Proposed site is a natural amphitheater on east side of common somewhat in the center
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The Amherst Business Improvement District is hoping to see Frederick Law Olmstead's original vision for our historic Town Common realized with the installation of a permanent bandstand to be used as a performance venue three seasons out of the year.
The Town Common has hosted at least two "permanent" bandstands and two temporary ones over the past 150 years, but in 1991 town officials turned down the offer from the Rotary Club to construct and donate a permanent structure (costing $20,000) near where Mr. Olmstead envisioned it.
The idea will need the okay of the Historical Commission, Design Review Board and of course our keepers of the public way, the venerable Select Board.
Let's hope they don't screw it up this time.
Bandstands on the Amherst Common by Larry Kelley on Scribd