July 10, 2019, Wednesday:  6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society Monthly MeetingLocation: The Veteran’s Room at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main Street, Agawam, MA.  July’s Guest Speaker: Kathleen Reilly, local History and Melville Collections Supervisor at the Berkshire Athanaeum in Pittsfield, MA.

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July 23, 2019, Tuesday:  7:00 pmCentral Massachusetts Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting. CMGSO meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the upper hall of the American Legion Post #129 at 22 Elm St., Gardner, MA.

Membership is $15 for an individual or $20 for a couple per year (JAN-DEC). Mail to CMGS P.O. Box 811, Westminster, MA. 01473.

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July 29 – August 12, 2019:   Introduction to the Polish Heritage: A unique insight into Poland’s History, Culture, Folklore, and Traditions.  All inclusive Tour of Poland from Boston. Sponsored by the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning as a fundraiser.

Tour escort: Stas Radosz, Director of the Polish Center in Chicopee, MA.

Stas Radosz invites you to join him for the 10th Edition of the Polish Heritage Tour where we introduce you to Poland’s unique attractions selected especially for you.  This year, we return to the wonderful Amber capital of Gdansk in time for the medieval tradition of the Dominican Fair. We will travel through the fortified castles of Malbork, Gniew and Kwidzyn, the prehistoric Slav settlement of Biskupin, to the rolling hills of the Beskidy Mountains where we discover traces of the Lemko culture. As always, we will stay in excellent hotels, dine in fine restaurants and travel with a professional guide as we explore Poland’s attractions.

Space is limited on group flights. Send your reservation before January 30, 2019. After that date, check if space is available.  (413) 592-0001 or via email at


August 24, 2019, Saturday:  The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England, along with Black Rose Academy of Irish Dance and Cassin Academy of Irish Dance, is excited to present the second annual Irish cultural festival at the ICC.

The Saturday festival will be a day of Irish music, dance, and culture. This family friendly event will have something for everyone. A trad Irish seisiún will open the festival. The Cassin Academy of Irish Dance and Black Rose Academy of Irish Dance will present dance exhibitions. Visitors can learn Irish dance, visit vendors of Irish crafts and products, and participate in workshops featuring Irish arts and language, and music and entertainment throughout the day.

The events will take place rain or shine on the field on the ICC grounds at 429 Morgan Road in West Springfield. There will be a variety of food trucks and concession stands, along with beer and drinks for sale. Parking will be available at the pavilion lot behind the ICC, and also at West Springfield High School with a shuttle service.

Tickets (cash only) are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6–12, and free for children 5 and under.

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