Cultural Council


  • JoAnn Asselin, Chair (2024)
  • Mary Jenewin-Caplin, Secretary (2025)
  • Eleanora Walsh, Treasurer (2025)
  • Teresa Bendzinski (2024)
  • Jane Riley (2023)
  • Jonathan Torcia (2023)
  • Mary Ellen Sheehan (2024)

Upcoming events:

Songs of World War II on May 12th at 12:00pm

Singing star Ruth Harcovitz will be honoring the 77th anniversary of the end of the war and V-E Day by singing the songs of WWII at the East Longmeadow Senior Center on Thursday, May 12th. 
Lunch will be served at 12:00pm and the show is to follow. Reservations for lunch must be made by Wednesday May 11th, please call the senior center at 413-525-5436 to make your reservation. There is a suggested $3 donation for lunch. 
Ms. Harcovitz will be playing some of the favorites from that era including "Accentuate the Positive," "Boogie Boogie Bugle Boy," and "White Cliffs of Dover"

The Jellyfish: Hot to Pastel Paint on May 14th at 11:00am 

Greg Maichack will be hosting a pastel painting event on Saturday, May 14th at 11:00am. Please join Greg an award winning pastel artist
who will present “Jellyfish,” a Zoom pastel painting workshop for adults and teens 18+. This is a Zoom pastel painting workshop designed for both sheer beginners to advanced participants. 

This fun, two-hour workshop on Zoom guides everyone in producing their very own personalized and original pastel of a stunning jellyfish. The possibilities are unfathomable! 
All supplied pastels, pencils, paper, blending material, and photo references of various and sundry jellyfish for ideas can be picked up at the library prior to the workshop.    

Please RSVP on the library's website - there are only 10 spots!! 

Pax Sax Concert on June 9th from 6:00 - 7:00pm

PaxSax will present an hour-long concert, playing saxophones ranging from soprano to baritone (and sometimes bass) sax. They perform tightly arranged compositions drawn from an extensive collection. Their music covers a wide range of genres, from classical, ragtime, Americana, show tunes, swing, jazz, to contemporary composers.  During their performance they’ll present a little background on each composer and composition and look to include lots of conversation with the audience! 

PaxSax is a quartet of professional musicians who have performed throughout western Massachusetts and beyond for decades.  George Owens, founder and leader, plays baritone sax in the quartet. He also plays alto sax in the Bad News Jazz and Blues Orchestra, and flutes ranging from C to contrabass in several ensembles. Jon Weeks (soprano & alto), Cliff White (lead alto), and Dave Trenholm (tenor) all have music education backgrounds and decades of experience teaching and performing in Latin, swing, and rock bands in the region. 
The event will take place at the East Longmeadow Library after hours, it is free and open to the public! 

Arts & Brew on June 18 from 12:00-6:00pm
Join the ELCC as we celebrate local artists at East Longmeadow's new brewery, Brew Practitioners on Saturday June 18th. We have invited local artists and musicians to showcase the talent and art.  In addition, we will have food trucks and other local businesses present to support the event. Stay tuned as we announce the musicians, artists and food trucks. 
*If you have any questions please contact JoAnn at

2022 Grants funded 

  • New England Swing Orchestra Concert
  • Celebrate EL 2022
  • 4th of July Parade
  • The Jellyfish: Hot to Pastel Paint
  • His Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors! 
  • It's a Bugs Life
  • Jeff Gavioli and His Bad News Jazz and Blues Orchestra
  • Music & Education event
  • Boston University's Model UN
  • Earth Rhythms: Songs for the Environment
  • Introduing Cultural Diversity Through Music - "Songs of Diversity"
  • Songs of World War II
  • 2022 Summer Concert Series
Stay tuned as we will be updating the website with dates and times as the events are confirmed. 

About ELCC

The goal of the East Longmeadow Cultural Council is to fund diverse cultural programs for a variety of audiences/participants.

The East Longmeadow Cultural Council is one of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) in Massachusetts. Local Cultural Council Program Guidelines describe the LCC program as follows:

In Massachusetts, public funding for the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences is provided through a central state agency, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and through a network of local cultural councils that serve every city and town in the state.

“The MCC receives funding from the Massachusetts Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) are made up of volunteers who are appointed by the community’s chief elected official and who are responsible for making decisions on how they will award the money granted to them by the MCC in ways that will serve local cultural needs.”

Grant Application Information:

East Longmeadow Cultural Council grant applications are due by October 15. You may view grant application procedure and guidelines for East Longmeadow Cultural Council and Mass Cultural Council at:

Additional Resource Links:
MA Cultural Council ( )
On Line Grant Application (

Mass Cultural help desk: 617-858-2733.

Massachusetts Cultural Council - information on local guidelines, forms and recent grant recipients!

Source: 2017 Annual Town Report


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