Cummington Family Center Fundraiser

Illustration (c) Sienna WildfieldCFC Silent Auction Fundraiser in Cummington

The Cummington Family Center will be having their 2nd Annual Silent Auction this Saturday, May 12th, at the Cummington Community House on Main Street in Cummington. Bidding begins at 5:30pm and goes to 7:30pm.

There will be live music by pianist David Bartley, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and free childcare. Tickets are $10 and are available at Elmer’s, Bread Euphoria and the Old Creamery Grocery. RSVP for childcare in advance by call Amy at 413.634.5362.


What’s on the auction block? Many generous hilltown artisans and businesses have made donations for this fundraiser, including:

Guest DJ on the HFVS

  • Guest DJ on Hilltown Family Variety Show
  • $100 Gift Certificate from Grendel Books
  • $200 Gift Certificate from LuckyStitches
  • Pottery by Christy Knox
  • Portraits by Cynthia Poirer
  • Frisbee Golf Lessons
  • Gardening Services
  • Horseback Riding Lessons
  • Share from Crabapple Farm, CSA
  • Original Art and Crafts
  • Massage Gift Certificate
  • Sea Kayak Lessons with Lena Fletcher
  • Music Together Classes with Lui Collins
  • Golf at the Worthington Golf Club
  • Plus a whole lot more!


The CFC offers weekly drop-in playgroups at the Community House in downtown Cummington, MA. Children up to the age of 5 can participate in art activities, stories, songs and play together. Weekly playgroups are Mon 2:30-4:30 and Wed Fri 9:30-11:30, October – May. Playgroups are held in the rear of the Community House and are set up and broken down for each playgroup. A permanent space is number one on their wish list.


The CFC is currently working toward establishing a permanent space to hold playgroups and workshops at the Cummington Community House and has spearheaded the Community House Upstairs Renovation Project. In the Spring 2007 Hilltown CDC Newsletter, the HCDC gives an update on this project:

“Hilltown CDC is currently preparing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for architectural services for what is being called the Cummington Community House Upstairs Development Project. Space was created but left unfinished when the addition to the Community House was constructed in 1997. The town is interested in providing permanent space from which various groups can offer youth and family service programs locally. These programs might include The Cummington Family Center, Sisters Ink, Families Together and/or other outreach services provided through the Worthington Health Center.

“After an architect is selected, the construction drawings will be prepared and cost estimates completed. If accepted by the town, Hilltown CDC will prepare an application to the FY 08 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to fund the construction. The cost of the architect’s services will be paid out of the town’s program income. The construction documents and a cost estimate are both required as part of the CDBG application. If construction is funded, at least 51 percent of the beneficiaries served by these groups must meet low and moderate income criteria for a minimum of five years after the close of the grant.”

Illustration (c) Sienna Wildfield

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