Around the Hamptons: Southampton seeks request for senior center feasibility study

  • The late David “Red” Parsons, of Southampton, bequeathed approximately $2.5 million to the Southampton Council on Aging toward the construction of a new senior center. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 7/15/2022 2:10:43 PM
Modified: 7/15/2022 2:07:58 PM

SOUTHAMPTON — The town, in conjunction with its Ad Hoc Senior Center Feasibility Committee, is soliciting a request for qualifications for the selection of a designer to conduct a feasibility study for the construction of a new senior center in town.

All submissions must be received by Town Administrator Ed Gibson’s office by 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4.

Gibson said that the feasibility committee will select a firm by Friday, Sept. 16, and the feasibility study will need to be completed by Thursday, March 16, 2023, in keeping with the deadline set by late resident, David “Red” Parsons.

The town learned in February that Parsons, who died May 17, 2021, had bequeathed approximately $2.5 million to the Southampton Council on Aging toward the construction of a new senior center. However, the bequest had a stipulation that a feasibility study had to be completed within two years of his passing.

If the study is not completed by then, the money will be split up as follows: 25% to the Shriners Hospitals for Children; 25% to the First Congregational Church of Southampton; 25% to the Southampton Historical Society; and 25% to the Southampton Council on Aging. All of the money may be used at the discretion of each entity, but be made in memory of David H. “Red” Parsons.

“As long as we have a plan in place as to where we’d like to establish it and area is available — it doesn’t mean architectural specifications — that meets the requirements,” Gibson said.

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival returns Saturday

NORTHAMPTON — The annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival returns to Florence for its 27th celebration on Saturday.

This year’s event features a number of competitions, including highland dancing, pipe bands, snare drumming, Braemer Stone toss, heavy hammer and caber toss.

Throughout the day, several entertainers will perform Celtic music, including Albannach and Enter the Haggis, and vendors will offer an array of food with a Celtic pub open until 9:30 p.m.

For children, the festival offers a rope pull, face painting, caber toss, Haggis toss and sack race.

Held at Look Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is the only Scottish festival in Massachusetts. General admission is $22 for those over the age of 12, and $5 for those between the ages of 6 and 12. Children under 6 years old may enter for free. Tickets may be purchased at glasgowlands.org or in person. Parking is free. 

LaChapelle to host secretary of state candidate

EASTHAMPTON — Mayor Nicole LaChapelle is hosting a meet-and-greet event for Tanisha Sullivan, a candidate for secretary of state, on Monday.

Sullivan is an attorney and president of the NAACP Boston branch.

The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Sage Meadow Farm, located at 122 Pleasant St. in Easthampton, and a speaking program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Sullivan will also be in Amherst on Tuesday, touring area small businesses with Amherst Council Vice President Ana Devlin Gauthier.

Emily Thurlow can be reached at ethurlow@gazettenet.com.
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