COVID-19 community updates

  • Citing environmental reasons, the multi-colored rainbow of helium balloons that traditionally fronts the Northampton Pride parade was rendered this year on cardboard. Photographed during the 38th annual event on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Published: 3/16/2020 8:41:29 PM
Cancellations, closures

NoHo Pride Parade & Festival 2020, scheduled for Saturday, May 2, at the Three County Fair Grounds, Northampton, has been postponed. Additional information will be posted on their Facebook page, facebook.com/NohoPrideOrg.

Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St., Northampton, will be closed until at least April 1. Those seeking further information may send an email to info@historicnorthampton.org.

The Daley and Halligan commemoration planned for Tuesday, March 18, at Hospital Hill, Northampton has been canceled. The commemoration is held each year to mark the unjust executions, in 1806, of Dominic Daley and James Halligan, Irish immigrants who were unjustly hanged on June 5, 1806, following a trial for the murder of Marcus Lyon. Retired Judge W. Michael Ryan and Bill O’Riordan have been commemorating the unjust deaths for 60 years each on Hospital Hill.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation has announced the temporary closure of certain agency-managed facilities effective Saturday, March 14, through Wednesday, April 1, at which time DCR will reassess circumstances. Additionally, during the temporary closure all associated events at these locations are cancelled.

Importantly, all state parks and comfort stations across the commonwealth remain open and available for the public to utilize.

Closed facilities include Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitor Center, 221 Appleton St., Holyoke; Mount Holyoke Range State Park Notch Visitor Center, 1500 West St., Amherst; Quabbin Reservoir Visitor Center, 100 Windsor Dam Road, Belchertown; and Daughters of the American Revolution Campground, 78 Cape St., Goshen.

Smith College has announced that all college buildings, including academic building and residential houses, are now closed to the public. The Lyman Plant House, Smith College Museum of Art, and all athletic and recreational facilities are now closed.

The Campus Center will remain open on weekdays and requires a Smith ID for entrance.

BusinessWest & Healthcare News has made the decision to postpone their 12th annual Difference Makers event that was scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 19. The event will now take place on Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.

The Northampton St. Patrick’s Association has announced that all events scheduled for the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Season are canceled in precautions for Covid-19, putting the health and safety of their members, supporters and the community as a whole first. Canceled events include: Celebrity Bartending, Thursday, March 12th; The St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast, Tuesday, March 17th; and the Awards Party: Sunday, March 22nd.

If you have purchased tickets to the St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast and would like a refund please contact Tom Dunphy at thomasdunphy@comcast.net.

Clayton & Canby Dental in Northampton is closed for two weeks, canceling all appointments.

Arts cancellations

At Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, a dozen events have been postponed, according to the venue’s Facebook page on Monday. Dinner and A Movie (slated for Wednesday) is canceled as well as the Thursday CT River Conservancy’s Clean Water Cafe. Thursday’s Trinity CSNY has been postponed to Aug. 29 and a show by Mdou Moctar for Friday has been canceled. Stephen Marley’s March 4 concert has been postponed until Oct. 7. The March 29 Flash Tea Dance is canceled, while Brian Fallon’s April 3 performance has been postponed with a new date to be determined.

Japanese Breakfast (slated to perform on April 9) has been rescheduled to June 18, Waxahatchee’s April 15 show is postponed with a new date to be determined, while both Sonya Kitchell’s April 14 and Magic Giant’s April 26 shows have been canceled.

At Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield, operations have ceased, until a time when the venue announces that events will resume.

“Updates regarding upcoming shows will be forthcoming via email, our website and social media,” the venue stated in a Facebook post Friday.

The Iron Horse Entertainment Group (IHEG) has canceled or postponed most of its shows for the rest of the month, according to its online event calendar.

The only show scheduled this month at IHEG venues that isn’t canceled is the March 18 performance of Gold Rush: A Neil Young Celebration featuring Biz, former lead singer of Sugar Mountain, at the Iron Horse Music Hall.




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