North Quabbin Notebook: July 15, 2023

Published: 07-14-2023 2:40 PM

1794 Meetinghouse to host Lonesome Brothers

NEW SALEM — The 1794 Meetinghouse at 26 South Main St. will present Lonesome Brothers, a country folk trio, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Lonesome Brothers — featuring Jim Armenti on guitar and vocals, Ray Mason on bass and vocals, and Keith Levreault on drums — have performed together for more than 30 years and are known throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for anyone ages 13 to 17. Children ages 12 and under are admitted for free.

‘Here’ on display

WENDELL — “Here,” featuring new 2D and 3D work by artist Jeannette Stockton, will be on display at the Wendell Free Library’s Herrick Gallery through August.

An opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 22. The exhibit includes collages, prints and mixed-media works.

“I’m thinking about things I’ve done and experiences I’ve had in my life before moving here from [New York],” Stockton wrote for people who stop by the gallery. “I’m still working with lists, various texts and scraps of things, continuing a long exploration of visual themes of houses, towers, shadows and figures in space. I’m intrigued by finding words that suggest a piece, or that I add to one in process.

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“Although I have access to nicer paper and finer supplies, I tend to like to recycle throwaway items, particularly cardboard, into artwork,” she added.

The library is open on Tuesdays from 2 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

First Universalist Parish of North Dana to sponsor a free program

NEW SALEM — The First Universalist Parish of North Dana will sponsor a free program of traditional and modern music arranged for brass quintet, and performed by Pioneer Valley Brass, at the Swift River Valley Historical Society at 2 p.m on Sunday, July 23.

This program is part of a series of Vespers programs with musical services sponsored by the North Dana Parish since 1930, when the parish was forced to leave North Dana for the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir. Dana was one of the four towns disincorporated for the reservoir’s creation.

This is the 800th such program benefiting from a trust fund set up by sisters Catherine Mason and Mary Hale to ensure the parish would not be forgotten. Descendants and friends of original parish members meet annually to oversee the program.

Pioneer Valley Brass was founded more than 40 years ago by Cedric and Jeri Bannister and has often performed these Vespers services. Current members include Dick Tandy, Taylor Hughey and Steve Babineau on trumpet; Susan Lemei on tuba; and Tabitha Greenlees on horn.

New Salem Academy trustees sponsoring trip to Nantucket

NEW SALEM — The New Salem Academy trustees are sponsoring a day trip to Nantucket on Sept. 7. It is open to area seniors 60 and older.

A chartered motor coach will take participants from New Salem’s center to Hyannis, followed by a high-speed ferry ride to Nantucket and a bus tour of the island. Participants will have time to get lunch and visit shops on their own, and will get dinner at the Cape Cod Mall food court on the way home.

Participants will board the motor coach at 5:30 a.m. and arrive back in New Salem at 10 p.m. The cost is $40. The registration form was mailed to New Salem seniors on July 13, and it will be available at the New Salem Public Library starting Saturday.

This trip can accommodate 55 participants, and it is expected to fill up. Contact Jeanne Clayton at or 413-687-8089 with any questions.

Orange native named Getty scholar

LOS ANGELES — Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi, who grew up in the village of Tully in Orange, has been named among 2023-2024 Getty Research Institute and Getty Conservation Institute scholars.

The program supports researchers in advancing their knowledge of the arts and humanities.

Gagliardi, who attended Orange schools, is an associate professor in the Art History Department at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has previously received other fellowships to support her research, including two Fulbright awards to support study in Ghana and Burkina Faso. She has also written two books, “Senufo Unbound: Dynamics of Art and Identity in West Africa” and “Seeing the Unseen: Arts of Power Associations on the Senufo-Mande Cultural ‘Frontier.’”