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Cultural Council announces third season of 'Applause'

AGAWAM The Agawam Cultural Council has announced their third season of the "Applause" series of cultural events featuring well-known Pioneer Valley and national writers and artists for the fall, winter and spring.

The events are free and open to the public. Events are at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper Street, at 7:30 p.m., except as noted.

The Series will kick off on September 15 with Michael Tougias discussing his newest book, "Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do", a story of events on the Massachusetts coast during the blizzard of 1978.

On Friday, October 13, Jane Barrientos, local artist and art teacher, will talk about and demonstrate painting to "trick the eye", a school of painting formally called "trompe l'oeil" that makes objects look real enough for the viewer to want to reach out and touch them.

Yankee Notions in the persons of Jim Douglas and Tim Van Egmond, folksingers, will feature an extensive repertoire of traditional and contemporary New England folk music accompanied by guitar, hammered dulcimer, English concertina and pennywhistle on February 9, 2007.

"Remember the Ladies" is what Abigail Adams said to John Adams long before remembering the ladies was politically correct. Linda Myer of Historical Entertainments, and a well-known interpreter of Abigail, will bring to life the relationship between Abigail and John on March 9, 2007.

Back by popular demand, Judy Handler & Mark Levesque, acoustic guitars and mandolin ensemble including Genevieve Rose on bass and Gregory Caputo on drums, will perform music of many varieties including swing, gypsy, Brazilian, Spanish and classical on April 20, 2007.

The last event of the season, for children of all ages, will be an audience participation production of "Jack and the Beanstalk" at the Red Door Theatre, 152 South Westfield Street, Feeding Hills, on May 5, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Reservations are required. Please call 789-2026 after April 1, 2007 to reserve.

Additional information on each of the Applause Series events is available at the Agawam Cultural Council web site,, and at various locations throughout Agawam.

The Agawam Cultural Council, an all-volunteer organization, is funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is charged with enhancing opportunities to enrich the lives of the community through the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.