Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Benefiting Captain Charles Leonard’s House in Agawam



McCarthy’s Liquors will sponsor the return of Capt. Charles Leonard House, Friday, October 8, 6 to 9 p.m.

The event will take place at the historic community house at 663 Main Street and will benefit the non-profit organization that has operated the house since 1939.

John and Manon McCarthy, owner-operators of McCarthy’s Liquors and Johnny Mac Liquors in Springfield, have long supported the Leonard House and plan to donate the proceeds from ticket sales again.

A variety of wines and craft beers will be on offer at the event, including new and popular offerings. A range of awards will be represented, and representatives of beer and wine distributors will be on hand to present selections and answer questions.

Hot and cold appetizers prepared by Joey’s Deli & Market in Feeding Hills are included in the ticket price. A selection of door prizes will be drawn on the evening of the tasting.

The Leonard House Trustees will also be on hand to arrange tours of the House, which is available for hire for work and social activities.

Tickets cost $ 40 and are available from McCarthy’s Liquors, 430 Main St., Agawam and Johnny Mac Liquors, 1949 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, or by calling the Leonard House at 413-786-9421. Participants must be at least 21 years old.

A comprehensive condition assessment report and preservation plan are being developed for the historic house, funded through a grant from the Community Preservation Act Committee. Proceeds from fundraising events like this help in the operation and preservation of the 216 year old structure.

The house was built in 1805 as a stage tavern on the Hartford-Boston road. It has served as Agawam’s community house since 1939, when Minerva Davis restored the property and established the non-profit organization that manages the house.

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and occupies a prominent location in the Historic District of the Agawam Center National Register.

For more information call 413 786 9421 or visit the website,

Built in 1805 as a stage tavern, Captain Leonard’s house was restored in 1939 and has operated as an Agawam community house ever since.


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