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 The Grinch Expected to Crash the Santa Breakfast – Dec. 10!

Security officers will be on the lookout for a mischievous furry green Santa imposter during the Tower Square Breakfast with Santa set for Saturday, December 10th from 9 -11am in the food court. 


That’s right, we have received word from un-named sources that The Grinch intends to crash the breakfast and entertain young and old alike with his sneaky, but fun-loving antics! 


We will make sure that The Grinch doesn’t steal the limelight from Santa, the “man of the hour”, who is expected to arrive in time to take his Santa throne at 9am to talk with children about their Christmas lists, take photos and give gifts to the kids. 


Meanwhile, the talented chefs at Tower Grill will be busy dishing out a hearty breakfast of pancakes, hash browns (which are delish!!), bacon and oj.


Then at 10am, the world famous magician David Garritty (of Six Flags fame and beyond!) will perform his world famous magic show geared especially for the kids and their parents.


As if that wasn’t enough, the Springfield Boys & Girls Club will be open with free admission exclusively for Santa Breakfast attendees.  There will also be face-painting and a kid’s craft station to keep everyone busy and entertained.


This event has sold out. 



Longtime Tower Square Merchants to Retire

After more than 20 years of operating Neighborhood Foods on street level at Tower Square, owners Peter and Young Choi have decided to retire and step away from behind the counter of their family-run convenience store.


The Choi’s opened their first store in their hometown of Amherst, which they ran for approximately seven years, before deciding to move to Tower Square in 1995.  They have been here ever since, greeting people with their kind manner and friendly smiles.


“We are very grateful too all of our customers over the years, not only for their business, but also for their friendships and for their support of our UNICEF campaign each year,” commented Young Choi.


The Choi’s plan to spend their retirement enjoying time with their grandchildren, children and extended family.


Watch for more details regarding the future of Neighborhood Foods in an upcoming edition of the TowerTalk newsletter.




Artist & Author Dean Nimmer Coming to Art For The Soul Gallery

Award winning artist, educator and best-selling author Dean Nimmer will have his work on display at Art For The Soul Gallery this month!  The exhibit will open on December 6 and run through the end of January, featuring  workshops taught by Nimmer as well as discussions and book signings with the artist/author.


Emeritus Professor Nimmer, is the former Chair of the Painting, Printmaking programs a Mass College of Art.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Holyoke Community College where he teaches painting, drawing and some experimental installation courses.


Nimmer is the author of several books including his most recent, Creating Abstract Art, which sold over 7,000 copies in the first three months.


“In a traditional sense, most of my work fits the art catergories of “abstract’ or “expressionist” painting.  I prefer the phrase “intuition painting” because it is tied directly to the creative process itself,” commented Nimmer.  “For me, intuition is the well-spring and inner voice that guides me through all the aesthetic decisions that go into my paintings.”


For a chance to meet Nimmer, the public is invited to attend an Artist’s Reception at Art for the Soul Gallery on Thursday, December 15th from 6 – 8pm.  The gallery is free and open to the public.  Watch for more information about upcoming workshops with Nimmer at Art for the Soul Gallery.


Art for the Soul Gallery is located on the second floor of Tower Square adjacent to the food court.  For additional information call 413.301.6314.





Panoramic Photographers to Exhibit at Valley Photo
The Valley Photo Center will feature Photographs International Association of
Panoramic Photographers like this one of the NYC skyline
by Jook Leung from New Jersey.

The Valley Photo Center will be featuring a photographic exhibit from members of the International Association of Panoramic Photographers for the month of December. The show will have panoramic photographs taken of a variety of subjects from around the world and will run until December 23rd.


To give patrons an opportunity to see the Festival of Trees located in the meeting room next door, the gallery will be open on weekends through December 11th.

There will be a special meet the artist’s reception on Saturday December 3 from 1 PM until 3 PM. The show and reception is free and open to the public.


The Valley Photo Center is a 501C3 Not for Profit Corporation.  Its mission is to educate members and the public, about the art and science of photography, so as to bring about a greater appreciation for this form of art.  Membership and more information about the exhibit and the VPC is available at their website,  






JA Searching for Volunteers & Planning for Busy Year Ahead


Junior Achievement of Western MA will be hosting “JA in a Day” at Kiley Middle School in Springfield on Wednesday, December 21.  During the event JA volunteers will be teaching the “Economics of Success” program to the 8th grade classes.


They are also recruiting volunteers for other “JA in a Day” programs during in the spring, so if you are interested in learning more about the rewarding experience of being a JA volunteer, please contact JA Program Manager Abigail Ames at


Also save the date of March 3rd and plan to attend the Springfield Thunderbirds game against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, as JA students from local high schools work together to host the game by selling tickets, financing concessions, etc…  Come and support JA and the Thunderbirds on March 3, 2017!







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