All Amherst Community Members are invited to join us as we come together to celebrate the inaugural swearing-in of our First Amherst Town Council on Sunday December 2nd at 1:00 PM at the Amherst-Pelham Regional High School Auditorium. Reception will follow.
Sunday December 2nd at 1:00 PM
Amherst-Pelham Regional High School Auditorium
Reception to Follow (with refreshments served)
Please share with your friends and neighbors, all are invited!
RSVP by visiting our Inauguration web page.
Recent Press Release
“This event will have a distinctly Amherst-centric feel,” said Select Board Chair Douglas Slaughter who served as a member of the committee planning the event. “All participants live in Amherst and have strong ties to the Town and to Town government. I’m thrilled we could make the event meaningful to our entire community.”
The event will be emceed by long-time Amherst leader, Nancy Eddy, who has been involved in local government for over 50 years. Nancy has chaired the Select Board and helped found the Massachusetts Municipal Association.
The keynote speaker will be Matthew Charity. Matthew chairs the Town’s Human Rights Commission and is a professor of law at Western New England University. He teaches public international law courses and researches in areas of atrocity crimes, governmental responsibility, and human rights. He has a distinctive insight into Town government and the important role elected officials can play as they lead the community.
A poem will be read by local poet, Karen Skolfield, which she has written especially for the occasion. In addition, there will be a student speaker Amherst-Pelham Regional High School Senior student, Karrington Dowe. Musical interludes will include a performance by the Crocker Farm Elementary School Choir and Torin Moore, Amherst resident and Student Success Advisor for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at UMass Amherst will close the program with song.
The official swearing-in of the 13 Town Councilors will be conducted by Judge Jim Collins.
The Jones Library Special Collections curator Cyndi Harbeson has assembled a memorable and interactive exhibit of historic Town documents which will be on display in the lobby of the high school.
We hope that you will join us and the Amherst community for this event. If you plan on attending, please RSVP here
For those of you who cannot be there in person, Amherst Media will be broadcasting the event live on Government Cable Access Channel 17, with a live stream on www.amherstmedia.org and www.amherstma.gov/inaug