Local inaugural events

  • FILE - In this Thursday, July 21, 2016 file photo, Republican Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Tradition suggests it’s time for Trump to set aside the say-anything speaking style that got him elected and rise to the inaugural moment. But bucking tradition, or ignoring it all together, is what got Trump to his inaugural moment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) J. Scott Applewhite

Published: 1/19/2017 12:22:35 AM

The day when Donald J. Trump ascends to the highest office in the land is nearly here. From anti-inauguration events to unity sing-alongs, residents in Hampshire County don’t intend to let the occasion — the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States — pass by quietly.

Here’s a list of inaugural events locally:

Friday

Watch Party, 11 a.m. at the Anchor House, 2589 Boston Road in Wilbraham. Western Mass. Republicans will gather to watch the inauguration through 3 p.m. Tickets cost $18.

Vigil for the Earth, 11:30 a.m. at Amherst Town Common. The Mount Toby Friends Meeting is organizing a “silent vigil held in the spirit of prayer.” While other inaugural events may take on a forceful tone, organizer Peter Blood said this one is reserved as a more contemplative, spiritual one. The hour-long event will conclude with a ringing of the bell at Grace Episcopal Church to indicate “prayer and warning.”

United We Sing, 7 p.m. at Northampton Friends Meeting, 43 Center St. in Northampton. A sing-along gathering for unity will take place. Freedom songs will be led by local musicians.

Anti-Inauguration Party, 7 p.m. at Flywheel Arts Collective, 43 Main St. in Easthampton. A 10-artist lineup will delight the senses with sounds of “diversity, solidarity and resistance.” $5 at the door for charity.

Civil Disobedience: A Concert for Justice, 9:30 p.m. at 13th Floor, 99 Main St. in Florence. Reverend Dan and the Dirty Catechism, Matt Byrde, Vibecasters and Gablin Hovel perform for the masses for a suggested donation of $10. All door proceeds go to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Saturday

Watch party, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Society at 220 Main St. in Northampton. Come for a live-streaming of the Women’s March on D.C. and for information about local activism. Bring a lunch, if desired.

March for Decency, 11:30 a.m. at Sheldon Field in Northampton, ending at City Hall. “In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore.”




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