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Western New England’s Monthly Wedding Magazine February 2009

The Wedding Day Sourcebook


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Inside The Wedding Day Sourcebook This Month The Magazine For Western New England Brides To Be FEATURES Upcoming Events ................................ 4 Ask Rose Eileen..................................... 6 Real New England Weddings .......... 8 Grooms: Proposal in Your Future? . 12 Ring Buying Tips .................................. 14 The Big Day In The Big Easy ............. 16 The Jamaica Inn ................................... 19 Writers Wanted ..................................... 20 Subscribe!............................................... 28 Things To Do.......................................... 29 Wedding Directory ............................. 30 BANQUETS Chandler’s .............................................. 23 Clarion Hotel ......................................... 24 Crestview Country Club .................... 5 Garden House at Look Park ............. 28 MassMutual Center ............................. 26 Storrowton Tav. & Carriage House . 11 The Camelot Room ............................. 18 The Hotel Northampton ................... 15 BRIDAL REGISTRY Macy’s ...................................................... 9 BRIDAL SHOWS /EVENTS 4 28 WNE Bridal Show..................... ............ 2, 32 CAKES & CONFECTIONS Atkins Farm ............................................ 22 Moore Cakes.......................................... 5 Why Cookies? ........................................ 5 CALLIGRAPHY Calligraphy by MaryBeth Reed ....... 11 Elegant Writing..................................... 6 CATERING Events by Johnsens............................. 15 CEREMONY LOCATIONS Storrowton Village Museum ............ 5 DAY SPA Puffers Day Spa .................................... 22

DJ After Hours DJ Entertainment ........ 27 Hard at Play DJ...................................... 25 After Hours DJ Service ....................... 13

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE Beverly A. Place .................................... 21 LINGERIE Underlings Lingerie ............................ 5

EVENT LIGHTING CJC Event Lighting .............................. 31 FORMALWEAR & APPAREL Bancroft Bridals .................................... 7 Bridal Barn & Tux Shoppe ................ Bridal Heirlooms .................................. 13 Lorraine’s Fashion Showcase ........... 22 Pearl Bridal Boutique.......................... 11 FLORIST Atkins Farm ............................................ 22 Durocher Florist ................................... 23 Isabelle’s Creations LLC...................... 10 FOOTWEAR Comfort Footwear ............................... 27 GIFTS & FAVORS Chocolate Works .................................. 21 Equus Candle ........................................ 6 Sweet Reveal ......................................... 15 HONEYMOONS Magical Escapes....................................20 HOTELS / INNS Clarion Hotel ......................................... 24 The Hotel Northampton ................... 15 INSURANCE Blinderman Insurance........................ 21 INVITATIONS Lasting Impressions ............................ 5 Isabelle’s Creations LLC...................... 10 JEWELRY Rys and Shine!....................................... 27 Silpada ..................................................... 18

MAKEUP ARTISTS/SKINCARE Flawless Beauty Mobile Studio ....... 5 Jafra .......................................................... 21 Mary Kay ................................................. 21 MUSICIANS / BANDS Heavenly Elegance.............................. 21 Kurian / Nix Duo................................... 5 Vocals & Flute-Sarah Clay ................. 6 PHOTOGRAPHERS Becky Kusek Photography................ 21 Hawley Photography ......................... 28 Jennifer Corridan Photography...... 14 Karen Geaghan Photography ......... 20 Kerr Photography ................................ 13 Kathleen Miller Photography .......... 24 Perkins Photography.......................... 27 Portraits By David ................................ 10 Robert Charles Photography........... 25 Seth Kaye Photography .................... 22 Snap Shots Photography .................. 15 The Photography of Phill Davis ...... 18 RENTAL EQUIPMENT Taylor Rental .......................................... 10 UNIQUE ITEMS Rachel’s Table Food Bank .................. 11 VIDEOGRAPHERS Creative Video by Nelson.................. 25 KMJ Videography................................. 10 Skyride Video ........................................ 21 Star Video ............................................... 6 Sunset Video Productions ................ 21 T-Bo Productions ................................. 6 WEDDING CONSULTANTS Affiance-Events .................................... 11 The Wedding Day Sourcebook


