Festivals in Amherst Center


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A crack rings out from the jousting arena as armored knights clash in the pursuit of honor, while sword-swallowers thrill crowds with their death-defying art, jesters spin windy jokes, and townspeople in 15th-century garb roam the grounds tearing into turkey legs with their teeth. The Connecticut Renaissance Faire hosts these medieval-theme blowouts every year, including the Robin Hood Spring Festival and King Arthur’s Fall Harvest Faire. Under the themed umbrella of each gathering, actors caper about a constructed medieval village, engaging in Old English–flavored conversation and clapping games with fair-goers. In a tented marketplace, vendors sell beaded crafts, art, and tyrannical-king repellent alongside stands serving mead, beer, and other satisfying sundries. Although the shows and events vary at each fair, past spectacles have included archery displays, pub sing-alongs, and costume parades.
347 Gilead Street
Hebron,
CT
US
For more than 15 years, the Northampton International Film Festival has been inspiring artistic development in the world's filmmakers, celebrating the art of cinema and the introspection it elicits from audiences. Each year, a panel of industry experts carefully vets thousands of submissions from around the globe, selecting only those films that communicate diverse cultural perspectives through varying visual styles and narrative modes. These documentaries, feature-length films, and shorts seek to build a bridge between seemingly disparate backgrounds and traditions with thought-provoking commentary and enriching stories. This global festival ends with a rousing awards ceremony to honor standout films and snub the assistant key grip's contributions once again, for what must seem like the 8,000,000th time in history.
37 Bridge Street, #1307
Northampton,
Massachusetts
US
Head to Hu Ke Lau Restaurant in Chicopee and take a culinary trip to the Far East, where fine Chinese cuisine is readily available. Hu Ke Lau Restaurant is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes. Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — Hu Ke Lau Restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner. Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to Hu Ke Lau Restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad. Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code. If time is of the essence, Hu Ke Lau Restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit. If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Hu Ke Lau Restaurant cater for you. null If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Hu Ke Lau Restaurant. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
705 Memorial Dr
Chicopee,
MA
US
Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.
34 Court Street
Springfield,
MA
US
A fountain's mists drift over a cool, quiet water outside the windows of Vito's By the Water, where chefs have been cooking up traditional Italian food for many years. Following recipes that have been in the owner's family for years, they craft traditional entrees such as New York strip steak with demi-glace or lobster ravioli with vodka-cream sauce. They also adorn thin and Chicago-style deep-dish stuffed crusts with quality toppings such as baby clams, breaded eggplant, and seasoned ricotta. Vito’s chef-owner, Rob Maffucci, has also earned culinary fame with an October 2014 appearance on Food Network's, "Beat Bobby Flay". Here, he grappled with the ingredients of pumpkin puree and fresh pasta during a Halloween special that showcased the chef's talents, pitting them against culinary powerhouse, Bobby Flay.
1936 Blue Hills Avenue Ext
Windsor,
CT
US
16: how many hours it takes to set up The Greatest Show On Earth 10: how many hours it takes to tear it down 2,500: average pounds of popcorn consumed in between 85: the number of animals, which include Asian elephants, tigers, lions, leopards, and llamas; all receive superlative animal care 61: the number of cars in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus train that carries the show from city to city; that?s more than a mile long 20,000: the number of miles that train will cover in one year 3: the miles the train master walks each day as he tends to the animals (all seated at the front of the train for the smoothest ride) and gives them regular water and exercise stops
50 Foster St.
Worcester,
MA
US