Hosted by Kathleen Gagne, Executive Director, Mechanics Hall
Mechanics Hall is internationally regarded as one of the world’s great concert halls for its superb acoustics and inspirational beauty. Regionally, it is considered to be Worcester’s finest meeting place.
19th-century elegance, modern amenities, superior acoustics and red carpet service combine to make Mechanics Hall a superb venue for performances, recording sessions, weddings and galas, business events and more.
Mechanics Hall is ideally located in the heart of New England–Worcester, Massachusetts. Worcester is 40 minutes from Boston and Providence; an hour from Hartford and 3 hours from New York City.
The Hall is a not-for-profit 501 (c ) 3 organization owned and operated by the Worcester County Mechanics Association (est. 1842). It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Kathleen Gagne, Executive Director of Mechanics Hall introduces us to the new principal organist for Mechanics Hall, Peter Krasinski. He tells us about his love for Mechanics Hall and how he will be an ambassador for the Hook Organ at Mechanics Hall. He is the “voice” of the organ and will allow it to sing for the community. You’ll have the opportunity to meet Peter in the coming days and months but mark the calendar for Sunday October 15th at 4 PM. A cinematic afternoon featuring a short comedy and a classic silent film accompanied by the Fabulous Hook Organ at Mechanics Hall, Worcester. Showing The Haunted House starring Buster Keaton & The Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney with live, improvised musical accompaniment by principal organist Peter Krasinski.
Mechanics Hall Executive Director Kathleen Gagne has announced the 180th Annual Meeting, which will be held on September 26th. All are invited! At the event, James Goldsberry, Founder & CEO of NextUp2Lead LLC and great-great-grandson of portrait subjects William & Martha Brown, will be speaking to attendees about Mechanics Hall’s latest initiatives. Afterward, everyone is invited to a networking reception featuring light fare provided by Struck Catering and beverage service. Plus, find out how you can become part of the great Mechanics Hall team by learning more about available positions.
Inside Mechanics Hall with Executive Director Kathleen Gagne talking about “Legacy.” The legacy of the past with the original mechanics, Ichabod and Henry Washburn and their contributions. The contributions of the recent past with Julie Chase Fuller when the hall needed saving. The legacy of the incredible, historical, figures who have graced the stage. Including, Horace Greely, Sam Houston, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Susan B. Anthony, Charles Dickens and so many more. The legacy of those serving the hall now including immediate past Board President, Stacey Luster and current Board President Tom McGregor. The legacy of the future as we all work to maintain the hall.
The Modern Mechanics Guild of Mechanics Hall is going through a revitalization. Begun before the Covid outbreak, the Guild, like so many things, went dormant during the shut down as no activities were able to be planned. Now this organization of young (and young at heart) professionals is coming back to life. Joining Mechanics Hall Executive Director Kathleen Gagne to talk about future plans and how you can participate is Jennifer Antkowiak.