February 2009 • Volume 16 - Issue 2 Published Monthly by: Technigraphics P.O. Box 916, West Springfield, MA 01090 (413) 737-1152 Fax (413) 737-7999 Publisher: Jim Powers Editor: Lisa Powers Ad Sales & Information: (413) 737-1152 Distribution Distributed at no charge to locations in the Greater Springfield area, including: Agawam, Amherst, Belchertown, Brimfield, Chicopee, Deerfield, Easthampton, East Longmeadow, Enfield, Feeding Hills, Granby, Hampden, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Northampton, Palmer, Somers, Southampton, Southwick, South Hadley, Springfield, Sturbridge, Suffield, Three Rivers, Westfield, West Springfield, and Wilbraham. Look for a new Sourcebook issue every month at your local public library, bridal shops, florists, bakeries, banks, and many other locations, including our advertiser’s businesses.



Welcome to February! It’s time for extra celebrating with Valentine’s Day. More couples get engaged on Valentine’s Day than any other time of the year. If a marriage proposal in in your future, this issue has a few highlights and hints to make your thoughts of popping the question on that day a reality. The most important thing to remember, on this most romantic day of the year, is to keep it personal and meaningful. After that... the fun begins! Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the March 8th Western New England Spring Bridal Show at the MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA. This will be the area’s largest one day spring event featuring the area’s finest wedding professionals, exciting fashion shows, live entertainment and wonderful giveaways. We look forward to meeting you at this event!

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Policies The entire contents are copyright © 2009, and no portion of any article or ad may be reproduced by any means without prior permission of the publisher. Technigraphics shall not be liable for failure to publish an ad, or for typographical errors in publication, except to the extent of the cost of the space in which the actual error occurred.

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A Column Of Questions and Answers From Springfield’s Miss Manners Dear Rose Eileen, I have a total of 16 in my bridal party, is a rehearsal dinner a must? I can’t imagine footing a bill for 16+ people to eat at a restaraunt...Help! Patty K from Enfield, CT Dear Patty, Although not required, a rehearsal dinner is expected. Well, unless you don’t even have a rehearsal. You’ve asked people to stand up for you, be a part of your special day, spend money on attire, possible travel, bridal showers, parties, more outfits and gifts, and you may have asked them for assistance in completing some of your wedding tasks. do something special to honor feed them. You don’t have to lay out tons of money at a fancy restaurant to accomplish this. A simple dinner at a home, a barbeque or even a pizza and salad with beer and wine. It’s more about thanking and spending time with the people you’ve picked to stand up there with you. Dear Rose Eileen, I don’t have a relationship with my parents. I haven’t in over 10 years and I’m not about to have one now just because I’m getting married. My fiance understands and agrees about not having them at the wedding. His mother keeps asking me who I’m having walk me down the aisle. I’m beginning to feel like a trophy...why do I need someone to give me away? I’ve been on my own for so long, do I need to do this? What will people think? Michele by email

Dear Michele, You sound like a strong successful woman. Who cares what other people think? This is your special day and your life. You don’t need to have anyone walk you down the aisle. You could walk solo. You could walk down the aisle with your fiance. You could even be escorted by one or more close friends. It is really all up to you and depends on what would make you most happy. Dear Rose Eileen, I have been with my fiance for a few years. Although I like his sister, we are not close. Well, I’ve tried to be closer, but I feel resistance from her. I don’t want to have his sister in the wedding. My fiance says it’s all up to me. I know she’ll be hurt, what should I do? Stuck Bride (name held by request)

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Do you have a question about planning your wedding? Rose Eileen invites you to submit any questions about wedding planning by mail or email. Rose Eileen and the advertisers of the Wedding Day Sourcebook will do their utmost to answer them. Send Your Questions About Weddings To: “Dear Rose Eileen”, c/o The Wedding Day Sourcebook P.O. Box 916, W. Springfield, MA 01090 or email her at

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Kristen & David


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Be Unique: Probably the most “unique” moment of the wedding was the horse drawn carriage ride that brought us from the church to the reception site. It was so peaceful to be able to be alone with David, sipping champagne, listening to “clip-clop, clip-clop” as the horse walked down the road, before all of the excitement began at the reception site.

