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4/10/2015 - Agawam Cultural Council Presents Applause Series 11 - JIM COOKE’S CRANKY YANKEES - ALL TOGETHER, NOW!

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Agawam Cultural Council’s Applause Series Presents

Jim Cooke’s Cranky Yankees – All Together Now!

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Jim Cooke, center, portrays 19th century Massachusetts politician Edward Everett, left, and Calvin Coolidge, right, among other New Englanders, as part of Cranky Yankees – All Together Now. This one-man show is being presented as part of the Agawam Cultural Council’s Applause Series at the Agawam Public Library on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

An actor who turned from the drama of the stage to the “dry” pages of history, Cooke developed this one-man show to compare and contrast the divergent characters from New England history that he has taken on:

Edward Everett – the Massachusetts politician and orator who spoke for more than two hours at the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, immediately before Abraham Lincoln delivered his two-minute Gettysburg Address.

Daniel Webster – he didn’t “write” the Dictionary, but JFK did include him in his “Profiles in Courage.” Find out how he earned the nicknames “Black Dan” and “God-like Daniel.”

Calvin Coolidge – whoever nicknamed him “Silent Cal” simply was not paying attention. Like turkeys leaping into a barrel, historians have rushed one after another to consign Coolidge to the dust-bin of history. Learn why Will Rogers called his friend the “funniest public man I ever met”.

John Quincy Adams ­– our sixth president, and eldest son of John and Abigail Adams. Four years ago, the US State Department sent Jim Cooke to Russia as John Quincy Adams to mark the Bicentennial of our country’s diplomatic relations.

The Agawam Public Library is located at 750 Cooper Street in Agawam, Massachusetts and can be reached by phone at (413) 789-1550. This and all Applause Series events are free and open to the public.

Additional information on each of the Applause Series events is available at the Agawam Cultural Council web site, www.agawamcc.org.  For more Information: contact: Bob Kadis, 413-789-4814 or r.kadis@comcast.net.

The Agawam Cultural Council is an all-volunteer local partner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and is funded, in part, by the MCC.  The ACC is charged with bringing engaging, entertaining, and educational events and opportunities in the arts, humanities, and sciences, to children and adults from Agawam and the surrounding communities.