Stone Soul is a non-profit organization. Stone Soul began in 1989 as a community reunion picnic aimed at gathering together families of the Mason Square Community. It has since evolved into a three day festival, encompassing the Springfield and greater Springfield area. It has become New England's largest African American Festival. The main goals of Stone Soul Festival are to establish an annual festival to provide family orientated activities, entertainment and cultural enrichment. It is a vehicle for minority businesses to display their wares and crafts. Local, state and national entertainment are provided free of charge. There is a wide range of diversity at the Stone Soul Festival; participants from all ethnic backgrounds participate in all areas of the Festival. Stone Soul hosts Job Fairs, over 50 Social Service Agencies, Health Care Providers and many other community services.