The image at the right is copyrighted and used here with permission of RobertStrongWoodward.com. Titled "Heart of New England," the original work is an oil on canvas painted in 1939 by landscape artist Robert Strong Woodward (1885-1957). This work is a view of Upper Street looking north towards the common and our Mary Lyon Church with Cross Street turning off to the right. It shows the old horse sheds that once stood on the northeast side of the church, as well as the Old Cemetery, the first burial ground in town. The Buckland Public Hall building (formerly the hall of Grange No. 87) shows at the rear of the church. Mr. Woodward lived just south of the church on Upper Street. His art studio and his works continue to be important and popular today thanks to the late Dr. Mark Purinton who was a beloved member of our church and a longtime family physician here in our Buckland neighborhood.
Our church building, and the Buckland Public Hall next door, are locations of weekly 12 step groups:
Usually in the church on Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is an AA Step Meeting
Usually at the Hall located on the north end of our property on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. is an AA 11th Step Speaker Meeting.
Until further notice both of these meetings are being held via video and phone conferencing on Zoom.
For more info on these groups visit Western Mass Intergroup