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Places We Live, Play & Learn: Narratives of Life by Western MA Youth Photographers Opening Reception: Dec. 30th, 2012 from 12-2pm Cummington, MA For the month of January 2013, Hilltown Families and the Cummington Cultural Council will present a group exhibit titled Places We Live, Play & Learn: Narratives of Life by Western MA Youth Photographers, comprising of 20 Western MA youth ages 10-18. All are welcomed to an opening reception on Sunday,… Read More

Old Creamery Co-Op Gift Basket Giveaway! This fall the Hilltowns became home to another community co-operative grocery store in Western MA: The Old Creamery Co-Op in Cummington, MA! To celebrate this new beginning, Hilltown Families and the Old Creamery Co-op have partnered up to offer one of our readers a gift basket (valued at $150), abundant with a collection that is representative of what you will find when you visit this Hilltown gem!… Read More

The Moon and its Craters at Arunah Hill Days in the Hilltowns Spend Labor Day weekend exploring and learning all about stars, constellations, and other out-of-this-world phenomenon. Arunah Hill Days in Cummington, MA offers a plethora of activities for families curious about astronomy (or just in search of a good adventure)! The event takes place between Friday, August 31st and Monday, September 3rd. During the day on Saturday, Sept 1st starting at… Read More

Local & Regional Musical Favorites will Perform at the 6th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival on May 12th, 2012 at the Cummington Fairgrounds! Hilltown CDC has a fabulous lineup of local and regional musical favorites to perform at the Hilltown Spring Festival on May 12, 2012 at the Cummington Fairgrounds.  The music begins at 11am and continues until 5pm on two stages, followed by an all-ages contra-dance from 5 to 7pm. MISTER G… Read More

PachaMama Puppets on the Lawn 6th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA May 12th, 2012 PachaMama Puppet Theatre of Haydenville will be at the 6th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival on May 12th, 2012 at the Cummington Fairgrounds.  At noon, the Great PachaMama and her troupe will perform “The Waltz of the Polar Bear,” leading into the Maypole dance.  Later, children will have the chance to make puppets similar to those… Read More

6th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival Cummington Fairgrounds May 12th, 2012 The Hilltown CDC’s 6th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival will be on Saturday, May 12 at the Cummington Fairgrounds! 2,000 people are expected at the Hilltown Spring Festival this year and entertainment will include musical performances and workshops, exhibits by artists and craftspeople, displays by local businesses, food from local vendors, a family contra-dance, kids-made craft bazaar, children’s activities and much more. Here’s… Read More

Bryant Day Celebration in Cummington Saturday, July 16th from 7am-4pm Cynthia Sommer from The Trustees of Reservation writes: The fourth annual Bryant Day, held at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA, is scheduled for July 16 from 7 AM to 4 PM, adding another year to the tradition of celebrating William Cullen Bryant, the famous 19th century poet, newspaper editor, and conservationist, and his passion for the art of the word. The… Read More

Update: Joining the festival this year will be the Juggler Meadow Morris Men and the lovely ladies from the Wake Robin Morris Dancers! Seth Isman, Economic Development Director at the Hilltown CDC in Chesterfield, MA writes: Please join us on May 14th, 2011 at the Cummington Fairgrounds for the Hilltown Spring Festival! There will be music on 3 stages, healthy local food, children’s activities all day long, displays by businesses and artists,… Read More

Nearly 100 people Engage in Co-op Conversations! We are so excited about the level of interest in the Old Creamery Co-op. Nearly 100 people turned out for six lively “Co-op Conversations” held over the past two months. These small group meetings provided a great forum for members of the Creamery Co-op board of directors to provide an update on how things are going with the transition to a community-owned Old Creamery. Each… Read More

Hilltown Spring Festival will Celebrate Hilltown Life on May 14th! The Hilltown Community Development Corporation (Hilltown CDC) is signing up local artisans, businesses, non-profit organizations and volunteers for the 5th annual Hilltown Spring Festival, to be held Saturday, May 14th, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cummington Fairgrounds. Last year’s Festival drew 2,000 people for an all-day celebration of regional arts, culture and sustainability. This year’s Festival will feature 20… Read More

