Community Comes Together to Celebrate & Support Hilltown Families

An Evening for Celebrating!

Wow!  What a great way to end the weekend this past Sunday evening at the Hilltown Families Birthday Benefit Bash!  Super fun celebrating with friends and community while raising money for Hilltown Families!  Check out all the great photos Angie Gregory snapped during the benefit:

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Couldn’t make it to the party, but still would like to show your support of Hilltown Families?  Make a secure donation online here:


So many thank you’s to all who made the event possible:

Thank you to owners Mark & Geri Pollard for hosting this fundraising event and their ongoing support of Hilltown Families!  Delicious pizza & cake, all night long!

Thank you to Ben Gundersheimer (A.K.A., Mister G) for performing!  Great family concert with kids having a crazy good time!

Thank you to Shawn Gundersen for setting up the sound and our MC’s mic!

Thank you to Jen Schmidt from Power of the Petal for her donation of beautiful flowers for the event.

Thank you to Seth Gregory for his ongoing graphic design contributions to Hilltown Families!

Thank you to Andrew Quient for hosting the Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit in the corridor gallery.

Thank you to the Chesterfield, Ashfield, Cummington and Buckland Cultural Councils for their support of the Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit

Thank you to Karen Leet and Tina Cornell for their graphic design contributions.

Huge thank you to all of our volunteers for making this evening possible!  Without their support this night wouldn’t have been possible (nor as much fun!).  Thanks to all, including:

  • Gina Krosoczka
  • Robin Morgan Huntley
  • Jen Reagan
  • Jenn Drumm (behind the bar!)
  • Jessica Tracy
  • Angie Gregory (behind the camera!)
  • Geri Pollard
  • Shawn Gundersen (our sound guy!)
  • Tina Cornell
  • Seth Gregory (Master of Ceremony!)

Thank you for all the donations for our door prizes, including Amherst Cinema, Pleasant Street Theater, and The Academy of Charlemont.

And thank you to everyone who join us for such a fun evening.  Great to see so many new faces and to see our community of families together getting to know one another!

Eco-Family Annual Winter Fair in Haydenville

Eco-Family Annual Winter Fair

As an alternative to traditional holiday buying, the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will host their annual family book and “green” craft fair on Saturday December 6, 2008 from 10 am to 4 pm at the “Brassworks” building on Rte. 9 (132 Main St.) in Williamsburg. Parents and children alike will have the opportunity to make a variety of eco-friendly craft items using mainly recycled and natural materials including full-sized wreaths, fabric gift bags, piggy banks, jewelry, vases, candle-holders, and cookbooks.

  • Eco-Family Annual Winter Fair at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School
  • Saturday, December 6, 2008
  • 10 am – 4 pm
  • Brassworks Building (Route 9), Haydenville, MA

Concurrently with the crafts, new books from Scholastic will be showcased featuring the best of children’s literature, with hundreds of award-winning and other popular titles on display. The fair will also feature crafts from local craftspeople and a raffle. All proceeds will be used to support the school library and other educational programs.

The fair will also feature entertainment throughout the day, including the Hilltown School chorus. Home made lunches and baked goods will be available.

What is the HCCPS?

The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School is a public school serving grades K-8 and emphasizing mixed-aged classrooms and an arts-integrated approach to curricula. There is no tuition; admission is by lottery and is open to students throughout Hampshire and Franklin counties.

The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in the Brassworks building on Rte. 9 in Haydenville, MA is hosting their Annual Winter Fair for Families on Saturday, December 6 from 10 am – 4 pm. The fair includes eco-friendly crafts and gift-making for all ages, performances, book and craft sales and great home-made foods.  For more information: Call the school at 413-268-3421 or go to

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