Around Amherst: Saturday event celebrates restoration of Poetic Dialog sculpture
AMHERST — The restoration of the metallic silhouettes of poets Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost in conversation will be celebrated on Saturday.
Starting at noon, the Amherst Public Art Commission is relaunching the newly restored Poetic Dialog sculpture at the intersection of Main and Lessey Streets across from Sweetser Park.
Originally designed by Michael J. Virzi and Scot Charland, the sculpture, suffering from superficial damage, has been restored to its original condition by artist Kamil Peters.
Linden Jimison and Rebekah Hong, seniors of Amherst Regional High, will perform their own poetic dialogue freely following the spirit of the cento, or poem-collage. Every line of their screenplay is taken from the poems of Dickinson and Frost.
Live music, performed by the Amherst College Madrigal Singers, will be part of the 30-minute program.
The event is one of many taking place in Amherst on Saturday. A community cleanup will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, with a community celebration at 1 p.m. on the Town Common.
At the weekly Amherst Farmers’ Market that begins at 7:30 a.m., also in the township, the Public Shade Tree Committee will be handing out free seedlings and tree information in honor of Arbor Month. .
At Mill River Recreation Area at 11 a.m., author Jennifer Welborn and illustrator Rozillia MH will launch their new book, “Dr. Rosie Helps Animals.
A retired Boston Bruins goaltender recently led a youth street hockey clinic over the April break, aimed at sparking interest in the sport and keeping kids active and healthy.
Andrew Raycroft was at Mill River Recreation Area as part of the Boston Bruins’ youth hockey development team, hosting one of four clinics, for kids ages 5-12, presented by Mass General Brigham. About 50 children came to the Amherst Recreation Department event.
Cooley Dickinson Hospital was represented by Stephen Markey, a physical therapist, and Kierstyn Sullivan, an orthopedic and sports medicine administrator. “We all had a blast doing this,” Markey said in a statement. “Keeping kids active and healthy and playing hockey fun and exciting is what it’s all about.”
Each community center that hosts a clinic receives $1,000 worth of Franklin Street Hockey equipment, personalized Bruins and Mass General Brigham bibs, banners and other team gear.
“To be able to bring the excitement of the Bruins to many of our communities that would not normally have this opportunity, along with the vital care and health information, is a total win,” said Scott Gassett, Vice President of sports medicine at Mass General, said in a statement.
A youth squadron from the Air Force Auxiliary’s Civilian Air Patrol recently began meeting on the UMass campus.
Known as Brigadier General Arthur J. Pierce’s Cadet Squadron, named after a native of Greenfield, he was greeted by Matt Bachmann, Director of Veterans Services, at Dickinson Hall.
The Civil Air Patrol handles most of the inland search and rescue operations for the aviation community, while the Cadet Program offers young people the opportunity to fly in the organization’s fleet of small aircraft.
Amherst Fire Chief Tim Nelson, Massachusetts Wing Commander, said he was pleased to move to a central location. “We believe the move to Amherst will put us in a better position to serve Western Mass,” Nelson said.
Cadet membership is open to students between the ages of 12 and 18. For more information, email the unit’s commanding officer, Major Steve Lauzon, at [email protected]
Unable to present the annual musical at the Bowker Auditorium for the past two years, Amherst Community Theater presents Broadway Melody, a musical concert of songs from Broadway.
Singers of all ages will perform Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m., both performances in the college auditorium.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under and can be purchased with cash or check only at the door. Masks and proof of COVID vaccination will be required.
More than 50 Jewish activists from Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action joined Climate Action Now, Mothers Out Front, 2degrees and Abundance Farm last week at a rally outside the downtown Bank of America demanding put an end to investment in fossil fuels.
Activists waved matzoh to demonstrate the urgency of their call. “In the midst of an accelerating climate crisis, it is Bank of America’s responsibility not only to end its investments in the Russian oil and gas projects that are funding Putin’s war in Ukraine, but in all fossil fuel projects,” said Rabbi Benjamin Weiner of the Amherst Jewish Community. .
Dave Wattles, a state bear expert, and Carol Hepburn, the town’s animal welfare officer, will discuss bears in Amherst during a Zoom presentation May 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Next, City Manager Paul Bockelman and Chief Financial Officer Sean Mangano will provide insight and answer questions about the fiscal year 2023 budget and capital plan during a Cuppa Joe Zoom Chat on May 6 at 8:30 a.m.