7th annual Hilltown Spring Festival in Pictures!

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 Day at the Zoo, the Walkin’ Blues Band, and Dan Hales and the Frost Heaves.  Music for children of all ages was performed by Mister G, David Grover and Terry A La Berry!

Here’s a pictorial from the Festival, a super fun day for families living throughout the region!

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“It was awesome… we will be back next year!” – Eric Sutter (Springfield, MA)

Proceeds from the Hilltown Spring Festival go towards the Hilltown CDC programs that support low and moderate income Hilltown residents.  These programs include small business support, housing rehabilitation, child care subsidies, and social services for families and the elderly. More info at www.hilltowncdc.org.

Start June Off on the Right Note at the Hilltown Spring Festival!

Hilltown Spring Festival

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.

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4 Family Music Workshops Happening at the Hilltown Spring Festival, June 1st!

Musical Workshops for Children and Families at the
Hilltown Spring Festival on June 1st
Cummington Fairgrounds in Cummington, MA

Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots returns this year with another terrific intergenerational, interactive Afro-Caribbean song and drum workshop featuring music from Cuba, Haiti and Puerto Rico! All workshops are free with festival entrance and open to everyone! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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.
  • At 2pm, Mariam Massaro of the Gaea Star Band will lead musical play with creative crowns, wands and whimsical costumes, for ages 1 to 12.
  • At 3pm, Jim Armenti of the Lonesome Brothers will tell the stories behind some of the songs he has written for kids, teach the audience the lyrics, and then lead the audience in singing the songs (ages 4 to 10).
  • And at 4:15pm, percussionist Tony Vacca will lead an intergenerational world music percussion workshop.  All ages and skill levels are welcome.  The instruments, which will be provided, usually include djembe drum, balafon, tuned bells, shekere, talking drum, gongs and drum set.

Also at 1pm, at the Hilltown Spring Festival there will be an OPEN MIC for anyone who has family-friendly music to share with their neighbors.  The sign-up for the open mike begins at 12noon.  Young people are especially welcome to perform.

The Hilltown Spring Festival also includes food, arts and crafts, horse training demonstrations, and children’s activities all day long. The gates will open at 10am; the music begins at 11am. Admission is $8; children 12 and under are free.  Free parking is available on the fairgrounds.


Hilltown Spring FestivalThe Hilltown CDC’s 7th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival will be on Saturday, June 1st, 2013 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, kids-made craft bazaar, children’s activities and much more. More information is available at www.hilltowncdc.org. – Proceeds go to support Hilltown CDC programs that support low and moderate income hilltown residents.  These programs include small business support, housing rehabilitation, child care subsidies, and social services for families and the elderly.

7th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival: June 1st!

7th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival
Celebrating life in the Hilltowns
June 1st, 2013 in Cummington, MA

“The Hilltown Spring Festival is a chance to connect with 2,000 of your neighbors who care about the quality of life in the Hilltowns,” said Seth Isman, Hilltown CDC’s Economic Development Director and Festival coordinator. “The Festival celebrates what we love about the Hilltown community.”

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 will feature performances all day by area musicians on two stages, specialty food and drink from local vendors, children’s activities all day long, kids-made crafts bazaar, and a new open mike stage.

Right now is a great time for community members and local businesses to get involved with the Festival as the Hilltown CDC is signing up local artisans, businesses, non-profit organizations and volunteers.

The Festival is looking for:

  • Artists and craftspeople who want to display and sell their work;
  • Businesses who want to reach 2,000 prospective customers in one day;
  • Vendors of products and services that make our lives more energy-efficient and our communities more sustainable;
  • Local food vendors;
  • Volunteer captains to help the Festival succeed;
  • Kids 12 and under who want to show and sell their art or craft work in the kids-made craft bazaar;
  • Musicians to perform on a new open mike stage;
  • And businesses to sponsor the Festival.

Registration forms are available from Hilltown CDC; email sethi@hilltowncdc.org, call 413-296-4536 ext. 112, or stop by during office hours (387 Main Road/Route 143 in Chesterfield, MA).  Priority deadline for reserving a space is May 13, 2013.

ABOUT THE HILLTOWN CDC: Hilltown CDC seeks to improve the quality of life for Hilltown residents by addressing economic, housing, educational, social and community needs while preserving the rural character of the area.  Find out more about the Hilltown CDC and their community development work at www.hilltowncdc.org.


