Community Potlach in the Hilltowns

3rd Annual Community Holiday Potlach
10am-3pm on Saturday, November 28th in Cummington, MA

Join us for the 3rd Annual Community Potlatch in Cummington, MA at the Village Congregational Church for a new (but very OLD!) concept in gift giving! This is holiday fun with your neighbors, plus more sharing and less consumption. It will even clean out your closet and save you money!

Potlatch, a word of Chinook origins that means GIVING, is based on a tradition of native tribal chiefs competing to see who could be the most generous. It’s an odd idea (to us!) but the “winner” was whoever gave away the most stuff. Here is the our version:

Come to the Potlatch with as many GIFT QUALITY (this part is important!) items that you already have but do not need, are not using or even plain just don’t like. Especially popular are books, toys and games, clothing (new quality only) and gadgets. They don’t have to be perfect or in a box, you just have to believe they would make a good gift for someone else. We will display them at the Potlatch for others to choose as a gift they would like to give for the holidays. And of course, while you are there, pick out anything you see that you might like to give. All items are given and taken freely. No money is involved.

Hot drinks will be offered. Last year, food for sharing spontaneously appeared. So if you are wondering, “Would it be appropriate to bring a plate of cookies?” YES!

Although we would love to see you, if you would just like to contribute “re-gifting” items but can’t be there on Sat., we will accept drop-offs. Please send an e-mail to with POTLATCH in the subject line so a time can be arranged.

Sponsored by: You and Your Neighbors

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