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We are very happy and proud to announce the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District
has been officially approved by the Board at the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Site Visit Assessment report issued by the Massachusetts Cultural Districts Initiative committee stated, "Home to a significant cluster of historic and majestic buildings designed by famed architect Henry H. Richardson, the proposed Cultural District is architecturally stunning – and tidy!  With a strong public/private partnership, an active co-op of artists, two museums, a year-round farmers’ market, an energetic calendar of cultural programs, events, and festivals, and an emerging restaurant and retail presence, Easton’s Cultural District already possesses a solid cultural infrastructure to support a thriving Cultural District".

50 Main Street, North Easton
NOVEMBER 24, Open 10-4, Sat & Sun  NOVEMBER  25 to DECEMBER 23, 10-4
  1. 1.      November 24 - BLACK FRIDAY -  Open 10-4
  1. 2.      November 25, Open 10-4
 Small Business Day....Buy Local/Buy through Small Businesses...keep the local     economy strong. Let originality and creativity be a priority! Lots of surprise buys!
  1. 3.       December 2,  as part of Lion's Holiday Festival
 1-3 p.m. Go home with finished necklace or bracelet.
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4. Festival of check out and take a chance on our submission. A four foot tree covered with one of a kind decorations created by our artists!
5. and of course....Our Sixth Annual  Artisans Faire & Holiday Tea, December 9, 10-4 at the Queset House, 51 Main Street, North Easton.



Last September, The Second Annual Shovel Town 10-Minute Play Festival was a wonderful evening of drama, comedy, and live music that had the audience cheering. This year’s Festival promises to deliver even more. Featuring over thirty local actors and directors of all ages, this is an affordable night of entertainment for the whole family. “One of the things I love about the Festival is the way we span the different generations and participate in the arts together,” said Carolyn Cole of The Easton Shovel Town Cultural District.  “We have actors, directors, and playwrights with decades of experience working alongside  students. This year we not only have a Student Director, Erin Flagg of Easton, we are also featuring a play written by a student, Sarah McLaughlin of Bridgewater.”


For the first time, the Festival requested playwrights submit their work for consideration in the Festival, rather than use pre-published works. “For our third year, we wanted to add this new element to the Festival. The response was overwhelming—playwrights from all over the country submitted their work,” said Victoria Kirichok, Co-Producer of the Festival. “We were thrilled by the response! It enabled us to choose a wide variety of plays. We have very serious dramas, light-hearted comedies, quirky plays that don’t fit neatly into any category—even a touch of science fiction. The response was so great we added a ninth play to the lineup. So you get an extra play for the same price of admission.”


One of the unique elements of the Festival is the live music performed between each play. The directors choose music that set the tone for their plays. "Music is an integral part of our daily lives and enhances every aspect of our experience," said Paula F. Greiner, Co-producer and Musical Director. "Live music not only prepares the audience but engages their imagination, making our event extraordinarily memorable."


Performances will be held Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 16th at 7:30. Oakes Ames Memorial Hall is located at 3 Barrows Street, North Easton. General Admission tickets are available in advance for $15.00 at Stedfast School of Music & Arts, and The Bank of Easton, and on-line at Tickets will be available at the door for $20 and $18 for students and seniors.


The 10-Minute Play Festival is presented by Stedfast School of Music & The Easton Shovel Town Cultural District. Full event detailscan be  viewed on the event flyer.


We are excited to present our Fourth Annual Legacy Festival.  Some surprises this year with an Artist & Artisans Faire.  Junior Art Show (age 18 and under) will grace the Historical Society…lots of activities for adults and children including Auntie ZaZa…fun with yarn-finger knitting; Gwyn Marathas…interactive weaving at the studio; Balloon Creations and face painting with Alleyoop Rentals; Cookie Monster Lives with Dolce Cupcakes; The Fieldhouse Arena-sports spots; planting with Flourish;  Interactive Art Projects for kids with the Children’s Museum in Easton; walking tours and canoeing, of course!  For more information, please view the flyer for this event here.


Would you like to paint like Gauguin, Rembrandt or Picasso? Or maybe Grandma Moses or Wyeth! Perhaps Andy Warhol or contemporary artist, Wilfredo Lam is more your speed.

Easton Shovel Town Cultural District and ECAT present the “Artisans on Display” Art Show and Reception at Easton Community Access Television (ECAT), 50 Oliver St, North Easton, Saturday, April 1, 4-7 p.m.  

This show combines TRADITIONAL ART, photography, pottery, jewelry, sea-glass and stained glass with a “ Public Virtual Reality Lab" - a special project of Brookline Interactive Group sponsored by ECAT.

If you are interested in film production ECAT offers programs for many age groups to teach the mechanics of filming, production and editing.  ECAT is idea-friendly to community programming!  Feel free to contact Easton Community Access Television at 508 230 7200 for learning and volunteer opportunities.

Special thanks to “The Guitar Ensemble” from Stedfast School of Music and Art for providing music for this event.

For questions relating to the Art Show itself, email

The public is  invited to this family- friendly program that is free and open to the public.


Keep Easton Beautiful announces Beautify the Barrel Campaign


 Keep Easton Beautiful, in conjunction with The Easton Shovel Town Cultural District, is thrilled to announce The Beautify the Barrel Campaign.


As part of Keep Easton Beautiful ‘s Second Annual Spring Clean Up, the two groups are sponsoring a trash barrel painting/decorating contest for local artists with first ($250), second ($100) and third ($50) prizes, as well as a People’s Choice Award.


Keep Easton Beautiful Co-Founder Kristen Stone said, “We are very excited to be partnering with the Cultural District and local artists. It is our goal to raise awareness of the litter problem in Easton in a positive way. Beautify the Barrel is one aspect of that effort.”


Artists will be given freedom to create within guidelines designed to promote keeping our environment clean and beautiful. After the contest, the barrels will be strategically placed around Easton to encourage residents to dispose of their trash in a responsible manner.


“Art can be a constructive influence in our community and on our culture. Beautify the Barrel is a fine example of that influence and The Cultural District is pleased to be a part of that.” said Carolyn Cole, Project Advisor and Artist Liaison, Chair of the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District.


In keeping with its commitment to serve the community through local projects, activities and events, Easton Grange 196 has generously provided barrels for the contest. The groups are also pleased to announce that the barrels will be judged by prize-winning local photographer, Rich Hudson, award winning artist, art juror and co-owner of Turning Point Design, Allison Krajcik, and Chair of Easton Shovel Town Cultural District, Carolyn Cole.


Keep Easton Beautiful will hold their Second Annual Spring Clean Up on Saturday April 22nd 2017 from 8 – 11:30 am followed by an after party where Beautify the Barrel prizes will be awarded.


“Last year, despite cold and rainy weather, 232 volunteers came out to help us clean up our roadsides. We actually removed 8,000 pounds of trash from our community!” said Keep Easton Beautiful Co-Founder Elaine Anderson Sears.


For more information or to register for: The Beautify the Barrel Campaign or The Second Annual Spring Clean Up, please contact: 

August 1, 2016 - Ten Minute Festivals Returning to Easton

June 26, 2016 - Third Annual Legacy Art/Music/Food/Fun Festival and Junior Juried Art Show

The Third Annual Legacy Art/Music/Food/Fun Festival and Junior Juried Art Show will take place on June 26, 2016 from noon to 6:00 pm. Free and open to the public. Please click here for full information. 

For information on the Junior Juried Art Show, please click here. 

April 24, 2016 - A Spring Salon at the Queset House

December 12 -
Fourth Annual Artisans Faire and Holiday Tea

The Fourth Annual Artisans Faire and Holiday Tea to benefit the Ames Free Library and the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District will be held at Queset House, 51 Main Street, on December 12, 10-4.

Free admission to the Faire:  If you are looking for the unusual gift by local artisans at moderate prices…this is the place to be.  Live Music surrounds you as you experience some wonderful fine art in paint and photography; and, the skill  of some very talented local juried artisans in stained glass, wood, jewelry, pottery, chocolate, body care products and floral arrangements, etc.

The Elegant Traditional Tea will be prepared by Local Chef and Food Artisan, Chandra Goldrup of the Farmer’s Daughter, and will be held from 10:30 to 3:00 p.m.  The menu will include teas and coffee, scones with clotted cream, muffins, various breads, quiches, seasonal fruit, tea sandwiches, savory and sweet tarts and some special touches from The Farmer’s Daughter. $35 per guest.   Open Seating…no reservations!

Tickets may be purchased at the Door, at Ames Free Library front desk, online at the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Art Coop/Gallery on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-3.

September 25 and 26 - Festival of Ten-minute Plays 
The Stedfast School of Music & Arts, in conjunction with The Shovel Town Cultural District is proud to announce the premiere of “The Shovel Town Ten-minute Play Festival”. This exciting theatrical event in Easton’s historic Oakes Ames Memorial Hall will feature a multigenerational cast of thirty-five local actors under the direction of seven directors. The evening will feature eight plays. Live music will be performed as a bridge between plays, with music ranging from Broadway to classic rock. Click the link above for full details.

September 2, 2015 - Heirloom Tomato Canning Class

September 1, 2015 - Cooking with Fire at the Queset House



What is a Cultural District?


First off: What is Culture? Culture is the connection between all of us from the beginnings of the settlement and development of the Town of Easton (or any community) to the present and will continue into the future of Easton.


So what is a Cultural District? It is a walkable, compact area easily identifiable to visitors and residents and serves as a center of cultural, artistic and economic activity.


What is the Massachusetts Cultural Districts Initiative? Governor Patrick signed bill (M.G.L. c. 10, &58A) into a law that allows cities and town to create State-sponsored Cultural Districts to stimulate new arts and cultural activity and attract creative businesses.


Are there specific goals to this law? Yes. The goals are to 1)attract artists and cultural enterprises, 2)encourage business and job development, 3) establish the district as a tourist destination, 4) preserve and reuse historical buildings, 5) enhance property values, and 6) foster local cultural developments.


Are we establishing an “official” Cultural District in Easton? Yes. We are working to establish “Easton Shovel Town Cultural District” within the footprint of the North Easton Historical District.


Why are we doing this? To create more foot traffic and business activity in the center of Easton and to fully utilize all the exciting historical, cultural and natural resources that we share.


How can I be a part of this? You can join the Management/Partners Team to actively participate in the program and to offer ideas. This doesn’t have to be a full time commitment…you can work with us as needed on special projects, keep informed or join one of our active teams. The choice is up to you!


Contact: Carolyn Cole, Chair,


For more information on Cultural Districts: