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Hot Fun at the 2013 Hilltown Spring Festival! The 7th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival took place this past Saturday, June 1st at the Cummington Fairgrounds!  An all day celebration with music on two stages, workshops, maypole, morris dancers, animals, kids-made craft bazaar, puppets, local food & vendors, and water sprinklers! Terrific music on two stages! Performers included percussionist Tony Vacca, acoustic string band Appalachian Still, singer-songwriter Heather Maloney, the Lonesome Brothers, Hot… Read More

The Hilltown CDC’s 7th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival will be on Saturday, June 1st, 2013 at the Cummington Fairgrounds from 10am-5pm! 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, kids-made craft bazaar, children’s activities and much more.

Musical Workshops for Children and Families at the Hilltown Spring Festival on June 1st Cummington Fairgrounds in Cummington, MA At the Hilltown Spring Festival on June 1st at the Cummington Fairgrounds, in addition to ten musical groups on two stages between 11:15am-5pm, there will be four musical workshops for children and families! At 1pm, Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots will lead an intergenerational, interactive West African and Caribbean percussion and song workshop…. Read More

7th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival Celebrating life in the Hilltowns June 1st, 2013 in Cummington, MA Hilltown Families is a proud premiere sponsor of  the Hilltown Spring Festival, the Hilltown Community Development Corporation’s signature community celebration to be held this year on  Saturday, June 1, from 10am-5pm at the Cummington Fairgrounds in Cummington, MA. Last year’s Festival drew 2,000 people for an all-day celebration of regional arts, culture and sustainability. This year’s Festival… Read More

Hilltown Families Family Stage at the 5th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival May 14th at the Cummington Fairgrounds On Saturday, May 14th, 2011 at the Cummington Fairgrounds, the 5th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival will celebrate the hilltowns and beyond.  Produced by the Hilltown CDC, the Hilltown Spring Festival will include everything from the quirky to the sublime (you decide which is which!). This year the will be three music stages, including a new… 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

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

Bread and Books at Bread Euphoria: A Fundraising Benefit for the Williamsburg Libraries Join local writers and readers for good food and good conversation on Monday, November 8th, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bread Euphoria, in Haydenville, MA to support the Meekins and Haydenville libraries. Enjoy hot soup and home-cooked casseroles and of course bread and treats provided by Bread Euphoria and friends, on a cold autumn evening for Bread… Read More

Lucky Day for Many, Green Success for All At the 4th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival Luck was smiling on Helene and Paul Copp. The couple, who are renovating a house they bought in Chesterfield, were spending time with family last weekend and just happened to be passing the Cummington Fairgrounds during the fourth annual Hilltown Spring Festival. They stopped to take in the sights and sounds of the event—and ended up winning… Read More

Hilltown Spring Festival Performance Schedule Saturday, May 15th, 2010 from 10am-7pm Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA 10:30am Hampshire Chamber Singers Hilltown Charter Cooperative Public School Chorus 11:30am The Shapeshifters: Scottish A Capella Happy Dan the Music Man: Family Music Show 12:15pm Maypole: Community Maypole Dance with Morris Dancers 1pm Katherine First & Max Cohen: Celtic Music Duo with Fiddle and Guitar Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra: Ukulele Mayhem 2pm Uklulele Workshop: Bring your instrument!… Read More

Poop Happens at the Hilltown Spring Festival Composting Porta-Potty to Debut! If there is any thing parent’s become comfortable talking about once they have their first baby, it’s potty talk. So what better audience to announce to that the first-ever composting porta-potty will debut at the Hilltown Spring Festival, slated for Saturday, May 15th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cummington Fairgrounds. The environmentally-friendly toilet will be built this Sunday,… Read More

Seth Isman, Economic Development Director at the Hilltown CDC in Chesterfield, MA writes: Last year, 1,500 people attended the Hilltown Spring Festival to listen to local music, eat local food, join in children’s activities, and visit 77 exhibitors. Exhibitors included artists and crafters; installers of photovoltaic systems, solar hot water systems, and window insulation systems; worm farmers and environmental educators; schools and non-profit organizations; and many local and regional businesses. This year’s… Read More

Hilltown CDC Annual Meeting at Goshen Town Hall on March 18th, 2010 Spotlight on Growing Successful Hilltown Businesses in Challenging Times The Hilltown Community Development Corporation (Hilltown CDC) is holding its annual membership meeting on Thursday, March 18 at 6:00 pm in the Goshen Town Hall, located on Route 9 in the center of town.  Admission to the meeting is free and open to the public, with advance RSVP’s requested.  The Goshen… Read More

Offer your input at the Hilltown CDBG Public Hearings in December You can help your Town compete for the Federal CDBG grants that are needed to fund local community services by attending  one of these Public Hearing in December, and/or fill out the brief Survey below: Public Hearing Notice Thursday, December 10, 2009 7:00 pm Cummington Town Hall (Community House) Main Street, Cummington At this Public Hearing you will have the opportunity… Read More

Voice your opinions! Do you have concerns about, compliments for or ideas on how to improve housing programs in the hilltowns? If so, this is your chance to voice your opinions. Hilltown CDC wants to hear from you! Participate in an anonymous, on-line survey regarding housing needs in the hilltowns! Topics include the needs of first time homebuyers, current home-owners, and the need for senior housing and affordable housing in general. Click… Read More

Northern Hilltowns Awarded $1.073 Million in Federal Block Grants On August 13, 2009, the Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) awarded $1,073,340 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support affordable housing, social services, and community facilities projects in five Hampshire County hilltown communities.

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

Hilltown CDC to host an Open House at 6R Laurel Rd. in Haydenville on Sept. 19, 2008 On Friday, September 19 from 12:00 – 2:30 pm, Hilltown Community Development Corporation (CDC) will host an Open House together with the new homeowners of 6R Laurel Road in Haydenville, MA to celebrate completion of their 11-home ‘green affordable housing’ condominium cluster. A light lunch at noon will be followed by remarks from public officials,… Read More

HILLTOWN BUSINESS DIRECTORY The 2008 Hilltown Business Directory is now available. Put out every year since 1984 by the Hilltown Community Development Corporation (HCDC) in Chesterfield, MA, this free directory is full of local resources offered by individuals and businesses in the Hilltowns. The directory is broken down into categories, towns, and alphabetically, plus it offers regional resources and a map of the Hilltowns. If you didn’t get a free directory delivered… Read More

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