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Lights on Art and Culture Days to Highlight Downtown Chicopee

CHICOPEE — The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Chicopee Cultural Council, MassDevelopment, and the City of Chicopee, will host the Lights on Art and Culture event on Friday, Feb. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. An additional date has been added on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon to show appreciation to those who live, work, and play in the downtown area.

To draw more attention to the event, three buildings — Lyman Mills, Old City Library, and SilverBrick Mills — will all be lit up in blue to attract everyone in the area, passing by, or driving on Route 391 to participate. In addition to the open doors and enjoying the art and music on display, the public will be able to go inside SilverBrick Mills to take a tour and see the changes happening.

A dedicated PVTA shuttle for both days of this event will be available in the Market Square parking lot to allow event participants to connect back and forth to the mills and downtown Chicopee.

On Friday evening, organizers will feature many local businesses on both Center and Exchange streets, which will be open to showcase their services and wares, but also feature creative demonstrations, local artists’ displays, live music, and snacks and hot beverages. All participating businesses will offer a free guide to other participating businesses and their artists.

On Saturday morning, the businesses will open again to welcome visitors to stroll downtown and take advantage not only of the regular business services, but also meet Booker, the Chicopee Library’s Bookmobile, get a quick check-up with the Elms College Nursing caRe vaN, donate an non-perishable food item to Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen, and visit with many others that will be parked in the Westfield Bank Training Center lot. The first 100 visitors to the Old City Library will enjoy a free pancake breakfast offered by First Congregational Church of Chicopee.