Around the Hamptons: CitySpace announces Pay It Forward cohort; ‘Cycle of Memory’ screening; and more

By Maddie Fabian

Staff Writer

Published: 08-08-2023 4:29 PM

EASTHAMPTON — CitySpace has announced its 17-artist cohort for this year’s Pay It Forward program, which supports local artists, particularly BIPOC and low-income artists.

Through the program, CitySpace, the nonprofit group that manages the city’s Old Town Hall, offers artists from Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties free venue access to the Blue Room in Old Town Hall.

Selected artists are also given stipends for public performances and events, opportunities for peer learning, and one-on-one coaching.

The program, which was first introduced last year, is funded in part by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, ValleyCreates, Florence Bank, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Overlook Industries and individual donors.

Among this year’s awardees are a comedian, rap artist, educator, percussionist, dancer, actor, pianist, visual artist and herbalist, social activist, and others.

More information can be found at

Cycle of Memory film screening

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton Public Library, the Easthampton Council on Aging and Easthampton School district will screen “Cycle of Memory,” a film about Alzheimer’s disease, cycling and family, this Thursday.

At 5 p.m. a cycling and aging resource fair and craft will be held at Easthampton High School. At 6 p.m. the film will be screened in the auditorium, after which producer Alex Leff will answer questions.

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“Cycle of Memory follows filmmaker Alex Leff and his younger sibling Koby as they try to uncover the past and capture the present, in order to be remembered in the future,” reads the flyer for the event.

Free child care will be provided by EHS students. RSVP is required for childcare at

Westhampton community campfire 

WESTHAMPTON — The library and church will co-sponsor a “Campfire & Music Night” in the library field at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

The event is a chance for residents to meet each other, and will include space for outdoor games, campfire songs, and s’mores. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, and any snacks or picnic foods if wanted.

Town groups and organizations are also invited to table at the event.

Book club to hold meeting with author

SOUTHAMPTON — Suzanne Strempek Shea will join the Edwards Public Library book club via Zoom to discuss her book, “This is Paradise: An Irish mother’s grief, an African village’s plight, and the medical clinic that brought fresh hope to both.”

The conversation is set to take place on Tuesday, Aug. 29 in the conference room at 30 East St.

Copies are available at the front desk, and new and occasional members are welcome to attend.