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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


“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
 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:, 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:

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Model Train Show at the Big E - West Springfield, Massachusetts

 Photo by JT Lynch

It's time again for the Amherst Railway Society Hobby Show on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts.  The show, which hosts exhibitors, displays over 60 model train layouts, and has welcomed over 20,000 visitors annually from around the country, is a very popular event for both model railroaders and anyone who gets a kick out of seeing an elaborate train layout recreating a city or village from the golden age of train travel.

Photo by JT Lynch

The show runs through Sunday the 28th.  For more information, see the website here.

Photo by JT Lynch

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