Favorite Moments: A Favorite Moment for me was when my Horse Back Riding Instructor from high school, Rick Caldwell, with whom I am still really close got up in the middle of the ceremony and sang Ryan Cabrera’s song “True” as a solo with the organist. I had absolutely no 8 H The Wedding Day Sourcebook February 2009 clue that he was doing this and it was such a surprise.


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Grooms: Don’t Forget Valentine’s Day... Is a Proposal in Your Future? If ever there was a time to forget what’s happened to your 401(k), your job, the stress of life... it’s Valentine’s Day. You can think of buying roses or some seductive perfume or even that amazing heart shaped box of chocolates. You might even be thinking of popping the question. You wouldn’t be alone, as February 14th is the second most popular day to pop “the question!”

Many women like their fiancé to surprise them with an engagement ring, but most women don’t want to be surprised with a ring they don’t like. It is very important to get a sense from your fiancé about her preferences. Rule No. 3: The Necessary Question: What is Her Ring Size? If you have no idea and don’t want to ask, try one of these methods. A jeweler can calculate her ring size from any of them. Trace the inside of one of her rings onto paper Borrow one of her rings, something she wears often. Put one of her rings on your finger and mark where it rests with a pen, then get yourself to the jeweler!

This year, total consumer spending for Valentine’s Day is expected to be up only slightly from last year’s $13.19 billion. But even though the economy has been bumpy, more men plan to pop the question than ever before, which mean the engagement ring that comes along with that question. Here’s a few rules and information to help navigate your way. Rule No. 1: When Buying An Engagement Ring, Don’t Automatically Think You Can’t Afford Quality An engagement ring is an investment in beauty with a meaning of long lasting love. Platinum is the metal of choice, but even with a Platinum and diamond engagement ring, there are beautiful options for less than you’d expect. Even De Beers, a popular name associated with diamonds, carries Platinum rings costing as little as $2,650. 12 H The Wedding Day Sourcebook

Rule No. 2: You Can’t Go Wrong With Classics Fads come and go, but classics are always a certain hit. A solitaire diamond ring has been a classic design for decades. There is true elegance in showcasing a unique, single diamond in a solitaire ring setting. It symbolizes your eternal love for the one woman you plan to marry.

Rule No. 4: Invest Wisely Instead of looking at rings for their investment value, buy ones that symbolize your love, and that you’ll want to wear for the rest of your lives. When it comes to the setting, make sure you buy the highest quality and that you’re getting what you paid for by checking that the Platinum stamp (either “PLAT” or “PT950” ) is marked. Jewelry should mirror a relationship--beautiful, unique and lasting.

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Proposals and Ring Buying Tips While every engagement is unique, some things are universal. You want to make her happy and give her a ring she’ll love forever. Women Prefer Platinum… 81% of all women looking for an engagement ring say platinum is their first choice. 79% feel the qualities of platinum best reflect their own style and taste. 89% consider platinum the highest quality metal. 15% of brides who don’t receive platinum rings say they wish they had. Women Prefer a Ring They Love… Many women like their fiancé to surprise them with an engagement ring, but most women don’t want to be surprised with a ring they don’t like. It is very important to get a sense from your fiancé about her preferences. Does she want to participate in

her diamond ring selection? Does she want to be completely surprised? Will she be pleased with your choice no matter what you select? 61% of men tend to select the engagement rings without their fiancé. 36.3% of all men are influenced by their fiancé’s hints. 45.9% of all fiancés specifically suggest a certain ring.

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“These little touches blended seamlessly into the romantic, French-inspired ambiance of the House of Broel, an Antebellum residence on New Orleans’ St. Charles Street with a unique architectural history and a colorful owner.”

