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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Celebration of Mt. Tom - at the MAP Gallery, Easthampton, Massachusetts


Join me in Easthampton at the MAP (Mill Arts Project) Gallery this Saturday, July 14th for a celebration of Mt. Tom in art, natural history, theatre...and ice cream.

I'll be there to meet and greet with my book on theatre on the mountain - Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain: 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts.


Join us for --

“The Mountain and Mother Nature”

A father and son exhibit of oil pastels by Ken Gagne and sculptures by Matt Gagne creating an entertaining and thought provoking experience traveling over Mt. Tom witnessing Mother Nature’s power to create, destroy and preserve the beauty of this local resource. 


Opening Reception
Saturday, July 14th 2018
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
@
The MAP Gallery
in
 The Eastworks Building in Easthampton

Also featuring:

·              Arcadia Sanctuary

·              Jacqueline T. Lynch – local author of  “Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain”

·              Mt. Tom Ice Cream

MAP Gallery in the Eastworks building, 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, Massachusetts.


Easthampton City Arts / Easthampton Cultural Council

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Minuteman Statue - Mosman book - Concord and Chicopee, Mass.

Happy Independence Day! The Minuteman statue at the Concord Bridge in Minute Man National Park was made here in Chicopee under the direction of Silas Mosman, Jr. and his son, Melzar Mosman at the Ames Manufacturing Company, designed by sculptor Daniel Chester French. It commemorates the stand the local farmers took against the British Army in the first days of the Revolutionary War. Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson called it "The Shot Heard Round the World." I'm currently writing a book on the work of Melzar Mosman, and welcome input in the research process from any collector, or knowledgeable source in history, sculpture, or bronze casting. Thank you! Photo by Jacqueline T. Lynch.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Talk on my book on Mt. Tom Summer Theatre - South Hadley, Massachusetts



I will be giving on a talk on my book, Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain: 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts, at the South Hadley Public Library, Wednesday, June 27th at 6:30 p.m.  A slide presentation of several photos from the book will accompany the talk.



The book covers the history of summer theatre on Mt. Tom from1895 to 1965.  For some seventy years the playhouse created magic on the mountain above the city; from vaudeville, operetta, WPA-sponsored shows in the Great Depression, and its heyday from 1941 to 1962 with a resident repertory company called The Valley Players.  In the early 1960s, two new incarnations: The Casino-in-the-Park, and finally, the Mt. Tom Playhouse with touring packaged shows featuring well-known stars from television and movies.  Many stars of stage and screen, and many newcomers who would one day become stars, performed over several decades on Mt. Tom.  Through interviews, newspaper reviews, and nearly 250 photographs, relive their performances, and go backstage for personal experiences that were both comic and tragic, and enjoy again the excitement of opening night.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Save the Date! - Celebration of Mt. Tom in art, literature, science, and ice cream! - Easthampton, Massachusetts


Save the Date

The MAP Gallery shines a spotlight

on:

“The Mountain and Mother Nature”

A father and son exhibit of oil pastels by Ken Gagne and sculptures by Matt Gagne creating an entertaining and thought provoking experience traveling over Mt. Tom witnessing Mother Nature’s power to create, destroy and preserve the beauty of this local resource. 


Opening Reception
Saturday, July 14th 2018
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
@
The MAP Gallery
in
 The Eastworks Building in Easthampton

Also featuring:

·              Arcadia Sanctuary

·              Jacqueline T. Lynch – local author of  “Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain”

·              Mt. Tom Ice Cream



Easthampton City Arts / Easthampton Cultural Council

Monday, April 30, 2018

Reading with Valley Eye Radio and Valley Gives Day!



I'll be reading from my book Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain: 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts at the Tower Square food court in Springfield, Mass. on Tuesday, May 1st in support of Valley Eye Radio and Valley Gives Day!

Valley Eye Radio broadcasts local news and information to reading impaired listeners throughout the Pioneer Valley.  Around 50 volunteers read live or record in the studio, and I am one of them.  It's a very worthy, and necessary, program that delivers information that reading impaired listeners will not find anywhere else. 

Please support this endeavor with your donation on Valley Gives Day - Tuesday, May 1st, and if you have some time between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., join me and others at our display table at Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts.


To make your donation to Valley Eye Radio through the Valley Gives website and help us to receiving matching gifts and prizes, go here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Talk on the Mill Girls - South Hadley, Massachusetts


"Sophie" photo by Lewis W. Hine, 1911, Library of Congress

In celebration of Women’s History Month, I will be presenting a talk on “The Mill Girls” - Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the South Hadley Public Library.



At the dawn of the Industrial Age in the early nineteenth century, New England mill owners coincidentally spawned another economic revolution:  The hiring of thousands of young, unmarried women to work in the cotton, woolen, and silk textile factories.  A huge workforce was needed for the burgeoning mill towns, and women comprised the biggest untapped labor force in the United States.  The women changed the economy, they changed society, and they created new opportunities for themselves. Come follow the adventures of the mill girls of Chicopee, Holyoke, and South Hadley at the South Hadley Library, 2 Canal Street, South Hadley.  For more information, see the library website at: http://www.shadleylib.org, or call 413-538-5045.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Chicopee Historical Society Seeks New Members!


The Chicopee Historical Society will hold its ‘2018 Opening Organizational Meeting’! 

All are welcome; members, residents, and anyone with an interest in history.

The agenda will plan and prepare for this coming year’s programs and events and enlist new members, including board members and club officer positions, so needed to enable this worthwhile community endeavor to continue.

With its rich history and varied contributions to American industry and culture, Chicopee deserves a vibrant historical society to educate, entertain, and share the story of this city’s history and memories and the Pioneer Valley’s part in the making this happen.

Join us at the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee on Wednesday, March 7th, at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room.

See you there!

For more information, email: thechicopeehistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

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