Join Us! Hilltown Families Birthday Benefit Bash!

Hilltown Families Birthday Benefit Bash
Dinner, Dessert, and Family Entertainment
Sunday, April 10th ♦ 4-7pm

Come celebrate Hilltown Families 5th Anniversary at a fundraising benefit at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville on Sunday, April 10th from 4-7pm!  Spend a celebratory evening with your family and your community, enjoying dinner, dessert, and a family concert with Mister G, all while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Bread Euphoria will be serving up slices of their gourmet pizza made fresh on their delicious sourdough crust, and birthday cake for dessert, while supplies last, along with a cash bar (beer/wine). Suggested donation: $10 – $25 per person.

Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit will be on display in the Andrew Quient Corridor Gallery at Bread Euphoria during the celebration.  All images are for sale and net proceeds also go to benefit Hilltown Families!

PIZZA ♦ CAKE ♦ CONCERT ♦ ART

Pizza & Cake

Bread Euphoria Cafe & Bakery in Haydenville, MABread Euphoria owners, Mark and Geri Pollard, like to keep things simple. They never compromise the quality or purity of their ingredients. Most of their breads do not use commercial yeast, preferring the flavor provided by natural starters and a long fermentation. They use organic and locally grown ingredients whenever possible, and all of their meats are natural and roasted in-house. Soups, sauces, dressings and accompaniments are made fresh daily from scratch. They pride themselves on the variety of their products, from beautifully prepared standards like baguettes or croissants to dynamic new combinations in their cakes, pizzas, sandwiches and scones.

Belonging to a community of small farms and locally-owned food producers, Mark and Geri are proud to be part of their local food culture, providing  families with delicious sandwiches, pizza, breads, baked goods, and seasonal specials that are both great-tasting and nutritious. 206 Main St. (Route 9). Just over/before the Northampton line. www.BreadEuphoria.com

Family Concert

Mister G will perform a fun family concert beginning at 5pm. Over the past year, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) has performed with Dan Zanes in Northampton, and for kids in Europe and Latin America. He closed out 2010 with two shows at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Closer to home, Mister G played headlining sets at the Green River Festival, The River Meltdown and at the Hilltown Spring Festival this May. Winner of the first songwriting scholarship in the history of Berklee College of Music, Ben spent 20 years touring internationally as a bandleader and solo artist before getting his Masters in Elementary Education at Smith College in 2008. As Mister G, he has led innovative songwriting workshops in settings as varied as Sunnyside Preschool, Dana Farber Cancer Clinic, the 92nd St. Y, Horizons for Homeless Children, and the Smith College Campus School. www.MisterGSongs.com

In the Gallery

Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit features images of life and landscapes in western Massachusetts and moves to the Andrew Quient Corridor Gallery at Bread Euphoria where images in the exhibit will be available for sale as a fundraiser for Hilltown Families during the Birthday Benefit Bash. Featuring work by photographer and Hilltown Families’ founder, Sienna Wildfield, all images in the exhibit have been featured on HilltownFamilies.org over the years and net proceeds from the sale of images benefit the organization.

Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit is supported in part by grants from local Cultural Councils in Ashfield, Buckland, Chesterfield and Cummington — all local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


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Winter Fair in the Hilltowns: An Alternative to Traditional Holiday Buying

2010 Winter Fair Eco-Craftmaking and Book Fair
Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School
Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Parents and children can craft a variety of alternative gifts to give for the holidays, many using recycled and natural materials like these decorated candle holders. (Photo credit: HCCPS)

As an alternative to traditional holiday buying, the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will host a family book and eco-craftmaking fair on Saturday December 4th, 2010 from 10 am to 4 pm at the “Brassworks” building on Rte. 9 (132 Main St.) in Haydenville, MA. Parents and children alike will have the opportunity to make a variety of craft items, many using recycled and natural materials including full-sized wreaths, fabric gift bags, felt key chains, gnomes and fairies, decorated candles, lavender sachets and gingerbread people.

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. Free entrance into the fair. Small fee for craft making.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.

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.

For more information about the fair, contact Deirdre Arthen at (413) 268-3421.

Bread and Books Benefit Hilltown Libraries

Bread and Books at Bread Euphoria: A Fundraising Benefit for the Williamsburg Libraries

Bread & Books, a benefit for the Meekins and Haydenville Libraries. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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 and Books, a fundraising event.

Find out what Patricia Maclachlan, Ann Turner, Ellen Wittlinger, Rochelle Wildfong, Erica Verillo, Jack Barry and Jim Cahillane love to read. Talk with them about their books, your books and more books! Come to Bread and Books!

Do you have a beloved book that you read again and again? Is there a special book that you read to your child or grandchild each night? Have you ever wondered if your favorite author has a favorite book?

