Revamped Festival Gives Nod to Return of Passenger Rail

In anticipation of the return of passenger rail service to Holyoke and in an effort evolve from past successes of Discover Holyoke Day; the non-profit marketing group PassportHolyoke has expanded its fall festival into a three day series of art and cultural events called Next Stop: Holyoke.  This Columbus Day weekend, October 11-12, the Paper City will put on display its art, music, food, sport, history and culture for all to celebrate.

Through a collaboration of local cultural non-profit organizations, Next Stop: Holyoke encourages residents and visitors to explore the exciting revitalization of Holyoke’s arts and entertainment district. Guests will discover a host of enriching events that include tours of historic buildings, educational activities, an artist marketplace, live music, performances, community meals, and much more. Most events are free to attend.

One highlight of the weekend will be the Holyoke Arts Bazaar being held along the Canalwalk on Saturday, October 11th from 10am to 4pm.  Sponsored by the Holyoke Creative Arts Center, organizers are seeking artists, crafters, and makers to sell handcrafted and original works.  Click here to register online.  Another event sure to be a hit is the Jurassic Road Show – a traveling museum that showcases the prehistoric residents of Western Mass. Details and updates about all Next Stop: Holyoke events can be found online at or on the Next Stop: Holyoke Facebook page.

Beginning in December of 2014, the Vermonter train is expected to make two trips a day between New York City and Montreal.  On its path, it will stop in Holyoke at a future station on the corner of Dwight and Main streets, which is scheduled for construction at the end of this year. PassportHolyoke has embraced this exciting addition to Holyoke and hopes that events like Next Stop: Holyoke will give future travelers good reason to make our City its next destination. In keeping with the theme of impending passenger rail, marketing efforts for Next Stop were modeled and inspired by NYC Subway signage.

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