Hilltown Families

Pick Your Favorite Posies & Help Sangha Farm in Ashfield Name Their Baby Goats & Sheep Sangha Farm has nine pregnant goats and five pregnant sheep, which means at least 20...

Ann D. Scelba of Ashfield, MA writes: On Saturday, January 23rd at 1pm at First Congregational Church in Ashfield, MA, we will show the film from The International Council of Thirteen...

Winning Film from 2009 Ashfield FilmFest Remember in August when Nancy Hoff, co-owner of Ashfield Hardware invited the community to come together in a Mama Mia Reunion and Reenactment?  Mothers, daughters,...

Free Coffee & Open Conversation Downing Hosts an Open Meeting at Ashfield Town Hall on January 15th On Friday, January 15th, state Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) will host Coffee &...

Notes from Nan: Admonition of the Week in Which You Learn a Whole Lot About the Restaurant Business BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati – So, there it was: Sunday morning...

Notes from Nan: Why I Never Invite You to My House for Dinner – BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati – Last week some people were coming to dinner at my...

350.org International Climate Action Day in Western Mass – This past Saturday, families and neighbors from all over Western Massachusetts gathered to take action in a world wide grassroots demonstration on...

No Fear Flu Workshop at Blazing Star Herbal School Hilltown Families and Blazing Star Herbal School (BSHS) in Ashfield, MA have partnered up to offer one lucky participant free registration for...

Notes from Nan: Locally Made Fundraiser & Ashfield Fall Festival BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Hey! You know what is one of the coolest ideas ever invented? Sanderson Academy coming...

Notes from Nan: Ashfield FilmFest 2009 By Nan Parati, HF Contributing Writer What a great time was had by over 400 people last Saturday night at the Third Annual Ashfield FilmFest...

The 39th Annual Ashfield Fall Festival Takes Place Columbus Day Weekend Exhibitors of fiber and textile arts, woodwork, blown glass, pottery, jewelry, kid’s clothing and more will display and sell their...

Notes from Nan: What I Learned on my Vacation by Nan Parati: BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Dang it, I know I was supposed to have this finished and sent...

Highland Communities Initiative’s 5th Conference Celebrates People’s Place in Protecting Our Region’s Rural Nature On September 12th in Ashfield, MA, friends and neighbors from across the region are invited to the...

Susan Wade of Ashfield, MA: Starting this September the Ashfield Community Preschool would like to offer an after-school program for children ages 5-7 at a minimum cost of $5.00/ hour. We...

Notes from Nan: Attention Three-Year Olds: BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Attention three-year olds:  I’m sorry to have to bring this to your attention, as I know that you are...

Nancy Hoff, co-owner of Ashfield Hardware in Ashfield, MA writes: Mama Mia Reunion and Reenactment in Ashfield!  I would like to submit a five minute film for the Ashfield Filmfest and...

Notes from Nan: Let the Sun Shine In! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati When I was fifteen my parents took me to see the Broadway touring company production of “Hair.”...

Notes from Nan: And to think it happened at Elmer’s! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Man! You just never know who you’re gonna see at Elmer’s. Last week at this...

Notes from Nan: Everything’s Coming up Rosemary . . . for me and for yoouuu! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Congratulations to Del Haskins for being sworn in as our...

Notes from Nan: Recycling your old stuff with us, who need it! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati I have spent the ENTIRE day planning to work on my taxes—I’m just...

Notes from Nan: Roosters and Cowboys BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati The only good thing is that I figured out the purpose of winter:  That’s when you close your window...

Maribeth Ritchie of Ashfield, MA writes: On Sat May 23rd the Ashfield Farmers’ Market begins on the Town Common, Route 116 in Ashfield, MA. Market hours are 8:30-12:20. Rhubarb Pie will...

Notes from Nan: Thank you Marian Gray, for making us famous! By Nan Parati, HF Contributing Writer I forgot to tell you guys who don’t read Yankee Magazine that their editors...

Notes from Nan: Back from Summer into Spring Again! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati I am back in Ashfield! And you know, as I was driving back I decided to...

SUGGEST AN EVENT If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An...

HF listserv member, Patricia Donohue of Ashfield, MA writes: The Ashfield Community Preschool will hold a May Fair Celebration and a benefit concert with The Nields at the preschool on Saturday...

Herbs On My Mind. Snow On the Ground. By HF Contributing Writer, Tony(a) Lemos The excitement of Pussy Willows this time of year is an exciting one for many New Englander’s...

Notes from Nan: Singing the Blues in Mississippi BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati I’m sitting in a big old house in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi listening to my long-time friend...

Notes from Nan: More Mayhem and now a Caravan Swings … BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Thanks for all the Pen-love! We got all kinds of pens, even from people...

Notes from Nan: Help Support the Elmer’s Ball Point Pen Drive! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Every morning we start out with a stack of ballpoint pens for the waitresses...