Enjoy hot soup and home-cooked casseroles and of course bread and treats provided by Bread Euphoria and friends. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Bring your favorite book and be among the first people to have your picture taken with your all-time favorite book and inaugurate the dynamic “Williamsburg Reads” portraits that will be on display in the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA.

This fundraising evening with our community authors will benefit the Meekins and Haydenville Libraries. Seating is limited.  Neighbors are ready to help with rides so everyone who wants to can come. For information call: 268-7472 or email ddarienzo@me.com.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Dinner For Two at Bread Euphoria

Parents’ Night Out: Dinner for Two
Bread Euphoria Cafe in Haydenville

Bread Euphoria is a small, family owned bakery and cafe located in Haydenville, MA, committed to crafting the very best baked goods, sandwiches, pizza and entrees available, anywhere. Open until 9pm on Friday & Saturday night, Bread Euphoria is a great place for a date night! Deadline to enter to win: 9/29/10 @ 7pm (EST)

As part of our Parents’ Night Out promotions, Hilltown Families and Bread Euphoria are partnering up to offer one lucky couple a date night at the cafe with a free $50 gift certificate! Deadline to enter to win: Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 at 7pm (EST).

Located on the Haydenville/Northampton line, Bread Euphoria is a small, family owned bakery and cafe serving up the very best baked goods, sandwiches, pizza and seasonal entrees.  Enjoy a dinner date with one of their artisan pizzas or seasonal entrees couple with a BBC beer or small artisan wines. Or come in for lunch and select from their menu of amazing sandwiches, quiche, salads and soups.

They use local and organic ingredients, when in season, including sourdough crusts. They also have gluten-free pizzas. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Being parents of two, owners Mark and Geri Pollard understand the need to get away and enjoy a night out without the kids – and they invite you to book a babysitter and come in to the cafe for a parents’ night out!

ABOUT BREAD EUPHORIA

Mark and Geri like to keep things simple. They never compromise the quality or purity of their ingredients . Most of their breads do not use commercial yeast, preferring the flavor provided by natural starters and a long fermentation. They use organic and locally grown ingredients whenever possible, and all of their meats are natural and roasted in-house. Soups, sauces, dressings and accompaniments are made fresh daily from scratch. They pride themselves on the variety of their products, from beautifully prepared standards like baguettes or croissants to dynamic new combinations in their cakes, pizzas, sandwiches and scones.

Belonging to a community of small farms and locally-owned food producers, Mark and Geri are proud to be part of their local food culture, providing  families with delicious sandwiches, pizza, breads, baked goods, and seasonal specials that are both great-tasting and nutritious.

Click here to see their pastries

Using only the finest ingredients in their pastries: organic evaporated cane juice, Cabot butter, Callebaut chocolate, Diemand Farm eggs and Mapleline Jersey milk, Bread Euphoria is the go-to place for pastries and coffee for the morning after! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win $50 gift certificate for a parents’ night out to Bread Euphoria in Haydenville, MA is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  1. CHECK OUT THEIR MENU HERE AND SHARE WHAT LOOKS DELICIOUS TO YOU BELOW (one entry per family) and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  5. We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline to enter to win: Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 at 7pm (EST).

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Post-Fire Benefit for the West Cummington Congregational Church

Pure Euphoria: Soups, Songs, Stories & Pottery
A Post-Fire Benefit for the West Cummington Congregational Church
Monday, March 22nd from 6-8 pm

This is a one time, wild time benefit at the Bread Euphoria Cafe in Haydenville for the church in West Cummington whose building burned to the ground on January 17. Everyone, living anywhere, is cordially invited to the party. Kids included!

  • SOUP: Bread Euphoria will serve up soups, breads, salads and cookies and their new cafe space will be filled with
  • SONGS: Music from the Karen Simon-Bob Lovell Duo and the Prism Chamber Singers will fill the air
  • STORIES: Storytellers Rochelle Wildfong, Stephen Philbrick, Penny Schultz and Gene Flores will be spinning a yarn
  • POTTERY: A raffle for pottery from the Hilltown Six (now 8): Christy Knox, Mark Shapiro, Robbie Heidinger, Nakayama Hiroshi, Michael McCarthy, Eric Smith, Connie Talbot & Sam Taylor, plus potters Andrew Quient and Maya Machin

The food will be free. There will be a passing of the hat (actually, several hats) for the burned down church. (Cash and checks only, please.) Raffle tickets ($1 each) will be on sale in advance at the Bread Euphoria Cafe, on Main Street in Haydenville (Route 9), just over the Northampton line, and at the Old Creamery Grocery on Route 9 in Cummington. Raffle tickets will also be sold at the March 22 event.