The Hilltown Spring Festival is supported in part by grants from the Local Cultural Councils of the towns of Ashfield, Chester. Chesterfield, Conway, Cummington, Goshen, Middlefield, Plainfield, Washington, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Windsor and Worthington—local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

New Family Stage at the Hilltown Spring Festival

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 Family Music Stage which will present family-friendly music from 10:30am until 4:30pm, including local stars The Nields, Ben Rudnick and Friends, Mister G, Sarah Pirtle and Lui Collins. Here’s the line-up:

Lui Collins

In the Hilltowns, many kids have their introduction to music with Lui Collins in her Hilltown Music Together and Kids’ Jam Classes.  Families in the Hilltowns are blessed to have this contemporary folk singer-songwriter as their jumping off point to music and singing.  Hilltown Music Together and Kids’ Jam, along with Lui’s newest venture, Kids’ Jam Curriculum, combined to form Lui Collins’ Upside-Up Music. Kids’ Jam Curriculum makes Lui’s innovative and entertaining Kids’ Jam music available to homeschoolers and music and classroom teachers. — Lui currently lives in Ashfield, MA and as a professional musician she has been touring for over 30 years, playing the clawhammer banjo and inspired by traditional southern Appalachian music. www.LuiCollins.com

Sarah Pirtle

Sarah Pirtle is an award-winning author and musician who writes and sings for all ages.  Pocketful of Wonder, her ninth recording, received the Gold Award from Parents’ Choice, and in 2007 she received the Magic Penny Award for lifetime achievement in children’s music.  Sarah was invited to perform at the Hudson River Clearwater Folk Festival when her first recording, Two Hands Hold the Earth, became the favorite of Pete Seeger’s grandson. Later, as the principal founder of the Children’s Music Network, she got to know Pete and feel his encouragement for her songwriting for adults as well as children. Currently living in Shelburne Falls, Sarah helps to build supportive communities for young people. She is recognized as a national expert on teaching social skills. Her music and her chaplaincy training add compassion and depth to her work as she leads programs rooted in a basic trust of the innate caring available inside people. www.SarahPirtle.com

Ben Rudnick & Friends

The acclaimed American roots Style family music band, Ben Rudnick & Friends (BRF) will join us this year on the Family Stage.  With a high level of adventurous musicianship, their award winning recordings contain a unique acoustic sound ranging from light folk to bluegrass, calypso and rock.  Five of their family music CDs (Emily Songs, Blast Off!, Fun and Games, Grace’s Bell and A Frog Name Sam) have received national acclaim, including awards from Parents’ Choice, NAPPA and the Children’s Music Web. Since BRF original songs aren’t overtly children’s music, and enthusiastic renditions of well known songs appeal to all, everyone in the audience from the oldest to the youngest gets involved with the excitement of their performances! www.BenRudnick.com

Mister G

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 and the WRSI Meltdown. 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

The Nields

Nerissa and Katryna Nields grew up singing folk songs in the kitchen and in the back seat of the family car. Katryna learned to sing melody with their father, eventually making her an ideal front person for the band. Nerissa, on the other hand, tackled the harmonies; with that skill, she provided a natural counterpoint to her sister’s vibrant lead. As a duo, the sisters have toured nationally for years and been the darlings of the coffeehouse/festival scene, with tunes ranging from off-the-hook idiosyncratic to kicking to heartbreaking. They were a part of Lillith Fair, and have shared the stage with Natalie Merchant, Suzanne Vega, Sarah McLaughlin, Dar Williams, The Indigo Girls, James Taylor, Joan Baez, the Band, 10,000 Maniacs, Billy Bragg, Dan Zanes and countless others, all of whom informed and enhanced their musical repertoire.

A most recent influence on their music is children. “Having children has brought us back to our roots in a powerful way,” says Nerissa. “I’m much more drawn to the honesty of folk music, the simplicity of it. My kids love singing songs from Sister Holler. And I love how, when we sing these ‘Nerissa’ songs in concerts, everybody sings along, even though it’s the first time they’ve heard them. They’re songs that really invite the listener into the music making process.” www.Nields.com


MORE MUSIC

Two other Music Stages will present another dozen local performers, ranging from rock to jazz to folk to blues to bluegrass to African drumming, and one of the stages will be completely solar-powered, thanks to the Solar Store of Greenfield (more details to come). — So on May 14th from 10am-7pm, bring the family and come enjoy local music, local food, local artisans and local businesses, with  kids’ activities all day!  Admission is only $5 per person, children 12 and under are admitted free. Parking is free, too!

The Hilltown Spring Festival is sponsored by Hilltown Families, Maude’s Music, and 11 local cultural councils supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.  Additional sponsorship dollars were provided by 32 generous local businesses.  The full list of supporters is at www.hilltowncdc.org.

Artisans, Vendors & Volunteers Wanted for 5th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival

Hilltown Spring Festival will Celebrate Hilltown Life on May 14th!

