The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Group Sing at Forbes Library June 8

WHAT: Group Sing
WHERE: Forbes Library 20 West Street Northampton. 
WHEN: Friday June 8 at 5pm

There will be a Senior Center group sing Friday, June 8, at 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Forbes Library (during Arts Night Out). Free and open to the public. The group will be learning songs that will be a part of Our Community Sing that takes place on the lawn of Forbes Library in the fall under the Harvest Moon. Local musician Alex Johnson will lead. Some chairs will be provided, but it would be good if people brought their own lawn chairs or blankets.

During the summer of 1918 the trustees of Forbes Library granted use of the library grounds for several large gatherings of Northampton citizens for “Community Sings,” primarily of patriotic songs. The Daily Hampshire Gazette reported that the community sing of June 24, 1918, attracted a crowd of five to six thousand people! Spirits were high, automobiles were parked along West Street, and the view from the embankment on Smith College grounds was a maze of white blouses and long skirts, straw boaters and 3-piece suits, along with high school cadets and two drum corps.

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