Cure the Winter Doldrums at the Old Creamery Did you know the Old Creamery in Cummington, MA offers a diverse array of fun free events for everyone?  We encourage you to check out our Community Calendar for all scheduled events from now through June. The first Friday of every month is Games Night in the cafe.  Bring your family, your friends and your  favorite games to share or use games provided by… Read More

Save the Date for the 5th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival May 14th, 2011 The Hilltown CDC’s 5th annual Hilltown Spring Festival, a celebration of Hilltown life, will take place on May 14, 2011, at the Cummington Fairground. Mark the date on your calendar, and tell your friends. Two thousand visitors came through the gates last year. This year the Hilltown CDC celebrates its 30th Anniversary! Festivities will include music, dance and children’s… Read More

Why a Co-op in Cummington? In the first few months of working as the Outreach Coordinator of the Old Creamery Co-op I’ve been asked many times, “Why a Co-op?  Why not just keep the Old Creamery as a private business with new owners?”  Well, good questions!  And while we’re at it, “What is a Co-op?” There are many types and sizes of cooperative businesses and most are structured as for-profit businesses.  Whether… Read More

Holy Cow! A Creamery Co-Op! The Old Creamery in Cummington began its long presence in the Hilltown community as The Cummington Cooperative Creamery in 1886.  At that time, a co-op of dairy farmers brought fresh cream from their farms to be churned into butter.  During the Co-op’s most active period, 145 dairies produced 20,000 pounds of butter per month. With the advent of widespread refrigeration and motor trucking in the 1940’s, the needs… Read More

Kids’ Dance Party with Radio Free Earth Free Kids’ Dance Party happening in the Hilltowns this Saturday evening, December 4th at 7pm at the Cummington Community House (33 Main St.). There will be live music with Radio Free Earth and dance scores led by Maureen Shea of the Grasshoppa Arts Initiative. Come early (6:30pm) to learn the dances.  All ages welcomed.  There will be snacks served and lots of hopping, strutting and… Read More

4th Annual Community Holiday Potlatch Saturday, November 27th, 2010 in Cummington, MA (Potlatch: A word of Chinook origin that means GIVING) Join the community at the Fouth Community Potlatch for this new (but very OLD!) concept in gift giving at the  Village Congregational Church in Cummington, MA on November 27th from 10am-2pm. This is holiday fun with your neighbors, with more sharing and less consumption. It will even clean out your closet… Read More

Grandparent’s Day Celebrated in the Hilltowns and Berkshires Join The Trustees of Reservations at four historic houses for Grandparents Day, Sunday September 12. Special activities for grandparents and grandchildren will be offered at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington, the Naumkeag House & Gardens in Stockbridge, the Mission House in Stockbridge, and the Ashley House in Sheffield. On this day, Berkshires residents of all ages will receive free admission. On Sunday… Read More

Grasshoppas in the Park Before Dark: An Outdoor Performance Event Monday, June 28th @ 7pm in Cummington The Grasshoppa Arts Initiative includes 6 hilltown artists who provide arts programming in local schools. The Grasshoppa artists are: Patrick Crowley (contact improvisation) Beth Fairservis (MOEJO puppets) Beckie Kravetz (mask and sculpture) Lita Lundeen (weaving) Josh Wachtel (music) Maureen Shea (dance improvisation and choreography) In its first year of operation, the Grasshoppa Arts Initiative has… Read More

Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair Memorial Day Weekend in the Hilltowns This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair on May 29th & 30th, 2010, at the Cummington Fairgrounds in Cummington, MA. One of the oldest of all the New England sheep fairs, the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair is a fun and affordable way to spend a day with family and friends discovering one of the… Read More

Hilltown Business Directory to List 350 Local Businesses The annual Hilltown Business Directory, published both in print and online by the Hilltown Community Development Corporation (HCDC), a community non-profit in Chesterfield, MA, is preparing its expanded 2010 edition. The Hilltown Business Directory will list 350 local businesses in 20 towns, by category, by name, and by town. This 160 page reference book will be used all year by local residents. The Directory… Read More

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