Letter: Tyringham's Gallo has helped build community
Many thanks to Danny Jin for his informative article, "Ann Gallo's vision for Tyringham" (Eagle, July 26) on Tyringham's Festival of the Arts held this past weekend. More than 200 people were in attendance, enjoying the art, photography, and crafts exhibits; the staged readings, musical performances, Friday night movie, and Saturday's square dance.
Tyringham is, as the article indicated, a very special place. Ann Gallo has, for the past two summers, succeeded in creating a true sense of community through her (and our) involvement with the arts. Last year's hugely popular performances of "Our Town," and this year's wide-ranging arts festival, involved more than 25 percent of the town's population (more counting those who attended).
This is an effective model for community building that can be used throughout the county (indeed, throughout the state and country). It brings together neighbors of all stripes in a common, fun and worthwhile endeavor. It has been highly successful here in Tyringham, allowing us to get to know each other, enjoy each other's company, and create worthwhile works.
Of course, to duplicate our success, towns will need an organizer as dedicated, talented, and energetic as Ann Gallo. We thank her and all the volunteers, artists, writers, musicians and performers who helped make this year's festival a success!
The writer is chair of the Tyringham Cultural Council.
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