From the Director’s Desk

Hello everyone, I hope you had a wonderful summer! The months have flown by and as many of you know the center was moved to a temporary location in the Elms Library at the end of May due to construction on the campus. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused members wanting to browse the center for books or to view our artwork. It was fortunate to have had our art on display at the Wood Museum of Springfield History over the summer and I hope that many of you had the opportunity to visit the exhibit. I am also grateful to Stas Radosh from the Polish Cultural Center for safekeeping many of our pieces during the transition. The good news is that the Center is soon moving to another area of the library where members will once again have access to materials. As soon as the move occurs I will notify you.

Our Annual Brunch will be on Sunday, October 13 at the Yankee Pedlar. I hope you can make it to hear our keynote speaker Sr. Mary Johnson SND. You will also hear in more detail what has been happening at the Center. Under the leadership of Sean Cahillane, ICC President, the Directors have been developing long range growth plans. From a day to day perspective, a new membership application has been designed and there will be a new website very soon. All this work is intended to offer improved programs and events and attract more members. The new website will allow us to readily provide information.

We are actively planning the events for the winter and into 2014. Note that the Christmas with an Irish Touch program will be held over the first weekend of December beginning with an Irish Liturgy in the Elms Chapel at 4pm on Saturday December 7; Msgr. Connelly will preside. On Sunday December 8 at 2pm, we will host the Irish Christmas In America Show, in Veritas Auditorium. It is show you do not want to miss!

-Ellen

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