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Amidst strings of twinkling lights and the soft sound of wind chimes, a bride in white and silver walked down a brick-lined path with her parents at her side. It was a warm evening in New Orleans in October, and the outdoor ceremony had just begun in the palm-tree shrouded garden of the House of Broel, an historic mansion in the Garden District of the old, spirited city. As the ceremony continued, bride and groom meeting on a raised platform, some decidedly Southern tones emerged. White, wrought iron garden tables contrasting with lush greenery; a cadre of bridesmaids dressed in periwinkle gowns; the distant bells of streetcars chiming on the hour. But no less present were touches of New England, carried into Louisiana by both hand and heart. The bride, Jennifer Woodside (nee MacDougall), hails from Essex, Vt., where her parents Glenn and Pamela MacDougall still reside. From the moment the Louisiana-born groom, John Woodside, proposed, the couple knew reminders of Jen’s Yankee upbringing would be part of the wedding day. As it happened, Jen’s mother had the same idea. “I was determined to have Vermont be a part of the wedding,” said Pam, noting that the planning began with she and Jen poring over catalogs and wedding Web sites during countless long-distance phone calls, comparing notes. But once a few details were finalized, Pam took some matters into her own hands, searching for small remembrances of Jen’s Northern roots and of her extended family. “I took a handkerchief that was her ‘Grampo’s’ – my father – and had it monogrammed with her initials and ‘Grampo’ underneath,” she said. “I gave it to her in glass box with a silver ribbon, to match the wedding

colors, along with a very nice necklace.” In addition, the MacDougalls ordered a memorial corsage of peach roses, also in keeping with the wedding’s theme, and had them laid in the front entrance of the House of Broel. A list of names of the couple’s family members who’ve passed on was placed next to the flowers, in a silver and pearl frame. A third addition to the display truly put New England in the spotlight, however. Because she remained hands-on throughout the wedding planning from afar, Pam was able to tuck one of Jen and John’s invitations away early, and have it turned into a lifelong keepsake. Created by Pressed Flowers Designs by Jean Evans in Danville, Vt., the white and silver invitation was transformed into an original work of art under glass, featuring blooms grown in Northern Vermont. “Jean picks cultivated flowers from her own gardens and wildflowers from the woods and meadows around her home, and her husband makes the frames, so it’s entirely Vermont-handmade,” said Pam. “Awesome!” These little touches blended seamlessly into the romantic, French-inspired ambiance of the House of Broel, an Antebellum residence on New Orleans’ St. Charles Street with a unique architectural history and a colorful owner. The original, two-story home was built in the 1850s, and 34 years later, lifted to have a new first floor, designed exclusively for banquets and parties. Victorian in style, the house is nevertheless reminiscent of Baroque-period France; the Mystic Ballroom, for instance, features ornate chandeliers and original black marble fireplaces, as well as a floor-toceiling mirrored wall and an array

of intricate tapestries. The mansion thrives under the careful watch of owner Bonnie Broel, a former dressmaker who not only hosts weddings, but offers a full-service bridal salon on the premises and officiates, as an interfaith minister. Broel also owns an expansive dollhouse collection on display, and has recently applied to the Guinness Book of World Records, in hopes of listing it as the largest miniature collection organized by one person. “One of the things that drew us to the House of Broel in the first place was Bonnie and her story,” said Pam, adding that part of that draw was the fact that Broel knows the mansion inside and out, even as a bride herself. She held her own wedding there 30 years ago. Adding to the energy in the room as Jen and John Woodside celebrated their new marriage were friends and relatives from several New England towns and cities. Many stayed nearby at the Grand Boutique hotel, with its Art Deco styling and chic ‘ice bar,’ Copeland’s. Also not far from the venue are the posh Hotel le Cirque at Lee Circle, and one of Emeril Legasse’s flagship restaurants, Delmonico. But as Jen, John, their parents, and guests danced throughout the rooms of the House of Broel, waving white handkerchiefs jubilantly in the air, camaraderie and tradition ruled the day. The North and the South joined forces, and hoots and hollers signaled that a new union had formed. Jaclyn Stevenson is a writer based in Massachusetts; this article and its accompanying images were crafted as a surprise to Jennifer and John Woodside, serving as Pamela and Glenn MacDougall’s final New England memento for their newlywed daughter and son-in-law.

