Leeds Civic Association http://www.leedscivic.org The village of Leeds Mass Sun, 09 Jul 2017 15:38:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 Summer Movie Night http://www.leedscivic.org/2017/07/09/summer-movie-night-3/ Sun, 09 Jul 2017 13:29:14 +0000 http://www.leedscivic.org/?p=3076

Leeds Civic Association Presents…


Saturday, July 15th at dusk

Back yard of 32 Upland Road 


Bring your chairs or blankets, drinks and jammies.

Popcorn is provided!


Outdoor Theatre Production in Leeds http://www.leedscivic.org/2017/06/19/outdoor-theatre-production-in-leeds/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:07:48 +0000 http://www.leedscivic.org/?p=8324 millprojJune 22-25 at 7:30pm

The title is The Mill Project and the performance invites the audience to place themselves in history while imagining our shared future.

The Mill Project, presented by Theatre Truck, is an original new play featuring five local actors and was devised by the ensemble using historical research. The result is an exploration of the first generation of American women who worked away from home: their freedoms and exploitations, their strengths and the dangers they faced, and the expectations society held for them.

The play deconstructs the historical record, remembering women’s experience of labor in the textile mills of nineteenth century New England through a “performance-collage” drawing on letters, newspapers, pamphlets and etiquette books. Woven in a tapestry of original music and movement, the play puts the “mill girls” of factory towns like Leeds into relationship with the experience of American women today. The rebellion of these early female communities against exploitation led to the early labor movement in the United States.

There will be four performances, June 22, 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30pm on the Leeds Common across from the historic Nonotuck silk mill. The audience is invited to bring a blanket or chair and a picnic in the tradition of outdoor Summer theatre. This performance is recommended for ages 14 and up. Parking is available in the Chartpak lot. In the event of heavy showers or storms, Rain Date Friday June 30.

Theatre Truck is a collaborative of multidisciplinary artists crafting mobile and site-specific performance, sustainably and playfully. Their inaugural production, The Emily Dickinson Project (2015), took place in the house and grounds of the poet’s Amherst homestead. The Water Project (Immersive) took place in New Salem, MA last September and was set to live music.

Oh sing me the song of the Factory Girl! The honest and fair and true! — J.H. Warland, 1846

Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets:
$20 in advance, $15 students/seniors in advance
$25 cash only at the door, $20 students/seniors at the door. For more info contact: www.theTheatreTruck.com

Collage Art by Nancy Meagher

Local to be Hero Honored at Leeds Memorial Day Ceremony – May 28, 1:00 http://www.leedscivic.org/2017/05/16/local-to-be-hero-honored-at-leeds-memorial-day-ceremony-may-28-100/ Wed, 17 May 2017 00:31:45 +0000 http://www.leedscivic.org/?p=8317 Renee (Mac) LeVay, a life long resident of Leeds served in WWII as a paratrooper. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, helping to defeat Germany in their last major offensive of that awful war. When Mac returned home from the war he married his Leeds’ sweetheart, Annette Bachand, and raised three children. Mac was the very first custodian to work at Leeds Elementary School. In fact, in 1953, it was Mac who opened the doors for the first time to students and staff!

Did you know that the Veteran’s Memorial was once located on the Leeds Main Street Green? It was Mac LeVay who took care of that Memorial, raising and lowering the flag, year after year. Unfortunately, the Green became a hang out for wild kids–graffiti and vandalism ensued, so Mac formed a committee with his brother Brad, a Korean War veteran, and other veterans of other wars to research and record the names of all Leeds residents who served their country. Working with the LCA and City Council they relocated an updated Memorial to the current location across from the Leeds School.

The 2017 Memorial Day Ceremony will have a special dedication by Brad LeVay to honor the service of his brother, Renee (Mac) LeVay. Please bring your family and join your Leeds neighbors to honor all who served our country so bravely. Jane Bowie, VA nurse, will be the speaker. There will also be a color guard and a wreath laying ceremony. Hope to see you on Sunday, May 28th!

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2017 Pizza Party Photos http://www.leedscivic.org/2017/04/12/2017-pizza-party-photos/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:28:17 +0000 http://www.leedscivic.org/?p=8269 Photos taken by PAMELA COBB

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Updated Roberts Hill Trail Map http://www.leedscivic.org/2017/04/12/updated-roberts-hill-trail-map/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:12:20 +0000 http://www.leedscivic.org/?p=8260 Robert’s Hill has new land, new trail, new trail map

The City closed on the final planned acquisition in the Roberts Hill section of the Saw Mill Hills Conservation Area, purchasing 20.7 acres of land from the Williams family. The Community Preservation Committee and the City Council allocated CPA funds for the purchase. The LCA and many donors in Leeds also contributed. Funding also came from funds that were set aside for this purpose several years ago as a condition of the approval of the Saw Mill Hills subdivision off of Reservoir Road.

Get out and hike Robert’s Hill!

Download the map

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Book Reading & Author’s Signing http://www.leedscivic.org/2016/12/04/book-reading-authors-signing/ Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:03:06 +0000 http://www.leedscivic.org/?p=8235 bookLost Village of Robert’s Meadow by John Clapp

On February 8, 2017 from 7:00-8:15pm in the Leeds School Music Room, Leeds author, John I. Clapp, will read from his latest book, The Lost Village of Roberts Meadow: Northampton’s Forgotten Settlement. John will reveal the little known history of the small village of Robert’s Meadow that was located in the northwest corner of Northampton on Kennedy, Sylvester and Chesterfield roads. John will read selected parts from his book, discussing some of the early history, industries and characters that inhabited this small community. These individuals include Colonel William Edwards who was the grandson of Jonathan Edwards, the famous and controversial minister of Northampton in the 1730s and 40s. Edward’s large tannery helped put Northampton on the map by trading finished leather with Boston. Nathaniel Edwards III, cousin of William, owned Edward’s Tavern, a popular stop-off for the stagecoach traveling the turnpike from Boston to Albany. Nathaniel Edwards III hosted a banquet for General Lafayette during his return tour of the United States in 1825. Another colorful character who frequented this tavern was Captain Elijah Ayers; his documented stunts included riding his horse into the bar as he called for a drink.