Built - 1992
The southwestern Massachusetts town of Agawam offers a community of small town values although not too far from the sprawling city of Springfield to the north. Agawam boasts a continued taste of New England traditions of farmlands, historic homes and village centers. The town also offers many civic activities and recreational opportunities with its state park and neighboring golf courses.
The town's bandstand in Veterans Park, was built in 1992 and is their first permanent structure. Its design is an original one by a local architect - Mr. Harold Davis, and cost between $4,000-$5,000 with financial aid given to the town by The Home Builder's Association who also provided labor for its foundation. Ruth Bitzas, of the town's Veterans' Department, helped raise the money for the lumber and the labor was provided by Agawam's Building Maintenance Department for the floor, ramps, stairs, etc.
The bandstand turned out to be a great compliment to the unique bell tower war memorial in the park and since 1992 has been extensively used during summer months for concerts sponsored mainly by the Agawam Cultural Council. The bandstand also hosts Memorial Day programs each year and many various local and national bands have played on its stage.
INFORMATION PROVIDED BY:
Beverly Secondo, Librarian
Agawam Public Library
Sylvia Deliso, Agawam Cultural Council