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Easton Shovel Town Cultural District


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Uncover History... Discover the Arts


News and Events:

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". 



Southeast School of Music of Easton presents ‘Because The Arts Matter’, A Benefit concert for Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Performance and Event Center, on Friday, March 23,2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Oakes Ames Memorial Hall is an iconic example of H.H. Richardson architecture that is in need of repairs and upgrades so that it can continue its strong role in the community.

Southeast Instructors Rich Cesarini and Jack Colombo will be performing. Pianist Rich Cesarini will be playing a set of unplugged acoustic rock-Americana with guitarist Steve George. Rich’s performance credits include regional and national groups ‘The Terrifics’, ‘The Jon Finn Band’ and ‘The Experts’ and recording projects. Songs include selections such as Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty.

Jack Colombo’s set will include special guest John Strangis on drums. Jack will be playing four keyboards at once and will consists of a vast array of sounds, in contemporary and rock styles, including selections from The Beatles, Vince Guaraldi and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Jack has played keyboard with numerous groups including, ’The Drifters’, ‘The Manhattan Transfer’ and Al Jardine of The Beachboys and PBS’s nationally televised oldies Rock and Roll series.

 Southeast School, now in it’s third year, offers instruction in all instruments, voice and art, and focuses on those who wish to seek performance skills or personal fulfillment in art or music.

The school’s vast collaborative of instructor’s credits include gold and platinum awards, national touring with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy award artists, symphony performances,  music and teaching degrees and performance preparation/training

Southeast offers lessons for all ages and levels and welcomes beginners. Styles of instruction include classical, rock, pop, jazz, showtunes and blues.

Shovel Town Brewery
will be there serving their fantastic locally crafted beer selections.  The Brewery will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall..


This will be a fantastic night of music!  See  you at the Hall!


Tickets are available online:

-Southeast School of Music – 447 Turnpike St., So Easton (774-434-5482)

-Easton Shovel Town Cultural District/Art Coop Gallery, 50 Main St. No Easton

        (open 11-3 Saturday & Sunday)





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: