Eva TragerThe sculpture The Queen of Main Street by Gregory Stone was installed in our downtown during a wonderful ceremony on September 14, 2012. The committee made a commitment to fund raise and call for nominations every two years.

Eva Trager (1946-2011), known as the “Queen of Main Street,” was at the forefront of downtown Northampton’s rebirth during the 1970s. Eva came to Northampton in 1971 and opened Country Comfort in 1972. More than a successful business woman, Eva was truly a cheerleader and champion of our downtown for nearly forty years.

At our initial ceremony, we celebrated, honored, and acknowledged Eva, along with others who had passed, who made meaningful contributions to the health and vitality of downtown Northampton. The work of these first men and women, Bashir Ahamed, David Bourbeau, E. John Gare, Douglas Kohl, Bruce MacMillan, Peter McNulty, Denis Perlman, Michael Sissman, and, of course, Eva Trager . On Friday, September 12, 2014- Six more names were added to the Eva Trager Memorial: Alexander August and Family, Christina Cavallari, Bill Nagle, Kay Sheehan, Norman Winston, and Stanley Zewski. Each of these individuals had a significant impact on the health and vitality of Downtown Northampton. Our downtown would not be the same without Eva and these other men and women.






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namesWe are also asking for your help in maintaining the Eva Trager Memorial. Please honor their memory with a meaningful financial contribution as we strive to perpetuate this legacy of love and support for our open, welcoming, and vivacious community.

You can either donate securely online by clicking here or you can send a check to the:
Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce
99 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA 01060
memo: Eva Trager Memorial

Thank you so much,
The Eva Trager Memorial Committee

Nancy Cowen, Happy Valley

Cathy Cross, Cathy Cross

Nancy Donato, J. Rich Clothing for Men

Molly Feinstein, GoBerry

Judith Fine, Gazebo

Bud Stockwell, Cornucopia and Heavenly Chocolate





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Gregory Stone is a painter and sculptor based in Western Massachusetts. The Eva Trager Memorial Committee has chosen Gregory Stone to create the Memorial sculpture. Gregory was a dear friend to Eva Trager and has been part of the downtown Northampton Arts Community since the 1970s. His work, both paintings and sculptures, is inspired by people. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture, both from Boston University. His work has been exhibited in over forty one-person shows and numerous group exhibitions and can be found in many private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. His most recent commission was a painting of the Young at Heart chorus for Northampton's Cooley-Dickinson Hospital's new Surgical wing. His recent work includes a series of paintings of Blues music legends and sculptures of birds made from found wood.




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