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Jamaica Inn: Luxury, Romance & the Personal Touch By Michelle Mangio, Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Specialist of Magical Escapes Vacations Okay, let’s admit it – your honeymoon is probably the most important vacation you will ever take in your life, and you want people to acknowledge that this is your oncein-a-lifetime romantic getaway. Can’t they see how important this is? Sadly, though, let’s face it: at many resorts and destinations, you are just one of many, a face in the crowd. Well, not so at the Jamaica Inn in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica. This boutique resort of 47 suites (yes, I said suites, not rooms) has consistently been ranked one of the top resorts in the world for the past 50 years, the kind of place celebrities and political figures have long known about. Even Marilyn Monroe honeymooned here. In all those years, it has continued to remember one important thing: nothing is more important than their guests. Don’t get me wrong: the accommodations are luxurious. All the suites have large verandahs, complete with tables for private candlelight dinners or quiet, intimate breakfasts overlooking breathtaking views of the blue, blue Caribbean Sea. There is plenty of room to spread out and relax, with large comfortable beds and oversized bathrooms. For those who desire the ultimate pampering touch, a stay at the White Suite – on its own private peninsula, complete with private pool and intimate overlook over the ocean – makes for a truly unforgettable honeymoon experience. And don’t let the pictures make you think it’s beyond your reach, either; for those considering a stay at some of the higher end suites at some of the all-inclusive resorts, you’ll find that a stay at the

White Suite, including Meal Plan, is comparable in cost – and sometimes less expensive. And, oh, what you get in return just can’t be beat. The Jamaica Inn also offers several 1, 2 and 3 bedroom cottages, all on a bluff with private views and entrances to the ocean. Most have private plunge pools, and one offers an amazing outdoor shower. The dining here is also exquisite, and the Jamaica Inn has won a number of awards for its restaurant, including Best Romantic Dinner in Jamaica by Gourmet Magazine. And it’s clear why: an open verandah under the stars, sitting on the edge of the ocean with uninterrupted views of the setting sun, candlelight and music and personal service – not to mention truly gourmet meals – make it a wonderful dining experience. If you prefer a private dinner on your verandah, the full five-course meal can be served in your room. A private stretch of intimate beach, with clear blue lapping waters, complete with chairs and hammocks in the trees set back on the edge, complete the picture. A large pool and pool bar – where a complimentary planter’s punch is served daily to guests – offer an additional place to relax and enjoy. Of course, let’s not forget the amazing Kiyara Spa, offering spa treatments – including romantic couples massages under the moonlight, complete with candles and champagne – for you to enjoy. But it really is the staff, and their attention to detail – and attention to you – that makes the Jamaica Inn so special. They really do care, and work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that your needs are antici-

pated and met. They treat you like family, welcoming you home when you arrive and giving a warm farewell (and a hope you will return) when you depart. For honeymooners looking for that unforgettable experience of elegant, timeless romance, look no further than the Jamaica Inn. Win a Honeymoon to the Jamaica Inn! Visit Magical Escapes Vacations at the Western New England Spring Bridal Show on March 8, 2009, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield for your chance to win an exciting 3 Night / 4 Day Honeymoon at the Jamaica Inn (airfare not included; other restrictions may apply). About Michelle Mangio Michelle Mangio may be the owner of Magical Escapes Vacations, but she is also a Travel Expert passionate about her work – and dedicated to providing personalized travel experiences for her clients. A Destination Wedding bride herself, she truly understands and listens to what her clients need for their honeymoon or wedding. She is a certified Honeymoons & Destination Weddings Specialist, with expertise in many popular honeymoon locations, including Tahiti & the South Pacific, Australia, Aruba, Hawaii, Cancun, the Caribbean, and more. Named one of the five Top Aussie Specialists in North America for the second year in a row, she has been featured in publications such as Conde Nast Traveler, Travel Weekly, Providence Journal, Sun Chronicle, and Agent@ Home Magazine. The Honeymooner’s Review Guide has recommended her as a Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Specialist.

