PANCAKE PARTY CELEBRATES SPRINGFIELD’S 376TH
Westover AFRB Colonel Steven Vautrain Honorary Chair
Springfield, Massachusetts—Saturday, May 12, 2012, Main Street in Downtown Springfield, parked cars will be replaced by three cooking tents, tables set end to end, and thousands of people as Springfield celebrates its 376th birthday with the World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast, sponsored in part by Six Flags New England. Volunteers will begin serving at 8AM and will continue until 11AM, or until every last person has received their plate of pancakes.
The coffee, juice and milk will be free. A serving of two pancakes and, while supplies last, Carando Classic Italian bacon or pancetta, will be $1 for children and $3 for adults. Many area students will be dining for free. More than 60,000 free tickets have been distributed through area school systems, including Springfield, Chicopee, Ludlow, East Longmeadow, Holyoke, some West Springfield schools and many others.
Serving as the World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast Honorary Chair will be Westover Air Force Reserve Base Wing Commander Colonel Steven Vautrain. His role will be to serve as the morning’s ambassador. He, along with Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, will personally thank the volunteer groups for their service to the community and welcome everyone during a brief speaking program at 9:30AM at the Falcon Way Stage. He will be serenaded by the Edward P. Boland School Chorus with a rendition of the “Pancake Song” personalized just for him.
The Spirit of Springfield, a private non-profit organization that has presented the World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast since 1990, has received generous product donations that have allowed the organization to continue the 27-year tradition. In addition to the financial support from Six Flags New England, donations of products and services have been made by Baystate Health, Agrimark/Cabot Creamery, H. P. Hood, Carando Classic Italian, Costco, Springfield Business Improvement District, Mercy Medical Center, Performance Foodservice, Allied Waste, Springfield Business Improvement District, Williams Distributing, the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center, Colebrook Realty, MassMutual Center and more. Key to the operation is the support of the Massachusetts Army National Guard.
Volunteers from U. S. Postal Service, Springfield UNICO Club, Springfield Building Code Enforcement, CBS3-Springfield, and SATCO (PVTA) will be cooking and serving pancakes. Pouring unlimited amounts of juice, milk and coffee will be representatives from WFCR, Miss Western Massachusetts Scholarship Program, 94.7 WMAS with a “Flavor Station” offering strawberry and chocolate milk as well as flavored coffee creamers, Armoury Quadrangle Civic Association, Rock102, ABC40/FOX6, Springfield Rotary Club, Mix 93.1FM with a toppings tent featuring whipped cream, M & M’s, fruit and more, Exchange Club of Springfield, John Boyle O’Reilly Club, Springfield Law Department, Hampden Country Sheriff’s Department, Boy Scout Troop 35 and more. Keeping the table clean will be Carpenters Local Union 108 and the Cathedral High School students will be assisting at various locations.
Keeping the crowds entertained will be an array of dances and demonstrations taking place at the Harrison Avenue Stage and the Falcon Way Stage. They include the Sci-Tech Jazz Band, Community Music School of Springfield, Huntington Dance Studio, Dazzle Studio of Dance, Destiny Chains, Dance for Joy!, D.R.E.A.M. Studio, Mary Ann’s Studio of Dance and a special performance by Ronald McDonald “A Friendship Adventure.”
In addition to piles of pancakes, other attractions will include horse-drawn wagon rides, mini-train rides, Springfield Fire Department apparatus and more. There will also be many non-profit organizations and local business taking the opportunity to promote their services to the community. They are HCS Head Start, Community Music School of Springfield, New England Public Radio—WFCR &a...
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