready to sail into the uNi Coffeehouse | Jorma Kaukonen to play the Iron Horse Oct. 22 | 'Jr. Bassinators' teach kids the fun of fishing | Junior Brown's unique sound coming to Noho | Travels around the world inspire author | Acclaimed organist to accompany Keaton classic | Kevin Hart’s tour comes to Amherst | Keystone Arch Bridge Trail one of the gems of Western Massachusetts | Kids in the Hall set to appear in Chicopee | Ko Festival enriches the Valley again this summer | 'Kooza' dazzles in Hartford stop | Larry Miller bringing vast talent to the Hu Ke Lau | Larry Miller set to bring his one-man show to CityStage | Last of Season | Laugh your pants off with 'The Full Monty' | Lawrence excited ‘Mama’s Family’ finally released on DVD | Learys make major naming gift for Impressionist gallery | Legend of Sleepy Hollow will come to life in Sturbridge | Levell ready to bring laughs to Hu Ke Lau | Lighting of the Quadrangle set as part of Family Fun program | Local authors take different paths to make books a reality | Local ballerina to perform with Cirque du Soleil | Local band to express gratitude to veterans through music | Local children, artists participate in 'How Will They Know Us: An American/Iraqi Mural Project' | Local farm hosts ninth annual Tomato Festival Aug. 22 | Local groups featured in Battle of the Bands | Local Hero Restaurant Days highlights locally grown produce | Local Hero Restaurant Days raffle winners announced | Local McDonald’s unveils new kiosks | Local photographer offers pictures with Father Christmas | Local playwrights’ show ‘Fabulous’ gets off-Broadway run | Local residents nominate heroes | Locals to compete in Head of the Charles Regatta | Longmeadow Chamber Music Society plans spring concert | Longmeadow’s Amy Dane wins first prize in photo contest | WGBY documentary traces area’s agricultural past | Longtime artists recharge with new music | New book documents ‘lost’ Springfield | 'Love Is My Religion' | Lozada performs Wednesday | 'Lumberjacks in Love' set up camp at the Majestic Theater | Luxe Burger Bar announces 2015 Build Your Own Burger contest | Luxe Burger launches Build Your Own Burger contest | Lynch pens book detailing actress Ann Blyth’s life, work | Madigan receives Silver Circle Award from NATAS | Maestro Kevin Rhodes to act as celebrity bartender Nov. 4 | Magic comes to Bing | Mags Riordan to appear at Majestic performances | Maine comic Bob Marley celebrates winter’s end | Majestic presents jazz concert on Aug. 14 | Majestic Theater annouces auditions for 13th season | Majestic Theater opens 17th season with ‘33 Variations’ | Majestic Theater presents two one acts June 17 to 19 | Majestic Theater to host nostalgic 'Home For The Holidays' revue | Majestic Theater presents award-winning ‘Amadeus’ | Majestic unveils summer lineup | March comes in like a lion at City Stage and Symphony Hall | Margaritaville Opens at Mohegan Sun | Martha Graham Dance Company to visit UMass FAC Nov. 18 | Massachusetts Academy of Ballet announces spring performance | Masterpiece Ball marks Downton Abbey’s season premiere | May to spread his laughter to the Hu Ke Lau | ‘Menagerie’ exhibited at HCC's Taber Gallery | MGM Springfield names BBC its regional brewing partner | Model Railroad Show rolls into Big E | Monte Carlo night coming to Norcross | Monty Python's Carol Cleveland appeared in Springfield this weekend | Moose Family Center kicks off cruise night season | Motorhome showcase set for Big E fairgrounds this summer | Motown group Spectrum encores with Springfield Symphony Pops Feb. 7 | 'Mr. Sulu' to be guest narrator at Spfld. 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  • Trying out Springfield’s latest burger restaurant: Wahlburgers

    Date: 6/21/2021

    It has a been a tradition for much of my time here to present stories about trips to local restaurants. The rule of thumb has been to keep it local and with no chains. The goal has always been to promote locally-owned businesses.

    I’m breaking that rule, because in part, Wahlburgers’ arrival in Western Massachusetts has caused quite a lot of attention.

    The restaurant is on the campus of MGM Springfield.

    I’ve never covered a ribbon-cutting for a restaurant where there have been several hundred people waiting – some arriving as early as 7 a.m. for a 11 a.m. opening.

    So I thought it would be interesting to actually try out the food and see what all of the craziness is about.

    Several disclaimers are appropriate: I do have local places where I enjoy burgers already and I didn’t see the reality show that certainly helped fuel the interest in the restaurant and its offerings.

    The celebrity restaurant is nothing new.

    The great heavyweight boxer Jack Dempsey started an eatery in 1935, which was a landmark in New York City until 1974. Alan Hale, Skipper from “Gilligan’s Island,” had his own seafood place and actor Cesar Romero was involved with an Italian restaurant, despite his Cuban heritage. Mickey Rooney tried a franchised hot dog restaurant and a BBQ joint. Neither worked out.

    What about Planet Hollywood, founded in part with money from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Demi Moore, and Bruce Willis? It’s gone through bankruptcy twice with many complaints, according to a recent article in Esquire, about the quality of its food.

    Wahlburgers, in many ways, is nothing new. What has made a difference is the successful reality show about the family and the restaurant.

    I’ve not seen the show, I think in the right role Mark Wahlberg is an effective actor, and in this case I only care about the food itself.

    Accompanying me was a friend who is in the restaurant business. I thought a true expert would help.

    The place was quite full for a Monday afternoon and we sat at the bar. At the bar was a TV monitor showing an endless loop of scenes from Mark’s and Donnie’s movies. The music that played through the place was apparently from their movies, according to the bartender.

    It is attempting that Planet Hollywood feel.

    My friend ordered the BBQ Bacon burger ($13.95) that comes with white cheddar cheese, bacon, fresh jalapenos, BBQ sauce and avocado spread. He chose to leave out the avocado spread. His side was tater tots (the other option was French fries).

    My choice was Our Burger ($12.95) made with “government” cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and the signature Wahl Sauce. I upgraded my side to the thin crispy onion rings.

    We both decided to try the bacon mac and cheese ($5.95) made with penne, bacon, government cheese and cheddar, topped with homemade garlic Parmesan Panko breadcrumbs.

    While I have nothing against Velveeta cheese I will admit I enjoy a cheese with more flavor on a burger.

    There were some issues with service – I had to ask for utensil and napkins – but again in the opening weeks of a restaurant one should expect such bumps in the road.

    We were all about the food.

    There must have been an issue with sauces in the kitchen because both burgers had barely any. It looked that someone has used a delicate paint brush applying them.

    My burger was about the size of a regular McDonald’s hamburger and my friend noted the burger patty was clearly frozen rather than made fresh. His tater tots were also a frozen product.

    My onion rings were really onion straws. I needed a fork to eat them.

    Taste-wise there was nothing exceptional about either sandwich, and they were quite run-of-the-mill.

    In a world in which combinations of cheese and other proteins are common, this mac and cheese was okay, but again nothing truly memorable.

    Now perhaps other burgers they offer are better, as there are several with two patties and more condiments, but we wanted to see how the standard ones tasted.

    Our assessment was while there wasn’t much truly wrong with sandwiches, there wasn’t much really memorable.

    Still, the place was full with people and it was clear that for the present time, Wahlburgers is a hit. I wish them well, but if you’re looking for a great burger, there are plenty of local choices for you to try.

     

     

     
     
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