Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal: Handmade Valentine Swap

Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal: January Segment
Handmade Valentine Swap Filled with Values & Learning

Hilltown Families and Mass Appeal (a weekday, hour-long lifestyle program on NBC) have teamed up to offer a live monthly segment on WWLP 22News!  Each month, Hilltown Families’ Founder & Executive Director, Sienna Wildfield,  joins Mass Appeal hosts to talk about ways to engage in your community while supporting the interests and education of your children (and yourselves!).

This monthly segment continued on Monday, January 25th, 2016 with Sienna and Ashley talking about Hilltown Families upcoming Handmade Valentine Swap and how it can support community values and learning:

Sign your family up for the 8th Annual Handmade Valentine Swap by Jan 30, 2016 and get ready to make and receive 10 handmade valentines with families from around the region.  Read the rest of this entry »

8th Annual Handmade Valentine Swap for Western MA Families

Handmade Valentines: Connecting & Expanding a Community Tradition

Handmade Valentines: Connecting & Expanding a
Community Tradition

February 2015
Hawks-Hayden Room Gallery, Meekins Library
Williamsburg, MA

Featuring handmade Valentines by Hilltown Families’ Annual Handmade Valentine Swap participants, 2009-2015

For the past seven years, Hilltown Families has organized an intergenerational, community-based, handmade Valentine swap. Spearheaded by Hilltown Families founder, Sienna Wildfield, this community tradition has grown from an intimate group of families to an extensive roster of participants living across western Massachusetts, from Williamstown to Monson.

This year, 1,550 handmade valentines are being prepared for swapping through the mail by families, individuals, and even youth groups, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

For the month of February, in the Hawks-Hayden Room Gallery at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, over 100 handmade Valentines sent to Hilltown Families by swap participants over the years will be on display in an exhibit, Handmade Valentines: Connecting & Expanding a Community Tradition. New handmade Valentines received this year as part of the swap will be added to the display throughout the month.

These handmade tokens of friendship and community push back against the commercialization of Valentine’s Day while connecting and expanding an age-old tradition. The act of creating handmade Valentines supports creative-free play, while receiving them generates excitement to make community connections and eliminates loneliness. Having them on display at the Meekins Library chronicles the growth of what has become a delightful community tradition in western Massachusetts, open to all and free to participate. Read the rest of this entry »

7th Annual Handmade Valentine Swap for Western MA Families

6th Annual Handmade Valentine Swap for Western MA Families

Hilltown Families 4th Annual Board Game Swap

Hilltown Families
Community Board Game Swap

A fun way to recycle old board games and to discover new ones. Board games make excellent holiday gifts for friends and family too. Surprise them with a new recycled game. This community swap is free and open to everyone.

On Saturday, December 7th, 2013 from 9:30-11am, Hilltown Families is sponsoring a free Board Game Swap in the community room at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA. All community members are invited to bring in complete board games they’d like to swap.

Swapping board games with other families gives the community a chance to come together and discover new games while rejuvenating their collection of board games. Having new board games to explore with our kids opens up opportunities for families to spend time together, while allowing children to practice skills and concepts.  Puzzles and card games are welcomed too.  Any leftover complete games, puzzles and card games will be donated to the Meekins Library Holiday Market.

What: Hilltown Families Board Game Swap
Where: Meekins Library Community Room (Route 9, Williamsburg, MA)
When: Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Time: 9:30-11am
Cost: Free
Who: All are welcomed!

5th Annual Handmade Valentine Swap for Western MA Families

Hilltown Families 3rd Annual Board Game Swap

Hilltown Families
Community Board Game Swap

A fun way to recycle old board games and to discover new ones. Board games make excellent holiday gifts for friends and family too. Surprise them with a new recycled game. This community swap is free and open to everyone.

On Saturday, December 1st, 2012 from 9:30-10:30am, Hilltown Families is sponsoring a free Board Game Swap in the community room at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA. All community members are invited to bring in complete board games they’d like to swap. New this year, incomplete games are welcomed and will be donated to the Northampton DPW’s ReUse Committee.

Swapping board games with other families gives the community a chance to come together and discover new games while rejuvenating their collection of board games. Having new board games to explore with our kids opens up opportunities for families to spend time together, while allowing children to practice skills and concepts.  Puzzles and card games are welcomed too.  Any leftover complete games, puzzles and card games will be donated to the Meekins Library Holiday Market.

What: Hilltown Families Board Game Swap
Where: Meekins Library Community Room (Route 9, Williamsburg, MA)
When: Saturday, December 1st, 2012
Time: 9:30-10:30am
Cost: Free
Who: All are welcomed!

4th Annual Handmade Valentine Swap for Western MA Families

Hilltown Families 2nd Annual Board Game Swap

Community Board Game Swap

A fun way to recycle old board games and to discover new ones. Board games make excellent holiday gifts for friends and family too! Surprise them with a new recycled game. This community swap is free and open to everyone.

On Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30-10:30am, Hilltown Families is sponsoring a free Board Game Swap in the community room at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA. All community members are invited to bring in complete board games they’d like to swap.

Swapping board games with other families gives the community a chance to come together and discover new games while rejuvenating their collection of board games. Having new board games to explore with our kids opens up opportunities for families to spend time together, while allowing children to practice skills and concepts.

What: Hilltown Families Board Game Swap
Where: Meekins Library Community Room (Williamsburg, MA)
When: Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
Time: 9:30-10:30am
Cost: Free

3rd Annual Handmade Valentine Swap for Western MA Families

Hilltown Families Board Game Swap


On Saturday, December 18th from 9-10am, Hilltown Families is sponsoring a free Board Game Swap in the community room at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA. All community members are invited to bring in complete board games they’d like to swap.

Swapping board games with other families gives the community a chance to come together and discover new games while rejuvenating their collection of board games. Having new board games to explore with our kids opens up opportunities for families to spend time together, while allowing children to practice skills and concepts.

You can also bring in a donation for the Northampton Survival Center, Hilltown Pantry, and/or Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society … and do a little shopping at the Meekins Market.

What: Hilltown Families Board Game Swap
Where: Meekins Library Community Room (Williamsburg, MA)
When: Saturday, December 18th, 2010
Time: 9-10am
Cost: Free

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