Thursday was one of those 'too many things scheduled at the same time' days.
First up was the unveiling of a mural on the Victory Theatre. Called 'Perspectives Of Holyoke' it was created by five Holyoke High School seniors as part of a Mural Arts Workshop in The CONNECTIONS After School Program at Holyoke High.
From the release: The five Holyoke High School student artists are: Gesenia Gutierrez, Fernando Ortiz, Jesenia Paredes, Andy Maldonado, and Elahn Santiago, all in 12th grade.
The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts (MIFA) offered a public home for the mural on an exterior wall of the Victory Theater, which the arts organization recently purchased.
The unveiling attracted a large number of students. They were hanging out in MIFA's office before going out into the bitter cold to see the wraps taken off the mural. The kids should be proud. The murals look great.
Next up was a send off for Kate Navarra Thibodeau at the newly renovated Wistariahurst carriage house. Kate is leaving her job as curator/historian. The event doubled as an official opening for the carriage house.
Kate showed off her collection of Holyoke charms designed by Sutter's Jewelers. She also gave a few limited edition charms as gifts to those have been supportive of her 'Creating Holyoke' project, and efforts to preserve Holyoke history over the years.
After an absence of 20 years The Dead Frog Circus is back on display in the carriage house. It's not possible to get a good photo of the diorama behind glass so I suggest you just go see it in person. It's one of those crazy things that give the city so much character.
Finally, a sparsely attended hearing at Morgan School.
The hearing was called to answer questions about asbestos, and toxic materials cleanup going on at the Parsons Mills site under EPA supervision. It was not about the release of toxic chemicals into the air during the fire as reported by 22news.
A large amount of toxic materials remain at the site. including many barrels of various chemicals used in the paper making process. EPA representative Tom Hatzopoulos explained that they had secured the site to prevent unauthorized access. Security guards are on site when workers are not present. Currently they are staging waste materials in a secure area of the site. They will be presenting a transport plan to the city outlining the route they will use to truck materials out. They expect to be finished with the cleanup by late Spring or Summer of next year.
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