The Old Creamery cooks up shrimp shish kebabs on an open grill during the 2010 Hilltown Spring Festival - just one of the many delicious food options offered by local food vendors last year. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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 performances by area musicians on three stages (including the Hilltown Families Family Stage!), specialty food and drink from hilltown vendors, children’s activities all day long, and a “sustainable living” exposition.

The Festival is looking for:

  • Vendors of products and services that make our lives more energy-efficient and our communities more sustainable;
  • Artists and craftspeople who want to display and sell their work;
  • Other businesses who want to reach 2,000 prospective customers in one day;
  • Local food vendors;
  • And volunteer captains to help the Festival succeed.

Recycling Captains from Wahconah Regional High School joined the HSF team of Volunteer Captains, helping to make the 2010 festival a great success! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

“The Hilltown Spring Festival is a chance to connect with 2,000 people who care about the quality of life in the Hilltowns,” said Seth Isman, Hilltown CDC’s Economic Development Director and Festival coordinator. “The Festival will highlight regional businesses involved in alternative energy, organic farming and other kinds of sustainable living.”

Registration forms are available from Hilltown CDC; email sethi@hilltowncdc.org or call 413-296-4536 ext. 112. The deadline for reserving a space is April 22.

ABOUT THE HILLTOWN CDC

Hilltown CDC is a 30-year-old community development agency working to improve the quality of life of hilltown residents by addressing economic, housing, educational, social and community needs while preserving the rural character of the area.

The Hilltown Spring Festival is supported in part by grants from the Local Cultural Councils of the towns of Ashfield, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Middlefield, Plainfield, Washington, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Windsor and Worthington—local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Save the Date for the 5th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival

Save the Date for the 5th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival
May 14th, 2011

Save the Date: May 14th, 2011. Volunteer and business opportunities are available. Call the Hilltown CDC at 296-4536 for more info.

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 activities all day; food and drink provided by Hilltown restaurants; sales and displays by Hilltown artists and crafters; the Kids’ Craft Bazaar; and Hilltown businesses showing their products and services. The emphasis will be on sustainable living, with demonstrations, information, and festival-wide recycling. (Last year we recycled 30% of all trash; we can double that this year!)

VOLUNTEER & BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES:

The Hilltown CDC is looking for volunteers to help with set-up and recycling at the fairground on May 13 & 14th. If you can help, or if you would like to highlight your business at the festival, call Seth Isman at 413-296-4536, x112, or email sethi@hilltowncdc.org. Ask your friends how much fun they had at last year’s festival!

Support is provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and many Local Cultural Councils; by local banks and other sponsors; and by the exhibiting businesses. Admission price helps support the work of Hilltown CDC, including business development, housing rehabilitation, support programs for low income local elders and families, and the Hilltown Food Pantry.

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.

Hilltown Spring Festival: A Big Green Success!

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 the door prize, a family day-pass to Look Park.

“It was the icing on the cake for us,” Helene says. “What impressed us most about the festival was the energy there. It was relaxed and warm and yet, the stuff that people were talking about there—clean water, organic farming—is really world important stuff.”

The May 15th Festival was the biggest and greenest since the Hilltown CDC launched the event four years ago. Some 2,000 people attended—a third more than last year—and there were more eco-friendly businesses and recycling volunteers than ever before. Click here to see photos from the day.

The Hilltown CDC is a nonprofit membership organization supported by individuals and local businesses helping to build strong and caring communities throughout the Hilltowns. To sign up as a volunteer or vendor at next years Festival, contact Seth Isman at sethi@hilltowncdc.org. To learn more about the Hilltown CDC visit them at www.hilltowncdc.org or 413-296-4536.

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Hilltown Spring Festival 2010 Performance Schedule

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Hilltown Spring Festival Performance Schedule
Saturday, May 15th, 2010 from 10am-7pm
Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA

The Hilltown Spring Festival, a daylong celebration of Hilltown music, arts, culture and community, will take place Saturday, May 15th, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cummington Fairgrounds. Produced by the Hilltown CDC, the fourth annual Festival will celebrate music diversity with 15 musical acts on two performance stages, including headliners Charles Neville, The Primate Fiasco and Swing Caravan, all-day children’s activities, local food and local brews, arts and crafts and a sustainable living expo. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

10:30am

11:30am

12:15pm

  • Maypole: Community Maypole Dance with Morris Dancers

1pm

2pm

3pm

4pm

5pm

6pm

Potty Talk at the Hilltown Spring Festival!

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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, May 2, by local installers of Phoenix Composting Toilets.

“Composting toilets are becoming more popular and people have been asking me for years, ‘When are you going to have one that’s a porta-potty?’” says Ben Goldberg, a Leeds resident who sells and installs Phoenix composting toilets. “We’re excited to be building this in time for the Hilltown Spring Festival.”

