Around Amherst: Center Cultural District extended five more years

Staff Writer
Monday, September 13, 2021

AMHERST — The Amherst Center Cultural District will be in place for an additional five years following its renewal by the governing Board of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Amherst’s cultural district is one of nine that have been redesignated, extending its participation in the Massachusetts Cultural District Initiative.

“We’re thrilled with the extension and can’t wait to continue to explore new ways to collaborate and help promote the arts and artists in our area in order to highlight and cultivate a dynamic cultural environment in the town center,” Ann Tweedy, marketing and events director and chairwoman of the cultural district board, said in a statement.

The district’s members include the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the Jones Library and the Amherst Cinema, along with the town Public Art Commission and Amherst Cultural Council.

"The cultural district celebrates our community, provides economic opportunities, and offer residents and visitors the chance to visit, learn, support and partake in cultural activities that make our downtown area vibrant and special,” said town Planner Maureen Pollock.

Over the years, funds from the district have helped promote, connect and engage artists, create a district-wide map, and hold Celebration of the Arts events, such as last year when a COVID-19 Artist Contest allowed artists to reflect on the impact of the pandemic.  

Over this summer, money went to the Windows Into Art display throughout town, a Celebration of the Arts on the Town Common and the new Portal Gallery at Boltwood Plaza.

Sept. 11 commemoration

A brief ceremony at the North Fire Station will mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Brief remarks will be given by the department’s chaplain, Bruce Arbour, as part of the remembrance.

Second Saturdays Market

The Leverett Village Co-op, 180 Rattlesnake Gutter Road, is celebrating the end of summer with the season’s final Rattlesnake Gutter Second Saturdays Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vendors at the outdoor show will be selling handmade items including soap, paintings, wooden bowls and spoons, woven fabrics, clothing and personalized, hand-painted T-shirts.

Tool-sharpening will be taking place along with Tarot card readings, massage and woodworking demonstrations with hand tools by Richard Hardie.

Nonprofits on hand will be YouthLine, selling African fabrics to raise funds to help provide educational opportunities for children in Malawi, Africa, and Smart Solar Shutesbury.

Old-Time Music Jam, a corps of local musicians on fiddles, mandolin, banjo and bass, will be playing old-time Southern, New England and French-Canadian reels, jigs and waltzes. Local DJ Brian Boyles will keep the music going when the band is not performing.

Woman’s Club reopens

The Amherst Woman’s Club is having its initial gatherings of the season at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at the Triangle Street home.

The opening luncheon for members takes place in the garden, and marks the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020 for an in-person event.

The following day, Sept. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. will be the first in a series of evening gatherings open to the public. Tina Shih will be presenting “Engineering to the Moon” during this event.

New trees

The Second Saturday Tree Planting organized by the Public Shade Tree Committee will be focusing on downtown Amherst.

New trees will be going in near the rebuilt Pleasant Walkway and near the new staircase built to the John P. Musante Health Center in the Bangs Community Center. 

Meetings, via Zoom

MONDAY: Town Council, 6:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: Public Shade Tree Committee, 5:30 p.m.