For more information contact:
Wil Hastings at 584-4957, wil.hastings@gmail.com or
Mark Pollard 268-7757, info@breadeuphoria.org

2009 Winter Fair in the Hilltowns: An Alternative to Traditional Holiday Buying

2009 Winter Fair Eco-Craftmaking and Book Fair

As an alternative to traditional holiday buying, the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will host a family book and eco-craftmaking fair on Saturday December 5, 2009 from 10 am to 4 pm at the “Brassworks” building on Rte. 9 (132 Main St.) in Haydenville, MA. Parents and children alike will have the opportunity to make a variety of craft items, many using recycled and natural materials including full-sized wreaths, fabric gift bags, felt key chains, gnomes and fairies, decorated candles, lavender sachets and gingerbread people.

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Hangin’ Ten in the Hilltowns

Come Surfin’ with the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School!

Poster Design by LAC Design.

This year the event’s theme is “Surfin’ the Hills” and the evening will include dancing to the great local surf band SPF 4! It also includes silent and live auctions with items from local businesses and artists, including weekend getaways, dinners, bodywork, jewelry, and much more. ArtSpark will be held on Saturday, April 11th from 7 – 11 pm at the Williamsburg Grange on Main St.. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and will be available at HCCPS, State Street Fruit and Deli in Northampton, Cooper’s Corner in Florence, and The Old Creamery in Cummington.

The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School currently serves 154 children, kindergarten through eighth grade, from 24 towns throughout the hilltowns and the valley. Students use experiential, hands-on activities, the expressive arts, and interdisciplinary studies to foster critical thinking skills and a joy of learning. Parents, staff and community members participate in a whole school cooperative, which guides and supports the academic program.

For more information contact Deirdre Arthen at the HCCPS at 413.268.3421, http://www.hilltowncharter.org

City School, Country School Honor Martin Luther King Jr. in Western Mass

City School and Country School Honor
The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Through Community Engagement in Western Mass

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., students at The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in semi-rural Haydenville, MA and the students at the Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School of Excellence in urban Springfield, MA will take part in a joint celebration and day of service. The City School / Country School project is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA).

Both schools have initiated a food drive to gather supplies for the food pantry at the MLK Community Center in Springfield which they will deliver on Friday, Jan 16. The full student bodies of both schools – over 400 children – and their teachers will come to the Community Center that morning for a participatory musical celebration of Dr. King’s life and work. Following the celebration, 4th and 5th grade students from both schools will go to the food pantry to help with the distribution of the collected foods and the 6-8th graders from Hilltown will return to the MLK School to volunteer time in the classrooms of the younger students there.

On Monday January 19, the choruses from both schools will be part of the Opening Ceremonies at the Martin Luther King Day celebration at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield, MA.

Deirdre Arthen, the Community Coordinator at the Hilltown Charter School says,  ”This is a wonderful opportunity for all of our students to embody the dreams of Martin Luther King by connecting personally with one another and by offering their time and effort to better the lives of others”.

“MSA is pleased to support the City School / Country School Project during this important and symbolic time.  We hope this resource will enable the schools to help their students learn that they can help meet real community needs in conjunction with the King Day of Service.  We also hope that this project will provide a springboard for continued service throughout the year”, said Emily Haber, CEO of the Massachusetts Service Alliance.

The Corporation for National and Community Service selected Massachusetts to highlight the King Day of Service, encouraging individuals and communities to view MLK Day as a “Day On” rather than a “Day Off.”  Boosted by President-elect Obama’s call for Americans to serve on King Day and throughout the year, community-based organizations across the Commonwealth came out in record numbers to address need.

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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 http://www.hilltowncharter.org

Families Celebrate ‘Green Affordable Housing’ in the Hilltowns!

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, funders and others. Residents will then offer tours of their solar-powered, energy-efficient homes. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place rain or shine. In the event of rain, lunch will be served at the nearby Williamsburg Town Hall in the Senior Center dining room. RSVPs are requested to Hilltown CDC at (413) 296-4536 or staff@hilltowncdc.org.

Hilltown CDC developed the $3 million Laurel Road ‘green affordable condominium’ project over the past three years, clustering the eleven stand-alone single family homes on four acres of a 22-acre parcel located half a mile from Haydenville center. The remainder of the property is preserved as forest land. There are six two-bedroom and five three-bedroom homes with approximately 1,100 and 1,235 square feet of living space respectively. Each home is south facing with a passive solar design. Photovoltaic panels are mounted on each roof.
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Organic Pastries, Fair Trade Coffee, and Friends!

beflyer.jpgPastries, coffee and friends! What more could parents want on a Thursday morning (other than an hour more of sleep, folded laundry, a clean house, a completed to-do-list, a vacation to the island … but never mind all that!)?

On your way down from the hills into the valley, Hilltown Families invites you to drop in to Bread Euphoria in Haydenville for an a.m. social with other hilltown parents. Treat yourself to a cup of fair trade coffee or tea, an organic pastry, (they even have gluten free muffins!) chat a bit, and be on your way with your day… only a little merrier!

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