The fourth annual Spring Festival, produced by the Hilltown Community Development Corporation, is a daylong celebration of Hilltown life, featuring 15 musical acts on two stages, arts and crafts, unusual games, children’s activities, local food and local brews. (Program details at www.hilltowncdc.org)

The composting toilet is part of the Festival’s continued focus on eco-friendly business and sustainable living. The idea for the toilet has received approvals from the Cummington Fairgrounds and the Cummington Board of Health. A local farmer will provide a long-term home for the compost produced by the porta-potty.  Potty training however is still left up to the individual parent!

Local Businesses Welcomed at the 2010 Hilltown Spring Festival in May

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 Hilltown Spring Festival is on May 15th, 2010 at the Cummington Fairgrounds in Cummington, MA. More than 1,500 people are expected to attend. Should your business or organization be there? Call or email Seth for more information: (413) 296-4536; sethi@hilltowncdc.org.

We look forward to seeing you on May 15th, 2010  at the fourth annual Hilltown Spring Festival!

Music Sneak Preview: music on the two stages at the Hilltown Spring Festival on May 15th will include:

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Hilltown CDC Annual Meeting: Spotlight on Growing Successful Hilltown Businesses in Challenging Times

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 Town Hall is handicapped accessible. There will be local business displays and door prizes.

The theme of the Hilltown CDC Annual Meeting is: “Growing Successful Hilltown Businesses in Challenging Times.”   Read the rest of this entry »

December Public Hearings in the Hilltowns: Let Your Voice Be Heard!

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 to discuss projects and services proposed for an FY10 regional CDBG funding application for the towns of Cummington, Peru, Plainfield and Worthington.

Public Hearing Notice

Monday, December 14, 2009 5:00 pm
Chesterfield Town Offices
(Davenport School Building)
422 Main Road, Chesterfield

At this public hearing you will have the opportunity to discuss projects and services proposed for an FY10 regional CDBG funding application for the towns of Chesterfield, Goshen, Westhampton and Williamsburg. The Town of Chesterfield will also review implementation of the FY08 and FY09 Northern Hilltowns regional CDBG grants that also include the towns of Cummington, Plainfield, and Worthington.

If you have questions about either of these hearings or would like special accommodations to help you participate, please contact Andrew Baker at Hilltown Community Development Corp: (413) 296-4536 ext. 18 or andrewb@hilltowncdc.org

Not able to attend? You can also help by filling out the very brief Survey below and/or forwarding this email to a friend or colleague who may need these community services. Click HERE to begin the Hilltown Program Assessment Survey. (There are 16 Yes/No statements you can respond to.)

You can also find this survey and a survey on Housing Needs at the Hilltown CDC web site: www.hilltowncdc.org

Thanks for your help!

Hilltown Housing Needs Survey: Voice Your Opinions!

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 on the following link to take this quick, 10 minute survey. Please complete the survey before Jan. 15, 2010! Be a part of our efforts to improve life in the hilltowns.

Good News For Hampshire County Hilltown Families!

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Keep it Local: 2010 Hilltown Business Directory

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 makes it easy for residents to support their neighbors by using locally available products and services, thereby strengthening the hilltown economy and preserving and creating local jobs.

The 2010 Directory will be mailed in early January to every one of the 13,000 households in 20 towns, including

  • Ashfield in Franklin County;
  • Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg and Worthington in Hampshire County;
  • Blandford, Chester, Montgomery and Russell in Hampden County;
  • Becket, Hinsdale, Otis, Peru, Washington and Windsor in Berkshire County.

The online version of the Hilltown Business Directory is available all year at www.hilltowncdc.org.

Listings and ads must be received by September 25. More information, and space reservation forms, are available at www.hilltowncdc.org, or by calling 413-296-4536.  Read the rest of this entry »

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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Hot Off the Press: 2008 Hilltown Business Directory

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 to you, they are available for pick-up at the following locations:

  • Ashfield: Ashfield Hardware
  • Blandford: Blandford General Store
  • Chester: Town Hall
  • Chesterfield: Chesterfield General Store, Hilltown CDC, Town Offices
  • Cummington: Cummington Community House, The Old Creamery
  • Goshen: Goshen General Store
  • Huntington: B&D Variety, Moltenbrey’s Market
  • Russell: Russell Package Store & Deli, Town Offices
  • Westhampton: Outlook Farm
  • Williamsburg/Haydenville: Florence Savings Bank, The Bank of Western Massachusetts, Williamsburg Market, Williamsburg Pharmacy
  • Windsor: Sangar’s General Store
  • Worthington: Corners Grocery

In addition to this printed directory, there is an on-line version available at www.hilltowncdc.org. And thank you for supporting local Hilltown businesses!

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