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Things to Do List 6 to 24 Months Ahead • Subscribe to the Wedding Day Sourcebook • Attend every Bridal Show you can! Check • Announce your engagement in hometown newspapers • Discuss and decide on the atmosphere you’d like at your wedding • Talk to family & fiancé about budget • Decide wedding size • Talk to clergy or J.P. and arrange ceremony location & date • Find a reception location available on your date • Plan wedding theme and colors • Choose your wedding party • Compile your guest lists, collect addresses; set up a system to track RSVP’s. • Select all your formalwear gown veil shoes & nylons petticoat or slip jewelry purse handkerchief or lucky items • Select bridesmaids dresses shoes & nylons jewelry hairpieces gloves • Select tuxes and accessories • Register for wedding gifts in your hometowns • Choose a photographer and let him/her know if your ceremony location has any restrictions about lighting, standing on the altar, etc. • Choose a videographer • Choose a cake • Choose musicians for ceremony (find out if your church allows outside musicians or secular music) • Choose musicians for reception and let them know exactly what you want them to play • Choose a florist • Locate a caterer, if necessary • Locate and rent a tent and/or decorative items such as an arbor, wishing well for cards, balloons & helium tank, etc. • Sign up for dance lessons • Send deposits to all your vendors; keep all your contracts in one file with your payment schedules. • Arrange transportation from your house to the ceremony, from the ceremony to the formal photography location, from there to the reception, and from the reception to the honeymoon night location.

4 to 6 Months Ahead • Reserve accommodations for your out-of-town guests • Select and order your invitations and thank- you cards • Arrange your honeymoon travel • Help mothers choose dresses • Look for a place to live and shop for home furnishings • Order rings and engraving • Decide on favors to match your theme 2 to 4 Months Ahead • Address wedding invitations • Collect items to stuff into invitation, including registry cards, hotel reservation information, directions, etc. • Buy enough postage for invitations and RSVP envelopes • Purchase gifts for your spouse-to-be and your attendants • Plan the rehearsal dinner and send invitations 1 to 2 Months Ahead • Make hair and makeup appointments for yourself and your bridesmaids • Have final dress fittings • Attend showers and send thank-yous • Plan a get-together with your bridesmaids to give them their gifts/accessories • Collect luggage and clothes for honeymoon • Purchase or make ring pillow, guest book, toast glasses, cake knife, etc. • Arrange for basket or other location for cards containing money that arrive during the reception • Get blood test and marriage license (fewer than 30 days before the ceremony) • Mail invitations 2 Weeks Ahead • Plan to change your name on your Social Security info, driver’s license, credit cards, & bank accounts -- you will need a certified copy of your wedding certificate. • Make a seating plan for the reception; write placecards 1 Week Ahead • Pack for honeymoon • Pack an emergency kit for the wedding day containing a sewing kit, extra nylons, comfortable shoes, hairspray, bobby pins, kleenex, Pepto Bismol, etc. • Rest and relax -- you’re getting married! Have a massage or a facial - just for yourself and your sanity.

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Wedding Day Directory A Comprehensive Listing Of Greater Springfield’s Wedding Services BALLOONS AND DECORATING Amazing Balloon Decor

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BANQUET FACILITIES Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, N’ton Lord Jeffery Inn, Amherst

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MUSICIANS A Trumpet For Any Occasion, Robert Ravosa Decorator Music, Andrea Kwapien Gary S. Jones, Singer/Guitarist/DJ John McIntyre, Bagpiper Laurie Festa, Pianist Sheldon Ross, Trumpet Services Starshine (Mr. C) Entertainment Sue Kurian, Flute Services, Northampton Warm Winds

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FLORISTS Atkins Farm/Country Market, Amherst Durocher Florist, West Springfield, MA Green Thumb Florist & Garden, Brimfield

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